Rev. Donald E. Heacock

April 19, 1932 ~ April 5, 2020 (age 87)

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Rev. Donald E. Heacock, 87, of Berwick went Home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday April 5, 2020 at Berwick Hospital. He was born April 19, 1932 in Nescopeck, a son of the late Warren and Renna (Keller) Heacock.

He graduated from Nescopeck High School class of 1951 and then went to Wesley United Methodist Seminary in Washington D.C. to become a Licensed Local Pastor. The Lord Jesus Christ was Donald’s treasured possession.  He loved the Lord with all his heart.  Donald’s greatest legacy is that he passed his love for Jesus onto his family.  Donald also shared his love for the Lord with others entering the ministry s a United Methodist pastor in 1980 and serving full-time until 1997.  In his retirement, he continued to serve the Lord as substitute pastor, visitation pastor, Sunday School teacher and Berwick Hospital Chaplain.  Donald also served on the board of Ministry to Missionaries for 37 years.

Donald’s second love was his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He faithfully loved his wife Joanne for 67 years.  He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren camping, sitting around campfires, and sharing stories. Donald is survived by his wife the former M. Joanne Garrison, whom he married October 24, 1952, three children; Bradley Heacock wife Cynthia of Berwick, Jacklyn Travelpiece husband Terry of Wapwallopen, Randy Heacock wife Nancy of Warrington, PA,  eight grandchildren, and  fourteen  great grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his daughter Mary Jane Heacock at birth, and sister Charlotte Karchner.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, where he received the Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Expert, and the Korean War National Defense Service Medal.

Donald enjoyed sports and the outdoors.  He particularly liked softball pitching in the Berwick Fast Pitch Softball league, and enjoyed baseball as a Phillies fan.  He enjoyed fishing in his younger years, but really enjoyed deer hunting with his friends and family at the Hunting Camp.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 15 at Bethany UM Church of Berwick.  Visitation for family and friends will start at 11:30 a.m. with the Memorial Service to follow at 12:00 p.m. 

The family requests that donations given in Donald’s memory be sent to Ministry to Missionaries, 145 Dohl Road, Berwick, PA  18603.

Family and friends may send online condolences to The James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 1024 Market St., Berwick is handling the arrangements.

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August 15, 2020

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Bethany UM Church of Berwick

Memorial Service
August 15, 2020

12:00 PM
Bethany UM Church of Berwick


Ministry to Missionaries
145 Dohl Road, Berwick PA 18603

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