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The Reverend John Frederick Sadler, Sr., known to all of us as “Johnny”, gave up this
earthly life for an eternal one on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. John was born on
January 1, 1956 to Edward DeWitt Sadler, Sr. and Mildred Jackson Sadler both who
proceeded him in death. He was their New Year’s baby.

John was a husband, father, son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin, God-father, friend
and colleague. Though John had many earthly relationships, he valued his relationship
with God most of all. From a very early age, John demonstrated a passionate love of
the church as he sought to be molded as an instrument of God. He accepted Christ at
an early age at St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church, where he was a life long member.
John was a 1974 graduate of Hunter Huss High School. Additionally, he earned a
Bachelors of Science Degree from Gardner Webb University in 1992. John also
received many awards and accolades for his work at Freightliner and Daimler
Corporations. His desire to be a motivator and inspiration to others began early in his
life. He was the first African American Student Body President of Ashley Junior High
School in 1971.

Additionally, John affiliated with many service organizations. Among these include
Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he was once
recognized as “Omega Man of the Year”. John also became a member of Masonic
Golden Rule Lodge #82. As an advocate for social change, John was one of the
founders of Citizens United for Positive Progress (CUPP).
John’s church affiliations were many. He was an ordained Elder in the A.M.E. Zion
Church and pastored Wrights Chapel and Rudisill Chapel A.M.E. Zion Churches.
John was currently pastoring Rudisill Chapel when he departed this life suddenly on
last Wednesday. He leaves a loving church family to continue the programs that he
had put in place.

John leaves to cherish earthly memories of him, his wife of 37 years Patricia Brown
Sadler. His children John Frederick Sadler, Jr. and Christina Sadler-Young (David) both
of Greensboro, NC. His siblings: Brenda Sadler Friday (Ervin), Edward DeWitt Sadler, Jr.
(Thomasina); Kenneth Marvin Sadler (Brenda) and J. Elvin Sadler (Stefanie): and a
community of other family and friends.

Funeral Arrangement:

PLACE OF SERVICE:
St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church
201 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, N.C.   28052

DATE & TIME:
Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 12:00 Noon

VISITATION:
The family will receive friends at St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m

BURIAL:
Rose Hill Cemetery
North Morris Street
Gastonia, N.C. 28052

BODY WILL LIE IN STATE ON MONDAY (11/20/17) FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 12 NOON
The family has requested in lieu of flowers that a contribution be made payable to Rudisill Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
in memory of Reverend John Sadler, Sr.

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  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Friday, November 17, 2017
    Please except my condolence in the loss of your love one. Phil 4:6, 7 will help you receive the peace of God. John 5:28, 29 gives further assurance Jesus will restore life to those who has died. This is a wonderful blessing to look forward to knowing your loved one is in God's memory. Hope this thought brings comfort.
    ~ Ms Allison   Durham, NC
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017
    My sympathy on the loss of Rev. Sadler. I went to school with John and then later worked with Pat, Thomasina and Ed with the school system. Please know of my thoughts and prayers. John was one of the friendliest people I've ever known.
    ~ Sheila Gamble Ingle   Maryville, TN