PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 29, 2013

Wayne Sebesta


The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    Wayne Sebesta, 81, of Port Arthur went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2013 at Cypress Glen home in Port Arthur.

   He was born August 11th, 1932 in Bryan Texas to Ed and Laura Sebesta. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leila and his brother Charles. He is survived by his brother Murray, his 3 children, Jay Beard, Mark Beard and Linda Beard Holtel, 5 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.

   Wayne was raised attending First Presbyterian Church in Bryan Texas. His parents gave him the best foundation for life that one can receive - a life based on God's word, faith in Jesus and to live a life devoted to serving Him. This is the foundation and legacy that he and his wife have lived and passed on to their family.

   After growing up in Bryan he attended Austin College receiving a master’s degree in music. He continued his education at Austin Theological Seminary and received his degree in Master of Divinity, thus choosing ministry as his full time calling.

   He began his career as a Presbyterian minister in a small church in Marietta Oklahoma, followed by pastoring in a church in Bay City Texas. He was the organist, which was one of his passions, as well as the pastor. Moving to Livingston Texas he became Director of Cho-Yeh Presbyterian Camp and served there for 4 years. Port Arthur became the family’s next home in 1968, as Wayne began his job as Minister of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church. He dedicated his efforts to all aspects of Christian education, especially youth programs. He also assumed pastoral duties within the larger congregation. He will be remembered as a gifted teacher and preacher, devoted to helping others deepen their knowledge and faith in Christ.

   In 1978 Wayne and Leila moved to Denver Colorado as he began his new position as Leadership Development of the Synod of the Rocky Mountains, followed by the position of Executive of Boulder Presbytery.

He then returned to beloved Port Arthur in 1993 to live out his retirement years. Wayne loved to travel and see the world and continued with his journeys up until his last months.

    Wayne's final years were lived at Cypress Glen Nursing Home where he was active in the resident council as well as many activities and was an encouragement to so many residents and workers. His love for God continued to shine through as he shared his faith, joy, optimism and gratitude with others.

   Even in his last days he comforted us, his family with these words, "I know you will be sad but don't be sad for me because I'll be in the arms of Jesus".

   A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Procter Baptist Church, 4401 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, Texas with Dr. Rick Erwin officiating.


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