Luis Armando Divas

 Rev. Luis Armando Divas, 96, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2022.  He was born in Guatemala on February 1, 1926 to the late Martin Divas Lopez and Natividad Corleto

    Rev. Divas first came to the United States in 1948, planning to study architecture.   On a trip to New York City to view the magnificent buildings, his attraction was drawn instead to the homeless people living in the shadow of those buildings.  Touched and troubled by their plight, he gave up thoughts of architecture and resolved to study for the Presbyterian ministry.

    After graduation from Maryville College, he attended Princeton Seminary, where he met his first wife, Mary Ruth Muffley.  In 1955 he graduated from seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister.

   He enjoyed preaching, singing, playing chess, playing tennis, teaching Spanish and talking with people.

   He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Dr. Ellen (Thomas) Webb, Versailles; his son, Richard (Terry) Divas, PA; grandchildren, Andrew (Heidi) Webb, Peter (Sharon Hudson) Webb, Susanna Webb, Sarah Webb, Rebecca (Daniel) Kalish and Rachel Divas; and his great grandchildren, Alexandra Faith Webb, Wilhelmina Rose Webb and Eliana Marigold Webb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Evangeline Smith and siblings, Elvira Corleto, Raquel (Moises) DeLeon, Carlota (Flavio) Guzman, Marta Alicia Divas and Jorge Corleto.

 Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 10 at 1:00pm at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill with Pastor Susan Bradish officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be 11:00am until time of the service.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Finding Freedom Through Friendship, finding-freedom-through-friendship.org, a Lexington based non-profit organization assisting impoverished single mothers and their children in Guatemala.