Obituaries from the 2022 Year Book


Fane Derryberry


Fane Eugene Derryberry, 95, of Silsbee, passed away on December 26, 2021, in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Claybar Kelley Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Officiating will be Reverend Leroy Smith and Reverend Henry Sims. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Born in Whitesboro, Texas, on October 29, 1926, he was the son of Alvis Derryberry and Nettie Barnes. Fane served as a minister for various churches over 65 years, but most significantly Suburban Acres Baptist Church in Beaumont for a total of 50 years. He drove the bus for Beaumont Independent School District for 28 years and often volunteered at the VA in Beaumont. He was the lead director of Pine Springs Youth Incampment in Pineville for several years and played a vital role in the organizations daily affairs. Fane was a servant of God and poured his life into helping and enriching others. He often took time out of his busy schedule to visit with the sick and so many others. Fane left a lasting empact on so many in the Southeast Texas community and will be missed in the hearts of all who loved him.



Carl E Fitzgerald


Carl Edwin Fitzgerald went home to Jesus on January 12, 2022. He was born to Louise and Bernice Fitzgerald on December 20, 1945 in Houston, Texas. Carl is meeting in Heaven his father Bernice Fitzgerald, his son Jason Fitzgerald, and step father Wayne Branson, along with many aunts and uncles. Carl is survived by his wife Maureen Fitzgerald, his mother Louise Fitzgerald Branson of Houston. Jeffery Fitzgerald and wife Sonia Fitzgerald and grandson Mason Grammer all of Liberty, Texas. Jeremy Fitzgerald and wife Michelle Fitzgerald and granddaughters Kali Fitzgerald, Carly Fitzgerald, Sadae Munize, and Shya Deleon all of Texas City. Carl had one great granddaughter Mackenzie Wilton. Carl had one sister Betty Weiss and her husband David Weiss of Houston. Carl surrendered to the ministry in 1976 and was ordained in 1982. He pastored five churches over the past 40 years: Mammoth MBC, Mammoth Arizona,1982-1987, Friendship MBC in the Jumbo Community outside Henderson, Texas 1988-1991, Nedville MBC in Jasper Texas 1991-1996, Landmark MBC, Texas City Texas 1996-2008, and Grace MBC in Conroe, Texas 2010-2022. In 2005, Carl started teaching at Heritage Baptist Institute as a fill-in. Carl became President of HBI from 2008 to 2022. Carl received his Masters of Theology in May of 1991, and his Doctor of Theology in May of 2006 from Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson, Texas. Carl spent 22 years in the Air Force, 1965-1987 and retired as a Master Sargent.



Donald Melton


Donald Melton, 81, of Center, Tx passed away on December 23, 2021. He was born on April 7, 1940, in Basile, Louisiana, to the late Luster and Tommie (Huff) Melton. Donald grew up in Needville and Galena Park while his dad was working for United Gas. They moved to Henderson after his dad surrendered to the ministry and enrolled in TBI. He met Louise it is believed at Lone Cedar as a child when her dad, Doyle Harrison, was a pastor there, but they officially met in Midland when they were introduced by his seminary classmate, Amiel Smith who was dating and would later marry Louise’s sister, Sarah. He married the love of his life, Mary Louise Harrison Melton, on May 18, 1960, and they were married 50 years before her passing. Donald worked at Brookeshire Bros. at Carthage, San Augustine, Newton, and Timpson two different times 35 years apart, he later retired from there. The Lord delayed his transfer with Brookeshire Bros. from San Augustine to Newton just long enough for him to have the privilege to lead an atheist to the Lord. Donald had been witnessing to him but that morning the atheist wanted to drive out in front of a truck and take his life because his wife was taking all he had. He realized that he wasn’t ready to die and came to Donald to find out why he was always so happy. He told him and the man left and came back to tell Donald he knew then why he was always so happy. He also worked for a time at Pace Pharmacy in Newton and H&S Grocery in Center. Donald had a love for football, basketball, and baseball and was a devoted fan of the Cardinals, Rockets, Oilers, and LSU. He was a pitcher and was going to try out for the Houston Buffaloes, an affiliate of the Cardinals but surrendered to the ministry instead. He was a lover of music also with his favorite artists including Jim Reeves, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Joe Royal, Fats Domino and Buddy Holly. He enjoyed family time and playing dominoes, especially 42 as this is a family tradition. Donald graduated from Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson in 1962 with a Master of English Bible Degree. He spent many years preaching the Word of God. He was an ABA Missionary Baptist preacher. His pastorates include New Prospect, Deadwood in 1961, New Shady Grove, Deadwood from 1962-1963, Hubbard Missionary Baptist from 1964-1965, Linden Missionary Baptist from 1965-1966, Monticello, Mt. Pleasant from 1967-1968, Bethel, New Waverly from 1968-1969, Trout Creek, Kirbyville from 1970-1975, Emmanuel, Greenville from 1975-1976, Enterprise, Gary from 1977-1978, Brown Chapel, San Augustine from 1979-1982, Union, Newton from 1982-1986, Hawthorne, San Augustine from 1986-1989, Old Salem, Center from 1990-1996, Line Creek, Ida, La. From 1996-1997, Landmark, Lufkin from 1998-2001, and New Columbia, Timpson from 2002-2006. He was a longtime supporter of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary.



Marion Reed


Marion Buster Reed was born to B.R. and Annie Reed on September 20, 1930, in Love County, Oklahoma.  With younger brother Bill added to the family, they moved to Clovis, New Mexico in 1942 to provide a better and dryer climate for his mother who had suffered with significant breathing difficulties in the Red River valley area of Oklahoma.  He attended the public schools there and graduated from high school in 1949.  In the years during and after high school, he worked jobs in a machine shop, delivering milk, surveying for a rural electric company, and project management for a steel fabrication company.   Marion met Nancy Lee Smith when she came to Clovis to play the piano for revival meetings at the local Baptist church.  They were soon married in 1950 and began raising their family.  Between 1952 and 1957, Marion became the father of four sons.  Marion felt the call of God and surrendered to the ministry in 1959.  Soon after, he realized his need for additional education and training for the ministry.  He moved the family of six to Henderson in deep east Texas in the late summer of 1961.  There he started his training at the Texas Baptist Institute (TBI).  While continuing at the institute, he took assignments for fill-in preaching in the east Texas area and worked & supervised construction projects for a local company.  He graduated from TBI in 1965 with a Master of Theology degree. In 1963 while still in school, Marion met with a group of people in Edgewood, Texas who were eager to start a new Baptist church there.  Being led by the Lord to that opportunity, he committed himself and his family to that effort and that was the beginning of his pastoral life.  Having finished his school training, he felt the call in 1967 to move to the Dallas area to start a new church in Garland.  The family moved to Richardson to work with the Waterview Baptist Church there as the fostering church for the Garland mission.  The Golden Meadows Baptist Church began meeting at its current site in 1970.  Marion remained the pastor there until his retirement in 1996.  But, retiring from pastoring did not mean retiring from God’s work.  Having owned and operated a church design and construction management firm for several years during his pastoral tenure, Marion began to consult with other pastors and churches about planning for their building needs.  In 1996 he began his Church Building Ministry services and was supported by local churches who realized his knowledge and expertise would be a beneficial mission for new churches and others who could not afford the traditional architectural and general contractor approach to church construction.  He continuously served churches across the nation in this way until 2021.  The list of churches he served is significant!  During this same period, Marion consulted with and helped design a new Baptist youth camp in east Texas and the expansion and upgrade of a camp in southwestern Arkansas.  Because of those efforts, he served as a Trustee for the American Baptist Association Youth Encampment organization for many years.  He was also instrumental in assisting in the organization of a Spanish speaking seminary in McAllen, Texas where he designed and coordinated the construction of the initial buildings for the Mexican Baptist Institute.  Other ministry opportunities included the planting of a church mission in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, serving as Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Missionary Baptist Churches of Texas, and Secretary-Treasurer for the Central Texas Missions Council.  Through all the years prior to his passing on to his Heavenly home with his loving God on March 19, 2022, Marion was lovingly devoted to his wonderfully supportive wife, Nancy, and his now large family of sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  They all love him greatly and know that he will be missed by each one!



Gene Smith


Dr. Gene Cullis Smith, born on December 8, 1930, entered eternal rest on January 6, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margie Gaston Smith, daughter, Regina Smith Green (Tom), son, Reggie Smith (Carla). Surviving grandchildren are Jonathan Green, Benjamin Green, Katelyn Green Myers (Brad), Matthew Smith (Sybil). Gene was preceded in death by his parents, George & Essie Smith and an older brother, George Jr. Smith. Surviving brothers are Del Morris Smith (Clara) of Longview TX and Wilson Smith (Pat) of Austin TX. Dr. Smith was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and a Baptist minister who served churches in Texas and Arkansas. He graduated with his Doctorate of Theology from Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson, TX. Churches he served during his career: Mt. Bethel Baptist in Gary, TX, Cavanaugh Baptist in Ft. Smith AR, Central Baptist in Fayetteville AR, Fellowship Baptist in Pasadena TX, and Olive Street Baptist in Pine Bluff AR. During his years of pastoring, he wrote Adult Bible lessons, devotional books, and other materials for the ABA Association. Upon his retirement from full time pastorate, he moved to Texarkana, TX to continue his writing for Bogard Press publications. Dr. Smith served the American Missionary Baptist Association as clerk of the national meetings for many years and was recognized for his service. He also served on many denominational boards & committees.



Robert Smith


Robert Larry Smith, 73, of Gilmer, passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born June 4, 1948, in Gilmer, Texas, to Lawrence Ray and Annie Fay Burnett Smith, the first of four sons. The family moved to Diana, then to the Stamps community. Larry attended school in Diana, and graduated May 27, 1966. In the summer of 1966, he went to work for Letourneau, and remained there for 49 years. Larry was drafted into the Army on April 4, 1968, for two years. He spent most of his time in Germany during the Vietnam War as a Rocket Specialist. On May 24, 1985, he received an Associate Degree as a bible specialist and then got his Bachelor of Theology on May 26, 1987, both from the Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas. As an ordained minister, he pastored County Line #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Pittsburg for 16 years.


Obituaries from the 2021 Year Book


Donald Britton


Donald Britton passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 in Tyler. He was born July 16, 1935 in Maydelle to Jessie Lee and Flossie Harris Britton. Donald was a member of University Baptist Church in Tyler. He graduated from Maydelle High School and Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson. He was an instructor at TBI for 44 years and pastor of UBC for 46 years.



Richard Crawford


Richard Wayne Crawford was born November 25, 1946 to George and Pauline Crawford in Clinton, OK. The youngest son and next to youngest child of thirteen brothers and sisters, Richard was a proud member of the expansive Crawford clan all of his life. At age sixteen he met a little red-haired girl named Jeanne Rose. They were married December 7, 1964 and spent their lives, living, loving and working together. Richard was licensed to preach on February 4, 1970. He began to faithfully serve the Lord’s churches and his fellow man as a dedicated minister of the gospel from that time forward to the end of his life. Richard was a mighty man of God. He was always studying and contemplating the scriptures. His powerful faith and love for God and the souls of people was always evident. When Jesus called his faithful servant home the world lost a true warrior of the faith. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pauline Crawford; brothers, George, Clifford, Bill, Leonard, Bob, and Jim; sisters, Mae, Joan, Ernie, and a great-granddaughter Kathryn Marie Crawford and many other dear loved ones. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife who he missed desperately every moment of every day. He is survived by his children Rodney Crawford and wife Sherri of Gladewater, TX, Melissa Cooper and husband Aaron of Springfield, IL; grandsons, Nick Cooper of Albuquerque, NM, John Crawford and wife Dawn of Gladewater, and Ben Cooper of Fairbanks, Alaska; granddaughter, Sara Dandridge and husband Joe of Tyler, TX. Three great-grandchildren Jade, Micheal, and Noah Crawford; brother Larry Crawford of CA, sisters Hattie Black and Shirley Henderson of OK. He also leaves to mourn his passing sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends from around the world, and his church family.



Eugene Dawson


Eugene Floyd Dawson left his earthly body on December 9, 2020 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Floyd was born September 14, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Finis R. Dawson and Beulah Brown Dawson. On June 28, 1952 he married the love of his life, Ina Mae Prince. They were members of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma where he surrendered to the ministry. They moved to Marlow, Oklahoma so he could attend Oklahoma Missionary Baptist Institute where he received a Bachelor of Theology in Bible in 1972. While attending school, he pastored his first church in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma and then accepted the call to serve as Missionary to Australia. After returning to the states, he pastored churches in California, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. While pastoring, Floyd worked as a janitor in many schools as a second job, but he enjoyed it. He used every opportunity he had to witness to the students and fill in for teachers where he would share stories of being a missionary in Australia. Floyd loved his family and always wanted the family to be together. He enjoyed playing cards with the grandkids and taking them to parks to play and taking the kids out to breakfast and antique shopping. He always liked to bake cakes and cookies with the grandkids, and they all enjoyed the fruits of their labor. He loved his cookies and chocolates. Floyd enjoyed watching Western shows and movies. He especially enjoyed road trips with Ina. One thing you could count on with Floyd was his desire to share Christ with everyone he met. Floyd is preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister, Lina Bell. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ina, his sisters, Erma Dean Coleman, Patsy Bowen and husband Don, Earline Branum and husband Bill, Linda Rushing and husband Jack, son, David Dawson and wife Darlene; son, Doug Dawson; daughter, Denise Davis and husband Greg; daughter, Dawna Herring and husband Mike; grandchildren, David Dawson and wife Waynette, Diana Dawson, Daniel Dawson and wife Brandy, Darrell Dawson and wife Nova, Shannon Thurston and husband Mark, Seth Davis, Amy and Emily Herring and great-grandchildren, Deanna, Dayna, Demi, Deven, Dean, Dwight, Daylee, Hannah, Daniel, Benjamin, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Matthew. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law.



Roger Elumbaugh


Bro. Roger Bois Elumbaugh, 79, of Center, passed away August 16, 2021, in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Calvin Gould officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center. Born May 13, 1942, in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas, Roger is the son of Arthur Elumbaugh and Bertha McClung Elumbaugh. He was a preacher for 53 years and spent 22 of those years as Pastor of Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church in Center. His hobbies included fishing, playing the guitar, and loving his grandkids, most of all spreading God’s word.



James Golden


Reverend James Jim Hughie Golden Jr. was born in Lakeland, Florida, August 19, 1945. After fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith Jim went home to be with his Lord and Savior August 17, 2021 in Trinity, Texas at the age of 75. Jim was a graduate of Sam Houston High School of Houston. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. He worked in various industries before surrendering to the ministry in 1978 at the age of 33. After earning a bachelors degree in Theology from the Texas Baptist Institute, he began a mission work in Trinity, Texas at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. He served as pastor at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church 1985 1996, Waterview Baptist Church 1994 1996, Freeway Baptist Church 1996 1998, and eventually returned to Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in 1998, where he served as pastor until the time of his passing.



Charles (Chuck) Hinson


On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Charles “Chuck” Hinson, loving husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 72. Chuck was born on March 13, 1948, in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to Jesse Thomas and Leita Mae Hinson. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War for 4 years. Following his service, Chuck worked as a teacher, welder, truck driver, and preacher. He became a member of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church on October 26, 1989, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and preacher. At the time of his passing, he was serving as the preacher of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, a role he filled for 16 years. On October 14, 1987, Chuck married Janie Mays. They lived, loved, and enjoyed life together for 33 years. Chuck had one son, Shawn, and four daughters, Daphne, Sue, Karen, and Angie. Chuck was a grandfather and great grandfather, better known as Pappy, to his seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Chuck and Janie loved spending time together eating out, traveling, and being at home with their dog, Ruger. Chuck loved his dog, and made special trips to Chicken Express for chicken and sweet tea just for Ruger. Chuck also loved his birds, and you could often find him sitting in his chair, Ruger on his lap, as he listened to his birds sing. He was known for his quick wit, dancing skills (especially the “Pappy” dance meant to embarrass and/or entertain his grandchildren), and nicknaming ability (something he greatly enjoyed creating for each grandchild and great grandchild). Chuck was also known for his love of debating the Bible with anyone who would engage in conversation with him as he had a strong desire for others to know Jesus like he knew Jesus.



Daniel Malone


Daniel Luby Malone Sr. of Waco, Texas, was born on August 15, 1939 in Yazoo City Mississippi to I.D. Malone Jr. and Verlie Mae (Luby) Malone. He went to his heavenly home on April 17, 2021, at the age of 81. Texas Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm, Friday, April 23rd at Landmark Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Raines officiating. A Viewing will begin at 1:00 pm. Mississippi Funeral Service will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 25th at Midway Baptist Church in Benton with Bro. Daniel L. Malone, Jr. officiating. Viewing will begin at 2:30 pm. Interment will follow at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery. Dan grew up in Benton, Mississippi and attended Benton High School. He was saved and baptized at Midway Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army. He married Dorothy Ann Davis on June 29, 1958, and the Lord blessed them with four children. He accepted the call to the ministry and graduated from Louisiana Baptist Institute and Seminary. His hobbies were quail hunting with his bird dogs, crappie fishing, restoring classic antique cars, and his love for all of his grandchildren and great grandbabies. He was a retired pastor serving as Pastor Emeritus of Landmark Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father I. D. Malone Jr, his mother, Verlie Mae (Luby) Malone, his brother, Jerry Alvin Malone, his brother-in-law, William Henry Jones, his son, Joel Davis Malone, and his grandson, Joshua Darrell Malone. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, sons, Daniel Luby Malone Jr. and wife Sherry of Strong, Arkansas, William Darrell Malone and wife Kim of Eros, Louisiana, daughter, Dana Lynn Pearson and husband Mike of Waco, Texas, and daughter in law, Sharla Malone of McKinney. He is also survived by his sister Jo Ann Jones of Benton, Mississippi, his sister Sandy Roan and husband Wayne of Madision, Mississippi, Granddaughters, Brandy Stewart and husband Bo of Camden, Arkansas, Michelle and husband Chuck Jones of Hamburg, Arkansas, Misty McDade and husband Jim of West Monroe, Louisiana, Kade Malone of Eros, Louisiana, Briton Malone and fiance’ Mason Glover of Plano, Marin Malone of McKinney, Ashley Allen of Riesel, Texas, Haley Brooke Grmela and husband Eddie Grmela of Waco, Texas, Michaela and fiancé’ Carson Kaddatz of West. Great grandchildren: Mckinley Stewart, Raylee Stewart, Kaylee Stewart, Kaci Jones, Karly Jones, Karoline Jones, Kyson McDade, Kyndahl McDade, Ashton McDade, Addyson McDade, Joshua Aaron Malone, Aubrey Allen, Autumn Allen, Easton Summey, Avery Summey, Jase Grmela, Tanner Grmela, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.



Hiram Melton


Rev. Hiram Thomas Melton, born October 24, 1937, left his earthly home October 19, 2021, in Tenaha, Texas surrounded by his loving wife and family. After being diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, he fought and won many battles against the disease and only recently no longer had the strength to fight it anymore. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday. Bro. Neal Clark and Bro. Jay Pollan will officiate. Interment will be held at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha. Bro. Hiram was born at his grandparents’ house on the hill up from Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church to Luster Melton and Tommie Huff Melton. He first attended Lone Cedar Church as a child and it was here, Bro. Hiram remembers hearing the gospel for the first time. During World War II, he moved to Houston where his father worked in the shipyards. While in Houston he attended Galena Park Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of 14, he found himself under conviction and accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized. It was only a year later when a young Hiram would answer God’s call and surrender to preach. The 1950s would prove to be a busy time in Bro. Hiram’s life. In 1955, he began his studies at the Texas Baptist Institute. While in seminary, he married the love of his life, Beth King. He proved himself to be a devoted, loving husband to her throughout their 63 years and 9 months of marriage. With Beth at his side, he would go on to receive his Master of Theology Degree from TBI in 1959. Also, in September of 1959 they welcomed the birth of their first child, Brenda into the world and in August of 1962, their son Randy was born. In the years that followed his graduation from TBI he found himself serving the Lord, both in church and in the community. He pastored several churches in East Texas and served as a State Missionary for 5 years. His services were not just limited to his local church, He also had the privilege of serving as moderator of the State Association for 2 years, moderator for Shelby County for 2 years, and clerk for Salem Association for 17 years. He has hosted and attended numerous activities such as church camps, revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, mission rallies, State and National meetings and many more events in service to the Lord. While he lived in League City, he drove an ambulance and worked for a funeral home which he considered to be part of his ministry helping those who were suffering. While at Hughes Springs he worked for the Postal Service where he met many people and talked to them about the Lord. He retired from the Postal Service in 1999. During his 69 years in the ministry, Bro. Hiram was fortunate to pastor a lot of good, caring churches over the years and made a lot of friends throughout the state of Texas. His longest tenure as Pastor was at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs where he devoted 27 years to the members there. Bro. Hiram and Beth retired and came back home where he finished his service to the Lord at Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin, Texas where he has served as pastor for 11 ½ years. He always thought it was a blessing from the Lord to end up at such a wonderful and caring church in the community where his life began. Bro. Hiram and Beth have been blessed with two children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bro. Hiram has had the privilege of serving as minister in the weddings of his children and grandchildren. He has also left lasting impressions on the lives of his great grandchildren, whether it be walking in the yard with his dog, reading books or having nerf wars in the den.



Randy Penney


Reverend David Randolph Penney “Randy”, 86 of Tyler, Texas answered the call to join his Heavenly Father on January 11, 2021. Randy was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who devoted his life to the services of the Lord, retiring from the Baptist ministry after 52 years of preaching across East Texas. Most recently at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Minden, TX. Randy was born on May 27, 1934 in Mt. Enterprise to Henry and Claudia Penney. He served his country honorably in the United States Army in Korea, prior to joining the ministry in 1957. Randy is survived by his, daughter, Pam Helgeson and husband, John and son, Perry Penney; his grandchildren, Megan Hughet and husband, John and their son, Sam; Lori Beth Fountain and her husband, David; as well as many nieces, nephews and all of Betty’s family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Penney, his parents, his sisters, Sue Barrett Penny and Margaret Ann Richie Penney, brother, Billy Penney and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Ann Barnett Penney. Dad never met a stranger and lived to serve others and be a Christian example. He was faithful in going to church and ministering the word of Christ and studying his word. For many years he visited nursing homes and hospitals, preaching to those who could not attend church. IN his own words “I may be in Heaven tomorrow, so I’ll gladly serve Jesus today.” Even in retirement he would mail his hand typed sermons with notes to those he loved. He was kind to animals and enjoyed walking his dog. He always offered to help when needed, never asking for anything in return. He enjoyed going to fresh produce stands and sharing his produce treasure with others. We know he is happy in Heaven with Betty and so many loved ones gone before which gives us peace. He is greatly missed and will always be dearly loved. A memorial service honoring Randy’s life and legacy will be held at a later date for the safety of those Randy held dear. The family asks in lieu of flowers, any donations be sent to Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson, Texas which always held a special place in Randy’s heart. “I am the resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” John 11:25-26



Dale Reed


Dr. Franklin Dale Reed was born August 3, 1950 in Carthage, Texas. He passed this life January 4, 2021 in Tyler, Texas. He was the only son of four children born to Rev. Ottie Franklin and Myrtle Cosette Burns Reed. He was schooled and raised in Clayton through the seventh grade, and graduated from Carthage High School with the Bulldog class of 1968. Dale answered the call to preach entering Texas Baptist Institute Seminary in Henderson, Texas where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelors of English Bible, and in 1972, with a Masters of English Bible. Dale was licensed by Mt. Pleasant M.B.C. Logan, Texas in June of 1968 and ordained at Enterprise M.B.C. in McCoy, Texas in 1968. Dale received his Doctors of English Bible from Heritage Baptist Institute Seminary in Missouri City, Texas in 2010. After completing three degrees in English bible he received a Doctors of Divinity from T.B.I. Dale served 50 years as a law enforcement Chaplain at Kilgore, Corsicana and then home to Carthage to serve P.C.S.D. and C.P.D. and also in the Carthage F. D. Dale served as a reserve deputy under Constable Bryan Murff. Dale holds a level of master with the I.C.P.C., he taught on local, state, and national levels concerning small department Chaplain Programs. He helped organize the East Texas Law Enforcement Chaplains Assoc., and was the first president. Dale created our local Peace Officers Memorial held for the last 32 years. With the help of Sheriff Jack Ellett, they raised monuments in honor of our local officers lost in the line of duty. He serves as past president of the Carthage Rotary as well as member of the Carthage Lions Club and school board member for the Panola School District. Dale is a member of the Carthage Masonic Lodge #521 A.F. & A.M. and member of the Sharon Shrine Temple of Tyler. Dale felt his greatest accomplishment was pastoring the Carthage Missionary Baptist Church for 20 years. A church he loved dearly and gave the best years of his life as pastor. Dale married Joni Willis on November 7, 1997 making his last 23 years even sweeter.



Mark Simmons


Mark Warren Simmons of Johntown, Texas took his final breath on earth and was welcomed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Friday night, September 17, 2021, from injuries sustained from a car accident. Mark was born on August 2, 1973, in Sherman, Texas, the first of two sons born to James Melvin and Marilyn Camille (Bishop) Simmons. Mark was currently serving as the Pastor of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church in Johntown, Texas. Before coming to Johntown, he served his Lord and Savior as a Worship Pastor and as a Youth Pastor. His earlier pastorates include Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas; Christ Point in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Lake Ouachita, in Mount Ida, Arkansas; Highland Heights in Benton, Arkansas; and Cross Roads Missionary Baptist, also in Benton, Arkansas. He was a former instructor at the Clark County Christian Academy in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Mark was passionate about loving people the way Jesus loved them. He had a heart for missions, evangelism, and discipleship and overflowed with the joy of the Lord. He was a lover of people and of the community in which he lived. Mark served as chair of the local food pantry. He loved the students of the Rivercrest schools and was like a father to many of them, often referring to the students as “his kids.” He loved to fish, and enjoyed writing and making music with his brother, Jim, and anyone else he could find. His family was the light of his life; he was a devoted husband and father.



Billy Turpin


Billy Wayne Turpin On October 11, 2021, Dr. Billy Wayne Turpin was called home to join his loving wife at the age of 85 years old. On this day, the world lost a leader in Christ, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Billy was born on December 23, 1935 to Hubert and Eva Robison Turpen in Heth, AR. He went on to marry Johan YeVonne Russell on September 4, 1959 in La Porte, TX. They celebrated 57 years of marriage prior to her passing and together raised a strong Christian family. One of 11 children, Billy left school in the 6th grade to help support his family as a sharecropper. Drafted at age 18, Billy was a Private First-Class in the Clean Up Operations in Germany from 1954-1956. Upon returning to the United States, Billy married his beloved wife Johan and began their family while working as a journeyman for various refineries in the Houston-area. Billy answered the Lords calling in 1963 by attending seminary at Texas Baptist Institute, where he would earn his Masters of Theology. A lifelong learner and teacher, he would then go on to continue his education at Lee College and the University of Houston-Clearlake where he would graduate with his Bachelors Degree in Education. During his over 50 years of ministry he also served five years as the Dean of Academics at Heritage Baptist Institute and Seminary in Houston, TX. He later received his Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Texas Baptist Institute.


Obituaries from the 2020 Year Book


Billy Anderson


Bro. Billy L. Anderson, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, TX, passed away on August 10, 2020 in Rusk, TX. He was born on June 14, 1932 in Abilene, TX to Lernon & Mary Chaney. Bro. Anderson served in the ministry for many years working in several churches. He also served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.



Gary Bass


Gary Lynn Bass, 69, fulfilled his kingdom purpose and was welcomed into his eternal home with Jesus on June 20, 2020. He was born to the late Leonard and Lucy Ann Barrett Bass on December 17, 1950, in Dekalb, TX. He accepted his calling into the ministry at a young age and pastored multiple congregations from San Antonio to Northeast Texas including his current church at Hickory Hill outside of Mt. Pleasant, TX. Along with his pastoral ministry, Gary used his positions in school transportation, security, police officer, and defensive driving instructor as an opportunity to share Jesus with those he came in contact with.



Royal Burt


Royal Clinton (RC) Burt, was born in Dierks, Arkansas on July 8, 1934 and passed peacefully from this life at his home in Lonoke surrounded by much of his family on April 2, 2020. He was the son of Mack Duff and Lou Ella (McClure) Burt. He was saved at age 10 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks and surrendered to the ministry in 1952 serving as a faithful pastor of two Arkansas churches-Old Union at Lockesburg (1955-58) and Union Hill at Bradford (1956-57). Also, five churches in Texas-Hubbard Chapel, Dekalb (1958-60); Friendship, Clarksville (1960-65); Carthage Missionary Baptist, Carthage (1965-70); Liberty, Fort Worth (1970-75) and Tanglewood, Atlanta (1984-96). And, one church in Oklahoma-Unity Baptist, Duncan (1975-84). He was presently serving as Associate Pastor of New Testament Baptist Church, Lonoke (1996-2020) and assisted at Family Resource Services of Lonoke. Royal holds higher education degrees in Bible Languages from the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock; Master of Theology from Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas; and Bachelor of Applied Ministries from Oklahoma Missionary Baptist College Institute and Seminary (OMBC) in Marlow, Oklahoma. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. He also taught at OMBC several years.



Billy Daniels


Bro. Billy Daniels was called home to his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, July 25, 2020. He began his earthly life on September 26, 1938 in Grand Saline, Texas the son of Fred D. and Eula Mae (Smith) Daniels. Bro. Daniels was called in to the ministry at an early age, he began pastoring in 1964 until 2016. He attended the Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson, his pastorates include Liberty Missionary Baptist Church at Blodgett, Texas, Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson, Texas, Lee Hi Missionary Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Johntown Missionary Baptist Church in Johntown, Texas, Walnut Street Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Texas and Bogata Missionary Baptist in Bogata, Texas. Bro. Daniels was very active and served in many different capacities of the American Baptist Association during his 55 years as a dedicated servant of the Lord. He served as a trustee of the Texarkana Baptist Children’s Home, and the Rivercrest ISD School Board, he held the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas, and on two occasions was the Secretary/Treasurer of the North East Texas Missions Counsel. Bro. Daniels went on to receive his doctorate in Theology. He served as a Chaplin at McCuistion Hospital, Director of the youth camp, Lions Club, and Red River County CPS.



Melvin Hollifield


Julious Melvin Holifield, age 82 of Cleveland, Texas passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020. He was born June 27, 1938 in Laurel, Mississippi to parents John and Emily Holifield who preceded him in death along with his daughter, Sarah Kay Walton; sisters, Vicie Marzellia Landrum and Sarah Birtha Day; brothers, Alson Holifield, Johnie Holifield, Maurice Holifield and Haurice Holifield; nephew, Dan Holifiled; and niece, Doris Barnett. Survivors include his wife, Ann Holifield; daughter, Deborah Fay Wilkerson; sons, Melvin Ray Holifield and Micah Jay Holifield; brother, James Marvin Holifield; fourteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Pace Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Services will follow starting at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Pace Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Interment will follow at Ryan Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. Masonic burial service under the auspice of Tarkington Prairie Lodge #498.



Gene Hoover


Gene Hoover passed from this life on December 28, 2019, at Providence Health Center in Waco. He was born January 18, 1939, in Firebaugh, California to the late Thomas Hiram and Edith Crystal Bell (Clark) Hoover and has lived in Mt. Enterprise since 1974. He received a Bachelors degree of Agronomy from Fresno State College and later obtained his Doctorate of Theology from California Missionary Baptist Institute. Gene spent nearly 45 years in camp work, first at Bogg Springs Baptist Camp in Arkansas and then Pine Springs Baptist Camp outside of Mt. Enterprise. He also enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot. Mr. Hoover used those skills to take students from camp up in a plane and gave each one a flying certificate. Gene was an active and longtime member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church and later Smyrna Baptist Church.



John Jones


John Paul Jones went to be with our Lord on January 31, 2020, at Bailey Creek Nursing Facilty in Texarkana, AR. He was born on November 11, 1931 in Winfield, AL to Burris & Loudell Jones. He was a veteran of the Korean war, serving in the U.S. Air Force. In July 1953, he surrendered to the gospel ministry, attending and graduating with a Bachelor of Theology degree from Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. He pastored Texas churches in Panola County, Monticello, Timpson, Seminole, Borger, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, and one church in Denver, Colorado. After retiring in November 1998 from Unity Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, he and his wife moved to Texarkana, AR. Also Bro. John was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas for the past twenty-one year. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and eldest son, Larry David Jones. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Faye Jones, two daughters, Judy Anderson and husband Jim Bob, Janie Vogler and husband Lester, one son Jimmy Jones and wife Donna. Seven grandchildren, John Anderson, Jeremy Vogler, Jackie Anderson Haba, Vickie Vogler, Audra Jones Rittenberry, Ashley Jones, Jordan Lee Jones, ten great grandchildren, and a host of friends.



Steve Phillips


Steve Phillips was born July 31, 1956 in Lufkin, Texas to the late Susie Mel (Beam) and Fred Wayne Phillips, and died Monday, September 7, 2020 in a local hospital. Pastor Phillips spent his life in service to the Lord, pastoring churches in the American Baptist Association for 40 years with a true Pastors heart. At the time of his death he pastored San Augustine Missionary Baptist Church, San Augustine, Texas. Pastor Phillips attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas. He was an amazing and loving husband, Dad, and Pappy.



Charles Swilling


Charles Swilling was born on December 3, 1942 in Fort Smith, AR to Frank and Geneva (Phillips) Swilling. At 17, he was saved and baptized at Zion MBC of Roland, OK. On April 22, 1962, he answered Gods call to service in the ministry. Charles attended Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary (TBI) in Henderson, TX where he met his future wife, Jerry. After a long courtship of two months, they were married on February 15, 1963 and remained devoted to each other for 53 years until her passing in 2016. Charles graduated from TBI with a Master of Theology degree on May 5, 1967. He later earned a Doctor of Theology degree on June 2, 1978 while teaching English, Old Testament Introduction, Greek, and Homiletics at TBI. He continued to serve faithfully for 57+ years during which he pastored at 8 churches throughout his ministry. He was Director of Sounding Out the Word Ministries for 17.5 years. A monthly publication which was distributed in 68 countries including U.S. and translated in as many languages. He authored 238 books about Gods word.



Ray Williams


Ray Everette Williams was born August 9, 1940 to Lewis and Opal Williams in Houston Texas. He preached his first sermon in 1965 at Second Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas. Ray surrendered to the ministry and enrolled in Texas Baptist Institute in September of 1971. He built the Kirkland Auditorium, administrative offices and apartments on Longview Drive. He received his Master and Doctorate degrees from TBI as well as a Ministerial Endurance Honorary Doctorate for his 50 years of ministerial service. He began his pastoral efforts in 1972 at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise Texas, where he pastored until 1976. In April of 1976 Ray was called to pastor Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Longview, where he ministered faithfully for 43 years. Ray had a passion for missions. He was a good friend and supporter of Roy and Regan Hawthorne in the Navajo Nation, a long-time supporter of Phil Gavila and the work in Guadalajara Mexico, now an organized church; Ricky Knight in Grand Prairie, Texas, also an organized church; Brother Abel Ovieda in Mission, Texas; David Garcia in Camargo, Mexico; Brother Danny Tijerena in McAllen, Texas; Brother Jose Poot in San Pedro, Mexico; Brother Francisco Martinez in Des Moines, Iowa; Brother John Melancon in Israel; Brother Singh in India. Brother Ray has impacted and influenced many lives in his years of service for the Lord. Several young men have surrendered to the ministry under his teaching. One such is Ryan Carlisle, who only recently went to be with the Lord. He worked for the Longview Independent School District for 20 years as a bus driver. He was an accomplished carpenter. He was an avid hunter; he loved hunting deer and elk. He spent Tuesdays with his best friend, Ray Brooks over a table at Hushpuppies in Henderson, going fishin.