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Biographies D

CHARLES B. DAILEY

Charles B. Dailey celebrated his 45th anniversary as pastor of First Baptist Church in Oakland on February 15, 2004. The church also celebrated its 124th anniversary in 2004.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 12, 2004, p. 5.

JACK P. DALTON

Dalton,-Jack-P.

Jack P. Dalton (1908-1969) was born in Slocomb, Alabama. He graduated from Fort Meade, Florida High School, Stetson University and the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He completed the Chaplain’s School at Harvard University. Dalton served as pastor of four Baptist churches in Florida, First Baptist Church
in Pahokee, Avon Park, Dunnellon, and Lake Forest in Jacksonville. He served two tours of duty as an Air Force chaplain, and reached the rank of Lt. Colonel. He
also served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Florala, Alabama, right after World War II. Dalton made a tremendous contribution to Florida Baptists in that his Ph.D.
dissertation at the University of Florida written in 1952, was on the history of Florida Baptists.
Dalton and his wife, Frances, had four children. Jack P. Dalton died December 27, 1969. At the time of his death he was head of the History and Political Science
Department at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton, Texas.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 9, 1946, p. 13;
January 29, 1970, p. 3.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

B. H. DAMON

B. H. Damon served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1910.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911, p. 83.

HUGH DAMPIER

Hugh Dampier (1941- served five years in the United States Air Force. He was saved in 1974 and called to preach in 1975. He graduated form the Baptist College of
Florida and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dampier served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Live Oak, and Madison Street Baptist Church in
Starke and served for 11 years as Director of Missions of Beulah Baptist Association before his retirement in 2007. He and his wife, Shirley, had two children, Chris
and Tina.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 25, 2007, p. 10

ELAM JACKSON DANIELS

Daniels,-E.J.

Elam Jackson Daniels (November 1, 1908-March 13, 1987) was born at O Brien in Suwannee County, Florida. His parents were James E. Daniels and Meriba Williams
Daniels. Daniel’s father was a farmer-timberman and his mother was a school teacher. He had five brothers and one sister. He graduated from Branford High School in
Branford, Florida, in 1929. Daniels attended Stetson University (1929-1930), and Southern Florida Baptist School at Plant City (1930-1933) where he received a
certificate and did further studies at Florida Southern in Lakeland (1933-1935). He received the D.D. degree from Bob Jones University in 1948. Daniels married
Elizabeth Weaver in 1931. Daniels was converted in 1928 at age 19, and was baptized at the O Brien Baptist Church at O Brien, Florida. Daniels served as pastor of five
Southern Baptist churches. Broadway Baptist Church, Tampa (1930-1933); First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, Florida (1933-1936); First Baptist Church, Winter Garden,
Florida (1936-1942); First Baptist Church, Fort Pierce, Florida, (1942-1943); and First Baptist Church, Fairfield, Alabama (1943-1947). Daniels served as a Southern
Baptist evangelist from 1947 until his death. Daniels preached in hundreds of revival meetings, wrote over 30 books and booklets, and influenced many young
ministers by his personally vibrant preaching. He was used widely all over the Southern Baptist Convention in revivals and became best known as a tent preacher
with an emphasis on associational and area-wide crusades. Orlando served as the base of operations for E. J. and Elizabeth. They had extensive publishing interests
and featured The Family Magazine as a way of promoting local and world evangelism. E. J. Daniels became known as The Million Soul Man as thousands upon
thousands responded to his gospel preaching in India, Korea, and Africa. Christ For the World ministry made a worldwide gospel impact in preaching, publishing,
and missions. Daniels established Golden Rule Press, but stated his most rewarding work was the ministry of winning souls. He and Elizabeth had one daughter,
Kaye Janna, who lived in Orlando, and two grandchildren.

Primary Sources:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Secondary Sources:
M. F. Morris, The Million Soul Man.
Florida Baptist Witness, March 26, 1987, p. 2.

H. E. DANIELS

H. E. Daniels was a bi-vocational pastor in Jackson County for over 20 years. He served as pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Grand Ridge for 17 years. He then
served as pastor of Inwood Baptist Church in Chipola Association. Daniels and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1988. He was a Baptist preacher
by calling and a grocery store owner-operator by trade.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 19, 1988, p. 4.

L. C. DANIELS

L. C. Daniels was pastor of Circle Hill Baptist Church in West Florida Baptist Association in 1889.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1889, p. 16

MITCHELL DAV

Mitchell Dav served as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Westville, 1957-1959.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HAROLD A. DAVIDSON

Harold A. Davidson (1911-1980) served as pastor of Flagler Street Baptist Church in Miami, and First Baptist Church in Live Oak. He and his wife had one daughter,
Carolyn, and one son, John .

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 12, 1980, p. 6.

STEVEN DAVIES

Steven Davies served as pastor of Village Baptist Church, Destin since 1992. Davies graduated from Shorter College, (BS, 1982); Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1985); and Luther Rice Seminary (2007) He and his wife Beverly have four children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CECIL LORING DAVIS

Davis,-Cecil-Loring

Cecil Loring Davis (May 13, 1913-November 21, 1992) was born in Lee, Florida, to Vannie Bell Stroud Davis and Hugh John Davis. Davis graduated from St.
Petersburg High School, Mars Hill College, Carson-Newman College (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He was a veteran of World
War II, and served as a flight instructor with the U.S. Army. Davis taught at Baptist Bible Institute from 1955-1978. He served as pastor of churches in North
Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
He married Doris Murff Davis and they had one daughter, Sylvia (Mrs. Jeff W. Williams, Jr.), and four sons (John Northrup, James Murff, Cecil Jr., and Robert
Marshall. Cecil and Doris had 16 grandchildren.

Secondary Source:
Baptist College of Florida files.

CORNELIUS DAVIS

Davis,-Cornelius

Cornelius Davis served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1978. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia (A.B.) and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary (B.D., Th.D.) Davis was the founding pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, Lakeland, where he served over 13 years. (1964-1977). He then
served as pastor of Southside Church, Jacksonville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 12, 1978.

EARL DAVIS

Davis,-Earl

Earl Davis (1938-) was a native of Madison, Florida. He received his doctorate of theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of
First Baptist Church, Marianna from 1967 to 1970. He resigned at Marianna in 1970 to become pastor of First Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia and left there to
become pastor of First Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee.Davis had a unique visitation ministry. He determined to visit all of his church members his first year
on the church field. He then made it a goal to visit each member on his or her birthday.

Secondary Source:
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 42-48.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HAYES B. DAVIS, SR.

Hayes B. Davis, Sr., (1928-2006) served as pastor of Bethel Church, Lakeland, before going as pastor of Calvary Church, Milton, in 1980. He later served as director
of missions of the Gadsden County Baptist Association. He served Florida Baptist churches for 55 years. He and his wife, Nancy, had two children; Hayes, Jr., and
Nanette.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 2, 1980, p. 6, May 11, 2006, p. 7.

J. A. DAVIS, SR.

J. A. Davis served as pastor at First Baptist Church, Brandon from 1928-1929.

Source:
Born in the Heart. A History of First Baptist Church, Brandon, p. 27.

JACK DAVIS

Jack Davis served as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1949-1952.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN HARVEY DAVIS

John Harvey Davis (1913-1987) attended Norman Junior College, Mercer University, University of Florida, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served
as pastor of Olustee, Belleview, Main Street in Inverness, Lecanto, Inglis, Northside in Brooksville, Northside in Dade City, Morriston, Hernando, and Fellowship Baptist
Church in Raiford. He also served as director of missions in New River Baptist Association. He and his wife, Effie, had one daughter, Anita.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 3, 1987, p. 11.

ROBERT K. DAVIS

Robert K. Davis (1944-2014) was a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Elba, Alabama. North Central Baptist Church in
Gainesville, First Baptist Church, Lake City (23 years) and Woodstock Baptist Church in Jacksonville (11 years). Davis was preceded in death by a son, Jeff, who was
a Columbia County Sheriff deputy who died in the line of duty in 2002. Davis also served 20 years with the Florida National Guard. Davis was named pastor emeritus
of First Baptist Church, Lake City in 2013. He was survived by his wife Pat, son John and daughter Nan.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 2014, p. 11.

R.W. DAVIS

In 1864 R. W. Davis served in the West Florida Baptist Association as pastor of the Pilgrim’s Rest Church in Henry County, Alabama.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1864, p. 9.

THOMAS JEFFERSON DAVIS

Thomas Jefferson Davis, born 1834 in Twiggs County, Georgia, enlisted in the Confederate States Army on May 1, 1861, in Russell County, Alabama. He served in
Company F, later Company C, 6th Alabama Regiment. Wounded July 2, 1863, at the battle of Gettysburg when a minie ball pierced through his right hip, he “could
not stand to be carried on the retreat,” was left at the field hospital for 10 days, and then imprisoned at David’s Island, New York. During his imprisonment he
suffered gangrene with loss of muscle, nerve and bone. By 1885, he had settled in Pensacola. An ordained minister, he served Pleasant Grove and Tenth Avenue
(today’s East Hill). He also was a leader in Bethlehem, Elim and Pensacola Bay Baptist associations. He died April 2, 1905, and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery,
Pensacola.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical  Society files

WILLIAM M. DAVIS

William M. Davis lived in Greenwood, Florida, in 1856. In the 1856 minutes of the West Florida Associational Minutes he is listed as an ordained minister. He was
elected as a delegate to the 1857 Florida Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1856.

HARRY A. DAY

Harry A. Day was a native of Tennessee. He attended Stetson and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church,
Okeechobee, First Baptist, Dania, Webster Avenue, Lakeland, and Spencer Memorial, Tampa. He also served 12 years as a chaplain in the United States Army.
He died November 15, 1950, in Tampa.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 1, 1960.

ALBERT DAVID DAWSON

Albert David Dawson (September 4, 1916-September 2, 1979) was a pioneer church builder and missionary among Florida Baptists from 1944-1979. Dawson
served primarily in Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. He also served as field secretary of Palm-Lake and Gulf Stream
Associations from 1953 to 1970. Dawson served as director of missions in Gulf Stream Association for 26 years. He was survived by his wife, Tanna Dawson,
who served faithfully through the Florida Baptist WMU organization

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Annual, 1979, p. 3.
Florida Baptist Witness, September 13, 1979, p. 6.

HAYWOOD DAY

Haywood Day graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Georgia, Alabama,
Germany and Florida. In 2013, Day retired as pastor of Bluewater Baptist Church, Niceville after 20 years as pastor. He and his wife Gail were honored by the
church and Day was named pastor emeritus.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 9, 2013, p. 7.

JAMES S. DAY, JR.

James S. Day, Jr. (1902-1968) served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Lakeland from 1934-1951. Day was born in Bradenton, Florida, and received the B. A.
(1922) and D.D. (1943) degrees from Stetson University. He also received the Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1925). James S. Day, Jr.,
and Col. F. N. K. Bailey were initiators in an attempt to start Florida Baptist Junior College at Sebring in about 1926. This is when Day was pastor at First Baptist
Church, Sebring but the Florida economic boom collapsed and the school never really got started. Day was very instrumental in the beginning of Florida Baptist
Institute in Lakeland.

Secondary Source:
Audry O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, pp. 22-28.

JAMES S. DAY, SR.

James Day, Sr. (June 5, 1876-May 16, 1945) was born in Sparta, Wisconsin. He came from a missionary family, his father was born in India, and his grandfather was
the founder of the Lone Star Mission in India that worked with the Telegus people. Day graduated from Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Stetson University and the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Kentucky and Florida and spent 16 years as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He served as pastor
of Mulberry, Palmetto, Terra Ceia, Oviedo and Key West.
He and his wife Olive Wilhelm had four children, James S. Day, Jr., Olive, Ann and Howard.

Source:
The South Florida Baptist Association, 1945, p. 3

JOHN W. DAY

John W. Day served in the Civil War with the Twentieth Alabama Battalion of Artillery. After the war Day served on the Executive Committee of the
Middle Florida Baptist Association, 1910.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JONATHAN DEAL

Jonathan Deal was born in Dale County, Alabama. His death was reported in the 1896 minutes of the West Florida Baptist Association. He had been an ordained
minister for eight years. He served six of those years in the Columbia Baptist Association in Alabama and his last two years in the West Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1896, p. 19.

JIMMY DEAN

Jimmy Dean served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

REEVES CLAYTON DEAN

Reeves Clayton Dean (October 23, 1910- ) was born in Arnoldsville, Georgia. He was the son of Thomas Clayton Dean and Nettie Lee Powers. His father was a
farmer and his mother was a school teacher. There were nine children in the family; five boys and four girls. Dean was raised in Arnoldsville (1910-1926 and
Winter Haven (1926-1928). He attended college at Norman Park, Georgia (1928-1929), Valdosta State College (1954-1956), and Florida State University (B.S.,
1958). Dean also attended Baptist Bible Institute in Lakeland, Florida (1951-1952). He married Katherine Barrows Dean on February 8, 1930, and they had
one child, Vivian (September 14, 1931).
Dean was converted at age 11, and baptized at First Baptist Church, Arnoldsville. He was ordained as a deacon at Lake Alfred Baptist Church in Lake Alfred,
Florida, in 1941. He then was ordained as a minister at First Baptist Church, Avon Park in 1950. Dean was pastor of Venus Baptist Church, Venus, Florida
(1948-1949), First Baptist Church, Lake Alfred, Florida (1951-1954), First Baptist Church, Lake Park, Georgia (1954-1956), and Haywood Cates Memorial
Baptist Church in 1959. He also served as Minister to the Deaf at First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida in 1957.

Secondary Sources:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1997

T. S. DEAN

T. S. Dean served as pastor of Orange Hill in Washington County in 1877.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1877, p. 8.

JIMMIE DEAS

Jimmy Deas served as pastor of Corinth Church, Jasper; First Church, McIntosh; and Deltona Lakes Baptist Church in Deltona. He has been serving as pastor of
Westwood Baptist Church, Live Oak since 1993. He has the masters and doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. Deas was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky,
and raised in North Florida. He graduated from North Florida Junior College (A.A.) and Luther Rice Seminary (B.Min., M.Div., D.Min). He and his wife, Sherry
Andrews Deas, have two children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 6, 1980, p. 6; March 4, 1993, p. 8.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

H. L. DEASON

H. L. Deason served as pastor Blackwater Baptist Mission, 1972-1974.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CRAIG DeBENEDICTUS

Craig DeBenedictus served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Destin.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society.

JOHN E. DEER

John E. Deer (1854-1935) was born in Monroe County, Alabama, on June 3, 1854, the first child of John T. Deer and Sarah M. Curry Deer. He married Sarah Murphy
about 1895, and they had six children. Deer worked for Lovelace Brothers Lumber Company at Roberts before he entered the ministry. He served as pastor of
Damascus Baptist in Pine Level and Shady Grove (present day, First Baptist Church in Jay). He also served as a pastor in Alabama.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. W. DEERING

Deering,-J.-W.

J. W. Deering was serving as pastor of Mt. Olive Church, Plant City in 1980.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 1980, p. 12.

ZACHARIAH DEES

Zachariah Dees ( -April 21, 1901) was born in North Carolina, the son of Lemuel Dees and Bettie Davis Dees. He was converted at age 18, and his limited education
was received in the schools of Hamilton County, Florida. He was first married to Lucinda Johnson, and then to Eliza C. Jones of LaFayette County, Florida. He was
the father of 16 children. Dees was licensed to preach by Macedonia Church in Suwannee County. His preaching ministry was primarily in LaFayette County. He
served five years in the Army during the Seminole War.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1901, p. 45.

ELDER MARVIN DEESE

Elder Marvin Deese (October 8, 1924-May 15, 2002) was born at Webb, Alabama. He was the son of William Archie Deese and Mamie Temples Deese. He served in
the United States Navy in the Pacific in World War II. He worked for Burlington Mills and the United States Postal Service. He married Ruthie Dumas, and they had
five children (Ann, Betty, Duke, Rodney, and Lamar). He later married Lillian Dixon Messer. Deese entered the ministry in 1952. He graduated from Baptist Bible
Institute in 1964. He served several churches in Alabama and Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. R. DEESE

W. R. Deese served as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1904-1906.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FRANK DELROSE, JR.

Frank Delrose, Jr. (1922-2008) was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1955. Delrose served as
minister of education at St. Johns Park in Jacksonville, 1958-1963; Webster Avenue in Lakeland, 1957- 1958; and Lake Forest in Jacksonville, 1955-1957. Delrose
served as an associate in the Florida Baptist Convention’s Sunday School Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1985. Delrose and his wife Marion were
married 63 years and had one son, Tim and a daughter, Teresa.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 2008, p. 15.

LARRY DEMAKOWSKI

Larry Demakowski (1942-2018) was a Southern Baptist minister for over 45 years pastoring in lower Alabama and North Florida. Demakowski served as pastor
of Five Points Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, 1986-1992. He and his wife Kay had one son, David and one daughter, Laura.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

MURIAL RAYMOND DEMEREE

Murial Raymond DeMeree (May 14, 1904-January 31, 1977) was born in Canon City, Colorado. DeMeree and his wife, Helen, were the pioneer workers in deaf
ministry in Florida. He also served with the deaf in Georgia, South Carolina, and Colorado. He retired after working with the Home Mission Board of the Southern
Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 1977, p. 13.

W. E. DENHAM

W. E. Denham was a native of South Wales and came to America in 1905. He was ordained in 1911 and became a well-known and beloved Southern Baptist preacher.
He served as pastor in Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana and Missouri. Denham served as professor of Old Testament in Hebrew and English at the Baptist
Bible Institute before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church, Miami in 1943.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October, 28, 1943, p. 9;
September 27, 1945, p. 4.

THOMAS D. DENMAN

Thomas D. Denman (July 9, 1869-December 3, 1952) was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. After serving churches in Michigan, Denman became pastor at Tarpon Springs,
Florida from 1923 to 1927, and then served at McIntosh from 1927 to 1947, until his retirement. Denman also served as part time pastor of Melrose and Sparr Baptist
churches. In 1902 he married Rachel McIntosh from Clare, Michigan.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JAY DENNIS

Dennis,-Jay

Jay Dennis serves as pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland. Dennis served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 2001.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. M. DENNISON

E. M. Dennison served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1859-1862.

Secondary Source:
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.

J. B. DESHAZO

J. B. DeShazo served as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1909-1912, 1913-1916, 1921. DeShazo died in 1934 in South Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1934, p. 94.

HARRY DEVANE

Harry Devane (c 1893-November 29, 1974) served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Plant City for 30 years. He also served as chaplain for the South Florida
Baptist Hospital in Plant City.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 19, 1974, p. 7.

J. W. DEVENEAU

J. W. Deveneau served as a Baptist preacher in Florida and died in Gainesville in 1903.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1903

J. M. DEVETTE

deVette,-J.M.

J. M. deVette (December 25, 1884- ) was born in the Netherlands. In 1888 his family moved to Muskegon, Michigan. He was ordained and married in 1913. He moved
to Florida and served churches in Northeast Florida and South Georgia. He also operated a woodworking shop in Fernandina.

Secondary Source:
History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 14.

T. S. DEW

T. S. Dew served in the West Florida Baptist Association in 1860 and lived in Ucheeana. He was pastor of Union Baptist Church in Washington County in 1870.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1860, p. 9, and 1870, p. 9.

L. C. DEWITT

L. C. DeWitt served as a Baptist minister in Florida and died in Marion Association in 1934.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1934, p. 94.

ALBERTO DIAZ

Alberta Diaz was the key figure in seeing Baptist work begin in Cuba. He was a soldier in the 1880s time of rebellion. He escaped from the hand of the Spaniards and
moved to New York. He worked in a tobacco factory by day and studied medicine at night. While ill he discovered a Bible and translated it from English to Spanish.
Upon doing this he trusted Christ as his Saviour and soon returned to Cuba to tell of his new found faith. Another Cuban crisis drove him and he family back to New
York where they attended the Willoughby Avenue Baptist Church. Diaz was baptized there on November 26, 1882. The American Bible Society hired Diaz and sent
him back to Cuba with boxes of Bibles in the spring of 1883. With many trials and persecutions, Diaz continued to preach and he and a small group of men rented a
hall at Prado 115 in Havana. The Florida Baptist State Board of Missions sent W. F. Wood to investigate this new work in Cuba. Wood preached at Prado 115 and four
stepped forward for baptism. By January 26, 1886, the first Baptist Church was constituted in Havana. Diaz went with Wood back to Key West where he was ordained
January 27, 1886, and returned to Cuba. After the war he became Presbyterian. He died in 1916.

Secondary Source:
Una Lawrence. Cuba For Christ.

BILLY J. DICKERSON

Dickerson,-Billy-J.

Billy J. Dickerson graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Texas and Florida. He served as pastor of
Jackson Heights, Tampa from 1962 to 1967, and First Baptist Church, Mango.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 21, 1967, p. 6.

ROBERT WILLIAM DICKERT

Robert William Dickert (1888-1975) was one of those unsung heroes in Florida Baptist life who served small pastorates all his ministry and was not that well known in
ministerial circles. Dickert served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville. He and his wife, Nellie Mae, had one daughter, Mildred, and one son, Robert. Upon the death of Robert and Nellie Mae, they left $10,000 in church bonds for the work of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They are dead, but they speak.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 27, 1975, p. 12.

HOWARD BRYANT DICKEY, SR.

Howard Bryant Dickey, Sr. (1940-2018) was born in Bartow to J. Alvis and Gladys Dickey. He attended Florida Southern college, Baptist Bible Institute,
Graceville, and Andersonville Baptist Seminary. Dickey served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Mulberry, First Missionary Baptist Church, Pensacola
and Shady Hammock Baptist Church, Lake Wales, 1994-2017. He and his wife Deborah had five children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN DICKS

Dicks,-John

John Dicks (1890-1987) served in the Beulah Association for over 80 years. He served as pastor of 31 churches in seven associations. He married Pearl
Tyre in 1907, and they were married over 65 years. They had seven children. Dicks began his pastoral ministry during the circuit riding days and pastored
as many as six churches at one time. He baptized over 1,200 people in his ministry. He baptized 66 in one service at Pine Grove in Trenton, Florida, and
38 in another service at Central in Aucilla, Florida. Some of the longer pastorates in Beulah Association were Eastside (7 years), Elim (7 years), Mt. Zion
(9 years), Philippi (10 years), White Springs (11 years), and Providence Village (18 years). Dicks served Jennings (7 years) in Suwannee Association, and
Sardis in Santa Fe Association (18 years). It has been said that no man has done more for rural churches in the Florida Baptist Convention than John Dicks.
On May 1, 1967, the John Dicks Scholarship Fund was begun especially for assisting ministerial students attending Baptist Bible Institute. Many ministers
have been assisted by this fund.

Secondary Sources:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 22, 1987, p. 14.
1973 Beulah Baptist Association Minutes, pp. 3-5.

JIM DICKSON

Jim Dickson served churches in Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. He retired in 2004 while serving as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Deland.
Dickson served 21 years in the ministry and his last seven years were at Northside (1998-2004). He and his wife, Joan, live in Deland.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 17, 2004, p. 11.

JOHN M. DICKSON

John M. Dickson was converted in 1932 and ordained to the ministry in 1939. He was from Marianna and he attended Stetson University, the University of Florida,
and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Georgia and Florida. He worked as chaplain at Florida School for Boys at Okeechobee for
10 years.

Secondary Source:
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, p 12.

J. F. DICKY

J. F. Dicky was pastor at Fort Lauderdale in 1927.

Source:
1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 24.

JOE DIGMON

Joe Digmon (1934-2009) served 42 years as a Baptist preacher. He was a veteran of the United States Army and worked for Monsanto Chemical Company for 35
years. His pastorate was Bethel Baptist Church in Jay.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2009, p. 4.

CHARLES G. DILWORTH

Charles G. Dilworth was pastor of Northwood Church in Miami in 1927.

Source:
1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27.

E. E. DIXON

E. E. Dixon served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. RAY DOBBINS

J. Ray Dobbins (1921-1998) led in the organization of Lake Asbury Baptist Church and served as interim and pastor from 1938-1986.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

C. E. W. DOBBS

C. E. W. Dobbs served as a Baptist minister in Florida and died in Jacksonville in 1917. He was pastor in Key West in 1910.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1917, p. 67.
1910 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 21.

BURDETTE W. DOCTER

Burdette W. Docter attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida. In 1980 he became pastor of Unity Church in Vernon.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 11, 1980, p. 6.

GEORGE SIMUEL DODD

George Simuel Dodd (1932-2014) was born in Austell, Georgia. He was a 20 year veteran of the United States Army and received the Purple Heart in the Korean War
and a Bronze Star in Viet Nam. He was a 1972 graduate of (the Baptist College of Florida) the Baptist Bible Institute. He served as pastor of churches in Mississippi
and Florida. George and his wife Gracie had three children: Tony, Don and Evelyn.

Source:
Dothan Eagle, May 20, 2014, p. 5a.

J. EARL DODD

J. Earl Dodd served as a Baptist minister in Florida and died at Greensboro in 1934.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 7.

RENEAU BAKER DOMINEY

Reneau Baker Dominey (August 4, 1929- ) was born in Clayton, Alabama. His parents were Raymond Jay and Cladia Christian Baker. His father was a blacksmith
and  his mother was a housewife. Dominey had one brother, Raymond Godfrey, who was born January 29, 1927. Dominey finished high school at Clayton High
and attended Howard College (now Samford University) (A.B., 1951), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1954). He married Jean Marie Patterson,
the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E. N. Patterson. Dr. Patterson taught evangelism at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The marriage took place November 26,
1953, at Fairhope,  Alabama. Dominey was converted at age 10 and ordained November 8, 1953, at Clayton Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Gainesville Baptist
Church in Gainesville,  Mississippi (1953), Midway Baptist Church in Thomasville, Alabama (1954), Hunter Memorial Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama (1954-1957),
and Greensboro Baptist  Church in Greensboro, Florida (1957- ). Dominey was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed woodwork and carpentry.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

T.J. DOMINY

In 1864 T. J. Dominy was pastor of Limestone Church in Washington County and Pittman’s Creek Church in Holmes County.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1864, p. 9.

LEWIS A. DONNELLY

Lewis A. Donnelly served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1913-1918 and 1930-1932.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

T. H. DORRIS

T. H. Dorris (1892-1971) of Miami died January 13, 1971. Dorris served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Miami before he retired. He and his wife, Maude, had
one daughter, Dorothy, and one son, James.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 11, 1971, p. 8.

JOHN C. DOSS

John C. Doss (1927-1977) was a graduate of Mercer University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Carabelle
and Southside Church, Perry. He and his wife, Martha Drinkwater Doss, had two sons, Michael and Jerry.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 19, 19977, p. 14.

J. M. DOTSON

J. M. Dotson was pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka City, Florida, from 1895-1899.

Secondary Source:
Audrey O. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 29-30.

RICHARD ERNEST DOWNING

R. E. Downing (1879-1934) was born in Lake County Tennessee. He was saved at age 14. He graduated from Union University and the Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He was ordained in 1905 and served pastorates in Tennessee and Kentucky. He served as pastor of Stanton Memorial Baptist Church in Miami from 1929
until his death.

Source:
1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, pp. 4-5.

W. G. DOYLE

W. G. Doyle served as pastor of FBC, Brandon (1919-1921) and Orange Glade Baptist Church in 1928.

Source:
Born in the Heart, A History of FBC Brandon.
1928 Miami Association Minutes, p. 27.

PHILLIP M. DRAAYOM

Phillip M. Draayom (1945-2006) was born in Bradenton, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in theology from The Baptist College of Florida. He served as pastor
in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. Phil was best known among Florida Baptists as the Director of the Physical Plant at The Baptist College of Florida. He and his wife,
Mary, had two sons; John and Paul, and one daughter; Michelle.

Secondary Source:
Dothan Eagle, April 24, 2006, p. 7a.

THOMAS JEFFERSON DRAPER

Draper,-Tom

Thomas Jefferson Draper (April 27, 1915-November 2, 2003) was born in Brinkley, Arkansas. His father was Thomas Jefferson Draper, and his mother was Junia
Americus George. His father was a chemist, and his mother was a graduate nurse. Draper graduated from Memphis Tech High School in 1933, and Florida State
University (B.S., 1955). He also attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1949-1950). Draper married Anne Ford on November 23, 1938. She was born
May 21, 1917, and they married in Memphis, Tennessee. They had two children, Charles David (February 9, 1954), and Debra Anne (September 1, 1956). Draper
served eight years as a factory drug representative, five years as inspector for the Army Air Force and then as Minister of Education. Converted at age nine at First
Baptist Church, Helena, Arkansas, Draper was ordained at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, in 1943. He served as Minister of Education at Calvary
Baptist Church in Kansas City (1946-1949), First Baptist Church, Laurel, Mississippi (1949-1950), First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1950-1952), First Baptist Church,
Decatur, Georgia (1952-1953), and First Baptist Church, Tallahassee. He served as Director of Missions of the Greater Orlando Baptist Association from 1968-1981.
He was survived by his wife, Helen, and children; David, Deborah, Valerie, Donna, Karen, Jeff, and Kathleen. His first wife, Anne, preceded him in death.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 20, 2003, p. 10.

H. E. DRAUGHON

H. E. Draughon served as pastor of West Pittman Baptist Church, Westville, 1939-1940, 1946-1947 and Union Hill Baptist Church, 1943-1946.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WALTER D. DRAUGHON, JR.

Walter D. Draughon, Jr. (1925-2008) was born in Newton, Alabama. He served in the United States Navy (1943-1949) and graduated from Tulane University (BBA),
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (D. ed.). He held pastorates in Louisiana, Alabama and
Oklahoma. Draughon went to Baptist Bible Institute in 1958 and stayed until his retirement in 1991. He taught religious education and counseling and served as
academic dean from 1961-1991. He was named dean emeritus in 1992. Draughon was survived by his wife of 59 years, Jacqueline Perry Draughon, and three children,
Gwendalyn, Perry Kenyon and Walter “D” III.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

C. E. DRIGGERS

C. E. Driggers served as pastor of Oak-Griner Baptist Church in 1930.

Secondary Source:
James Leland Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, 1915-1975, p. 35.

J. W. DUBOSE

J. W. Dubose served as pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Baker.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH P. DUBOSE, JR.

Dubose,-Joseph

Joseph P. Dubose, Jr. (March 9, 1925 – April 4, 2012 ) was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was converted and ordained at First Baptist Church, Orangeburg,
and Dr. Roy O. McLain was the ordaining pastor. Dubose attended school at The Citadel (1941-1942), Colby College (1943), The University of South Carolina (B.S.,
1948), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1953), (Th.M., 1956), (D.Min., 1975). Dubose served as pastor at Tea Creek Baptist Church in Lovett,
Indiana (1953-1954), associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina (1954-1956), pastor of First Baptist Church, Marion, North Carolina (1956-
1963), pastor of East Hill Baptist Church, Pensacola (1963-1977), and President of Baptist Bible Institute, 1977 to 1990.
Dubose married Sybil Mellian Dubose, and they had three children; Joseph Daniel (1948), Jay Stephen (1952), and Jonathan Palmer (1955). Dubose was a First
Lieutenant serving in the South Pacific in Work War II (1943-1946). Dubose preached widely and served his denomination faithfully as President at Baptist Bible
Institute. He was a churchman. He brought accreditation to the College at a crucial time for the school.

Secondary Source:
Baptist College of Florida files.

RAYFORD DUCK

Rayford Duck served as pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Okaloosa County and Damascus Baptist Church, Graceville, 1984-1987. Duck retired to
Crestview where he has served as interim pastor for Rosemont Baptist Church, Niceville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HOMER DUGGAR

Dubose,-Joseph

Homer Duggar (1904-1978) was a native of Tallahassee. He served as pastor or interim pastor of Florida Baptist churches from 1946 to 1978. He and his wife,
Elizabeth, had seven daughters, and one son.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 24, 1978, p. 6.

CLAUDE WALKER DUKE

Duke,-Walter

Claude Walker Duke (1865-1936) was born July 17, 1865, in Nansemond County, Virginia. He graduated from Richmond College and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Duke was pastor of First Baptist Church, Tampa (1905-1936) for 31 years. When Duke went to Tampa as pastor there were 346 members.
At the time of his death on September 3, 1936, there were 2,550 members, and church property was worth $205,000.

Secondary Source:
Gordon Crawford Reeves, A History of Florida Baptists. A thesis presented at Stetson University. 1938.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 30, 1913
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1936, p. vii.

JIMMY DUKES

Jimmy Dukes (1942-) is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Delta State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.,
Th. D.). In 2007 Dukes became Director of the Theological Education and Distance Learning Department. Dukes had previously served as pastor and associate
provost and professor at New Orleans Seminary.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 7, 2007, p. 2.

ARVIL DUNAWAY

Arvil Dunaway graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, William Carey College, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in
Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi before going as pastor of First Church, Southport in 1980.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 25, 1980, p. 6.

DANIEL DUNCAN

Duncan,-Daniel

Daniel Duncan graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served
as pastor in Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida. In Florida he served as pastor of Long Avenue Baptist Church, Port St. Joe, and Gateway Baptist Church, Blountstown.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 17, 1983, p. 6.

MARTY DUNCAN

Marty Duncan became pastor of Crossway Baptist Church in Tallahassee in 2004. He was a 22 year veteran of law enforcement and he and his wife, Susan, live in
Jefferson County.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 15, 2004, p. 10.

POPE A. DUNCAN

Duncan,-Pope

Pope A. Duncan (September 8, 1920- ) was a Kentucky native who had served as president of two different colleges before going to Stetson University (1977-1987).
He had served as President of South Georgia College and Georgia Southern College. Duncan attended the University of Georgia (B.A., M.S., in physics) and The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.D.). He was an ordained minister, and served as pastor in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He served as
professor of religion at Stetson (1946-1948, 1949-1953), and later associate professor of church history at Southeastern Theological Seminary. He was elected
president of Stetson when he was 57 years of age, and served during the Stetson 50 million dollar campaign. He worked hard to support faculty study, research,
and writing.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

EDWARD MANLOVE CLAYTON DUNKLIN

Edward Manlove Clayton Dunklin (April 28, 1863-March 10, 1952) was born in Collirene, Lowndes County, Alabama. He received his early schooling at Barnes
School in Strata, Florida, and graduated in 1897 from Georgetown College in Kentucky, and finished at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville,
Kentucky in 1898. Dunklin’s family were slave owners, and when the slaves were set free, the family moved to Florida and bought orange groves. Freezing weather
forced them out of the grove business. Dunklin was licensed to preach by the Ocala Church, and ordained on July 30, 1891, by the Oxford Church in the Alachua
Association. He married Pauline Gomes on June 25, 1902. He served as pastor at Oxford, Peniel, Belleview, Apopka, Coleman, and Center Hill. He served as
missionary of the State Board in the Tampa area from 1910-1917. From 1917-1921, he served as missionary in the St. Johns River Association. Then from 1921-1938,
he entered his greatest service as missionary in the Indian River Association. He organized the Lemon Heights and Hollister Baptist Churches. He had a great and
powerful influence in preaching to the Seminole Indians and received tribal and national recognition for his work.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

GEORGE DUNN

Dunn,-George

George Dunn (c 1938-July 24, 1997) was a native of Bronson. He was a graduate of the University of Tampa and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served
as pastor of churches in Bonita Springs and Hollywood. Dunn served as Director of Missions of Florida Keys, Santa Rosa, and Seminole Baptist Associations. He was
the missions director of Seminole Association at the time of his death in 1997, and had served since 1979. Dunn was best known to Florida Baptists as facilities
coordinator of the Florida Baptist Convention for over 20 years. He was always at the convention to give help and coordination to all convention efforts. He and his
wife, Beverly, had three children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 31, 1997.

JAMES T. DUNNAM

James T. Dunnam served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach (1962-1968). In 1968 he went as pastor of First Baptist Church, Cocoa.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JAMES EDGAR DUPREE

James Edgar Dupree served as a Baptist preacher for 44 years. His last pastorate was First Baptist Church, Jasper, Florida. He died May 31, 1955, in Hoyesville,
North Carolina.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 23, 1955, p. 12.

GEORGE A. DURHAM

George A. Durham (1913-1993) was a native of Tampa. He was licensed and ordained by the Seminole Church. He attended Florida Bible Institute in 1939, and also
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in Charlotte Harbor, Fort Myers, and Live Oak. He also served as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Sebastian, Salem Baptist Church in Tampa, and First Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie. He and his wife, Helen, were married 56 years. They had one
daughter, Florence, and two sons, George Jr. and James.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 1993, p. 11.

MILTON DOW DURRANCE

Dupree,-James

Milton Dow Durrance (1924-2001) was a native of Wauchula, Florida. He was the son of Dow and Nell Durrance. His father, uncle, and two grandfathers were Baptist
preachers. He was ordained in 1950 at the age of 26. He served as pastor of Woodruff Heights Mission in Avon Park, First Baptist Church, Bowling Green, First Baptist
Church, Williston, and First Baptist Church, Arcadia. He also served as pastor and interim pastor of chruches in Georgia.
He and his wife, Wilma, had four daughters, Brenda, Kay, Alisa, and Darlene. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Vivian Weeks Durrance and a son,
Dennis.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 17, 2001.

SAMUEL F. DURRANCE

Samuel F. Durrance (December 20, 1884-March 15, 1951) lived and labored in Central Florida. He married Ada Lee Williams and they had four daughters and one son.
He was a well known preacher and pastor in a wide variety of south central Florida churches. He was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and died while living near
Wauchula, Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
A. O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, p. 16. 44-47.

L. E. DUTTON

L. E. Dutton was pastor of Delray Beach Baptist Church in 1934 and 1935.

Source:
1934 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4;
Ibid, 1935, p.6.

KENNETH E. DYAL, SR.

Kenneth E. Dyal Sr. (1953-2010) was a native of Ft. Myers. He served for 25 years as the pastor of The Church at Argyle in Jacksonville. He and his wife Becky had two
sons, Kenny and Darrell.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 29, 2010, p. 4.

W. B. DYE

W. B. Dye served faithfully in Kentucky, and then moved to Florida due to failing lungs. He worked at Bartow, Kissimmee, and Plant City. He died February 7, 1895.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1896, p. 33.
South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1895, p. 15.

LUTHER B. DYER

Luther B. Dyer (1924-1998) served as pastor in Oklahoma, Missouri,and Florida. He was the State Evangelism Director in Missouri from1968 to 1974. He also served
as pastor of Wayside Baptist Church, Miami, and Spencer Memorial Baptist Church, Tampa. In 1982 he became Director of Missions for the South Florida Association
and served there until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife, Wanda, had one daughter, Melinda.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 4, 1998.

M. L. DYESS

M. L. Dyess served as a pastor in the Florida Baptist Convention and died at Rex in August 1903.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1904, p. 32.

FLOYD L. DYKES

Dykes,-Floyd

Floyd L. Dykes (1895-1982) was a Baptist preacher for over 60 years. He served as a pastor for 44 years. He attended Newton Institute and New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary when it was Baptist Bible Institute. His pastorates included Bonifay, River Junction, Graceville, First Baptist, Crestview, Vernon, Alford,
Milligan, Pilrim’s Rest, Baker, Live Oak, Vernon (1936-1942), and Gulf Beach, Panama City. He also served as moderator in Okaloosa and West Florida Associations.
Dykes and his wife, Lottie May Dykes, had two daughters, Sarah and Bernice.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 25, 1982, p. 6.
History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 18.