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T. L. TALBERT

Talbert,Thomas L.

T. L. Talbert served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1885.
He attended Mississippi College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife had four boys.
A church pleasure trip in 1885 to Santa Rosa Island ended in tragedy with the
heart attack of pastor Talbert. He was not able to preach again and died soon
in his native state of Mississippi.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
pp. 77-78.

HENRY TALBIRD

Henry Talbird (November 7, 1811-October 14, 1890) served as a professor and
then president of Howard College in Marion, Alabama. He was born in Hilton Head
Island, South Carolina, and attended Madison (now Colgate) University (A.M.,
1841). He married Mary C. Griffin on January 15, 1845. During the Civil War
he served in the Alabama 7th and 41st regiments.
Talbird served as pastor at Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1842), Henderson, Kentucky
(1868-1871), Lexington, Missouri (1872-1884), and Starke, Florida (1884-1887).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

DAVID TARKINGTON

Tarkington,David

David Tarkington graduated from the University of North Texas and Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He went to First Baptist Church, Orange Park,
as pastor in 2005. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 2005, p. 10.

ADGER R. TATUM

Adger R. Tatum served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myorkka City, Florida,
from 1962-1973.

Secondary Source: Audry O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, p. 16.

JIM TATUM

Tatum,Jim

Jim Tatum (1927-2012) was a member of First Baptist Church Jacksonville and had a successful career in the insurance business before beginning a ministry of "suits for servants." He opened a number of clothing stores but his joy was loving his family, teaching his Sunday School class and putting preachers in new suits. He and his wife Bernice were married for 63 years and had four children, Terri, Tim, Tracy, Tammy and nine grandchildren.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 14, 2012
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. R. TATUM

J. R. Tatum was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Peace River Association.
He died in 1924.

Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1924, p. 29.

A. W. TAYLOR

A. W. Taylor was pastor of Belle Glade Baptist Church in 1934 and 1939.

Source: 1934 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4; Ibid, 1939, p. 4.

B. W. TAYLOR

B. W. Taylor served as pastor of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Dale County, Alabama, in 1872.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, p. 11.

FRANK TAYLOR

Frank Taylor served as pastor of Mosley Hall Baptist Church in Greenville, and
in 1980, went as pastor of Union Baptist Church in Branford.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 17, 1980, p. 6.

HOMER N. TAYLOR

Homer N. Taylor (1914-2001) served as a pastor in Central Florida for more than
55 years. He helped start Woodhaven Church and Victory Church in Orlando and
Rock Springs Church in Apopka. He and his wife, Hassie, had two sons, Richard
and Eddie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 25, 2001, p. 10.

HUBERT R. TAYLOR

Taylor,Hubert-R.

Hubert R. Taylor (1926-1990) was a native of Jacksonville. He served as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Cedar Key, First Baptist Church of Lake Monroe, Hart
Haven Baptist Church for seventeen years, Riverside Park Baptist Church for
eleven years, and Dames Point Baptist Church for six years.
After retirement in 1988, Taylor devoted himself to gospel ventriloquism, and
presented programs in nearly 100 churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
He attended Stetson University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and
New Orleans Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Gwendolyn, had two daughters,
Melba and Lois.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 5, 1990, p. 11.

IRVIN LAFAYETTE TAYLOR

I. L. Taylor (1845-1929) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1879-1881). He served as pastor of Milton Baptist Church on three occasions. Taylor was very active preaching in Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and Conecuh County, Alabama. Taylor served in the Alabama 61st, Company D in the Civil War.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill,
pp. 70-73.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JESSE TAYLOR

Jesse Taylor died in 1907.

Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1907, p. 25.

MARY A. TAYLOR

Mary A. Taylor studied at the Chicago Baptist Training School. She went to Havana,
Cuba, in 1900 under the appointment of the Home Mission Board. She may have
been the first woman appointed by Florida Baptists for mission service abroad.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual 1900-1903.

PHILIP EDWARD TAYLOR

Philip Edward Taylor died on December 3, 1966, while he was serving as pastor
of the Marietta Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Taylor was a native of Andrews,
South Carolina, and had lived in Jacksonville since 1939.
Taylor was a graduate of Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Folkston, Georgia; Wesconnet,
Holly Ford, and Paul Avenue, all in Jacksonville, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 15, 1966, January 5, 1967.

P. T. TAYLOR

P. T. Taylor was pastor in Dania in 1923.

Source: 1923 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 35.

W. C. TAYLOR

W. C. Taylor was pastor of Pahokee Baptist Church in 1927 and 1928.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26; Ibid, 1928, p. 28..

LUCINA BEACH TELFORD

Telford,Mrs.L.B.

Lucina Beach Telford (1826-1892 was born in Brockport, New York. In January
1887, she was chosen as the Corresponding Secretary of the Woman s Mission Work
of the Florida Baptist Convention. She worked through the local associations
and traveled and spoke widely for mission causes. Her health limited her but
she worked through yellow fever scares, drought, and economic downturn to promote
missions among women of the Florida Baptist churches.
Lucina Beach married Robert Telford of Hall, New York, and they served as American
Baptist foreign missionaries for ten years in Thailand, Siam, and China. They
returned to the United States in 1864 and Robert Telford served as a pastor
in the midwest for 19 years.
Lucina served the Woman s Mission cause in Florida for six years.
She died July 17, 1893.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants.

LULU SPARKMAN TERRY

Lulu Sparkman Terry (May 24, 1887-1965) was born at Wauchula, Florida. She was
the daughter of Thomas J. Sparkman and Susan E. Futch Sparkman. Her father was
a minister and her mother a housekeeper. Terry had four brothers; Hugh (1880),
Walter (1884), William Carey (1891), Charles Spurgeon (1894), and two sisters;
Mary (1878) and Maude (1882).
She was converted in 1898, and baptized in the Peace River at Arcadia, Florida.
She was raised in Wauchula, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Nocatee, Owens, Deland, and
Lakeland, Florida. She attended Stetson University, and the W.M.U. Training
School in Louisville, Kentucky (B.M.T., 1910). She became interested in mission
work in Latin America at an early age.
Lulu married Adolph John Terry (July 5, 1883) on June 8, 1911, at Palmetto,
Florida. They were appointed to serve in Brazil in July 1912.
A. J. Terry died in 1945 but Lulu was able to carry on her work in Brazil until
she retired in 1957 after 45 years of service. They had two children; Daniel
(1912) and Susan (1917). Both children were born in Recife, Brazil.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Eula Tucker Lastinger, The First One Hundred Years, pp. 70-71.

A. C. TESTON

A. C. Teston retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Citrus Park on January
13, 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 17, 1980, p. 6.

CORNELIUS TATE TEW

Cornelius Tate Tew (1880-1948) died in Alachua on July 19, 1948. Tew was a Baptist
preacher for over 40 years. He served as pastor in North Carolina, Mississippi,
Texas, Kentucky, and Florida.
Tew was pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Myers from 1927 to 1937, and First
Baptist Church in Pompano from 1937 to 1945.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 26, 1948, p. 13.

AUSTIN JOSEPH THAMES

Austin Joseph Thames pastored Damascus Baptist Church, Coon Hill, 1898 and Milligan Baptist Church from 1899-1900. Thames served part time as missionary to Pensacola Bay Baptist Association in 1898. Thames and his wife Elouise had two sons.

Source:
FBHS files

J. EARL THARP

J. Earl Tharp (c 1908-1998) served as pastor of New Orleans Baptist Church in
Tampa for 38 years before retiring. He and his wife, Wilma, were married for
65 years, and they had one daughter, Paulette. Tharp served as pastor in the
Tampa Bay area for 43 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 13, 1980; February 18, 1999.

J. H. THARP

J. H. Tharp served for a time as an editor of the Florida Baptist Witness. He assisted in the building of the subscription list and served as a public relations man for the paper and the convention as he was a one-man news bureau sending and receiving information on Baptist work from secular and religious journals. He resigned from the Witness in 1909 due to ill health.

Tharp served as a pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven (1902) and First Baptist Church in Lakeland (1902-1906). The church started having services every Sunday and built a parsonage and a new auditorium during his ministry.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 4, 1909, p. 11.
Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch, p. 17-18.
Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

JAMES A. THAYER

James A. Thayer was pastor of Coral Gables Baptist Church in 1928.

Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26.

R. W. THIOT

Thiot,R.W.

R. W. Thiot died in the prime of life on May 19, 1931 while serving as pastor
of Avondale Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1931, p. 21.

WILLIAM B. THIRLWELL

William B. Thirlwell (1909-1989) was a graduate of Georgetown College and The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He served as pastor in Brooksville,
St. Augustine, and Jacksonville. He also served for many years as chaplain at
the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 21, 1989,
p. 10.

DANIEL THOMAS

Daniel Thomas (1921-1991) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served churches in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Florida. He worked for
the Kentucky Baptist Convention for four years, and for the Florida Baptist
Convention ten years. He and his wife had two daughters, Judith and Sylvia.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 11, 1991, p. 10.

J. W. THOMAS

J. W. Thomas (November 28, 1824-August 24, 1899) was born in Barnwell, South
Carolina on November 28, 1824. He was converted at age 17, and joined the Baptist
Church at Cypress Chapel, South Carolina. In 1850 he moved to Florida, and joined
the church at Hawthorn. In the fall of 1853 he moved to Penial where he lived
and labored till he was called up higher. He was ordained in December 1854,
and faithfully preached the gospel for 45 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, p. 1899.

pp. 43-44.

KEITH THOMAS

Keith Thomas (1956-2013) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach (1990-2003). Cottage Hills Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama, and at the time of his death was pastor of Cornerstone Church in The Woodland, Texas (2011-2013).

Thomas served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention (1996-1997) and also served as trustee at the Baptist College of Florida (1997-2000) and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

He and his wife Karen had four children: Nathan, Nolan, Lauren and Kelsey.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files

STEVE THOMAS

Steve Thomas graduated from the University of Missouri in Rolla and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2008 he became pastor of First Baptist Church West Palm Beach. He and his wife Julie have three children.

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

DAVID THOMASSON

David Thomasson served as pastor of Lake Asbury Baptist Church from 1986-1992. He and his wife, Charlyn had two sons.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

L. B. THOMASON

L. B. Thomason went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crystal River in 1969.
He was chosen as a minister of the year by Stetson University in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 1980, p. 6.

BOB THOMPSON

Bob Thompson graduated from Howard Payne University and was serving as pastor
of First Baptist Church, Eastpoint, in 1980.

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

JAMES R. THOMPSON

James R. Thompson (1914-1985) served for 51 years as a Baptist preacher. He
served as pastor in other states and served at First Baptist Church in Auburndale,
and Ortega Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1971 to 1981 before his retirement.
Thompson served as director of missions of the Indian River Association. He
and his wife, Martha, had two daughters, Martha and Jennifer.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 30, 1985, p. 6.

J. E. THOMPSON

J. E. Thompson served as pastor of Silver Palm Baptist Church in 1914.

Source: 1914 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 16.

JOHN N. THOMPSON

John N. Thompson (September 24, 1870-July 18, 1957) was born in
Reidsville, Georgia. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Thompson.
Thompson became a Missionary Baptist minister early in life. His first pastorate
was at Surrency, Georgia. He served in Florida at Tampa, Punta Gorda, Terra
Cota, Fort Pierce, La Crosse, Micanopy, Havana, Island Grove, Winder Garden,
and Oviedo.
Thompson married Annis C. Thompson. They had one child, J. Allen Thompson.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 18, 1957, p. 13;

August 18,
1927, p. 13.

LARRY THOMPSON

Larry Thompson served as pastor in Hobart, Oklahoma; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Merritt
Island, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama before becoming pastor of First Baptist
Church, Fort Lauderdale in 1994.
Thompson developed the idea of the Watchman Prayer Ministry used in more than
2,000 churches. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 19, 2004, p. 11.

ROY MICHAEL THOMPSON

Roy Michael Thompson (1952-2006) was born in North Carolina and served Baptist churches there before becoming pastor of FBC, Flora City (1996-2006). He and his wife Cathy cared for more than 70 children through their ministry as licensed foster care parents. They had three sons; John, Christopher, Michael and five daughters; Amanda, Monique, Monica, Nicole and Jessie.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 24, 2006, p. 10.

STEVEN THOMPSON

Steven Thompson serves as pastor of Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville,
and in 2003 was honored for his 25 years in the ministry. He served as a chaplain
in the Florida Air National Guard and previously served in Virginia before coming
to Florida. He and his wife, Gloria, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 23, 2003, p. 11

S. H. THOMPSON

S. H. Thompson was a native of Allamance County, North Carolina. He came to
Lake City as pastor in 1910 and was considered the college
pastor for Columbia Baptist College. He attended Franklin College in Indiana
(A.B. and A.M.). He also studied at the National Normal College in Lebanon,
Ohio.
Thompson was a pastor-teacher and served as pastor in Virginia for twenty-one
years before moving to Florida. From 1904-1910, Thompson was pastor of First
Baptist Church, Bluefield, West Virginia.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 3, 1910.

J. S. THRASHER

J. S. Thrasher served as pastor of Silver Palm Baptist Church in 1910.

Source: 1910 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 21.

JOSEPH THRIFT

Joseph Thrift served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Pinellas County
in 1934.

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

O. C. THURMOND

O. C. Thurmond died June 14, 1973, at Pompano Beach after serving as a pioneer
pastor in the Miami area for 40 years. He helped start 12 different churches
in his ministry. He helped organize Northside, Emmanuel, and Arch Creek in Miami.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 12, 1973, p. 7.

BEN TIDWELL

Ben Tidwell (1927-1990) died of a heart attack in the Sunday morning worship
service on March 18, 1990, while serving as pastor of Westside Baptist Church
in Boynton Beach. He served churches in Miami and Hialeah.
Tidwell was known as the father of bus ministries in south Florida. He and his
wife, Doris, had three daughters, Carolyn, Nancy, and Becky, and one son, Ben
III.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1990, p. 7.

THOMAS E. TILLER

Thomas E. Tiller served as pastor of First Baptist Church Bartow and died in 1891.

Secondary Source: South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1891, p. 10
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

J. E. TILLMAN

J. E. Tillman was pastor of Flagler Park Baptist Church in 1931.

Source: 1931 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 29.

ORRIS G. TILLMAN

Orris G. Tillman ( -1936) graduated from Wake Forest College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th. D.). He married Myrtle Fuller of Wake Forest, N. C., and they went as missionaries to Burma. They had to return to the USA for health reasons and Tillman became pastor of FBC Cary, N. C. In 1935 he became pastor of Pompano Baptist Church.

His last sermon was entitled “Preparation for Death”. He and his wife had one son, George and a daughter, Willie Burt.

Source: 1936 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4-5.

VIRGIL TILLMAN

Virgil Tillman was named an outstanding Pastor of the Year by Lifeway Christian Resources in 2007. Tillman serves as pastor of Kingswood Baptist Church in Southport (2002-).

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 23, 2007, p. 4

E. A. TIMMONS

E. A. Timmons (1814-1888) was a pioneer preacher in Florida and died in 1888.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1889, p. 52.

CARLTON WATSON TODD

Carlton Watson Todd (August 5, 1916-February 1998) is one of the most remarkable
Baptist pastors who ever served due to his records of longevity. He was pastor
of three Primitive Baptist Churches in three different states at the same time
for about 50 years each. Todd was pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church
in Caryville, Florida (1941-1998), County Line Primitive Baptist Church in Abbeville,
Alabama (1956-1998), and Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Arlington,
Georgia (1942-1998).
Todd was born in Bluffton, Georgia, on August 5, 1916. He married Martha Melvin
Todd, and they had three children; Aaron, John Rutherford, and Jeanelle (Sapp).
Todd was baptized at the age of 19 by Elder W. I. Kelly. He was ordained in
October 1940, by W. I. Kelly, R. K. Blacksher, and Tom Crawford who served as
the ordination council.
C. W. Todd set a record of pastoral faithfulness in the same three churches
with the annual call and war and economic downturns. His people called him faithful.

Primary Source:
Jerry M. Windsor interview of C. W. Todd, May 13, 1996.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

S. B. TODD

In 1867 S. B. Todd was pastor of Salem Church in Polk County and Shiloh Church
in Hillsboro County.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 8.

FANCISCO TOLA

Francisco Tola (1955-) graduated from Mercy College (B. S.); Fordham University (M. S.) and Long Island University (M. S.) all in New York. Tola is a native of Guayaquil, Ecuador and served as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Resurreccion in Belle Glade and Primara Iglesia Bautista in Jupiter. In 2006 Tola became a language church planting field missionary in Central and Southwest Florida.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 28, 2006, p. 4.

DAVID TOMBERLIN

David Tomberlin (February 24, 1941-December 10, 1983) was born in Milledgeville,
Georgia. He and his wife, Nancy Irene, had three sons; Jim, Darrell, and David.
His son David died in May 1983 of Muscular Dystrophy.
Tomberlin was licensed in 1978 and ordained February 7, 1982, at First Baptist
Church in Bascom, Georgia. He moved to Graceville, Florida, to attend the Baptist
Bible Institute (now Baptist College of Florida).
Tomberlin started his pastoral work at First Baptist Church in Bascom. Not soon
after he stopped on Interstate 10 to help three people get out of an overturned
automobile and was killed in his efforts.
Tomberlin s call, surrender, and life influenced his brother, John who became
a minister and graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

F. W. TOMBERLIN

F. W. Tomberlin died November 9, 1968 in Frostproof, Florida. He had served
as pastor at Malone, Greenwood, and Bonifay. Tomberlin served as a minister
in Alabama and Florida for over 40 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 12, 1968, p. 10.

R. P. TOMBERLIN, JR.

R. P. Tomberlin, Jr., served as pastor of Seminole Baptist Church in Tallahassee
for 23 years (1952-1975).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 1975, p. 6.
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida 1870-1970,
pp. 1-3.

JOHN HENRY TOMKIES

John Henry Tomkies (1839-1878) was born in Hanover County, Virginia, the son
of Edmond M. and Mary Christian Tomkies. He was raised in a pious home, well
off and educated.
Converted and committed to preach, Tomkies entered Richmond College at age 19.
He was ordained at Ashland, Virginia, under the ministry of J. William Jones
and E A. Dickinson.
Just before the Civil War, Tomkies moved to Madison, Florida, and preached and
taught school there. He then taught at the East Florida Seminary (Gainesville)
and preached in the area.
Tomkies enlisted in the Florida 7th Regiment as a private and after one year
was elected chaplain of the regiment. He served through the war and then served
in the Gainesville area by preaching at Fort Clark, Waccahoota and Stafford
s Pond Churches. He served as pastor at Fernandina (1868-1870); Elim, Eliam,
Providence, Pleasant Grove (1870-1875); and First Baptist Church in Gainesville
(1873-1875).
Tomkies married Fannie Emma McCuen, and they had three daughters and one son.

Secondary Source:
Georgia Compendium, pp. 533-534.
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 7.

R. PERRY TOMLINSON

R. Perry Tomlinson served as pastor of FBC Brandon from 1938-1939)

Source: Born in the Heart; A History of FBC Brandon, pp. 62-66.

WILLIAM TOUCHTON

William Touchton (1953-2000) was killed in a tragic automobile wreck on July
3, 2000. He and three church members were returning home from a golf outing
in St. Marys, Georgia. Touchton was pastor of Wingate Road Baptist Church, and
was the only one to die in the wreck.
In nearly six years at Wingate, Touchton had been a catalyst for 80 people going
into vocational ministry. He and his wife, Gail, had two daughters, Allison
and Shanna. Touchton attended Florida Baptist Theological College. He had served
seven years as youth minister at First Baptist Church in Argyle before going
to Wingate as pastor.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 13, 2000.

NEVI TOWNSEND

Nevi Townsend graduated from Jacksonville University and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Townsend of Lantana went to Parkview Church, Fort Pierce,
as pastor in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 6.

TIM TRASK

Tim Trask became pastor of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Tallahassee in 2015. He and his wife, Kylene have one son.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2015, p. 7

ALEXANDER TRAVIS

Alexander Travis (1790-1852) was a Baptist missionary in Escambia County, Florida. Travis and his co-worker, Joseph Mitchell are credited with the organization of Frist Baptist Church, Pensacola, 1847.

Travis married Mary Ann “Polly” Williams in 1810 and they had four children.

Source:
FBHS files

GENE TRAWICK

Gene Trawick (1930-2001) served as pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Century from 1991-1997.

Source:
FBHS files

TED TRAYLOR

Traylor,Ted

Ted Traylor (1954- ) is a native of Pisgah, Alabama. He attended Northeast State
Junior College, Samford University (B.A., 1977), and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.Div., 1981; D.Min., 1986). He was converted at age 12, and called
to preach at age 17. He served as pastor in Alabama and Texas before going to
Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola as pastor in 1990.
Traylor served on the executive mission board of the Texas and Florida Baptist
Conventions. He has preached widely on television and in convention conferences.
He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1995-1996. He is
married to Elizabeth Bennett Traylor, and they have two children, Rachel and
Bennett.

Primary Source:Video Tape Sermons, Baptist College of Florida
V Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 2003, p. 1. Florida Baptist
Historical Society files. Judith W. Steele. At the Heart of Things.

JACK TRETTEN

Jack Tretten was pastor of Queen’s Park Mission in 1943.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 8.

E. TRICE

E. Trice served as pastor of Lake Ellen Church of Waukulla County in 1877.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1877, p. 15.

GERALD VAN TREUREN

Gerald Van Treuren (1893-1968) was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and came to Florida
in 1945. He held pastorates in Miami, Bonita Springs, Goulds, and Fernandina.
He last lived at Daytona Beach, and died June 22, 1968.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, July 11, 1968.

MARTHA POPE TROTTER

Martha Pope Trotter (August 5, 1933-January 12, 1997) was a native of West Point,
Mississippi, and the only child of Hal and Lillian Dean Davis Pope. Shortly
after her birth, the family moved to Aberdeen, Mississippi. Martha graduated
in 1955 from from Mississippi University for Women, and received her master
s degree from Emory. She also attended William Carey College New Orleans campus
and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
For 33 years Martha was married to Dr. Robert W. Trotter, pastor licensed psychologist
and CPE supervisor. At the time of his death in July 1993 he was Director of
Pastoral Care and Counseling at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Martha and Robert
had two children, Frank and Mary Dean.
Martha served as chairman of the board of directors of the Florida Baptist Historical
Society and is best known to Florida Baptists as the author of Faithful Servants.
The Story of Florida Woman s Missionary Union 1894-1994.

Secondary Source:
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants, p. 337.
The Journal of Florida Baptist Heritage Vol. 5, Allison Chestnut.
If Martha Trotter Were Alive Today , pp. 46-56.

HARRY W. TUCKER

Harry W. Tucker (October 27, 1895-January 5, 1961) was born and raised in Pomona
Park. He was ordained June 28, 1928. His first pastorate was in his home town.
He also served as pastor of Lemon Heights in Palatka, Sanford, and Frostproof.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 23, 1961, p. 13.

JOHN TUCKER

John Tucker (April 10, 1785- ) was the son of Andrew and Jemima Andres Tucker.
He came to Florida before 1827 because records show his son Jesse H. Tucker
was born November 27, 1827, in Alligator, Florida (now known as Lake City).
Rev. Hayman, the first missionary to Manatee County was converted under the
preaching of John Tucker, and was baptized July 7, 1844, by Tucker.
Tucker preached in a circuit of 450 miles. He was the only ordained minister
in the area. With the help of Daniel Edwards of Georgia, they constituted five
churches, ordained five deacons, and baptized four people in three weeks time.
He preached in 20 different settlements, and it took him 30 days to make the
rounds. In 1848 he was pastor of Bethesda and Eden in Alachua Association which
was in Benton County, Florida.
John Tucker was one of the first 100 Baptist preachers to preach and serve in
Florida.

Secondary SourceFlorida Baptist Historical Society files.Earl Joiner, A History
of Florida Baptists, pp. 22-23.Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1848, p.
6.

JOHN C. TUCKER, JR.

Tucker,John-C.

John C. Tucker, Jr. (April 26, 1920) was born near Fitzgerald, Georgia. He attended
Tampa Business College, Texas Wesleyan College (B.S.), and Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary (B.D.).
Tucker served as pastor in Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska, and Georgia. He served
as pastor of Oak-Griner in Ocala (1957-1958) and later at Jackson Heights in
Tampa.
Tucker married Virginia Bacon of Tampa and they had two children; Martha and
Jonette.

Secondary Source: James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church,
pp. 77-85.

JOHN POWELL TUCKER

John Powell Tucker (February 8, 1889-1982) was born in Greenville, North Carolina.
He was the son of James Henry Tucker and Mary Elizabeth Powell Tucker. Tucker
had one sister, Wallace Burnette
W Tucker, who was born in 1891. James Henry Tucker was a prominent attorney.
Tucker was converted in 1900 and baptized at First Baptist Church, Asheville,
North Carolina. He attended Bingham Military School, Wake Forest University
(B.A., 1911), Yale University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Wake Forest in 1932. Tucker married
Susan Gray Renfro in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 8, 1916. They had four sons;
John Jr., (1918), James (1923), George (1925), and Richard (1932). Dr. Tucker
served as a pastor of the following First Baptist Churches. Springfield, Kentucky;
Kershaw, South Carolina; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Selma, Alabama; Raleigh,
North Carolina (10 years),
and Orlando, Florida (1938-1956).
Tucker served on various state and convention-wide committees. He served as
a Trustee at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and served on the Annuity
Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 1982, p. 6.
Patricia J. Birkhead. We ve a Story to Tell, pp. 117-137.

KERR BOYCE TUPPER

Kerr Boyce Tupper supplied the pulpit of First Baptist Church, Orlando (October
1, 1918-June 1, 1919) when they were without a pastor. Tupper was a graduate
of Mercer University, a native of Georgia, and a former pastor of First Baptist
Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tupper was a brilliant preacher, teacher
of theology, and public speaker.

Secondary Source: Patricia J. Birkhead. We ve a Story to Tell, p. 99.

HENRY E. TURLINGTON SR.

Henry E. Turlington, Sr. (1919-2002) and his wife, Helen, served as foreign
missionaries from 1946 until their retirement. They served in China, Iran, India,
West Germany, and the Philippines. He was a native of Gainesville. Prior to
foreign mission service, he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Delray Beach.
The Turlingtons had two daughters, Carol and Lynn, and two sons, Henry Jr. and
John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 19, 2000.

VICTOR TURNER

Victor Turner (1903-1980) served as pastor of South Clewiston Baptist Church;
Palmdale; Lake Harbor; and Venus. He and his wife, Dora, had two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 7.

HORACE EDGAR TWINE

Horace Edgar Twine (August 13, 1929- ) was born in Chowan, North Carolina. He
was the son of Oliver Clingmon Twine and Essie Wheeler Chappell Twine. He had
two brothers; Louis (1916) and Ray (1918), and three sisters; Irene (1920),
Clara (1923), and Lillian (1927).
Twine finished high school at South Norfolk High School in South Norfolk, Virginia.
He attended Old Dominion (A.A., 1948), University of Richmond (B.A., 1951),
Southwestern Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1954), and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.Th., 1955) (D.Min. 1973).
Dr. Twine was converted at age 14, and baptized in August 1943, into the South
Norfolk Baptist Church. He was also ordained at South Norfolk on August 12,
1951.
Twine served as pastor of churches in Virginia and Maryland before serving as
pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He also served
nine years with the Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM TYLER

William Tyler served as pastor of Duval Station Baptist Church (1988-1993) and
is now pastor of Cedar Bay Baptist Church (1993- ).
Tyler was saved in 1979 and ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1987. He
graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 2003. He and his wife, Robin, have three
children; Michael, Ashley, and Megan.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. C. TYNER

E. C. Tyner served as pastor at Bushnell in 1935.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 225.

WILLIAM W. TYRE

William W. Tyre served as a Baptist preacher for 65 years. He was a veteran
of World War II. He served as pastor at Lulu, Lake City, Lakeland, Plant City,
Trilby, Day, McAlpin, Starke, Fellsmore, and Greenville. He died March 31, 1999.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 15, 1999.