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FRANKLIN WASHINGTON ABBOTT

Franklin Washington Abbott (1845-1895) was a medical doctor, pastor and missionary. He was born in Georgia and came to West Florida in 1887.
Abbott was very influential in Baptist work in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In 1888 he visited 40 churches, preached 220 sermons, organized two churches, and baptized 87 converts. He was intrumental in the organizing of the Shady Grove Church which is now the First Baptist Church of Jay. His Aunt Lizzie Abbott was also a medical missionary and gospel singer in the Santa Rosa County area.

Secondary Source: Judith R. Jolly, Dr. Franklin Washington Abbott.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JAMES ARZO ABBOTT

James Arzo Abbott (1839-1913) was born in Indiana. He married Laura Leonora Richmond, a Canadian. As early as 1870 the family was living in Iowa and Abbott was serving as a Baptist minister. He moved to Pensacola in 1910. He and his wife, Laura, had seven children: Charles, Frederick, Walter, William, Benjamin, Lillie, and Cora. Laura Abbott died and James A. Abbott married Elizabeth Ava Barwick Harp of Milton. Abbott served as an early missionary and pastor in the Pensacola area. He served as pastor of Brent, Muscogee, Union Hill, and Powelton.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

A. LINCOLN ABERCROMBIE

A. Lincoln Abercrombie (May 8, 1867-September 6, 1927) was born in New York City and graduated from Colgate University in June 1896. He taught school seven years and was called as pastor of First Baptist Church in Stanford, New York and was ordained there on May 25, 1904. Abercrombie became pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach on December 1, 1908, and served there until May 1, 1914. He then was pastor of the Baptist Church of Weston, Michigan (1914-1917). He returned to Florida and served at Umatilla for two years and Tavares for three years. Abercrombie was the organizer of Calvary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. He also served as pastor of Ridgewood in Holly Hill.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 29, 1927, p. 18. Vol. XL. No. 39. 1927 Seminole Baptist Association Minutes, p. 23.

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D. J. ABERNATHY

D. J. Abernathy is best known to Florida Baptists as the very effective Executive Secretary-Treasurer, United Christian Action, Inc. His ministry was a constant moral alert to Florida Baptists as it related to matters of morals, integrity, and ethics.
Abernathy served with the United States Army in World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. C. ABERNATHY

E. C. Abernathy died January 23, 1969, after serving as a Baptist preacher for 55 years. Abernathy served as pastor at Hannibal and Flat Creek, Missouri, before moving to Florida in 1944. He served as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Tampa for 18 years. E. C. Abernathy and his wife had two sons, C. J. from St. Petersburg, and D. J. Abernathy who served as Executive Director, United Christian Action, Inc.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 6, 1969, p. 10.

A. C. ABNEY

A. C. Abney was born in Tennessee and served as pastor of a number of Baptist churches in West Florida. He served East Hill (1929-1943), Scenic Bay, and Scenic Heights of Pensacola. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna (1944-1946), Ft. Pearce, and New Bethel in Santa Rosa County, He also served at First Baptist Church in Arlington, Kentucky, and First Baptist Church Brookport, Illinois. Abney graduated from the Hall-Moody Institute of Martin, Tennessee, with the A.B. and B.S. degrees. In 1941 he preached the annual sermon at the Florida Baptist Convention on the text Acts 4:11-
12. Abney died in 1963.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 5, 1963, p. 13. Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 21-23.
East Hill Baptist Church. . . 1906-1956, Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

RALPH W. ACREE

Ralph W. Acree (1909-1993) was a native of Ft. Meade. He was ordained by First Baptist Church in Plant City in 1944. He attended Stetson University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Safety Harbor from 1934 to 1935, Elfers from 1936 to 1937, Mt. Dora from 1938 to 1940, Blountstown from 1944 to 1948, and First Baptist Church in Stuart from 1948 to 1955. He served as moderator of the Chipola, Indian River, and Pinellas Associations. He and his wife, Dorothy, were married 58 years, and had one daughter, Martha.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 26, 1993, p. 11.

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BABB H. ADAMS

Babb H. Adams served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Immokaleeand First Baptist Church in Inverness (1987- ). He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1983.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HEYWARD LANDER ADAMS

Heyward Lander Adams (1916-) was born in Williamston, SC and attended Brewton-Parker Junior College; Stetson University (B. A., 1945), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. R. E., 1947, B. D. 1948).
Adams served as pastor in Georgia, Florida and Texas. In Florida he served as pastor of FBC, Crescent City (1943-1945).
Dorothy Jean Aderson Adams (1921-) was born in Camden Arkansas and educated at Texas State College for women (B. A. 1942) and Southwestern Seminary (M. R. E., 1948). Heyward and Dorothy married August 26, 1946, and were appointed to serve in Nigeria in 1948.

Source: FMB 1948 Missionary Family Album, p. 14.

MARY CATHERINE ADAMS

Mary Catherine Adams (1920-) was born in Ocala, Florida and attended Florida State College for Women (B. A., 1942) and the W. M. U. Training School (M. R. E., 1948).
Mary Catherine worked as church secretary at FBC, Ocala (1938) and was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in World War II. She was appointed as a missionary to Nigeria in 1948.

Source: FMB 1948 Missionary Family Album, p. 15.

HENRY ADAMS

Henry Adams (1914-1980) served as a Florida pastor for over 20 years. He served Jonesville Church, Newberry; First Baptist Church, Oak Hill; Fellowship Church, Ocala; First Church, Sebastian; and South Peninsula Church in Daytona Beach.

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

J. DEAN ADCOCK

J. Dean Adcock (July 10, 1876-May 28, 1944) was born in Tennessee. He was educated at Union University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Francis Rives of Mansfield, Louisiana.

Adcock served as pastor in Louisiana at Mansfield, Bunkie, and Leeville. In Florida, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee from 1912 to 1920, First Baptist Church, Orlando, (1920-1938), and Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in St. Petersburg (1938-1943).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 1, 1944, p. 1; June 22, 1944, p. 12. Patricia J. Birkhead. We ve a Story to Tell. pp. 101-116.

ELI WILSON ADKINSON

Eli Wilson Adkinson (1919-2005) was a lifetime resident of Flomaton, Alabama. He married Dovie Adkinson and they had one son Roger and three daughters, Emily, Jean and Diana. Wilson served as pastor of Poplar Dell Baptist Church, Century.

Source: FBHS Files, Judith Jolly Research.

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L. L. AIKIN

L. L. Aikin (a. 1836-1910) was a Baptist for 50 years and served as a pastor in Marion County, Florida. Aikin came from Alabama and settled in Heidlville in the western part of Marion County. He attended the annual associational meeting for thirty years without missing a meeting. He was the Sunday School missionary for Marion Association and was known for his organizational abilities. He died at age 74 in Ocala, and he and his wife had been married 56 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 10, 1910, p. 14.

EDWARD K. ALBRITTON

Edward K. Albritton (March 26, 1921- ) was born at Lily, near Tiny Prairie, Florida. He was called to preach while in the military but did not surrender until 1968. He was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church in Arcadia. He served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard from 1970 to 1973.

Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hillard, Florida, p. 18.

CLEO O. ALBURY, JR.

Cleo O. Albury, Jr., was serving as pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Miami in 1980.

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

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HENRY EUGENE ALDERMAN

Henry Eugene Alderman (1879-1976) was born in Fort Green, Florida, to Jessie James Alderman and Julia Ann Devane Alderman. There were three girls; Vinia, Clara, Dordia, and three boys; Carl, Henry, and Van in the family. In 1915 Henry married Nellie Barber at Verna, Florida, and they had eleven children (Floyd, Sadie Belle, Mary Evelyn, Floyd Eugene, Almetta, Julia, Francis Lea, John Baptist, Franklin Roosevelt, Raymond LeRoy and Shirley Mae). Henry served as pastor of Bethany in Myakka City (1931), Ona (1969-1971), and twelve other churches in Central Florida. He served many of these churches more than once. Buddy Payne was the uncle of Alderman and it was noted that Payne asked 100 questions of Henry at his ordination in 1927. Alderman was saved in a strawberry field in 1925. He was the organizing pastor of West Frostproof (1935) and Lake Region (1945).

Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 49-51.

R. C. ALDERMAN

R. C. Alderman served as pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola from 1942-1943. The church entered the Annuity Board retirement plan and purchased its first pastorium while he was pastor.

Secondary Source: At the Heart of Things, p. 64.

J. TITUS ALDRIDGE

J. Titus Aldridge served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crestview from 1950-1953. He was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source: History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 20.

A. B. ALLEN

A. B. Allen served as pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola from 1947-1950. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source: At the Heart of Things, pp. 66-67.

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DANIEL M. ALLEN

Daniel M. Allen (1943-2005) was a native of Winfield, Louisiana. He served churches in Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland and Florida. Allen was pastor of South Jacksonville Baptit Church when he died in 2005 at age 62. He and his wife Hazel had tow sons, Mark and Matthew; and one daughter Michele.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 1, 2005, p. 11.

GEORGE K. ALLEN

George K. Allen served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville
from 1882 to 1883.

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

JOHN NELSON ALLEN, SR.

John Nelson Allen, Sr. (1925-1992) served as a Baptist preacher in North Carolina and Florida for 40 years. He was pastor of New Hope in Zephyrhills at the time of his death. He and his wife had one daughter, Linda, and three sons, John Jr., Euguene, and Wayne.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 10, 1992, p. 11.

RICHARD L. ALLEN

Richard L. (Richie) Allen (January 7, 1965- ) was licensed and ordained at the Michael Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He is a graduate of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville (B.A., 1993), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1995; D.Min., 2002). He served as pastor in Alabama and Mississippi before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church of Hillard in 1996.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT A. ALLEN, JR.

Robert A. Allen, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He finished high school at Daytona Beach, and attended Duke, University of Florida, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was licensed to preach at Ormond Beach. He served as pastor in Oklahoma and Georgia before becoming pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in August 1978. He and his wife, Patty, have three children. They celebrated their 25th anniversary of service at West Bradenton in 2003.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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WILLIAM SIMS ALLEN

William Sims Allen (October 27, 1888—June 1, 1951) was born on a ranch near Hico, Texas, and died in San Antonio, Texas. He is buried at Hico, Texas. Dr. Allen was a teacher, writer, educator, and is best known to Florida Baptists as the hard working president of Stetson University from September 1, 1934, to September 1, 1947. Dr. Allen was a graduate of Baylor University (A.D., 1912), and Columbia University (A.M., 1915; Ph.D., 1923. He received the LL.D. from Simmons University in 1932 and the L.H.D. from Stetson University in 1944. Allen married Gertrude Eudaly, June 22, 1914. They had no children. He was a public school teacher in Texas and taught at Baylor where he served as acting president (1931-1932) before coming to Stetson. Dr. Allen came to Stetson when the enrollment and finances were very low due to the depression. He was an excellent public speaker and built good relations with the churches, civic clubs, and Florida Baptist Convention. He served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1940-1941.

Secondary Sources: Harry C. Garwood. Stetson University and Florida Baptists (1962). Olga Bowen. William Sims Allen. Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Who s Who in America 1940-1941, Vol. 21, p. 169.

GEORGE A. ALLISON

George A. Allison served 21 years as a Baptist pastor, one year as a missionary in Italy, and completed eight years as a director of missions in Halifax Association in 1980.

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

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CLAUDE MARION ALMAND

Claude Marion Almand (May 31, 1916-September 12, 1957) was born at Winneboro, Louisiana. He was a composer and music educator. Almand was a graduate of Louisiana College (B.A., B.M., 1934), Louisiana State University (M.M., 1938) and the Eastman School of Music of The University of Rochester (Ph.D. 1940).
Dr. Almand was the son of Baptist pastor, Claude Fortson Almand and Pearl Harrison Almand. Dr. Almand married Lenoir Patton on July 27, 1950, and they had no children. Dr. Almand taught at George Peabody College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Louisville. He is best known to Florida Baptists as Dean of the School of Music at Stetson University (1953-1957). He died in an automobile accident in 1957, and is buried at Oakdale Cemetery at DeLand, Florida. His best known sacred composition is The Resurrection Story, an Easter cantata published by Broadman Press in 1959.

Secondary Sources: Paul T. Langston, Claude Marion Almand. Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 1944, p.8.

T. RAYDELL ALMAND, SR.

T. Raydell Almand, Sr. (1923-2009) was a veteran of World War II and served for 55 years as a Baptist preacher. He served many churches in the Tampa area and was pastor emeritus of West Broad Street Baptist Church in Tampa upon his death. He had one son, Roy; and daughters Sylvia and Patricia.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 18, 2009, p. 10.

AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES, U.S.A.

In the early days of Baptist work, the local church was the primary organizing agent. The Philadelphia Association was formed in 1707, and work was being done to structure a national organization when Southern Baptists broke away in 1845. The Northern Baptist Convention was formed in 1907, and changed its name to the American Baptist Convention in 1950. In 1972 the convention adopted its third and present name. In 1995 there were 5,827 churches with a membership of 1,537,400 in 34 regions. The denomination has 20 children s homes, 77 retirement homes and communities, 27 hospitals and nursing homes, 9 theological seminaries, and 16 senior colleges or universities.

Secondary Source: Frank Mead, Sam Hill. Handbook of Denominations, 10th Edition.

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E. S. ANDERSON

E. S. Anderson (1927-2001) was a native of Cheraw, South Carolina. He attended Atlanta Bible College, and earned a degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He served as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Ft. Myers from 1955 to 1975. Anderson is best known to Southern Baptists as the father of the Sunday School Action Plan . Enrolling anybody, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, brought powerful enthusiasm to Sunday Schools in the 1970s and 1980s. Anderson worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board and traveled widely to promote Sunday School and the bus ministry. He and his wife, Eleanor, had two daughters, Mary Anne and Sonya, and a son, Ronald.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 8, 2001.

GUY P. ANDERSON

Guy P. Anderson (1896-1988) was a resident of Polk County from 1921 to 1988. Anderson was a bivocational minister and worked as a dragline operator for Agrico Chemical Company. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Mulberry, Gapway Baptist Church, and Dixie Highway Baptist Church in Lakeland. He also served as pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Hillsborough County. He and his wife, Beatrice, had five children; Marguerite, Kaylup, Lucille, Vesta, and Guy. Guy and Beatrice were married for 72 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 7, 1988, p. 10.

M. T. ANDERSON

M. T. Anderson served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1909.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1899, p. 74.

THOMAS JEFFERSON ANDERSON

Thomas Jefferson Anderson (1898-1971) was born at Luanna in Walton County. He was the son of Daniel Anderson and Mary Elizabeth Pitman Anderson. Thomas Jefferson Anderson married Claudia Elizabeth Davis on November 28, 1920. Anderson served as teacher, principal, postman, preacher and pastor. He served as the first pastor of Warrington Baptist Church in Pensacola (1939-1947). He also served as pastor of FBC Holt, FBC Cantonement, Cavey Creek Baptist Church and later served many churches as interim. The Andersons had four children: Willie Clarice, Lancelot, Sidney and Maxwell. Their son Sidney L. Anderson (1924-1944) was a casualty of World War II.

Source: FBHS Files, Judith Jolly Research.

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WILLIAM E. ANDERSON

William E. Anderson served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater. He also served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1982.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

D. C. ANDRESS

 

D. C. Andress of Jacksonville died in 1908.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.

BARNEY ANDREWS

Barney Andrews (1912-1998) was a native of Lake Butler. He attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida. He served as pastor of Brooker Baptist Church, LaCross; and Marietta Baptist Church in Jacksonville; Southside in Perry, River Road in Palatka, and Satsuma. He and his wife, Elease, were married 62 years. They had two daughters, Joise and Bonnie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 1, 1998.

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EDWARD L. ANDREWS

Edward L. Andrews was born in southern Alabama and raised near Pensacola, Florida. He attended Stetson University, Carson-Newman, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He held pastorates in Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna in 1926-1927.
Andrews was known for evangelistic preaching and singing. He
married Ada Vickers Andrews. They had one child, Edward L. Andrews, Jr., who died while a student at Georgetown College in Kentucky.
Andrews died September 20, 1945, in Dade City.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 15, 1945, p. 15.
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, p. 9.

JACK E. ANDREWS

 

Jack E. Andrews (c. 1923-2002) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Altoona; North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Alachua; Douglas Park Baptist Church in Daytona; and was pastor of McCormick Road Baptist Church in Apopka at the time of his death at age 79. He and his wife had two sons; Jack Jr., and Bryan, and a daughter, Clara.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 18, 2002, p. 10.

PAT ANDREWS

Pat Andrews served as pastor of West Pensacola Baptist Church and in 2001 became the Director of Missions of the Escambia Baptist Association in the Flomation, Alabama area.

Source: FBHS Files. Judith Jolly Research.

CHARLES ROY ANGELL

 

Charles Roy Angell (October 8, 1889-September 11, 1971) was born at Boone Mill, Virginia, in 1889. He studied at the University of Richmond (B.A.), Penn University (M.A.), Crozier Theological Seminary (B.D.), and John Hopkins University (Ph.D.).
Dr. Angell married Ilma Meade of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on October 8, 1915. Their children were Charles Roy, Jr., Pattye Kathryn, and Ilma Louise. Dr. Angell was the best known Florida Southern Baptist preacher in his lifetime. He was pastor of Central Baptist Church in Miami from 1936 until his retirement in 1962. Previous to serving in Florida, Dr. Angell was pastor in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; Fulton Avenue Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland; and First Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Angell wrote several sermon books. Included are Iron Shoes, Shields of Brass, The Price Tags of Life, and God s Gold Mines. He served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1949, and as trustee at Stetson and at the Baptist Hospital of Miami. He delivered the annual sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention in 1951. In his preaching, he was the best sermon illustrator in the Southern Baptist pulpit.

Secondary Sources: Conrad Willard, C. Roy Angell Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Martha L. Reiner, Belief in the City, pp. 53-82. Florida Baptist Witness, May 30, 1949, p. 1.

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J. D. ANSLEY

 

J. D. Ansley and his family moved to Florida from Sumter, South Carolina in 1916. Ansley served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola (1916-1920). He also was put into a very important role due to World War I. He became camp pastor for the military units stationed around Pensacola. This appointment along with his pastoral work placed him in a very strategic ministry position with the people in the Pensacola area.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp. 143-150.

W. L. ANTHONY

W. L. Anthony served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, from 1883-1884. He went to Pensacola from Durhamville, Tennessee.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp. 76-77.

GEORGE J. APEL JR.

George J. Apel Jr. died May 16, 1988, in Alhambra, California, and ten days later, his wife, Clara, died. Apel had served as pastor of Norwood Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Southside in Fort Lauderdale, and Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, from which he retired in 1967.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 14, 1988, p. 10.

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MILLARD ARCHIBALD

Millard Archibald (1911-1980) served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1953-1958). Archibald was known as a rare book collector and his wife, Julia was a Romance Language scholar. They had four children: Norman, Millard, Sterling and Tommy.

Source: First Baptist Church of White Springs, p. 21.

H. Z. ARDIS

In the 1846 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, H. Z. Ardis was pastor of Hickstown Church at Madison. His death was reported in the 1881 Minutes of the Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1846, p. 8, 1881, p. 3.

D. WADE ARMSTRONG

 

D. Wade Armstrong died on March 2, 2003 at age 83. He served in the ministry for 65 years. Armstrong was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Th.M. and Th.D.degrees. Dr. Armstrong served as pastor in Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Florida. He served as evangelism director in California and director of missions of Palm Lake Baptist Association (1971-1979) in Florida. After his retirement in 1988, he and his wife worked with the International Mission Board in 17 countries as short-term International Service Corp Volunteers. Armstrong and his wife Shirley, moved to Pahokee, Florida, in 2002 to work with the church there.
Dr. Armstrong served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Credo, West Virginia. The church grew from a congregation of 35 to over 100 in his ministry there.
Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong had four sons, and two daughters; Daniel, Ernest, James, Chris, Miriam and Leigh. They also had eight grandchildren.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 13, 2003, p. 5.

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O. FRANK ARMSTRONG

O. Frank Armstrong (1925-2006) served as pastor of churches in Texas and Tennessee. He worked with the Baptist Sunday School Board from 1955-1962. Armstrong was the first director of missions of Pinellas Baptist Association (now Suncoast) and served there from 1962-1972.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 10, 2006, p. 11.

WILLIAM FRANCIS ARNETT

William Francis Arnett (January 26, 1868-August 23, 1945) was the son of William Arnett (born about 1845) and Eliza Jane Summerlin Arnett, and was born in Pensacola. Arnett was a pastor, preacher, missionary who also worked in turpentine, and farmed a 160 acre homestead. He was married three times and had ten children in those three marriages. Arnett served as pastor in Santa Rosa County at Canoe Bluff, Providence, Dogwood Grove, Spring Hill, Refuge, Yellow River, Wellman, Newell, Red Oak (1909-1921) and Beaver Creek (1900-1902). Several of the churches became part of Okaloosa County in 1915. In 1905 he organized Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and served as their pastor until 1912.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

A. P. ASHURST

A. P. Ashurst was the first pastor of First Baptist Church Quincy. He was from Columbia, Alabama, and was already retired from preaching, and living near Thomasville, Georgia, when he was preaching in Quincy (1893).
Ashurst was the sole owner and editor of the Florida Baptist Witness in 1884, but sold half interest to S. M. Provence in 1885.

Secondary Source: Sara Davis Martin. A History of First Baptist Church, Quincy, pp. 7-8.

BERT ATCHISON

Bert Atchison served as pastor at Ft. Lauderdale in 1918.

Source: 1918 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25.

PRESTON ATHEY

Preston and Tamara Athey were appointed NAMB missionaries to serve at Wesley Chapel in 2009. Preston attended Hillsborough Community College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tamara attended Bay Area Legal Academy. They have two sons, Kameron 17, and Karson 6.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 13, 2009, p. 16.

ROBERT H. ATKINS

Robert H. Atkins (1927-1993) served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Belle Glade for 15 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 19, 1993, p. 11.

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L. A. AVANT

L. A. Avant was pastor of Twenty Second Avenue Baptist Church in Miami in 1941.

Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5.

JULIUS HILLIER AVERY

Julius Hillier Avery was born and reared at Rome, Georgia. He was raised in a Christian home and was one of six children. He was converted at age 13, and ordained on September 27, 1927. Dr. Avery graduated from Howard College in 1935 (B.A.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 1938, (M.Th.), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1941 (Th.D.). Dr. Avery married Martha Green on December 27, 1931. Mrs. Avery was a graduate of Howard College and Florida State (M.A.). and was a school teacher. She and Dr. Avery had three children, Laurence G., Lynn (Mrs. F. I. Meredith), and Joel E. Dr. Avery was pastor of Mt. Alto Baptist Church in 1927, West Side Baptist Church in Bessemer, Alabama, and the Boligee Baptist Church in Alabama. He was also pastor of The Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi (1938-1941), First Baptist Church of Florence, Alabama (1941-1944), Clayton Street Baptist Church, Montgomery,
Alabama (1945-1949) and First Baptist Church, Panama City, Florida
(1949-1965). He served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention
(1958) and as Director of Work with the National Baptists in Florida
with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Sources:Julius Hillier AveryFlorida Baptist Historical Society files.

SANFORD EMMETT AYERS

Sanford Emmett Ayers (1900-1968) and his wife served as medical missionaries to China for 34 years. Dr. Ayers was a medical doctor and was appointed by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board in 1921. Dr. and Mrs. Ayers were retired and living in Winter Garden, Florida, at the time of his death.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, November 7, 1968, p. 3.

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