Obituaries from the 2021 Year Book


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Obituaries from the 2020 Year Book


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


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


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


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


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


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


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