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Longtime professor Mabry Lunceford diescomment (0)

July 27, 2000

William Mabry Lunceford, longtime professor of Religion and Philosophy and interim director of the Howard College Extension Division, died July 21 in Birmingham. He was 80.

An ordained minister, Lunceford joined the Samford faculty in 1954. He served as chair of the department 1972-80. Since 1994, he had been the Chapman Fellow for Pastoral Ministry in Beeson Divinity School and also served as interim director of the Samford Extension Division, in which he taught for many years.

A 1943 graduate in English from Samford, Lunceford held the Th.M and Th.D degrees in New Testament from Southern Seminary, Louisville, Ky. He also earned the master’s degree in philosophy from The University of Alabama.

Just prior to joining the Samford faculty, Lunceford was pastor of First Baptist Church, Guntersville. While a student at Samford, he served pastorates at Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville and Boligee. While a student in seminary, he served as pastor of Munfordville Baptist Church in Kentucky. He also has held numerous interim pastorates while a professor at Samford.

A charter member of Baptist Church of the Covenant, Birmingham, Lunceford is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Sue Thompson; daughter, Susan Eagar (Ronald) of Denver, Colo.; son Eugene Mabry Lunceford (Brenda) and Birmingham; grandchildren, Lauren Joy Robinson (Rob) and Jason Andrew Eagar of Denver; Patrick Eugene Lunceford of Auburn; William Denton Lunceford and Benjamin Norman Parrish of Birmingham; sister, Mildred Brewster of Titusville, Fla.; and brother, Bill Lunceford (Malena) of Atlanta.

A memorial service was in Reid Chapel on the Samford campus, and a graveside service and interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.


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