Coggin, James E.comment (0)
December 13, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas — Former Alabama Baptist pastor James E. Coggin, pastor emeritus of Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, died Nov. 27. He was 86. Coggin, who received a master of theology in 1946 and a doctor of theology in 1949 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1973. His wife, Carolyn, also a Southwestern graduate, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993. Coggin served as president of Southwestern’s board of trustees from 1967 to 1969 and from 1981 to 1982.
Copies of his book, “What’s the Difference?,” which highlights the differences between Baptists and other denominations, was distributed to all seminary students in 1968 as a courtesy by interested laymen. The book’s two major divisions, “What Baptists Believe” and “What Others Believe,” address beliefs related to the Bible, the Trinity, salvation, immersion, the ordinances and Baptist heritage.
In his college and seminary days, Coggin was pastor of churches in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas. After receiving his doctorate in 1949, he was pastor of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn. He then served First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas, before assuming his longest pastorate, Travis Avenue, which lasted 24 years. Upon retiring in 1983, he served as interim pastor of churches in the Fort Worth area and First Baptist Church, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Coggin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Garrick Coggin, three daughters, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.