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Former Alabama minister Lemmond dies at 82 comment (0)

September 27, 2012

By Neisha Fuson

Former Alabama minister Lemmond dies at 82

Hayes K. “Jack” Lemmond, who spent 35 years in ministry serving churches in Alabama and Louisiana, died Sept. 8. He was 82.

Lemmond was born in Somerville of Morgan County. He graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham and earned his bachelor’s of music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Lemmond spent many years ministering to people through music and served as a minister of music at West Hartselle Baptist Church, Hartselle; Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Decatur; First Baptist Church, Center Point; and Dalraida Baptist Church, Montgomery. He also served two churches in Louisiana in the minister of music role. 

Besides serving as a minister of music, Lemmond led Pinedale Baptist Church, Montgomery, as pastor for 20 years. He also served as interim pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Hartselle. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Hartselle, at the time of his death. Pastor Jeff Redmond said Lemmond was “always an encourager.” 

“[He] was someone who loved the Lord and who loved people,” Redmond said. “When he walked in a room he always looked for someone to talk to and to encourage. He loved the Morgan Baptist Association and led the music for the weekly pastor’s meeting.”

Lemmond was a mentor to Mike Shaw, president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Shaw, pastor of First Baptist Church, Pelham, presided over Lemmond’s funeral and said, “It was an honor to be asked to share in his celebration of life.

“Jack was a faithful servant wherever he went,” Shaw said. “His influence will live on for a long, long time.

Lemmond is survived by his wife, Ethel; two children; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

(Neisha Fuson)

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