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Blount County preacher Oden marks 104 years comment (0)

September 28, 2006

Longtime Alabama Baptist pastor Andrew Oden celebrated his 104th birthday Sept. 16 in a fitting way — he preached. About 200 people attended a reception thrown for him by his family at Harmony Baptist Church, Oneonta, in Blount Baptist Association that afternoon. During the reception, Oden — steadied by a walker — preached for 15 minutes before saying, “I’ve got more to say, but right now, I have got to sit down.”

Since preaching his first sermon in 1925, Oden has served as pastor of 29 churches in Blount, Etowah and Marshall counties, nine of which he helped organize. He has baptized more than 700 people including his 10 children and many of his grandchildren.

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