Obituaries


Obituaries in The Alabama Baptist serve to alert readers of the passing of Alabama Baptist leaders and church staff members.


September 24, 2020

Dick Thomassian — “block-party guru” and retired longtime staff member of Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville — dies Sept. 18

Dick Thomassian — “block-party guru” and retired longtime staff member of Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville — died Sept. 18. He was ... [READ MORE]

September 13, 2020

Alabama Baptist pastor, leader Billy Austin dies Sept. 12

Billy Austin, longtime leader of Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers and current interim director of missions of Tuscaloosa Baptist Association, ... [READ MORE]

September 13, 2020

Ed Wallen — longtime pastor of Vineland Park Baptist Church, Hueytown, dies at 83

Ed Wallen — longtime pastor of Vineland Park Baptist Church, Hueytown, and active missions leader — died Aug. 29. He was 83. A Kentucky native, ... [READ MORE]

September 2, 2020

Former Southern Baptist missionary James Harris “Jim” McGriff dies Aug. 15

Former Southern Baptist missionary James Harris “Jim” McGriff died Aug. 15. He was 74. McGriff was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and ... [READ MORE]

September 2, 2020

Zemery Don Reece, a longtime Southern Baptist missionary to Nigeria, dies Aug. 22

Zemery Don Reece, a longtime Southern Baptist missionary to Nigeria, died Aug. 22. He was 88. Reece and his wife, Gwen, were appointed by the ... [READ MORE]

September 2, 2020

Charles R. Bullock, longtime pastor of Clinton Baptist Church, dies Aug. 22

Charles R. Bullock, longtime pastor of Clinton Baptist Church, died Aug. 22. He was 69. In addition to serving 22 years as pastor of Clinton ... [READ MORE]