Obituaries


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


November 16, 2019

FBC Tarrant pastor Larry Wilhite dies at 77

Larry Wilhite, pastor of First Baptist Church, Tarrant, died Nov. 9. He was 77. A Birmingham native Wilhite spent his early life in Jacksonville, ... [READ MORE]

October 9, 2019

Longtime Alabama Baptist pastor and missionary, Shelby Smith, dies at 92

Shelby Andrew Smith Sr., a longtime Alabama Baptist pastor and missionary, died Sept. 25. He was 92. A native of Jemison, Smith earned his bachelor’s ... [READ MORE]

October 2, 2019

Carner, longtime Alabama Baptist music minister, dies at 88

John William “Bill” Carner, a longtime music minister at churches in Alabama and other states, died Sept. 11. He was 88. Carner served as ... [READ MORE]

October 2, 2019

MacLaren, former CP/stewardship director for SBOM, dies at 79

John MacLaren, longtime pastor and former director of the office of Cooperative Program/stewardship development for the Alabama Baptist State ... [READ MORE]

September 16, 2019

Missions advocate dies at 95, leaves a ‘no regrets’ legacy of being on mission

Missions. It’s a story Marguerite Butler went looking for and once she found it she just couldn’t stop chasing it.  It all started with ... [READ MORE]

September 11, 2019

Evangelist, former Alabama Baptist pastor Larry Draper dies at 75

Larry W. Draper, longtime evangelist and former pastor of Roebuck Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, died Aug. 21. He was 75. A graduate of Samford ... [READ MORE]

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