Obituaries


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


April 7, 2021

Sheila Smith — wife of Scott Smith, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Oxford — dies March 29

Sheila Smith — wife of Scott Smith, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Oxford — died March 29 of COVID-19 complications. She was 62. She worked ... [READ MORE]

April 6, 2021

Irena O’Neal, longtime pastor’s wife, dies at age 83

Elsie “Irena” O’Neal — wife of Ernest O’Neal, pastor emeritus of Memphis Baptist Church, Dothan — died March 30. She was 83. A Mississippi ... [READ MORE]

April 1, 2021

Judson community mourns loss of professor, artist-in-residence Billie Jean Young

Judson College is mourning the loss of Billie Jean Young, a faculty member who earlier in life was among the first African-American students ... [READ MORE]

March 31, 2021

Aaron Eutah Stone, Alabama Baptist State Board of Mission’s special worker, dies Feb 3

Aaron Eutah Stone, who served the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions as a special worker in discipleship, died Feb 3. He was 89. Stone worked ... [READ MORE]

March 31, 2021

James Alvin Grindstaff, longtime pastor of Stamp Baptist Church, dies Feb. 17

James Alvin Grindstaff, longtime pastor of Stamp Baptist Church, Valley Head, in Sand Mountain Baptist Association, died Feb. 17. He was 76. ... [READ MORE]

March 26, 2021

Longtime IMB missionary Robert Bradley dies after cancer battle

Robert A. Bradley Jr., a longtime International Mission Board missionary from Alabama, died Dec. 29 after a short battle with cancer. He was ... [READ MORE]