Obituaries


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


February 5, 2020

Longtime Southern Baptist, Alabama Baptist pastor Penn dies at 85

Longtime Southern Baptist pastor Jessie Wayne Penn died Jan. 13. He was 85. Penn attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, ... [READ MORE]

February 5, 2020

Bill O’Brien, Missions innovator, founding director of Global Center at Beeson Divinity School, dies at age 86

Bill O’Brien, a former Southern Baptist music missionary acknowledged as a leading expert in 21st century global missions, died Feb. 2. He ... [READ MORE]

January 8, 2020

ALCAP director emeritus, unofficial state chaplain Ireland dies at 89

D.L. “Dan” Ireland, director emeritus of Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), died Dec. 24. He was 89. Ireland made an impact on the ... [READ MORE]

January 1, 2020

Retired Barbour Association DOM, R.C. Belcher, dies at 92

R.C. Belcher, retired director of missions for Barbour Baptist Association, died Dec. 13. He was 92. Belcher earned a bachelor’s degree in ... [READ MORE]

January 1, 2020

Longtime Alabama Baptist pastor, active volunteer dies at 73

Longtime Alabama Baptist pastor Ronald Gordon Hicks died Dec. 6. He was 73. In his more than 40 years of ministry he served in a number of capacities, ... [READ MORE]

December 12, 2019

Sylvania Baptist music director Sizemore dies at 41

Chip Sizemore, music director at Sylvania Baptist Church died on October 26. He was 41. Sizemore served Sylvania Baptist for nine years following ... [READ MORE]

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