Longtime evangelist John E. Hull, 90, of Marietta, died March 12.
The Tennessee native served as a minister for more than 65 years, serving in churches as both a pastor and evangelist. He was related to Cordell Hull, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former Secretary of State under President Franklin Roosevelt.
In 1948 he began the Back to Bethel Hour, a weekly Bible teaching program still in existence. In 1951 he founded the music trio The Joymakers, which performed across the South in churches and concert halls and recorded a dozen albums.
He and his wife, the former Agnes Holly, were married in 1950 and had a daughter, Jo, and son, John David. The family lived in Fort Payne, AL and Jackson, MS, before settling in Marietta in 1972.
While in Marietta, Hull was a frequent evangelist in Noonday Association and Georgia Baptist churches statewide.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Hull of Marietta; daughter, Jo Hull Minor of Chattanooga, TN; son, John D. Hull of Alpharetta; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Throughout his ministry he maintained his membership at his hometown church in Tennessee. Services were held at Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Jamestown, TN with internment at Fellowship Church Cemetery in Allardt, TN.