On Nov. 23 members of First Baptist Church in Ludowici gave Wanda Swindell an engraved plaque and took up a love offering in recognizing her 50 years playing the piano at worship services. Beginning as a teenager, she has provided music for the church’s choir for a half-century. Currently her son, Phil, leads music each […]
Archie Slaton, senior adult minister at Unity Baptist Church in Newnan, died Jan. 21. He was 66. He is survived by his wife Ann, who serves Unity as its children’s minister; a son, Nathan; daughters Nicole Hughes and Tori Slaton; sisters Judy Northup, Rita Powell, Cheryl Young, and Debra Couch; and three grandchildren.
Gordon Ingram Pittman, 85, of Columbus, died Dec. 21. Ingram served for many years as an area missionary through the GBC South Georgia Area Missions Program in addition to being pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Barney. Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty Jane O’Connor Pittman, he is survived by a […]
Dixie Jay Nicholson Franklin, of Monroe, died on Dec. 26. She was 93. Franklin was a native of Athens who earned degrees from Tift College and Southern Seminary. She worked alongside her husband, Bob, for almost 67 years as a musician and pastor’s wife in North Carolina and Georgia until his death in 2013. During […]
Former Georgia pastor Wesley “JW” Dykes died Jan. 3 in Sherman, TX. He was 83. During his ministry Dykes served churches in Troup County as well as across the state line in Valley, AL. Georgia Baptist congregations included Gray Hill, County Line (now Creekside) and Davidson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, […]
About 30 guests from WMU leadership statewide gathered at the Baptist Missions and Ministry Center on Jan. 20 to celebrate Dorothy Pryor’s 90th birthday. Pryor was legendary in her contribution to Georgia WMU, having served for more than three decades. Those years of service were celebrated as much as her nine decades of life by […]