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Ray Jordan, longtime Georgia Baptist pastor, died Jan. 18. He was 89.

Upon graduating Mercer in 1953, Jordan went on to pastor through 1972 at Snellville Baptist Church, Centerville Baptist Church, Lilburn Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Snellville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Belle Massey Jordan, and daughter, Lydia Frances Green Smith. He is survived by his brother, Carl G. Jordan, Jr. of Snellville; sisters Bernice Moon of Gainesville and Violet Dalton of Lawrenceville; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Doug Morcock, long-time music minister in Atlanta area churches, died Jan. 15 after a four-year bout with cancer. He was 74.

In addition to working as an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed in Marietta for 38 years, Morcock served churches in Noonday, Concord and Atlanta Baptist Associations as part-time or interim director of music.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ola Jean Jordan Morcock, and a daughter, Sandra Jann Morcock.


Watson Lamar Samples, pastor of Canoochee Baptist Church in Twin City, died Jan.11 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. He was 65.

A native of Candler County, Samples was a captain in the Medical Service Corps of the Americal Division of the Army in the Vietnam War. At the time of his death he served as administrative assistant to the superintendent in Truetlen County Schools.

He is survived by his wife, Laurita Jarriel Samples; sons Jonathan and David of Kingsport, Tenn.; daughter Susan Carol Alden of Kingsland; and six grandchildren.


John R. Pennington died Jan. 24 at his home in Barnesville. He was 85.

A native of Winston County, Pennington lived in Lamar County and attended First Baptist Church in Barnesville, where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In addition, he was active in ministries serving the jail and nursing home.

Pennington formerly pastored Garden Hill Baptist Church in Forsyth and was a published author, writing Love, Life and War is All Fair.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Allen Pennington of Barnesville, and daughters Barbara Lucille and Margaret Gail in addition to one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.