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Thomas M. Atwood, former Georgia Baptist pastor and pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss., died Nov. 13 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. He was 61.

A member of First Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss., where he served as pastor from 1994 until retirement in 2003, his 41 years of ministry included pastorates in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Southern Seminary. In his early years of ministry, he served as a full-time evangelist and in recent years had been published in several Christian publications.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Parent Atwood; a daughter, Laura Beth O’Nan of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Michael E. Atwood, of Starkville, Miss.; a sister, Karen Cole of Thompson Station, Tenn.; and a brother, Terry Atwood of Little Rock, Ark.