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Georgia Baptist pastor Harold Henderson of Oxford, 69, died June 30 at Newton Medical Center.

Henderson was born in Porterdale and would go on to serve as pastor in the area for three decades – 22 years at Grace Baptist Church and then Bold Springs Baptist Church for eight years.

Henderson is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter Kim Henderson, of Oxford; sons Keith Henderson, of Scottsboro, Ala., and Brad Henderson, of Richmond Hill; father and stepmother C.F. and Myrtle Henderson, of Oxford; step–brother Wayne Dimsdale, of Oxford; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Henderson, and brothers Wayne and Tommy.


Georgia Baptist layman George Ingram died June 20. He was 91.

Raised in Marietta before attending North Georgia College, Ingram sold Bibles in Arkansas during the Depression to support his parents. A long career in surveying and civil engineering was interrupted by World War II, when he served with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific, helping build runways in locations such as Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa.

Ingram and his family joined Scott Boulevard Baptist Church in Decatur in 1950, shortly after its founding. For the next 60 years he would serve in various leadership roles including Sunday School teacher, deacon, and chairman of deacons. He was also heavily involved in the Atlanta Baptist Association and Georgia Baptis Convention, penning several articles for The Index.

He is survived by his wife Doris, of Atlanta; sons George Ingram, of Atlanta, and Charles Ingram, of Moosic, Pa.; step-daughter Judy Snow, of Mineral Bluff; and numerous step-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mae, and son John Ingram, of Decatur.


Longtime Georgia Baptist director of missions Ansley Jordan, Sr., of Vidalia, died July 4. He was 97.

The Thomas County native and ordained minister of 60 years was a graduate of Norman Park College, Mercer University, and Southern Seminary. During his ministry Jordan served as director of missions of Mallary Baptist Association, Thomas Association, and Grady Association in addition to being pastor of several churches in Georgia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. He was pastor emeritus of Smith Street Baptist Church and First Baptist Collins.

Jordan was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Floye. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Elizabeth, of Sylvester; sons James Jordan, of Torino, Italy, and Tommy Jordan, of Gray; daughters Floye Jean Kropa, of Marietta, Tricia Abernathy, of Adairsville, and Anita Sparks, of Kingston; step-son Ernest Tomberlin, of Mableton; 21 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.


Pastor Condred Pirkle died June 16 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins. He was 77.

A native of Hall County, Pirkle was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Southwestern Seminary and commenced a 55-year ministry. At the time of his death he was a member of Peachtree Baptist Church in Perry.

Pirkle is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucy, of Perry, and a sister, Betty, also of Perry. He was preceded in death by brothers Cleon, Billy, Farnett, and Glendon, and a sister, Geraldine Cape.