Published December 11, 2014
Georgia Baptist minister James Pelham died Nov. 11. He was 88.
Pelham was a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of New Orleans Seminary whose ministry would span 60 years, witch included his role as director of missions for Mallary Baptist Association and pastor of Coolidge Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, in 1979, and a brother, John Pelham. Survivors include his wife, Myrtice; son James, of Grover, NC; daughter Susan Burcham, of Thomasville; sister Maxine Toves, of Palatka, FL; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Longtime foreign missionary Charles L. Whaley died Nov. 10 at his home in Palmetto. He was 92.
A native of Atlanta, Whaley earned a doctorate of ministry degree from Southern Seminary before, along with his wife Lois, going to Japan among the first group of missionaries in that country after WWII.
He would serve there for 43 years as a pastor and faculty of Tokyo Baptist Theological Seminary as well as with the Japan Baptist Convention. He was a professor of church history at Seinan Gakuin University, later becoming its chancellor. He authored several books in both English and Japanese.
In the U.S., Whaley established a relationship with the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Decatur. In addition he led chapel services near his home until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Ronald, who died at the age of four in Japan; and a daughter, Rebecca. He is survived by three grandchildren.
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