At 11 o’clock today (Saturday morning, May 24) our Lord made a visit to Cincinnati to ferry the precious soul of Larry Howell to his heavenly home.
His son Mark, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., was by his side together with Larry’s wife of many years, Donna. Mark’s wife Carmen was standing by also along with their girls Abi and Beka. That is about all who were there. Most of Larry’s friends were gone already, and since he was a commoner from Pennsylvania, this will not make anyone’s headlines.
But before you write this off as just another obituary, please know that this is a story that happened the way it should.
Larry Howell moved to Orlando, Fla., where he and Donna were employed. Their son Mark grew up there and while in high school was taken to First Baptist Church where soul-winner Jim Henry was pastor. Friends patiently worked with Mark until one wonderful day he received Christ as his Savior and Lord. After attending Carson-Newman University and playing on an NAIA championship football team, Mark sensed the call of God to the ministry.
Mark came to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to study. While pursuing his degree he met Carmen Patterson, my daughter. Everyone said, “Do not date her; she is the child of Paige Patterson.” Mark said, “Who on earth is Paige Patterson?” And he continued dating Carmen and married her.
One day Mark said to me, “My dad does not know the Lord, though he thinks he does. Could we take him hunting in west Texas?”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press