Roger Warren Hall, former treasurer and chief financial officer for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, died Sept. 23 in Enterprise, Ala. He was 73. Hall was born Oct. 9, 1943, to Ralph and Nadine Young Hall and grew up in Missouri. He served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army with logistics and military intelligence. Eight months of his service was at Chu Lai, where he commanded a company of 220 men and briefed a two-star general twice daily on troop movements. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and graduated summa cum laude from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City with his Master of Divinity degree. Hall was a certified public accountant and ordained both as a minister and a deacon. He was treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Convention, vice president of financial affairs at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and vice president of development at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. He served nearly two decades as BGCT treasurer and CFO. During his time in that role, giving to the Cooperative Program unified budget increased 12.5 percent and BGCT assets, including endowments and capital assets, grew 216 percent to more than $164 million. He was elected to multiple consecutive terms as recording secretary for the BGCT and vice president of finance for Texas Baptist Men, chaired the Baptist Standard board of directors and served on the boards of numerous non-profit ministries. In retirement, he served in administrative roles at Dallas Baptist University, Cowboy Church of Ellis County and First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from DBU and Southwest Baptist University. He is survived by his wife, Donna Hall of Enterprise; daughter Tracy Lyn Hall-Ross of Springfield, Mo.; daughter Leslie Diane Mynatt and her husband Michael of Enterprise; four grandchildren; a brother, John Hall of Rolla, Mo.; and a sister, Sue Snodgrass of Springfield, Mo. A memorial service was held Sept. 27 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise, Ala. Another memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Oct. 6, at First Baptist Church in Midlothian. A graveside service will be held at the National Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Acts 1:8 missions offering at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise or to Texas Baptist Men disaster relief.
Robert Perry Kite, a deacon emeritus at South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, died Sept. 22. He was 91. He was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Bells and grew up in Bells and Palestine. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a small boat coxswain on the U.S.S. LST-1040 in the Philippines and Okinawa, and he earned four medals for meritorious service. After the war, he worked for Earnheart Funeral Home in Whitewright. He graduated from the Dallas Institute for Mortuary Science, attended Austin College in Sherman and received an undergraduate degree from Southeastern State University in Durant, Okla. He was named dean of the Dallas Institute in 1953, and he was appointed its president in 1963, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He was twice president of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science and for two years was chairman of the American Board of Funeral Service Education. He was a charter member of South Garland Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon chair, Sunday school director, trustee, greeter and member of various committees. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Thelma; his daughter, LeAnn Hampton, and her husband, Jeff; and numerous nieces and nephews.