Obituaries: Webb and Wall

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Perry F. Webb Jr., 91, died May 14 in Natchitoches, La., where he was pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church. Webb was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Malvern, Ark., to Perry F. Webb and Thelma Fern Stahl Webb. He spent his early years in Malvern and Pine Bluff, Ark., before moving to San Antonio, where he earned his high school diploma from Texas Military Institute. He graduated from Baylor University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He served as a Baptist minister 74 years, beginning at a country church in East Central Illinois where he joked he learned to “persecute the saints” with his preaching. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Poteet from 1949 to 1952. Later pastorates included First Baptist Church in Natchitoches, La.; First Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.; and First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La. He served two years as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and he also served on the executive boards of both the Louisiana Baptist and the Georgia Baptist conventions. He served 15 years as a trustee of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and two years as chairman of that board. He also was a trustee for Louisiana College and Tift College. He had been a member of the board of directors for the Baylor Alumni Association and was an avid fan of Baylor athletics. Webb is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Powell Webb; daughter, Deborah Webb Smith; son, Perry Flynt Webb III; grandsons, Walker and Phillip Smith and Jonathan and Tyler Webb; and sister, Rebekah Webb Richards.

Morris wall 130Morris Thomas Wall, 92, died June 12 in Waco. Wall was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Knox City to Ivan Wall and Lucy Scroggins Wall. He grew up in East Texas and served in World War II. After he graduated from Baylor University, he enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he met Dora Louise Sexton. They married Aug. 15, 1951. He was the first pastor of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland and associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Waco. He also served churches in Georgia, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska, where his ministry focused on planting and growing churches. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Karen Talley; and seven grandchildren.


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