Yandall Woodfin III, May 28 in Fort Worth. A graduate of Baylor University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, he began his teaching career while directing Baptist Student Ministries at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.He taught at Baylor University; International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland; and 27 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth before retiring in 1994. He served as interim or guest preacher for churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma. While on sabbaticals from Southwestern, he served as pastor of English-language churches in Tripoli, Libya and Munich, Germany; taught again at International Seminary in Switzerland; Carey College in Auckland, New Zealand; University of Melbourne in Australia and was scholar-in-residence at Nazarene Bible College in Buesingen, Germany. He was the author of With All Your Mind and Why Be a Christian? An artist, he delighted in sharing his landscape oil paintings with family and friends. Born in 1929, he was preceded in death by his son, Yandall IV. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Leta; daughters, Carol Woodfin, Linda Wells and Rosemary Anderson; sister, Diane Orr; and four grandchildren. h
John Taylor Jr., 83, June 15 in Hallsville. He was a graduate of East Texas Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a pastor 64 years, serving churches in Conroe, Marshall, Taft, El Campo and Hallsville.He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Hallsville 17 years before retiring in 1986. After retirement, he trained to be an intentional interim pastor. At the time of his death, he was serving as pastor of County Line Baptist Church in Harleton. He was preceded in death by his sister, Neta Richards. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Amelia; daughters, Melanie Hudson, Edith Benton and Judy Foster; son, John; sister, Bernadine Lumpkin; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.