Alvin Howell, 77, died June 30 in Fort Worth. He was pastor of several congregations, including Wheatland Baptist Church in Wheatland and First Baptist Church in Thorp Springs.
When he became pastor in Thorp Springs, the congregation had dwindled to 17 members, but he brought it back to about 70 before he retired. He preached funeral services at six funeral homes when a minister was needed.
He was a member of the Howard Payne University alumni association. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; sons, Mark, David and Stephen; brother, Kenneth; stepson, Wade Wells; stepdaughter, Wendy Tockey; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.