John Pelham Hereford of Spring, pastoral ministry associate at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, died Dec. 1. He was 69. He was born March 11, 1951, in Lexington, Ky., to Karl Thomas and Myra Hereford. He earned his pilot’s license at age 16 and graduated from Mankato State University in Minnesota in 1973. He worked 27 years for Conoco/Phillips, first as a pilot and later as an aviation safety adviser. After his retirement, he joined the staff at The Woodlands First Baptist Church as the pastoral ministry associate, serving 12 years in that role. He also served as the Fresh Hope Ambassador for the Southwest during this time. He dedicated his days to adult singles, seniors and those living with mental illness. One of his recent accomplishments was organizing the Belly of the Whale Conference, where he worked directly with people struggling with mental health, addiction and recovery problems. He enjoyed flying, reading, working with the church, traveling internationally and studying the Bible. He is survived by his wife Lanita; daughter Michel Roberts and husband David of Oklahoma City, Okla.; son James Hereford and wife Kelly of San Diego, Calif.; daughter Kynada Boland and husband Justin of Israel; son Jake Aldrich and wife Jenny of Spring; eight grandchildren; his mother Myra Hereford of Danville, Va.; sister Maury Israelson and her husband Eric of Tucker, Ga.; and sister Sarah Latham and husband Dan of Danville, Va. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, at The Woodland First Baptist Church. A brief service will follow at 11 a.m., which will be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/john-hereford. Memorial gifts may be made to faith-based mental health benevolence through The Woodlands First Baptist Church.
Obituary: John Pelham Hereford
December 3, 2020