Obituary: Richard Mangum

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Richard Lynn Mangum, 69, died July 6 in Georgetown. Mangum was born in Goose Creek, and he grew up in Cuero and San Antonio. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio and earned his undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University, where he was very active in the Baptist Student Union ministries. He married Patricia Ruth Hinze July 19, 1969. He was ordained to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Church in San Marcos. He earned his master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary. He served in many pastoral roles, including chaplain of Texas Baptist Children’s Home, and he ministered to multiple pastors and churches as an associational director of missions. Since 2008, he was an area representative for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Mangum was an avid reader and student of history, particularly Texas history. He traveled the state, driving back roads and discovering the interrelated human stories from the era of Spanish Texas to the late 1800s. He also was a passionate sports spectator and a Baylor Bears fan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years; sons, Scott and Jeff; and six grandchildren.

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