Obituary: Ted Cromer

Ted Cromer, retired Baptist missionary and minister, died March 1 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 93.

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Ted Cromer, retired Baptist missionary and minister, died March 1 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 93. He was born in Hominy, Okla., Jan. 23, 1925, to John Baptist Cromer and Ora Boatman Cromer. He grew up in Oklahoma and Texas during the Great Depression, as his family moved often to find work during those times. At age 9, he was baptized in Tulsa, Okla., at Nobles Ave Baptist Church. At age 17, he married Dorothy Bernice Cromer on Christmas Eve, 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. At age 24, he dedicated his life to the gospel ministry and missions. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time as a missionary in Liberia, West Africa, he started 100 missions and 79 churches. When he returned to the United States, he continued to serve churches in Dallas as pastor. His daughter, Tedi Cromer, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Dorothy Bernice Cromer; daughter, Janis Cromer Sauls; son, Ted “Dehru” Cromer Jr.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

 

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