Dale Aycock Obituary(1930 - 2013)

Dale Aycock 1930 - 2013 Pastor Dale Aycock passed away Friday, February 15, at 9:15pm. Dale was born in Moffatt, Texas on February 3, 1930 to Elsie and Bob Aycock. He was the second of six children. He attended elementary and middle schools in Texas, graduating from Central High School in San Angelo. Dale attended several universities, including Hardin Simmons University and Baylor University in Texas and earned a B.A. Degree in Religion with a minor in Speech at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. While on a trip to be with his uncle, Glen Norman, who was leading in a youth revival at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church, Dale met and loved Patricia Ann Brandes. They were married in March 1951 and spent 62 years of companionship together. Dale also did post-graduate work at University of California and Golden Gate Seminary. The greatest legacy Dale left was a great passion for Jesus Christ and the work of His Kingdom. This passion began when Dale was 8-years-old and gave his heart to Christ at Vacation Bible School. In March 1945, when he was 15, Dale surrendered his life to ministry. He began preaching in youth groups and churches all over Central and West Texas before beginning his first pastorate at Harriet Baptist Church at age 19. In 1951 Pastor Dale and Pat were 'called' to pioneer mission work in California. There he almost single-handedly constructed a 4,000 square foot building at Granada Hills, First Baptist. The building at Granada Hills was only one of several buildings and renovations that Dale was an integral part of during his many years as a pastor. Others include buildings at First Baptist Church, Belmont, California and Olive Street Baptist Church, Colton, California. Dale pastored no less than nine churches during his time in ministry, including 13 years at First Southern Baptist Church Long Beach and 20 years at Crossover Church of Rosedale (previously named Temple Baptist Church) in Bakersfield. For three years, Dale served as a member of the Committee on Board Nominations for the California Southern Baptist Convention; two of those years he served as committee chairman. He also served four years on the State Executive Board and later was the President of the California Baptist Foundation. For many years, Dale led several state-wide Vacation Bible School clinics, where he trained many, many people how to have Vacation Bible School in their church. After a staggering 55 years in ministry for God's Kingdom, Dale Aycock retired in 2000 and was awarded the title of "Pastor Emeritus" at Crossover Church of Rosedale. There Dale was thrilled to see a 28-year dream fulfilled when Crossover Church completed the building of a 315 seat Worship Center in August 2010. After his retirement he continued to serve his beloved congregation as an adult Sunday School teacher and ministry mentor until his death. It could be truthfully said that Dale spent his whole life in fruitful ministry for his Lord, Jesus Christ. Dale is preceded in death by his mother and father, Elsie and Bob Aycock, sister, Doris Dotson, and son, Benjamin Aycock. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Aycock; son, Norm Aycock; daughter, Yvonne Shumaker; son, Timothy Aycock; sisters, Delphine McWaid and Marlene Thorington, and brothers, Tom Aycock and Glen Aycock. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for Dale Aycock at Crossover Church of Rosedale, Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 20, 2013