Herbert Eugene Bergstrom

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Herbert Eugene Bergstrom LUBBOCK-Herbert Eugene Bergstrom passed away on Aug. 1, 2014, at the age of 97 in Lubbock, Texas. Herbert was born on Oct. 16, 1916, to Phillip Bergstrom and Louise Hopf Bergstrom. He was born on a small farm in dusty Thrall, Texas. He grew up in Denton County and Ponder, Texas, along with two brothers and two sisters, graduating from high school (after 11th grade). He then moved to Portales, New Mexico, and worked on a farm and at a laundry. He married his first wife, Lawanna Watson, and they became parents of four children, Jimmy, Judy, Sara Nell and Mark. Herbert surrendered to the ministry in April of 1943. I had a definite call, he said. I was 26 years old at the time, and it was during a January revival meeting at Bethel Baptist Church (near Portales). I had just started to witness to people about the Lord. That night during the meeting, I thought the Lord wanted me to do something, so I went forward to ask for prayer. When the pastor prayed for me, he asked the Lord to reveal what His will was for me. Then, clear as a bell, the Lord said He wanted me to preach. I'll never forget that experience that night. He began his college education at Eastern New Mexico University and pasturing at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Dora, New Mexico. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a second Bachelor Degree in Divinity, with a minor in Greek New Testament, and later receiving his Doctorate in Theology from Southern Theological Seminary. He became a Visiting Professor in Religion at ENMU from 1953 to 1960. Herbert married his present wife, Sue Dunning, who had three daughters, Rhonda, Dawn and Darinda. He pastured churches at Ranchvale, Clovis, and Portales before retiring in 1995 and moving to Lubbock, Texas. Herbert is survived by his wife, Sue Bergstrom of the home in Lubbock, Texas; children, Judy (Al) Gary of Lubbock, Texas, Rhonda (Tom) Holtz of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dawn (Mark) Boney, Mark (Valerie) Bergstrom of Carrollton, Texas, and Darinda (Bill) Rupp Loveland, Colorado; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bernice Smith of Carbon, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Lawanna; his son, Jimmy Bergstrom; daughter, Sara Nell Marquis; granddaughter, Carol Gary; two brothers; and one sister. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Dick Ross and Al Gary officiating. A private burial will be held prior to services at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. The family will be at Central Baptist prior to services from 10 to 11 a.m. to receive guests. A memorial services will then be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at 6 p.m. CST at Bacon Heights Baptist Church on 53rd and Slide in Lubbock, Texas, with Associate Pastor Truman Johnson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Steed Todd Funeral Home 800 E. Manana Blvd Clovis, New Mexico, 88101 (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the family guest registry at www.steedtodd.com.


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 3, 2014
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