Dr. Rev. Verdell Edward Larson
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MANSFIELD: Dr. Rev. Verdell Edward Larson, 92, of 154 E. First St. , died Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Mansfield Memorial Homes.
Rev. Larson was born on Monday, December 29, 1919 in Paducah, Kentucky to the late Seamon and Mary Bell Edmonds Larson, Sr. and had lived in Mansfield the past 68 years. Verdell graduated from West Kentucky Industrial College. He was the co-owner of the Silver Streak Cab Company which was Mansfield's first black cab company, and later became an independent insurance agent for the Supreme Life Insurance Company.
Rev. Larson was the assistant pastor at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church prior to being called to Pastor the Providence Baptist Church in 1956 where he remained for the next 50 years. Over the years he attended American Baptist Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee and Ashland Theological Seminary, and obtained a Honorary Doctrine of Divinity degree from Toccoa Falls College in 2003. He retired in 2006 as Pastor Emeritus from his pastoral duties after 50 years of service at Providence Baptist Church.
Rev. Larson was very involved in the community serving on many boards such as Inter-City Council of Churches, Volunteers of America, Habitat For Humanity Committee, Past President of the Mansfield Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and the NAACP just to name a few.
Verdell is survived by 3 children Dwana Washington, Mansfield, David (Stephanie) Larson, Baltimore Maryland, and Marla (Gerry Lyn) Stillwell of Jonesboro, Georgia; 7 grandchildren Chekiah, Rashad, Erica, David Shawn, Quiante, Meaghan, and Shaquille; 7 great grand children Chekiah, Kamyah, Jalen, Christian, Kyree, Kaiden, and Kimora; 1 Goddaughter Lavita (Rick) Crutchfield, 4 special Goddaughters Artevia, La'Kharia, and Latrice Ware, and Nazarra Crayton, 2 sisters-in-law Gertrude Larson, Mansfield, and Esther McKinney, Columbus, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rev. Larson felt fortunate to have neighbors Robert and Theresa Hunter, who helped care for him, and longtime special friend to him and is late wife, Mary McDonald, Mansfield.
In addition to his parents Verdell was also preceded in death by his wife Johnnie Mae Christian Larson, and 3 brothers: Eddie, Robert, and Rev. Seamon Larson, Jr.
Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 - 5 p.m. in the Providence Baptist Church where the family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. Home Going services will begin at 5 p.m. with his pastor Dr. Rev. Thomas Hunt officiating and Bishop William Morris, Jr. of the Shiloh Full Gospel Baptist Church will deliver the eulogy.
Interment will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Mansfield Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralservices.com.
Published in the News Journal from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012