HOMER V. SOUTHERLAND JR. After a long, happy and well-lived life, Homer V. Southerland Jr. entered heaven on December 7, 2013 at the age of 88. He was born in Pendleton, TX, March 28, 1925 to Homer Van Buren and Ruby Pauline Brown Southerland and attended Marlin High School, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enlisted and served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 - 1945. Homer married Emma Jean Boyd on June 25, 1950 in Marlin, TX. He served from 1951 - 1952 in the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife Jean, children Connie Lynn Warchesiak (Archie) of Helena, MT; Robert Martin Southerland (Denise) of Farmington, NM; David Gene Southerland (Janice) of Oklahoma City, OK; Grandchildren Miranda Dawn Ludington (Chris) of Cortez, CO; Kellie Diane Vincent (Jonathan) of Edmond, OK; Amy Elaine Southerland of Oklahoma City, OK; Christopher Allen Warchesiak, of Helena, MT; and Bobby Ray Warchesiak of TX; Great-grandchildren Allyssa Addelle and Maddalyn Renee Ludington, of Cortez, CO; Sister-in-laws, Bernice Boyd of Marlin, TX and Bobby Gray of Katy, TX. Homer was called to the ministry of the Gospel, licensed to preach September 14, 1949 and ordained January 25, 1950 at the First Baptist Church, Marlin, TX. He pastored these churches in Texas during the next 20 years: Harris Creek, Mosheim, New Waverly, Conroe, Blooming Grove, Burkburnett, and Waco. He moved to New Mexico to work at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center from 1970 - 1990. During that time until recently, Homer served as interim pastor of 19 churches and on several committees in the Santa Fe Baptist Association. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, woodworking, and travel with family and friends. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, NM on December 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at Pendleton Cemetery in Pendleton, TX at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church, 1605 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM, 87505 or to the .
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900