Dr. James P. Stoutenborough
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Dr. James Parker Stoutenborough, 89, of 305 Camellia Lane, husband of the late Joan Whitten Stoutenborough for 65 years, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at his home.
Born August 30, 1921, in Maroa, IL, he was a son of the late James Parker and Alta Lyman Stoutenborough. He served for 55 years in revival and youth work, and most recently, the musical ministry and the publication department of the Bill Rice Ranch. His ministry stretched the nation, serving with independent evangelists, as well as organizations like Victorious Christian Youth in Flint, MI and the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch in Flagstaff, AZ. His ministry was spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through song. After moving to the area, he became an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Simpsonville.
Surviving are a daughter, Tirrell Barnett and husband Bill of Greenville; three grandchildren, Dave Barnett and wife Nancy of Taylors, Mike Barnett and wife Marianne of Tarboro, NC, Capt. Chris Barnett and wife Meredith of Tampa, FL; five great-grandchildren, Rhett Blake Barnett, Harrison Clay Barnett, Wilson Parker Barnett, Ellison Lee Barnett, and Coan James Barnett. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Roy Stoutenborough and a sister, Tirrell VanGeldren.
Funeral services will be 6:30 pm Friday at Faith Baptist Church with Reverend Greg Ince officiating. Private burial will be at the Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, TN on a later date.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 pm until 8 pm at Faith Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 906 Hwy 14; Simpsonville, SC 29681.
The family is at the home.
Fletcher Funeral Service


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Published in The Greenville News from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13, 2010.
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October 26, 2010
Dear Terri and all,
My husband and I had the priviledge to fellowship with your parents during their ministry with us at the Preach the Word conferences. It was such a joy to have Dr. Jim lead the singing preparing for the preaching of God's word and your mom, Aunt Joan, helping us at the book table. Such energy! And we will never forget the early years of folding tracts and banding them together for hours on end a few days prior to the conferences. Always helping whatever way they could - such a blessing and an example of serving the King! I'll miss the updates on all the family. Can't wait to get to heaven and join in the singing of the song we most connect Dr. Jim with - - - HE LIVES!
Rich and Jacquie Graf
October 11, 2010
Jim Stoutenborough was not only my uncle, but a great inspiration to my life. I had the privilege of being named after him. His love for the ministry and his geniune amazement that God used him are a blessing to me. As far as I am concerned he was the best song leader I ever saw!
Jim Van Gelderen
October 8, 2010
How we loved the Stoutenborough's. Joan was such a blessing to our vocal music ministry at Franklin Road Baptist Church when I served as music director and assistant to the pastor (Bob Kelley).
Bro. Jim was one of the two men that had the greatest influence on my own ministry as congregational song leader, though I have never been able to lead singing "with my hind foot" as Dr. Bill used to say of Brother Jim. His enthusiasm, his love, for the Lord, and his love to help people enjoy singing will never be forgotten and are a continuing influence.
I do not know if he is leading the angelic choir, but I know he is leading the saints. I think I can hear his arrangement of "Nothing But the Blood" ringing through Glory, and Dr. Bill enjoying it all (and ready to preach again)!
Ed Whiting
October 8, 2010
Jim was a great guy. I met him first when he led the Flint (MI) Youth for Christ and he came to hear me preach when I was in a revival at, I believe it was, the Riverdale Baptist Church. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship; I treasure the memories, even when he flew me to Lester Roloff's funeral in Corpus Christi, in the same model plane in which Lester died!He didn't tell me that until we were in the air.
Dr. Robert L. Sumner
October 8, 2010
I fellowshipped with Brother Jim during my years at The Sword in Murfreesboro. Jim was a godly man and a Christian gentleman. He stood tall and was one of the most enthusiastic song leaders I ever heard. I write these words to salute his memory. He will be right at home in Heaven. He has helped show so many how to get there. His beloved wife got there first.
-Ron E
Ron & Brenda English
October 8, 2010
I will always have fond memories of your Mom and Dad. I will forever have the memory of your dad leading music at the BRR. I just could not help but rejoice to think of the reunion going on in Heaven! Eileen Eletto
October 8, 2010
He's leading God's choir now! What an amazing man!
Bradley Balfour
October 8, 2010
I had the priviledge of going to camp at the BRR since I was seven and used to be awestruck at how the man could jump around and lead a dynamic song service. Then I got to work for four summers at West Branch and became good friends with the Stoutenboroughs. Wonderful people, and glad he is in heaven with Mrs. Joan. They will be greatly missed. Praying for the family. God bless.
Greg Smith
October 8, 2010
I served with Jim at Franklin Road as a fellow deacon and as the administrator of Franklin Road Christian School. Jim flew me to several meetings. He was always a joy to be with. I am sure that he is leading the angels in song in Heaven with Joan right now! May God bless his memory.
Benny Bagwell
benny bagwell
October 7, 2010
What a great man! I went to West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch in Flagstaff, AZ as I was growing up and this was where I was impacted by the ministry of Jim Stoutenborough. His passion while leading the congregational singing was infectious and his love for the Lord obvious. He will be remembered. (Joshua Teis, Pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church of Las Vegas)
Joshua Teis
October 6, 2010
No one could lead singing like your dad! We have such wonderful memories of your parents at the Ranch! Your parents were so special! How wonderful to know that he and your mom are together again talking with their Savior and enjoying the beauties of Heaven!
May God bless you and your family!
October 6, 2010
Dearest Terri and family,
Just found our about your dad this morning. Jim was a dear heart, and I know you will miss him so much. I remember his days in Decatur and his
ministry and special it was! God bless
Diana Markins
Diana Markins
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