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Rev. Leroy French

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Rev. Leroy French Obituary

Rev. Leroy French, 85, formerly of Fort Smith, Ark., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Burleson, Texas.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1929, in Okemah, Okla., to Tommy Otis and Julia Naomi (Blevins) French.

He married his wife Helen on Oct. 2, 1948. He was a builder and an architect and built the Bible Chapel at Ouachita Baptist University and built churches, buildings and auditoriums in Curtis, Rye Hill and Crestville. He attended college at Ouachita Baptist from 1959-1963 and followed with seminary school at Southwestern Baptist from 1964-1967.
He surrendered to preach at Calvary Baptist Church in 1958 at Alamogordo. From there he acted as pastor at numerous churches, including Dalark Baptist in Dalark, Ariz., Curtis Baptist in Curtis, Ariz., Downtown Baptist in Wichita Falls, Texas, First Baptist in Melbourne, Ariz., Bethel Baptist in Barling. Ariz., Rye Hill Baptist in Fort Smith, Ariz., Crestville Baptist in Crestville, Ariz., and First Baptist of Hackett, Ariz.
He also made thirteen mission trips to the Philippines and two to South Korea. He was a member and associate pastor of Bluff Avenue Baptist Church of Fort Smith, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his son Dean French in 2012.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Bluff Avenue Baptist Church with burial at 2 p.m. at Bowers Cemetery in Eufaula, Okla., under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral home of Fort Smith, Ark.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Helen of the home; one daughter, Janet French Lightfoot and her husband Richard of Burleson, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Deb French of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He is also survived by six grandchildren, Sara Lightfoot of Burleson, Texas; Aaron Lightfoot of Fort Worth, Texas; Joshua French and his wife Caroline of Dallas, Texas; Jamie French of New York; Shannon French of Fayetteville, Ariz., and Callie Mednansky and her husband Aaron of The Dales, Ore.; two great grandchildren, Abigail and Grace Mednansky of The Dales, Ore. Other survivor included his six sisters, Trella Smith of Sapulpa, Okla.; Opal Coleman of San Diego, Calif.; Loretta Smith of DeKalb, Texas; Louella Tanner of Salem, Ariz.; Lovenia Stewart of Oildale, Calif., and Ruby Ellen Clark of Conroe, Texas, and one brother, Clarence French of Alamogordo.

The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial may be made to Bluff Ave. Baptist Church Missions Program, 2300 Bluff Ave., Fort Smith, AZ, 72901.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 26 to Dec. 25, 2014
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