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Rev. Julio Silvio Diaz
Jul 9, 1922 – Apr 24, 2012 (Age 89)
Reverend Julio Silvio DÃaz was born in AÃ±atuya, Argentina, on July 9th, 1922. He passed away April 24 at his home in Maben, Mississippi. Visitation will take place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Mississippi, on Thursday evening, April 26, 5-7:00, Memorial Service will also take place at First Baptist Church, Maben, Friday, April 27, 11:00 with burial thereafter at Maben Memorial Park. Rev. Tommy Temple will conduct the service. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Jean DÃaz, his children Gwendolyn of San Antonio, TX, and Walter of Maben, as well as his grandchildren, Derek of Starkville, MS, Ashley of Berkeley, CA, and Julia of Eugene, OR. Coming from a humble background, Reverend DÃaz was converted at an early age and dedicated his life to Christian service. He graduated from the Baptist Seminary in Buenos Aires and later pursued a degree at Mississippi College, where he met his sweetheart. It was love at first sight. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and Dorothy became missionaries and travelled to many countries sharing the grace of God with others. He founded the First Baptist Church of Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1958, which is still a vibrant church. He spent many years teaching New Testament and Greek at the International Theological Baptist Seminary in Buenos Aires. Subsequently, he headed the Ethnic Baptist Seminary of Miami, Florida for a decade. After retirement in Maben, Mississippi, he and Dorothy made several missionary tours teaching in various religious institutions in Africa, Europe and Argentina. Reverend DÃaz remains loved by all of those whose life he touched through his faith. He loved his family unconditionally. His dear wife Dorothy, his children Walter and wife Janie, Gwen and husband Henry, and his grandchildren Derek, Ashley and Julia feel privileged to be his family. Memorial gifts for Julio DÃaz can be made to the First Baptist Church of Maben for the Esperanza Trust, a trust for needy children in Argentina. (First Baptist Church, PO Box 249, Maben, MS 39750). Welch Funeral Home of Starkville will handle arrangements.