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John Allen Broyles

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John Allen Broyles Obituary
John Allen Broyles

John Broyles, 83, was born in the Methodist parsonage in Johnson City, Tennessee on January 13, 1934. He walked on from this dimension on November 20, 2017, at Alive Hospice in Nashville. His life highlights include being a batboy for the 1948 Cleveland Indians' visiting dugout where he briefly crossed paths with legends including Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, Lou Boudreau, and Bill Veeck. Dr. Broyles went to the University of Redlands where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Dolores Pettit. He then went to Boston University and earned a Ph.D. from the School of Theology. During this time, he was elected "Man of the Year" among his graduate class. His dissertation was published as "The John Birch Society: Anatomy of a Protest," and published by Beacon Press in 1964. It was recently referenced in a January 2016 New Yorker Magazine article, "A View from the Fringe: The John Birch Society and the rise of the radical right."
Dr. Broyles pastored United Methodist churches in Winchester and Lexington, Massachusetts before moving to Memphis, Tennessee to serve as director for the Neighborhood Centers in North Memphis, chaplain for UT Health Sciences Center, and pastor at Union Avenue UMC and finally Wesleyan Hills UMC. He was active in the Rotary Club and Leadership Memphis during these times.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edith Verna Allen and Joseph Warren Broyles, his brother, Joseph Warren Broyles (Patricia), his brother- and sister-in law Richard Bell Pettit and Julia Jones Pettit. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, and his daughter, Marianne, both of Nashville.
A Celebration of his life is planned for April 14, 2018, at 11 am at Wesleyan Hills UMC in Memphis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wesleyan Hills UMC, Memphis' Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), Alive Hospice of Nashville, Boston University School of Theology, or University of Redlands.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Dec. 24, 2017
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