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Former SBC president Wayne Dehoney dies


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Wayne Dehoney, president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1964-66, died Nov. 15 at a health and rehabilitation center in Louisville, Ky. He was 89.

He was pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., from 1967-85. In addition to the SBC’s presidency, Dehoney served as a member of the SBC Executive Committee and the former Christian Life Commission (now Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission); as a trustee chairman at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

He also served as a professor of evangelism and preaching at Southern Seminary during his career and was co-founder of Dehoney Travel, a Christian tour company specializing in trips to the Holy Land.

Dehoney was preceded in death by his wife Lealice on Oct. 23 of this year. He is survived by two daughters and a son, Rebecca Richardson, Katherine Evitts and William Dehoney; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Walnut Street Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Walnut Street Baptist Church Children’s Ministries Renewal or the Baptist World Alliance’s Wayne & Lealice Dehoney Fund for Middle East Peace.
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Art Toalston is editor of Baptist Press.

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