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UPDATED: Frank Page family covets prayer

TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)–Frank Page, who serves as vice president of evangelization for the North American Mission Board and served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2006-2008 has asked for prayer for himself and his family in the death of his daughter, Melissa.

Page and his wife Dayle announced their daughter’s death in a brief statement in which they said they had “encountered one of the most tragic events parents have to face — the loss of a child. The details of this event are still too fresh to recount at this time.” The Pages covet your prayers in this most difficult time of their lives, the statement said.

Melissa was 32 years old and a member of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, where her father was most recently pastor. She was married to Thomas Strange III, whom she met through the church.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 30, 2009 at 11:00am at Taylors First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jimmie E. Harley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, November 29, 2009 from 4 – 6pm at the Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Taylors First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687.

Mike Ebert is communications team leader at the North American Mission Board.

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