Elder Dexter Church, 78, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, died January 4th, 2004, after an extended illness
in the hospital at Orange Park, Florida. He was born August 7th, 1925, in Grundy Virginia. The eldest son of
the late Johnny T. and Lydia Raines Church. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a
brother, Tommy Church. Elder Church is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Mullins Church of Green Cove
Springs, Florida, a son, Ronald D. Church, of Charlotte, North Carolina and a daughter, Sharon Carver, of
Middleburg Florida. Four grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.
Elder Church was a decorated veteran of World War II having served his country in the United States Navy.
His service included five beach invasions in the European theatre. He was a retired coal operator and
Elder Church was an Old Regular Baptist minister for 54 years and at the time of his death was a member
and Honarary Moderator of the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church of the Indian Bottom Association of
Old Regular Baptist Churches.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 7th, 2004 at the Bohannan-Chapman Funeral Home
in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Burial was in the Penny Farms Cemetery, Elders Arnold Bailey and Frank
Newsome officiated at the services.
At the request of his family and with the help of the Lord I would like to say a few words about Brother
Dexter Church. Along life’s pathway we meet a few people that excel in life in every way. Brother Dexter was
one of those people. Brother Dexter was a man who had his priorities in order. One thing I learned about him
was he put God first, his loving wife, Helen, next, his children next and then his friends and neighbors.
He was a person who, both Christians and sinners, earned their attention and respect. Brother Dexter was
a God fearing man, this you could recognize in him without him telling you. Brother Dexter’s greatest desire
was for sinner men and women to repent and be born again of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, and to get a
home in Heaven. This he preached from 24 years of age to the day he went to rest in peace with God. So
sleep on Brother Dexter till the resurrection morning. I’ll see you again.
Written by Elder Arnold Bailey