Rev. Royce ChristmasHamburg, AR, 1935 - 2014
Rev. Royce Christmas, 78, of Hamburg, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at his residence outside of Hamburg. Bro. Royce was a native of Hamburg and moved back to Hamburg in 2010. He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953 and attended Junior College at Walnut Ridge. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and then attended Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He received his Doctorate at the Mississippi Baptist Seminary in Jackson, Miss. in 1982. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Bro. Royce was a Southern Baptist Minister for over 49 years having ministered at Beirne Baptist Church in Beirne; Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas; was the Chaplin at the State School for Boys at Gatesville, Texas; First Baptist Church in McGregor, Texas; Eudora Baptist Church in Eudora (twice); Highland Heights in Benton; Parkview Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss.; Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton; Immanuel Baptist IMB in Juneau, Alaska; First Baptist Church in Kenai, Alaska; First Baptist Church in Bastrop, La.; Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska; First Baptist Church of Judsonia in Judsonia; Arkansas City Baptist Church in Arkansas City; and Greenacres Baptist Church in Bastrop, La. He started two Mission Churches and made two Mission Trips to Africa. He loved spending time with his family and his hobbies were fishing, bow hunting, gardening and doing yard work.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John H. & Mabrey Courtney Christmas; two brothers, Robert Lloyd Christmas and Donald Collins Christmas.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Rodgers Christmas of Hamburg; two sons, John Christmas and wife, Kem, of Arkansas City and Tim Christmas of Hamburg; a daughter, Lisa Christmas Rose and husband, Tom, of Spotsylvania, Va.; a sister, Joyce Ann Rhodes of Pine Bluff; a sister-in-law, Jan Christmas of Hamburg; and seven grandchildren,.
Funeral services are 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy D. Wallace and Rev. Eric Hodge officiating. Burial will be in the Hollis Chapel Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gideon's International, PO Box 83, Crossett, Ark. 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Published January 6, 2014
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302 E. Lincoln Street, P.O. Box 28, Hamburg, AR