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Taylor Henley

Milam County, Texas, USA
Death 26 Jan 2000
Texas, USA
Burial San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 10194748 · View Source
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Son of Lee Henley and Maude (maiden name unknown); married 1) Mary Edith Wellhausen and 2) Eva Louise (Hickerson) Aldredge, widow of pastor Henry Truman Aldredge of the First Baptist Church of Minden, Louisiana. Eva, born ca. 1919, is still iving in San Angelo, Texas (July 2016).
Obituary: Taylor Henley was born in Sipes Springs to Maude and Lee Henley, who died before Taylor was a year old. He was reared in the home of his uncle and aunt, the Rev. and Mrs. O. D. Henley. After attending 13 schools in 11 years because his uncle moved so often, he graduated salutatorian of Megargel High School. He held degrees from Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theologial Seminary. In 1974 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Howard Payne University.
While a junior at Howard Payne, he married Mary Edith Wellhausen; one son, John William, was born to their union. She preceded him in death. Later he married Eva Louise Aldredge.
Taylor served as pastor of the North Coleman Baptist Church; First Baptist, Robert Lee; First Baptist, Hebbronville; First Baptist, German; and Immanuel Baptist, San Angelo. He held interim pastorates in Ozona, Sonora, Robert Lee and Big Lake.
He spent 555 days in World War II combat, earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Under Taylor's leadership while pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, the entire church plant was moved to a new location and the present sanctuary and educational facilities were built. During his ministry the church grew to become the second in size and ministry among Baptist churches in the city.
Dr. Henley served on the board of Howard Payne University as Vice President; moderator of Concho Valley Baptist Association; President of District 16 Baptist Convention; member of Texas Baptist Executive board; four times representative of institutions on Human Welfare Coordination Board; officer of Texas Baptist Development Association; president of Public Relations and Development Association of Texas Baptists; host to the Southern Baptist Association of Nursing Homes; and an active member of TAHA.
Taylor served Baptist Memorials Center for 19 years, first as chaplain, development administrator, public relations director and then as president and CEO of Baptist Memorials for 19 years. Phenomenal growth occurred under his leadership. He initiated the home and duplex program on the East and West campuses and secured the property for North Gate. All the campus buildings on the East and West campuses were built during his tenure. After acquiring the Cactus Hotel from the Moody Foundaton, he managed it for 20 years. For three years while he was president, he also served again as chaplain to conserve funds. He raised $42 million for the Center including endowment funds and money for all buildings on the two campuses; trusts and wills that he set up are still coming in. He also managed the two high rises. Traveling 45,000 miles a year those first years for the Center without air conditioning in his car tested the strength and focus of this man of God.
He was a ministry to all who had needs; no one was too obscure for his compassion and help. He ministered to patients, famiies of patients, and to village and high rise residents.
To his surprise the east five-story high rise was named the Taylor Henley Retirement Residence by Baptist Memorials trustees. A portrait of him hangs on the wall of the lobby with this inscription: "In Honor of Dr. Taylor Henley, Chaplain, Development Administrator, President, Baptist Memorials Center, 1962-1990, Humble man of God, whose compassionate heart, liberal soul, loving service, diligent labor and unfaltering vision led in unparalleled growth and development of the Baptist Memorials Center."
Dr. Henley's fourth career was missions. Having led volunteers on missions during his vacations, he was grateful for the opportunity to give full time to missions after retirement from Baptist Memorials in 1990. In 1974 Tayor began work in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Having helped a small church with completion of their building, he prayed for a church and building in the center of the city. God rewarded with a three-story structure located on two main thoroughfares. The church is home to both Spanish and English speaking congregations and has founded four other churches in the area. Forty trips during his vacations and on weekends Taylor helped to strengthen and establish the permanence of this work.
In 1982 Henley began mission work in Campinas, Brazil by taking teams of volunteers for evangelism, church planting and teaching, As a result of his eight missions to this city, ten new churches were founded with funds provided for their church buildings. Likewise a mission in Nairobi, Kenya resulted in his raising money to build the Toma Church in the city. Other mission trips included Wales, Taiwan, Singapore, India (three times), Peru (twice) and Guadalajara, Mexico. For the last eight years Taylor has concentrated on the Ukraine Republic, where he has led more than 600 volunteers, some going as many as 14 times in 34 mission trips of church planting evangelism, discipling, taking humanitarian aid, teaching holding pastors and lay leadership schools. This has resulted in 36 new churches founded, pastors salaries paid, vehicles for pastors, 18 church buildings funded and constructed, $500,000 given for church buildings projects, 65,000 recorded professions of faith, one million in medical equipment given by our volunteers, medical and dental clinics held, 600,000 Bibles, New Testaments and children's Bibles distributed; Sunday school literature given to 30 churches, Bible commentaries and other books given to 200 pastors, pastors and lay leadership school, seven in Yalta and five in Odessa, Ukraine people ordained to minister as deacons and pastors, $4,500 given to camps. All this to the glory of God!
Taylor invited Jesus in his heart after asking God to forgive his sins when he was 9 years old. He was baptized into the Big Lake Baptist Church by his uncle with whom he lived. While a sophomore at Howard Payne University during an all-night prayer meeting, Taylor dedicated himself to the gospel ministry; on the same night his roommate, Lamar Cole, committed his life to medical mission in Mexico. Both remained true to their heavenly vision. Whether Taylor was preaching, administrator, raising funds, building churches or Baptist Memorial, he was always focused on a ministry in the name of Jesus. A few years ago Taylor made another commitment of all these resources: time, money, strength to Christ to serve here at home or overseas wherever God led. Again he has been faithful to that promise. Taylor loved his church and was loyal to his pastor. For years he was a volunteer visitor to newcomers in the city in the name of Jesus; when he could hardly walk, he continued until this October. He loved Baptist Memorials and was always supportive of those in leadership.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Louise; his son, Dr. John Henley, and his wife, Gloria; his brother, John Houston Henley, and wife, Marie; two step-daughters, Dr. Anne Morton, and Dr Jan Aldredge-Clanton and husband, David Clanton; seven grandchildren, David and Mindi Herring, Valerie and Robert Webre, Deanne and Paul Campbell, July and David LeBeouf, Chad Clanton, Jennifer Phillips and Brett Clanton; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 29 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jerold McBride and the Rev. A. J. Kennemer officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home. Memorials can be given to Missions Our Mission, Sagecrest Alzheimers Unit or First Baptist Church's United We Build Program.
(Obituary provided by Billy Hathorn.)

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