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 Floyd Arthur Decker

Floyd Arthur Decker

Birth
Geneva, Henderson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 23 Jan 1960 (aged 61)
Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Marshall, Harrison County, Texas, USA
Plot Section: Garden of Eternal Life
Memorial ID 12926601 · View Source
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Gospel preacher. Bio is listed in the Gospel Advocate, Oct. 31, 1940, 1048. Floyd A. Decker 1898-1960 by Rex A. Turner ---Floyd A. Decker, a faithful evangelist of the church of the Lord for thirty-one years, passed to his reward on January 23, 1960. He died of a malignancy of the lungs after an extended illness of about six weeks. Brother Decker was born December 26, 1898, at Geneva, Ky. In 1905 his father, E. A. Decker, moved the family to Ballard County in Western Kentucky and later to Cairo, Ill. Brother Decker lived at Cairo, IL, until he volunteered for Army duty on April 15, 1918. After three years of duty in the Army, he returned and married Miss Elizabeth Hodges, of Bandana, Ky. This wife bore him two daughters, Mrs. Carlos Phillips and Mrs. June Gilbert. Brother Decker moved his new bride to Tulsa, Okla., where he worked as an automobile mechanic. His first religious commitments were made under the preaching of Billy Sunday. Soon after this religious experience he was privileged to hear a Christian Church preacher in nearby Sand Springs, Okla. On hearing the second sermon, he made the good confession and was baptized. He began immediately to preach for the Christian Church. His first work was at Kellyville, Okla., where he preached for only five months. He then preached for the Christian Church in Vienna, Ill. He left the church there to attend the Cincinnati Bible Institute where John W. Tyndale was president. During his study at the Cincinnati Bible Institute, he preached at Hartsville, Burnsville and Brownstown- all of Indiana. In October of 1925 he moved to Paducah, Ky., and became the "pastor" of the Murrell Boulevard Christian Church.

While living at Paducah, Brother Decker heard J. Petty Ezell preach on the difference between the Christian Church and the church of Christ. Decker became sufficiently aroused to respond to Ezell's sermon the following Sunday night from the pulpit at Murrell Boulevard. T. C. Wilcox, who preached for the church of Christ in Paducah, sent Charles Houser, Jr., to hear Decker's sermon. Brother Houser invited Decker to repeat the sermon at the Nineteenth and Broadway church of Christ with the provision that T. C. Wilcox would answer it. After a two-night discussion between Decker and Wilcox, Decker took his stand with the loyal brethren. His first work with the brethren was with the Highland Avenue Church, Montgomery, Ala. He did a great work at Highland Avenue and throughout the Montgomery area. He had many loyal friends in this area. Brother Decker was unusually successful in his evangelistic work. A number of Christian Churches abandoned the use of the organ and took their stand with the loyal brethren as a result of his preaching. He baptized many sectarians. One chief goal of his life was to start at least one man into the full-time ministry of the word for each year that he preached. This goal he realized. Decker's work as a minister of the gospel included the following:
The Highland Avenue church of Christ, Montgomery, Ala., four years.
The church of Christ in Paris, Texas, three years. The church of Christ in Bonham, Texas, nine months. The Gladewater church of Christ, Gladewater, Texas, five years. The Church Street church of Christ, Mobile, Ala., two and one-half years. Mission work in Monroe and Tallulah, La., for two years under the direction of the Gladewater, Texas, Church.. The church of Christ in Haynesville, La., three years. The church of Christ in Jacksonville, Texas, two years. The church of Christ in Haynesville, La., two years. The church of Christ in Shreveport, La., three years. The Jackson Street church of Christ, Monroe, La., three years. The church of Christ, Tupelo, Miss., for three years. Decker was actively engaged in radio and tent work in almost all his fields of labor. At his passing he was widely known in the Tupelo, Miss., area for his radio and television preaching.

In 1933, while living at Paris, Texas, Decker's wife died. In 1935 he married Miss Barbara Couch, the daughter of an elder of the Paris, Texas, church. Barbara Couch Decker, a wonderful help meet and preacher's wife, bore him two sons, Floyd A., Jr., and Larry. Floyd A., Jr., is a college student and Larry is in the first year of high school. Brother Decker loved his brethren. He was continually engaged in bringing about peace where churches had become divided. He had a big heart, and holding a grudge was not one of his weaknesses. He was longsuffering with people, and he made many allowances for human frailties. Brother Decker served well in the kingdom. He will be missed. From a human point of view, his passing seemed to be premature. --- Gospel Advocate, July 21, 1960, 452.

Floyd A. Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Decker was born December 26, 1898 at Geneva, Kentucky. In 1905 the Decker family moved to Ballard County in Western Kentucky. Later the family moved to Cairo, Illinois, where they were living at the time that Floyd A. Decker volunteered for Army duty April 15, 1918 in which service he served three years. When he was discharged from the service he returned to work as an automobile mechanic. He married Miss Elizabeth Hodges of Bandana, Kentucky, and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under the preaching of Billy Sunday he "hit the saw-dust trail." Soon after, he was invited to hear a Christian Church preacher preach in nearby Sand Springs. The sermons he heard were along the line of "What Must I Do To Be Saved." and upon hearing the second sermon he went forward and made the confession and was baptized, By January he was preaching and continued to preach for the Christian Church for about seven years. His wife, Elizabeth, died in Parts, Texas, in 1933, leaving him with two young girls to rear. From November 1929 to July 1933 he preached for the Highland Avenue Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama. In June of 1935 he was married to Miss Barbara Couch, of Paris, whose father is still elder in that congregation. He has two sons by the later marriage. Brother Decker has preached in many states and loves evangelistic work. He preached for the Gladewater, Texas, church for five years, and spent about two years in Louisiana supported by the Gladewater brethren. He now lives at Haynesville, Louisiana, and is serving the church there for the second time. --Why I Left.


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  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: EastTexan
  • Added: 7 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12926601
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Floyd Arthur Decker (26 Dec 1898–23 Jan 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12926601, citing Colonial Gardens, Marshall, Harrison County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .