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 Theophilus Brown Larimore, Sr

Theophilus Brown Larimore, Sr

Birth
Jefferson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 18 Mar 1929 (aged 85)
Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
Plot Lawn P-89-3
Memorial ID 38724427 · View Source
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Gospel preacher and founder of Mars Hill Bible College.

Brother Larimore began preaching soon after he was baptized, and his preaching attracted much attention from the first. His humble manner and pious behavior gave him ready and easy access to the hearts of the people. He walked from Tennessee into North Alabama, where he held his first meeting. One has described him as follows: "On his face there was a settled expression of goodness and melancholy which touched the hearts of the people with a feeling of sympathy and love. There was an indescribable and irresistible pathos in his voice, manner, and general appearance which melted audiences to tears and moved hearts long hardened by sin to repentance at the appeal of the gospel." He preached where an opportunity was given him. He preached in schoolhouses, under brush arbors, and in log cabins. He baptized hundreds of people and established many congregations in the hill country of Alabama in a short time. While teaching at Mars Hill he preached every Sunday, often three times on Sunday, and during vacation he devoted his entire time to evangelistic work. After closing his school at Mars Hill in 1887, he gave his entire time to preaching the gospel. His field of labor increased and the calls for his services multiplied until he had much more work than he could possibly do. Perhaps he preached more sermons to more hearers and baptized more people than any other preacher of his day. He traveled extensively and preached in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, and Washington, D. C. He preached "from Maine to Mexico and from Canada to Cuba." His program for preaching was twice every day and three times every Sunday. His longest meeting was conducted at Sherman, Texas. This meeting began on January 3, 1894, and closed on June 7, five months and four days. During this meeting he preached three hundred and thirty-three sermons, preaching twice every day and three times every Sunday; and there were more than two hundred additions to the church during the meeting. His next longest meeting was conducted at Los Angeles, Calif. This meeting began on January 3, 1895, and closed on April 17, three months and fourteen days. In this meeting he followed his usual program of preaching twice every day and three times on Sundays; and there were one hundred and twenty persons baptized during the meeting. Brother Larimore was kind and gentle in his manner and very pleasing in his address. It was not his style or disposition to engage in controversy or to be offensive in his preaching. He chose his subject and presented it in a simple, straightforward way without turning aside to notice any religious error. He preached the truth with earnestness and clearness and said little or nothing about any of the popular religious errors of the day. He was an eloquent speaker, with music and charm in the well chosen phraseology with which he clothed the thoughts which he gleaned from the Book of God. All who heard him loved him and felt that it was good to hear him. He wrote no books, and yet a number of books have been written about him. These books are as follows: "Larimore and His Boys," "Letters and Sermons of T. B. Larimore" (three volumes), and "Maine to Mexico and Canada to Cuba." All of these books breathe the gentle spirit of the great man whose life and work inspired them. They are rich in spiritual blessings to those who may read them. Brother Larimore died on March 18, 1929, in Santa Ana, Calif. He was in his eighty-sixth year. Brother Larimore still lives in the hearts of thousands whom he taught the word of God and encouraged to live faithful to God. He left his imprint on his students and all who listened earnestly to his preaching. In a few things he excelled most men, and in many other things he was the peer. The world is better and happier because T. B. Larimore lived in it. - From Biographical Sketches Of Gospel Preachers, H. Leo Boles, Gospel Advocate, c. 1932, pages 332-336.



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  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: Patsy Lubben DiMarco
  • Added: 25 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38724427
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theophilus Brown Larimore, Sr (10 Jul 1843–18 Mar 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38724427, citing Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .