Gospel preacher, debater, and college president.
Services for Roy C. Deaver, 84, of Longview were Monday, March 5, 2007, at Longview Church of Christ with Carl Garner and Robert Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Dollahite Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Mr. Deaver passed away Friday at a local hospital. His parents were Harvey and Alta Deaver. His family moved to East Texas in 1930 and to Longview in 1932. Mr. Deaver attended grade school at Gum Springs and graduated from Longview High School on May 26, 1940. He was married to the love of his life, Wilma, two days prior to graduation on May 24, 1940. He was also a member of the 1937 State Championship Longview High School football team. He attended Freed-Hardeman College for three years and graduated in 1943 and attended Abilene Christian College and graduated in 1945. He also did 10 years of post-graduate work. He was the first president of Fort Worth Christian School and established the Brown Trail School of Preaching in Fort Worth. He was a faithful member of Longview Church of Christ. Roy loved the Lord and faithfully served him, preaching the Gospel for more than 60 years.
Roy Deaver grew up under the preaching and influence of Foy E. Wallace, Sr., and C. M. Pullias, in Longview, Texas. He was graduated from Longview High School in 1940; from Freed-Hardeman College in 1943 (being awarded the Faculty Scholarship Medal); from Abilene Christian College in 1945. Graduate degrees from National Christian University include: LL.D., August 1967; Ph.D., August, 1968; Th.D., August, 1969. These degrees are in the field of "Biblical Sociology" the application of sacred principles to everyday human needs and problems. In 1977 Deaver was awarded the Doctor of Literature degree by American Christian Bible College and Graduate School of Religion. Deaver is the author of numerous works: articles, tracts, books, class materials. He writes regularly for The Spiritual Sword. He is the editor and publisher of Biblical Notes and is the owner of Biblical Notes Ministry. Deaver was the founding president of Fort Worth Christian College and was a member of the faculty for many years. He has preached the gospel for 42 years and spends much time in meetings, debates, and special lectures. Basically, his life is devoted to training men to preach the gospel of Christ. In 1940 he married Wilma Ruth Gibson. They have three sons: Roy H., Mac, and Dan. Roy and Mac are gospel preachers and trainers of gospel preachers. Dan is an Emergency Medical Technician. For eighteen years brother Deaver worked with the great Brown Trail church in Hurst, Tex. He served as one of its elders for fifteen years and as director of the Brown Trail Preacher Training School for fourteen years. He then went to Cookeville, Tennessee, to serve as vice-president and professor in Tennessee Bible College. Recently, he has returned to Texas to work again in the Brown Trail Preacher Training School. He is scheduled to return to Tennessee Bible College in June of 1983. [1983 East TN School of Preaching Lectureship, p. 50].
Wilma Ruth Gibson Deaver
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