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Harold Wendell Poage

July 21, 1934 - July 6, 2019

Harold Wendell Poage passed away in his home on July 6, 2019.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P,M, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Denton Bible Church.

Harold was born in Plainview, Texas July 21, 1934 to William Clifton and Mary Poage. Harold’s father was a farmer who eventually moved the family to Tulia…read more

Harold Wendell Poage passed away in his home on July 6, 2019.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P,M, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Denton Bible Church.

Harold was born in Plainview, Texas July 21, 1934 to William Clifton and Mary Poage. Harold’s father was a farmer who eventually moved the family to Tulia, Texas. As the youngest of eight children, he worked on the farm, rode horses and lived a life outdoors working alongside his family.
One of Harold’s passions in high school was playing football for the Tulia Hornets. After a football game, he met his future wife at a Halloween Ball where he was voted Halloween King and she Halloween Queen. At a young age, Harold became a Christian and felt called to be a pastor when he was just in junior high school. He married his wife, Carolyn Meadows, on December 23, 1951. The couple have four children: David, Kathy, Wayne and Becky.
After graduating from Tulia High School, Harold attended Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas and became the first member of his family to graduate from college. While attending Wayland he became the pastor of a small Baptist church. He pastored small churches in Abernathy, Amarillo, and Fort Worth before attending Southwestern Baptist Seminary. During his 33 years as a minister, he pastored churches in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Missouri.
Harold said, “In two of the churches I pastored, we led the state in the number of those being baptized. I endeavored to qualify myself in the area of soul winning. I graduated from the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. It became quite obvious in reading and studying the New Testament that soul winning and witnessing with a strong biblical follow-up are an important part of the Christian life.”
Upon meeting someone, it did not take long before Harold asked if that person knew Jesus. He entered every conversation with the sole purpose of sharing the gospel and winning souls for Christ.
Harold led his churches with a high view of Scripture and a strong belief in the inerrancy of God’s Word. He left pastoring after being offered the position of Vice President at Dallas Baptist University. After 13 years at DBU, he became a Vice President at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary until he retired in 2000. Over his long life in ministry, Harold had the privilege to preach in over 200 churches.
After retirement, Harold and Carolyn moved back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be close to family. They have been members and regular attenders of Denton Bible Church.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, and six of his siblings: Earl Mitchell (Lucille), Hugh (Hallie), Herman Clifton (Wanda), Raymond Coy (Jewell), Gracie Evans (AR), Donald Edwin. He is survived by his last remaining sibling Roy Lon Poage and wife Kay.

Harold is survived by his wife Carolyn, his treasure while on this earth. This December, they would have been married for 68 years. He is also survived by his children: David Rowan Poage and wife Jan; Kathryn Jean Down and husband Randy; Wayne Harold Poage and wife Melody; and Rebecca Lynn Ryden and husband Brad. He leaves behind his grandchildren: Kara Down, Erin Poage, Stuart Down and wife Maria, Cameron Poage and wife Lashelle, Carter Poage and wife Lindsey, Leigh Poage, Will Poage, Alex Ryden, Ethan Ryden, Audrey Ryden and Eliot Ryden. He also leaves great grandchildren: Aiden Down, Teagen Down, Violet Poage, Iris Poage and Henry Poage He is survived by his last remaining sibling Roy Lon Poage and wife Kay.

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm

Denton Bible Church

Address:

2300 E. University Dr.
Denton, Texas 76209

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