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James Roland Barron

May 8, 1934 — December 22, 2022

Dr. James Roland Barron passed away peacefully at Heart-to-Heart Hospice on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Lakeshore Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held following the visitation at 2:00 p.m., also at Lakeshore Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering of Lakeshore Baptist Church or your local Baptist congregation. James was born in Huntsville, Alabama on May 8, 1934. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 19 when an apprentice in the dormitory in Newport News, Virginia explained that John 3:16 included him. James Barron left his home in the Mississippi delta to become a draftsman apprentice at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. After accepting a call to the ministry, he attended and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi Baptist College. While in college he served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He continued his studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he received his Master’s and Doctorate in Church Theology. While in seminary, he was the first pastor of Wickland Baptist Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. Also while in seminary, he was called to serve as a missionary to Ghana, West Africa where his focus was church planting and training new pastors. Jim and Linda also served as missionaries in the Azores Island of the coast of Portugal where they ministered to military families. This was of significant interest to them, as their son, Stephen, was in the military at the time. They retired to Mississippi where their daughter, Angela, lived, to serve as interim pastor to Agricola Baptist, then pastor of Ridglea Baptist in Escatawpa, Mississippi. They relocated to Texas when their first grandchild, Daniela, followed by Lennart, was expected; their desire was to see their grandchildren on a daily basis instead of seasonal visits. Jim came out of retirement several times to serve as pastor in San Antonio, and later to several churches in the Weatherford area, retiring the last time from Hilltop Baptist Church, once his health became a hindrance to effective service. Other than serving the various churches, Jim delighted in spending as much time as possible with his family, and with the church family of Lakeshore Baptist. He particularly enjoyed the members of the Julia Price Sunday School class. He continually thanked God for the blessings that came his way. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carole Sue Barron; parents, Barney and Fay Barron; brother, Charles Lindberg Barron; and sister, Mary Helen Green. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Linda. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Angela (and Bruce) Hennington of Willow Park; his son, Stephen (and Bernie) Barron of Aledo; his grandchildren, Daniela (and Ankush Saha) of Allen, and Lennart Barron, also of Aledo; his brother, Barney Frank (and Hazel) Barron of Huntsville, Alabama; and his sister, Margie Ruth Smith of Greenville, Mississippi. Special thanks to the staff of Heart-to-Heart Hospice who made sure that his final hours were in comfort and with family. Overflowing gratitude goes to the church family of Lakeshore Baptist Church who have lovingly and generously sent cards, provided meals, prayed earnestly, and visited when he was, to his sorrow, no longer able to be with them.
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