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— Donald Radford

In the early hours of Jan. 26, 2019, Dr. D.R. Radford left his earthly tabernacle, leaving behind his illness of this world to be with his heavenly father.

He was born on April 25, 1946, in Magnolia, to the late Rev. and Mrs. W.M. Radford Sr.

Donald confessed Jesus Christ as his lord and savior at an early age at St. Luke Baptist Church. He attended the Columbia School District and graduated in 1964, he also attended Southern Baptist Institute and graduated in 1965. He was later drafted into the Army, fought in the Vietnam War, and received an honorable discharge.

After being discharged from the military, he was employed with various jobs including Southern Excursion and Firestone before be began to pastor at several churches.

He accepted his calling into ministry on April 8, and was ordained by his father. He began to pastor at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church from 1972-1975, then at Clevet Springs M.B.C. from January 1974 until September 1987, at Mt. Olive M.B.C from September 1987-2012, at Jones Chapel for over 10 months, and Cedar Grove M.B.C for a month and a half.

In May 1999, he received his Doctorate of Divinity from Arkansas Baptist College.

Later in life, he married Brenda Joyce “Baby” on Dec. 21, 2001.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, the Rev. and Mrs. W.M. Radford; daughter, Jacquelyn Radford; eight brothers; and four sisters.

He leaves to cherish his love and memories to his wife, Brenda McKenzie Radford of 18 years; one daughter, Sharon (Kelvin) Radford Sergeant; six sons, Wendall (Vernitta) Radford, Donald Ray Radford Jr., Cedric (Shawna) McKenzie, Tyrone (Tekelia) McKenzie, Brian (Courtney) McKenzie, and Marcus (Tomeka) McKenzie; special nephew/son, James (Melissa) Thomas; 25 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; one sister, Mary Gulley; one brother, Reubin Radford Jr.; and many other family members and friends whom will miss him dearly.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Camden. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Luke Cemetery in Magnolia. Officiating will be the Rev. J.C. Manly and Dr. B.J. Harris eulogist. The body will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday morning until service time.

Visitation will be held from noon until 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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