Note: ACOB E TILL 04 Apr 192412 May 2009 (V)28311 (Fayetteville, Cumberla nd, NC)(none specified)265-16-8765Florida
Dr. Jacob E. Till - Tallahassee Democrat - (May/15/2009)
Rev. Dr. Jacob E. Till Jr. Rev. Dr. Jacob E. Till Jr. Jacob E. Till Jr., 85, went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, May 12, 2009. He was born April 4, 1924, in Birm ingham, Alabama, in the home of Rev. Jacob E. Till Sr. and Rev. Minni e Lee Morris Till. He grew up in a close family that made home whereve r their parents were called to minister in Alabama and Florida Penteco stal Holiness Churches. He was very proud of his heritage, and was him self called to preach the day before his 13th birthday. Jake was a pro ud husband, father, grandfather, minister, retired military chaplain, businessman, educator and author. In 1950, he was diagnosed with diabe tes and started taking daily insulin shots in 1953. He had diabetes fo r almost 60 years and in 2008 released his book "Successfully Living w ith Diabetes." During the 1940's Rev. Till served the International Pe ntecostal Holiness Church, Emmanuel College, and the Florida Conferenc e as an evangelist, Southeastern Regional zone youth director, fund ra iser, developer, and publication editor. While teaching at Emmanuel Co llege in 1950, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Chaplain representing the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Throughout th e 50's he served in England and Korea and at various bases in the Unit ed States. His overseas tours were marked with ministry and disciplesh ip success as he helped sponsor and/or involve many airmen and civilia ns in Oral Roberts and Billy Graham crusades, and the start-up ministr y of Dr. David Yonggi Cho in Seoul, Korea. It was also during this tim e he met Peter Yun who has been unofficially adopted as the oldest bro ther in the Till family. Undoubtedly, his most important military assi gnment was at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. While preachin g at an Assembly of God church, he met his wife, Sandra L. Clark. The y had a six month courtship and were married on April 30, 1955. Upon C haplain Till's retirement from the military, he and Sandra went to pas tor the Faith Heritage Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) in Quincy, Fl orida, where they served for 26 years. During many of these years, Jak e wrote for the denomination's Sunday School literature. After pastori ng in Quincy, he assisted his long time friend, Jack Carter, at Trinit y PHC in Tallahassee for a few years. In 1996, Rev. and Mrs. Till bega n pastoring at Fort Braden PHC in Leon County, Florida, where they ser ved until they retired in 2007. Jake also served on the Florida Confer ence Board of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (now know n as the Sonshine Ministries Network) for many years through the 60's , 70's and 80's. Jake was passionate about education. He held three Ma ster's degrees to span Divinity, History, and Education Administration , then completed his formal degrees with a Ph.D. in Counselor Educatio n. He received degrees from Emmanuel College and Piedmont College, Mas ters Degrees from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Univ ersity of Nebraska, and a Master's and Ph.D. from Florida State Univer sity. Dr. Till retired from Gadsden County Public Schools where he ser ved most of his years as a member of the county's administrative staff . He has served over 30 years as a member of the Emmanuel College Boar d of Trustees where all 7 of his children, 3 daughter-in-laws and 2 o f his grandchildren attended school. In 2007, Jake and Sandra retired to Fayetteville, North Carolina, and have enjoyed traveling back and f orth to Quincy and Atlanta as much as time and health would permit. Dr . Till is survived by his wife, Sandra; and their children (and grandc hildren), Peter Yun and his wife, Sandy (Amy and Peter J) of Wise, Va. ; Reggie Till and his wife, Lisa (Bryan and Steve) of Fayetteville, N. C.; Jake Till and his wife, Whitney (Peyton and Bailey) of Marietta, G a.; Larry Till (Cameron, Eric and Emily) of Woodstock, Ga.; John Till and his wife, Lavonda (Lucas, Nick, Jordan and Emily) of Marietta, Ga. ; Tami Arp and her husband, Jim (Nathan and Jared) of Fayetteville, N. C.; and Shirley Till of Los Angeles, Calif. His surviving sisters are Mary Barineau of Tallahassee, Fla., and Esther Rudd Nease of Greenvill e, S.C. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Maurice T ill; and his sister, Minnie Ola Barineau. At Dr. Till's request, in li eu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Till Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel College, PO Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. Fune ral services will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at Fresh Fire Worship C enter, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive frien ds from 1:30 p.m. until the service time at the church
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