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Joe Taft Odle

Joe Taft Odle, American clergyman. Member Evangelical, Southern Baptist (president 1971) press associations, Associate Church Press (honorary life).

Background

  • Odle, Joe Taft was born on August 19, 1908 in West Frankfort, Illinois, United States. Son of Harry Logan and Winona (Dillon) Odle.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Union U., Jackson, Tennessee, 1930. Student Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1935. Doctor of Divinity, Mississippi College, 1949.

    Career

    • Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1925. Pastor Baptist Church Orient, Illinois, 1926, Baptist chs., Rossville and Gallaway, Tennessee, 1928-1929, Barlow, Bandana, Kentucky Bapt chs., 1930-1932. Pastor East Baptist Church, Paducah, Kentucky, 1932-1943, First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs, Mississippi, 1943-1947, First Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1947-1956.

      Associate executive secretary Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, Jackson, 1956-1959. Editor The Baptist Record, Jackson, 1959-1976. Vice president Mississippi Baptist Convention, 1954.

      Member annuity board Southern Baptist Convention, 1949-1956. Member Baptist joint committee public affairs, Washington, 1963-1969. Named Kentucky colonel, 1961.

      Citations Broadman Press, Nashville, 1976, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976, Mississippi College, 1976.

    Works

    • Author: Church Member’s Handbook, 1941. It’s a Great Life-Don’t Miss It, 1967. Is Christ Coming Soon?, 1971.

      Why I Am a Baptist, 1972. The Coming of the King, 1974.

    Membership

    Member Evangelical, Southern Baptist (president 1971) press associations, Associate Church Press (honorary life). Clubs: Kiwanis, Lions, Civitan, Rotary.

    Connections

    • Married Clara Mabel Riley, July 17, 1930. Children: Joe Thomas, Sarah Ann Odle Maddox.
    • father: Harry Logan Odle
    • mother: Winona (Dillon) Odle
    • spouse: Clara Mabel Riley
    • children: Joe Thomas Odle
    • Sarah Ann Odle Maddox Odle
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    Died March 24, 1980
    (aged 71)
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