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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

20 Christians Who Died in 2010


In Memoriam (Listed by Date of Death)
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Blessed indeed, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" (Rev. 14:13)


1. Jean Arnwine died on Jauary 15, 2010, at age 49, as a result of injuries suffered in the catastrophic Haiti Earthquake that ocurred on January 12, 2010. She had been serving on the medical mission team from Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. You can read more about Jean Arnwine in her Obituary at Legacy.com or in a news release by the Dallas News.

2. Ernie Harwell died on May 4, 2010, at the age of 92, from bile duct cancer. Ernie Harwell was a sportscaster for Major League Baseball for 55 years. 42 of those years were spent with the Detroit Tigers. Ernie Harwell was a Baptist who was saved in 1961 at a Billy Graham Crusade You can learn more about Ernie Harwell at his Wikipedia page or in a Detroit Free Press Article reflecting on Ernie Harwell's faith.


3. Moishe Rosen died on May 19, 2010, at the age of 78, from prostate cancer. Moishe Rosen founded Jews for Jesus in 1969 and served as its Executive Director.  Jews for Jesus is a Christian missionary organization of Jewish people who believe that Jesus is the Messiah. You can read more about Moishe Rosen in his Wikipedia page or in a Christianity Today article remembering his life 


4. Art Linkletter died on May 26, 2010, at the age of 97. Art Linkletter was a television ad radio personality who was well known for his shows House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things Art Linkletter served as a missionary for World Vision for 20 years. Pastor Mike Landry wrote a blog post on his visit with Art Linkletter.

5. John Wooden died on June 4, 2010, at the age of 99. He was a former Hall of Fame coach for the UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball team and led them to 10 NCAA championships, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. For more information read his obituary at LifeWay.


6. Dana Key died on June 6, 2010, at the age of 56, from a ruptured blood clot. Dana Key was an American Christian rock guitarist, singer and producer. He was co-founder of the Christian rock group Degarmo and Key. He had been serving as a pastor of The Love of Christ Church in Cordova, Tennessee at his passing. His obituary was published by The Christian Post.

7. David Martinez died on June 13, 2010, at the age of 67, from a heart attack. David Martinez was the pastor of Victory Outreach Church of the San Fernando Valley. He started the church in 1975 to have an outreach to gang members and drug addicts (David Martinez dies at 67, LosAngeles Times, June 10, 2010).



8. Walter Hawkins died on July 11, 2010, at the age of 61, from pancreatic cancer. He was a Grammy-award winning Gospel singer and composer. He founded and served as the pastor of the Love Center Church in Oakland, California. Read his New York Times Obituary.

9. Doug Oldham died on July 21, 2010, at the age of 79. He was a Southern Gospel singer and member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Read his obituary at The Huffington Post or the Christian ExaminerOldham's album, Something Worth Living For, was named the best gospel album of 1968 by the National Evangelical Film Foundation.

10. Badakhshan Massacre.  Ten Christian medical staff on the International Assistance Mission (IAM) Nuristan Eye Camp team were killed in Afghanistan on August 5, 2010. Those killed included: Mahram Ali, Cheryl Beckett, Daniela Beyer, Brian Carderelli, Thomas Grams, Jawed, Glen D. Lapp, Tom Little, Dan Terry, Karen Woo,  Read more about what is known as the Badakhshan Massacre on its entry at Wikipedia.

11. Robert Fink was killed in Zambia on August 9, 2010, while serving as a volunteer on a mission trip from the Fellowship Community Church in Salem, Virginia. Read more in an article from the Mission Network News.

12. Vernon Grounds died on September 12, 2010, at the age of 96. Vernon Grounds was a theologian, Christian educator and Chancellor of Denver Seminary. He is regarded as one of the founders of American evangelicalism. Read more about Vernon Grounds in his Wikipedia article.

13. Tony Greene died on September 28, 2010, at 41 years of age, from an infection. Tony Greene was a Christian gospel singer and humorist.  Read more about his life in the announcement of his funeral in the Southern Gospel News.

14. Orville Butcher died on October 5, 2010, at age 92, from kidney failure. He was the founding pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in Lemon Grove, California. Read more information on his obituary in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

15. Albertina Walker died on October 8, 2010, at the age of 81, from emphysema. Albertina Walker was known as the "Queen of Gospel". She was a Gospel music singer for six decades and one Grammy and Stellar Awards.  Read a tribute to her at Essence.com 

16. Sherill "Shaun" Nielsen died on December 10, 2010, at age 68. He was a Gospel music singer who sang with the legendary Speer Family Singers and also toured with the great Elvis Presley. Read his obituary by the Singing News.

17. Roger Nicole
died on December 11, 2010, at age 95. Roger Nicole was a theologian and professor for several decades at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. In his later years he taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Justin Taylor wrote a tribute to Roger Nicole for the Gospel Coalition.

18. LaVerne Butler died on December 16, 2010, at age 84. LaVerne Butler was a Southern Baptist pastor and church leader. He had served as the college president of the former Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky, which closed in 2014. Read more about LaVerne Butler in his Wikipedia page.

19. William McCumber died on December 20, 2010, at age 87, from the effects of a stroke. He was a minister in the Church of the Nazarene and served as a college professor, writer, speaker, and magazine editor during his ministry. He was serving as the senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Gainesville, Georgia, when he died. Read more of his biography on his Find a Grave page. In addition, his son Bill McCumber continues to maintain a website in memory of his father, William McCumber

20. Billy Grable died on December 30, 2010, at the age of 82. Billy Grable had been a singer with the Stamps Quartet. He was a member of the Texas Christian Music Hall of Fame. Read his obituary in the Singing News.


Dedication: This post is dedicated to some personal Christian friends and family who passed away in 2010.
Rev. Richard Hostetler of Lansing, Michigan (February 14, 2010)
Kaye Iverson of Lansing, Michigan (December 27, 2010)

This feature is part of a series. All the years of the series can be viewed at these links.

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