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Obituaries

December 21, 2012

Redus Glaze Jr.

— Redus Edgar Glaze Jr. of Cullman went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at age 94.  He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Grace Ashley Glaze.  He is also survived by four children: Linda Glaze Vaughn and husband Judson, Judith Glaze Pruitt and husband William, Joseph Glaze and wife Jenny, Betty Glaze Dyess and husband Steven; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby Glaze Glasscock and husband J. D., and Louise Glaze McDowell and husband Robert; a sister-in-law, Patty Glaze; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Redus and Jessie Glaze; his sister, Nancy Glaze Duncan; and his brother, James Glaze.

A graduate of Florence State Teachers College, he held the B.S. degree from Samford University, the B. D. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Th. D. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Additional studies were at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey, and Union Theological Seminary in New York.  

He served as pastor of five churches in Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana and Louisiana. He was interim pastor of 58 churches from 1953 through 2005 in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition, he led numerous Bible studies all over the east and south. He and Grace had the privilege to lead two tours to the Holy Lands.

Dr. Glaze taught Bible, Greek, and homiletics at Louisiana College for three years. He was professor of New Testament and Greek at The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for 32 years. After retirement, for eight years, he directed and taught at the New Orleans Extension Center in Birmingham—making a total of 40 years with the seminary. He also taught in the Samford University Extension Center, Cullman Center, for 13 years from 1947-48 and 1996-2007. 

He was a prolific writer, authoring two books, “No Easy Salvation” and co-authored “Interpreting the New Testament,” as well as author of several articles for the Biblical Illustrator, Theological Educator, Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, Outreach, Study Guide for Seminary Extension, Advanced Bible Study in The Gospel of John for college students December 1970 through June 1971, four adult Bible teacher books, First and Second Corinthians in the Holman Bible Dictionary, and other articles for academic journals and religious publications.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cullman with the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Glaze officiating.

Viewing hours are 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the church. The family will receive friends at the same time.

Moss-Service Funeral Home in Cullman is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries at P.O. Box 361768, Birmingham, AL 35236-9860, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70126, or the Alabama State Convention Disaster Relief.

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