HUGH FLETCHER PYLE
December 30, 1918 –May 3, 2010
Hugh F. Pyle was born in Portsmouth, VA on December 30, 1918. He gave his life to the Lord when he was ten years old.
Dr. Pyle preached in small country churches in central Florida, before pastoring the First Baptist Church of Groveland, FL, Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL, Cove Baptist Church in Panama City, and Cenral Baptist Church, also in Panama City. In 1960 he founded Panama City Christian School.
In 1973 he began a ministry of full-time evangelism, traveling to 46 states, faithfully preaching God’s Word and encouraging churches and pastors for nearly 25 years.
He also served as a staff evangelist for the Sword of the Lord publication, and is the author of 47 books and booklets.
Hugh was a fun-loving, caring father to his three children; Barbara and Grayson Dawkins, Lucilla and Bobby Hodges, and David and Donna Pyle. He was a hero to his grandchildren: Sharon and Nigel Wagg, Pamela and Jim Ker, Jennifer and Evan Kozlow, Amy and Forest Hamilton, David Scott Pyle, Christy and Adam Parent, Kimberly and Patrick Brookens. His 16 great-grandchildren were a great joy to him: Nicole, Lindsey and Joshua Wagg; Robby and Brian Ker; Lilly and Caroline Kozlow; Grace Hamilton; Noah and Ari Pyle; Olivia, Elias, Addison and Ava Joy Parent; Yvonne and Mareah Brookens.
He is also survived by his brothers: Norman and Jackie Pyle; Homer and Alouise Pyle; Howard and Charlotte Pyle; and many special nieces and nephews.
The love of his life, Esther has been in heaven for two weeks, eagerly anticipating his arrival. Also waiting for him were his parents, his older brother, Robert, his baby sister, Mary Louise, his grandson, David Dawkins, and a host of friends.
Dr. Pyle’s memorial celebration will take place at Central Baptist Church, where he is Pastor Emeritus, on Friday, May 7 at 11:00 A. M. The visitation will be Thursday, May 6, from 6-8 P. M. at Southerland Family Funeral Home, and from 10:00-11:00 at the church, prior to the service.
Pallbearers: Grayson Dawkins, Bobby Hodges, David Scott Pyle, Jim Ker, Robby Ker, Forest Hamilton, Patrick Brookens and Stephen Pyle
Honorary pallbearers: Former staff members and fellow preachers
Memorials: Gideons International, Covenant Hospice