Mr. Ken­neth Lanier Anglin

Hill­side Memo­rial Chapel & Gar­dens

The Covington News - - OBITUARIES -

In a small house on the cor­ner of a nar­row street rest­ing in the shad­ows of the Old Cov­ing­ton Mill, a child was born on a cold Novem­ber day to a lady named Grace. It was 1938, and with lit­tle fan­fare the child was wrapped in a blan­ket and placed in the bo­som of a loving mother. But I sus­pect even on that day the peo­ple around the child had a feel­ing that he was spe­cial. “His name will be Ken­neth Lanier and he will be a preacher” a pass­ing neigh­bor sur­mised. His mother agreed, and so it was.

Fam­ily lore states that he would preach to who ever would lis­ten at the ten­der age of 4 from the “pul­pit” on the back step of a tri­cy­cle on a dusty Mill Vil­lage lane. At 15 he was li­censed to preach, and was or­dained as a Bap­tist Min­is­ter by the age of twenty. From then on, there was lit­tle doubt of the tra­jec­tory his path would take.

Upon grad­u­a­tion from New­ton County High School, the young man left the Mill Vil­lage and trav­eled to Macon, Ge­or­gia, where he at­tended Mercer Univer­sity. After his fresh­man year he worked for a year at the Macon Shoe Co. in hopes of earn­ing enough money to fin­ish his ed­u­ca­tion. He would re­turn to Mercer the fol­low­ing year, fall in love with a girl named Deanna and sub­se­quently grad­u­ate in 1963. He went on to earn both a Masters and even­tu­ally his Doc­tor­ate de­gree from South­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Louisville, Ky.

His pres­ence had a pro­found ef­fect on many of the lives he touched. He stood stead­fast in his be­liefs, never backed away from con­tro­versy and was a gifted or­a­tor. He worked tire­lessly to spread the teach­ings of Christ and to make this world a bet­ter place by reach­ing out to peo­ple one per­son at a time. He al­ways seemed to be there for us in our dark­est hour.

His reach was great hav­ing pa­s­tored at Ox­ford Bap­tist in Ox­ford, Ge­or­gia, and spend­ing 16 years at the First Bap­tist Church in Hartwell. He served in lead­er­ship po­si­tions as in­terim pas­tor at the First Bap­tist in Gainesville, Ge­or­gia, the First Bap­tist Church in Cor­nelia, North­side Drive Bap­tist in At­lanta, First Bap­tist in Auburn, Alabama, and the First Bap­tist Church of Athens, Ge­or­gia. He would also serve as pres­i­dent at the Tal­lu­lah Falls School and sit on the Board of Trus­tees at Mercer Univer­sity.

He is sur­vived and sorely missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Deanna Dud­ley Anglin, his two chil­dren and their spouses, Scott and Gretchen Anglin of Sautee and James and Stephanie Anglin Oh­man of Salt Lake City; six grand­chil­dren- Mor­gan, Emily, Will, Han­nah, Mag­gie and Ge­or­gia; his brother and spouse, Barney and Ruby Anglin of Cov­ing­ton; sis­ter, Juanita Anglin of Cov­ing­ton; ex­tended fam­ily and close friends.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Ser­vice is planned for Sept. 13, 2014, 2 p.m. at the First Bap­tist Church in Athens, Ge­or­gia. The fam­ily asks that in lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the Kent Anglin Schol­ar­ship Fund at the Mercer Univer­sity McAfee School of The­ol­ogy, 3001 Mercer Univer­sity Drive, At­lanta, GA 30341.

Con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at hill­side­memo­ri­alchapel.com.

Ar­range­ments by Hill­side Memo­rial Chapel, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256.

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