Dr. Tom Malone
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Dr. Thomas Lloyd (Tom) Malone, 91,
graduated to Heaven on January 7, 2007. Pastor Emeritus of
Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan and founder of
Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Dr. Malone, one
of America’s best known and beloved Baptist preachers, had
been in declining health for the past five years.
A graduate of Bob Jones College, he
also earned a PHD. (cum laude) at Wayne State University of
After two brief pastorates in the
Detroit area in 1942, Dr. Malone founded the Emmanuel
Baptist Church in Pontiac which he would serve as pastor a
total of over fifty years. For more than thirty years of
that time the church was recognized to be among the one
hundred largest churches in America.
In 1954 he founded Midwestern Baptist College. In its 53
years, the college has trained and graduated many hundreds
of preachers and Christian workers who serve faithfully in
churches around the world.
Tom Malone Jr. dies,
February 8, 2007
Just one month and two days after his famous
father, Dr. Tom Malone, Sr. died, Tom Malone, Jr has
also died. On February 8 Malone, Jr, passed away after
several years of declining health. Visitation will be
from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and funeral services are
scheduled for 2 pm. On Saturday, February 10.
For more than fifty years Dr. Malone
was one of the most sought after pulpiteers in the world.
Featured regularly on almost every national platform in
independent Baptist circles, and a regular guest in the
pulpit of every large fundamental church in America, he was
a master craftsman in the preparation of sermons and a
prince of preachers at the time of the sermon’s delivery.
Dr. John R. Rice often referred to him as “perhaps the
greatest pulpiteer of his generation.”
A member of the board of the Sword of
the Lord Publishers since 1958, he also authored a dozen
books which have had a worldwide circulation.
As a private pilot, he credentialed
himself with a twin engine instructor rating.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Harned),
to whom he was married for sixty-seven years; one son,
Thomas, Jr.; and two daughters, Joy Paige and Debra Rydman.
He was preceded in death by another daughter, Sylvia Elaine,
who died in infancy. There are also eleven grandchildren and
nine great-grandchildren. A son-in-law, Tim Rydman, has
attended closely to Dr. & Mrs. Malone during this time.
Arrangements are being handled by the
Donelson Johns and Evans Funeral Home in Waterford. Visitation times for family and friends
will be Monday January 8, 2007, 7:00-9:00 pm, and Tuesday,
January 9, 2007, 3:00-5:00 pm and 7:00-9:00pm.
The funeral will be held in the Lakin
chapel on the campus of Midwestern Baptist College, 825 Golf
Drive in Pontiac, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 2:00 pm.
Officiating ministers will be Dr. Nick
Crow, Dr. David Carr, Dr. Todd Vanaman, Dr. John Hamblin and
Dr. Shelton Smith.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in
memory of Dr. Malone may be made to Midwestern Baptist
College’s scholarship fund.