Friday, October 08, 2010

Passing of Dr. Jim Stoutenborough

We met Brother Stoutenborough our first trip to the Ranch in 1977 and saw him several times through the years. Always the Christian gentleman he had a way of making you feel important. Dr. Bill Rice used to say something to the effect of "He's the only man I know who leads singing with his feet." It was a sight to behold but dwarfed by the sights he is beholding now. God bless the memory of Brother Stoutenborough... I know I do.

Jim Stoutenborough - Faithful Servant of the Lord
Dr. Jim Stoutenborough - faithful husband & father - a servant of the Lord

Dr. James Parker Stoutenborough, 89, husband of the late Joan Whitten Stoutenborough for 65 years, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at his home.

Born August 30, 1921, in Maroa, IL, he was a son of the late James Parker and Alta Lyman Stoutenborough. He served for 55 years in revival and youth work, and most recently, the musical ministry and the publication department of the Bill Rice Ranch. His ministry stretched the nation, serving with independent evangelists, as well as organizations like Victorious Christian Youth in Flint, MI and the West Branch of the Bill Rice Ranch in Flagstaff, AZ. His ministry was spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through song. After moving to the Greenville, SC area, he became an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Simpsonville.

Surviving are a daughter, Tirrell Barnett and husband Bill of Greenville; three grandchildren, Dave Barnett and wife Nancy of Taylors, Mike Barnett and wife Marianne of Tarboro, NC, Capt. Chris Barnett and wife Meredith of Tampa, FL; five great-grandchildren, Rhett Blake Barnett, Harrison Clay Barnett, Wilson Parker Barnett, Ellison Lee Barnett, and Coan James Barnett. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Roy Stoutenborough and a sister, Tirrell VanGeldren.

Funeral services will be 6:30 pm Friday at Faith Baptist Church with Reverend Greg Ince officiating. Grave side service will be 4:00 pm Saturday at the Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, TN. Friends are welcome to a visitation on Saturday beginning at 2:00 pm in the John R. Rice Auditorium on the Bill Rice Ranch..

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 906 Hwy 14; Simpsonville, SC 29681 or to Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128.

For further information or questions - call or e-mail the Ranch:
615-893-2767, ext. 115
Bill Rice Ranch 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road Murfreesboro TN 37128

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