from the American Baptist Newspaper, Louisville, Kentucky
Funeral Services were held for Rev. Dr. John O. Crittenden, Sr., who went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Services were held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Eastern Star Baptist Church, Dr. Alex J. Moses, Sr., Officiating.
Rev. Crittenden was the son of the late Oliver and Zellie Crittenden. He was born in River Falls, Alabama on December 18, 1918. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a deacon at Eastern Star. He was called to the ministry in 1949 and ordained in 1950 at Eastern Star.
Rev. Crittenden served as pastor of five churches for over 65 years cumulative: Coopers Run Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Hodgenville; Kenwood Baptist Church; Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville; and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rankin, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Crittenden attended Simmons Bible College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Science. He also received his Doctorate of Divinity degree. He was a member of the Central Baptist District Association. While in Pennsylvania he was elected Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board.
He is survived by his wife, Eddie Crittenden; daughters, Petilda O’Neal, Obea Patterson, Manetta Lemkheitir, and Phyllis Ritchie; sons, John Jr., David, and Norman Crittenden; sisters, brothers and other relatives and friends.
He was interred at Resthaven Memorial Park.