ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Evangelist Walter H. St. Clair, 86, went into the arms of Jesus on April 1, 2012.
Born November 8, 1925 in Vinton, VA, he was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Budd and Ada Walker St. Clair; his beloved wife of 37 years, Connie Oakes St. Clair; infant son, Joseph Daniel; nine brothers and sisters, Clarence, Lee, Clyde, Henry, Howard, Lewis, Grace, Berta and Ethel Dowdy.
Survivors: nieces Sandra Larkins, Doris Maxey, Sharon Cardillo, Catherine Wall; nephews, Henry and Barry St. Clair; many great-nieces and nephews.
One of the longest-serving evangelists in the Southern Baptist Convention, “Brother Walter” spent over 50 years in the ministry traveling throughout the United States and making over 30 trips to the West Indies.
Before entering evangelism, he served several churches as pastor, including Grace Baptist Church, Elizabethton. He served Boones Creek Baptist Church, Johnson City, as interim pastor. His wife Connie taught in the Washington County and Sullivan County school systems before she began traveling with him, conducting a puppet ministry.
“Brother Walter” attended Carson Newman College, Moody Bible Institute and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received three honorary doctorates.
Serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was assigned to the USS Block Island. After enemy torpedoes sank the ship, he survived in a life raft, retaining only his oil-soaked New Testament, which he carried through decades of preaching. He related his life story in “A Journey of Victory.”
Visitation will be t 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1532 Long Bay Road, Middleburg, FL, followed by a celebration of Walter’s life at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary with Dr. Ken Pledger officiating.
Interment will follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park, FL.
Memorial contributions sent to Victory Through Christ, P.O. Box 65055, Orange Park, FL 32065 and will be used to continue Brother Walter’s ministry to churches in the West Indies.
Eternity Funeral Home, 4856 Oakdale Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207; (904) 348-5579