Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Legacy of Dr. Willard Vernon


Reverend Doctor Willard Vernon was born in Roseland, LA., Reverend James R. Vernon and Pearlie Briggs Vernon on August 5, 1918.  Dr. Vernon died on October 5, 1994. He attended elementary and high school in Tangipahoa Parish. Dr. Vernon attended Southern University, graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Education and worked toward a Master's Degree at Louisiana State University and University of Southern Louisiana. He was a World War II Veteran.


He received his Master Degree of Theology at Inter Baptist Theology Center in Houston, Texas. Doctor of Divinity, Inter Baptist Theological Center of Houston, Texas. 

He served as President of the 3rd District Bogue Chitto Baptist Missionary Association. He also served as President of the Louisiana Home and Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention. 

He worked as a teacher in the public school system for 24 years and President of the Parish Teacher's Association. Dr. Vernon was the pastor of the Little Bethel Baptist Church in Amite, LA., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Clifton, LA., and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Mt. Hermon, LA. He worked and coordinated the building of the Good Samaritans Nursing Home in Franklinton, LA. He was married to Alma Harrison Vernon. He was the father of one daughter, Glyniss Vernon Gordon and the grandfather of two grandsons. Vernon and Christopher Gordon. 
Dr.Willard Vernon standing in the middle