Rev. Arnold Conley (A.C.) Durham died Saturday, June 1, 2019. A faithful and unchanging man of God, he was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, faithful minister, prayer warrior and true friend.
He was employed at Combustion Engineering for 18 years as a welder before becoming a full-time minister in 1964. He pastored Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for 42 years, from 1964-2006. He led revivals in states across the U.S., forming lifelong friendships. A.C. served for many years on the board of Rock of Ages Prison Ministry and he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Faith Baptist Institute and Bible College in May 2004. He was a member of a Tri-State Preachers Fellowship.
Rev. Durham was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Denson Durham and Odessa Tinker Durham of Trenton; sisters, Bertha Durham Kelly and Lorina Durham Fowler; and brothers, William, Farris (Cotton), Millard, Ralph and Clarence Durham.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Smith Durham; three daughters, Marsha (Bruce) Case of Chattanooga, Denise (Newt) Palmer of Rising Fawn and Sharon (Tommy) Castleberry of Trenton; one granddaughter Rachel Palmer Lynch; xix grandsons, Shane (Mandy) Cloud, Heath (Patricia) Cloud, Wesley (Jessica) Palmer, Seth (Tiffany) Castleberry, Adam Castleberry and Cru (Amanda) Palmer; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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We invite all who have been touched by the testimony of his love for the Lord to join us as we celebrate him home. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 4, 3-8 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home and Wednesday, June 5, noon to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Trenton.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Brother Shane Cloud (grandson), Brother Ronnie Jones and Brother Larry Sexton officiating. Interment will be at Payne Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, Trenton, Georgia.