Mr Gerhard Paul Beduerftig

  • Born: August 31, 1941
  • Died: November 24, 2012
  • Location: Harvest, Alabama

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Jackson, AL 36545

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Gerhard Paul Beduerftig, age 71, born August 31, 1941, passed away November 24, 2012. Mr. Beduerftig was a native of Germany and resident of Harvest, AL. He was a retired Southern Baptist Missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention. Mr. Beduerftig was pastor of Agapé International Church, Huntsville, AL. He served as a missionary in Belgium and Germany for 17 years, was a former pastor in New Orleans, LA at Airline Baptist Church, and was also formerly an engineer at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Beduerftig graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as graduating from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology Degree and Master of Religious Education.

Survived by:

Wife- JoAnn White Beduerftig of Huntsville, AL

Sister- Giesla Sprague of Ft. St. Lucie, FL

Preceded in death by parents, Hermann Fritz and Elly Tiedt Beduerftig

Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Jackson from 1:00 P.M. until the Service begins at 2:00 P.M. with Dr. Bobby Burt officiating. Interment will be in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Jackson, AL.


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condlences JoAnn

Posted by William Lahrman - Quincy, IL - Old friend and neighbor.   February 05, 2013

I have remembered you in prayer, JoAnn. It has been a joy through the years to pray for Paul on his birthday through the Foreign Mission Board prayer calendar in Open Windows. God bless you and comfort your heart. With love, Patricia DuBose

Posted by Patricia Ryser DuBose - Jackson, AL - Friend of Joann, One who prayed   December 29, 2012

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JoAnn,
Words are so hard to come by at times like this. Thank you for inviting the ladies of our neighborhood into your home. I only met Paul on one occaision and he seemed completely warm, generous and was obviously the love of your life. We are so sorry that he has left this earth but rejoice with him as we know he is with Jesus. Our love and prayers, Carol and Ken Woodard

Posted by Carol Woodard - Harvest, AL - neighbor   December 03, 2012

I was saddened to hear of his death. We lived next to him and his family in Fort Bliss, after coming there from Germany. He used to terrorize (smile) Gisela and me when I spent the night with her! Really lost touch with him later, but was impressed to hear of his education and then his entry into the ministry.
I would really like to get back in touch with Gisela. Look for me on Facebook.

Posted by Barbara Rothe Williams - Berkshire, NY   November 29, 2012

My condolences to the Beduerftig family. I remember him as Gerd, the sweet little brother of my friend, Gisela, when we lived in Ft. Bliss, Texas

Posted by GISELA VOWE GALZERANO - COCOA BEACH, FL   November 29, 2012

JoAnn,

We are so thankful to get to know you and Paul. I will always remember the Bibel Study we had together. It was a blessing to my life. And the many times we met to have fellowship and having a great time together.
Thank you for serving us in so many ways. We pray for you, JoAnn, and we love you.
Martina & Alexander, Dresden, Germany

Posted by Martina & Alexander Mitwalsky - Dresden, Germany - friends   November 29, 2012

Joann, I feel unfortunate that I did not know your Paul more than just a "Hi or Bye" as I entered or left your home. I know he was a wonderful man of God from all the comments and memories left by those whose lives he touched. What a nice tribute to his life. When you spoke of him I could feel he was an outstanding husband and friend to you by the tone in your voice, your smile and your eyes expressed love for him.
I am saddened to hear of his passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joann, you have been a good neighbor and friend to me, I hope you will let me be there for you when ever possible.
With loving thoughts and hugs,
Paula

Posted by Paula Wilken - Harvest,, AL - your neighbor   November 29, 2012

Dear Joanne,

It's hard for us to believe that Paul is gone. We can still see him standing at the Brussels airport waiting to welcome us into Belgium. We love you and Paul. As we told Paul stories last night, it was obvious for us that one of Paul's best qualities was his loyalty and faithfulness. If we ever needed Paul, he was there. He was a rock, never ashamed of Jesus, a great friend, a good man. We will miss him terribly. Heaven is closer for us now, knowing that Paul is there. You are in our prayers Joanne. We love you!

Phil & Myra

Posted by Phil & Myra Kitchin - Stone Mountain, GA - Friend   November 29, 2012

If we can help in any way just let us know. You will be in our prayers.

Posted by William & Michele Tetrault - Harvest, AL - Friends   November 28, 2012

Norma and I were so shocked and saddened to learn of Paul's sudden death. We fondly remember our time together at Mt. Zion, and the joy of knowing you both. Our kinship as former missionaries in Europe gave us a special bond. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you during these difficult days.
We love you. John and Norma Herndon

Posted by John and Norma Herndon - Huntsville,, AL - Friend   November 28, 2012

Memorial Tribute to Paul Beduerftig
Our dear friend has "Crossed over to Heaven". We celebrate his life while grieving with his dear wife Joanne, friends and the churches he served in America and Europe. Paul's life was well lived serving the Lord. He had a passion for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, witnessing and teaching. He had a shepherds heart for helping people. His legacy will continue to live through those blessed by his life and ministry. He will be dearly missed for he is dearly loved. Our prayers are with his dear wife. We pray the Good Shepherd will carry and comfort her in the valley of grief. Love and Prayers Ray and Helen

Posted by Ray and Helen Reynolds - Friend   November 28, 2012

JoAnn
I was shocked and sadden to hear of Paul's sudden death. My prayers are with you. I remember with fond memories of how Paul encouraged me and for the wonderful mi is try time together.
Love and prayers Jim & Kathy grant

Posted by ,Jim Grant - Alton, IL - Friend   November 28, 2012

Jo Ann,

We were certainly shocked to hear that Paul has gone on to be with the Lord. It seems strange that the thing we long for the most leaves such a gaping hole for those that have to remain for a while. It seems like only yesterday that we were running around the UA campus preparing for life and wondering what it would bring. Little did we realize the grandness of the Plan or the paths that our lives would take. We look forward to the time when we can all get together again in our Lord's house in the rooms that He has prepared for us. In the meantime we will continue to pray for you for the peace and comfort that only our Lord can give.

In His Love,
Don & Margaret

Posted by Don & Margaret Reid - Thompsons Station, TN - Friend   November 28, 2012

We could fill a book with our memories of Paul. From the day we arrived in Belgium 19 years ago to today, Paul has been our Pastor and friend.

Paul has invested so much into our lives and always encouraged us to do two things, "Faith God" and "Just tell them about Jesus."

Our kids will always know him as Uncle Paul.

We will never forget all the time we spent together, all our discussions, and all the prayers.

This is not goodbye, this is not the end. We will be together again!

Posted by Peter, Angie, AJ, and Isabella Frost - Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea - Brother and Sister in Christ   November 27, 2012

Paul and JoAnn have always been great neighbors. After April 27, 2011, they came over to share several meals with us, most notably the one where we ate our wedding cake top since the freezer was melting. It was good company and a good meal.

I'd never have guessed when I came over to exchange books with JoAnn two weeks ago that it would be the last time to see Paul.

Safe travels, Paul, and a welcome home at the gates of Heaven.

Joann, your neighbors are there whenever you need a helping hand, or a cup of tea to sit and talk.

With sympathy and love,
Carla

Posted by Carla Holder - Harvest, AL - neighbor   November 27, 2012

The Brannons send there love to you Joanne. You know we loved Pastor Paul very much. I was sadden when I heard the news but, then I thought of Pastor Paul being in the presence of our Lord and my heart calmed. I know how much you loved him and God will help you thru this tough time. We will never forget our family from IBC / Belgium.
Thank you for helping Pastor Paul lead this family of years past.

Posted by Ron and Isabelle Brannon and girls - Valdosta, GA - Friend   November 27, 2012

Twenty 20 years ago, God lead me to IBC Jurbise and because of His love in Pastor Paul and the IBC family I felt welcomed and at home. I thank God for that day and each day that I have known you, JoAnn and Pastor Paul.

JoAnn may you find comfort in lasting memories and may God's Peace explode in your heart. I love you. Linda

Posted by Linda Suggs - Rex, GA - Friend and daughter in Christ   November 27, 2012

Jo Ann,

Our first meeting was in our home before we went to serve as pastor at IBC Jurbise, Belguim. Thanks for your support, prayers and freindship over the years. May God's present be forever sustaining to you. God bless, you are in our prayers. Ralph and Betty Warren

Posted by Ralph & Betty Warren - Walterboro, SC - Friend and fellow pastor   November 27, 2012

JoAnn, we were saddened to hear that Pastor Paul had gone on to be with The Lord. We also rejoice knowing the promise we have in Christ Jesus. We are praying for your peace in Him.

Posted by Michelle and Jeff Muehleisen - Las Vegas, NV, NV   November 27, 2012

Pastor Paul was truly a spiritual father to me, who showed me Jesus and taught me to love and trust Him. I will be forever grateful to the Lord for our beloved Pastor, who was a faithful servant of the Lord and a fisherman of men.

Praise our Lord and King Jesus for a life well spent before Him!

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Posted by Sue and Steve Mixsell - San Jose, CA   November 27, 2012

JoAnn,
We were greatly saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful Pastor and friend. He led his flock with love and wisdom and we will always remember Pastor Paul with love. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. I know the angels are dancing in heaven today. God Bless.

Rob and Patty Hall

Posted by Rob and Patty Hall - Bellevue, NE - friends   November 27, 2012

We met 22 years ago and our lives were forever changed by Pastor Paul. He was a mentor, leader, and friend. Every day of his life he shared Jesus with anyone who would listen. We will miss him every day and look forward to our future together in eternity. We are praying for you, Jo Ann. Love Ada & Rick

Posted by Rick and Ada Tang - San Antonio, TX - Friends   November 27, 2012

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The staff of Lathan Funeral Home wish to express our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time.

Wayne Lathan,
Cheryl Lathan,
David Jones,
Glenda Goldman,
Catherine Andrews,
Gaston Garrett,
Marion Mason,
Greg Ward,
Terry Jones,
Ralph Bumpers

Posted by Wayne Lathan and Staff of Lathan Funeral Home    November 26, 2012