By Jerry Kirksey
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Sexton, a giant among the nation's old-time religionists and an ardent supporter of gospel music, had battled cancer and its complications. He was 84, pastor emeritus of Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, a man who had preached for 66 years, a lifetime of combating sin. He was instrumental in changing thousands of lives for the Lord.
Known all over the country for his homespun wisdom and unwavering war with Satan, Dr. Sexton preached from thousands of pulpits with a fervor few have matched. His pulpits were in the streets, in churches, in prisons, in tents, on radio and television, anywhere he could gather a group of people together. Three times he was arrested in Asheville for disturbing the peace while preaching on the streets or through a mobile loudspeaker.
In 1966 he established Trinity Baptist in Asheville, now pastured by his son, Ralph Sexton, Jr., and together they have nurtured the congregation and watched it grow to megachurch size.
Dr Sexton's body will lie in state beginning at 11:00am until 8:00pm on Thursday, January 15, 2004, in the sanctuary at Trinity Baptist Church.
Funeral services will also be held in the church sanctuary at 1:00pm on Friday, January 16, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Pastor Emeritus Sexton may be made to the Tabernacle of the Mountains building fund at Trinity Baptist Church.
Please keep the Sexton family in your prayers during this difficult time.