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The Departure of Paul Kidwell Sr.

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Paul Kidwell died in a Birmingham, Alabama, 12, 1996. He was only 63, but his heart failed and his immortal spirit returned to the God who gave it. Paul was well known as a television preacher. The program he founded Seed Sowing, was heard nationwide and in some foreign cities. Of Paul Kidwell it can be said, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow" ... and in the evening, he went home.

His faithful wife, Joyce, buried him with lamentation but "not as those who have no hope." The godly influence of Paul and Joyce is displayed in their children. Two of the four sons, Tim and Nathan, are gospel preachers. One son, Mark is a deacon, and Paul Jr., is a disciple. The two Kidwell daughters, Laura Boyd and Linda Bell, are married to preachers. What a legacy for the church and the grandchildren.

Paul preached in local work in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Sixteen years ago he set his heart on preaching the Word on a wider scale by the use of television. His ambitious goal of covering the nation with the truth of the gospel was realized when the program grew to include every major market in America. He joined forces with Truth for the World, a program designed to teach the gospel by radio, television, printed page, and preaching campaigns. The work goes on. "One generation goeth, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever."

Brother Kidwell was under treatment for a heart condition for many years; because of it was unable to carry sufficient health insurance. A fund has been established to help defray the expenses of his last illness. Contributions in his memory and honor can be made to North Jackson Church of Christ, Paul Kidwell Fund, 2780 Hwy 45 By­Pass, Jackson, TN 38305.

Paul, a good soldier in the army of the Lord, has laid his armor down. He exchanged his cross for a crown. Farewell, happy warrior, we will see you in the morning when the sun of righteousness "shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation."

Published February 1997