Eulogy for Dr. Eugene Priddy
We lost a friend, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a husband, a teacher, a writer, a leader, an evangelist, and a servant from the ranks of the Lord’s earthly army. Heaven welcomed Dr. Eugene Addison Priddy home after a year long battle following a fall that left him a quadriplegic. Dr, Eugene Priddy taught many how to live and how to live eternally, but he also showed us how to suffer faithfully. Welcome home, faithful servant!!
Dr. Priddy’s son, Glenn, gave the eulogy at the funeral on October 28, 2014. Here are some excerpts from that day:
“My father, Eugene Priddy was born September 8, 1934, and God gave him 80 wonderful years. When he was a young man of 16 years of age, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. He did so after a lady, Ada Woods, had worked with him. She witnessed to him for about a year, sharing the Gospel with him. He came to this one verse, John 5:24. It was then that the Spirit of God called Dad to be His child. It reads this way, ‘I say unto you, he who hears My word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.’
“Reading that verse changed my Dad’s life. He dedicated himself to serving the Lord for the rest of his days up until the final hours of his life.
“He met a wonderful woman; Monna Dean was pretty, who later became Priddy. He realized he couldn’t marry Mom because she wasn’t saved. So, there was a big tent revival going on, sponsored by the church he was attending, Salem Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC. Dad invited Mom to come to the services with him, and, during those meetings, he invited Mom to accept the Lord. They were married a few months later. A few years later my Dad graduated from Piedmont Bible College and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1959. At about the same time, they surrendered their lives to serve Him as missionaries, and it was truly a life of service.
“They went to a place called Tangier, Morocco, in North Africa, to serve with an organization which was then called the VOICE OF TANGIER, now Trans World Radio. In 1960, our family moved from Tangier to Monte Carlo, Monaco, where they served for ten years. Dad started as the field treasurer, and then moved up through the ranks of leadership to become the European director. He served under Dr. Ralph Freed, who mentored him and taught him many things about being a man of God, a leader, and a servant.
“Dad took a year off in 1968 and went to Wheaton Graduate School and earned a Masters Degree in communication and radio. In 1970, he was asked to leave the field and come to the TWR headquarters in New Jersey, where he served as assistant to the president. In the fall of 1973, he left TWR to found Bible Basics International, originally Keystone Ministries. [For the first several years,] he and Mom worked out of the basement of our home. Under Dad’s leadership, BBI produced radio teaching scripts used in many countries and translated into more than 25 languages to be used over various radio stations around the world. Later, BBI’s ministry expanded to include radio in Honduras.
“My father was first of all a faithful husband. He was also a great father. He loved his children very much. Then he became a ‘great’ grandfather.
“My Dad taught me the power of integrity. He taught me the power of honesty. I also learned the importance of trusting God completely. He told me those principles, and he demonstrated them consistently throughout his life. He said he was not a scholar, but I daresay that Dad had a better grasp of what God was trying to communicate through His Word than many a scholar. He studied Scripture and sought to make God’s heart his. He was a prolific writer. I didn’t even realize until this week about the extent of his writing. He wrote eleven books and tracts, but he never sought to put himself forward.
“You know, being a Christian is an interesting mix at this time of sadness, but also of joy. Heaven, it’s real, it’s a real place! I know that one day we’ll see him, and it’s so sad that most of the world out there doesn’t know that. We have a responsibility to be announcing the Gospel wherever God puts us. Whoever got close to my Dad felt the impact of that Gospel on his life.”
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