Rev. Ed McFall
September 17, 1933 - October 27, 2022
Rev. Edward Allen “Bro. Ed” McFall of Miami, OK passed from this life Thursday, October 27, 2022 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was 89.
Bro. Ed was born in Coalton, Oklahoma September 17, 1933 to Sidney and Vida Heath. He was later adopted by a great, very strong Christian farmer and master carpenter, Ivan McFall, due to his father dying in an accident. He grew up attending country school that was the community church on Sundays. When Bro. Ed was 13 he was saved and by 15 was teaching junior age boys Sunday School class. He attended Methodist youth camp in the Summer of 1948 and there responded to God’s call to special service. After graduating high school from Welch, Oklahoma and in his second year at NEO A&M in Miami, Oklahoma, God reminded him of that surrender. He was rebaptized in First Baptist Church of Welch and on Easter Sunday night in 1953, Pastor Roy Durham invited him to preach. Director of Missions, M.R. Dareing kept him busy all summer and Ottawa Indian Baptist Church called him to be their pastor in November of 1953.
While pursuing his formal education at Kansas State Teacher’s College in Pittsburg, Kansas; he stayed busy pastoring his church, raising four kids as a single dad and working at BF Goodrich. While he never was able to complete his teaching degree, God has been good to have schools invite him to be a substitute Language Arts teacher, even beyond the age of 80! In lieu of attending seminary, Bro. Ed took advantage of every minister’s training course available. His most enjoyable times have been associational conferences held monthly at area churches. Great mentors such as LL Zimmerman, Russell Moudy, Junior Leslie Couch, Tom Cossairt, CE Bergan, Jay Murphy, OC Bean, Ward Allen, just to name a few, provided him religious education that was truly priceless!
In the past 64 years in God’s work, he pastored eight churches, was music and youth director in two and served as transition pastor in two others: Ottawa, Maybelle, Spring River Indian as youth and music director, Quapaw First, Commerce First as youth and music minister, Mount Zion Baptist, Southern Hills Baptist, Carr Baptist, Northeast Baptist, Spring River Baptist Church, where he retired due to health issues and now is serving as Adult II Sunday School teacher at Mound Valley Baptist Church. His ministry at Commerce First is where he met the most elegant lady, faithful companion and wife, described in God’s word as “help meet”, Minna Louise Holt McFall.
It was during their Commerce First ministry that the honored couple met and began their life together! They were married June 7, 1969. They have two children together, Connie Laue and Shellie Baker. They served together first as a music team. Minna played the piano and even the birds would stop to listen! Her up-tempo and enthusiasm encouraged everyone to join in the singing. Bro. Ed could raise his arms and lift his voice knowing she was right on meter and could lead with confidence. Wow, what a joyous time!
During their ministry together, they made beautiful music with various choirs, conducted many revivals as the music team and as the visiting preacher, worked in the pastorate ministries together. Bro. Ed and Minna taught adults and children how to read English, due to the large Hispanic population that had begun to move into the area. They also remodeled an old house for them to have a place of worship. They worked together building and remodeling many churches and camp cabins throughout the Northeastern Association. Minna studied her bible with vigor and taught Sunday School classes, was the secretary for Bro. Ed, and many behind the scenes activities that so many pastor’s wives take care of! They did all of this for God’s glory!
Minna preceded him on January 10, 2017. He was also preceded by his parents, his brother, Milton Leroy Heath and 2 sisters, Hazel Helton and Anna Mardlin.
Bro. Ed is survived by his children, Shellie Baker and her husband Bryan and their children Kyle and Shelbie, Connie Laue and her husband John David and their children Jeffrey and Lindsay, Toni Reeves and her son Joel, Mark McFall and his wife Laurie, Terri Kerns and Deborah Tipps, and a total of 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, OK with Rev. Stephen Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in Williams’ Timberhill Cemetery west of Miami, OK with Bryan Baker, John David Laue, Jeffrey Laue, Rick Nutting, Joel Reeves and David Payton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark McFall, Rowdy McFall, Bryar Chandler and Kyle Jolley. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, OK. Memorials are suggested to Gideons International in honor of Bro. Ed. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.
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