Fort Myers, Fla.—Clarence Russell Brock, 89, a native of Vox, Ky., passed away April 16 in Fort Myers, Fla. Brock served as a pastor and Bible teacher for 60 years, many of which were spent serving congregations in Indiana and Kentucky, where he served his first church in 1948.
In 1945 he entered the military and while stationed in the Philippines built relationships with missionaries there as time allowed.
His first three churches were in Kentucky, beginning in Greenmount, followed by East Bernstadt and Lexington. In 1957 he followed God’s call to Indiana, serving seven more churches in Portland, Evansville, Richmond, Fort Wayne and Muncie. Late in life, he gave his time as interim pastor in Yorktown, Ind., and Cadiz, Ky.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Brock served in various capacities, including vice president, president and board chairman of of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He also served for six years on the Board of Trustees for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
He loved mentoring young “preacher boys,” as he called them. One of those, Jamus Edwards, pastor of Pleasant Valley Community Church in Owensboro, conducted his funeral service, along with Brock’s grandson-in-law, Thomas McClusky, of Raleigh, N.C.
He is survived by his brother, Archie Brock; son, Dan Brock; daughter, Carolyn Benjamin, and three granddaughters and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by Alena (Bill) Brock, his wife of more than 43 years.