Kenneth Durwood Emerson, 83, of Highland Village, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.
Graveside service was Aug. 20 at Flat Rock Cemetery near Alvord. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville.
Kenneth was born Feb. 24, 1931, in the Wise County community of Audobon, the son of Dom Pedro and Lena Ann Emerson. He attended Alvord schools, then attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Decatur Baptist College and earned a degree from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
He married Cleta Joyce Boyd Dec. 12, 1946.
Kenneth entered the ministry full time in 1956 with the First Baptist Church in Byers, where he served for seven years. He moved to Eden Hills Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, serving as pastor six years, then served three years as assistant pastor under Dr. Landrum P. Leavel II at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls.
He pastored an English language church in Walldorf, Germany, for three years. In 1972, while in Germany, he was elected president of the European Baptist Convention, serving a year. Returning to the states, Kenneth was pastor for 17 years at the Sharon Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan. While there, he served on various committees and was elected as vice president of the Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists.
Kenneth also served for 10 years as a trustee to the New Orleans Baptist Seminary. In 1990, he moved to Arlington to pastor at University Baptist Church, serving 10 years before retiring after working 48 years as a pastor in five churches.
In retirement, Kenneth and his wife moved to Highland Village and joined Lakeland Baptist Church of Lewisville.
He is survived by his wife, Cleta; sons Don Emerson and his wife, Becky, of Wichita Falls, and Gary Emerson and his wife, Sandy, of Carrollton; grandchildren Kenneth Faulkner and wife, April, Jennifer Frost and husband, Luke, Angela Emerson, Kaylee Emerson, Joyia Sifuentes and husband, Anthony, Judson Emerson, Garren Emerson and wife, Mary, and Clarissa Mapes; and great-grandchildren Kendra Faulkner, Julie Faulkner, Grant Faulkner, James Jones, Aaron West, Jakub Emerson, Katelyn Frost and Caleb Frost.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lee, in 1997.