In memoriam: Emeritus missionary Jack Conley, 90

Jack G. Conley, an emeritus International Mission Board missionary who shared the gospel among Sub-Saharan African peoples in Tanzania and Kenya, died Jan. 27, 2019. He was 90.

Conley was born in Merkel, Texas, on May 14, 1928, to the late Mordecai Falls and Inez (Byrd) Conley. He attended Sabine High School in Gladewater, Texas; Kilgore (Texas) Junior College; East Texas Baptist College in Marshall; and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II as an air traffic controller.

He and his wife, Sally, were married in 1953. While serving at Pinecastle Air Base in Orlando, Florida, Conley responded to the call to gospel ministry and was licensed to preach. After resigning from military service, he became pastor of Central Avenue Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Florida. In 1962, he heard a call to foreign mission service. He and Sally lived and prepared for the day when they would be appointed to serve in East Africa.

Jack Conley

Missionary Jack Conley shares the gospel in East Africa.

The Conleys were appointed as Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) missionaries in 1964. Conley served in theological education as director of a Bible school in Tanzania and, later, in Kenya, until the late 1980s.

Conley is survived by his loving wife of almost 66 years, Sally Conley of Hideaway, Texas; daughters, Elizabeth Strong of Temple, Texas, Carolyn McFarlin of Lindale, Texas, and Marilyn McKain of Hideaway, Texas; sister, Beatrice Gullet of Lafayette, Louisiana; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Memorial services were conducted on Feb. 2 at the Hideaway Lake Community Church.

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