April 26 was Mike McLemore Day at Samford

The late Mike McLemore, a longtime Alabama Baptist leader, was honored April 26 when Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland declared the day “Mike McLemore Day” on campus.

The recognition came at the regularly scheduled Board of Ministerial Mentors meeting at the university.

McLemore, who died Feb. 10 while serving as longtime executive director of Birmingham Baptist Association, also previously served nearly 24 years as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham. Over those years, he held leadership positions across the Alabama Baptist State Convention and Southern Baptist Convention, including serving as state convention president from 2000 to 2002.

He was also a Samford alum, earning his bachelor’s degree there before going on to earn a master of divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Later he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile.

Westmoreland made the presentation of the resolution declaring Mike McLemore Day “in thanksgiving to Almighty God for this friendship and blessed memory of a life well lived.”

The resolution was presented to McLemore’s wife of 47 years, Wanda; daughters, Britney and Bonnie; and son, Brandon. (TAB)