Dewey Corder, longtime pastor of Central Baptist Church, Argo, died Dec. 25, reportedly from COVID pneumonia and heart failure. He served Central Baptist for 24 years.
Corder, 80, is a past president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and past chairman of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
He first served as an associate pastor for First Baptist Church, Opelika, followed by his first full-time pastorate at Abbeville First Baptist Church. Dewey’s second longest tenure began in 1971 when he and Jackie served Golden Springs Baptist Church, Anniston, for 10 years. He was later called to Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Montgomery, where he served for seven years. In 1989, Dewey accepted a call to First Baptist Church, Trussville, and from there he went to Central Baptist Church, Argo, where he served 24 years.
Corder and his wife, Jackie, along with son, Chris, and his wife, Sophie, also cofounded and operated a retreat ministry in Blount County called Wings of Eagles for a number of years.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with a master of divinity.
Dewey is survived by his wife; sons, Chris and Casey; daughter, Cori; and seven grandchildren.