Jerry Presnall, who served as a pastor for more than 50 years in south Alabama, died Aug. 14. He was 78.
Presnall was raised in Saraland and earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Baptist Bible Institute (now The Baptist College of Florida). He began his career in welding and was a first-class welder for many years.
In 1976, Presnall surrendered to the ministry at Bayou Sara Baptist Church in Saraland, where he was later ordained. He served in ministry for more than 50 years, serving as pastor of a number of Alabama Baptist churches — Tolbert Baptist in Headland, Turnerville Baptist in Chunchula, Southside Baptist in Bay Minette, Creola First Baptist and Axis First Baptist — and in several interim pastorates in Mobile and Washington counties. He also served as pastor of Gulf Crest Baptist Church in Bonifay, Florida.
He is survived by his daughters Darlene, Robin and Cheryl Ann; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.