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Tom Bland Sr. dies Oct. 9
staff, wire reports
October 11, 2010
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Tom Bland Sr. dies Oct. 9

Tom Bland Sr. dies Oct. 9
staff, wire reports
October 11, 2010

Thomas Albert Bland Sr., 85,

of Raleigh died Oct. 9 following a lengthy illness. He was ethics professor at

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 1956-1993, was founding pastor of

four North Carolina churches and interim pastor of 41 others.

Bland was founding pastor of

Holly Hill (Burlington), Greystone (Raleigh), Woodhaven (Cary), and Triangle

(Raleigh) Baptist churches. He was named Church Planter of the Year by the Baptist

State Convention of North Carolina in 1985.

His son, Tom, is pastor at

First Baptist Church, Morganton._ь_ь Bland graduated from the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947, and earned B.D. (1951) and Th.D. (1956)

degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He did

postdoctoral study at Yale, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Union Theological Seminary. He

served three years as professor of sociology at William Jewell College in

Liberty, Mo.

In Baptist academic circles,

he is remembered particularly for his expertise in developing and teaching

frameworks for ethical decision-making in an ever-changing society and for his

knowledge of, and substantial experience in urban and suburban church starts

and related ministries.

Bland is survived by his

wife, Eunice Andrews Smith Bland of Raleigh; daughter, Cynthia Bland Biggar

of Concord, Mass., son, Thomas A. Bland Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church of

Morganton; stepdaughter, stepson and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be

held at Greystone Baptist Church, 7509 Lead Mine Road, in Raleigh, on Tuesday,

October 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Participating will be Randall Lolley, Thomas

Jackson, Cynthia Bland Biggar, Thomas A. Bland Jr., and Phyllis Mayo.

The family will receive friends

at 10:00 a.m. in the church’s Gathering Room and then again following the

service.