Memorial: James W. Tollerson

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Memorial: James W. Tollerson


James William Tollerson was born on December 15, 1941 in LaGrange, Georgia to Lonel Roy and Lorraine Dewberry Tollerson. He was reared in a Christian home and saved at age twelve in a tent meeting in the front yard of his father's store. He knew he was called to preach so he enrolled at Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee where he received his A.A. degree in 1962.

James was married to Marilynn Kay Karnes on July 19, 1963 in Heath, Kentucky. James finished his B.A. at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and then earned both his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis in 1968.

The next two years were spent in Greensboro, North Carolina where James attended Duke University and the University of North Carolina while pastoring the Friendly Avenue Church of Christ. James pastored the Averill Avenue Church of Christ in Flint, Michigan from 1971-75, then took his Th.D. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1975-79, during which time he also pastored Chalmette Church of Christ. James returned to Freed-Hardeman College in 1979 as a professor of Bible and Counseling. …

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