Linam, Former BMA Pastor, Dies


Larry Clifton Linam, 72 of Texarkana, died March 24. He attended East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts. He did post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

At age 17, Larry felt a call from the Lord to become a pastor and was ordained at First Baptist Church DeKalb, Texas on July 21, 1969. He preached in churches in both Texas and Arkansas, and his last pastorate was at Shiloh Baptist Church in Waldo (Lamartine) from which he retired on Dec. 31, 2021.

Larry was a bi-vocational pastor with a heart for small churches and often had a second occupation while pastoring. In 2010 Larry published a book, The Day the Angels Cried,about the church shooting in Daingerfield, Texas on June 20, 1980, in which his seven-year-old daughter was killed.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara Linam; his parents, Jess and Irene of Texarkana, Texas; a son Jeff (Wendy) Linam of Rio Vista, Texas; a daughter Jennifer Cortez of Linden, Texas; two step-sons, Michael Winegarden of Allen, Texas and Mark (Alyssa) Winegarden of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held March 26 at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Texarkana, with burial in Woodmen Cemetery in DeKalb, Texas under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home (