Clipped From Miami Daily News-Record
Dr. R. A. Venable, Baptist Leader, Dies In Meridian, Miss. Dr. Robert Abram Venable, an outstanding leader in the Baptist denomination in the South, died recently at his home in Meridian, Miss., at the age of 84 years, according according to information received here. He was a brother of County Judge J. H. Venable of Miami, Dr. Venable served for 11 years as pastor of the First Baptist church of Meridian and in 1932 was made pastor emeritus of that church. Since his graduation from Mississippi Mississippi college in 1876, he had been prominent in religion and educational educational activities in the South. His first pastorate was in Memphis, which he resigned to accept the presidency of Mississippi college, which he headed from 1891 to 1894. He later became president of Clark Memorial college at Newton, Newton, Miss., where he held the chairs of Greek and theology. During his pastorates, he did much home mission work among the Negroes and held many Bible institutes for Negroes. Besides Judge Venable, he is survived by his wife, two daughters, daughters, two sons and three sisters.