Posted By:Jordan Carroll
Subject:Rev. JD Grey- Pastor First Baptist of Denton
Post Date:March 09, 2005 at 14:11:56
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Forum:Denton County, TX Genealogy Forum
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I am looking for information on Rev. J.D. Grey or his wife Mrs. Lillian Tooke-Grey. They had twin daughters who married Mr. Jule Burg and Mr. Richard Cantrell. I am looking for Rev. Grey's parentage and/or descendants.

He was born in Princeton, Kentucky (1907) but raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He was named J.D. but later he adopted the names "James David".

He graduated in 1929 from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Denton Texas and later moved to New Orleans to become pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Orleans. He was the long time pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Orleans from May 31, 1937 until December 31, 1972. He was President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 1949 and 1950. He was President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1951 and 1952 and was the youngest person to ever be elected President. He was a member of the Baptist World Alliance from 1950 to 1970. He was President of the Greater New Orleans Federation of Churches in 1957 and President and Board Member of the Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans in 1968 and 1969. He was a founder and President of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation. He was amember of the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of New Orleans and a Board Member of the Council for a Better Louisiana and Big Brothers of New Orleans. He was chairman of Billy Graham's four week Evangelistic Crusade at Pelican Stadium. He was also a life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in New Orleans, Vice-Chairman of the State Board of Correctionsand a board member of the Assoc. for Retarded Children. He was an adviser for the New Orleans World Fair Crusade in 1984 which was held at The Rivergate. For his community service he recieved the New Orleans Times-Picayune Loving Cup in 1971. In 1969 a boigraphy of him was written by Robert L. Lee and James F. Cole titled "ST. J.D.". Robert L. Lee was the executive director of the Louisiana Baptist COnvention and James Cole was the former editor of the organizations newspaper The Baptist Message. He was listed in "Who's Who in America" , "Who's Who in Religion" and "Outstanding Civic Leaders of America". He wrote "Epitaphs for Eager Preacher" in 1972.

He died 7/26/1985 and is buried in Metairie, Louisiana.