contributed by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

Jack ExumLAKE CITY, Fla. (BNc) — Jack Hardeman Exum, Sr., 81, died Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Lake City Medical Center.

He was a native of Nashville, Tenn., the son of the late Fred E. and Alma Jewell Selley Exum.

Exum moved to Lake City, Fla. in 1993, from Royston, Ga. He was a member of the Central church (New Horizon church of Christ, where Jack Exum, Jr. is the minister).

Exum was a retired minister, an author of more than 39 books and a recipient of an Amy Award for religious writing. He also wrote a column that appeared in the Lake City Reporter each Saturday.

An avid reader, pool player with his friends at Eastside Village, golfer, coach (football and basketball), Mr. Exum enjoyed walking, cycling, fishing and any outdoor activities. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Marion Ann McLeroy Exum, Lake City, Fla.; two sons: Jack Exum, Jr. (Lauw) and Robert Eugene Exum (Svetlana), Lake City, Fla.; two daughters: Sandra Sheridan (Phillip), Jacksonville, Fla., and Tamara Hart, Ga. Ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive. He was predeceased by two of his children: Sharlene Johnstone and Glenn Edward Exum.

Funeral services for Exum were conducted at 2 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 12, at Gateway-Forest Lawn Chapel with Earl Williams officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Horizon church of Christ, P.O. Box 962, Lake City, Fla. 32025.