Edmond minister Don VinzantEDMOND, Okla. (BNc) — A little before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 9, Edmond minister and former Brazil missionary Don Vinzant passed peacefully from this life, according to family minister Randy Roper, writing on the congregational email list.

“He was surrounded by the songs and prayers of his beloved family and engulfed in the love and concern of a multitude of friends,” Randy noted.

“He is now home free; no more pain or disease. He is resting in the arms of Jesus and reuniting with many loved ones who have gone before him.  We were so blessed to have him as our Daddy and we love to hear how he blessed your lives. We are overwhelmed by the gestures of love shown by all of you,” Don’s son Gene wrote on the CaringBridge website.

Don was a member of the original 1961 São Paulo, Brazil, mission team and served in that city for 12 years.

He had been with the Edmond congregation since 1989, according to the congregation’s website. Prior to becoming Pulpit Minister in 1999, Don was an Associate Minister at Edmond and a full-time faculty member at Oklahoma Christian University. He received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. At the time of his death, he was Seniors Minister.

Visitation, funeral and burial arrangements were given this afternoon:

Friday night visitation: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Matthew Funeral Home
601 S. Kelly
Edmond, Oklahoma  73003 405-341-2787

Funeral – Saturday 3:00pm
Edmond Church of Christ
1101 East 9th Street
Edmond, Oklahoma 73083
405-341-3353

Burial: Monday 10:00am
Brownwood, Tex.

BNc has requested that Glover Shipp, elder at the Edmond congregation, write an obituary for Don, and that will be posted on the site separately.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us