Southwestern alumnus influential in Baptist life passes away

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern alumnus, Vester Wolber, faithfully served Southern Baptists through his pastorates, denominational leadership and professorship. This beloved friend of Southwestern passed away at the age of 94 on May 24. Below is the obituary released by his son, Eric Wolber:

Vester Eugene Wolber was born on the west bank of Mud Creek near Parks, Ark., on November 18, 1913, to John William and Mary Elizabeth Wolber. He graduated from Waldron High School in 1934. He served in the US Navy. Vester attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and then transferred to Ouachita Baptist College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1938. He went on to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Theology in 1945, followed by a Doctor of Theology in 1950.

Vester Wolber was instrumental in founding the Southern Baptist General Convention of California on September 13, 1940, and served as the initial secretary of the Convention. Dr. Wolber became an instructor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and was named the chairman of the Department of Bible in 1951. He served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Livingston, Texas, and Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas. Dr. Wolber returned to Ouachita Baptist College in 1958, where he chaired the Department of Religion & Philosophy. He continued to teach at Ouachita until his retirement in May 1985, at the age of 72.

After retirement he lived in his home in Arkadelphia and Parkway Village in Little Rock with his wife Frances until she passed away in 2004 and then moved to Fountain Hills, Ariz., to be near family, until he passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the age of 94.

He is survived by his two sons and their families; Eric Eugene Wolber and his spouse Patricia Ann who reside in Rio Verde, Ariz.; Dr. Amberly Kay Windisch and her husband Michael Windisch and their two children Zachary Michael and Anna Leah Windisch, who reside in Lexington, Ky.; and Noel Wolber and his wife Marsha Wolber and their two daughters Kristin and Kellyn Wolber, who reside in Fairfax Station, Va.

He was a great man of God and of the people … and he will be sorely missed.

About Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern Seminary celebrates its centennial in 2008. Since its founding, the seminary has trained and sent out over 40,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University. It was moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910 and was placed under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. Paige Patterson was elected as the eighth president of the seminary in 2003.
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