GOLDIA DALTON NAYLOR
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary was provided by the Naylor family. Along with family and friends, Southwestern mourns the passing of Mrs. Goldia Naylor. Please join with us in prayer for the family during this time.
FORT WORTH – Goldia Dalton Naylor, 100, minister’s wife and former first lady of Southwestern Seminary, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010.
Funeral: The funeral service will be Wednesday, February 3, at 12 o’clock noon at Travis Avenue Baptist Church. A private burial service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 2, 2010, from 4 until 7 in the Rose Room, Naylor Student Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designated for the Rebekah Naylor Chair of Practical Missions or to the International Mission Board, SBC, designated for the Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India.
Goldia Dalton Naylor was born in Peck, Carroll County, Virginia, in 1909, and grew up in the town of Galax. After attending Virginia Intermont College, she came to Southwestern Seminary in 1928 to study voice in the School of Church Music. While a student, she met Robert Naylor, whom she married in 1930. She served churches alongside her pastor husband over thirty years in Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Goldia served as choir director, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, and leader of the women’s mission organizations.
In 1952 the Naylors moved to Fort Worth where Dr. Naylor became pastor of Travis Avenue Baptist Church. Just six years later, Dr. Naylor was chosen as the fifth president of Southwestern Seminary and Goldia became first lady of the school for 20 years. In that role, she touched the lives of countless students and student wives. She was well known for her hospitality and entertaining. She had major involvement in design and decoration of the Naylor Student Center, the Goldia and Robert Naylor Children’s Center, and the President’s Home on the campus.
Amidst this busy life of ministry, Goldia saw her most important tasks to be those of wife and mother. Her strong Christian faith was passed on to children and grandchildren. She made the home a place of love, stability, and refuge.
After retirement in 1978, the Naylors remained in Fort Worth and were involved in ministry in churches and at the seminary. Goldia Naylor was honored by the Seminary in 1977 as a Distinguished Alumnus. Then in 1989, she and Robert Naylor received from the Seminary the B.H. Carroll Founders Award. In 2001, the Southern Baptist Ministers’ Wives organization recognized Goldia Naylor as the Distinguished Minister’s Wife of the Year at their national meeting.
Goldia Naylor was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Robert E. Naylor.
Survivors: She is survived by a son, Robert Naylor, Jr., and his wife, Mary Jo, from Owls Head, Maine; by a son, Richard Naylor, and his wife, Nancy, from Austin; and by a daughter, Rebekah Naylor, from Fort Worth. She is also survived by three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.