Rev. Emil V. Becker, 100, peacefully passed to his heavenly rewards the morning of November 27, 2018. A visitation with his family will be held at the First Baptist Church in Stephenville at 1 PM on Thursday, December 6. Services will follow at 2 PM under the direction of Dr. Ken May, assisted by Rev. David Blagg.
Bro. Becker, the thirteenth and youngest child of Ellis Island immigrant parents Jacob P. and Ernestine P. Becker, was born on January 28, 1918, on the family farm outside of Marion, South Dakota. His parents, siblings, wife of 57 years Illa Fay, and sons Richard Lynn and David Michael all preceded him in death.
He is survived by son Ronald Gene and wife Theresa, Cresson, Texas; daughter-in-law Melissa Becker of Benbrook, Texas; grandchildren Traci Becker, Daniel Becker, Kristen Cameron, Tyler Becker, and Kelsey Adams; six great grand children, and several nieces and nephews.
World War II service in the Army brought Bro. Becker to Texas. After the war he continued his education at Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon graduation Bro. Becker served as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Knox City, Texas. In 1955, he was called as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville, Texas where he served for over 31 years. Following his retirement from that church in 1986 his ministry continued as he served 27 interim pastorates in the Stephenville area. He loved the congregations he served, they were his family. He loved all the people of Stephenville. He was ministering to them well into his 90’s, conducting the last of the 1,710 funerals of his ministry at the age of 94. He united over 400 couples in marriage, baptized well over 3,000, and delivered over 10,000 sermons – all with his traditional 3 points. He enjoyed his community, especially his Lions Club meetings and Tarleton basketball games.
Following his service he will rest next to his wife in the Erath Gardens of Memory.
Memorials may be made to his beloved First Baptist Church, Stephenville.