Article updated Oct. 24.
The Baltimore faith community was shocked to learn of the Oct. 16 death of the Rev. Dr.Grady Andrew Yeargin, who has been pastor of the City Temple of Baltimore Baptist church for nearly 40 years.
His daughter, Adia Crawford made the painful announcement that she has lost her dad.
“There is no easier way to say it and I still can’t believe this is my life,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Oct. 17. “He was an amazing pastor, able to make even the most obscure Bible references relatable to anyone; but to me, he was just Dad.”
“I just lost the man my children called ‘Poppy,’ a name given to him by my sister Kimberly,” Crawford said, adding her dad was the man she could talk to about anything.
Baltimore has lost a great spiritual leader as well, Crawford said.
Rev. Yeargin served as City Temple’s pastor since 1986 and made his presence felt in the community through B.U.I.L.D. and leadership in the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the United Missionary Baptist Convention of Maryland and with the Baltimore affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
He is married to Patricia Ann Yeargin and they have two daughters, Adia Joi and Candace. Their daughter Kimberly Rei preceded him into glory.
Gatherings for Rev. Dr. Grady A. Yeargin Jr. are below:
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