Reverend Glynn Renfro, 87


Rev. Charles Glynn Renfro, age 87 of Deport died Thursday May 19 in Paris Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be 3pm Sunday May 22 at First Baptist Church of Deport with Dr L.C. Stout, Reverend Roger Scaff and Reverend Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under direction of Wood Funeral Homes of Deport.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church fellowship hall.

Rev Renfro was born Sept 29, 1923 in Josephine, Texas the son of Otis and Carrie Shipp Renfro.  He married the former Dorothy Rucker May 30, 1943 in Josephine.  He was a  farmer and retired Baptist minister having preached for 70 years serving churches in Greenfield and Canton Oklahoma, Deport, New Deal, Blossom, Talco, Hagansport, Cunningham and Pattonville, Texas and served as supply minister for many churches in the northeast Texas area.  He was a mason for over 60 years and was a member of Deport Lodge # 381 A.F. and A.M.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy ,   his daughter Glenda Ruffin and husband Charles  all of Deport, a daughter in law Jane Renfro  of Greenville, four grandchildren, Eddie Loven, Edie Leija, Libby Wrather and Lane Renfro, seven great grandsons Tanner, Jacob, Brayden, Austin, Madison, Mason and Max, a sister Carrie Bell of Dallas and a brother Robert Renfro of the Metroplex area.

He was preceded in death by a son Dr Bobby Renfro on Dec 29, 2008

The family has requested memorials to National Kidney foundation, American Cancer Society or any church in Northeast Texas in Bro. Renfro’s name


  1. Paul Renfro says:

    I am saddened at the loss of my uncle. I have many fond memories of Glynn that will always stay with me. To my family, always know that I love you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.

  2. Peggy (Box) Moore says:

    Was probably in 1964 when I was first introduced to Bro Renfro & his family.

    Such a fine bunch of folks. Bro Renfro was such a pillar for so many in this area.

    My prayers and thoughts to the family. Love in Christ.

    Peggy (Box) Moore

  3. Nancy Gresham says:

    A wonderful alternative father figure.A blesset Godly man, of many men. He communicated, with the simpliest, or the masters of minds, at any level. A stoutly man, of family, community and spirituality. We have shared our lowest and highest moments. We have cried, laughed, worked and worshipped, together. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Wishing you and your families strenght and peace. He has been missed, here. He will be sorely missed, now. Gin Clan

    • Kathy Simmons says:

      I’v only known this kind soul since 1999. All you describe is Bro. Renfro to a “T”. I’m sure his visits to the cotton gin and domino games at the truck repair shop are missed and can not be replaced. He leaves a memory of faith, kindness and determination, that all problems can be fixed if we believe in our hearts what is good. He is the only person I have ever known who was able to see thru to a persons heart. He never saw a dirty grungy gin hand that had worked a 16 hr shift, nor a lovely lady dressed in splendar for Easter. Instead he saw a child of god and never once hesitated to embrace them both. All my love and pryers are sent out to his family and friends to remember to go forward in life, for life and living is the determination we were taught by this wonderful man. Love & Peace!

      Kathy Simmons

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