Arthur M. Ogden
was born November 24, 1932 in Winchester, Kentucky
just six weeks prior to the famed Neal-Wallace debate. His father, Max
was instrumental in arranging this debate. Foy Wallace, Jr. lodged with
Ogden's during the week of the discussion. According to his mother,
because of a good old fashion case of colic, gave Wallace more trouble
than Neal during the week.
Following in his father's footsteps, Arthur began preaching in the
of 1951 near Scottsville, Kentucky. During his forty-nine years of
he served churches of Christ as local evangelist in Illinois, Florida,
and Kentucky. Most of the last thirty-seven years of his life were
serving the Bourne Avenue and Southside churches in Somerset, Kentucky.
held numerous Gospel Meetings in many states, mostly east of the
River, and preached thousands of times on the radio. He lectured many
on the book of Revelation.
On April 3, 1998, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He remained
in the hospital for three weeks before being sent home to begin
and radiation treatments. Doctors felt he had a very few weeks to live.
spite of their expectations, he made it through the treatments and
to slowly improve. By Thanksgiving, 1998, he had improved enough to
preaching. Starting the first of January, 1999, opportunities were
presented for him to preach two Sundays each per month with the Bethel
congregations, country churches near his home in Somerset, KY.
1999 he continued to gain strength and to work with these groups each
Beginning in January, 2000, he worked full-time with just the Hazeldell
congregation, helping them not only on Sundays but on Wednesday
as well. He presented his last sermon there on Sunday evening,
For a full month before his death he was feeling better than he had in
more than two and a half years. He only began feeling bad again four
before his death and he only experienced the pain associated with
cancer for the last couple of hours of his life, rather than for
several months as is generally the case.
He passed away at 1:05 pm (EST) on Tuesday, September 19, 2000. His
was conducted on Friday, September 22, 2000.
To the right is a memorial stone
placed in front of
the Administration building on the campus of Florida College in Temple
FL. It was ordered in the spring of 1998 by my sister and her husband
when it seemed certain time was short. It will forever remind us all of
work and devotion to the Lord, but it will also serve to remind us
he lived long enough to see it for himself) that only the Lord knows
our time here is finished. By the way, the reference was supposed to be
Timothy instead of 1 Timothy.
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