of Cordova, TN
September 14, 1949 - January 28, 2019
Kendell Harrison Easley, 69, of Cordova, TN, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Charles Harrison Easley. He is survived by his mother, Pauline Brock Easley; his wife, Nancy Maulden Easley; his son Jordan Robert Harrison Easley; his daughter-in-law, Leah Elizabeth Easley; his granddaughter, Magdalena Elizabeth Easley; his sister Marilyn Dian Robinson; and his brother, Daniel Charles Easley. Ken earned his Doctorate in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was a professor of New Testament and Greek for 38 years, and was an ordained Baptist minister. Visitation will be held at Union Avenue Baptist Church, 2181 Union Ave, Memphis, TN, on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm, with a funeral service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Gideons International.
I have read dozens of commentaries on Revelation. The best I ever read was the one by Dr Easley in the Holman Bible Commentary. I was going to write to him, but I discovered he had passed away. I can now only write of him, and wait to express my gratitude personally when we meet in a more elevated position in the future.
How can it be that I am so late in knowing, but always praying for my dearest friend Ken, giving of himself in more ways than seen, but known by our Father. A broken and contrite heart mine is but yet a deepest smile. He was chosen to help lead me and guide me in our faith and train me in ways that multiply for the glory of our Lord; thank you my friend, Ken.Thanking our Lord it is never too late to celebrate a life that lives and lives eternal. I will see my friend again and this time will be the perfect timing of our Lord.
Ken is a living and powerful witness for Christ Jesus. Notice that I didn't say "was" or as Professor Easily might exclaim: "ἦν" Verb, Imperfect, Active, Indicative, Third Person Singular.He took me in as a young Greek Student at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. A place where he seemed ill-suited to his legalistic surroundings because of his joy that often spilled into the hallways. His laughter and smiles were filled with excitement, and the one time I saw him walking alone between classes without a smile engulfed in some deep thought, I imagined he had driven his mind upon Christ in some distant shore beyond my comprehension at the time. None of the other professors cared quite like Dr. Easily; he took me into his home, shared his wisdom and love for Jesus -- which was evident, not only in how he shared the Gospel or how he taught His class; but how he lived the Gospel and loved other people. He poured out the Apostle's teaching, and the Holy Spirit that God had so liberally applied to us through Christ was set ablaze. I write this for all of the other students that didn't. Today I looked in on my old friend and found his early passing at this late time. I have been out of the country for decades. It brings me no pain, nor is there any loss at all. He is with Jesus, and we shall soon join him, let us run our race so that he will be proud of our stridings (Heb. 1). I know that he is watching and is pleased, and I magnify my ministry, and the dozens of languages that I have translated the Gospel into that would have never had the joy of Christ or His salvation. I stand as a flame that will not burn out in the Bemis for his crown. We have built a foundation and upon that foundation and "καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς." Mid-America wasn't worthy of such a great man, and indeed this world was not either.
I am a pastor’s wife in southern Indiana. I have always struggled with reading the very practical New Testament epistles. I have been using five different study Bibles to help me be more excited, and praise God, it is working!!! I was reading the CSB notes by Dr. Easley, chapter 5 and was so pumped by the new dimension it brought out of the words that are so familiar. I wanted to thank Dr. Easley, but I see from Google he has been promoted to the very place this chapter speaks of. Wow, chills! My sincere sympathy to his family in their loss from this world. For him, praise God, his earthly tent has been exited and he is awaiting the heavenly palace that will come! He is in our Father’s glorious presence. Btw, we share a birth date (separated by 11 years). Grace and peace to his family!
My heart was saddened to read of Dr. Easley's death. Yes, he was Dr. Easley to me. You see early in his teaching career, he was on the faculty of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. I was a Music major at the time on the way to vocational music ministry. I had Dr. Easley for a couple of Bible classes and his passion for the Lord and His Word made a lasting impression on me. I loved the classes he taught. No, I wasn't a Bible & Theology major, but Dr. Easley impacted my life on my journey to know Christ.
Dr. Fred Smith and I extend our condolences to Dr. Easley's entire family. He was a Christian through and through whether in the classroom or in the church. We are grateful that, however briefly, our paths crossed on this earth. We look forward to seeing him once again in heaven.
Losing a loved on in Christ has been described as "sweet sorrow"; though we grieve the physical loss of Ken, we rejoice that he is now with the One he served so faithfully throughout his life. Our sincere condolences in this time of loss for his family and friends.