Mr. Rufus Calvin Baldwin was born in Brinson, Georgia to Mr. John Baldwin and Mrs. Evelyne Baldwin on August 24, 1927. He was 92 years old. He was one of three sons. One son, Mr. Lucious Emmers, is deceased and only one remains, Mr. Watt Baldwin. Early in life, he met and married Eula Mae Larry on February 14, 1949. To this union seven children were born, Elizabeth Ann Dickerson (Marvin), Carolyn Jean Brown (Samuel), Gail A. Johnson, Jerome K. Baldwin, Gregory Baldwin (Deborah), Darrell Baldwin (Ethel) and Trynni A. Williams (Curtis). Among his only living brother, he leaves a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and the Lamar Street Church of Christ family. Mr. Baldwin attended the schools in Decatur County, Georgia. He did some post graduate work at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. He served his country in World War II in the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Baldwin was an entrepreneur specializing in electronic repairs. He started his business from his home, later processing to his shop on Sims Street and finally retiring from his repair shop on Clark Street in the early 90’s. Mr. Baldwin and his wife, Miss Eula, were baptized in Winter Garden, Florida in the early 50’s. At that time, they had only one daughter. Mr. Baldwin would drive to Albany, Georgia, Dothan, Alabama and Tallahassee, Florida each Sunday to take his family to worship services because there was no Church of Christ in Bainbridge for Black People. Until a building was erected, he housed visiting Gospel Ministers and their families and allowed them to preach from his home, inviting other people to come. Through the assistance of sister congregations, Mr. Baldwin established the Lamar Street Church of Christ in Bainbridge shortly thereafter. After a few years, a larger and better building was erected right across the street from the original church building. Worship services continue to be held at this location with Bro. Pearson, as Minister. Mr. Rufus C. Baldwin served as one of the Elders at the Church until his health began to fail. He loved his family and the church and will always be remembered for being a hero and a great leader. Your Crown and Robe awaits you Daddy.
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