History of the Restoration Movement

Roy J. Hearn

Gospel Preacher

Founder, Memphis School of Preaching
Memphis, Tennessee


Gospel Advocate Obituary

     Roy J. Hearn, member of the Willow Avenue Church of Christ in Cookeville, died Nov. 25, 2000. He was 89.

     He taught for a number of years at Freed-Hardeman and Lipscomb Universities and was founder and director of the Memphis School of Preaching for 17 years. He retired in 1983 for health reasons. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Nashville Bible School.

     While a student at Freed-Hardeman, he was a book sales representative for the Gospel Advocate Co. When he attended Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., he worked as the GA' s office manager. His wife, Sadie, worked as B.C. Goodpasture's secretary at the GA.

     Hearn had preached for congregations in Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

     He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sadie, of Cookeville; two daughters, Dolly Totty and Janet Paden, both of Cookeville; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

-Gospel Advocate, Obituaries, January, 2001, page 45

Painting of J.Roy Hearn Hanging In The Memphis School of Preaching
Photo Courtesy of Tom L. Childers

Signature Of Roy J. Hearn
Compliments of Terry J. Gardner, 04.2010

Directions To The Grave Of Roy J. Hearn

    R. J. Hearn is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. I had the opportunity to visit the cemetery in January, 2002 with my good friend Jimmy Ferguson, preacher of the Stage Road Church of Christ in Memphis.
    Take I-240 to Poplar Ave. Go west and the cemetery will be on your right. Do Not Enter at the Poplar Ave. entrance. Head to the next corner and turn right (North) on Yates Rd. and turn in at the Yates Rd. Entrance. As soon as you turn in just bear to the left and stop your car. Go into Section D. Follow the iron fence row down with your eyes to mid-way and not the short brick column (about 4ft. tall). From the column head due East. Note: The graves in this section are plentiful, and they face east and west. But you can tell there are good sized sections. Travel in from the brick column three sections and begin looking. Hearn is buried in Row S, Section 44, #3.

 See Memorial Park Webpage and Map To Hearn Grave Here!

GPS Coordinates
N35° 66' 85" x WO 89° 52' 59.1"

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