Obituary of James Dudley Land
Rev. James D. Land died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Forest, VA after a long illness on Friday June 3, 2022. He was born June 12, 1927 a son of the late Thomas David and Annie Land. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue B. Land; brothers, Calvin, Charles, and Thomas Land; sister, Frances Jones; two children, Gail L. Gressley and Kenneth Land.
He is survived by two children, Sarah F. Land and Nancy L. Martin; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
J.D., as he was known to friends, was born in the Mount Pleasant community of Maury County, TN. After graduating from Hay Long High School in 1945, he served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. After graduation from Tennessee Tech College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, he served the Southern Baptist Church in several rural Tennessee pastorates. He served as pastor in one church in Nashville, TN before being appointed to the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in 1967. J.D. served the Edgewood Baptist Center, an inner city mission in Dayton, OH until 1970. He then worked for Roadway Truck Lines until his retirement in 1989.
J.D. and Sue moved back to Lebanon, TN to be near family. In 2010 they moved to Roanoke, VA to be near their daughter, Nancy Martin.
J.D. took excellent care of his wife, Sue, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and passed in 2014.
The family would love for you to make a donation to the invaluable ministry of Gentle Shepherd Hospice at https://gentleshepherdhospice.com/donate/ In the "Write a note" section of the PayPal page, note that the donation is in memory of James D. Land.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Cedar Grove Cemetery Lebanon, TN. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:00 a.m. at the graveside. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home Roanoke, VA.
In Loving Memory
1927 - 2022
5160 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
3912 Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
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