Rev. Sidney McLeod, age 92, went to his heavenly home on Sunday morning, June 24, 2018 at his home in Amory.
He was born on July 13, 1925 to the late Jasper and Nancy McLeod near Cave City, Arkansas. Sidney was saved when he was 15 and called to preach when he was 22. He attended Missionary Baptist Seminaries in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Minden, Louisiana, receiving Bachelor and Master degrees in English Bible. Sidney served as trustee for the Texarkana Baptist Children’s Home in Texarkana, Arkansas, for 15 years and as Moderator of the State Assembly in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. He preached in India and Israel and also preached revivals in 18 states.
Sidney had radio programs in Arkansas and Mississippi while pastoring. He led churches for 67 years in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama, and after full-time pastoring, did fill-in preaching until age 87.
Sidney was happiest when he was preaching the word of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of fifty-two years, Leota Palmer McLeod, two sons, Johnnie and Paul McLeod, two great grandchildren, seven brothers and five sisters.
Sidney is survived by his wife of 22 years, Betty Barnes McLeod; two daughters, Sue Fairchild and Recia Edmonson of Arkansas; three stepdaughters, Judy Tyree (Mike), Anita Vaughan (Dwight), Cindy Harmon (Randy) of Mississippi; one sister Elsie Israel of Texas; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Hatley Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Self and Dr. Allen Simpson officiating.
Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the church.
Interment services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at the funeral home in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas with Brother James Calhoun officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Seminary, 102 Seminary Lane, Minden, LA 71055.
Final arrangements are entrusted to The Welch Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the guest book.