Dr. Bob Mayfield
There is only one life, It will soon be passed.
Only what is done for Jesus will last!
With heavy hearts we rejoice the home-going of a beloved servant of the Lord. Dr. Bob Mayfield passed away Nov. 23, 2009, at the age of 54, and has received his reward in Heaven.
Bob was born Dec. 3, 1954, in Huntsville to the late Carrell and Melba Lucille Mayfield. In Tyler, he attended Clarkston, Moore and Robert E. Lee schools, and later graduated from Tyler Junior College, Baylor University, and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993.
Starting at the age of 18, Bob's first pastorate position was as youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Gresham. While in seminary, he began youth pastoring at Swan Baptist Church and then as associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Independence, Kan., after receiving his master's, where he met and married Pamela Ryan in 1983. He then moved back to Tyler where he was director of the Baptist Student Union at Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler for 13 years. From 1996 to 2002, he was Baptist Student Ministry director at Texas A&M University, and then back to Tyler where he pastored at Trinity Baptist Church for seven years. Just this past August, he accepted the pastorate at Pine Springs Baptist Church, where he was starting a guitar choir and began teaching guitar lessons. Bob was very active in the Smith County Baptist Association and served on the board of trustees at East Texas Baptist University.
Bob was a very talented musician, playing various instruments and singing. He was known for his humor and also being an avid collector of 78 rpm records. The adoption of his son Max from Russia fulfilled one of his greatest dreams of being a father. He and Max enjoyed scouting together in Boy Scout Troup 355, where Bob was also chaplain.
Bob is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pamela Sue Mayfield; son, Robert Maxim "Max" Mayfield, both of Tyler; mother-in-law, Betty Ann Ryan of Independence, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Peggy Mayfield of Longview, Debbie Brian of Melbourne, Fla., Mona Ryan of Tyler, Sandee Stover of Independence, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service of celebration for Bob's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Tyler, with the Rev. Roy Thoene, Dr. Ken Hall and Dr. Richard Goad officiating. Pallbearers will be Richard Goad, James Deatherage, Chip McGaughey, Bruce Pessink, David Mayfield and John Mayfield. Serving as honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Pine Springs Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Buckner Adoptions and Maternity Services (Russia) 600 N. Pearl, Suite 2000, Dallas, 75201.