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Thomas Glen Hathcote, 84, died July 22, 2017, in McAlester, after a lengthy battle with COPD.
He was born on June 10, 1933, in Scott, Arkansas, to Glen Roger and Ruby Marie Taylor Hathcote. The oldest of three brothers, he was predeceased by his parents, Donald Edward "Bud" Hathcote, and Larry Taylor Hathcote.
A life-long scholar, significant events in his life were graduation from Yale University '55, Southern Seminary, and being a PhD candidate at Harvard. During graduate school, he worked for the then North American Mission Board as a church planter, pastoring several churches in Massachusetts. One of the churches he helped to start, Rice Memorial Baptist in Northborough, Massachusetts, is still in existence. He helped to start a religion studies program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he taught for several years. He ultimately retired from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Bi-vocational, he regularly pastored churches until his retirement in 1999.
He was a member of McAlester First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School and was active in the choir and Christmas Pageants.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hathcote, of the home; nephew, Travis Hathcote, of Guymon, and many cousins in Arkansas and Texas.
A memorial service will be Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at McAlester First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may sent donations to the James Luther Adams Foundation, Attn.: Rev. Dr. Norman Saramelli, Treasurer, 29 Harris Street, Waltham, MA, 02452, or Hospice of McAlester, P.O. Box 1333, McAlester, OK, 74502.
Published on July 26, 2017
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