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In remembrance of…
Dr. J. Wendell Runion

Melinda Ingle contributed this message on Sunday, April 29, 2018:

So sorry to hear of Dr. Runion's passing. He was one of my youth ministers and I remember his joke about the 1 minute of silence in Heaven, referring to women not being there. He was truly one to follow as an example of salvation and a True Christian. Prayers and thoughts for his family and friends. He is with his Lord and Savior now and celebrating with the redeemed.

Burnsville, NC
eMail: selenamelinda47@gmail.com

William Grady contributed this message on Tuesday, April 17, 2018:

Dr. Runion was my friend for twenty-five years. He gave me an honorary doctorate and taught me how to cross reference my King James Bible while we were sitting under a mosquito net in Kenya, East Africa. I will miss not being able to get his wise advise.

Maryville, TN
eMail: william.grady@gradypublications.com

Jim Harkins contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Bro. Runion was a blessing to my family many years ago.... he was a great defender of the King James Bible, and had a great heart for planting churches all over the world. Praying for peace and comfort to all his family and many friends, along with all the national pastors he has helped along the way!!!

Troy, NC
eMail: standngap@centurylink.com

Liz Ritchie contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Will be praying for the family! Bro. Runion was such a delight any time he visited us here at Providence Baptist College! His enthusiasm to serve the Lord was very contagious.

Pingree Grove, IL
eMail: muzik4u2@aol.com

Brian Ronie contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Dr. Runion had a huge impact in my Christian life. I met him about 7 years or so ago and we became friends and had many lunches together where we would have bible study. The things he taught me will never be forgotten and I am eternally grateful for our friendship. I am especially thankful for his insight into prophecy, the end times and the book of Revelation. He will be sorely missed but I WILL see him again.
God bless the family.

Asheville, NC

Sam Reed contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Dr Runion will be remembered for his love for the Saviour, his strong defense of God�s perfect Book (the King James Bible), and for his effectiveness in carrying out the Great Commission. He will surely be missed.

I thank God for his help and friendship to my family these past forty years. Our condolences to his family.

Dr Sam Reed
Arlington Tx

Hurst, TX
eMail: samreed10@icloud.com

Phillip & Luella Wishon Sr contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Our prayers go out to The Runion Family. Preacher Runion will be greatly missed down here but we know we will see Him soon. A few years ago I asked Him to preach at the Marion little prison. The Manor family sang that night. He preached on "Three Men on The Cross" At the invitation a young man came forward and accepted Christ. Later that night another inmate went over the fence and escaped. He said One got in and one got out. LOL
Sister Joyce and Family, if we can ever be of help to you we are here for you all. God Bless and help you is our prayer.

Old Fort, N. C.
eMail: phillip28762@msn.com

andy & kathy walker contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

always loved to hear Dr Runion preach and prayed for him & his ministry. God used him greatly around the world to bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. praying for all the family, that God will bless & comfort them.

elgin, ill
eMail: ahwalkerjr@yahyoo.com

Angie Mitchell Kimsey contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Preacher Runion was one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He was a very good friend of my parents John and Lynda Mitchell. Many of my childhood and teenage best memories were spent with him. May the Lord bless and comfort you all.

Danielsville, Georgia
eMail: akimsey@madison.k12.ga.us

Evangelist John & Lynda Mitchell contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

Sis Joyce and family,
We were saddened to hear about the passing of our dear Bro Wendell. He left a lasting impression on all of our family. He loved our Lord and worked diligently for Him! He never strayed fro the KJV 1611 and putting the Word of God out to all. Not many men achieve their personal goals in the ministry as he did! He is greatly missed.
May the Lord comfort each of you with peace and contentment knowing Bro Wendell has reached his final destination and is awaiting your arrival.
Sending you our heartfelt love and prayers.

Steve Lilly contributed this message on Friday, April 13, 2018:

We praise the Lord for the life, ministry, and testimony of Bro. Runion. Our prayers are for Sis. Runion and all the family during this time of homegoing. May God give a special comfort for you in the days ahead.
May Christ be praised in all,
Steve, Rebekah, AbiNoelle and AmiJoy Lilly

eMail: lillypads@hotmail.com

Shawn Conner contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

Hannah, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I am sorry for your loss I hope that peace and comfort surround you in this difficult time.

Old Fort , n.c.

Patricia white contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man. My husband who is deceased loved brother Runyon. I pray for Gods comfort for the whole family. God bless you all. In Christ, pat white

Marion , Nc
eMail: patriciawhite32@aol.com

Guilene Regnier contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

Dr. Runion's family has my deepest condolences. The loss of such a great man, though we know he is home in Heaven, will leave their days dreary & nights long. I will keep you all in my prayers, for comfort & peace.
We so enjoyed getting to hear & see the Runions over the years here at Northwest Bible Baptist in Elgin, IL
Dr. Gomez enjoyed teasing Dr. Runion about being an absent member of Northwest. It was so good to hear how they recently spent some great time together. Dr. Gomez recounted how they "Hooted & Hollered" over past experiences. He will surely miss the close friendship of Bro. Wendell.
We are thankful for the live stream of the memorial service so that we can feel a part of Dr. Runion's homegoing.
Love & prayers, the Regniers

Elgin, Illinois
eMail: guilenereg@yahoo.com

Ronnie Williamson contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

Terry and I would like to express our love and prayers for Brother Runions family and ministry. Praise the Lord for the work our Sweet Saviour did through the life of Brother Runion. God give you all great grace in the days ahead.
For Christ and souls
Ronnie and Terry Williamson
Voice in the Wilderness
Isaiah 40:31

Asheville, North Carolina
eMail: roneagle3@aol.com

Christy Kelly Capps contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

So sorry to hear about Bro. Runion�s passing. Sweet memories of him..looking forward to that great reunion day! Praying for the family!!

Love and prayers
The Billy Kelly Family

Zirconia , NC
eMail: cappsgrading@msn.com

Stan & Carmella Taylor contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

A man who is counted amongst the pillars of faith, a man of courage and leadership; never leaning to the left nor the right of the path of our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ. For this we are grateful to the Lord for the Christian legacy Bro. Runion leaves for us to pick up and carry on. He would certainly bid us to continue with the mission of proclaiming the good news to all would have ears to hear and eyes to see; who seek light in a dark world.

In concert with the Apostle Paul, Bro. Runion may well exclaim 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Candler, NC
eMail: staylor@giswnc.net

Pastor Steve Miller contributed this message on Thursday, April 12, 2018:

"A Soldier of the Faith"!
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
To Mrs. Joyce and the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! I will miss Dr. Runion greatly, especially the next time I go up to WKJV for a Share-A-Thon. He was an inspiration to me and an Encourager of the Faith! He was always so gracious; and I will always be greatful for him allowing me to come to have a small part in the ministry WKJV.
He was a dear friend and mentor! No doubt, he touched many lives world-wide through the ministry of IBOM.
May God's comfort and peace sustain his dear family and the families/staff of IBOM and the radio stations.
"Well done thou good and faithful servant"
Look forward to seeing you, my brother, at that great reunion day!
Bro. Steve Miller
Springbank Baptist Church
Dalzell, SC

Dalzell, SC
eMail: afrswm@aol.com

Teresa Riddle (Hawkins) contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

Dear Runion Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bro. Runion's passing. He will be deeply missed. It is such a comfort to know he is in Heaven where he will have no more health problems. He has now received his ultimate healing. I thank God for Bro. Runion's faithfulness and ministry. He was a light to a lost world.

When my son was in 1st grade at Temple School, Mrs. West's class went to the radio station and we all had such a good time visiting and talking with Bro. Runion. I took several pictures that day and I treasure them. That was around 18 years ago. It was always special to see and talk with Bro. Runion. I loved listening to WKJV because I knew it was "safe". I knew Wendell Runion wouldn't allow any foolishness or false doctrine to be aired. I appreciated and learned so much when he taught about the 1611 KJV Bible. I've never used another version as preached by Dr. Raloh Sexton, Sr., but I learned many reasons for that also by listening to Bro. Runion.

I remember when the family moved back from Pensacola and started attending Trinity Baptist in Asheville. Lynn, Angela and I became good friends. We went to Asheville Christian Academy together and rode the same bus. I loved spending the night at their house. Bro. Runion had family devotions and one night the Scripture was Psalm 23. Even at my young age I was very familiar with that Psalm and had memorized that passage. I didn't understand the 1st verse though. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." I thought it meant the Lord is my shepherd who I don't want. However, I knew it couldn't possibly mean that. Bro. Runion very patiently explained to me that it meant I will have no wants. I will never forget that special experience. Mrs. Runion was always a lot of fun and so very complementary. Thank you for making me feel so welcome at your home.

At last I finally met sweet Hannah after visiting the radio station and we became friends too. What a precious family you are and although our life's paths have taken us down different roads, please know I think of you often and I am praying for all of you during this difficult time. I believe Bro. Runion is rejoicing in Heaven now. May this and all the promises of God's Word give you peace. With my love and deepest condolences...

Morganton, NC
eMail: tg333@aol.com

EDDIE WACASER contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

Dr. J. Wendell Runion; A good man, a Godly man. a friend to all he met. a great ambassador for his heavenly Father. Dr. Runion helped me attend bible college years ago. We was a neighbor of his mothers for a few years, she was so proud of Dr. Runion. Victory is yours Dr. Runion.
1 John 5;4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

black mountain, NC
eMail: bigetrain62@yahoo.com

Mark Crawford contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

To the Family of Reverend Runion:
Dr. Runion was one of the finest individuals I ever knew, whose focus was clearly the sharing of the Gospel and the encouragement of this in all our lives. Wendell was very supportive of my efforts to serve, before I ever entered the Legislature, when I got there, and after I left, in my several attempts to get back. He was a wonderful pastor, evangelist and leader and visionary! This community will miss him greatly.
And for all of you in his family, may GOD's peace, which passes all understanding, be with you in this time of separation, until you are all reunited with him. GOD bless!!!!
- (Former) Representative Mark Crawford

Montreat, North Carolina
eMail: crawfordforspi@gmail.com

earl Paula Josh Massey contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

First cousin to Wendell mother Juanita Massey was loved and very respected buy me and my brothers he always told us about the Lord he will be greatly missed in our lives he was always there for anyone I'm sorry for all of our family to his wife and children nieces and nephews aunts and uncles and cousin our prayers are with you I love you all and God bless us all knowing that Wendell is walking the streets of gold with the Lord amen!!!! We love you all so sorry we couldn't be there that we are there in spirit. Earl Paula and Josh Massey.❤❤❤❤💔😂🌷💐

Cleveland , Georgia
eMail: earlybee719@yahoo.com

Victoria Austin Jennings contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

To the Family; May God give you grace during this time. I remember all of you from Trinity Baptist. I was there the night of the ordination. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Heaven gained another great man.

eMail: danielj1966@yahoo.com

David M. Shuler contributed this message on Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

Thoughts and Prayers to Dr. Runions family. He will be greatly missed.

eMail: davidmshuler1169@gmail.com

Michael (Martin) Adkins contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

I'm Ernest Fore's first grandchild. I came down to North Carolina a couple of times. I would jump to stay with his brother's and sister's. I mostly stayed with Aunt Zora and Uncle Kenneth. I went and stayed at the Timothy House that cousin Wendell started. I would clean the church, study the Bible and to church. Then after church we would always go out to eat. Wendell always introduce me to his friends as "This is my cousin and he's a yankee". LOL.. I remember going to church rivals with him. I loved him and cherished him.

Monroe, MI
eMail: mda.21666@yahoo.com

Tony Maynor contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Well Brother Runion, you finally made it! The Heaven you preached about for so many years is now your eternal residence. Congratulations!! I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with you directly for 12 years at WKJV Radio in management and indirectly for the remaining 13 years on special projects. The great memories down thru the years fill my mind. . Shareathon, the NC Mountain State Fair Gospel Expo Tent, We Still Pray, Worldwide Internet Radio, 25,000 Watts, the Congressional Prayer Breakfasts, the Family Value rallies and marches, the Live broadcasts of Prayertime and all the days of sitting in the office when a need at the station arose and hearing you say, �Bro. Tony, God will provide our need�.

I appreciate the stand you took on the AV 1611 King James Bible and for never compromising with the new modern form of contemporary worship which has swept thru a lot of the churches in our country.

I�m grateful for all the times you took hold of the horns of the altar, stood up like a bull dog and said �No, we will not condone the sin of today�s society�. But instead you said, �Just preach to them about Jesus and sing about the old rugged cross�.

For all the times weary pastors, evangelists and preachers walked into your office and their hearts were burdened, they would always leave with a greater desire than ever to push forward for God because of the Biblical council and encouragement you gave them. Heaven is now revealing the many souls that were saved as a result of the ministries of WKJV/WKJW and IBOM. Eternity will shed light on the future results. Even though God has called you home, the spirit of fundamentalism and strong character will continue in the hearts of radio listeners and especially all the young preacher boys you instructed and exhorted in Bible college. In just a few days, the new FM frequency will be spreading the Gospel on radio throughout Western North Carolina as a result of your hard work and obedience to the call of God. To God be all glory, great things He hath done and will continue to do.

We�ll miss you, but we�ll see you again in a few days, Brother Runion. We all love you.

Weaverville, NC

Joe and Pat Dotson contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Runion. His voice will truly be missed on WKJV. Our prayers are with all the family.

Fairview, NC
eMail: ninnepadot@gmail.com

Douglas Smith contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Wendell is remembered with great fondness from our high school days together, and as members of the Owen football team. His Christianity and his service to our Lord makes me swell with pride.

Pinehurst, NC
eMail: malletsmith@gmail.com

Roy Atwood contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Our deepest sympathy to Joyce and family.

Eddie Watts contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Dr. Runion will be missed but his legacy and influence in missions will live on. He was truly this preachers friend. Our prayers are with the family and ministries of I.B.O.M. God's grace to you all. Pastor Eddie Watts

riegewood, NC
eMail: pastorewatts@gmail.com

Jim,Rose Fore contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

For the family of Wendell so sorry for your loss. May God Be with the family during this time an always. Wendell was related to the Fore's on his mother's side of the family.
Our Dearest Sympathy

eMail: bypassfore@frontier.com

Janet Conner McGinnis contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Dear Runion Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Rev. Runion. For years he and Dad served the Lord together and both worked in radio together. He will be deeply missed, but his message will continue to live on. May God give you peace and comfort at this time of loss.
Wilma Conner (Bro. Bill's wife), Janet Conner McGinnis and family

Old Fort, NC - North Carolina
eMail: grandpamcginnis@yahoo.com

The Jimmy Justice Family contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

Brother Wendell was truly a dear friend to us. He was a great help to us and our church when Jimmy went home to Heaven. We will miss him. We have had some wonderful times at WKJV worshiping and singing for the Lord. We love you Ms Joyce. You and your family are in our heart and prayers.

Hendersonville, NC
eMail: jimmyjusticefamily@yahoo.com

Tedd Smith contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

What a wonderful man & Christian influence! So sorry to hear this. Enjoy your eternal reward, well deserved. May God bless & strengthen the family.

Asheville, Nc
eMail: Jteddsmith@gmail.com

mreddie ballard contributed this message on Tuesday, April 10, 2018:

family he with otherfamily who's gne on hewas agood one im longing to see him god blessu from Eddie ballard

marshall, NC
eMail: fastjam01@yahoo.com

Daniel A Runion contributed this message on Monday, April 9, 2018:

He was a great man, my uncle and mentor. He was loved by all and had a big heart for God and the work of God!
He will be missed but we will see him one day in Heaven!

Rockledge, FL
eMail: drunion7@gmail.com

Julie Crowder contributed this message on Monday, April 9, 2018:

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember going to the radio station during one of the telethon, and feeding everyone, and Dr. Runion being there. He was a very nice man and a true servant of the Lord. I will be praying for the family. God bless y�all.

Leicester , NC
eMail: Julie.Crowder@yahoo.com

Teresa Boggs contributed this message on Monday, April 9, 2018:

Brother Runion was such a sweet man. I have been to Wkjv on several occasions. If he was in the building he would always have a kind word to say.I have cleaned Temple Baptist School for 21 years. I have had the pleasure to know three of his grandsons.Those Page brothers. I am sorry for your loss.

Asheville, North Carolina
eMail: teresaboggs1957@yahoo.com