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Obituaries: ‘Preacher’s preacher’ Winkler dies at 74

Traveling evangelist, author, educator and “preacher’s preacher” Charles Wendell Winkler died Oct. 23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long battle with cancer. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Winkler spent 61 of his 74 years behind the pulpit, ministering for churches in four states.

Hespoke at gospel meetings in at least 26 states and was a veteran of campaignsand preacher training seminars. In 1959 he debated A.L. McKinney on the topicof “The Inspiration of the Bible.”

Heauthored a series of books titled Sound Doctrine for EverydayLiving. Volumes in the series included Studying SinSeriously, The Church Everybody is Asking About and HeartDiseases and Their Cure.

Winklerserved as director of the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Fort Worth, Texas, and chairman of theBible department at Faulkner University, Montgomery, Ala.

Hisfuneral service was conducted at the Northpoint church, Tuscaloosa.

Mostimportantly, he will be remembered as a preacher’s friend, family members said.

Survivorsinclude his wife of 56 years, Betty, three sons, eight grandchildren, 11great-grandchildren and a brother.


RalphT. Denham, 80, died Oct. 10 in Hebron, Ky.

Hewas an Army veteran of World War II and served as minister for the PointPleasant church, Hebron,for more than 50 years.

Hewas preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and a daughter. Survivors includea son, four daughters, 16 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


AndrewGootam, 34, died Nov. 4 in Kakinada, India, frominjuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Bornin India, he attendedelementary school in Edmond, Okla.,as his father, Nehemiah, pursued a degree at Oklahoma Christian University. The familyreturned to India,where Nehemiah Gootam directs theKakinada School of Preaching, founded by missionary J.C. Bailey.

AndrewGootam is survived by his wife, a daughter, his parents and two brothers.


CliffOffer, 80, died Oct. 23 in Melbourne, Australia,after battling multiple myeloma.

Baptizedin 1943, he was one of two elders for the South East congregation in Melbourne and one of thefew elders among Australian churches of Christ.

Morethan 150 people from churches in three states attended his funeral. Survivorsinclude his wife, Anne, and a son.

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