His influence will be felt long after he's gone. That was the message Monday night at a memorial service for Reverend Earl Hissom the third. Reverend Hissom died earlier this month when his car accidentally caught fire.
For seventeen years, Reverend Hissom was the pastor of Hissom Tabernacle Church. Faith has always been the center for his family.
Hissom’s youngest son Philip says, “It's very important, my great grandfather started this ministry in the ‘30's, the building in ‘51 --doing a kind of under the radar ministry, just handing out food baskets and stuff. But over time the amount of people it touches grows.”
Reverend Hissom’s influence went beyond the walls of his church and touched many in the community.
Sen. Brooks McCabe says, “I can only look at him and say he was a mentor. He is someone I want to be like, who lived his life to the fullest and lived in the right way.”
As for the future of the church that bears Hissom's name, his family says it's a little premature to make any significant decisions…but they say an interim pastor will be brought in to continue Hissom's work.