Dr. Harold Venable, 88 of Reidsville passed away and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday October 12, 2018. He was born in Sanford, Florida and moved with his family to farm in Trinity, North Carolina as a child. In 1952, he married Edith Proctor, and fathered four children.
He attended Highland Baptist Church in High Point and was saved under the ministry of Rev. C.R. Ritch in 1952. In 1954 he accepted the call of God to preach and was ordained in 1955. He attended Piedmont Bible College, and in 1987 received his Doctorate of Divinity degree from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina.
For many years Dr. Venable has maintained a radio ministry, broadcasting over numerous stations. He hosted 15 Bible Land Tours, and coordinated annual Jubilee’s since 1974. He was a previous member of a mission board, and has taught at a Bible College. He was actively involved in the support of missions by supporting missionaries globally, and preaching on mission fields. He pastored in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, and has been a full time evangelist. He pastored New Heights Baptist Church, located in Reidsville, North Carolina since 1981.
Surviving his wife, Edith Proctor Venable, children Harold Dean Venable, Kannapolis NC, Vickie Venable Devaney, Ft. Mills SC, Annette & Ed Bryant, Greenville SC, Sherri & Joe Martin, Graham NC, grandchildren Rock & Joy Venable, Dana & Jason Lott, Robert & Holly Venable, John Devaney, Bobby Devaney, Dean Devaney, Whitney Bryant, and Deven Carr, great grandchildren Roxanna & Lanie Venable, Michelle, Savannah & Seth Bittick, Robert Jr. & Sophia Venable, and Jack & Avery Carr, and Dr. Venable’s sister Reba Farrington of Texas.
Dr. Venable was a faithful man of God whose passion was to glorify God by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, whether on the mission field, street corner, or to his local congregation at New Heights Baptist Church. His evangelistic ministry has impacted many across the nation. His radio programs were noted for his “Spiritual Vitamins”, followed by messages from God’s Word. He loved his family, church, and preacher friends.
Family visitation will be located at New Heights Baptist Church, 2796 Hwy 14, Reidsville, beginning at 6pm this Sunday, with funeral services Monday, at 11a.m.