Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

MARNEY, LEONARD CARLYLE (1916–1978). Carlyle Marney, Baptist preacher and professor, was born on July 8, 1916, in Harriman, Tennessee, the son of John Leonard and Sarah Victoria (Mays) Marney. He received an A.B. degree in 1938 from Carson Newman College. He was ordained in 1941 and graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Th.M. degree in 1943 and a Th.D. degree in 1946. Marney married Rita Elizabeth Christopher on June 20, 1940, and they became the parents of two children. While in graduate school Marney served as pastor of a small church in Fort Knox and then at Beaver Dam, Kentucky. After graduating in 1946, he was called to the Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, where he stayed for two years. From 1948 to 1958 he was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Austin and gained recognition as one of the best preachers in the Southern Baptist Convention. He made a trip to Korea and Japan in 1954 as part of a preaching mission for army and air force personnel. He also taught at the Austin Presbyterian Seminary as professor of Christian ethics from 1951 to 1957. In 1958 he and his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was Senior Minister at the Myers Park Church until 1967. That year he founded the Interpreters' House, an ecumenical center for study and work, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. From 1972 to 1978 he was a visiting professor at the divinity school of Duke University.

Marney's publications included These Things Remain (1953; collected sermons), Faith in Conflict (1957), Beggars in Velvet (1960), Structures of Prejudice (1961), The Recovery of the Person: A Christian Humanism (1963), The Coming Faith (1970), and Priests to Each Other (1974), as well as contributions to various theological journals. He received an honorary Litt.D. degree from Wake Forest University in 1963 and honorary D.D. degrees from Johnson C. Smith University in 1964, from Kalamazoo College in 1967, and from the University of Glasgow in 1976. He was a member of the World Council of Churches, the Baptist World Alliance, and the National Council of Churches, which he served as vice president at large from 1963 to 1966. Marney suffered a heart attack while working at Lake Junaluska and died on July 3, 1978. The library at Duke University houses a sizable collection of his papers.

John Jesse Carey, Carlyle Marney: A Pilgrim's Progress (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1980). Vertical Files, Austin History Center. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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