George William BonDurant, 101, of 701 First Street, Elizabeth City, NC went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was born in Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1915 to the late William Wilson BonDurant and Helen Lawrence BonDurant and grew up in Mt. Rainer, MD. He was married for sixty-six years to the late Sarah Presley BonDurant, whom he met and married while a student at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He is survived by his daughter, Beth BonDurant of the residence.
Mr. BonDurant was a leader in the Restoration Movement in the 20th century, a movement that saw believers and preachers from various denominational backgrounds seek unity by looking to the New Testament for guidance in matters of doctrine and spiritual disciplines. His parents were committed leaders in the Restoration Movement and instilled in him his faith in and commitment to the Word of God.
In 1947, Mr. BonDurant came to eastern North Carolina as an evangelist for the Roanoke District Churches of Christ. He quickly realized the need for a preacher-training school. To meet that need, Mr. and Mrs. BonDurant founded Roanoke Bible College (now Mid Atlantic Christian University) in 1948 and he served as the president until 1986. Students admired and respected him and affectionately referred to him as “Mr. B.” He loved to teach and share his knowledge. For years he taught all week, preached every weekend, and taught extension classes or seminars in churches. He established a Christian camp for youth, Camp Roanoke, which operated for three weeks each summer on the college campus from 1953 to 1981. In his retirement years, he preached for a small rural church and had a prison ministry at the Maple Prison Unit, where his students knew him simply as “George”.
A funeral service will be held Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Towne South Church of Christ officiated by Minister Brad Giffin. The family will greet friends immediately following the service and at all other times at the residence. A funeral service and burial will be held Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Christian Church officiated by Pastor Kasey Kuyper with burial to follow in the church cemetery, 35 Camp Dodd Road, Jasper, GA. Memorial donations may be made to Towne South Church of Christ, 2224 Peartree Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or George W. BonDurant Scholarship Fund, c/o MACU Foundation, 715 N. Poindexter Street, Elizabeth City, NC.
Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the BonDurant family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
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