Rev. E. J. Kearney

December 16, 1919December 18, 2018
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Rev. E.J. Kearney, 99, of Texarkana, TX. passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Hospice of Texarkana. Rev. Kearney was born December 16, 1919 in McKenzie, TN. A graduate of East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, TX., he pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Tennessee. He was a Southern Baptist minister for over 50 years. He pastored Highland Park Baptist Church, Buchanan Baptist Church as well as Huffines Baptist Church near Atlanta , TX. He was also an interim pastor for many churches before his retirement in 1999. He was best known for his "First Person Sermons" that he preached in full costume. He received the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation award for his portrayal of Uncle Sam. After enlisting in the Navy in 1942, he served three years before the war ended in 1945.

He married his sweetheart Jane, December 26, 1940 and remained so until her death in 2011.

He is survived by his three children, Kay Kearney Williams, Teresa Kearney McFadden (Larry) and one son Michael Kearney. 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

The Kearney family would like to give their sincere thanks to Bunch Woodview Center as well as Hospice of Texarkana for their kind and compassionate care.

Funeral service will be 2:30 P.M. Friday, December 21, 2018 at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

Family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. Friday prior to the funeral at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane. A private burial service will follow the funeral at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Larry McFadden Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 783516, Winter Garden, Fl. 34778-3516.

Condolences may be sent to


  • Jane Kearney-deceased, Wife
  • Kay Kearney Williams, Daughter
  • Teresa Kearney McFadden and Larry, Daughter and son-in-law
  • Michael Kearney, Son
  • 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren


  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Chapel Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2018

Rev. E. J. Kearney

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Gary Williams

December 21, 2018

I am sending my deepest and most sincere condolences to all of EJ‘s family. I have so many wonderful memories and am filled with so much sadness at his passing. It was always great to see him and Mike and Golden Corral over the last couple years. Whether he was walking in with assistance or in a wheelchair, he always looks in great spirits and quite strong and healthy. I would always take a few minutes to visit with him and with Mike. (The last time a little over a month ago.)
E J was a great man and he will be greatly missed. I’m praying for each of you, that God will give you the peace that passes all understanding and comfort through this time.
Love to you all.

Sent from Gary Williams

Mary Jane Roseberry

December 20, 2018

My daughter, Joy, sent me the Obit via text. I am sorry to hear about the passing of Rev Kearney.
He was pastor at Highland Park Baptist when I moved to Texarkana in 1969 with my 2 little ones.
He was a wonderful preacher. I know you Christmas will be difficult this year without him -
but know that as your grieve, you can be thankful to know he is at Home with your mother in Heaven.
My best to you - Mary Jane

Cathy Wallace

December 20, 2018


Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May God's love and peace comfort all of you.

In Christ's love,

Cathy Horrocks Wallace

David Blase

December 20, 2018

I became the Pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana, TX. in 1979 and stayed until 1986. I heard about Brother Kearney and got to know him and loved him very much. He was a great Man of God. He loved the Lord with all his heart! He will be sharing Christmas in Heaven with his beloved, Jane, and many others that he has led to Jesus through his long lifetime. Praise God for folks like the Kearney's!
Brother David and Anna Blase

Roger Little

December 19, 2018

Rev. Kearney impacted many lives in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He and his family are dearly loved. He left his family a great legacy. We send our love and prayers for peace, strength, and comfort to Teresa, Kay, Mike, and their families. We rejoice that he has received his eternal reward to dwell with God.

Debbie and Gail ABRAHAMSON

December 19, 2018

How blessed you all were to have him with you in this life for so long. He was a fine man and is finally at peace. Our prayers for comfort are with your family.