Gerhard Paul Beduerftig, 71, of Harvest, Ala. died Nov. 24, 2012.
He was born Aug. 31, 1941. He was a native of Germany. He was a graduate from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as graduating from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s of Theology Degree and master’s of Religious Education.
He was a retired Southern Baptist Missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention. He was pastor of the Agape’ International Church in Huntsville. He served as a missionary in Belgium and Germany for 17 years, was a former pastor in New Orleans, Louisiana at Airline Baptist Church, and was formerly an engineer at Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn White Beduerftig of Huntsville; one sister, Giesla Leitner Sprague, Ft. St. Lucie, Fla .
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermann Fritz and Elly Tiedt Beduerftig.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with Dr. Bobby Burt officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.