Disciples News Service

Former Tennessee regional minister dies

The Rev. Dr. (George) Bronson Netterville died on Nov. 24 one month shy of his 84th birthday. A native of Mississippi, he was born in McComb, where he was ordained at First Christian in 1952. He served as an associate regional minister in Tennessee from 1968 to 1980 when he became the regional minister. Netterville served a decade as regional minister, leaving that post in 1990.

The Rev. Dr. Glen Stewart, current regional minister for Tennessee, said, “The Church has lost an outstanding servant. Bronson loved God, people and the Church. His spirit will remain a part of the Christian Church in Tennessee.”

Netterville was active in the work of reconciliation, working toward desegregation. He earned a BA from Southeastern Louisiana University, a bachelor of divinity and theological masters from Lexington Theological Seminary and a PhD from Sussex College in England. In addition to his regional service, he worked at two churches in Mississippi and three Kentucky congregations. Netterville also served as interim pastor at many Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations after his tenure in regional ministry. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Margaret. (2010 photo courtesy of the Christian Church Foundation)