Melvin Thomas Lacock was born June 11, 1934 and entered the glorious presence of our Lord on July 1, 2022.
He was the 3rd of 10 children born to Thomas and Alpha Lacock, in Hinsdale, MT.
After graduating from Bob Jones University, Mel enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years. He returned to graduate school at Bob Jones University and, while there, met and married Julie Clinard. The Lord blessed them with 5 children.
God moved upon Mel’s heart, while in the Air Force, to be a missionary to the people of Asia. Thus, from 1965-1982 Mel served first in Taiwan, then in Hong Kong with the Association of Baptist for World Evangelism.
In 1982, Mel returned to the States to begin introducing the ministry of Won By One, a Bible Study/Discipleship course, as a tool for churches to use. God greatly blessed that ministry and today it is used in churches worldwide.
Mel is survived by his wife, Julie. 5 children, Tim (Tammy) Lacock of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada; Mary (Joel) Cooper of Maitland, Florida; Annette (Jeff) Tompkins of Folsom, California; Jerry (Rebecca) Lacock of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Tom (Stephanie) Lacock of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Mel had 9 sisters of whom 7 are surviving—Evelyn Biel, Leora Needham, Zella Farrell, Elaine Dyer, Connie Young, Geneva Anderson and Lois Rutherford.
A passel of grandkids—Tina, TJ, Tyler and Tara Lacock; Brienne, Lindee, Jadon, Deaglan and Elly Rose Cooper; Carissa and Karyn Tompkins; Trent, Trevor, Janie, Dinah and Zane Lacock; Keelan, Camden, Ireland, Hudson and Fallon Lacock.
A Memorial Service will be held July 8th at 11:00 AM at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. Internment at Marshall Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC.