10 Christian People Who Went Home to Be with the Lord in 2016
1. Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Feb. 12 or 13 at the age of 79. Scalia’s death fueled much of the presidential election debate since the new president would get to appoint a new justice to the Court to fill the vacancy. Scalia was known for being a committed Catholic and a staunch conservative.
2. Charles Ryrie
Theologian Charles Ryrie passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 90. Ryrie had an extensive collection of rare Bibles and biblical manuscripts which will be sold at auction.
3. Joey Feek
Joey Feek, part of the Christian country duet Joey and Rory, passed away on March 4 at the age of 40. Joey left behind husband Rory, two-year-old daughter, Indiana, and two older daughters from a previous marriage.
4. Jerry Bridges
Christian author and member of The Navigators Jerry Bridges passed away on March 6 at the age of 86.
5. Gary Smalley
6. Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away on July 2 at the age of 87. Wiesel is famous for his memoir of living through the Holocaust. Wiesel won the Novel Peace Prize in 1986.
7. Tim LaHaye
8. Phyllis Schlafly
Phyllis Schlafly passed away on Sept. 5 at the age of 92. Schalfly was known for her anti-feminist and conservative views.
9. Jack Chick
Gospel tract creator and cartoonist Jack Chick passed away on Oct. 23 at the age of 92. Chick’s tracts were often controversial.
10. Cliff Barrows
Cliff Barrows, a director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and one of Graham’s close friends, passed away on Nov. 15 at the age of 93.
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Publication date: January 13, 2017