Rev. Dr. Baxter Prevatte, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Baxter Prevatte, Jr.

August 15 ,1934 – August 22, 2022

Winston Salem – Reverend Doctor Baxter Prevatte, Jr. age 88, a faithful servant of the Lord, went to his heavenly home on Monday, August 22. He was born in Moore County to the late Baxter & Vera Campbell Prevatte, Sr. Baxter began his career as Manager with the Johnson Cotton Company/Johnson Furniture Stores in Sanford and Siler City, NC. Recognizing a call to ministry while a member and deacon at Love’s Creek Baptist Church in Siler City, he began his theological studies at Campbell College. He then attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC where he received his Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry degrees. Dr. Prevatte served as Pastor to Stewartsville Baptist Church, Laurinburg, NC for 6 years, Flat Spring Baptist Church, Sanford, NC for 5 years, Wendell Baptist Church, Wendell, NC for 26 years. He also served as interim Pastor to several local churches in the Raleigh area after he retired in 1999. Those churches were Highland Baptist, Athens Drive Baptist, Mount Moriah Baptist, Woodland Baptist and White Oak Baptist. He served in ministry for 58 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Wendell. He served as Moderator of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association and also the Raleigh Baptist Association during his ministry. He received the honor of “Baxter Prevatte Day” in Wendell in 1993. He wrote weekly inspirational messages for the Gold Leaf Farmer for many years. His dissertation for his Doctor of Ministry work focused on ministry with Senior Adults. This led to him being instrumental in bringing the Eastern Wake Senior Center to Wendell, NC in the late 1970’s. Baxter loved his Lord first, his family second, and his church family third. He had a thirst for knowledge and a passion for reading. He loved fishing and all things UNC sports, especially basketball. He loved people and talking to people wherever he was, as he never met a stranger. Heaven has gained a man with a true servant’s heart. He will be missed by many, especially his family and his “Shelby Jean”.

He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Aaron Prevatte, siblings, Edna Prevatte, Margie Hales, Vera Morgan, Annie Hoyle, Curtis Prevatte, & Billy Ray Prevatte.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, the love of his life for 67 years, Shelby Jean Steelman Prevatte of the home, children, Ron Prevatte (Stephanie) of Montevallo, AL, Terry
Prevatte (Jan) of Wilmington, NC, Lisa Ryan (Bradley) of Franklinton, NC, Steve Prevatte (Kelli) of Loudon, TN, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 10 th at 11:00 a.m. at Wendell Baptist Church in Wendell NC. A reception will follow immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Dr. Baxter Prevatte, Jr., Divinity School Endowed Trust Agreement. Donations can be mailed to: Campbell University PO Box 4050, Buies Creek, NC 27506. Checks can be made payable to Campbell University and have Baxter Prevatte Jr. Scholarship in the memo line.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Martha Steelman Sanders Posted August 30, 2022 3:00 pm

    My heart goes out to you Shelby Jean at this sad time. I know your heart is broken but he has certainly earned his seat in heaven. I would love to come to his celebration but it doesn’t look like that will happen. Tell your family who I am and I would love to get to know them also. Will be in touch soon by phone. Love you.

  • Pam Johnson Earp Posted September 1, 2022 12:15 pm

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Rev.. Prevatte and your entire family, made a great impression on my life, when you first moved to Wendell. Kay and I use to hang out at your home a lot. I will be praying for each of you in the days of come.

  • Jim Nowell Posted September 2, 2022 11:00 am

    Dr.Prevatte married my wife and I in 1974. He was a wonderful pastor and friend to his many congregants over the years, including my late mother, who I’m sure has welcomed him into heaven with open arms. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Jim and Becky Young Posted September 2, 2022 7:38 pm

    Jim and I understand what it is like to lose a parent. We pray for you and your family.

  • Karen Jo (Hight) Minter Posted September 9, 2022 4:19 pm

    Sending my deepest condolences to the entire family and lifting you up in prayer.

  • Sharon Powell Mclaurin Posted September 10, 2022 3:30 pm

    Our prayers for your family, Dr. private was a dear friend to my parents, Homer and. Barbara Powell. They are now together with Jesus

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *