While serving in the Army during WWII, Wendell had a leave time state-side before shipping out to Europe. He visited his sisters Beulah and Charlcie in Detroit, and met Mary Anne Brandon. They were married on July 7, 1946. The newlyweds soon moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended Bible Baptist Seminary and worked with Dr. J. Frank Norris at First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. Wendy and Kim were both born while in Texas. Shortly after graduating, Wendell and Mary Anne returned to Detroit, where he was on staff with Dr. E. J. Rollings at Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle. After six months, Dr. G. B. Vick of the Temple Baptist Church of Detroit, asked Wendell to work with the church’s music and singles ministries, and, being graciously released from his ministry at Metropolitan, he began a 15-year ministry, during which time son Greg and daughter Jill were born.
In 1964, Jewell Smith, whom Wendell had led to the Lord on New Year’s Day in 1950, asked him to pray about coming to Orlando, Florida, to co-pastor Temple Baptist Church with him. He followed God’s call and moved the family there, where he remained for 3 years. At that time, a tiny, struggling church in Titusville, Florida, was in desperate need of a pastor, and, following the leading of the Lord, Wendell and family moved to Titusville and helped salvage the Westwood Baptist Church, giving it a new name and new hope as Temple Baptist Church. He pastored the church for 31 years, seeing many victories and trials, souls saved, young men called into ministry, and missionaries sent and supported.
After retiring from the pastorate, Bro. Correll was invited by his nephew Jesse Correll to move to Lancaster, Kentucky, and become a chaplain for First Southern National Bank. He came in 2003, along with Mary Anne (deceased in 2008) and Wendy (deceased in 2013). He and his partners in this ministry, Kenneth Crouch, Earl Pinkston and Justin Iverson were used of God to lead over 1200 souls to the Lord.
Throughout his 92 years, Wendell Correll was one whose life was an expression of joy in the Lord and a passion to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ. We mourn our loss, but celebrate his entrance into Heaven. He is survived by his son, Greg Correll, daughter-in-law Sheri Correll, daughter Jill Ball, son-in-law Randy Ball, daughter-in-law Brenda Correll, brothers Blaine Correll, Ward Correll, and Richard Correll, sister Mildred Brainard, grandchildren Jaime Martinez, Joshua Correll, Jesse Correll, Nathan Correll, Josiah Correll, Julie McClung, Benjamin Ball, Kayti Salmon, and Brandie Ball, and great-grandchildren Makiah Martinez, Selah Martinez, Zeke Martinez, Jaydon Correll, Caroline McClung, Emily McClung, James McClung, and Caedmon McClung.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 2:00pm at Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Steve Meece and Pastor Gary Phelps officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request expressions of sympathy be made to the Oak Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 2135 Oak Hill Rd. Somerset, KY 42503; The Unity Baptist Church Missions, 1300 Hustonville Rd. Danville, KY 40422; or Heritage Hospice of Danville, 120 Enterprise Dr. Danville, KY 40422.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Wendell Joseph Correll.