The Rev. James Houston Royalty, 91, of Radcliff, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville.
He was the charter pastor of Red Hill Baptist Church in Radcliff, having served there as pastor for 71 years. He was the founder of Royalty Printing Company Inc. and The Sentinel newspaper in Radcliff and was a farmer and a beekeeper. He was a graduate of Georgetown College, Elizabethtown High School and was a native of Lawrenceburg.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Jean Royalty of Radcliff; three children, Levodis A. Royalty and Marlene Royalty Lawson, both of Radcliff, and Ralph E. Royalty of Meade County; and a granddaughter, Meagan W. Lawson of Nashville, Tennessee.
A private funeral service will be held at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove with the Rev. Tim Armold officiating. Burial follows in North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff. A memorial service and fellowship meal will be held at Red Hill Baptist Church at a later date.
The funeral home Facebook page will have a livestream of the funeral at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to Red Hill Baptist Church or The Gideons International.
On Second Thought had the pleasure of using a story by Chip Hutcheson from The Western Recorder about James in June, 2019. At the time, he had preached for 68 years and published the Radcliff Sentinel for 58 years.
Here’s the article: