On Wednesday, Viola Blayton Brooks, the mother of newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter Jr., passed away at the age of 82.
To God be the glory that she was alive to see her son nominated and elected on June 19 as the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention! However, due to her failing health, she was not able to attend Luter’s nomination and election, but she was able to watch via the Internet.
Rev. Luter said that she was excited, cried and told him how proud she was of him; as she always did.