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Hartsel Cayce Jr.



Elder William Hartsel Cayce the youngest of five children born to Elder C. H. Cayce and Lollie Mae Lawler Cayce, was born July 13, 1926 at Fordyce, Ark. Elder Hartsel Cayce joined Flint River Church during the Union Meeting of the Flint River Association at Hurricane Church in August of 1948 and was baptized in Flint River at Brownsboro, Ala. by Elder L. C. Swanner. He requested a letter of dismissal to join Cane Creek Church in Thornton, Ark., which was granted, and he joined Cane Creek Church the first weekend in September 1948, by letter.

He was united in marriage to Jo Ann James on December 18, 1948 in her parent's home in Thornton, Ark. by Elder L. C. Swanner.

Elder Hartsel Cayce was elected clerk of the South Arkansas Association the third weekend in September 1948 in which position he served until 1962. He was ordained as a deacon in the 1950's with Elder L. C. Swanner delivering the charge.

Later on April 2, 1961 he was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry. The presbytery was composed of: Elders L. C. Swanner (who delivered the charge), K. W. Yeager, John R. Harris, Howard Cartwright, R. H. Attaway, W. A. Clayton, Marion O'Mary,Curtis Barham, and Andrew J. Isaacs.

After the ordination Cane Creek Church called him to serve as joint pastor with Elder John R. Harris and Elder R. H. Attaway, until Elder Harris' death in December of 1961 and Elder Attaway's resignation in 1979. Elder Hartsel Cayce has continued to serve his homechurch, Cane Creek, as pastor and also served New Prospect Church, Beard Camp, Ark. as pastor for a number of years. He is currently serving and has served Sardis Church near Malvern, Ark. since 1967 as pastor.

He has assisted in the constitution of one church, ordination of several ministers and deacons, performed from 75 to 100 baptisms, and many weddings.

Elder Cayce grew up working in the printing office of The Primitive Baptist and For The Poor, and is the present editor of both papers. He held the elected position of Recorder/Treasurer of Thornton, Ark. for 40 years, only having an opponent two times in all those years.

The Passing of Elder William Hartsel Cayce

July 13, 1926 – December 28, 2015

- Elder Hartsel Cayce, a lifelong servant in the cause of Christ, was called home to Heaven’s immortal glory and the presence of His loving Savior this past Monday. He had been suffering from pneumonia, as well as a broken leg. Bro. Hartsel was the son of Elder C. H. Cayce and the grandson of Elder S. F. Cayce.

Elder William Hartsel Cayce, 89, of Thornton passed away Monday, December 28, 2015. He was born July 13, 1926, in Fordyce. He was ordained in 1961 and was the long-time pastor of Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Through the years he had served additional churches in Mena and Rolla. Hartsel owned and operated Cayce Publishing Company in Thornton. He was the editor of The Primitive Baptist international newspaper for over 40 years. He and his wife owned and operated Cayce's Antiques for 45 years. He served as City Treasurer of Thornton for 40 years. He was a member of the Thornton Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years. For many years, he assisted his wife with Cayce's Charities.

Hartsel was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. Peace was declared just before he was to land on Okinawa.

Hartsel attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the Nashville Printing Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his parents Elder Claudis Hopkins Cayce and Sis. Lollie Mae Lawler Cayce; his brothers Benjamin Fleming Cayce and Claudis Hopkins Cayce Jr.; and his sisters Florida Cayce Wishard and Ilene Cayce. Bro. Hartsel is survived by his wife of 68 years Sis. Jo Ann James Cayce of Thornton; four children, Kandy Cayce of Sherwood, Joannie Cayce of Thornton, Gaye Lynn Cayce Buttrey (Frank) of Newnan, Georgia, and Elder Paul Stephen Cayce (Tona) of Thornton; four grandchildren, Cayce Aaron Buttrey of Atlanta, Georgia, Daniel Cayce (Candice) of Fordyce, Audrey Ann Culp (Cody), and Whitney Susan Quillen (Christopher); four great-grandchildren, Cole, Tate and Drew Culp of Ivan and Nora Quillen of Clarksville, Tennessee.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
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