Marvin Dale Treece

October 5, 1935 ~ April 14, 2011

Dr. Marvin Dale Treece entered into the arms of His heavenly father from his residence in Calcasieu Parish Thursday morning April 14, 2011. He expired at the age of seventy-five.

Dr. Treece was born in Fulton, AR on October 5, 1935. He became a full time evangelist at age 14. He served in the capacities of senior pastor and bishop of Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church since 1960.

Pastor Treece was preceded in death by his parents: Mamie and Eleck Missouri Treece; his brothers: Leon, Herbert and Gene, and one sister: Thelma Bates.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Osborne Treece: one daughter, Paula Anderson and son-in-law Russell Anderson, and one son, Rev. Rick Treece and daughter-in-law Dianne Pourteau Treece; 3 grandchildren: Lauren Beckham and husband Curt, Lacey Treece, Jordan Treece Anderson; one great-grandchild Anderson Pierce Beckham; one brother, Rev. W.J. Treece and wife Louise of Beaumont Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews. A loving church family and many friends will honor and treasure his memory.

Bishop Treece, in addition to ministering to his local congregation was known throughout the years for his varied ministries. He was founding member of the Conqueror's Quartet (a gospel group that sang Southern Gospel music throughout the nation).

Many Camp Meetings, conferences and seminars were blessed by his teaching and preaching abilities. He served terms as Executive Presbyter of the United Pentecostal Church; Louisiana district Youth President; a Harvestime Radio Broadcast speaker; Ministers' defense council; internationally sought eschatology lecturer. He was the author of New Testament commentaries and was a student of paleography. His places of studies were Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester England and Trinity University in Ireland. He made contributions to the Library of Congress with translations of the Chester Beatty Manuscripts.

Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon April 17, 2011 from 4:00- 8:00 PM at Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church, 2711 West Prien Lake Road. The memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday evening, April 18, 2011 under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

There will be a Graveside service in Brazos Point Cemetery in Brazos Point, TX at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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  1. Another warrior gone home! It hurts to see all of our generation departing. The great consolation is He has made his journey. Sis Treadway and I will be calling your names for comfort strength. Rev L Charles Buck Treadway

  2. Dear Sis. Treece and family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We love you all. Bro. Treece's teaching is still with us after all these years. Heaven gained a jewel. Again, we love you all and the church family.

  3. I pray the Treece family and church family would be comforted during the time of your loss… Bro. Treece was a very valliant and stalwart man among us, he will be missed in the Apostolic movement.Pastor Bill TalbertVicksburg, MS

  4. Man, what memories. Murrell Ewing was my pastor, but Marvin Treece became more of a mentor to me–I related more to his scholarly style of ministry. When you sat and spoke with him, you could tell you were in the presence of an expert. You listened with the attention that you would pay to your doctor or your lawyer. I'll say it diplomatically–it's not every pentecostal preacher that one could feel this way about.I'll always consider south Lake Charles home, and Marvin Treece represented that. Many so-called self made men, especially in the areas of Greek study, are just not all that. Marvin Treece was genuine. He didn't take a Greek translation to the pulpit with the English written at the bottom, he preached from an actual Greek text. While I don't espouse all the positions he held–heck, Thayer and Gesenius didn't agree–it's just the nature of the Koine Greek language and even the experts had their proof texts–he was a scholar without peer.He was a man's man. I remember how he would roll his rs when he spoke, and would tell me: To me, there is no difference. He was my friend when I was in the pentecostal ministry and church, and was just as true a friend when I was out. That does not mean he endorsed everything about me. I did not expect him to. But his feelings for people were true, and frankly, Im not sure I can think of a pentecostal preacher who had such feelings and true, sincere, unpretentious concern for people in quite the same way. Amazing that Marvin Treece, Murrell Ewing, Ken Brady, and Charlie Carruth, the classic Conqueror's Quartet, have all passed away now. What a scholar, preacher and teacher Marvin Treece was. When I left the pentecostal ministry, I gave him my ministerial library. I know it would not have been put to better use anywhere. The best compliment I know to give him is that he was a true friend and the ultimate professional. Fare thee well, Brother Treece. You will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  5. Please accept my sincere condolences to the family of Pastor Treece. We know that he is in the loving arms of Jesus…just waiting for the rest of us to come home. In 1961 when I was 13 years old and the church was on Hodges Street, my mother (Margie Powell) and I received the Holy Ghost and were baptized by Bro. Treece the same day. Words cannot express how grateful I am for Bro. Treece's influence in my life and that of my family. My prayers are with your precious family. Love, Bro. Stephen White

  6. This world doesn't seem the same. I don't know why God placed my family with all our problems into the Treece fold. Nor why someone so intelligent, of such high quality and revered in high places both in this world and in the world to come, would take so much time with us in low places, never giving up on us.Bro. MD Treece has finished his course, true to the end. A champion has gone home to take his rest.He left us his son, Bro. Rick, to carry on his work. How is it possible there are two such special pastors in the same church? Sis Betty has been faithful hard working and loving.All of his family is special.Thank you, Bro. MD.We love you and yours, so much!Lord, Come quickly.

  7. To the family of Bro Marvin I send my sincere deepest sympathy to you in your time of sorrow. I was deeply inspired blessed to have been a small part of Apostolic Temple while Bro. Treece sat on the platform in so much pain but with so much grace love for our Lord that I was told the only time he wasn't in pain was when he was in the pulpit preaching the word of God saving souls through the Holy Ghost in Jesus Name.I will never forget when I received the Holy Ghost how happy he was for me how easily he extended his true love for Jesus to me. The gates of Heaven have opened up allowed a Soul Saving Southern Country Preacher that indeed has made heaven a better place to be today. I will always love respect his legacy. In Jesus Name I amj, Carolyn Robertson

  8. Words can't begin to express the many feelings bubbling up as I reflect on the memories from years gone by the influence, impact life-changing example that Bishop MD Treece imparted into my young life. Without fear of over exaggerating, I can honestly say that I have never known another man who handled God's Word with such insight, revelation proper understanding as Brother Treece. Not only was he extraordinarily knowledgeable, but he also had a gift of being able to deliver the depth of his revelation in a way that even the most novice Bible student could grasp understand. I was only a child teenager when I had the gracious privilege of sitting under this great man's ministry I must say that in my youth I did not even begin to comprehend how truly blessed I was to have him as my Pastor. It's only been with maturity that I truly appreciate just how blessed we all were to be able to have such an amazing man in our lives. I've known many fine preachers… I've known many fine pastors… But Bro. Treece was of a special class of men. He was genuine. He was authentic. He was the most compassionate pastor that I've ever known. He was the most studious pastor that I've ever known. His love for humanity was only surpassed by his awe inspiring love for God. There's simply no way possible to truly gauge his impact in this life, but for me personally, his impact influence runs deep I'll never forget so many of the divine nuggets of Truth that he imparted into my young life more than 25 years ago. I love you Brother Treece thank you for always being a faithful, compassionate genuine shepherd. You will be greatly missed, but your reward in Heaven will be even greater.My thoughts and prayers now go out to all of the precious Treece Family, as well as to all of the church family at Apostolic Temple. I love you all may God strengthen you give you His Peace that surpasses all human comprehension.

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