LANG, CECIL HERBERT, SR.
LANG, CECIL HERBERT, SR. (1891–1974). Cecil H. Lang, Sr., Presbyterian minister, son of Edward Herbert and Annie (Black) Lang, was born in Temple, Texas, on March 18, 1891, the third of five children. He received a B.A. from Austin College in Sherman in 1912 and a B.D. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin in 1916; he did graduate work at the University of Texas from 1913 to 1916. He received a doctor of divinity degree from Austin College in 1937. Lang was ordained at Fort Stockton on July 1, 1916, and served the First Presbyterian Church there until 1921. He was assistant pastor of First Presbyterian, Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1921 to 1923. He organized the Little Brick Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and served there from 1923 to 1931, served First Presbyterian, Kilgore, Texas, from 1931 to 1941, served as assistant pastor at First Church, Tyler, Texas, from 1959 to 1963, and served at First Church, Columbia, South Carolina, from 1964 to 1972. He organized one church in Tennessee and two churches in East Texas, was the first person in the Presbyterian Church, U.S., to hold a presbytery's executive secretary position (Dallas Presbytery, 1947–59), and was stated clerk of Dallas Presbytery (1950–59). While in Kilgore, he built new church plants in two locations, persuaded church officials to dedicate royalties from seven oil wells on church property to world missions, and at one time served seven preaching points besides his church position. He was an ordained minister for fifty-eight years.
Lang was YMCA chaplain in 1917–18 and United States Army chaplain in 1918–19. He kept his reserve commission and was recalled to service in the army in 1941. He served as chaplain at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells and as XIII Corps chaplain in the United States and Europe, 1942–45. He received the Bronze Star for his service. After serving as chaplain for the Veterans Administration in Roanoke, Virginia, 1945–46, and Temple, Texas, 1946–47, he retired from the military with the rank of colonel. In 1921 he married Ann Elizabeth Young of Marshall, Texas; they had two children. After the death of his first wife in 1931, he married Lucy Ann McGehee of Keysville, Virginia, on August 6, 1936. Lang died on July 15, 1974, and is buried with his second wife in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Columbia, South Carolina.
Ministerial Directory of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1898, 1942-).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Cecil H. Lang, Jr., "LANG, CECIL HERBERT, SR.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/flatc), accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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