DALLAS, Texas Bruce McIver, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, of congestive heart failure.A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at Wilshire Baptist Church, with the Rev. George Mason officiating.
He was pastor emeritus of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, having served the church as pastor from 1958 to 1988.
McIver was known internationally as a speaker and author as well as a leader among Baptists.
Before his death, he completed the manuscript for his fourth book, which chronicles the youth revival movement of the 1940s and 1950s in which he played a pivotal role. He served as a trustee of Baylor University and the Children's Medical Foundation of Texas, as well as the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, where he was chairman. He served as first vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, chairman of the BGCT Executive Board and chairman of the BGCT's Christian Life Commission.
Baylor University honored McIver with both the doctor of laws degree and the George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award. He received the Elder Statesman Award from the BGCT and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. McIver was a graduate of Mars Hill Junior College, Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary. After graduation from seminary, he became director of the Baptist Student Union and a Bible instructor at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos. He later held a similar position at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and then was named associate director of Baptist Student Union work statewide for Texas Baptists.
In addition to his forthcoming book, McIver wrote "Grinsights," "Stories I Couldn't Tell while I was a Pastor" and "Just as Long as I'm Riding Up Front."
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lawanna; daughter, Kathie (Kate) McIver of Greensboro; and daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon and George Allen of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Renie and John McCarthy of Avondale, Pa. He was "Goose" to his five grandchildren, Emily and Drew Allen, and Ali, John and Kyle McCarthy. He is also survived by his sister, Ella Payne of Greensboro.