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Pastor Albat

Pastor Erich Brian Albat

April 27, 1964 - November 6, 2018
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Our dear husband, father, son, brother, pastor, and friend, Erich Brian Albat III, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy and well fought battle with cancer. He was the firstborn child or Erich Albat, Jr. and Velma Albat. He grew up in Conway and graduated from Conway High School with the class of 1982. He met the love of his life, Melanie Rose Albat, at the University of Central Arkansas, where he served as a leader in the Baptist Student Union. Erich is survived by his wife of 33 years, Melanie, his daughter Rachel Acklin (Cole) of Little Rock and his son, Joshua, of the home. He is also survived by his mother, Velma, his sister Vicki Gibson (Gary), nieces Maggie and Emma Gibson, and his mother-in-law, Bronnie Rose, as well as his extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Erich Albat, Jr., his grandfather, Archie Wheeler, his father-in-law, Jerry Rose, his brother-in-law, Ronnie Hill, and several other close family members. Erich loved his family dearly and was very proud of his children and everything they accomplished. He was their biggest fan. Some of his favorite things to do were to watch Joshua playing sports, especially baseball. He loved to listen to Rachel play the piano and sing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and enjoying God’s beautiful creations. Erich surrendered to the ministry when he was 18 years old and served as a pastor and youth minister for many years. For the last ten years he pastored at Point of Grace Baptist Church where he served his church family and community. His greatest pleasure was loving others and teaching them about God’s grace and love, and leading them to Christ. Visitation will be Saturday, November 10 at Friendship Baptist Church from 6-8. A celebration of Erich’s life will be held on Sunday, November 11 at Friendship Baptist Church at 2:00. The church is located off of Rocky Point Road south of the Eight Mile Store. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, Erich requested memorials be made to Point of Grace Baptist Church located at 767 Hwy. 64B, Conway, AR 72032. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home 1134 Main Street Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign the online guestbook at www.viloniafuneralhome.com.
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Saturday November 10, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friendship Baptist Church 767 Rocky Point Road Conway, AR 72032
Home Going Celebration
Sunday November 11, 2018 2:00 PM Friendship Baptist Church 767 Rocky Point Road Conway, AR 72032
Interment following funeral service
Sunday November 11, 2018 Crestlawn Memorial Park 472 US-64 Conway, AR 72032
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Carol l Hollinger

Posted at 12:00am
Bro Erich was a great man. I worked with him years ago. I visited him a while back at his church. I will miss him. Prayers to the family.
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Bill Bailey

Posted at 12:00am
Pastor Erich was a wonderful preacher, teacher and all around lover of souls.  His passion was the youth.  In the few short years I knew him as pastor and brother in Christ I saw many, mostly youths, get baptized at Point of Grace Fellowship.  The true sign of successful ministry.        
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Terry and Reta Brewer

Posted at 12:00am
Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers now and for the very difficult coming weeks.
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Buddy Martin

Posted at 12:00am
It was an honor to call Bro. Erich Pastor and Friend. Among many other things that I'll never forget about him was the Sunday before he passed he told my son, who is a young man in the ministry, "always love people, preach the gospel, and always be concerned with thier salvation. Everything else doesn't matter." He was very weak but very giving and coaching right until the end. But that was his heart!
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Kitty Darnell

Posted at 12:00am
So sorry to hear of our good neighbors passing. Love, Jim and Kitty Darnell
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