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James L. (Jim) Hyatt

July 27, 1929 ~ December 6, 2017 (age 88)
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James L. (Jim) Hyatt, pastor and missionary to Indonesia, was welcomed into the presence of his Master in heaven at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017. 

The son of Lemuel L. and Ora F. Hyatt of Heard County, GA, he was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, and three sisters.  He leaves behind his beloved wife, Margaret L. Hyatt, his sons, John, Joel, and Daniel, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

Jim gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 13 at Shady Grove Baptist Church. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1947, and was stationed in Alaska with the 10th Air Sea Rescue Squadron.  He participated in the famous rescue of the crew of an aircraft that crashed on the Greenland Ice Cap featured in the January 10, 1949 issue of Life magazine, the Atlanta Journal, and many other news publications. Jim Hyatt married Margaret Louise Gilmer on March 13, 1953. They had been happily married for 64 years at the time of his death.  He graduated from Tennessee Temple College in 1957 as the Salutatorian of his class.

Jim and his family, went to Papua, Indonesia, as missionaries with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in 1964.  In one of the most remote and primitive places on earth, they faithfully served the Lord Jesus among the Asmat, Auyu, and Mimika tribes, providing medical care, education, and establishing many churches.  Jim Hyatt was one of the founders of a Bible School called the Roessler Memorial Bible School which continues to serve Jesus Christ among the Papuan people. 

After returning to the United States in 1973, Jim Hyatt established Centerville Baptist Church and began to serve the Indonesian community in Atlanta.  He continued in this ministry until prevented by illness.  Jim and Margaret Hyatt were also active members of Maranatha Baptist Church on Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn.  In addition to his Christian service, Jim was a skilled mechanic, craftsman, and a lover of nature.  He enjoyed watching the birds at his bird feeders and he taught wild birds and squirrels to eat out of his hand.  Jim touched many lives and brought many souls to faith in Jesus Christ.  He will be missed by his many friends, nearby and around the world, and by his large extended family. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to:  TEAM, Merauke Bible Institute, Papua, Indonesia at the following link: 
To give by check, send to: 
Po Box 1989 
Grapevine TX 76099-1989
In the memo line: Merauke Bible Institute

Visitation with family and friends will be held from 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 9th at Maranatha Baptist Church, 3340 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn.  A memorial service will be held at the church on Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm with Pastor Jim Stallings and Pastor Susanto officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.

Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770) 564-2726.


 Service Information

December 9, 2017

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist Church
3340 Five Forks Trickum Road
Lilburn, GA 30047

Memorial Service
December 10, 2017

2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist Church
3340 Five Forks Trickum Road
Lilburn, GA 30047

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