Marietta pastor retires

"She was as much a part of this ministry as he was," Dye said. "She would read letters from the missionaries every Sunday at service. She was also a part of the Ladies Missionary Society, which helped out the missionaries by corresponding and sending them gifts."

Rose Hill's records indicate that membership increased by more than 20 percent when Olcott returned as pastor.

Plumpton said the church is currently in the process of choosing another pastor to replace Olcott. He said it has been difficult attending church without seeing Olcott preaching.

Dye agreed. He said Olcott will be greatly missed by Rose Hill Baptist Church.

"He's the most humble man I've ever seen in my life," Dye said, with tears in his eyes. "He's dedicated to the Lord, and is a great example to all those around him."

Olcott and his wife are currently living in Angelica, N.Y., with their son, Nathan. They have another son, Stephen, living in Wisconsin, and two daughters, Bonnie and Miriam, both living in Florida.

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