Harold Mason Poland Sr., 73, of Beaumont, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with Bryan Teagle officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, also at the funeral home.

Harold Mason Poland was born on Aug. 31, 1935, in Huntington. He graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange in 1953. Harold attended Lamar University in Beaumont from 1953-1957, transferring to Abilene Christian College from which he received his B.S. in Bible (1959) and M.S. Religious Education. (1972)
His preaching ministry began in Meade, Kan. in 1959, and continued through 35 years in many states including Kansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and Colorado. He led mission campaigns in the Caribbean, Bahamas and New Zealand. His work in Trinidad resulted in the establishment of the church and School of Preaching in San Fernando. He taught at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver and spoke at Lectureships in many states through the years including New York City, Mexico City and Puerto Rico.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Poland of Beaumont; daughter, Sharon Joy Pickrell of Fort Collins, Colo.; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Brittany Poland of Erie, Colo. and Scott and Susie Poland of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Zach Pickrell, Josh Pickrell, Cassie Poland, Cody Parkin and Jett Mosqueda; brother, George Poland of Orange; former wife, Judy Poland; and several step-children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boles/Medina Children’s Home, 21300 State Hwy 16 North, Medina, TX 78055 or Eastern European Missions, P.O. Box 90755, Houston, TX 77290.