X. Heatherley's last change of
residence came on June 8, 1997, when he joined friends, parishioners,
and loved ones in the place described so eloquently in his book, Our
Heavenly Home. He was eighty-eight.
His journey on this planet encompassed more than sixty years as a
Christian minister, pastoring ten churches, four of which he founded.
As a youth, he attended Wake Forest College, and like many ministers in
those days, he entered the pastorate without a degree or formal seminary
education. However, being gifted with rare communications skills,
brilliant intellect, and a relentless impetus to learn and pass on the
truths of the Christian Scriptures, Heatherley spent the better part of
the twentieth century studying the Bible, the biblical languages, and
the writings of Christian scholars and leaders from biblical times to
The joy of his life was passing on the truths he discovered to as many
Christians and potential Christians as he possibly could. He did
this through preaching and teaching in his pastorates, Bible classes and
evangelistic meetings in scores of other churches, Bible and Greek
classes for young ministers, his radio ministry (introduced on the air
as "The Man With The Book"), and writing, publishing and distributing
unnumbered books, pamphlets, and a magazine called "Grace and Glory."
Heatherley's last manuscript, a comprehensive study of the parables of
Christ (The Parables of Christ, Balcony Publishing) was
released a few days before his death.
He and his wife, Hettie Lee (Langston), were married for sixty-six
years. They spent most of their life and ministry in North
Carolina and Florida. Hettie joined Erskine in their
heavenly home six months after his passing. Their family
includes six children and twenty-five grandchildren.