TUPELO, Miss. (AP)– Donald Wildmon, the creator of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian advocacy group, has actually passed away, the company revealed Thursday.
The 85-year-old Mississippi native passed away on Thursday from issues associated with Lewy body dementia, an obituary released by WTVA-TV stated. Wildmon passed away in Tupelo, Mississippi, the city where the American Family Association is based. The obituary described Wildmon as “among the famous leaders of American conservatism.”
“His remarkable tradition of Christian ministry will reside on for several years to come,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, stated on X, previously called Twitter.
Wildmon established the AFA, initially called the National Federation for Decency, in 1977 after working as a pastor for the United Methodist Church.
Given that its creation, the conservative advocacy group has actually introduced projects and boycotts to press corporations to prevent supporting triggers the group opposed, such as LGBT anti-discrimination steps.
In 1991, Wildmon introduced American Family Radio, which established radio stations throughout the U.S. to spread out the AFA’s message. Wildmon led the AFA for 33 years, the obituary stated. He stepped down in 2010, and his kid, Tim Wildmon, now leads the company.