Murfreesboro church pastor dies

Murfreesboro church pastor dies (Image 1)

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. Craig Martindale has died.

Church members confirm Martindale passed away Thursday night.

According to the church's Web site, Martindale had been with First Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 2001.

He was 71 years old.

It was not immediately clear what caused Martindale's death but friends and family believe it's possible he had West Nile virus but was never diagnosed.

Test results have not been returned by the Centers for Disease Control.

Church members said he had been sick for a month and was initially hospitalized at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

He was recently transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro where he died.

Funeral arrangements for Martindale have not yet been made.

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