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Posted: 8/8/03

Around the State

Hardin-Simmons University has added 14 people to the university's media relations advisory board including Fran Adkins, Randy Armstrong, Glenn Dromgoole, Jack Holden, Ewart Jones Jr., Bob Lapham, Werth Mayes, Terry Minami, Bryan Mundy, Richard Seaman, Janie Sellers, Don Tabor, Dick Tarpley and Darrell Wood.

bluebull Amy Austin has been named assistant director of alumni relations at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

bluebull Dennis O'Connell, professor of physical therapy, has been named to occupy the Shelton-Lacewell Endowed Chair of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University.

On hand for the dedication of the new sanctuary of First Church in Troup were former pastors, staff and their families. Included were (first row) Vicki Rogers, Phyllis Elliott, D.J. Buckley, Toy Buckley, Whitney Buckley, Dotty Cheatham and Pastor James Cheatham; (second row) Kevin Rogers, Danny Elliott, David Buckley, Charles Goodson and Phyllis Goodson; (third row) David Waldrop, Jeannie Ashcraft, Doris Bilderback, Michelle King and Michaela King; (fourth row) Lynn Ashcraft, Carl Bilderback, Minister of Music and Youth Lance King and McKenzie King.

bluebull Rich Taylor will join the Hardin-Simmons University faculty in the fall as assistant professor of history.


bluebull Correction: Al Travis recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as organist at Broadway Church in Fort Worth, not Travis Avenue Church, where Larry Willcoxon has been organist for more than 30 years.

bluebull Bert Ball, 20th, as minister of music at First Church in Mineola July 31.

bluebull Samuel Ibarra, fifth, as pastor of Primera Iglesia in O'Donnell Aug. 1.

bluebull Don Childress, 50th in the ministry, Aug. 3. Members of five churches Childress had pastored gathered at Hainesville Church in Mineola for an anniversary celebration. He currently serves as interim pastor there. Childress began his ministry by starting Oakwood Church in Waco while a student at Baylor University. He later moved on to Buckner Terrace Church in Dallas, First Church in Cedar Hill and Cedar Heights Church in Cedar Hill. In 1991, he moved to Indiana as a home missionary to become an associational director of missions. He returned to Texas in 1997 and became pastor of Red Oak Church in Kaufman and later was interim pastor of Martins Mill Church in Ben Wheeler.

bluebull Steve Stege, 15th, as minister of education at First Church in Lubbock Aug. 21.

bluebull Randall Scott, 20th, as pastor of Immanuel Church in Paris. He will be honored with a banquet Aug. 23. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 15. For more information, call (903) 785-6484.

bluebull Chris Sutton, 10th, as pastor of Calvary Church in Lubbock Aug. 29.

bluebull Chester Sassman, 35th, as pastor of Calvary Church in Bay City.

bluebull Don Hurley, 10th, as pastor of College Heights Church in Wharton.

bluebull Roy Lee Jones, 10th, as music minister at Great Oaks Church in Richmond.


bluebull Bo Mangum as pastor of First Church in Linden Aug. 17. He has served the Linden church 20 years. He and his wife, Joan, will make their home in Baytown.


bluebull Walter Brown, 83, July 23. He was pastor of Prairie Grove Church in Mexia 39 years prior to his retirement in 1995. A bivocational pastor, he operated a grocery store in Teague. He never refused groceries to anyone, even if they could not pay. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Temple; brother, Robert; and sister, Cleo Leverett. He is survived by his sons, Ronnie, Mike and Mark; daughters, Kay Walker and Linda Stacks; sister, Lois Adams; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

bluebull Louie Barron, 80, July 24 in Canton. He had been in ministry more than 50 years, serving New Hope Church in Scroggins, Damascus Church in Lindale, Call Junction Church in Kirbyville, Kentshire Church in Houston, Little Hope Church in Canton, First Church in Frankston, First Church in Cedar Creek, First Church in Chandler and First Church in Ben Wheeler. He is survived by his wife, Aletha; sons, Don, Joe and Mark; brother, Milton; sisters, Aline Ivy, LaNell Dade and Martha Baxter; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

bluebull Virgie Riddell, 86, July 25 in Houston. She was an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary to Colombia and Chile. She and her husband, Gerald, were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board in 1944. They worked in Columbia until 1954, when they transferred to Chile. They retired in 1980. She is survived by her husband; sons, John, Joe and James; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

bluebull Culbert Rutenber, 94, Aug. 6 in Austin. As a pastor, professor, author and theologian, he was active in the American Baptist Convention, serving as president from 1968 to 1969. After retiring from Eastern Baptist Seminary in 1980, he retired to Austin, where he was an active member of First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Duron, and sister, Margaret Rutenber.


bluebull Joy Church in Gladewater held homecoming services to commemorate 99 years of ministry Aug. 3. Scott Johnson is pastor.

bluebull First Church in Coppell broke ground on an auditorium to seat more than 900 people and preschool education space July 27. David Stubblefield is pastor.

bluebull Marty Haggard, son of Merle Haggard, will be in concert at First Church in Devers Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.


bluebull Harvest Acres Church, Mineola; Aug. 10-13; evangelist, Mike Privitt; music, Jerry and Linda Watters; pastor, Butch Gott.

bluebull Faith Temple Church, Terrell; Aug. 17-24; *evangelist, Wes Massey; *music, Don Thornton; pastor, Ray Bailey.

*vocational evangelist

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