Around the State

Posted: 11/30/07

Around the State

E-mails of support for military personnel and their families are being collected for inclusion with Christmas cards and care packages to be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan during the holiday season. The e-mails can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Andy and Joan Horner have been named recipients of the 2007 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award by Dallas Baptist University. Gov. Rick Perry was the keynote speaker, and Bo Pilgrim, founder and CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride, was the honorary chair of the dinner, which drew more than 1,200 in attendance. The Horners are the founders of the Premier Designs direct-sales jewelry company and are members of First Church in Dallas.

Judy Lyssy, a San Marcos Baptist Academy parent, made a $25,000 donation to the school to fund new media and development tools and equip the golf team with new equipment and uniforms. She made the donation in support of the school’s centennial celebration capital campaign. The campaign has a phase one goal of $2.1 million, and a $3.6 million goal for the second phase. Other projects slated for funding include dormitory renovations, improvements in the athletic fields, campus-wide technology upgrades, and building renovations and upgrades.

The East Texas Baptist University Office of Alumni Relations presented its J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award to Lanny Loe, executive pastor of First Church in Jonesboro, Ga., in recognition of his mobilization of more than 20 percent of the church’s members in foreign missions projects. The W.T. Tardy Service Award was presented to Jim and Janet Palmer. He taught at the school 26 years, and the couple has supported the school with their time and financial gifts. The Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Tequecie Meek and Randy Pegues in recognition of their contributions to society. Bob and Carol Braly received the Unsung Hero Award for his work as a pastor and chaplain to law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and her support of his ministry. Bonnie Kay, the university’s oldest-living alumnus at 99 years of age, received the Sallie M. Duncan Life Enrichment Award.

Priscilla Heard, a piano teacher and music educator, has been inducted into the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor music department’s hall of fame as its 30th Distinguished Musician.

Lanny Hall, president of Howard Payne University, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of both the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.


Gene Tone, 10th, as pastor of Cibolo Valley Church in Cibolo, Nov. 4.

Schuyler Batson, 20th, as minister of music at Lakeside Church in Dallas, Nov. 11.

Gene Horton, 40th as pastor of First Church in Rio Hondo and 55th in ministry, Jan. 2. A celebration of his ministry will be held Jan. 20 at 9:45 a.m.

Spicewood Church in Spicewood, 100th, Jan. 12-13. The church also has scheduled other events throughout the year in celebration of the church’s centennial of service. Former members are encouraged to send their addresses to 7903 CR 404, Spicewood 78669 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Bill Mc-Cormick is pastor.

First Church in Sinton, 100th, April 6. Registration and coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m. A time of fellowship will follow the morning service. Former members are asked to contact the church at P.O. Box 1056, Sinton 78387 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mack Caffey is pastor.


Jean Childre, 77, Nov. 18 in Garland. She was a charter member of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland and served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 2002 to 2004. She was eligible to serve from 2005 until 2007, but she resigned in 2005 when the board was restructured to facilitate it moving to only 90 members. She is survived by her husband, Bart; son, Brad; and two grandchildren.

James Coggin, 86, Nov. 27 in Fort Worth. He was pastor emeritus of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Other churches where he was pastor include Ridgeway Church in Memphis, Tenn.; First Church in Texarkana; First Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rosen Heights Church in Fort Worth; North Euless Church in Euless; and Crowley Church in Crowley. He served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, was a trustee of Dallas Baptist University and twice served as chairman of Southwestern Seminary’s board of trustees. He was president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 1965 and vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1972 to 1973. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn; daughters, Olivia Eudaly; Lyn McDonald and Rebekah Hyde; sisters, Mabel Hill and Ada McDuffie; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Ken Ellzey to the ministry at First Church in Sour Lake.

Martha Kate Hall to the ministry at Northside Church in Corsicana.

Jeffrey Burns to the ministry at Heights Church in Temple.

Kevin Fleming and John Purswell as deacons at Memorial Church in Baytown.

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