Obituaries from 2007
William F. Ambrose, 80, of Washington, NC, died at his home on May 3, 2007. He was born in Newport News, VA, on June 9, 1926, to Martin Luther and Grace Fenton Ambrose. He graduated from Washington High School in 1944 and entered the Army Air Corps and trained as an aerial photographer. He was assigned to the Manhattan Project and served in the South Pacific. He photographed test detonations of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. He was a graduate of Atlanta Christian College, East Point, GA. He also attended East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Barton College in Wilson, NC; the University of Colorado; Baptist Theological Seminary, Rockford, IL; the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA, and the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, High Point, NC. In 1982 Atlanta Christian College awarded him an honorary doctorate of divinity. He was ordained into Christian ministry by Old Ford Church of Christ, Washington, NC, in 1950 and served East Tenth Street Church of Christ, Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Gasburg, VA, and other churches. He served as chaplain of the Williamston Chapter of AMVETS (No. 227). He was president of Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce. He trained Tennessee walking horses and bird dogs. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker, knife maker, and engraver. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Geraldine. Services were conducted at Old Ford Church of Christ on May 6. Contributions may be made to the Dr. William F. Ambrose Scholarship Fund, Atlanta Christian College, 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, GA 30344.
Dale Baldwin, 66, of Crawfordsville, IN, died Aug. 9, 2007, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1940, in Martinsville, IN, to Harvey and Elsie (Ewbank) Baldwin. He graduated from Lincoln (IL) Christian College in 1973. He was a minister with New Hope Christian Church in Crawfordsville for the last nine years. He also served at Pisgah Christian Church, Beckville, IN; First Church of Christ, Kenney, IL; Potomac (IL) Church of Christ; Colonial Heights Christian Church, Norfolk, VA; First Christian Church, Tuscola, IL; and Liberty (IN) Christian Church. He also worked with the Empire State Evangelizing Association of Syracuse, NY. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, to whom he was married 41 years; two children, Dawne Shumate of Potomac, IL, and Bambi Downing of Lincoln, IL; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 12 at New Hope Christian Church, Crawfordsville, with Harold Keck and Steve Wilke officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Christian Church Missions, 2746 U.S. 231 South, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
Glen Edward Barton, 72, of Billerica, MA, died July 3, 2007, at Saint Medical Center in Lowell, MA. He was the husband of Frances “Kitty” (Wert) Barton. He was born in Shirley, IN, on Oct. 21, 1934, the son of Kenneth and Ethel (Alexander) Barton. He was salutatorian of the Wilkinson (IN) High School Class of 1952. He graduated from Milligan College in Tennessee in 1956 and Princeton (NJ) Theological Seminary in 1961. He ministered with Bunker Hill Christian Church, Bluff City, TN; Mountain Christian Church, Bel Air, MD; Clifton Christian Church, Louisville, KY; Blanchard (PA) Christian Church; and Bedford (MA) Christian Church. He served as chaplain in the Veterans Administration hospitals in Bedford, Brockton, and Boston’s West Roxbury. He also was interim minister with the First Congregational Church in Billerica. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Samuel of Mount Gilead, OH, and Hal of Lincoln, IL; one daughter, Nell Fitzmaurice of Billerica; one sister, Freda Collier of Wilkinson, IN; two brothers, James of Nashville, TN, and Richard of Beech Grove, IN; seven grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Milton B. Bates, 89, who with his wife founded International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES) in 1972, died Aug. 17, 2007, at his home in Marion, IN. He was born Oct. 20, 1917, and married the former Janet L. Fleming on June 23, 1945. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, an Eagle Scout, and a former Boy Scout leader. He retired from General Motors in 1987 after 27 years of service. He was a member of Unity Christian Church and served as an elder and Sunday school teacher for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Bates envisioned IDES in 1972 during a time of conviction and prayer. The Bateses founded the mission to meet the physical and spiritual needs of suffering people. They began IDES in their kitchen, and the ministry now employs nine and is located in Kempton, IN. IDES has helped millions of people in 100 different countries. In addition to his widow, survivors include three daughters, Louise Furnas, Janet Elaine Bates, and Nancy Jett; one son, Jim; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Paul. Services were conducted at Unity Christian Church, with Jerry Curtis, Ed Furnas, Rick Jett, and Richard Jett officiating. Memorials may be made to International Disaster Emergency Service Inc., P.O. Box 60, Kempton, IN 46049, or Unity Christian Church, Marion, IN.
Louis Alden Blissett, 85, died July 28, 2007. He was born May 26, 1922, in Alden, MI. He graduated from Kalkaska (MI) High School and later worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in the European theater, seeing combat in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and began civilian employment with occupation forces in Frankfurt, Germany. His objective was to stay in Europe until “former enemy fraternization” regulations were relaxed so he could marry Anna Ursula Bohner; the couple married Dec. 9, 1947. The newlyweds settled in Kalkaska. He attended Great Lakes Bible College (then at Rock Lake, MI), during 1952–54, while working at Alma Piston Company. For more than 45 years he served several Michigan churches of Christ and Christian churches as a teacher, Bible school superintendent, preacher, and elder. He helped to plant three churches. The couple moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1994, where Mr. Blissett first served as an elder with Northside Christian Church, and then, beginning in 1998, as a teacher with Pusch Ridge Christian Church. In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, he is survived by two sons, Bill and John; one daughter, Erika; one brother, Paul; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Russell F. Blowers, 83, of Indianapolis, IN, died Nov. 10, 2007. He was born and raised in Ohio, and served in the Eighth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, during World War II. He returned from military service in 1945 and married the late Marian Eagon Blowers in 1946. He was senior minister emeritus of the East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, which he served as senior minister for 46 years. He retired as senior minister in 1996 to care for his wife, Marian, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease until her death 2004. He held degrees from Ohio University, Athens, and Christian Theological Seminary,Indianapolis; he was awarded honorary doctorates by Milligan College (Tennessee) and Christian Theological Seminary. A “naturalized” Hoosier, he was honored as an Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash. He was active in the Billy Graham Evangelizing Association, and helped organize three Graham Crusades in Indianapolis (1959, 1980, and 1999). He was a trustee of Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN, and Milligan College, and served on the boards of Food for the Hungry International and Christian Missionary Fellowship. Mr. Blowers was an advocate and leader in bringing together the three streams of the Restoration Movement: the Christian churches (Disciples of Christ), the Christian churches/churches of Christ, and the noninstrumental churches of Christ. He served on the board of directors of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Nashville, TN, which serves all Restoration Movement churches. He is survived by two sons, Phil of Fishers, IN, and Paul of Elizabethton, TN; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services were conducted Nov. 15 at East 91st Street Christian Church. Burial was at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel School of Religion, One Walker Drive, Johnson City TN 37601, or Milligan College, located in Milligan College, TN 37682.
Calvin Gex “Lad” Boothby, 52, died June 21, 2007, in Wichita, KS. He was born Nov. 19, 1954, in Guymon, OK. He graduated from Texhoma (OK) High School and then Midwest Christian College, Oklahoma City. He earned a master’s degree from Texas A&M in Corpus Christi and later received his PhD. He married Myra Myers on Aug. 8, 1999. He was a licensed professional counselor and minister with North Plains Christian Church, Dumas, TX. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Jeremy Lad Boothby, Heath Michael Boothby, Adam Scott Boothby, and Bret Higginbotham; two daughters, Heather Diane Boothby and Shea Porter; his father, D.C. Boothby Jr., and wife, Delta; three brothers, Rick Harkins, Randy Harkins, and Rod Harkins; four sisters, Sue Clay, Jane Trammell, Vicky Henderson, and Rhonda Hilderbrand; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to North Plains Christian Church, 702 Birge, Dumas, TX 79029. Services were conducted at North Plains Christian Church, Rusty Turner and Rollin Boothby officiating. Burial was at Texhoma Cemetery.
Charles W. Branum died Feb. 3, 2007, while in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born the son of a Christian church minister in DuQuoin, IL, and graduated from high school at Pinckneyville, IL. He studied at Wright Junior College in Chicago, IL, and later graduated from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. He held ministries in Milford, East St. Louis, and Eldorado, IL; Elbert, CO; and at North Highlands Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, IN. He was also founding minister of the Christian Church, Norris City, IL, and had a weekend ministry with Ashland Christian Church, Mill Shoals, IL. In the 1950s he worked in radio and television as an announcer and news reporter. This experience helped when he later became director of radio operations for Toronto Christian Mission. He also served as coordinator and program producer with Global Missionary Ministries. During those years, the mission beamed its radio signal behind the Iron Curtain and Mr. Branum traveled extensively in Eastern Europe. After retirement, he spent time supply preaching, assisting an international Bible correspondence ministry, serving as student adviser and tutor at Ontario Christian Seminary, and serving in pastoral care. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maxine (Marlow); one daughter, Marla McGee; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Keith E. Bunn, 61, longtime minister with Tucker (GA) Christian Church, died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 10, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dianne; two daughters, Rebekah Roberts and Jennifer Day; one son, Keith; one brother, Dale; one sister, Velma Souder; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He graduated from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary and was ordained into Christian ministry in 1968. He faithfully served with Tucker Christian Church for 34 years. He also served Christ as president of the Georgia Christian Ministers’ Association, chairman of the Georgia Christian Missionary Rally, as a member of the Executive Committee for the National Missionary Convention, and as trustee for Bethshean Mexico Mission and Christian City. He was recognized as “God’s Honored Servant 2007” by the Georgia Christian Convention. Memorial contributions may be made to “Keith’s Favorite Missions” at Tucker Christian Church, P.O. Box 687, Tucker, GA 30085.
Dorothy M. Butt, 86, of Findlay, OH, formerly of Latonia, KY, died Aug. 15, 2007. She was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Owen County, KY, to Isaac Earl and Lenna (Tingle) Poland. On June 5, 1954, she married Robert J. Butt. She was a member of Central Church of Christ in Findlay. In addition to her widower, she is survived by twin sons, Thomas J. Butler of Findlay and Timothy J. Butt of Houston, TX; two daughters, Deborah Urdang of New York, NY, and Margie Shoop of Findlay; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Mabel Buttray, 92, of Meadville, PA, died April 26, 2007. She was born in Dawson, PA, on Nov. 9, 1914, the daughter of LeRoy and Isabel (Russel) Lint. In 1936 she married Stanley Buttray. She was a member of First Christian Church, Meadville, where she was part of the Friendship Ladies Class. She graduated from Atlanta (GA) Christian College with a BA in 1949. She and her husband joined the Cunningham Mission in Tokyo, Japan, in 1950. During her time in Japan, she taught English Bible classes to high school and college students, as well as senior ladies. She enjoyed Japanese tea ceremonies and Japanese flower arranging. She cared for several teenagers of missionary families who boarded in her home to attend Tokyo-area American high schools. The Buttrays moved to the countryside of Nagano, Japan, in 1980 where they established the Shinshu Bible Camp. She and Stanley celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Sylvia; and two brothers, Lloyd and Raymond. She is survived by two sons, Paul and David; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services were conducted April 29 at First Christian Church, Meadville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Japan Christian Mission or the Tim Turner Mission in Japan c/o First Christian Church, 503 N. Main St. Ext., Meadville, PA 16335, or Atlanta Christian College, 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, GA 30344.
Anna Marie Root Clague, 89, died Nov. 28, 2007, in Conroe, TX. She was born to Thomas and Cora Williams Root on March 17, 1918, in Pinhook, IN. She attended Shawswick schools in Lawrence County, IN, and then Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. At CBS she met William “Bill” Clague, a fellow student whom she married at the Root family farm in Pinhook after he graduated in 1938. The couple ministered with churches throughout the Midwest, Southern California, Arizona, and Texas, where they eventually retired. Mr. Clague died in 2003; the couple were married 65 years. Mrs. Clague was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Survivors include one son, Dana Mark Clague of Conroe; one daughter, Donna Rasp of Houston, TX; and two grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Services were conducted Dec. 3 in Bedford, IN. She was buried beside her husband at Pinhook Cemetery.
Blanche Marie Coffey, 80, of Shreveport, LA, died July 14, 2007, at Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center in Shreveport. She was the widow of Bradford Lewis Coffey (a 1953 graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary), and faithfully served with him for 45 years in establishing new churches and ministering to existing churches in Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana. She is survived by four daughters, Patricia Ann Boswell of Shreveport; Deborah Ruth Baker of Memphis, TN, Rebecca Mae Brenner of Tacoma, WA, and Martha Jane Harris of Enid, OK; one sister, Mary Carroll of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by two infant sons. Graveside services were conducted July 19 in Mount Vernon, KY. She remained faithful in service until death, and delighted in new projects to expand the outreach ministry of the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Westview Christian Church, 7188 Greenwood Road, Shreveport, LA 71119.
Darrell R. Cordrey, 63, of Hartford, KY, died March 24, 2007. He was born March 10, 1944, and was raised in Hartford and Milford, OH. He graduated in 1966 from Cincinnati (OH) Christian University where he met his wife, Elaine Wendling. He was senior minister at Hartford Christian Church for the last 15 years. He also held ministries in Mount Orab, OH; Newport News, VA; Greenwood, IN; and Louisville, KY. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Rob and Randy; one daughter, Christy Cox; seven grandchildren; and one brother, David Cordrey. Funeral services were conducted March 28 at Hartford Christian Church with his brother, David, and son Rob officiating.
William Gene Crane, 87, died June 22, 2007. He was born Feb. 29, 1920, to James Franklin Crane and Cora (Elder) Crane. He was the youngest of eight children in this blended family. He grew up in and around Hindsboro, IL, and traveled around the world with the Merchant Marine. He married his childhood sweetheart, Norma Jean Bradford, on Aug. 17, 1941. He served as a machinist’s mate with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, the couple moved to Indianapolis where Mr. Crane worked for Allison General Motors, Speedway Machine and Tool, and Quality Gage. He also owned a construction company and built the family home and the church parsonage in that city. The couple were active at Fleming Garden Christian Church,Indianapolis, where he served as a deacon, elder, teacher, and choir member. The family relocated to Tucson, AZ, in 1968 where Mr. Crane joined his brother Gaylon at Crane Machine and Pump. This business, established in 1939, continues to be operated by Bill’s son, Jack. The couple served for many years at Northside Christian Church in Tucson. They are founders and charter members of Pusch Ridge Christian Church, where Mrs. Crane continues to serve. Mr. Crane enjoyed hunting and was a fan of the Indianapolis 500 and the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team. Although never fully retired from his business, he enjoyed model railroading and traveling with his wife in their recreational vehicle. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Norma Jean, and his son, Jack, he is survived by one daughter, Pam Boone; two sisters, Imogene Larson of Metamora, IL, and Lucille Childress of Tucson; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Crane will be remembered for his quick wit, generosity, and faith in Jesus Christ.
Fred W. Couch, 74, of Bloomington, IN, died Aug. 31, 2007, at Bloomington Hospital. He was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Mount Carmel, IL, the son of Manson and Beulah (Smith) Couch. He served the Christian church for more than 45 years in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio until his retirement from full-time ministry. After retirement, he served area churches on an interim basis and also worked for Marsh grocery. Survivors include his widow, Joyce (Hunsicker) Couch; three daughters, Linda Wilson, Sally Eads, and Kelli Gray; one son, David; two brothers, S.C. and Robert; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Fred J., and one brother, Donald. Funeral services were conducted at Cincinnati Christian Church in Little Cincinnati, IN, with Glen Stidd officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fred W. Couch Memorial Fund of Johnson Bible College, or to Cincinnati Christian Church.
James W. Daniel, 72, of Crawfordsville, IN, died April 17, 2007, at the Indiana Veterans Home, West Lafayette. He had Parkinson’s disease. He was born Nov. 4, 1934, in McMinnville, TN, the son of James Marshall and Georgia Alexander Daniel. He held ministerial positions in Tennessee and Kentucky, and served six years at First Church of Christ, Covington, IN, and 15 years at Alamo (IN) Christian Church, where he became minister emeritus in 1995. He was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN, and Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, TN. He married Mary Frances Carver on June 26, 1954. In addition to his widow, he is also survived by three children, Sheryl Daniel of Crawfordsville, Larry Daniel of Bella Vista, AR, and Garry Daniel of Urbana, IL; three sisters, Jennie Williams, Doris Daniel, and Tina Heckert; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Graveside services, with full military rites, were conducted April 21, Guy Studebaker officiating. A Celebration of Life Service was held at Alamo Christian Church, Duane Mycroft officiating. A memorial service was held at the Indiana Veteran’s Home on April 22, with David Hess officiating. Memorials may be made to Johnson Bible College, Alamo Christian Church, Indiana Veterans Home, or The Gideons. Condolences may be sent to the family at 5168 W. State Road 32, Crawfordsville, IN 47933-8537.
Cornelius Daniels, dean of the College of the Scriptures, Louisville, KY, died Feb. 1, 2007, in Louisville after an extended illness. Services were conducted at the college chapel and at Louisville Cemetery. Born in Millersburg, KY, he graduated from high school in Paris, KY. After graduation, he entered military service during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in France and the Philippines. After his discharge, he began studies at the College of the Scriptures, graduating in 1950. He was hired by the college in 1952. During his 55-year career with College of the Scriptures, he served as instructor, registrar, president, treasurer, trustee, public relations director, and finally as academic dean. Dr. Daniels dedicated his life to ministry at age 15. At 16, he became Sunday school superintendent of Second Christian Church, Millersburg, KY. He was ordained by Dr. Isaiah Moore in 1949. He served churches in Danville, Glasgow, Columbia, and Louisville, KY; Warren, OH; and Washington, D.C. He was serving at Old Shepherdsville Road Christian Church, Louisville, when he died. Dr. Daniels held degrees from College of the Scriptures (BA, 1950; BTh, 1952); Simmons Bible College, Louisville, Kentucky (BRE, 1975); Winston-Salem (NC) Bible College (doctor of humanities, 1973); and Cincinnati (OH) Bible College and Seminary (completed course work for an MA). He married Felita Mae Sanders on June 25, 1949, and she preceded him in death in June 1996. Two children also preceded him in death. He is survived by four children—Marcus, Collette, Suzette and Anita Daniels—and three grandchildren.
E. Gean Davis, 79, died Feb. 18, 2007, in Simi Valley, CA. He was born in Fairview, OK, to Earl G. and Mary E. Davis. As a youth, he participated in football, basketball, softball, and track and field and attended Fairview Christian Church. Under of the influence of J.T. Seagroves, he attended Lincoln (IL) Christian College (formerly Lincoln Bible Institute) where he received his BA in preaching and psychology. He attended graduate school at Butler School of Religion, Butler University, in Indianapolis, IN, and received his PhD from Pacific States University (School of Engineering) in Los Angeles, CA, where he was a professor for 17 years. He met Archalee Bond at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL, and they were married March 30, 1950. He was ordained at that church by Ernest E. Laughlin, and served Christian churches at Gillespie and Tuscola, IL; Redwood City, Rosemead, and Simi Valley, CA (where he founded and pastored First Christian Church of Simi Valley, which is now Simi Hills Christian Church). Later he returned to Simi Valley as interim minister. He traveled to many Christian churches in the Midwest as evangelist and singer. He was a sought-after speaker at service clubs and fraternal organizations, was president of the Exchange Club of Redwood City, and was a successful businessman, founding the American Institute of Motivational Sciences. He also worked in Christian youth camps. In addition to Archalee, his wife of nearly 57 years, he is survived by four children, Earl Douglas, Gregrey Gean, Rexford Bond, and Jennifer Lee; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23 at Simi Hills Christian Church, with Kevin Dieckielman officiating.
Jose Reis Dias, 54, died of brain cancer Sept. 17, 2007, in Boston, MA. He came to the United States from Brazil and worked with Wayne Long in serving the Brazilian population in Massachusetts. He soon launched his own self-supporting preaching and teaching work. To support his family during this time, he worked nights, delivered newspapers, cleaned buildings, and worked as a shoe salesman. He later worked with Merlin and Gertrude Shields of West Brazil Mission. He was an expert guitarist. He is survived by his widow, Graca, one son, and three daughters.
Gene Dulin, leader of Toronto Christian Mission and Taking Christ to the Millions (TCM) from 1957 to 1991, died Nov. 11, 2007, after a brief illness. He was 82. He was born July 13, 1925, in Heltonville, IN. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as part of the occupying forces of Japan at the end of World War II. He then attended Earlham College, Richmond, IN, and graduated from the Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary in 1950. He ministered with Indiana churches in Heltonville, Mundell, Liberty, Brownstown, and Medora, before moving to Toronto, Canada, in 1957 to plant new churches. Toronto Christian Mission, an accredited ministerial training institute in Europe, expanded its outreach when Dulin met John Huk, a Russian who ministered to a Russian/Ukrainian church in Toronto. In 1963, the two traveled to the U.S.S.R. and eight other countries. His vision led to the printing of a pocket-sized Russian New Testament and to the 1971 purchase of Haus Edelweiss outside of Vienna, Austria. From Haus Edelweiss, missionaries traveled to all of central and eastern Europe. TCMI is now the largest ministerial training institution in Europe. Mr. Dulin retired in 1991, after which he taught the adult Bible class at Plainfield (IN) Christian Church. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lenora (McDonald) Dulin; two daughters Vanita Dulin and Karlita ³Katie² Hunter; one granddaughter; and three great-grandsons. Services were Nov. 18 at Plainfield Christian Church, Steve White officiating. Notes of remembrances may be sent to Lenora Dulin, 2806 Colony Lk. E. Dr., Plainfield, IN 46168. Memorials contributions will be used for Christian work in Poland and through TCM; checks, with the notation “GD Memorial,” may be made payable to Plainfield Christian Church (800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield, IN 46168).
Mary Lou Mankamyer Dunn died Aug. 14, 2007, at Rose Walk Village in Lafayette, IN. She graduated from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary for three years. In 1953 she was diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome, a rare disease that shortened her life expectancy. However, by 1962, advancements in medicine were made and she had surgery that enabled her to regain her health. She was an active member at Linnwood Church of Christ, Lafayette, IN, in addition to assisting in her sister’s concessions business and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She is survived by one sister, Polly Mankamyer Mullen, a brother-in-law, John, and six nieces and nephews.
Joseph A. Ferguson, 67, died May 17, 2007, at his home in Evansville, IN. He was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Vincennes, IN. He graduated from Bosse (IN) High School and received his divinity degree from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. He attended postgraduate courses at the University of Cincinnati, Hebrew Union Theological Seminary, and Xavier University, all in Cincinnati; and the University of Evansville (IN). He was ordained in 1963 and served as minister in Corydon, KY, at Shiloh Christian Church, Marion, IL, and at his home church, First Christian Church of Evansville. He served his community through numerous organizations such as the Lions Club and Salvation Army. He also had a career as an executive with the Boy Scouts. In addition, he served as director of the Greater Columbus (OH) Area Food Drive for the United Way, building the program over several years. He also developed and administered a Scouting program for juvenile offenders in the correctional system. The program began with six boys and, when he retired in 1992, there were more than 600 who had participated. He is survived by three sisters, Jill Northener, Judi Nelson, and Janet Clark; and one brother, Richard Crowe. Services were conducted May 22 at Boone Funeral Home, Evansville.
Robert D. Fuller, 93, of Mount Healthy Christian Home, Cincinnati, OH, formerly of Bradenton, FL, died Oct. 4, 2007. He was born in Cavour, SD, on June 12, 1914, and grew up a sheep-herder and bronco-buster on a ranch in Mill Iron, MT. In 1931 he entered Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, TN, to train for the ministry. He also attended Grundy (VA) Mountain Mission School, Minnesota Bible College, and Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. He served as a Marine in the South Pacific, 1941-45. He served churches in Virginia (Little Prater); Indiana (Parkville, Marysville, Portland Mills, and Owensville); Ohio (Ferry Church of Christ, Bellbrook Church of Christ), and Florida (Suncoast Christian, Ruskin Church of Christ). His longest ministry was with First Christian in Owensville,IN. After retirement from the ministry, he became a master fishing rod maker known as “Cowboy Preacher Fuller” while working at Hawker’s Market, Bradenton. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mable (Dotson) Fuller; two sons, Jerald and Paul (a missionary to Asia); and three sisters (one of whom, Lois, was a missionary in Asia). He is survived by his second wife, Diane Schauf; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at Forest Dale Church of Christ, Cincinnati, and at the graveside at Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, FL, by Earl Knopf of South Venice (FL) Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to Benevolent Social Services of India, P.O. Box 475, Lapel, IN 46051, or Mount Healthy Christian Home.
Fannie Mae (Taylor) Garrison, 88, of Mason, OH, died Sept. 29, 2007. She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Clermont County, OH. She graduated from Milford (OH) High School in 1936 and Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1940. In 1943 she married James E. Garrison of Peebles, OH. Upon completion of a five-year stint in the army, the Garrisons went to work on the family farm. They were blessed with three children—Charles, Dorothy, and Daniel—all of whom survive. In 1962, the couple became superintendent and matron of the Wilson’s Children’s Home in West Union, OH. In 1986, she was among the first 13 residents to move into the new Mason Christian Village. She became a member of Christ’s Church at Mason and enjoyed many happy years serving the church and volunteering at the village. In addition to her children, she is also survived by nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Kenneth Washburn. Services were conducted Oct. 4 at Christ’s Church at Mason.
William O. Gaslin, 78, died on Father’s Day, June 17, 2007. He attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary at the encouragement of Olin Hay. After graduation, he served as associate minister with South Louisville (KY) Christian Church. He met (“Tootsie”) Wilma Jean Schraer and they married in November 1951. He served as minister with Louisville’s Shively Christian Church, a daughter of South Louisville Christian Church, for more than 19 years. He also served as camp manager, dean, speaker, team leader, and athletic director at White Mills (KY) Christian Camp. In 1973 the family moved to Spring, TX, to work with Northside Christian Church, a new church of 35 people. He led the church through several expansions and building programs during his 21 years of service there. He played a large role in the development of Tanglewood (TX) Christian Camp. He also served with Church Builders (Lilburn, GA). He retired from full-time ministry in 1994 but continued to hold revival meetings, serve as interim minister, and teach and work where needed. During his last 10 years, Bill and Tootsie divided their time between Kentucky and Florida. In addition to his widow, he is survived by three children, Sandra Montgomery, Leslie Wampler, and Jim Gaslin; and four grandchildren.
Darris D. Hamilton, 93, died Oct. 11, 2007. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, April 14, 1914. He married the late Miriam Hamilton on Sept. 4, 1937, and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage while serving together in Christian church ministry. The Hamiltons were known for their evangelistic work and located ministries in seven states. Their last ministry was with Broadway Christian Church, Lexington, KY, where they served as associates ministering to senior members. Mr. Hamilton was known for his tireless leadership, straight biblical preaching, and community involvement. Survivors include two daughters, Jenell Sanford and Darlene Pierce of Liberty Township, OH; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael L. Hamilton. Services were conducted Oct. 18 at Southside Christian Church, Versailles, KY, with Justin M. Sanford, grandson of the deceased, and Jay Russell, minister with Forest Dale Church of Christ, Cincinnati, OH, officiating.
Zelpha Henes, 86, of Johnson City, TN, died Sept. 28, 2007, in the Christian Care Center of Johnson City. She was born March 30, 1921, in Porter County, IN, a daughter of Thomas and Cecelia Woolever. She was a graduate of Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, IN. She was a member of Lone Oak Christian Church, Johnson City, and a former member of First Christian Church of Green Bay, WI, where she served in several capacities for more than 50 years, including Sunday school superintendent and teacher, choir member, and officer of the women’s circle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton “Bud” Henes, and one brother, Lowell Woolever. She is survived by two daughters, Karen Oxendine of Jonesborough, TN, and Connie Henes Baird ofMoorpark, CA; two sons, Kenneth of Cottage Grove, WI, and Thomas of New Albany, IN; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted at Lone Oak Christian Church with Tad Johnson and Dave Roberts officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lone Oak Christian Church, Johnson City, or WCMA, a church-planting ministry located in Madison, WI.
C. Curtis Hess of St. Petersburg, FL, and Rock Lake, MI, died June 19, 2007, at Gratiot Medical Center, Alma, MI. He was born May 3, 1926, in Indianapolis, IN, to Robert Lee and Freddie Alice “Tiny” (Trotter) Hess. He received a BA from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary in 1948 and married Joan West the same year. He was ordained May 7, 1944, and served in Cadiz, IN, and Xenia, OH, before a seven-year term at Sciotoville Church of Christ, Portsmouth, OH. In 1955, he moved his family to St. Petersburg, FL, where he planted Central Christian Church. Central began with 19 adults and eventually grew to 2,500 members—at one time the largest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Florida. Though he retired from full-time ministry in 1991, he continued preaching seasonally in Florida and Michigan. For 25 years, he served as trustee of Atlanta (GA) Christian College, from which he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1964. He served as president of the Florida Christian Convention and vice president of the North American Christian Convention, as well as serving on other ministerial associations and on the boards of many community organizations. He served as “chaplain of the day” for the Florida House of Representatives and Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He also prayed over the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by one son, Tim; two daughters, Tricia Heinzen and Joy Pearsall; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Frances Neal. Services were conducted June 21 at St. Louis (MI) Church of Christ with Keith Wise and Roger Penwell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Lake Christian Assembly, 7384 Vestaburg Road, Vestaburg, MI 48891.
Thomas R. Hoard, 80, died March 9, 2007, of complications from a series of strokes. Born and raised in Elsmere, KY, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his tour of duty, he survived a kamikaze attack on his ship, the USS Tyrell. After the bombing and surrender of Nagasaki, Japan, the ship docked there and Hoard was one of only two sailors allowed to disembark. After the war, Thomas returned to Elsmere. He worked at Sid’s Elsmere Drug Store and married Dorothy Cummins in 1950. He heeded the call to the Christian ministry and enrolled at Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. After graduating with honors in 1965, he held ministries in Lystra, KY, Christiansburg, VA, Newtown, CT (Go Ye Chapel Mission), Marlboro, NJ, August, WV, Dayton, KY, and Columbus, OH. He and Dottie retired and returned to Cincinnati in 1992. After Dottie’s death in 1993, he took his final ministry as senior adult minister at Clovernook Christian Church (now LifeSpring Christian Church). During this time he met and married Betty McGuire. Because of health issues, he retired in 2001 and spent his time writing and traveling. He is survived by his widow, Betty; one son, Tim; one daughter, Laurie Snow; one stepdaughter, Carla Reuben; one stepson, John McGuire; and three grandchildren. Contributions to a memorial fund may be sent to Cincinnati Christian University. Services were conducted at LifeSpring Christian Church on March 12.
Newton L. Huffine, 80, died Jan. 25, 2007, in Tyler, TX. He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Connellsville, PA, to Alfred and Harriet John Huffine. He was a minister for 52 years, serving in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. He was a member of Tyler (TX) Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Mason. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anna M.; two sons, David and Dan; one daughter, Martha Adams; one brother, Alfred; one sister, Mary Huffine; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted Jan. 28 at Lloyd James chapel with Dan Huffine, Bill Goble, and Ron Byrd officiating.
Isabel Hamill Neilson Johnson, 83, of Clinton, IL, died Aug. 27, 2007, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. She was born Sept. 11, 1923, at Bethany, WV, the daughter of David and Isabella Buchanan Neilson. She attended Indiana University and International Business College in Fort Wayne, IN. In 1954, she married Eugene R. “Gene” Johnson, who served as preaching minister at Onarga Christian Church, Morton Christian Church, and Assumption Christian Church—all in Illinois. In 1973, the couple moved to Clinton, where he managed Little Galilee Christian Assembly until his death in 1989. Mrs. Johnson worked as the bookkeeper at the camp from 1973 to 1999. She was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton. She loved life and her family and had a sweet and funny disposition. Surviving are two sons, David of Watonga, OK, and Richard of Decatur, IL; one daughter, Kathryn of Clinton, IL; and two grandchildren. Her funeral was conducted Aug. 31 with Bob Phillips and J. Kent Hickerson officiating. A graveside service was conducted at Gosport (IN) Cemetery with her son David officiating. Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or Faith in Action of DeWitt County, IL.
Stan Johnson, 72, of Orlando, FL, died Sept. 11, 2007, after a stroke. He was born Dec. 23, 1934, to Elmo and Argie Johnson of Catlin, IL. He graduated from Lincoln (IL) Christian College in 1958 and married Judy Chamness of Indianapolis on March 21, 1958. He ministered with several churches, including Indianola, Homer, Prairie Green, and Clarendon Hills in Illinois; Green Bay, WI; Danville and Angola, IN; and in Orlando, FL. The couple had just celebrated 20 years of ministry with West Orange Christian Church in Orlando, FL, last June. A memorial praise service was conducted Sept. 23 with Glenn Bourne officiating and Judy at the piano. He is survived by his widow, Judy; one daughter, Leanne Black of Plainfield, IN; his mother, Argie of Danville, IL; and one brother, Steven of Danville. Memorial gifts may be made to Bright Star Pre-School, which Stan helped to start at West Orange Christian Church, 7325 Conroy-Windermere Road, Orlando, FL 32835. Judy may be reached at 10629 Vallonia Drive, Apartment 1-E, Camby, IN 46113.
Stephen Mark Keim, 54, a resident of Queretaro, in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, died after a car accident March 18, 2007. He was born March 18, 1953, in Lincoln, IL, the son of Fred and Phyllis (Scott) Keim. He married Carol Ann Ground on July 1, 1973, at Broadway Christian Church, Mattoon, IL. She died Feb. 28, 2004. He married Gabriela Nunuz on Dec. 15, 2006. He served as a missionary with the Mexican Missionary Organization of Christian Churches from 1987 until his death. Prior to accepting the call to Mexico, he owned and operated Keim Muffler Center in Oblong, IL. He served as chairman of the elders and as a Sunday school teacher at First Christian Church in Oblong. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his parents; one daughter, Stephanie Keim; and one brother, Timothy. A funeral service was conducted March 26 at Broadway Christian church, Richard Eident officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mexican Missionary Organization.
Dale A. Kuhns, 74, minister of the Athens (TN) Christian Church, died Aug. 16, 2007. He was born to Don and Evelyn Kuhns on Jan. 22, 1933, in Weirton, WV. He graduated from Kentucky Christian College in Grayson on May 13, 1955, and married Willa M. Stambaugh that same day. He served with Speedwell Christian Church, Richmond, KY; Slater Branch Church of Christ, Williamson, WV; Corner House Christian Church, Hubbard, OH; Brentwood Christian Church, Pittsburgh, PA; First Christian Church, Wauchula, FL; Arcadia (IN) Christian Church; and First Christian Church, Milford, IN. During his ministries, 625 people accepted Christ by primary obedience and 17 entered into full-time ministries. He also performed 45 weddings and 67 funerals. In addition to his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Vanessa Clark of Cleveland TN, and Andrea Mangold of Montpelier, OH; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Gwendolyn Buck of Apple Valley, CA, and Lois Elaine Henville of Colorado Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by one brother, Gene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Hall Building Fund, care of Athens Christian Church, P.O. Box 1405, Athens, TN 37371.
Gary Tazwell “Taz” LaFollette, 40, of Highlands Ranch, CO, died March 3, 2007. He was born Oct. 15, 1966, in Stillwater, OK, to Gary Wayne and Sharla Ruth (Prickett) LaFollette, He was active in baseball, wrestling, and carpentry, and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1984. He attended Midwest Christian College, Oklahoma City, before transferring to Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, where he graduated in 1988. He married Debra “Debbie” Lyn Knost in 1986 and they have one son, Stephen, 11. He was an ordained minister specializing in ministry to children for more than 20 years. He was a children’s pastor in Carthage, MO; Napa and Lancaster, CA; Colorado Springs and Littleton, CO; Stillwater and Coyle, OK; and Peoria, AZ. He was enthusiastic, productive, and a champion for children’s ministry. At the time of his death, he was serving as children’s pastor with Valley View Christian Church in Littleton, CO.
Chauncey “C.A.” Lattimer Sr., 79, of Louisville, KY, died after an auto accident on Oct. 3, 2007. The Buffalo, NY, native began his ministry with the Pilgrim Christian Tabernacle in Buffalo shortly before going to Lincoln (IL) Bible College in 1954. While a student, he ministered with the Pearl (IL) Christian Church. After graduation he ministered in Clermont, IN, until 1966, then served full-time with Ellettsville (IN) Christian Church, Clifton Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and Christian Church Homes of Kentucky; part-time with the Taswell (IN) Christian Church; and as an interim with Shively Christian Church and the South Louisville Christian Church, both in Louisville. He also made himself available to preach at several other congregations, taught as needed at Hikes Point Christian Church in Louisville, and started a worship group in Florida where he wintered for several years. He was a volunteer firefighter and a chaplain with the Louisville Police Department. He also conducted workshops at the North American Christian Convention in the area of Christian housing for senior citizens. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beryl E. Lattimer; five children, Cheryl Rigsby, Beth Miller, Chauncey A. Lattimer Jr., Malinda Dutkowski, and Adair Campbell; one sister, Marilyn Brenner; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. A celebration service was conducted Oct. 8 at Clifton Christian Church, with all his children participating.
Marple Alfred Lawson Sr., 85, of Seymour, IN, died at Heritage House of Seymour on Oct. 15, 2007. He was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Middletown, OH, the son of Alvin and Mattie (Fields) Lawson. He married Arlene Ruth Wilson on Feb. 4, 1942, in Ligonier, IN. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was ordained into ministry at Sauktown (IN) Church of Christ on Aug. 27, 1950. He ministered with various churches until retirement in 2001. He was a member of Community Christian Church, Seymour, IN, and VFW Post 3931 in Ligonier. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; one son, Marple Jr. of Scottsburg, IN; two daughters, Carolyn Burt of Yuma, AZ, and Debra Burton of Columbus, OH; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gertie Mae Mehl of Ligonier. He was preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 19, Mike Breidenbaugh and Ron Holley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Christian Church, Seymour.
Alicia Dawn Lee, 21, died July 10, 2007, after a five-year struggle with bulimia/anorexia. Alicia was a member of Liberty Church of Christ, Salisbury, MD, where her father is pastor. She was a beautiful lady who sang hymns on the church’s weekly radio program. She is remembered for her inner charm and Christian beauty. Condolences may be sent to her father, Phillip Alan Lee, P.O. Box 2064, Salisbury, MD 21802-2064.
Eugene P. Marvin, 72, of Deltona, FL, died Feb. 18, 2007, at a nursing home in Deland, FL. He was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Chicago, IL, to Verl and Evelyn Marvin. He graduated from Manchester (OH) High School in 1952 and attended one year at Kentucky Christian College, Grayson. He received his BA from LBI–Lincoln (IL) Christian College in 1957. While at LCC he met Jacqueline Lepper of Plainville, IL, whom he married June 11, 1955. He worked as an evangelist, often in “tent maker” ministries. He led dozens of meetings as song evangelist and preaching evangelist. He had a passion for missions and planting new churches. During college he preached at Effingham and Dallas City, IL, and Columbus, IN. After graduation he ministered with Phillips Christian Church, Salem, OH, and then Rogers, OH, where he helped plant Lake Mount Church of Christ. In 1964 he moved to Massachusetts to serve as a “home missionary.” He founded Bay State Evangelism, Inc., and raised funds and planted a new church in Acton, MA. In 1976, he moved to Florida where he served Southeast Christian Church in Orland, and Palatka Christian and Silver Springs Shore Christian churches. In addition to his church work, he also served as a trustee of New England Christian Evangelizing Mission and founded “Notes of Victory” radio ministry on WRYT in Boston, MA. In retirement he started Alpine Ministry, Inc., with a vision to some day develop a Revival and Restoration Center in Plainville, IL. He received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from Homestead College of the Bible and Graduate University, Lake Mary, FL. In addition to Jackie, his wife of 51 years, he is survived by three daughters, Darla Vartanian of Simsbury, CT, Gwen Strain of Lake Worth, FL, and Rhonda Cross of Lake Mary, FL; six grandchildren; three brothers, James, Albert, and Verl Anthony; and one sister, Deborah Murphy. A celebration of his life was conducted at Deltona Memorial Gardens, Orange City, FL, and at Plymouth Avenue Christian Church, Deland, FL.
Edith M. (Wright) Melton, 86, of Los Alamos, NM, died April 28, 2007, at her daughter’s home after a battle with kidney disease. She was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Eagle Pass, OR, and attended San Jose Bible College. She married Eldon Melton on March 30, 1942. For 56 years she served as a minister’s wife at churches in Missouri, Oregon, Montana, and California. After her husband’s death in 1998, she worked with churches in Reno, NV, and Santa Fe, NM. She is survived by one daughter, Jeannie Butterworth of Los Alamos, NM; one son, James of Gresham, OR; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was buried next to her husband at Pioneer Cemetery in Phoenix, OR. Contributions may be made to Key Communications, P.O. Box 13620, Portland, OR 97213-0620.
Hugh D. Morgan died Jan. 16, 2007, in Modesto, CA. He was born in Carrollton, GA. He attended Cincinnati (OH) Christian University where he met and married Genevieve Clark. After Genevieve’s death in 1984, he married Ruth Taylor. Throughout his life, he served the Christian church, including those he pastored in Georgia and Southern California. He received his doctorate and continued counseling, helping, and impacting others. He served through his leadership in many organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, North American Christian Convention, Alta Bates Medical Center (Berkeley, CA), Kiwanis, and the Elks. He was blessed with many friends and business associates whom he knew through his ownership and management of McNary-Morgan-Green and Jackson Mortuary. He enjoyed golf, sports, travel, and good conversation. His generosity, public service, and intelligence were among his greatest qualities. He is survived by three sons, Hugh, Paul, and Jon; one daughter, Vicki Putahi; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Dennis M. Morley, 58, pastor of Willamina (OR) Christian Church, died at his home July 13, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 21, 1949, in Silverton, OR, to Charles and Colleen Morley. He graduated from Puget Sound College of the Bible and Pacific Christian College. He served as youth minister at both Parkland Christian Church, Tacoma WA, and at Oregon City Church of Christ. He had been senior pastor with Willamina Christian Church for the last 31 years. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara; two children, Tammy Morley of Woodland, CA, and Seth Morley of Aumsville, OR; one sister, Nadene Funkhouser of Hemet, CA; one brother, Kent Morley of Elmira, OR; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted July 19 in Willamina, OR.
Robert Olson, 84, died March 24, 2007, at his home in Winter Haven, FL. He was born March 28, 1922, to Oscar and Ann Olson in Chicago, IL. He married Mildred Blanchard on May 14, 1949. They became Christians in 1950 at the Buchanan (MI) Church of Christ, and in 1958 he sold his Zephyr gas station and entered Great Lakes Bible College, Lansing, MI. After graduating in 1962, He served churches in Montpelier, IN; Toledo, OH; Chester, WV; and Brinkhaven, OH. The couple moved to Florida in 1980. During the summers of 1990–2000, they returned to Michigan to work at Michiana Christian Service Camp in Niles. He was preceded in death by his wife in October 2004, and one brother, Don, in 1997. He is survived by one son, DJ, of Michigan; three daughters, Debbie of Florida, Diane Lantzer of Georgia, and and Dennie of Michigan; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ken. Memorial gifts may be made to Great Lakes Christian College or Michiana Christian Service Camp.
Doris Jane Owens, 87, died Nov. 16, 2007. She had suffered a heart attack in Florida on July 25, 2007, and never fully recovered. Her niece in Georgia, Elizabeth “Libby” Quiggle, had been caring for her for several weeks. She was the daughter of Murrell and Gladys McCollum. She married Herb Owens on July 25, 1943. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one sister, Nola Isley of Georgia. Funeral services were conducted in Winder, GA, with Bruce Quiggle (Libby’s husband) officiating, and in Shelbyville, IN, with Howard Bowers officiating. Burial was at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery, a few miles east of Franklin, IN.
Martha Anna (Kendall) Parker, 90, died Aug. 10, 2007, in Phoenix, AZ. She was born April 6, 1917, near Kokomo, IN, to Harvey and Cora Kendall. She attended Kokomo Business College and then graduated from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) in 1947 with a BA in religion. She married Chester C. Parker on May 1, 1948. In 1952 the family sailed to India to begin work as educators with Christian Missionary Fellowship. They returned to Muncie, IN, in 1964, where Martha earned a master’s degree in library science from Ball State University. In 1987 she retired as librarian at Tennessee State University, Nashville, after serving 15 years. In addition to her widower, Chester, she is survived by one daughter, Yvonne. Services were conducted Aug. 18 at First Christian Church, Glendale, AZ, and Aug. 19 at Chaparral Christian Church, Scottsdale, AZ. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Missionary Fellowship, Box 501020, 5525 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46250.
John David Scott, 59, pastor of First Christian Church, Long Beach, CA, died at his home July 2, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 6, 1947, in Mount Vernon, OH, to pastor Minard and Mildred Scott. He attended Ozark Bible College, Joplin, MO, and graduated from Dallas (TX) Christian College. Many benefited from his ministries in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, and Ohio, as well as Fountain Valley, CA, and American Samoa. He had been senior pastor in Long Beach since 2000. He is survived by his wife of five years, Deborah; three children, Julie Rathbone of Greenville,IL, Randy of Greenville, TX; and Gary who resides overseas; seven grandchildren; and one brother, Bob of Hemet, CA. He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard. A memorial service was conducted July 8 in Long Beach. Memorial contributions may be sent to First Christian Church, 440 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.
Oriana Maxine (Danner) Scott, 92, died July 13, 2007, in Houston, TX. She was born July 20, 1914, in Browning, IL, to Granville and Esther Danner. She graduated from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary and married Theodore Robert Scott in 1937. They entered the ministry, serving churches in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Texas. She worked as a Sunday school teacher, pianist, and writer for Christian Standard. She is survived by one daughter, Jan Hagan; one son, Philip; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers. A memorial service was conducted July 21. Memorial contributions may be made to Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 2700 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45204.
Hervey Sewell, 89, died Jan. 25, 2007, at Schnepp’s Health Care Center in St. Louis, MI, after a lengthy illness. He and his wife, Betty, married July 19, 1936, and he entered Cincinnati Bible Seminary to prepare for ministry the same year. They always worked as a team with Hervey preaching and Betty leading the music as they served churches in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Even in retirement, they began chapel services at their retirement condo in Arizona. He received a master’s degree from Michigan State University and taught school in Michigan and Indiana. He was instrumental in starting three churches in Richmond, IN, as well as having a major role in starting Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing, MI). He also served on the NACC continuation committee. He was a lifeguard at Rock Lake Christian Assembly during parts of the 1940s and ’50s. He is survived by one son, David; one daughter, Judith Saunders; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Betty. Funeral services were conducted in Edmore, MI, by son-in-law J.D. Saunders and grandson-in-law Roger Penwell.
William “Bill” Shewman, 86, of Peru, IN, died of bone cancer at his home on Nov. 28, 2007. He was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Akron, IN, to Merl and Ruby Shewman. He graduated from Peru High School in 1939 and Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, TN, in 1944. He did graduate work at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, and Michigan State University, Lansing. He married Mary Sowers April 11, 1945. He taught at Macy (IN) High School, 1945–48, and was principal at East Lansing (MI) Elementary School. He was ordained into the ministry by Peru (IN) Christian Church. He preached at Jellico, TN; Macy Christian Church, Miami County, IN; and Macedonia Christian Church, Howard County, IN. He planted Salem Christian Church, south of Peru, IN, and preached there for 30 years. After “retirement” he preached for Bunker Hill (IN) Baptist Church and Chili Baptist Church, Denver, IN (13 years). In 1948, he and his father helped organize the church camp that is now known as Rainbow Christian Camp, near Converse, IN. He and his father owned and operated Cardinal Oil Co., Peru, for several years. He is survived by his widow, Mary; two sons, Errol of Grand Rapids, MI, and Bill of Fort Wayne, IN; one daughter, Diane Hahn; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Salem Christian Church by Rod Cameron and John Rhodes.
Carol Stephens Silsby, 94, of Snohomish, WA, died March 28, 2007. She served alongside her husband, Conley Silsby, at churches in Oregon, Indiana, Minnesota, and Washington. The graduate of Northwest Christian College, Eugene, OR, taught at Minnesota Bible College, Minneapolis, from 1945 to 1954, and Puget Sound College of the Bible, Seattle, WA, from 1954 to 1973. She often “adopted” and hosted young people and families who were in need of love and/or a place to stay. She delighted in keeping in touch with old friends and former students, sending congratulatory notes and sympathy cards. In addition to her husband of 71 years, she is survived by one daughter, Diane Moffitt of Puyallup, WA; two sons, Greg of Snohomish, WA, and John of Honolulu, HI; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Ambassadors for Christ (mission to the Philippines), P.O. Box 176, Mooresville, IN 46158.
Dr. Ralph Elmore Sims, 80, of Johnson City, TN, died Sept. 18, 2007, at Johnson City Medical Center after a lengthy illness. The Chester, WV, native was a son of Alfred E. and Grace Firebaugh Sims. He received a BA and MA from Cincinnati (OH) Bible College and Seminary, and a BA and BDiv from Butler University School of Religion, Indianapolis, IN. He was a minister for many years, serving churches in Kentucky and Indiana, and also Montgomery Road Church of Christ, Cincinnati, and First Christian Church, Johnson City. He was a member of Boones Creek Christian Church, Gray, TN, was active with Christian Missionary Fellowship and South Pacific Christian Mission, and served on the boards of the North American Christian Convention, Southern Christian Convention, and Milligan College (TN). He was a trustee at Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, and a chaplain at Johnson City Medical Center. He also served his community through Kiwanis clubs. He is survived by his widow, Donna Auerswald Sims; one daughter, Sue Seaver; one son, Pete; three grandchildren; two brothers, Harold and Earl; and one sister, Margaret Cunningham. A memorial service was conducted at Boones Creek Christian Church with his nephew Andy Sims, college roommate Dick Crabtree, and Angus Shaw and David Clark officiating.
Eleanor Mae Sprague, 71, died Aug. 7, 2007, at Miller’s Merry Manor-Autumnwood nursing home in Tipton, IN. She was born Feb 18, 1936, in Fisher, IL, the daughter of James H. and Neva L. Reinhart. On July 9, 1956, she married Richard A. Sprague. She served for 51 years as a minister’s wife. She was a bookkeeper for eight years with Mission Services Association and was office manager at Miller’s Merry Manor for 16 years. She retired in 1996. She was a bookkeeper for several months for International Disaster Emergency Service in Kempton, IN. She studied at Lincoln (IL) Bible Institute 1955–56. She was a member of Kempton Christian Church, Sisters at Heart Ladies Bible Study and Volunteer Sunday School class. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and ceramics. In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Stephen, Gary, and Terry; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard and Larry. Funeral services were conducted at Kempton Christian Church with Ron Whitacre officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Kempton Christian Church, International Disaster Emergency Service, Inc, or Mission Services Association.
Charles R. Taber, 78, died Oct. 26, 2007, at his home in Johnson City, TN, after a two-month illness. He was born in Paris, France, of American parents, Floyd and Ada Taber. When he was 9, the family moved to the Central African Republic where his parents served as missionaries. At 17 he moved to Allentown, PA, to finish the last two years of high school. He graduated from Bryan College, Dayton, TN, and attended Grace Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, before returning to the Central African Republic with his wife, Betty, to serve as a missionary from 1953 to 1961. He served as pastor of a church in Winona Lake, and was principal of the church school, for two years before moving to Hartford, CT, where he earned a PhD in linguistics and anthropology at the Kennedy School of Missions. He was then employed by the American Bible Society, first as a researcher, and then as a translations consultant in West Africa for five years. He and Eugene Nida cowrote a translation textbook called TAPOT (Theory and Practice of Translation) still used today. He also wrote other books and articles, and edited two magazines, Practical Anthropology and The Gospel in Context. He taught at Milligan College (TN) for six years, then at Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN, for 18 years as professor of world mission. After retirement he continued to teach, write, and lecture internationally as health permitted. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; four daughters, Christine Taber, Diana Abbott, Kathleen Moisan, and Patricia Taber; one son, Charles; seven grandchildren; one sister, Lois Baker; and one brother, Allan. He was preceded in death by one sister, Marguerite Spearman. He was a member of Grandview Christian Church, Johnson City, where he served many years as an elder, Sunday school teacher, and missions team member. A memorial service was conducted Oct. 29 at Grandview Christian Church, with Aaron Wymer officiating. He will be inurned at the columbarium at Emmanuel School of Religion. Donations may be made to Emmanuel School of Religion, 1 Walker Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601, or to the Grandview Christian Church Building Fund, 300 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604. Condolences and memories are welcome atwww.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Marvin Lee Tate, 88, of Abilene, KS, died Nov. 18, 2007. He was born in Miltonvale, KS, on May 8, 1919. He married Naomi Hoard on March 10, 1943. During World War II, he served in the air force at Hunter Field, GA. After the war, he and his family moved to Clay Center, KS, and attended the Christian church there. While working at the Air Force base in Salina, KS, he helped form Salina Heights Christian Church, which began meeting in the couple’s home. In the 1960s he was transferred to Little Rock (AR) Air Force Base from which he retired in 1980. He and his family lived in Jacksonville, AR, and in 1967 he was instrumental in helping start a Christian church there. In 1981, he and Naomi moved to Ottawa, KS, where he served as visitation minister with the church of Christ (instrumental). Later he filled the pulpit there. He also preached at four other Kansas Christian churches and filled pulpits occasionally until 1998. He and Naomi moved to Abilene in 1990. In addition to his widow, survivors include one son, Glenn; one daughter, Linda; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Joseph H. Taylor, 87, died Nov. 1, 2007. He served the Lord in various volunteer capacities for 60 years. He was a decorated member of the U.S. Army, serving from 1941 to 1945. He was baptized Jan. 9, 1946, by Hugh Sensibaugh at Lockland Christian Church, Cincinnati, OH. He married Lois Reeves on Feb. 9, 1946. During his 33 years working for Procter & Gamble Co., he served as a deacon with LCC and helped plant Mason (OH) Church of Christ, where he also served as a deacon. He helped establish Murdock Christian Church, Port Charlotte, FL, on March 15, 1987, and served the church as elder until 1994, when he moved to Bowling Green, KY. He started the Servant Garden Ministry at Bowling Green Christian Church; he planted and maintained the large garden, providing free produce to the needy in the community (1994–2000). In August 2000, the Taylors moved into Sunshine Christian Homes in Florida and became active members of Mid Lakes Christian Church, Leesburg, FL, where he began a tape ministry and also served as cleaning crew team leader. He joined Columbia County Christian Church, Martinez, GA, on Nov. 5, 2006, and was a member there until his death. In addition to his widow, Lois, he is survived by two sons, Phillip and Donald; two sisters; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Clinton B. Thomas, a former missionary, died April 21, 2007, at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, TN. He was born Sept. 28, 1930, in Williamsport, PA. He and his wife, Phyllis, served as missionaries to the Amazon Valley of Brazil for 40 years. He first went to Brazil in 1954. He became known as the “father of the town of Urucara,” and people traveled long distances for medical and mechanical help available there. Before the Thomases arrived, Bibles were unknown in Urucara. In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by three sons, Tim, Ted, and Tom; and seven grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his widow at 1415 Hopewell Road, Knoxville, TN 37920.
Roy L. Weece, 74, of Joplin, MO, died April 21, 2007, at his daughter’s home after a battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 24, 1932, in Cimarron, KS, and graduated from Ozark Bible College with bachelor’s (1955) and master’s (1957) degrees. He also attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. For 39 years he served as campus minister with Christian Campus House at the University of Missouri at Columbia. He also served with the Ninth Street Christian Church in Eldon, MO. At the time of his death he was a member of College Heights Christian Church. He married Carol Meyer on Jan. 4, 1960. In addition to his widow, he is survived by one daughter, Julie St. Clair of Joplin; three sons, Joe of Stillwater, OK, Jud of Fairplay, CO, and Jon of Lexington, KY; three brothers, Don of Dodge City, KS, Gene of Unionville, MO, and Leon of Miami, OK; five sisters, Louise Tate of Joplin, Helen and Linda Weece, both of Cimarron, Elsie Moore of Wake Village, TX, and Rose Wilkinson of Webb City, MO; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services were conducted at the Ozark Christian College Multipurpose Building with his sons and son-in-law officiating. Burial was at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a memorial fund established for the future care of Carol in care of Mason-Woodard Mortuary, 3701 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801.
Pauline Snow Williams died on her 100th birthday, Oct. 7, 2007, in Tavares, FL. She was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She married the late Frank J. Williams in 1927. They ministered in West Salem, West Village, and Marshall, IL; Summerside, PEI, Canada; Knoxville and Jellico, TN; Stanton and Jackson, KY; and Michigantown, IN. She was a Bible school teacher until her early 90s and shared her love of the Lord with all around her. Survivors include one son, F. Clair Williams of St. Petersburg, FL; one daughter, Phyllis R. Wright of Tavares, FL; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Memorial services were conducted at Mid-Lakes Christian Church, Tavares, FL, and Old Main Chapel at Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, TN. Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank and Pauline Williams Scholarship Fund at Johnson Bible College.
Phyllis G. Williams, 103, died April 5, 2007, in a nursing home in Kendallville, IN. She attended Minnesota Bible College. She and her husband, the late Roy E. Williams, were married 65 years and ministered together in Viola and Pipestone, MN; Sugar Grove, Ladysmith, and Viroqua, WI; Smithville, MO; and Milford, IL. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth, and one son, Keith. She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Ann; two sons, Gerald and Paul; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Her two surviving sons, Paul and Gerald, both former ministers, presided over the funeral service.
Earl A. Wood, 84, died May 14, 2007, in Winter Haven, FL. He was born Feb. 15, 1923, in St. Joseph, IL, a son of Norman and Mary (Austin) Wood. He served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics. With the encouragement of George Decker, he went to Minnesota Bible College where he graduated with a ministerial degree. He married Dorleen (Matkins) in 1949. She preceded him in death in 1999. During his 40 years of ministry, he served churches of Ronneby, Litchfield, Redwood Falls, and Duluth, MN. He spent three years as business manager of Minnesota Bible College. He spent 16 years with First Christian Church in Michigan City, IN, during which he helped start Countryside Christian Church. His final ministry was with Winter Haven Christian Church where he led a building program and helped establish the Faith-Promise mission program. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Wood and Jana Wasmund; one son, Douglas; and two granddaughters. A memorial service was conducted at Winter Haven Christian Church, with burial at Glen Abbey Cemetery in Auburndale, FL. Memorial gifts may be sent to Crossroads College (formerly Minnesota Bible College), 920 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902, or Winter Haven Christian Church, 301 Sixth St. NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881. Contact the family through Linda Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408 Shoal Lane, Winter Haven, FL 33884.
Albert Zimmerman, 85, died Nov. 30, 2007, from complications after falling at his home. He was a World War II veteran of the Navy and was a graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee. He married Jean, a professional pianist who played daily on the radio station of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. After graduation, he served as minister with First Christian Church in Chicago and then the Christian church in Coldwater, MI. In the late 1950s, the couple were recruited to serve as missionaries. They sailed to Cape Town, South Africa, in 1960 where they started the South African Christian Mission, serving 25 years until retiring in 1985. The Cape Bible Seminary was started in the Zimmermans’ living room in 1963 and continues as a major part of the work of the mission. After retirement, they moved to northeast Indiana and then to Monroe, WA. The couple have two sons, Steve and John Mark; one daughter, Sara Shaw; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 29 at Central Christian Church, Snohomish, WA. Condolences may be sent to Jean Zimmerman, 701 Elizabeth, Apt. 8, Monroe, WA 98272.