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Milestones, June 2017

Birthdays A.F. Fitzhugh
May 22

Shirley Genrich
July 12
Albion, Neb.

Clifford S. Owens
May 13
Nashville, Tenn.
Anniversaries John and Mary Townley
70th Anniversary
June 14th
Porter, Texas
John and Mary Townley
John and Mary were married on June 14, 1947, and will be celebrating 70 years together with family and friends in June.

John and Mary sold their business in 1983 and then began the work that fills their hearts — traveling all over the United States, teaching and baptizing souls into Christ. They are truly loved by their family and friends and have touched so many lives over the years.

Congratulations, John and Mary!

Elder Transition

Gordon Naylor

Gordon and Betty NaylorOn April 23, 2017, the Church of Christ in Great Falls, Mont., announced the resignation of Gordon Naylor as elder. Gordon first moved to Great Falls to serve as the full-time minister after preaching in places like Benkelman, Neb., St. Francis, Kan., and other communities in Kansas and Colorado. He continued to minister in Great Falls until 1993 and then traveled to preach in Chinook and Havre, Mont., for years. This year marks more than 65 years of ministry and the 48th year for the congregation in Great Falls and the state of Montana.

Due to the tireless work and wisdom of Gordon and his wife, Betty, countless lives have been changed for eternity.

On June 4, 2017, Gordon and Betty will be honored at a combined worship service at the Northwest Center in Great Falls followed by a Mexican potluck. Everyone is invited to attend.

Letters and cards are encouraged and welcome.

Please mail cards to: Church of Christ, 3400 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59401. You may contact the church office at: [email protected], (406) 453-3379, or greatfallscoc.org.


Ernest R. Raines

1931 — 2017

Ernest RainesErnest Ray Raines, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, passed away on April 30 at the age of 86.

He was born on March 15, 1931, in Humboldt, Tenn. His residence was in Rosharon, Texas, and he worshiped with the First Colony Church of Christ, in Sugar Land, Texas.

Ernest is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret J. Raines; a daughter, Naomi Raines Penn and a sister, Louise Chapman. He is lovingly survived by sons: Frazer (Barbara) Raines, John Mark Raines, Paul Edward Raines, and Timothy (Yim-Mie Nevle) Raines; daughters: Glenda Holleman, Denise Brown, Stella Raines (Ken) Mire, and Trish Raines; brother Robert William (Pat) Raines, Jr.; sister Kathleen Hutchinson; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ernest was featured in the March 2017 issue of The Christian Chronicle: “A Toymaker’s Tale: Preacher’s Hobby Was Born from Devotion.”

Keith Bradley

Keith Allen Bradley

April 5


Elmer ‘Joe’ Avery
April 15
Spiro, Okla.

Wilma ‘Jeanie’ Keith


Wilma Jean ‘Jeanie’ Keith

April 14
Tecumseh, Okla.


Jeanetta Sprayberry

May 14
Edmond, Okla.

Memorial/Honor Gifts The Christian Chronicle appreciates and acknowledges generous gifts received in memory of Wilma ‘Jeanie’ Keith.

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