Newsmakers, February 2011
AWARDED: Abilene Christian University’s student newspaper, The Optimist, the Mark of Excellence as a finalist in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper category at the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Convention and National Journalism Conference. Lipscomb University College of Business, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Commitment Award, given to organizations that achieve the highest standards of excellence in their operations. Joe L. Dudney, the Kopio Award for tireless service by Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Dudney is vice president and executive director of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc. in Nashville.
NEW ELDERS: Jim Taylor and Hilton Merritt, West University church, Houston.
NEW MINISTER: Jacob D. Hawk, Riverside church, Kerrville, Texas.
ANNIVERSARIES: 77th: Roy and Vadus Johnson, Columbus, Miss. 73rd: Walter and Ruth Bryan, Edmond, Okla. 69th: David and Addell Delony, Houston. 65th: Luchin and Dorothy Daugherty, McKinney, Texas; Lloyd and Imogene Grisso, Hanford, Calif.; Joe and Jane Mitchen, Baton Rouge, La. 60th: Charles and Betty Gambill, Cold Spring, Ky. 50th: Gerald and Bettye Casey, Searcy, Ark.
BIRTHDAYS: 95th: Edna Ruth Abston, Mount Vernon, Texas. 92nd: Ruth Key, Roanoke, Ala. 90th: Delma Brazle, Bozeman, Mont.; Estelline Jones, Marshfield, Mo.; Eunice Moody, Kingman, Kan.
PASSAGES: Paul R. Durham, 82, Nov. 20, Jasper, Texas, former elder and deacon of the Church of Christ, Hwy 96 South, in Jasper, Texas. Ouida Garrett, 86, Dec. 3, Denton, Texas, member of the Singing Oaks church in Denton. Lois “Penny” Pavletch, 93, Nov. 30, Bakersfield, Calif., member of the Shafter, Calif., church, helped found the Springer, N.M., church. Thomas J. Seay, 87, Nov. 20, Cedar Park, Texas, former elder and minister for churches in Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona and Texas. Donna “Dixie” Spaulding, 97, Nov. 29, Romance Ark., secretary to the president of Central Christian College in Bartlesville, Okla. Francis “Frank” Starling Jr., 79, Dec. 6, Navarre, Fla., preacher for more than 35 years for congregations including the Bethany church in McMinnville, Tenn.