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Newsmakers, January 2009


NAMED: Deborah Boyd, associate dean and director of graduate studies, College of Education, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn. Boyd attends the Brentwood, Tenn., church. John Cummings and Joe Ritchie to the board of trustees of Austin Graduate School of Theology in Texas. Paul Learned, director of business development for Standard Publishing, Cincinnati. Beth Robinson, assistant provost, and Brian Starr, executive vice president of student affairs, Lubbock Christian University in Texas.
AWARDED: Ayaka Ito and Erica Page, honorable mention all-conference players for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic conference, and Roberto Jofra, all-conference second team. All are soccer players for Ohio Valley University, Vienna, W.Va.
NEW MINISTER: Gordon Dabbs, Prestoncrest church, Dallas.

BIRTHDAYS: 100th: Roxie Bell Reynolds, Acuff, Texas church. 92nd: M. B. “Buck” Ellerbee, Hastings, Neb. 90th: Robert W. Anthony, Conway, Ark. 85th: William Boyd, Mariposa, Calif. 78th: Betty Munsell, Hastings, Neb.
ANNIVERSARIES: 71st: Walter and Ruth Bryan, Edmond, Okla. 69th: Bill and Gracie Brown, Happy Valley, Ore. 67th: Elton and Eleanor Dilbeck, Roswell, N.M. 65th: Howell Lee and Emma Lou Couch, Kaufman, Texas. 58th: Charles and Bonnie Sheppard, Abilene, Texas. 50th: Sherman and Gloria Brown, Hendersonville, Tenn.
PASSAGES: Malcolm Forrest Howell, 43, Sept. 13, Bentonville, Ark., member of the President’s Council of Harding University, board member of Southern Christian Home, Morrilton, Ark., member of Bentonville church. Russell Lowe, 84, Nov. 2, former elder of the North Oaks church in Canyon Country, Calif. Baughn L. McWherter, 76, Nov. 29, Broken Arrow, Okla., veteran of the Korean war and member of Broken Arrow church. Don McWhorter, 76, Dec. 1, Fayette, Ala., minister for the Fayette church. Mildred Haws Murphy, 89, Nov. 22, Hibbing, Minn., taught Bible teacher workshops in Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas, member of Hibbing church. Buford E. Pitman, 83, Aug. 27, College Station, Texas. Veteran of World War II and minister for churches in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New York and Alberta, Canada. J.R. “Dick” Sawers, 92, Oct. 4, Memphis, Tenn., served as elder in churches in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Georgia, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee, member of the Germantown, Tenn., church. Jimmie B. Smith, 80, April 9, Walnut Creek, Calif., university professor of genetics, pineapple consultant, elder of the Honolulu, Hawaii, church and the Walnut Creek, Calif., church. Sammie Swim, 72, July 19, minister for about 60 years for congregations in Texas, president of The Christian News of South Texas. Mildred Thompson, 85, Feb. 20, Abilene, Texas, Sunday school teacher in Bakersfield, Calif. Norma Woods, 85, Dec. 3, member of Kings Crossing church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Filed under: Milestones People Staff Reports

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