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Newsmakers, September 2012

NAMED:  Brandon Tatum , president of Oklahoma Christian Academy, Edmond, Okla.  Kenneth Olree , director of engineering, Abilene Christian University in Texas.

HONORED:  Rex Farnsworth  retired as elder of the Lakeview church in Tacoma, Wash., following 34 years of service.  Cliff Craig , 20 years as preacher for Northridge church in Shawnee, Okla.

ANNIVERSARIES:  74th:  Jack and Bessie Vestal, Iowa Park, Texas.  71st:  James and Marie Cate, Springville, Tenn.  69th:  Maxine and Gail Straight, Norwalk, Ohio.  67th:  Monroe and Julia Hawley, Milwaukee, Wisc.  64th Dan and Lois Whitaker, Cleburne, Texas.  60th:  Wayne and Betty O’Bannan, Deer Park, Texas  

BIRTHDAYS:  90th Therma Lee Defer, Midland, Texas. Clinton L. Storm, Atwater, Calif.

PASSAGES:  Avis Duncan , 83, July 8, Woodward, Okla., longtime minister’s wife and supporter of mission work in Brazil.  Dwain Hart , 80, July 5, Abilene, Texas, an Army veteran who served Abilene Christian University for 56 years.  T. Harding Lowry Jr. , 85, June 12, Mocksville, N.C., a preacher for 65 years and former president of Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala. and Ohio Valley College in Parkersburg, W.Va.  James Mangrum , 78, July 4, missionary to numerous countries including Honduras, member of the Hermitage church in Nashville, Tenn.  E. Ray Martin , 81, May 26, Longview, Texas, former deacon and elder of the Lindale church in Houston.  Madison Martin , 86, June 21, Edmond, Okla., Navy veteran and longtime member of the Memorial Road church in Edmond.  Debbie Mitchell , 48, June 10, Tulsa, Okla., member of Park Plaza church and volunteer at Metro Christian Academy.  Virginia Murphree , 85, May 27, a charter member of the Eastside church in Duncan, Okla.  James H. Nixon , 81, April 3, Temple, Texas, Navy veteran and member of team that established a church in South Dakota.  Eddie Faye Thornton , 96, May 14, Amarillo, Texas, a preacher’s wife serving churches in five states.  Barry Trent , 73, May 27, Dardanelle, Ark., minister for more than 30 years.  Donald Wright , 79, June 10, Duncan, Okla., Army veteran and member of Eastside church in Duncan.

Filed under: Milestones People Staff Reports

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