Cecil May health update

Cecil May

by Glenda Williams, BNC correspondent

Montgomery, Ala (BNc) — Cecil May, well-known and loved by many, recently broke his hip after falling in his apartment in Montgomery. After surgery and a period of recovery, he was moved to a rehab facility in the area. He has progressed nicely and expected to be going home Wednesday when Doctors said he would “walk out of there.”

Brother May sent the following update on his condition today, and is asking for prayers on his behalf.

“There has been a setback of sorts. When I was walking with my walker, I could move both feet well and seemed to be making great progress. As of Friday morning, however, my right leg–the one operated on–has quit cooperating. My brain tells my right leg to step and nothing happens. They have made x-rays, found no problem. They have scheduled an ultra-sound to check for a blood clot. Still waiting for that.”

“Don’t know where this leaves us. I will keep you posted. I appreciate your prayers. Feel free to share as appropriate.”

Winford Claiborne March 6, 1926 – November 18, 2014

Winford Claiborne

FAYETTEVILLE, Tennessee (BNc) — Funeral services for Winford Claiborne, age 88 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ with Bro. Tom Holland officiating. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 5-8 p.m. at the church building. Bro Claiborne passed away Tuesday morning at his residence.

He was a native of Portland, TN, and the son of the late Marvin and Susie Dillahay Claiborne. In October 2002, brother Claiborne and his family suffered the loss of Molly, his wife of 53+ years.

As of February 2014, brother Claiborne had been preaching the gospel for 71 years. He was a graduate of both Freed-Hardeman College and Murray State University. His academic work also included graduate studies at Harding Graduate and University of Georgia.

While serving as a gospel preacher for numerous congregations, he’s had other experiences as well, including high school teacher, business owner and college professor. In the last 71 years he’s been the pulpit minister for congregations in Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

After teaching at Freed-Hardeman for 14 years, he retired in 1993 and moved to Fayetteville where he began preaching full-time for the West Fayetteville congregation.

In August 1995, brother Claiborne took over the International Gospel Hour radio program. The operation of the International Gospel is under the direction of the Elders at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Doron (Kathee) Claiborne of Murfreesboro, TN and Danny (Gina) Claiborne of Murray, KY, grandchildren Hannah and Mark Claiborne, Wesley (Heather) Claiborne, brothers and sisters Edger Claiborne, Lucien (Ellen) Claiborne, Charlie (Paulette) Claiborne, Wilma (Irvin) Hill, Garvin (Beverly) Claiborne, and brother-in-law Chester Hill. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters William, Eathel, Nadine, Raymond, Douglas and Laura. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the International Gospel Hour or the Freed-Hardeman University Scholarship Fund.

There will also be a memorial service for Bro. Claiborne on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Williams Chapel Church of Christ in Lynn Grove, KY. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Cemetery in Sedalia, KY.

Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Brother Winford Claiborne.

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Memphis School of Preaching Conducts Milton, FL Campaign


Front Row L-R: Preston Silcox, local preacher, Sao Joseph, Barry Grider, T. J. Skelton, Trent Sherwin.

Back Row L-R: Josh Holloway, Efrain Aranda, Theo Scullard, Brandon Myers, Daniel Manning.

MILTON, FL (BNc) — The Margaret Street Church of Christ, Milton, FL is hosting a Campaign for Christ this week, October 26-30. Continue reading “Memphis School of Preaching Conducts Milton, FL Campaign”

Donnie Ray Hilliard Obituary

Donnie Hilliard FUNASHVILLE, TN (BNc) — Donnie Ray Hilliard, 64, went peacefully to be with the Lord on October 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Benedict Hilliard. He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Sherrie (McFarlin) Hilliard; son, David Ray Hilliard; daughter, Sarah Roberts (Alan); grandson, Wells Ray Roberts; Mother, Sarah Grace McTaggart; brother, Barry Hilliard; sister, Carol (Hilliard) Cederdahl.

Donnie was born on July 23, 1950 and graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia in 1968. Donnie attended Alabama Christian College and completed his Bachelor’s degree at Alabama Christian School of Religion. He received a Master’s degree from Troy State University and earned his PhD in Family Studies at the University of Alabama in 1997.

Donnie has been a part time minister for the church of Christ and a full time professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama where he taught Marriage & Family and Bible. He performed pre-marital counselling for over three hundred couples.

Books Donnie Hilliard has authored include “Upon that Rock I Stand,” “Magnificent Marriage,” and a workbook for college students, “Getting it Right the First Time.”

Donnie was an inspiration to all he met and had a loving and generous heart continually giving to other.

Services will be held Friday, October 17, 2014, at University Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama, at 2:00 pm. Entombment will be a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths at Faulkner University, 5345 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. EASTLAND FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, NASHVILLE, TN (615) 227-9558

Three women prisoners find freedom in Christ

DECATUR, Ala(BNc) — Three prisoners were recently baptized into Christ at the Beltline church of Christ in Decatur, Alabama.  Lisa, Ashley, and Cassandra were given permission by authorities to leave the jail for baptism.

Danny Truitt’s wife, Deborah, a WBS teacher, had studied with the three young women. He recaps the occasion: “Two deputies brought them to the building in handcuffs and shackles. The handcuffs and shackles were removed to allow them to put on baptismal garments, and then the handcuffs were placed on them again. The ankle shackles were left off to allow them to better negotiate the steps into the baptistery.” Truitt added, “Needless to say, she is pumped beyond measure,” referring to his wife’s excitement over the baptisms.

Despite the physical chains, these women have found freedom in Christ. What a joy it is to share in this triumph with the Beltline congregation.

Photo of Ashley’s baptism taken by Esco Olinger. Article submitted to BNc. It was originally written by Jonathan Towell.

Davidsons honored at Capital Prayer Breakfast

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (BNc) — Jerry and Frances Davidson were honored at the Capital Prayer Breakfast, July 18, 2014, at the RSA Tower in Montgomery, Alabama. The breakfast is sponsored bi-monthly by Amridge University, also in Montgomery.

Brethren came from far and near to offer up prayers to God for thanksgiving, church leaders, families, city, state and national leaders, sick, bereaved, and shut-ins.  Continue reading “Davidsons honored at Capital Prayer Breakfast”

Churches evangelize at Tennessee festival

SMITHVILLE, Tenn (BNc) — Christians in the Smithville, Tennessee area set up booths at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree Craft Festival, July 4-5, in downtown Smithville for the second year in a row.

Workers from the Keltonburg, the Smithville, and the Northside congregations in Smithville quadrupled the accomplishments of last year’s efforts at the festival. When the tally was completed, those working the booths had given out over 1700 free bottles of water, 1500 blue and white scripture reference cards by John Hurt, 250 House to House Bible tracts and several copies of Michael Shank’s “Muscle and a Shovel” books. Approximately 40 signed up for free Bible correspondence courses. Continue reading “Churches evangelize at Tennessee festival”

Tennessee I-40 accident victims funeral time set

HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) — Laura, age 50, Claire, 19, and Will Shelburne, 22,  were killed in an accident on Tennessee I-40, Friday, June 27. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson, TN.  Visitation will be from 11:00 – 2:00. Burial will follow in Dickson Memorial Gardens.

To be updated on the conditions of Terry and Abel Shelburne, father and son, also injured in the accident, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shelburne. A Terry Shelburne Family Benefit Fund to help this family has been set up at Regions Bank. Donations may be given at any Regions Bank in the name of Terry Shelburne.

BNc correspondent finds mission field at senior center

Editor’s note: We asked BNc correspondent Glenda Williams to share her and her husband’s experiences with you, after she shared some of them with us.

GENEVA, Ala. (BNc) — It all began when we finally accepted that we were old enough to start attending the local senior citizen’s center. We’d been enjoying the exercise room for a while, but one day they needed more people to stay and eat, and they invited us. We stayed. We ate. We loved it. All for just two dollars a day – one for my husband, and one for me.

One day when we were eating at a round table with other seniors, I overheard a lady behind us say to those around her table, “The church I go to is just like the church of Christ, except we have music.” Continue reading “BNc correspondent finds mission field at senior center”

Luverne church donates to purchase food for Sudan brethren

Luverne Church building RELUVERNE, Ala(BNc) — Raymond Elliott, preacher for the Luverne Church of Christ in Luverne, Alabama, reports members donated $6,399.00, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The small South Alabama congregation, of approximately 100 members, gave liberally to purchase food for Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan. A check for the donated amount was sent to the church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee who is overseeing this effort.

Christian uses talent for less fortunate

P1010003WESTVILLE, Fla. (BNc) — Eileen Speigner, 88 years old, is quilting and making blankets for the Geneva County Sheriff’s Department.  The small blankets, both quilted and crocheted, are 36” square or by the width of the material.

The idea was presented to her by a friend she met in the local grocery store.

Knowing Eileen was a quilter, she mentioned about the need of blankets for children that are picked up by the Sheriff’s Department from abused homes, or other situations. She related how toys and stuffed animals are always given, but the children reach for and hang on to the blankets.

Eileen’s heartstrings were touched upon hearing this, and she knew she could make them.

Continue reading “Christian uses talent for less fortunate”

Exchange student in Christian home gains ‘new point of view in relationship with God’

Copy of P1010001WESTVILLE, Fla (BNc)  — Ondrej Hubalek, 18, of Lukavice, Czech Republic was 16 years old when he decided to become an exchange student to the United States. He said kids start learning English in the third grade in his country, and he wanted to learn it better. He also wanted to learn the culture and experience what it is like to live in the United States. Continue reading “Exchange student in Christian home gains ‘new point of view in relationship with God’”

Ruth Robinson, 87, travels with son everywhere.


BRANTLEY, Ala(BNc)  —  Ruth Robinson, mother of Garland M. Robinson, is visiting in south Alabama this week. Garland is preaching in a gospel meeting at the Sasser Church of Christ near Brantley, Ala.

“Oh, I go with him everywhere he goes. If he flies, he gets me a ticket, and I go with him wherever he preaches. I enjoy it,” the small 87-year-old mother said about traveling with her son. Continue reading “Ruth Robinson, 87, travels with son everywhere.”