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Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNC) — Long-time gospel preacher Garland Elkins died this morning, Oct. 28. He was 90 years old.

“After a life of faithful service as a gospel preacher and a Christian gentleman, our beloved brother Garland Elkins passed away in the early hours of the morning on this day, Oct. 28, 2016. He had arrived home from the hospital late on Thursday evening, and had settled into his own bed, when he drifted off to sleep,” B.J. Clarke wrote. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNC) by Mike Hughes — The church’s loss is Heaven’s gain. That’s the only way I can look at it and have it make any sense at all.

Photo, above: Mike and Mary Hughes with Janet and Jim Akins.

Jim Akins was as good a man as ever was. He served the Lord’s church faithfully for nearly five decades. First as a member, then as a deacon, then as an elder. He served as both deacon and elder at the Somers Avenue congregation in North Little Rock for over 30 years. Continue reading “Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Patient, soft-spoken school principal blessed students

GAINESVILLE, Ark. (BNC) — Joe Yeargain was a tall, big man, a no-nonsense kind of man, as a school principal had to be. He served for longer than my young mind could remember, but my passing 11 years in the same rural school building tends to blur what happened when and how long things lasted.

After those 11 years of grade school, middle school, and high school at Lafe, Ark., I was transferring out to spend my last year in the Marmaduke system.

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Joe and Jeannie Yeargain, 2015

On one of my last days, perhaps the very last, Joe called me into his office.

He offered me a small book.

“We give these books to graduating seniors,” he said. “But since you almost finished here, take this with you.”

I still have that book, on having a positive and successful life, tucked away somewhere. I was touched by his gesture and felt honored that Joe would recognize me in this way.

Joe passed away Sunday, June 5, at 76.

He was a patient and soft-spoken man, which in some ways made him more ominous to students. Often, a look was all it took to settle a situation. But, in an age when corporal punishment effectively settled discipline problems, Joe wasn’t afraid to use the paddle either. And a small paddle it was not.

Joe exemplified the positive male role for students, with all fairness and a kind strictness that kept the school running smoothly.

In my return visits to the area, I only ran into Joe once or twice in the remaining years. But I have always remembered him fondly.

Joe also taught and coached the basketball team at Lafe for a time. In a social media group, former students remembered his sense of humor and commented how much he was loved and respected by the student body.

Joe and his wife Jeannie were part of the Gainesville congregation.

Photo of the Yeargains: Denise Knuckles. School building photo is an old picture digitalized and posted on the Lafe school group page.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Missionary, editor, author, illustrator Glover Shipp goes home

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Margie and Glover Shipp

AUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Barry Newton — Earlier today, Dr. Glover Shipp, a tireless worker for Lord left this life to be with his Lord. With a fire in his bones to serve the expansion of the Lord’s kingdom, Glover and Margie Shipp left for Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1967 with their five children where he was instrumental in contributing to the establishment of the Carlos Prates congregation.

An ardent student with a natural creative flair, Glover acquired a wide variety of tools for serving the Lord. He would earn degrees in art, communication, theology, missiology and anthropology. The impact of his ministry has had a wide influence spanning decades and continents. Continue reading “Missionary, editor, author, illustrator Glover Shipp goes home”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Missions elder William Britton passes in Alabama

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BNC) by Michael E. Brooks — Missions, especially Bangladesh and Nepal missions, has lost a great friend and benefactor. William Britton, former long-time elder of the Highland Park congregation, passed away Sunday evening, Apr. 3.

Among William’s many interests and accomplishments, he was especially noted as a promoter and supporter of missions. His longest and greatest involvement was with the work in South Asia, especially in Bangladesh. Continue reading “Missions elder William Britton passes in Alabama”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death

BELMONT, Miss. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — I have the honor of speaking at the funeral of a kind-hearted and generous sister in Christ who passed on to her reward Sunday night, at age 87. Nothing came easy for Sister Norma Taylor.

She worked hard through many situations that would have brought down other people. She raised six children and two of her grandsons after they lost their parents. She was humble and generous, sometimes to a fault, but her love for her family and her fellow Christians was never questioned.

In the time that I knew her, Sister Norma had a phrase that she used regularly that truly embodied her approach to life. Continue reading “‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘You’re not supposed to die at 17 months’

LINDSAY, Okla. (BNC) by Gantt Carter — On Saturday, Nov. 14, I attended the funeral service of Elizabeth “Ellie” Guinn Ince. She was born on June 3, 2014, and died Nov. 9, 2015. Her family lives in Lindsay and worships with the local congregation there.

You’re not supposed to die at 17 months. The joy of life should (especially) not be stolen from one so young and so innocent. I hate death, and I so long for its complete and final conquest one day. The apostle Paul writes, Continue reading “‘You’re not supposed to die at 17 months’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘Little man, spiritual giant:’ Wendell Agee baptized 125 in 5 years — in his 80s

KARNS, Tenn. (BNC) by Steve Higginbotham — My good friend, co-worker, and brother in Christ, Wendell Agee, departed from this life Oct. 26 to be with his Lord.

I met Wendell and his wife June when we moved to Knoxville a little over five years ago. During these past five years, Wendell and I have been on mission trips together, worked in the jail ministry together, and been fellow-encouragers. Continue reading “‘Little man, spiritual giant:’ Wendell Agee baptized 125 in 5 years — in his 80s”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘The epitome of kindness:’ William Alex Craig passes at 91

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by John Henson — Everyone wishes for the kind of friend who is a spiritual brother. My life has been blessed — it was my great pleasure to have found a spiritual brother in William Alexander Craig. Continue reading “‘The epitome of kindness:’ William Alex Craig passes at 91”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Phil Sanders remembers Mac Lyon, 1921–2015

EDMOND, Okla. (BNC) by Phil Sanders — We are saddened to announce the loss of our dear friend and brother in the Lord, Mack Lyon, who passed from this life to be with the Lord at 11:15 pm on August 5. Continue reading “Phil Sanders remembers Mac Lyon, 1921–2015”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Jim Matheny ‘did whatever was needed in church:’ Editor remembers father

PARAGOULD, Ark. (BNC) by J. Randal Matheny — After my dad’s passing on July 13, I asked my mom for one thing that belonged to him: his shoe brush, acquired while he was in the Army, into the top of which was etched what must have been Dad’s military nickname, “Jim Arkey.”

That shoe brush represents one of the memories I have of my dad. Every Sunday morning, while he watched Batsell Barrett Baxter speak on the “Herald of Truth” program, he would polish and shine his shoes with that brush. That simple act exemplifies for me the preparation he often made for spiritual efforts. Continue reading “Jim Matheny ‘did whatever was needed in church:’ Editor remembers father”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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World Evangelism Foundation worker Bonnie Rushmore passes

WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — Bonnie Sue Rushmore died May 18 of pancreatic cancer in Jackson. She and her husband Louis worked with World Evangelism Foundation, making mission trips to several countries. Continue reading “World Evangelism Foundation worker Bonnie Rushmore passes”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘She learned the art of listening:’ Christine Garton passes at 89

MT JULIET, Tenn. (BNC) — Christine Edith Garton of the Mt Juliet congregation was honored in an obituary published today on their website, written by gospel preacher David Shannon. Continue reading “‘She learned the art of listening:’ Christine Garton passes at 89”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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Ruth Orr: ‘Vast numbers will spend eternity with God because of her’

LEWISBURG Tenn. (BNC) by Betty Choate — It seems providential that Ruth Orr did not know she had cancer and was not at all limited by it in her work until it was in the very final stages. (She died at home Nov. 4.) How blessed she and the family were, and how blessed were all the souls that she was able to teach or strengthen during those trips overseas in these last two or three years, instead of being compelled to devote those years to treating a disease!

Continue reading “Ruth Orr: ‘Vast numbers will spend eternity with God because of her’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Missionary, church planter and preacher Michael Landon passes

mike-landonGROTON, Conn. (BNC) —Preacher Michael Landon died Oct. 4 of a rare and aggressive disease surrounded by his wife and children.

Michael was born in Oklahoma to Christian parents, so he was privileged to grow up attending church and gave his life to Jesus through baptism at the young age of eight.

Mike attended Oklahoma Christian College where he met and married Susan. They both graduated there. Mike later graduated from Harding University Graduate School of Religion with an MA and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a PhD. Continue reading “Missionary, church planter and preacher Michael Landon passes”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Jimmy Jividen, scholar, author, church worker, dies

jimmy-jividenABILENE, Tex. (BNC) by Greg Tidwell — Jimmy Jividen died on Oct. 2, 2014. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 4, at the Oldham Lane congregation. Continue reading “Jimmy Jividen, scholar, author, church worker, dies”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Tribute: Glen Harris, hard-fighting soldier, leaves battlefield

NEW CONCORD, Oh. (BNc) by David R. Kenney — While my family and I were returning home from Seattle from attending our niece’s high-school graduation, I received word that Glen Richmond Harris had passed away at 4:00 am, Friday, June 20. Continue reading “Tribute: Glen Harris, hard-fighting soldier, leaves battlefield”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Northeast Arkansas elder’s wife Almarie Denham dies at 91

almarie-denhamPARAGOULD, Ark. (BNc) by Randal Matheny — Almarie Payne Denham, 91, of Paragould, passed away May 31 at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was born on Aug. 24, 1922, in Finch, Ark., to Carroll Crawford Payne and Linnie Rose Williams Payne.

She belonged to the Pine Knott congregation, where her husband Adrian had served, until recently, as an elder.

Over the years, she had been a loyal employee of Ely Walker Shirt Factory, Ben Franklin Five and Dime, IGA Grocery, Big Star Grocery and Walden Drug Store where she had made many friends and lasting memories.

If memory serves me, she and I worked at the Ben Franklin store together, during my short career there.

Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Adrian Denham; one daughter, Darla Denham Eaker, granddaughter, Robin (Rex) Ellington; one great grandson, Chandler Crawford Ellington, one great granddaughter, Alexandra Dione Ellington, along with sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom she all loved dearly.

When I was a child, for several years Adrian and Almarie came every Sunday out to the small Stonewall congregation in northern Greene County, where my family assembled. Adrian preached and taught in the congregation, so this couple makes up a part of my spiritual DNA.

Funeral services will be held June 3 at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Linwood Cemetery.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Texas author and teacher Alice Sheppard passes

Alice-SheppardBUDA, Tex. (BNc) — Alice Ilene Cheatham Sheppard, 86, died Friday, May 23 in Austin. She resided in Buda.

She was born Sept. 16, 1927, to Walter Carl Cheatham and Allie Cly Francis Cheatham.

She married James E. Sheppard on Sept. 21, 1946. Alice was a teacher, counselor, author and freelance writer. Continue reading “Texas author and teacher Alice Sheppard passes”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Couple married for 72 years die within a day of each other

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (BNc) — A couple belonging to the Edgewood congregation died one day apart from each other. Norbert and June Rogers had been married 72 years.

They died Apr. 7 and 8. He was 97, she was 89. Their obituary is online. Continue reading “Couple married for 72 years die within a day of each other”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us