Tagged Mississippi

M. Clarence Sparks, Jr. dies at 80

by Tom Childers

LAKE CORMORANT, Miss. (BNc) – Gospel preacher, farmer and businessman, Clarence Sparks, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at his home after an extended illness.

Sparks was born on October 4, 1931 to Clarence, Sr. and Louise Pounders Sparks and was a lifelong resident of DeSoto County. He leaves behind two daughters, Kim (Jewel) Wallis of Lake Cormorant and Kara (Bobby) Shreeves of Olive Branch and one grandson, Matthew Wallis. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years, Connie Sparks. Read more

GBN channel rated in the top 10 Roku channels

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (BNc) – The Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) channel announced that it has been rated in the top 10 by Roku users.

With the hundreds of Roku channels available, the ranking is a great honor. It shows that those who have subscribed to the channel have enjoyed what they have seen on the network. GBN extended a special thank you to all its viewers for their support. Read more

Preacher dies in house fire

by Ken Thomas

COLUMBIA, Miss. (BNc) — Jimmy W. Cox, 82 year-old preacher for the church in Columbia, Miss., and his wife Shirley, age 61, died in a fire that left little but ashes.

The fire occurred about 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10. Jimmy had been a newspaper man in Columbia for many years, but had spent his last several years trying to keep a small congregation going. He also wrote several articles for Magnolia Messenger as well as in the local paper. His first wife, Mattie, had died in 2004, and her death was recorded in Magnolia Messenger. They had three children, daughters Llene Poles and Nancy Tolbert, both of Mobile, Ala., and a deceased son, Jimmy Cox, Jr. Read more

J.A. Thornton dies at 90

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (BNc) – Long-time gospel preacher and writer, Jean Armor Thornton, 90, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Scott-Del Personal Care Home in Booneville.

Thornton was a member of the Booneville church. He served on the President’s Advisory Board at Freed-Hardeman University for over 40 years and he was a past chairman of that board.

Thornton is survived by two daughters, Jeanita (Jim) Estes of Booneville and Joyce (Ralph) Gilmore of Jackson, Tenn.; one sister, Julia (Bobby) Milstead of Florence, Ala.; one brother, John L. (Peggy) Thornton of Hendersonville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Nieuwboer, Jill Lewis, Rachel (Evan) Aldridge, Rose Gilmore, Tim (Tammie) Estes, Steve (Nicole) Estes, Jay (April) Estes, Jon Estes and LeAnn (Jeremy) Jones; 10 great-grandchildren; his second wife’s children, Ann Langford of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barry Pardue of Booneville. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years, Delphia H. Thornton; his second wife, Jewell Thornton; an infant daughter and an infant son; and one sister and four brothers.

Memorial gifts should be sent to the J.A. Thornton Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, 158 E. Main St., Henderson, TN 38340.

Guy Hester celebrates 60 years of preaching

by Tim Hester

CORINTH, Miss. (BNc) – As a young man, Guy Hester began his preaching career at a small country church in Northeast Arkansas. Since then he has spent the last 60 years proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Guy says his greatest asset during his preaching career has been his wife of 57 years, Shirley. Guy and Shirley have four children (two sons and two daughters), ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with one more to be born soon.

Their influence in the work of the kingdom encouraged both their sons to become preachers, and their daughters to marry preachers, thus adding to a family line of preachers which includes Guy’s dad (deceased), three brothers (one of whom is deceased), an uncle (deceased), two nephews and one of his grandsons.

Although Guy received his formal education at both Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and Indiana State University, his greatest training as a gospel preacher came from two other sources. Read more