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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

J. Lee Roberts leaves a rich heritage

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LUBBOCK, TX (BNC). At the age of 90, J. Lee Roberts, former missionary to Belgium and Professor Emeritus of Lubbock Christian University, passed away at Lubbock, Texas on May 6, 2016.

J. Lee and Margaret RobertsJ. Lee and Margaret Roberts were missionaries at Liege, Belgium from 1954 until 1966. They met at Paris, France after WWII where J Lee was attending art school and Margaret’s father was working with the Marshal Plan. They were married in 1950. J Lee had been in the military in Europe during the war.

When support for their mission work was terminated in 1966, they returned to the States where J. Lee first taught art at Harding University and then at Lubbock Christian University from 1970 to 1994. He chaired the art department there from 1970 to 1984.

An exhibition of some of his art work is found here.

Margaret passed away on January 3, 2007 at the age of 80. She taught at LCU from 1970 to 1995.

Former missionary to Belgium, Donald Taylor, writes: “J and Margaret were our neighbors in Belgium (Liege/Verviers). We loved them very much, were often in their home, and worked with them to establish churches in Belgium. J was a zealous, fervent Christian man who involved himself with young people. We will miss him and his Internet posts, but look forward to being with him in heaven with our precious Lord.”

Former missionary to France, Bren White, writes: “J. Lee encouraged many people all over the world during his life! He was a wonderful example of faith and love in Jesus Christ! He encouraged me to get involved in French-speaking mission work, to help start a church in Strasbourg, France and to launch ‘Operation French World’ twenty-years ago.”

 

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).
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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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‘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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‘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

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

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

Blameless and without regret: John Brookins dies in Minn.

John Brookins with wife Susie
John Brookins with wife Susie

Owatonna, Minn. (BNc) by Dan Mayfield — A longtime Christian friend, John Brookins, died Feb. 23. I met John when he was doing a house inspection more than 20 years ago. We were standing in my basement, and he noticed the shirt I was wearing said “Church of Christ”. Having grown up in the church, this was good news to him. He was a recent transplant from California and he was only getting settled into the community. His wife Susie wasn’t moved here yet as she was tidying up final things at their old home.

That was many years ago and I have grown to love and appreciate John very much. I think he liked my wife Hazel more than me. Then again, Hazel IS more likable than me, so who could blame him!

We shared many meals and, right to the end, many prayers and Bible studies. He was helpful to me more than once in finding support for my ministry in Owatonna and he, with his wife Susie, supported my family personally. Continue reading “Blameless and without regret: John Brookins dies in Minn.”

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

102-year-old Eulala Williams goes home

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Glenda Williams and her mother Eulala Williams

 

GENEVA, Ala. (BNc) — After years of caring for her mother in-home, Glenda Williams wrote that her mother Eulala Williams passed peacefully from this life last night at age 102. Continue reading “102-year-old Eulala Williams 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