Passages: summer 2021

Ann Richmond Sewell (’45), 96, of Searcy, died May 5, 2021. After earning her master’s degree, she joined the Harding faculty in 1961 and was an associate professor of music. She authored several articles for Christian magazines and the book Sounds of Joy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Edward. She is survived by three children, Mary Ann Sniff (’68), Granville (’69) and Kirk (’74); a brother, Clarence Richmond (’50); seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Edith Kiihnl Chaffin (’48), 93, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, died Feb. 2, 2021. She worked for the superintendent’s office of the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas, working for seven superintendents for more than 35 years before retiring in 1987. In 1988, she and her husband retired to Eden Isle at Heber Springs. She was a member of Heber Springs Church of Christ for more than 30 years. A member of Women for Harding, she was awarded Outstanding Member of the Year in 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Jack (’50). She is survived by her son, Gary Lynn (’75); three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dale A. Jorgenson (’48), 95, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died April 25, 2021. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1944-46 as part of the 315th Bomb Wing and as a chaplain’s assistant on Guam. He received a Master of Music at George Peabody College and his Doctor of Philosophy at Indiana University. He served as instructor at Southeastern Christian College in Louisville and as a pastor of Ebenezer Church of Christ, Salem Church of Christ, and the Christian Church in Bryantsville, Indiana, while completing his doctorate. He served on the music faculty at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and as head of the music department at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, for three years. He then served as director of fine arts at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee. In 1963, he moved to Kirksville, Missouri, to serve as chairman of the fine arts department at Truman State University. He spent almost 20 years serving as minister to Knox City Christian Church, part of which time he served simultaneously at Edina Christian Church. After his retirement from Truman State, he served 10 years as interim pastor at Perry Christian Church in Perry, Missouri. He wrote several books, among them Moritz Hauptman of Leipzig, Theological and Aesthetic Roots in the Stone-Campbell Movement, The Life of Karl Anton, and The Life and Legacy of Franz Xaver Hauser. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Mary Lee Strawn (’50); five children, Dale, Rebecca Lee Stringert, Mark, Janet and Eric; a sister, Iva Hoffman; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Billie Baird Dykes (’48), 94, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Jan. 27, 2021. She lived most of her life in the Houston metro area. She was devoted to God and serving others, with much of her life centered around church administration and outreach activities including working at Southeast Church of Christ in Houston and leading World Bible School Outreach efforts, touching the lives of thousands. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Burrell (’44); and a daughter, Linda McKnight. She is survived by three children, Larry (’73), John (’79) and JoAnn Wallers (’80); 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Peg Pike Gordon (’50), 94, of College Station, Texas, died Nov. 22, 2020, from COVID-19. She worked in her husband’s accounting firm for nearly 20 years. She was an accomplished weaver and seamstress and passionately pursued family genealogical history. She was a member of the Johnson Street Church of Christ, and she also was an active member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution in Bryan, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert “Bob” (’47). She is survived by five children, Drexel, Kearby Etheredge, Sharla, B. Kevin, and Kyle; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Margaret See Parker (’52), 90, of Edmond, Oklahoma, died Feb. 1, 2021. She received her master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. She was employed by Lawton Public Schools as an elementary school music teacher, retiring in 1985. She was a member at Porter Hill Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dewey; a son, Keith; a sister, Mildred Barkemeyer (’53); and six grandchildren.

Doris Okay Storey Vaughan (’54), 89, of Texarkana, Texas, died Jan. 5, 2021. She worked as the bookkeeper for Vaughan Oil Co. for more than 50 years. She was a greeter at Walnut Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Max (’52); two children, Tracy and Cari Sue Brown; and three grandchildren. 

Frances M. Lorton (’55, MAT ’58), 88, of Cowden, Illinois, died March 12, 2021. She taught elementary school for 10 years before stepping away to raise her children. She was a member of the church of Christ in Cowden and enjoyed quilting, sewing and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Otis. She is survived by three children, James, Linda Hattemer, and Sally Ruot; and five grandchildren. 

Dale “Martel” Pace (’56), 86, of Montgomery, Alabama, died Nov. 7, 2020. He received a master’s in theology from Alabama Christian School of Religion in Montgomery. For more than 60 years, he was a minister of the gospel of Christ and served locally at Lakewood, Vaughn Park and University Churches of Christ, where he remained a member until his death. Prior to moving to Montgomery in 1982, he served churches in Arkansas, Michigan and Missouri. He also was an instructor in the Bible department at Faulkner University for 20 years and authored commentaries on the books of Hebrews and Mark. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris Grimes (’55); three children, Mark, Pam Williams and Lisa Dunn; two brothers, Jerry and Roger; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. 

Glen D. Moore (’57), 85, of Nashville, Tennessee, died Feb. 3, 2020. He taught high school math in the Metro Nashville Public School System for 25 years. He also worked part time selling appliances at Famous State Sales and HH Gregg. He was a member of Crieve Hall Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon for more than 50 years, established the kindergarten program, and worked with the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine Foren (’57); three sons, Perry, Neely and Paul; and 10 grandchildren. 

Anthony Lee Pippen (’58), 84, of Ada, Oklahoma, died Jan. 11, 2021. He spent most of his working life as a newspaper journalist for the Ada Evening News. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon Wylie (’60); and a daughter, Tanya Stevens. He is survived by his wife, Dona; a stepdaughter, Dana Chilcoat; a sister, Phyllis; a granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; and three step-great-grandchildren. 

Kenneth Gene Vanderpool (’58), 84, of Cordova, Tennessee, died April 8, 2021. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Harding in physical education and Bible. He also earned his M.Ed. and Ed.D., both in health and physical education from Temple University. While living in Philadelphia, one of the first preaching jobs he had was at the church of Christ at 56th Street and Warrington Avenue. He spent 60 years teaching in higher education. He first began teaching at Rutgers University as a visiting instructor, teaching physical education courses at night while a graduate student at Temple. He also taught at the following higher education institutions: Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pennsylvania, coaching basketball, cross-country, soccer and baseball; Northeastern University in Boston as an assistant professor, coaching water polo and swimming; Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona, where he served as athletic director as well as helped coach basketball; Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he served as athletic director and taught health and physical education courses; and Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, as a tenured professor, teaching a variety of health and physical education courses for 15 years before retiring. He came out of retirement to teach at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tennessee, as assistant professor. An accomplished athlete, he completed the Boston Marathon twice and ran countless 10Ks, 5Ks, and 4-miler races. During the spring of 1967, he challenged himself to set a sit-up record in Temple University’s health and physical education and recreation department, completing 10,000 consecutive sit-ups, at the rate of 1,600 per hour within six hours and nine minutes. He was third best in the world unofficially, at the time. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lucia DuBois (’59); a daughter, Melanie Jerden; and a grandson, James Hodge. He is survived by three children, Suzanne Hodge, Kenneth Jr. and Nancy Kathleen Manning; and seven grandchildren.

Lucia Worth DuBois Vanderpool (’59), 84, of Cordova, Tennessee, died Jan. 19, 2021. She earned her BBA in office administration from University of Memphis, an M.S. in operations management from University of Arkansas, and at age 72, an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Union University. She was a retired college professor with 26 years of teaching experience in higher academia, including 17 years in distance education and online learning. Most recently, she taught part time for Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tennessee. Before that, she was an associate professor of computer information systems at Baptist College of Health Sciences, served as a graduate faculty mentor and instructor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program, and was an innovative specialist with University of Memphis Advanced Learning Center as well as an academic advisor. She studied classical piano and played the clarinet. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Jerden; and grandson, James Hodge. She was survived by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth (’58), who died April 8, 2021; three children, Suzanne Hodge, Kenneth Jr. and Nancy Kathleen Manning; and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Ann Langford Duvall (’60), 82, of Russellville, Arkansas, died Feb. 28, 2021. She worked as a secretary with various companies, including Sugar Creek and Valmac in Russellville. She was a member of Fifth and Greenwich Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Oscar. She is survived by her son, Larry; and three sisters, Louise Barton, Kathryn Cochran and Mary Branch. 

Richard Allison “Dick” Johnson Jr. (’60), 95, of Searcy, died Feb. 5, 2021. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in New Guinea and South West Pacific. He coached football, girls’ basketball and baseball in Georgia for nine years. In 1966 he was voted Georgia High School Coach of the Year. In 1969, he returned to Harding as a teacher, offensive line coach in football, and head baseball coach. During his 20 years as head baseball coach, he compiled 289 wins and was named AIC Coach of the Year and NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year. He was honored with a flagpole erected at Jerry Moore Field in 2019. He was a member of West Side Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Ratliff (’74); and one grandson. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Joyce Springer; a son, Bill; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Arthur Emory Voyles (’60), 84, of Crane, Missouri, died March 25, 2021. He taught music in Stockton, Mountain View, Morrisville, Forsyth, Verona, Galena and Clever schools in Missouri. He also taught at Fort Worth Christian Junior College in North Richland Hills, Texas, and Alabama Christian College in Montgomery. Following early retirement from teaching, he was the administrator for the Crane Senior Center. He coached Little League baseball, was a member of Lions Club International, was an alderman for the city of Crane, and served on the board of Crane Senior Housing and Crane Nursing Home. He volunteered for the American Cancer Society and Meals on Wheels. A tenor, he sang in several operas. He served churches in any city he lived and was a member of Union Hill Church of Christ in Nixa, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene Herbert; four children, Valerie Jones, Felicia Friebel (’89), Natalie and Matthew Voyles; a sister, Marilyn Stegall; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Kathleen “Kathy” O’Conner Thompson (’61), 81, of Daingerfield, Texas, died Jan. 20, 2021, from COVID-19 related complications. She was a charter member of Zeta Rho social club and served as a secretary for Andy T. Ritchie Jr. She earned a master’s in education from University of Central Arkansas. Although she started out as a minister’s wife for several years, she was a high school business teacher for 35 years, primarily in Daingerfield. She was a member of the Daingerfield Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles “Charlie” (’63); two children, Nancy (’84) and Tim (’86); and three grandchildren.

George Robert “Bob” Crosby (’61), 81, of Ozark, Alabama, died Sept. 30, 2020. After graduating from Southern College of Optometry, he began his optometry practice in Ozark in 1965. He served as president of the Alabama Optometry Association and as president of the Southern Council of Optometry, served three terms on the Alabama Board of Optometry, and was an adjunct professor with University of Alabama School of Optometry. He was active in Boy Scouts where he achieved the Eagle Scout and the Silver Beaver awards. He was a board member of the Alabama-Florida Boy Scouts of America Council and had been named Ozark Man of the Year. He served as Dale County Chamber of Commerce president, was instrumental in the organization of the Flowers Center for Performing Arts in Ozark, served as president of the Ozark Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, served on the Alabama Medicaid Review Committee, and served as a longtime board member of Vivian B. Adams School, which opened in 1971 serving people who have cognitive and developmental disabilities. He is survived by his wife, Hulene Lunsford Stevens; four sons, John, Scott, Blaine and Chris; three siblings, Ed (’63), Dean and Nancy Schufflebarger; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Carolyn Giles York (’62), 82, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died, Jan. 25, 2021. She obtained a master’s from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She worked at Arkansas Services for the Blind, where she taught daily living skills to blind children in nine counties in Central Arkansas. She was a painter and played in a recorder group. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school for an older ladies’ group at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. In later years, she was active in yoga. She also served as membership chair for the Arkansas Audubon Society. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lyndal (’58); two children, Michelle Gocio and John; a brother, Bill Giles; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Richard Edward Peck (’64), 84, of Searcy, died Oct. 21, 2020. He worked several years as a school administrator, a faculty member in the College of Education from 1986-2002, and a member of College Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanine (’60). He is survived by his children, Stephen (’89) and Shari Adcock (’90); two sisters, Tammy Peck and Betsy Mills; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Susan Williams Paine Rosenbaum (’64), 75, of Live Oak, Florida, died Dec. 8, 2020. The great-granddaughter of James A. Harding, she was a member of Live Oak Church of Christ, where she served assisting and encouraging her husband in his ministerial work. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; five children, Sarah Pinson, Mary Atkins, Rachel Penick (’02), James and Chip; two siblings, Victoria Harding Paine (’65) and Charles Herman Paine IV (’74); 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

David Earl Treadwell (’71), 71, of Edmond, Oklahoma, died Feb. 4, 2021. He taught economics, finance and social studies at several schools during his tenure including Mounds, Beaver and Geary, Oklahoma, retiring in 2020. He served as coach and assistant coach in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. He also worked as a director for several charitable organizations in planned giving including Salvation Army, Brian Memorial Hospital, Arthritis Foundation, Prison Fellowship Ministries and Children International. He is survived by his wife, Gloria DeMier; two children, Daniel and Sarah Scott; a sister, Brenda Barre; and four grandchildren. 

Lyle E. Dunlap (’74), 74, of Sherwood, Arkansas, died Feb. 4, 2021. He served for many years in the U.S. Air Force and Arkansas National Guard. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Cheri Ann (’70); two children, Blake and Hilari Shirley; a brother, Jerry; and eight grandchildren. 

Nancy Claire Duhon Hatton (’74), 69, of Beaumont, Texas, died April 10, 2021. A Lamar University graduate, she was involved in Beaumont Rotary Club, was a sales woman for Colonial Insurance, and was an educator at Lumberton Elementary School for 22 years before retiring. She spent time volunteering and serving her church and community. She was involved in Hope Women’s Resource Clinic since her retirement. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Roy “Mike” Hatton Sr.; three daughters, Avy Heather Williams, Holly-Nan Furlow, and Olivia Schutt; two stepsons, Roy Michael Jr. and John Marty; her mother, Betty Duhon; a sister, Betsy Davis (’77); and four grandchildren. 

Juanita Jeannette Buckley Enloe (’75), 80, of Montgomery, Alabama, died Jan. 28, 2021. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family, raising her four children, teaching kindergarten, and serving others. Upon her retirement from teaching, she became an avid worker for Faulkner University as a part of Friends for Faulkner. As a member of the church of Christ, she constantly looked for ways to serve. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Smith Enloe Jr. (’72), and a daughter, Tanya Sue (’83). She is survived by three children, Rhea Wynn (’83), Vohn (’96), and John; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Mary Lou Taylor Dunn (M.Ed. ’77), 72, of Searcy, died Feb. 27, 2021. She began her career teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade special education at McRae Elementary while also serving on the board of directors of The Sunshine School. During this time, she was selected as Outstanding Young Educator and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year. In 1978, she became executive director of The Sunshine School where she served 40 years. Under her leadership, the White County Group Home opened in 1986. She served on the board of directors of Special Olympics Arkansas-Area 6. She worked with Performing Arts Center on the Square, was a member of Searcy Civitan Club, supported United Way in White County, and served as a women’s social club sponsor at Harding. 

Emmett Floyd Smith III (’82), 65, of Paragould, Arkansas, died Dec. 24, 2020. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1988. He began his career as an electrical engineer and later became a self-employed professional land surveyor. He also preached for the Mountain Home Church of Christ in Paragould for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Emmaus Community, where he was known for his wisdom, gentleness and love for Jesus and others. He was active in 12-step recovery circles. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanina Yeary (’82); three daughters, Emily Chaffin, Katie Vaught and Claire Smith (’18); and six grandchildren. 

Rhonda Gale Sanford Roberts (M.Ed. ’91), 68, of Bald Knob, Arkansas, died Jan. 23, 2021. She taught special and alternative education in the Bald Knob School District for more than 27 years, was committed to Special Olympics and Camp Quality and attended Rocky Point Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Owen; three daughters, Bradi, LaTasha Johnson and Kylie Hamrick; two siblings, Sandy and Skip Sanford; and four grandchildren. 

Micah Lee Sexson (’01), 42, of Texarkana, Texas, died April 20, 2021, from complications following cancer. He served as a North Little Rock, Arkansas, police officer for more than eight years where he also was a member of the SWAT team. He continued his law enforcement career as a special agent with the FBI for almost 10 years. He was a member of the church of Christ. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Clara Jade. He is survived by his wife, Courtney Phillips (’03); four children, Daphne, Kaylee, Noah and Aubrey; his parents, Steve (’77) and Gail; his grandparents, David and Carole Mayes; and three brothers, Matt, Mark (’03) and Marshall (’07).

Susan “Sue” Ann Juillerat (M.Ed. ’13), 57, of Gentry, Arkansas, died Jan. 18, 2021. She taught high school special education and geometry for 35 years and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She is survived by her husband, Mike; three children, Joanna Beck, Scott Jones and Matthew Juillerat; a sister, Lisa Beagle; and two grandchildren. 

Van Tate, 85, of Searcy, died Jan. 24. 2021. He earned a Master of Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of Nairobi. In 1965, he moved his family to Kenya where they served as missionaries through 1975. In 1976, he began a career at Harding teaching sociology, anthropology, missions and Bible, influencing another generation of missionaries who went all over the world. He and his family also were founding members of Cloverdale Church of Christ, where he served as an elder until his health no longer allowed. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Fortenberry; four daughters, Susan Harrington (’83), Lori Shelton (’90), Ann Neal (’88) and Jill Wood (’90); two sisters, Janice McCoy and JoLynn Wilson; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Patricia Ann Wagganer Lawrence, 76, of Searcy died Jan. 22, 2021. She traveled the world with her husband as an Air Force wife of 22 years, then as a preacher’s wife until his death. She was a member of the church of Christ and served as a secretary in the Public Relations office at Harding from 1993-2002. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gerald (’56). She is survived by her three children, Gayla Pruitt (’87), Tonia White (’88)and Rebecca Spear (’97); and eight grandchildren. 

Christine Minh Huynh, 28, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Jan. 28, 2021. She was attending the College of Pharmacy at Harding. She was a member of American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, Rho Chi Society Delta Omicron Chapter, and the student society of Health System Pharmacists. She is survived by her mother, Susan Le; her stepfather, Tai Nguyen; her brother, Nam Truong; her stepsister, Zaozao; and her grandmother, Phung Phung.

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