Archives for Passages

Passages: spring 2020

A. Earl Priest (’42), 97, of Memphis, Tennessee, died Nov. 9, 2019. He married Willene Jones in 1941 and joined the U.S. Navy. He moved to Memphis in 1946 where he worked for an advertising agency and later served as chief financial officer for St. Francis Hospital. In retirement, he served as president of Kirby Pines Advisory Group, a position he volunteered for and held
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Passages: winter 2020

Robert Louis Helsten (’46), 94, of Columbus, Ohio, died Nov. 9, 2019. He and his wife spent six years in Germany doing mission work before moving to Searcy. He taught German and Bible during his 32 years at Harding and was a favorite professor of many with his quick wit and wry sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary
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Lighting the way

When you first meet a person, you form an impression. Dr. Lewis “Tony” Finley made an impression on me the first time I met him as my new boss at Harding University 22 years ago. It’s interesting what you remember about a person, but several things come to mind when I think of Tony Finley. He loved his family very much. As he shared stories
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Passages: Fall 2019

Mary Doris Gibson Morris (’50), 95, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Dec. 1, 2018. During World War II, she worked at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City. She taught school in Rose Bud, Arkansas; operated a day care in Nashville, Tennessee, serving George Peabody College; worked at the library at Eastern Kentucky University; and was a secretary to the director of the Reading Center of Fayette County
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Passages: Spring 2019

Edith Landiss Cavin (’41), 101, of College Station, Texas, died Jan. 6, 2019. She worked 30 years for the Federal Aviation and Social Security Administration in Kansas City, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lonnie E. Pryor Jr. (’41) and her second husband, Kay Thomas Cavin (’48). Fayetta Coleman Murray (’46), 94, of Searcy, died Jan. 8, 2019. As an infant,
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Caring colleague

By Jim Nichols, retired distinguished professor and associate dean, College of Education I knew the first time I met Ron Finley that we would be friends. I had no idea that our friendship would last almost 45 years. Our paths first crossed at church in Camden, Arkansas. We soon realized that we would not only be worshiping together but also working together in the Fairview
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Committed to Christ and each other

By David B. Burks, chancellor My wife, Leah, and I loved Carl and Frankie Mitchell very much. We established a close bond very early in our relationship, and we were privileged to travel with them overseas on many occasions. Carl and Frankie were spiritual giants and mentors for us. One of the first projects that I worked closely on with Dr. Mitchell was the development
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Passages: Winter 2019

Passages Ruby Davis Anderson Williams (’38), 102, of Searcy died Oct. 25, 2018. In the summer of 1934, she worked with others preparing for the opening of Harding College following the move from Morrilton, Arkansas. During World War II, she worked various jobs including at the ammunition plant complex in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and following the war, with Arkansas Power and Light Co. She earned her
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Passages: Fall 2018

Joe Delton Betts (’52), 95, of Abilene, Texas, died March 31, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending his time in the Pacific Theater. He and his wife spent 50 years as missionaries in post-war Japan. He taught at Ibaraki Christian College where he became chairman of the board, preached for surrounding churches, directed the Old Peoples home, and helped
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Leader, friend, encourager

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 George Oliver was an encourager. He was my first boss when I was hired at Harding in 2001. I quickly learned that he was very different from any other leader I had experienced in my previous career in financial services. It was obvious I wasn’t a perfect
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