June 11, 2001

Around the state
___bluebull Included among the International Mission Board emeritus missionaries recently recognized were a number of Texans. Johnny and Barbara Burnett retired Oct. 1, 2000, after 34 years serving in Brazil and Tanzania. His pre-missionary experience included being minister of education and music at First Church in Dimmitt. He also served churches in Floydada, Amarillo and Plainview, as well as Oklahoma and Kansas. He considers Terrell his hometown. Mildred Douglas retired in January after 29 years of service. She and her husband, Ray, worked in the Dominican Republic until his death in 1980. She transferred to El Paso Baptist Publications the next year. Orman and Elizabeth Gwynn will retire in March 2002. They were appointed to Brazil in 1964. Since 1997, they have been working in the Caribbean Basin. He considers Robstown his hometown and she Corpus Christi. Charles and Rebecca Middleton retired in February from Southern Africa. She is from Houston. Elbert and Jo Clary Smithen will retire in July after 23 years of service in Peru. He is a former Texas pastor.
___bluebull The Baptist Student Union at the United States Air Force Academy would like to contact men and women reporting to the school June 27 and 28. For cadets arriving June 27, the BSU will meet them at the airport, provide free lodging, meals, transportation and take them to the academy at the appointed time the next day. The school will provide a bus for cadets arriving June 28, but the BSU would like to meet them. Contact Dwain Gregory at leedgreg@aol.com or (719) 599-9094.

___bluebull Stephen Fanning, 20th, as director of media communications at Trinity Church in San Antonio.
___bluebull Danny Henderson, fifth, as children's minister at Southcrest Church in Lubbock.
___bluebull Clarence Allen, fifth, as pastor of Good Shepherd Mission in Lubbock.
___bluebull Claude Tipps, 82, May 29 in Dallas. Tipps was a pastor for 54 years in Texas, including 16 years at Southside Church in Irving. He retired in 1998 and was a member of Hampton Road Church in DeSoto. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Doug Tipps; daughters, Gaynell Seale and Claudia Mize; sister, LaNelle Claunch; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
___bluebull Johnny Joiner, 74, May 9. Joiner was pastor of Hall Church in Jefferson. He previously was pastor of Fairview Church in Marshall and two Louisiana churches. He was preceded in death by two wives, Earline and Marion. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Jonaline Thatcher; sons, John and Kevin; and several grandchildren.

___bluebull Francis Wilson, June 30, as business administrator of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Prior to moving to New Mexico where he was a pastor for many years, he also was pastor of a Georgia church. Texas churches he served include Trinity Church in Henderson, First Church in Troup, First Church in Monahans and Trinity Church in Lubbock. He also served two terms on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

___bluebull Oak Knoll Church in Haltom City will hold a homecoming service at 5:30 p.m. June 24. A concert by Don and Judy Earley will be featured, as well as a time of testimony, praise and fellowship. Alan Berry is pastor.

___bluebull William Curl to the ministry at Trinity Church in Port Arthur.
___bluebull Kirk Kay to the ministry at Hutto Church in Hutto.
___bluebull Brad Dancer to the ministry at First Church in Lometa.
___bluebull Van Edwards to the ministry at Garden Acres Church in Burleson.
___bluebull Terry Nied and Kenneth Watson as deacons at Broyles Chapel Church in Palestine.
___bluebull Curt Dixon, Jerry Murray and Gary Reston as deacons at First Church in Burleson.
___bluebull James Killough and David Roman as deacons at First Church in Edna.
___bluebull J.R. Moore and Wendell Bearden as deacons at Fairview Church in Clifton.
___bluebull Clay Young, Steve Biles and Charles Wood as deacons at First Church in Sweetwater.

___bluebull City View Church, Wichita Falls; June 17; bluebullevangelists, Murlyn Keller Family; pastor, Harvey McMurrey.
___bluebull Union Church, Madisonville; June 17-20; bluebullevangelists, Larry and Freida Sinclair; pastor, Milton Conner.
___bluebull London Church, London; June 17-20; evangelist, Jim Everidge; no pastor.
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