Ouachita’s library to host WWI exhibit Nov. 23-Dec. 18

ARKADELPHIA – “The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” a traveling exhibit chronicling Arkansas’ role in World War I at home and on the battlefields, will be displayed in Riley-Hickingbotham Library on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University from Nov. 23 through Dec. 18. The exhibit will be on display in the library’s main floor lobby during regular hours of operation except school holidays.

Ouachita is just the third site to host this new exhibit. It is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Jan Collins, Arkansas Baptist missionary, dies at 71

Jan Elizabeth Hollowell Collins, 71, former International Mission Board (IMB) missionary and wife of Charles
Collins, who writes Sunday School lessons for the Arkansas Baptist News, died Oct. 30. Collins was born in Yuma, Tenn., a small town in Carroll County, to the late W.B. and Kate Hollowell. She accepted Christ as her
Savior at an early age and was called to missions during a conference in Glorieta, N.M. Collins graduated from high school in 1962 and attended Murray State University in Murray, Ky., before transferring to Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she met and married Charles Collins. Following their graduation, the couple moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1967. Charles Collins served as pastor of four churches, two in Kentucky and two in Tennessee. They were appointed as IMB missionaries of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1976 and went to their first assignment in Costa Rica in 1977. The couple also served in Guatemala, Mexico, India
and Spain. Their total time of service was a little more than 30 years. The Collins’ have three sons, Paul, John Mark and Bryan, and 11 grandchildren. Jan Collins’ last seven months were filled with spending time with her family in Guatemala and with trips to Branson, Mo., and to Kentucky. Her last big missions contribution was to a conference held in her church, Park Hill Baptist Church of North Little Rock, according to her husband, who added that one of his wife’s favorite sayings was, “This too shall pass away.” “She always thought that the Lord would come before a certain event, like paying back a debt,” said Charles Collins. “She is greatly missed, … but all are rejoicing that she is now free of cancer and all the problems
and issues of life.”


Belview Baptist packs 1,202 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes

MELBOURNE – One thousand boxes of hope. One thousand boxes of joy. One thousand boxes each filled with a little bit of Jesus. One awesome God who can do great things.

That is what Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne experienced as they packed Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoe boxes. The church set a goal of packing 750 boxes, about 150 more than they collected last year. But by the time they were done, they had packed 1,202 boxes.

Not bad for a church that regularly has about 150 in worship every Sunday.

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Hall and Howard crowned at Williams Homecoming

Porche Hall and Tevin Howard.WALNUT RIDGE – Porche Hall of Wynne, and Tevin Howard of Luxora, were crowned the 2015 Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Southerland-Mabee Center on the Williams Baptist College campus.

Hall is a senior psychology major and the daughter of Joyce Harris and Conley Holmes. Howard is a senior liberal arts major and the son of Donna Chew and Jimmy Howard.

Also representing the senior class on the Homecoming court were Michaela Thompson of Viola, and Aaron Hamby of Malvern. Thompson, a business administration major, is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Thompson. Hamby, a liberal arts major, is the son of Mark and Terri Hamby.

Juniors on the court were Brooke Howell and Patrick Smith. Howell, a biology major from Bryant, is the daughter of Mike and Kay Howell. Smith, a biology major from Malvern, is the son of Leona and Patrick Smith.

Sophomore class representatives were Erin Gay and Conor Karwath. Gay, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Dionza Gay. Karwath is from Gonzales, La., and is majoring in finance. He is the son of Tami Wickboldt and Fred Karwath

The freshman class representatives were Kristen Smith and Rico Baldon. Smith, an English major from Bono, is the daughter of Glenn and Melissa Smith. Baldon, a business administration major from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the son of Sylvana Baldon and Joao Batista Baldon.

The Homecoming court and the king and queen were selected by a vote of the Williams student body.


James Phillip "Phil" Whitten, 76, dies

James Phillip “Phil” Whitten, 76, died Nov. 9. He began serving the Lord by leading music in his hometown of Muskogee, Okla. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tulsa. He served in the music ministry throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas. He received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Oak Cliff Baptist Church in Fort Smith for 21 years, retiring in 2004. Following retirement, he served as interim pastor throughout the area. He is preceded in death by his wife, Merlene, his parents and a brother. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Nov. 14 at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.