Obituary: Warren Watkins

WatkinsWarren Watkins, 55, of Searcy, died Monday, May 26 of heart failure. He is preceded in death by his father and a younger brother. He is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren, his mother and brother.

Watkins was graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and later earned his doctorate in theology. As an ordained Southern Baptist pastor, he had been preaching since age 16 and had led many congregations in Arkansas from Blytheville to Pine Bluff to Arkadelphia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Jacobs Place of Searcy or to the Trinity Baptist Church Educational Endowment Fund. Arrangements were made by Powell Funeral Home, Searcy. A memorial service is scheduled for May 31 at Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy.


Hibbard receives master’s degree

ALMYRA – Doug Hibbard, pastor of First Baptist Church, Almyra, graduated May 23 from B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Arlington, Texas, with a Master of Divinity degree. Hibbard is a frequent contributor to the Arkansas Baptist News.


Patterson dies at age 84

Leroy Patterson, 84, of Roland, died May 21. He was a Baptist minister who had served more than 60 years in the ministry. He served as pastor of several Arkansas Baptist churches including Vimy Ridge Immanuel Baptist Church, Alexander; Roland Baptist Church, Roland; First Baptist Church, Oppelo, and Natural Steps Baptist Church, Roland. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, two sons and two grandchildren. Survivors include one son, three daughters, 16 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 23 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock.


NOBTS grads

Four students with Arkansas ties received degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary May 17. Derek Arthur Brown, Little Rock area director for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Christopher James Larmoyeux, pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle, received a Doctor of Ministry degree. William Thomas Strike, pastor of Third Baptist Church, Malvern, received a Doctor of Ministry degree. Suzanne Lora Burnett, formerly of North Little Rock and currently serving as assistant director of the Early Learning Center at First Baptist Church in New Orleans, received a Master of Arts with a specialization in Christian education.


UPDATE: Tingle receives skin grafts, treatment for clots

ROBBY TINGLE, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) church planting team leader, continues to undergo skin graft surgeries and treatment for two blood clots as he recovers from a Feb. 16 automobile accident.

Tingle sustained multiple injuries in the accident, the most serious of which was a broken pelvis and broken ankle, according to his wife, Cynthia.

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