About 60 people participated in the annual Fort Smith Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC)/Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) Prayer Walk held June 2 at Oaks Manor Conference and Retreat Center. CMJC/CWJC participants, mentors, volunteers and board members came together with petitions and praises for the ministry. Participants shared specific praises from the past year and released bubbles representing the praises going up to God.
John Eldon Miller, 85, of Melbourne, died June 18. In 1958, he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives and began his 40 years of service in 1959, holding many positions including chair of Joint Budget Committee, chair of House Revenue and Tax and speaker of the house. He also served on numerous boards including Ouachita Baptist University’s board, Williams Baptist College’s board and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s Executive Board. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Melbourne, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, song leader, deacon and lay minister. He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepfather, six brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruby Lenora Miller; a son; two daughters; a sister; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 21 at First Baptist Church.
Wylie Gerald Jones, 75, died July 1. He was a former member of the California National Guard. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church, Delaware, for 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Christine Wurst Jones; three children; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 5 at First Baptist Church. Burial took place at Graves Cemetery.
New Hope Baptist Church, Black Rock, ordained Bob Caldwell and Gary Phillips as deacons April 27.