Alfred William Carle Jr., 79, of Fort Smith, dies

Alfred William Carle Jr., 79, of Fort Smith, formerly of Stuttgart, died Dec. 15. He graduated as an ordained minister from Boyce Bible School (now Boyce College) of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Old Union Baptist Church in Monticello. He and his wife also served as houseparents at the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in Monticello. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother. Services were held Dec. 17 at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith, with burial at Mount McCurry Cemetery in Rudy.



Lillian Strickland Wasson, 84, IMB missionary, dies

Lillian Strickland Wasson, 84, of Springdale, formerly of Van Buren and Arkadelphia, died Dec. 17. She was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. She and her husband served 16 years as missionaries in Africa with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board). After retiring from the mission field, she started the KinderCare program at First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, and later opened a private nursery school, Happy Day, where she made a lasting impact on the lives of many children and their families in Arkadelphia. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Springdale. She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Kenneth Wasson Sr., two sisters and a brother. She is survived by four sons and a daughter. Services were held Dec. 19 at Friendship Baptist Church in Springdale and Dec. 20 at First Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.


WOM at Central Baptist, Hot Springs, to hear from Douglas

Women on Mission at Central Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will hear guest speaker Wayne Lee Douglas from Samaritan Ministries in Hot Springs on Tuesday, Jan. 13.


Ark. Renewal Project event honors Hutchinson

HutchinsonLITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Renewal Project is hosting a pre-inaugural event for pastors and guests to honor Arkansas Governor-elect and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson Jan. 12-13 at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Road.

The event is free for pastors and spouses, but registration is required by Jan. 5 via this link or by calling (800) 921-1928, according to event sponsors. Reservations are limited.

Check-in and registration for the event will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 12, with dinner following at 5:30 p.m. featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The event continues Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a 7 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prayer service at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road. A ceremonial swearing in of Hutchinson will be held at noon, followed by the Governor’s Reception at 1 p.m. at the Capitol building.

Governor-elect Hutchinson is scheduled to take the official oath of office at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 13, in the House Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol.


Six students with ties to Arkansas recently graduated from Southern Seminary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six students with ties to Arkansas graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Dec. 12.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the fall 2014 graduates of Southern Seminary their mission is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation. Southern Seminary conferred degrees upon 207 master’s and doctoral students during the 214th commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Audio and video of Mohler’s address are available at A complete manuscript of the address, “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry,” is available at

Following are the six students with Arkansas ties: Ryan Broadhurst, of Bryant, Master of Divinity; Kevin Cox, of Batesville, Master of Divinity; Matt Slaughter, of Springdale, Master of Arts in church ministries; Jay P. Sorrows, of Hazen, Master of Divinity; Matthew Tyler, of Bentonville, Master of Divinity, and Edward Upton, of Rogers, Doctor of Ministry.