Briarwood Baptist dedicates CLC building

Briarwood Baptist Church in Cabot officially dedicated its Christian Life Center Oct. 12.View a photo gallery. Some photos are courtesy of Megan Lee.

View a video of the musical performance.


Ouachita senior Molly Bowman featured on Fox News “Huckabee” show

ARKADELPHIA – The voice of the millennial generation is powerful – and one that is increasingly receiving more attention.

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and political commentator, recently addressed this topic on his Fox News show “Huckabee” in a segment titled “Does the GOP need to start listening to millennials?”

Huckabee, a 1976 Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) alumnus, hosted a panel of three college students including Ouachita senior Molly Bowman, a mass communications and Christian studies/theology major from Conway. During the segment, students discussed issues of concern to millenials and how they felt about the current state of the Republican Party. Other panelists included students from the University of Notre Dame and Marist College.

Huckabee contacted his alma mater, looking for a Ouachita student to add to the panel. After consulting with several campus leaders, Trennis Henderson, vice president for communications, decided to submit Bowman’s name for consideration.

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Jerre Hassell, longtime pastor and chaplain, dies

Jerre Rose Hassell, 84, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Little Rock.

Born in Pampa, Texas, Hassell lived most of his adult life in Arkansas. He was a Southern Baptist minister and was the pastor of several churches in Arkansas including Geyer Springs Baptist Church in Little Rock, Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and First Baptist Church in Stuttgart. He also served several years as chaplain at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Hassell also served as an interim pastor at numerous Arkansas churches including Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen R. and Maude Elizabeth Crane Hassell, and two brothers, Glen Hassell and Bill Hassell.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Dabney Hassell; two daughters, Patti (Hank) Chandler of Woodstock, Georgia and Nancy (Murray Sr.) Benton of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Erin (Paul) Street and Tripp (Megan) Chandler, all of Woodstock, and Murray Benton Jr., Meredith Benton and Maggie Benton, all of Jonesboro, and two great-grandchildren, Rex Street and Henry Chandler.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Willard Zeiser and Ed McDonald officiating.

A reception followed the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to First Baptist Church, 701 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or Baptist Health System, 9501 Baptist Health Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.


Ouachita soccer field to be named in honor of Wesley and Debbie Kluck Oct. 21

ARKADELPHIA – Dr. Wesley Kluck and his wife, Debbie, will be recognized for their contributions to Ouachita Baptist University soccer with the field being named in their honor on Oct. 21.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 3:15 p.m. at the soccer field immediately prior to the Ouachita men’s soccer team competing in a match against Harding University. Students, faculty, staff and community residents are invited to attend the ceremony.

Dr. Wesley and Debbie KluckDr. Kluck, Ouachita’s vice president for student services, has served at Ouachita since 2005. He was previously vice president for institutional advancement. Mrs. Kluck works part-time in the Arkadelphia Clinic for Children and Young Adults.

“Since the inception of our women’s and men’s soccer programs, Wesley and Debbie have been leading proponents of soccer at Ouachita,” said Ouachita President Rex Horne. “They also have been among the most generous supporters of our teams and of the development of their facilities.”

“Since the Ouachita men’s and women’s soccer teams were started, I’ve had a close relationship to the coaches, players and parents of players,” said Dr. Kluck. “Having Debbie’s and my names on the field is such an honor and also very humbling.

“Ouachita athletics is a huge part of our lives as are the relationships we have with the athletes,” he added. “An association of our name with Ouachita soccer and Ouachita athletics in general is a very proud moment for us and we are so grateful.”

Dr. Kluck, a 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Ouachita, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in math, chemistry and biology. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas Medical School.

In addition to his vice presidential role, Kluck serves as university physician and teaches photography. Among numerous leadership roles and honors, he has served as chairman of the Ouachita Board of Trustees, received Ouachita’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and earned several “Best Doctors in Arkansas” recognitions. He also has been named Rotarian of the Year and received the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Award.

Mrs. Kluck holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from UAMS. The Klucks are active members of Second Baptist Church of Arkadelphia where they lead college Bible studies. Mrs. Kluck leads a women’s Bible study. Their daughter, Jennifer Hopkins, is a 2008 Ouachita graduate and teaches school in Benton.


Ivan Fletcher, 78, of Alco dies Oct. 15 

Ivan Fletcher, 78, of Alco died October 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born Oct. 18, 1935, to Jack and Elsie Long Fletcher in Alco. He spent most of his adult life in Helena-West Helena. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a retired land surveyor as well as an avid Razorbacks and Cardinals fan. Ordained into the ministry in 1969, he has pastored numerous churches in Phillips and Lee counties and Lula, Miss., as full-time /interim pastor. He also served as supply/interim pastor in Stone and Van Buren counties. He was recently the associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Timbo. 

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