OBU at NLC to award private scholarships for 2014-15 school year

CONWAY – New Life Church (NLC), with cooperation from generous supporters from the Conway community, will award scholarships to the inaugural class of OBU at NLC students.

Scholarships will be awarded based on a variety of criteria. Every full-time degree-seeking student who begins coursework in fall 2014 will be eligible for a one-time award.

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William Burnett dies at age 95

William M. Burnett, 95, of Beebe, died June 6. Born in Prairie Grove, he graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He started his 70-year ministry hitchhiking to his churches from Ouachita on the weekend. Churches he pastored included First Baptist Church, Beebe; First Baptist Church, Judsonia, and Valley Baptist Church, Searcy, among others. He served as the first associational missionary for Calvary Baptist Association from 1963 to 1980.

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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.