Martha Moreland Dewbre-Ryan dies at age 84

Dewbre-RyanNORTH LITTLE ROCK – Martha Moreland Dewbre-Ryan, resident of Fox Ridge Assisted Living in North Little Rock, died  Dec. 18 at age 84.

Dewbre-Ryan was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. Ben Elam Dewbre, Jr.; her second husband, Eugene Ryan; parents, Dr. William Hubert Moreland and Monte Arie Howell Moreland of Tyronza; and sisters, Dorothy Lee Moreland Jones and Patricia Jean Moreland.

She is survived by her children: Steve (Kathy) Dewbre of Little Rock, Laura (David) Wilson of Lubbock, Texas, Mark (Christine) Dewbre of Maumelle, and Monte Dewbre Coyle of Sherwood; grandchildren: Erin, Ben, Callie, Mark, Rachel, Josh, Amy, Morgan, Maddie, Michael, and Rachel; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Moreland Terry of Fort Smith; nieces and nephews: Nancy Trimble, Jean Wilkinson, Rich Terry, and Rex Terry.

Dewbre-Ryan was born in Memphis, Tenn. on Aug. 31, 1931. She graduated from Tyronza High School in 1949, earned a BS in Home Economics from Ouachita Baptist College in 1953, and finished nursing school at Oklahoma Baptist University. She worked as an RN at Missouri Pacific Hospital and Fort Roots VA Hospital.

Dewbre-Ryan was an active member of Park Hill Baptist Baptist Church, North Little Rock, the WMU, and a number of other ministries.

Visitation was held at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, North Little Rock, Dec. 20.

The funeral service will be held at Park Hill Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, with Ken Shaddox and Cary Heard officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Hills Cemetery, North Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions through Park Hill Baptist Church.


Friendship International holds Thanksgiving festival

LITTLE ROCK – Eighty-five guests and 15 children gathered around tables at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock, Nov. 19, talking and laughing and enjoying turkey, green bean casserole, pie and a plethora of other food fit for the Thanksgiving feast it was.

But this was no ordinary Thanksgiving meal. This was the Friendship International Thanksgiving Festival. And the women attending were from all over the world.

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Kay Bulger named Arkansas Baptist News Christmas card contest winner

BulgerGREERS FERRY – Kay Bulger, a member of West Side First Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, has been named winner of the Arkansas Baptist News’ (ABN) 2015 Christmas card design contest.

Her design will be used as the newspaper’s official 2015 Christmas card, which is mailed to Southern Baptist entities and colleagues.

“We are honored to have such a beautiful Christmas card made by one of our very own ABN readers,” said Tim Yarbrough, ABN editor/executive director.

Bulger’s design depicts Christ’s birth, death and ascension. She said she was inspired to enter the contest while attending a Bible study.

“We are studying the Book of Revelation,” she said. “As we studied the Scripture in chapter 4 concerning the throne of God and the emerald rainbow encircling the throne, the thought for my card came to mind. The manger reminds me of His virgin birth, the cross reminds me of His horrible, bloody death for my sin and the throne reminds me of His promise of eternal life with Him in heaven.”

Bulger said she was saved at the age of 10 during a revival meeting. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married 58 years and moved to Arkansas in 2002. They have two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

“God has blessed us far more than we deserve, and I acknowledge that all good things come from His hand,” Bulger said.

This is the fourth year the ABN has conducted the Christmas card contest. The winner of the contest has their card printed professionally and then mailed by ABN staff to hundreds of colleagues and others in Arkansas and  throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.


Former Ark. Baptist shares gospel through tech

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

IN SOME WAYS, E-Tech Missions – a nonprofit ministry that provides audio Bibles to unengaged, unreached people groups – began with the death of a friend.

Jon Moody, former Arkansas Baptist and president and founder of E-Tech Missions, was serving with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Africa when he befriended a woman named Baraka. Moody knew in order to understand the gospel, Baraka needed to hear it in her own language. So Moody made plans to bring back an audio version of the Bible in Baraka’s language when he returned from furlough in the United States. But just few days after he left for the U.S., Baraka died.

Her death spurred Moody to make sure others like Baraka could hear the gospel in their own languages before it was too late. Thus, he returned to the U.S. in 2012 and began E-Tech Missions.

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Patty Jenkins, of Little Rock, dies at 85

Patty White Jenkins, 85, of Little Rock, died Nov. 18.

She attended Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia and was a member of the Ouachita Baptist University Choir.            

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Little Rock.

She served on The Little Rock Censor Board and was a charter member of Education First, organized for preserving neighborhood schools and starting Pulaski Academy.

She worked on the staffs of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff; First Baptist Church, Russellville; First Baptist Church, Fayetteville; and Second Baptist Church, Little Rock.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jim Jenkins, who previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes), both as a member and as a past president. 

Other survivors include a daughter; a grandson and a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Interment was Nov. 21 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock. A private family memorial service was held.