Gertrude (Dudte) Jeter (1936) went to be with her Lord on Jan. 15, 2013, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 101. Gertrude served as Secretary to Southwestern Bible Institute President Dr. P.C. Nelson from 1933-1936, at which time she graduated. She married Rev. Hugh P. Jeter in 1941, and they served together as missionaries in Cuba, Spain, Tangiers, Morocco, and North Africa. In 1959, Gertrude came to Southwestern Assemblies of God College with her husband. In 1960 she was made head of the accounting office and worked until her retirement in 1977. During this period, five business managers for SABC were blessed by her faithful ministry. As head of the accounting office, Gertrude maintained an efficient accounting system, mostly by hand. Her serious devotion to integrity in the accounting office often required work overloads from which she physically suffered. SAGU is deeply indebted to Gertrude and her husband Hugh for their years of dedicated service.
Donald R. Ditto, Sr. (1953) passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Longview, Texas, at age 77. Don was born to the late Roy and Helen (Busby) Ditto on June 11, 1935, in Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sharon Conine. He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Clemmons) Ditto; sons, Donald, Jr., Terry, Preston, James, Clint and Jason; one sister, Carol Reimer; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Lillian (McNary) Eaves (1954) of Navasota, Texas, passed away Nov. 21, 2012, at age 76. She was born May 28, 1936, in Channelview, Texas, to John and Wilma McNary. She married J.W. Eaves on May 19, 1956, and they were AG missionaries to Alaska, Navasota and Bryan for almost 40 years.
Betty Jean (Latham) Grant (1954) went to be with the Lord Jan. 13, 2013, at the Kirby Pines Estates Manor in Memphis, Tenn., after a long battle with dementia. She taught school for more than forty years in Tennessee, California, Idaho, and Missouri and was named "Who's Who Among American Teachers." In addition to her degree from Southwestern Bible Institute, Betty graduated with honors from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts, and from Drury University (Springfield, Mo.) with a Master of Arts. Betty married Warren Grant, a member of the Missionaries Quartet for Speed the Light. During her time at Southwestern Bible Institute, Betty traveled with the orchestra playing violin and also sang with the Harvesters Choir. She is survived by her husband of 58 years Warren Grant; two daughters, Jeanne Hamilton and Candyce McEwen; one son, Warren Scott Grant II; 9 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way.
Rev. Leslie Grounds (1955) passed away Nov. 22, 2012, at the age of 80. He was born Oct. 19, 1932. Grounds was an ordained AG minister for more than 50 years, having served in churches in Itasca, Crockett, Lufkin and Red Oak. He also served in various ministry positions in Griffin, Ga., and Fort Worth, Texas. Most recently, Leslie served as a chaplain at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents Murl and Pricilla Grounds. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Naomi Mauch Grounds, his children, his brother and sister, his grandchildren, and his great grandchild.
Ralph E. Webster (1957) passed away Dec. 7, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Webster.
Rev. Wayne R. Smith (1958) passed away Dec. 14, 2011. He was a resident of Rowlett, Texas, and is survived by his wife Perceline Smith.
Dr. William “Bill” Patrick (1960) was promoted to his eternal duty station on July 10, 2012, at age 77. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Bible College, he completed a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1971 and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Methodist University in 1981. Bill was a U.S. Navy Chaplain for 25 years, and upon his retirement, he was involved in ministry and academics at Valley Forge Christian College, in Phoenixville, Pa., and Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Saralyn; two daughters, Jane and Dana; and his four grandchildren, Amanda, Blake, Jenni and Will.
Rev. Hollis Raymond Greathouse, Sr. (1961) went to be with the Lord, Nov. 4, 2012, at age 68. He pastored at various churches since 1966, most recently at First Assembly of God in Franklin, Tenn., before his retirement. He volunteered for various organizations, including Gate Communications serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and NHC Place with Alzheimer’s patients. He was preceded in death by his daughter Connie Rene’ (Greathouse) Volentine. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Evelyn Greathouse; sons, Hollis, Jr. and David Greathouse; and granddaughter, Ashley Wiseman.
Robert Dale Bornert (1961) passed away Nov. 20, 2012. He died at home with his wife by his side seven days after his 81st birthday. Rev. Bornert was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving from 1951 - 1955. He married Paughnee Starks (1961) on Sept. 9, 1961. They met at Southwestern Bible Institute. Together, they were traveling evangelists for four years and then took a pastorate at Searcy Faith Assembly of God in Searcy, Ark., where they served for 14 years. They moved to Springfield, Mo., and both worked at the General Council of the Assemblies of God for 20 years. During this time, Rev. Bornert also pastored the Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Dunnegan, Mo. In October, he celebrated his 33rd year there as pastor.
Melba "Cookie" (Craig) Slocum (1965) went to be with her Lord on April 20, 2011, after battling an ongoing liver disease. Her parents Rev. and Mrs. Wilburn P. Craig were missionaries out of the North Texas District to Anchorage, Alaska, where they ministered to many American Indian reservations. Melba started her education at Southwestern College of Bible in 1964, participated on the cheerleading squad, and stayed in Collins dorm. She is survived by her husband of 43 years Raymond Slocum; two daughters and two sons in-law, Melissa and Donald Van Koppen, and Alicia (2004; 2009) and Joshua Allard; her four grandchildren Caleb, Sadie, Hannah, Noah, and one on the way.
Melvina (Waggoner) Lakey (1966) of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on June 24, 2012, at age 67 after a brief hospital stay. She and her husband Tom Lakey (1965) celebrated 46 years of marriage. She was actively involved in their ministry throughout the years. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Mindy (2005) and husband Lance Hines, and her daughter Melody (1996) and husband Bill Blake along with five grandchildren. Her unique ability to effectively convey the love of Christ powerfully impacted her world.
Rhonda (Welch) Coleman (1984) of Canyon, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, 2013, at age 48. She was born April 19, 1964, in Douglas, Arizona, to Bud and Betty Welch. She graduated from Pampa High School and SAGU. On June 9, 1990, she married Derek Coleman in Pampa, Texas, and relocated to Canyon. Rhonda was a member of First Assembly of God in Amarillo, Texas, where she served on the worship team. She is survived by her husband Derek; two sons, Taylor and Nathan; her parents and a large extended family.
Rev. Bob Potter (1987) passed away Feb. 3, 2013. He was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Tulsa, Okla., son of the late Edward and Mae (Jones) Potter. After graduating from Central Bible College, Bob was ordained in the AG and ministered in churches for more than 60 years. He pastored in Indiana, Shawnee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Bob was Executive Director for Development from 1978-1984 at SAGU. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Beverly (Holmes) Potter; two sons, Stephen and David Potter; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jamie (Norton) Lund (1998) passed away Nov. 17, 2012. She was born Dec. 31, 1975, in Huntsville, Texas. Jamie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lufkin High School in 1994. She attended SAGU where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education. Jamie excelled in post-graduate linguistics studies at the University of Texas in Arlington while teaching English as a second language to international students. In 2003, Jamie married Danny Lund. They had two children, and the family served together in Northern Asia. She is survived by her husband of nine years Daniel Lund; her son and daughter, Caleb and Karen Lund; her parents Gene and Karen Norton; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Jeremy Yancey; and many extended family members.Give to scholarship
Rev. Raymond Johnson was born June 11, 1927, in Lamar, Okla., and passed away on Sept. 28, 2012, in Mesquite, Texas. He pastored Chihowa Chuka in Wright City, Okla., and served in other capacities at The Dallas Indian Revival Center and Glad Tidings Assembly of God. He worked at the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center for 38 years as well as owning and operating Complete Artificial Eye Service for over 40 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Jaunelle Johnson, and is survived by his second wife Jean Johnson, his daughter, grandson, granddaughter, and his four great-grandchildren.
Rev. Curtis Porche went to be with the Lord Oct. 30, 2012. He pastored First Assembly of God church in LaPlace, La., for 23 years. He was married to Margaret (Lightell) Porche, and they had 4 children.
Patsy Darlene (Cobb) Brummett was born April 27, 1934, in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of Hollis and Elois (Vreeland) Cobb. Pat went to be with her Lord Feb. 4, 2013, at her home in Tulsa at 78 years of age. She was a 1949 graduate of Jenks Oklahoma High School. Pat married Hershel “H. A.” Brummett on Oct. 1, 1949, in Jenks, Okla., and was a homemaker and pastor's wife for over 60 years. H. A. Brummett was president of SAGU from 1978-1982. Pat is survived by her husband; sons Ken and Jim Brummett, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Larry who passed away on Aug. 24, 2000, and her infant son H. A. Brummett, Jr.