September 9, 2009 Edition

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Dedication lives up to
beauty of Manley Chapel

John Bland

As a member of the media, it was a privilege to be present Sept. 2 for the dedication of the new Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College. The dedication was also the 69th formal opening and convocation for the college.

The dedication was a first-class service from beginning to end and lasted less than an hour. A highlight for me was the Williams Singers performance of "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me." It is my understanding that the group, directed by Dr. Bob Magee, had rehearsed the challenging piece this past spring and then intensely for a few days preceding the dedication.

The dedication began with an impressive processional of WBC faculty, administrators and program participants. Dr. Chris Thompson on piano and Carl Mason of trumpet performed "Trumpet Voluntary" for this. Another impressive moment was the singing of the hymn "All Hail the Power" by the crowd of approximately 600 people present.

Other program participants included Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC president; Dr. Kenneth Gore, associate professor and chair of the Department of Christian Ministries; David Manley, president of the Southern Baptist Education Center; Steve Manley, chief executive officer of Universal Assets Management; Dr. Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention; and Rev. Frank Shell, chair of the Williams Board of Trustees.

Although the chapel is now a prominent part of the campus landscape, one needs to go inside the chapel to fully realize its size and soaring height. The chapel is worth a visit when you have an opportunity.


To our knowledge, Lawrence County lost its oldest resident with the passing of Anna Charlotte Richey Cameron, age 106, on Aug. 25. Mrs. Cameron had been a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center but was formerly of Lynn.

She was born May 5, 1903, in Powhatan. Among her experiences was helping to operate a canning kitchen and a mattress factory during the 1940s. She was a 50-year member of the Eaton and Lynn Extension Homemaker's Club, having served as the Lawrence County president. She was a member of the Shiloh and Lynn Methodist Churches. The changes that have occurred in our world during her lifetime are mind-boggling.

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