PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University celebrated during homecoming 2004 by dedicating a record 11 new endowed scholarships at the luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 20. Family members, friends and university alumni were present for the dedications.
Plaques were unveiled marking the new scholarships, which include (in alphabetical order), the Salla Stephens Bradshaw and John Ray Stephens Endowed Scholarship, the Earl and Ollie Greene Endowed Music Scholarship, the Claude Hutcherson Family Endowed Scholarship, the Vernon and Mary Wilson Jackson Endowed Scholarship, the Charles and Elizabeth Jinks Endowed Scholarship, the Jodie and Bessie Jopling Endowed Scholarship, the Lucile and Earl W. Miller Endowed Music Scholarship, the Lucian and Audrey Morehead Endowed Scholarship, the Ailese Parten/Charlene Clay Root Endowed Scholarship, the Dr. W. Neil Record Endowed Scholarship, and the Guy Woods Endowed Music Scholarship.
Ray Stephens and Salla Gammill married in 1933 and moved to West Texas. In 1934, he surrendered to the ministry and became interested in furthering his education. In September 1934, with $20 and very little personal property, they moved to Plainview and enrolled in Wayland. Salla finished her high school education and Ray earned his associate’s degree in 1937, continuing his education at Baylor after pastoring at Afton Baptist Church for two years.
The Stephenses attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1941 to 1943, when Ray felt God call him to serve his country. He served as a chaplain in the Air Force from 1944-46 and was recalled into active duty from the reserves in 1950. In 1951, Stephens lost his life in a rescue attempt of two drowning airmen in the Atlantic Ocean. After Ray’s death, Mrs. Stephens taught school and raised their three children.
Earl Greene was born in Indian Territory which later became Oklahoma. He married Ollie McSpadden after serving in World War I and the couple farmed in Quanah and were active in the First Baptist Church there. They moved to Plainview in 1944 and joined First Baptist, teaching Sunday School for many years.
The Greenes believed in Christian education and provided educational opportunities and piano lessons for their three children. Daughter Jeannine is a 1954 Wayland graduate and taught piano there for 20 years and was pianist at First Baptist for 50 years. Daughter Jeanell Terrell earned a music degree from Wayland and was active in church music for many years. Son John Earl Greene earned a BBA from Texas Tech. The scholarship was given by the Greene children as a memorial to their parents.
Claude Hutcherson is remembered for his lasting relationship with Wayland that began as a student. Hutcherson graduated in 1925, and during the 1948 season he began providing air transportation for the Flying Queens basketball team. He assumed sponsorship in 1950 and the team began to bear his name.
Hutcherson not only flew the team across the nation, but he also had a genuine concern and care for the academic future of the players and became a driving force in making Wayland the strongest women’s basketball program in the country. His loyalty continued through his family, Wilda, Marsha and Mike Hutcherson, who gave the endowment along with other friends, family and former Flying Queens to honor Hutcherson’s memory.
Mary Wilson Hicks Jackson was born in Floydada in 1921; Vernon Lee Jackson was born in Rochester, Texas, in 1920. They married in August 1941. The couple had a love for God and for young people and education. Vernon worked for the Boys Club of America for many years and Mary Wilson was a teacher. They met at Wayland, and three of their four children attended the university as well, along with two grandchildren, continuing a long tradition of family at WBU.
Charles and Elizabeth Jinks married in December 1954 in Alberta, Canada, and both attended Wayland after marrying. After Charles graduated in 1956, Elizabeth took a break from studies to raise three children and help Charles earn three graduate degrees. She eventually earned her degree in 1986 with honors from Wayland’s Hawaii campus.
Charles has a degree from Golden Gate Seminary and spent 23 years as a pastor in California, British Columbia and Hawaii. Dr. Jinks also served as dean of the Wayland campus in Hawaii for eight years and at WBU-Arizona for seven years, retiring in 1998. Elizabeth worked as an academic counselor at WBU-Hawaii and began studying her genealogy in Arizona, learning that she was a cousin of Dr. James H. Wayland, founding father of the university. The couple established the scholarship to help young people with financial needs get their education.
Jodie Jopling was born in Texas to a ranching family. Born in Kentucky, Bessie Covington moved to Texas at a young age and the couple married in 1926. Jodie farmed between Crosbyton and McAdoo, with Bessie working as a housewife. An avid reader and an excellent seamstress, she often sewed for the public during the Depression Era to help feed the family. The couple was longtime members of the Pansy Baptist Church. Jodie died in 1967 and Bessie died in 1991.
Lucile and Earl Miller moved to Plainview and Wayland in 1957, and Mr. Miller taught organ, piano and other music classes at WBU. He was instrumental in planning of the Wicks organ in Harral Auditorium, and retired in 1994. He was named organist emeritus and the recital hall in the music wing was renamed in his honor. The Millers have been longtime friends of Wayland and have mentored many students over the years. The scholarship was given by the couple to assist organ and church music students in receiving a music education.
Plainview native Lucian Morehead graduated from Wayland College in 1928 and continued his education at Baylor University and the University of Texas School of Law. He practiced law in Plainview from 1935 to 2002. Floydada native Audrey Farris Morehead attended Belmont College in Nashville and taught home economics to women in a Works Progress Administration program in Lubbock and Plainview. The two married in 1937 and had two children, John, of Austin and Lucinda Garrett of Washington. The couple moved to Austin in 2002.
Charlene Crook Clay Root left a bequest at her death in 2003 to honor Ailese Parten for her service to Wayland and her mentorship of students. Mrs. Root was formerly a secretary at an Odessa church before joining the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In various churches, she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, helped with VBS, WMU and other activities and was a faithful giver. She enjoyed painting, golf, tennis, traveling, sewing, knitting and quilting, and created a personal quilt for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (23 total). She was proud that four of her five children attended Wayland, including Marty Clay Curtis, Jane Clay Noordam, Susy Clay Warren and Johnny Clay.
Ms. Parten served as Wayland’s Public Relations director from 1952-65, also teaching journalism and serving as a mentor to many students who worked in her office. She is remembered as being stern yet warm-hearted and generous to her workers and was recognized as the consummate public relations professional, committed to promoting Wayland and Christian education.
Dr. Neil Record came to Wayland in 1945, earning an associate’s degree in 1947 and a BA in 1949 as a member of the first four-year class at WBU. He served as pastor during his last two years, then after graduation, he returned to Arizona and helped open Grand Canyon College, serving as business manager and Bible teacher there. Record then returned to West Texas to pastor the First Baptist Church in Tulia in 1951, serving until 1963 and becoming active in the Association of Former Students at Wayland.
Record was instrumental in securing for Wayland its largest single gift to that date, the S.F. Flores Estate, consisting of 26 sections of irrigated farmland. He was named assistant to the president in 1963, then left in 1970 to return to the pastorate in Lockney. He returned four years later as development advisor and special assistant to the president. His wife Haley, a 1949 graduate, assisted him through his service. Their daughter, the late Mary Lu Day, attended Wayland with her husband, Tommie Day, as did grandchildren Tom and Bernice Day Womack.
Guy Woods served as assistant professor of music at Wayland from 1933-40 and again from 1948-50. He was choir and organ instructor, choir accompanist and chair of the music department. The staff of the 1949 Traveler dedicated the yearbook to Woods “because he is one of the ‘swellest’ and best loved persons on the campus.” Woods is probably best known today for penning the university’s Alma Mater during his final years at the school. The song is still used today.