|Death: ||Dec. 17, 2009|
Cleo Wilburn Pursell died at age 91. A native of Texas, she was converted in 1934 and ordained to the ministry five years later. For more than two decades, Cleo and her husband, Paul, ministered in seven churches (and a children's home) in Oklahoma and California before she became the first full-time executive secretary of Women's National Auxiliary Convention (kown today as Women Nationally Active for Christ or WNAC) in 1963. The position took the couple to Nashville, Tennessee, where they lived the rest of their lives.
WNAC flourished under Pursell's leadership for 22 years (1963-1985). She guided the department through an office move, edited and expanded Co-Laborer magazine, established the annual Fellowship Dinner at the Free Will Baptist convention, began national retreats for women, and eventually took WNAC membership to an all-time high.
A prolific writer, Pursell authored "Missionary Education of Our Youth" in 1955, "The Woman's Auxiliary Manual" in 1965, and "Anne, You're Super" in 1990. she wrote a feature column for Contact magazine---Words for Women--and published two poignant pamphlets following the death of her husband: Facing Death and Dying, and Triumph Over Suffering.
She will be remembered for her far-reaching vision and consistent leadership. "Cleo Pursell epitomized a gracious, godly, lovely woman," said Rebecca Pugh, president of WNAC. "Her constant devotion to the Lord helped her point women to the Lord and His kingdom."
Funeral: Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 1:00;
Woodlawn Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN. 37204.
---from article by Dr. Jack Williams, retired editor of Contact magazine for Free Will Baptists, and currently with FWB Bible College, Nashville.
Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum
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