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Birth: Jul. 8, 1937
Death: Feb. 20, 1979

Gospel preacher and teacher at Preston Road School of Preaching.

Thomas William Dockery, Eldred Stevens, Rudell White, and Ray Evans were killed in a plane crash after returning from the Abilene Christian University lectures. [Gospel Advocate, March 22, 1979, 188-89].


Eldred Stevens, 4216 Stanhope, Dallas 75205, director of the Preston Road School of Preaching and all three teachers, Rudell White, Tom Dockery and Ray Evans, were killed in a plane crash near Redbird Airport around 11:33 p.m. Feb. 21. Stevens had been a Park Cities resident since 1963. The men had been attending lectures at Abilene Christian University and were flying back to Dallas in a dense fog. Mr. Stevens was piloting the plane. Stevens, 57, had been director of the Preston Road School since its beginning in 1965. White had been with the school since August 1976, and Dockery and Evans had joined the faculty two years later. All these men were dedicated not only to preaching the gospel themselves but also to the training of men to preach. Mr. Stevens had also served as local minister of the Preston Road church since 1963 but because of the great workload, he resigned as local minister and beginning Jan. 1, 1977, devoted full time to administration of the Preston Road School of Preaching. During the five years that Stevens preached in Stillwater, Okla., and taught in the Bible Chair at Oklahoma State University, he influenced 27 university students to become preachers. In the Preston Road school he helped train over 300 men to preach the gospel. He held B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Houston where he was graduated with honors. Among the achievements of his ministry at Preston Road were the beginning of the school of preaching; the growth of the local budget from $1925 to $6361; expansion of the mission program to include one fully supported missionary on every continent; development of his Sunday School class into one of the largest and most active in the church of Christ and a recent $600,000 enlargement and remodeling of the physical plant at the Preston Road church. Stevens is survived by his wife, Jo; two daughters, Mrs. Pat Ward, whose husband preaches for the Central church in Shawnee, Okla.; Mrs. Gail Matthews whose husband, Dr. Dick Matthews, is a deacon at the Bammel Road church in Houston; and one son, Nick (Eldred Nicklis) who teaches math at Spring High School in Houston and works part-time with youth at the Bammel Road church. Memorials may be sent to the Preston Road School of Preaching, 6409 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75205. Rudell White, 814 Woodland Way, Richardson 75080, 35, had been with the school of preaching since August 1976. He spent two years at Lubbock Christian College and completed his B.A. degree from Abilene Christian University. He completed his M.A. at ACU also. He was married to Julia Kay Chandler in 1965 and they have two children, Gina, 5, and Chet, 2 1/2. Services were held Feb. 23 at the Wellington Church of Christ. Thomas W. Dockery, 711 Westover, Richardson 75080, held a B.A. degree in Bible from ACU and had completed all class work there on his master's in Bible. He had also studied English at the University of Arkansas. He was married to Patricia Young Aug. 28, 1959. They had four children: Tom, Jr., 18; Becky, 11; Laura, 11; and Lisa, 8. Services were held Feb. 23 in Fayetteville, Ark. A memorial trust fund established for the children's education has been set up at the First National Bank in Fayetteville. Raymond O. Evans, 910 Pinecrest, Richardson 75080, was a of 20 years teaching-preaching experience. He had come to the Preston Road School of Preaching from Shawnee, Okla. Ray attended Florida Christian College and later ACU where he completed his B.A. degree in Bible in 1958. He was preaching for the church in Hillsboro, Texas, when he met JoAnne McCauley. They were married Dec. 24, 1958. After preaching in Wilburton, Okla., he completed his M.A. degree at ACU in 1961. Memorial services were held for Evans Feb. 23 at the at the University church in Norman, Okla. --Firm Foundation, March 30, 1979, 10, 12.
Black Oak Cemetery
Washington County
Arkansas, USA
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