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About Holston

Donor Stories

Donor Stories

TOM & BROWNIE BEAVERS
Tom and his wife, Brownie, were grateful to the gospel ministry of Richlands First UMC in the lives of their families and friends and in the broader Richlands community. THE TOM & BROWNIE BEAVERS MERCY & OUTREACH FUND was set up by their daughters Stephanie Holby and Cindy Binkman to provide a legacy to the kindness and generosity of their parents.    MORE...







EARL & CONCHITA BLAZER
Earl & Conchita had no children of their own, but loved young people and believed strongly in the importance of education and the work of the church.   MORE...




MATTYE K. BOWMAN
Mattye Kirby Bowman was born the third of twelve children to Sam and Stella Nation, Kentucky tenant farmers. She was baptized as a young girl, but her “true conversion,” when she really became a Christian, happened at age 25 and she wanted to tell everybody about it.    MORE...


EVELYN CALDWELL

"Doesn’t anybody just do something simple like dig wells?” Evelyn Caldwell, established THE THOMAS WILSON MISSION FUND ENDOWMENT in memory of her dad to honor him for the wonderful Christian home he provided for his children despite being a widowed father.   MORE...







ED & CAROL CATE
Ed Cate and his family established THE CAROL THOMPSON CATE MUSIC ENDOWMENT in thanks to God for Carol, who died from cancer in 2004. Each year this fund will distribute earnings to the church to support the music program with the first priority being the Handbell Choir, then the Adult Choir, and finally the Youth Choir.  MORE...

 

 




BOBBY LEE COLLIER
Bobby Lee Collier was an art teacher whose creativity bloomed not only among the school children, but in her flower gardens and home cooking. Neighbors and friends admired Bobby's roses, her banana pudding, and the many ways she shared her gifts through her church and community. She was 94 years old and had no children of her own, yet she left a six-figure gift through life insurance that will benefit many at St. Paul UMC for many years to come.   MORE...




RUTH CREASY FLESHMAN
Have you ever been mad at your church? While she may have been upset, deep down she loved her church so much that she left a very significant trust fund to benefit maintenance of the church and also created THE RUTH CREASY FLESHMAN AND A. ELMO FLESHMAN ENDOWMENT that will make distributions to Holston Home, a scholarship to Hiwassee College for a student  and to Asbury for retired ministers and spouses.   MORE...







EMMA FOX
Mrs. Emma Fox wanted to do something for the children at the Wesley House in Knoxville because of the many years she has been reading stories to these precious ones so she created an endowment fund in loving memory of her son Bill, who passed away suddenly in January 2006.    MORE...

 




JAMES & AGNES FRANKS
James & Agnes evaluated their lives, loves, and blessings and set into motion a plan to demonstrate their faith and make a difference in the future. MORE...




EUDOW & MAYBELLE HAMM
Eudow Hamm was a quiet and gentle man with a love of God and life. Maybelle was an artistic regal lady who was the light of his life.   MORE... 




EVELYN WEBB HENSON
Evelyn Webb Henson spent her life behind the scenes, often quietly and lovingly caring for young people.   MORE...




BUSH HOLLEY

Lawrence (Bush) Holley was a bit different. He wore a fu man chu and slept on a 30-year-old free couch in his living room with a gun under his pillow.   MORE...




GEORGE & RITA HOMMEL
In keeping with Rita’s desire to share the spirit and joy of Christmas with those people and families less fortunate, George created The Rita Hommel Christmas Mission Endowment.  MORE...








BOB HUDSON 
On October 14, 2008 it came as quite a surprise to Bob when, at the end of a Foundation board meeting, he was presented a framed resolution honoring his many years of service to the Foundation and the Conference. Bob Hudson passed away July 2, 2011. The following story was published in 2009 before his death. 
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ALLEN & PAULINE LINDAMOOD
The Lindamoods began their time together late in life. They loved living on their farm and managed to maintain a very simple and uncomplicated lifestyle. MORE...





WALTER MINNICK
Walter Minnick grew up the way that most people did around the turn of the century. He lived on a farm just inside the Abingdon, Virginia city limits. His mother was a saintly lady who made sure her son was involved at the local Methodist church. He attended Sunday school and church all his life. MORE...




NANCY NECESSARY PRIDEMORE
Nancy always had a great sense of humor, a love of people and a passion for education. Her small 5'0" frame did not reflect her boundless energy and the giant impact she would leave on her church and the community.    MORE...



HENRIETTA PUGH
The way Henrietta Pugh lived her life was a true testament to her positive attitude, selflessness, and true faith in the Lord. Henrietta lived a God-honoring life. One of her many gifts was caring for others, especially senior citizens. It is the lifetime "well lived" that inspired the Donor to launch THE HENRIETTA M. PUGH "CADES" ENDOWMENT FUND.      MORE...


LILLIAN BATES REDDING
At age 92, Lillian Redding did not remember a lot about attending church with her family as a child, but she got very talkative and excited telling stories about the plays and programs and fun she had sneaking off to participate in the Epworth League, the youth program at a nearby Methodist church.    MORE...



LUCY SCROGGIE
Lucy Scroggie passed away on November 11, 2007 at age 72, but this year she will feed hungry children, shelter the homeless, and help make the world a better place. Lucy felt blessed by her life and all that she had been given. She spent time reflecting on what was important in life. Jaws dropped when the church learned that upon her death she left over $600,000.     MORE...


JAMES & DORIS SINK
James & Doris Sink of Rocky Gap, Virginia have a passion for life! They share a deep love for each other, for the United Methodist Church, for the memory of parents, and for the education of young people. THE RAYMOND F. STOWERS SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT will provide annual scholarships for United Methodist students with priority given to students from the Tazewell District .    MORE...


EDITH LEMING SKINROOD
Edith Leming Skinrood had the looks of a movie star and the disposition of an angel. When she died at the age of 93, she left behind a legacy that will make a lasting difference for United Methodist students through a scholarship endowment created in the Foundation through her will.    MORE...



MARY MARGARET NORTON & SCHULER C. STOOKSBURY
Schuler & Mary Margaret believed that everything in the world belongs to God and that they had been blessed with God’s gifts. Their lives demonstrated their strong faith through their actions.     MORE...



PATRICIA V. TIMBERLAKE
Pat Timberlake was a devoted pastor's wife, an accomplished educator, mother, and an active and devoted Christian. She was particularly touched by the work of Partners in Crisis, which serves ministers and their spouses dealing with marital problems. At the Spring 2011 Foundation Board meeting a Resolution was passed to rename THE PARTNERS IN CRISIS ENDOWMENT to THE PATRICIA V. TIMBERLAKE PARTNERS IN CRISIS ENDOWMENT.      MORE...


MEL & MARY LOUISE WINTON

The Winton’s did more than just give money to their church and to support missions – they also got involved.      MORE...
  
LINDA BIRD WRIGHT
Rev. Linda Bird Wright passed away April 5, 2012 after battling Stage 4 lung cancer. She was recently a full-time associate pastor at First Centenary UMC in Chattanooga. Wright gave $92,000 in her husband's memory to build a Holston Conference guest house in Yei, Sudan. She had her eye on other ways to share God's love in a place where she saw so much potential. The following story was published in the Fall 2010 Foundation newsletter.      MORE...