Leaving a Legacy, Building a Future
In 1919, L.T. and Lizzie Middleton moved to Lamesa in far west Texas. As their family grew, they acquired more and more farmland in Dawson County. They would eventually have eight children, and each child was given a house and 240 acres of farmland when he or she married.
L.T. and his oldest son, I.V. Middleton, were charter members of Bryan Street Baptist Church in Lamesa, a BMAT church that was organized in 1919. At one point in time, L.T. and Lizzie and all eight children and their families were members of Bryan Street.
The Middleton family has been associated with Jacksonville College for many years. The JC choir visited Bryan Street Baptist Church regularly for years. As a result of this association, many members of the Middleton family have attended Jacksonville College. In fact, twenty-one members of the Middleton clan have passed through the halls of Jacksonville College. One family member even served as the ladies’ dorm mother.
I.V. Middleton and his wife, Velma, loved Jacksonville College and wanted to help the College provide a Christian education for students for years to come. They did this by willing to the College 160 acres of good cotton farmland and the minerals associated with the property. Blaine Middleton, grandson of L.T. and Lizzie and nephew of I.V., farms the land for the College today.
Jacksonville College has benefited from the monthly income from oil-producing wells drilled on the land and the annual income from the cotton crop for many years. The total revenue received varies from year to year based on the price of oil and cotton, but the monetary benefit to the College is significant.
JC Board of Trustees member Carole Middleton Lybrand is the granddaughter of L.T. and Lizzie Middleton and the niece of I.V. Middleton. Carole and her husband, Bennie Lybrand, have also supported Jacksonville College through financial gifts. This summer, they donated funds to help with the cost of renovations in the C.R. Meadows Building, and they contributed greatly to the funding of the annual JC benefit golf tournament in September.
The Lybrands’ sons, Keith and Phillip, attended Jacksonville College, and both met their future wives there. Phillip married Jan Aultman (daughter of Buddy and Jeanette Aultman), and Keith married Lydia Warren. Keith and Lydia’s son Aaron also attended Jacksonville College. Phillip Lybrand served as JC business manager at one time, and all three of Phillip and Jan’s children are JC alumni. Their daughter Kaley Dean also served as dean of students for Jacksonville College.
Generations of JC students have benefited from the generosity of Jacksonville College supporters like the Middleton and Lybrand families, and future generations will continue to reap the benefits of the investments these families have made in the ongoing ministry of the College.
Please consider making a planned gift to Jacksonville College through your estate. Your investment will help to ensure the long-term financial stability of the College and to perpetuate our mission to offer a quality education from a biblical worldview for years to come.
The Middleton family, with I.V.(Vick) Middleton at the top right and his wife, Velma, on the row below him, second from the right.
32nd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
On Saturday, September 21, Jacksonville College hosted the 32nd Annual Jag Club Benefit Golf Tournament at Jacksonville’s Cherokee Ranch Golf Club. Ninety-six golfers participated in the tournament, including a record twenty-eight women golfers. First place winners in the Men’s Division were Mickey Eckles, Mike Eckles, Jarrett Leahy, and Wayne McHenry. Women’s Division winners were Jennifer Caldwell, Mary Cravens, Pat Neland, and Ginger Wallace.
Dr. Kenneth Perkins, Chairman of the JC Board of Trustees, attended the golf tournament for the 31st year, having missed only one tournament since its inception. His team placed second in the Men’s Division in the tournament. The team represented Northside Baptist Church of Conroe, one of several BMAT churches represented in the tournament.
Bennie Lybrand (center) helped fund this year’s benefit golf tournament.
Disaster Relief in Vidor
On September 26-27, Jacksonville College’s women’s basketball players volunteered to travel to First Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas to work with the SBTC Disaster Relief Ministry following Tropical Storm Imelda. Over a foot of standing water flooded the church, and recovery work included knocking out sheet rock, removing hundreds of screws from the dry wall, and vacuuming debris. The women also loaded and delivered eighty-eight compact refrigerators to people who were affected by the floodwaters in the community. The athletes stayed in the SBTC Disaster Relief trailers while in Vidor. The men’s basketball team travelled to Vidor on September 28 to do additional work in the church.
Volunteers from Jacksonville College’s Lady Jaguars basketball team who traveled to Vidor to assist the SBTC Disaster Relief team included, from left, Na’Kendra Ellis, Kailen Higgins, McKayla Black, Madison Minter, Ca'Leyah Burrell, Coach Samantha Carter, and Daizah Garner.
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