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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Sager Story
    Graduating from Southern Adventist University in May of 1979 was one of the most exciting and humbling days of my life.
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  • Alfredo and Irdalia Prado
    Throughout their lives, Alfredo and Irdalia Prado have experienced many blessings from God.
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  • Dr. Charles and Bonnie Wilkens
    With an unselfish love for God, the Church, and the community, Dr. Charles and Bonnie Wilkens moved to Jellico, Tennessee with a desire to expand an Adventist hospital, plant a new church, and grow an Adventist school.
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  • Irizona Duckworth
    Mrs. Irizona Duckworth is not shy when it comes to sharing her age, and is quick to credit her longevity to the grace of God.
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  • Lillian Vesta Brown-Johnson
    Lillian Vesta Brown-Johnson was an accomplished genealogist and author. Her own roots go back to the Revolutionary War and Church pioneer days. Her family was instrumental in founding the Elam Road Seventh-day Adventist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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  • O. M. Ledford
    At age 17, O. M. Ledford started his first business making and selling pies to stores and restaurants in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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  • Nelle Jackson
    Nelle Jackson was a faithful member of the Decatur, Alabama Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was a registered nurse caring for the sick and elderly with loving care.
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  • Pastor Desmond L. Francis
    Pastor Desmond L. Francis faithfully served the Church for forty years. When he and his wife retired, they moved to metro Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • Priscilla Kyles
    94 year old Priscilla Kyles established a Revocable Trust to ensure her values would be passed on to younger generations.
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  • Passing on Their Core Values
    Philip and Sherilyn Samaan, as Bible scholars, believe God is the owner of all they possess.
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  • Steve and Ellen Dean
    While Steve and Ellen Dean's original will remembered the Lord's cause, they recently became convicted that they should remember the Lord in a more substantial way.
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  • Theodosia Hill
    Mrs. Theodosia Hill wholeheartedly accepted the Three Angels Message in 1974. She, with her late husband, Henry enthusiastically supported the establishment of the new Maranatha Church in Waycross, GA.
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  • Jack and Marion Blanco
    "It is amazing how the Lord continues to bless Southern Adventist University. Current enrollment is at 3200, with a projected continued growth in coming years if time should last."
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  • Desmond Doss
    Desmond Doss is remembered for his legendary heroism during World War II when he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
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  • Elder and Mrs. Silas McClamb
    Elder and Mrs. Silas McClamb served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 40 years.
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  • Elder and Mrs. Roy B. Thurmon
    Elder and Mrs. Roy B. Thurmon are a beloved retired pastoral couple who are known for modeling Christian stewardship.
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  • John Watson Jr.
    From the Carolina Conference comes the story of John Watson Jr. He states, "I thank God every day that He brought me into this Church.
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  • D. J. Eurick
    When D. J. Eurick retired as a leading salesman for a large pharmaceutical company, he volunteered his services as a recruiter for Bass Memorial Academy.
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  • Sidney and Ann Parker
    Sidney and Ann Parker continue to pass on their values at Emmanuel Church in Mobile, Alabama.
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  • Travis Wichman
    At Southern Adventist University, donors are changing lives by passing on values long after their death.
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  • Charles Edward Dudley Sr.
    Charles Edward Dudley Sr., and his companion of 62 years, Etta Maycock Dudley, have been longtime supporters of Oakwood University.
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  • Lena Elizabeth Roberson
    Lena Elizabeth Roberson, a member of Immanuel Temple Church in Durham, North Carolina, opened her home to care for persons with special needs, including Alberta Beckwith, who also belonged to her church.
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  • Mrs. Jewel Harris Alston
    Mrs. Jewel Harris Alston recently gave her home to South Central Conference as a gift. She said she wanted to give back to the Lord who gave it to her.
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