Marshall Keeble’s Fellow Workers: John Vaughner

In conjunction with our current exhibit, “The book will be preaching after you and I have gone home”: Marshall Keeble’s Print Legacy we’ll be featuring blog posts contributed by our student workers to provide expanded content on the “Fellow Workers” pictured in Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist. Today’s post on John Vaughner was researched and written by Sandrine Ingabire. Sandrine is a Senior Global Studies major from Kigali, Rwanda. She has been working in Special Collections for over a semester now. She is interested in international development focused on small businesses and empowering low income people through providing them with opportunities to make an income. She loves writing and hopes the skills she gains while working in Special Collections will transfer to her career in the future.

1931 photographs of men Marshall Keeble either baptized or encouraged to preach. B. C. Goodpasture, ed., “Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist” (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1931), 24-25.

John Roy Vaughner was born on December 20, 1894 in Fairfield, Alabama where his home congregation was also located. In March 1916 he married Madie Roberts Vaughner. He was baptized by Marshall Keeble on December 20, 1925 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Keeble considered Vaughner to be a spiritual son. Shortly after his baptism, He began preaching in Birmingham, Alabama. Other churches he served include congregations in Henderson, Tennessee (1927), St. Petersburg, Florida (1930-42), Tampa, Florida (1943), and Bradenton, Florida (1935).

Tuggle, Annie C., “Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ” (1945). Stone-Campbell Books, page 151.

 

Vaughner was known as a meek and humble person as a result of Keeble’s mentorship. These characteristics led him to winning many white people’s favor who eventually gave him generous financial support for his work. Due to this support, he was able to plant another church in Alachua, Florida. He was also able to stabilize congregations in Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida. In 1947, he baptized an entire black Baptist church along with its minister Mr. Cook.

In 1959, Vaughner moved to Petersburg, Florida where he stayed for a while. He is known for having done much evangelistic work in Florida. He was able to establish thirty-eight churches in Florida. His evangelism influenced and transformed many and by 1959, he had baptized hundreds of people in his congregations. Some of the preachers he baptized include Charles James Anderson, Raymond Jones Dunwood, I. Gleaton, Columbus Grimsley, and Archie Smith. He also instructed and baptized Fleming Livingstone, who later became one of the most influential preachers of that era.

Vaughner served in World War I as a Corporal in the 92nd Division from December 6, 1917 to March 18, 1918. He died on June 18, 1960 at the age of 65 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He will forever be remembered for his work as a preacher and evangelist and for the lives that he transformed.

Works cited:

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 September 2018), memorial page for John Roy Vaughner (20 Dec 1894–18 Jun 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 121987666, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .

Robinson, Edward J., “Sons of Marshall Keeble: Luke Miller, John Vaughner, and James Cothron” (2005). Lectureship and Summit Audio Collection. 1574.
https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/sumlec_audio/1574

Tuggle, Annie C., “Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ” (1945). Stone-Campbell Books, page 151.

Marshall Keeble’s Fellow Workers: Percy Ricks

In conjunction with our current exhibit, “The book will be preaching after you and I have gone home”: Marshall Keeble’s Print Legacy, our student workers will provide expanded content on the “Fellow Workers” pictured in Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist. Today’s post on Percy Ricks was researched and written by Sarah Dillinger. Sarah is a Senior Social Studies major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been a student worker in Special Collections for three years. Sarah enjoys the research and connections she makes while working in Special Collections and hopes to pursue a career in teaching history when she graduates.

1931 photographs of men Marshall Keeble either baptized or encouraged to preach. B. C. Goodpasture, ed., “Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist” (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1931), 24-25.

On September 13, 1891 in Tuscumbia, Alabama Perry “Percy” Ricks was born. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Army during World War One, a fireman, and then became one of the few black railroad engineers in the early twentieth century. He was the brother-in-law of Marshall Keeble and the grandson of George Ricks. Both of these men had a lasting impact on Mr. Ricks’ life. He was baptized by his grandfather who was a member of the churches of Christ for 62 years and a preacher at High Street Church of Christ in Tuscumbia, Alabama for 30 years. In 1972, after Mr. Ricks retired, he visited the village his grandfather had been taken from in West Africa before he was brought to America as a slave. While Mr. Ricks was in West Africa he preached a sermon to 400 Africans of whom 16 were baptized afterwards. This visit impacted the rest of Mr. Ricks’ life as he became an advocate for schools, hospitals and missionaries in that part of the world. On February 17, 1979, Mr. Ricks died in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Works Cited:

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 September 2018), memorial page for Perry E “Percy” Ricks (13 Sep 1891–17 Feb 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 108282737, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .

High Street Church of Christ.

Marshall Keeble’s Fellow Workers: O. L. Aker

In conjunction with our current exhibit, “The book will be preaching after you and I have gone home”: Marshall Keeble’s Print Legacy we’ll be featuring blog posts contributed by our student workers to provide expanded content on the “Fellow Workers” pictured in Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist.Today’s post on O. L. Aker was researched and written by Sandrine Ingabire. Sandrine is a Senior Global Studies major from Kigali, Rwanda. She has been working in Special Collections for over a semester now. She is interested in international development focused on small businesses and empowering low income people through providing them with opportunities to make an income. She loves writing and hopes the skills she gains while working in Special Collections will transfer to her career in the future.

1931 photographs of men Marshall Keeble either baptized or encouraged to preach. B. C. Goodpasture, ed., “Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist” (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1931), 24-25.

Oswell Lamor Aker was born on a farm in Commerce, Georgia. He received his early school training in and around Commerce. In 1917, he married Nancy F. Tisdale from Limestone, Alabama, who was a student at Walden University in Nashville, Tennessee. He attributed his success as a minister to her as she encouraged and supported him in his ministry. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for thirty years.

Aker was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church when he first heard the gospel.  Marshall Keeble’s teaching was central to his understanding of the gospel and Aker was converted. He had only been ministering in the Church of Christ for four months when the brethren in Florence, Alabama were impressed with him and encouraged him to work with Marshall Keeble. One of his strengths that people admired about him was his encouragement and support for people who were going through a hard time. He was also a very good and close friend to Marshall Keeble. Some people compared their relationship to that of Jonathan and David.

Tuggle, Annie C., “Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ” (1945). Stone-Campbell Books. 238.

He served in the Church of Christ for sixteen years. During his ministry time, he was able to baptize over six hundred people including seven preachers and one bishop by 1945. He served in the following congregations: St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, Houston and Waco, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Montgomery and Florence, Alabama.

Works cited:

Tuggle, Annie C., “Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ” (1945). Stone-Campbell Books, page 8.