Celebrating Lasting Legacies

Foster and Jimmie Reeder

Foster and Jimmie Reeder were long time members of FBC, Clearlake. Foster served as a Command Sergeant Major in the US Army. Jimmie was one of the first women to drive trolley cars in San Francisco in the 1940s. She later became a LVN and attended Bible School in order to better teach the Bible.Their estate plan left gifts for the Cooperative Program Endowment Fund and the California Baptist University.  

Margaret Baker

Margaret "Peggy" Baker lived in Jonesboro, Arkansas for the last 25 years of her life. She worked in public relations for General Electric. Her estate plan left gifts to several churches and Christian universities, along with the Northwest Baptist Convention and the California Baptist Foundation.

Elmer and Gwendolyn Fletcher

Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her husband Elmer in 2001. They were members of the FBC of Rancho Cordova. They contacted the California Baptist Foundation in 1997 for assistance in their estate plan. They left a gift to the FBC, Rancho Cordova.

Merwyn and Margaret Schwartz

Merwyn served as an Air Force pilot for seventeen years earning the rank of major. Then he owned and operated a service garage in Riverside for nineteen years. He and Margaret were members of Calvary Baptist Church of Riverside. Their estate plan provided for their family and church.

Jean Ditman

Jean attended an estate planning seminar conducted by the California Baptist Foundation in 1998 and requested assistance with her estate plan. She was a long-time member of the Orangeburg Baptist Church in Modesto. She remembered the CBF General Endowment Fund in her final giving.

John and Bonnie Meigs

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1985. She began working with CBF in 1988 when she attended a seminar with other widows in her Sunday School class at Foothill Baptist Church of Los Altos. CBF began working with four ladies from the same class and has had a continuing relationship with them for fifteen years. Her estate plan left gifts to her children and will ultimately benefit CBU, GGS, Kendall Memorial Fund for New Church Work, and the CBF General Endowment Fund.

Well done, my good and faithful servant.
- Matthew 25:21

Harold and Doris King

Harold and Doris "Gerry" King were long time members of Sierra Baptist Church of Visalia. Doris preceded Harold in death in 2011 after 48 years of marriage. Harold served in WWII in the Navy's Construction Battalion and later worked in construction and building as a contractor. Harold and Gerry were committed Christians actively involved in their church and missionary work. They traveled extensively, both in and out of the US, repairing and building churches. Their estate plan remembers their children and their church.

William and Evelyn Wright

William and Evelyn were members of FBC, Tehachapi for 67 years. William worked in the oil fields near Bakersfield, drove a Coke-a-Cola truck, and was a caddy at Stockdale golf course before managing a Union Gas Station, running a farm, and working for the California Dept. of Corrections. Evelyn worked in the potato and cotton fields before she went to work running the Tehachapi Dry Cleaners. They were both very active in their church, serving as a deacon, Sunday School Director, member of the Finance Committee, Sunday School secretary, nursery worker, and many other jobs. Their estate plan provided a gift to CBF.

Donnie and Ruby Williams

Donnie and Ruby pastored churches in Morro Bay and Trinidad.  After Donnie’s death, Ruby returned to Lompoc and was a member at FSBC, Lompoc. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her estate plan provided a gift to the CBF General Endowment Fund.

James and Clauda Hankins

James and Clauda were married for 51 years, before James passed away in 1991. Clauda was a founding member of Magalia Pines Baptist Church. Their estate plan remembered the CBF General Endowment Fund.

Robert and Sara Wells

Robert and Sara were married for 52 years and during that time helped start 43 churches, 3 district associations, and the Nevada Baptist Convention. They were literacy missions associates and taught English to students from over 21 countries. Robert also worked as a consultant for California Baptist Foundation, leading estate planning seminars and meeting with trustors. They loved serving their Lord and their estate plan will benefit CBU, State Missions, and Ouachita Baptist University.

William and Enid Burkey

Bill and Enid were married for 63 years. In her early years, Enid worked as a bookkeeper and elementary school teacher. Bill pastored several churches in California and served two terms as President of the California Southern Baptist Convention.  After retirement, Bill worked as a consultant for CBF. They visited widows, conducted estate planning seminars, and met with trust clients. They were active in their church, FBC of Fairfield.   

Everett and Kathryn Crossland

James was preceded in death by Kathryn after 68 years of marriage. James serviced in the Army Air Corps and was an autopilot technician on the top secret Norton Bomb Sight. He was employed by Chevron for 39 years. He and Kathryn were active members of FSBC, Hemet and left a gift to that church.

Jess and Martha “Jean” Worthy

Jean was preceded in death by Jess in 1996. She worked in San Francisco as a computer operator and then as a key punch operator at Folgers Coffee. She was active in her church, Sonora Baptist Church. Through her estate plan, she provided gifts to her church and the CBF General Endowment Fund. 

Bernard “Tommy” and Gloria Thompson

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, in 1999. He was an iron worker who worked in the construction field for over 35 years. He enjoyed fishing, reading his Bible, and gardening. He became a born again Christian at age 13 while attending a Brush Harbor Revival. He was member of Capital City Baptist Church of Elk Grove. His estate plan remembers his church and Camp Alta Southern Baptist Assembly.  

Pat Tharp

Pat was born in Michigan, but moved to Ridgecrest at the age of 13. He played an important role in the development of Ridgecrest, establishing several successful businesses in furniture and clothing.  He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Ridgecrest, playing a key role in building, furnishing, and decorating the worship center. His estate plan included gifts to CBU and CBF.    

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