by Tom M Roberts
I was a student at Florida College (’54-55) and Homer Hailey taught a class (Bible History and Geography). My wife and I also worshipped at the Temple Terrace congregation where he was the regular preacher. His rich knowledge of the Bible spiked my own interest in the scriptures and He was responsible for teaching me how to study. He is listed in Wikipedia as the following:
American preacher in the churches of Christ in the 20th century, a professor at Abilene Christian University and Florida College, and the author of at least fifteen theological books. He was well known for his general biblical knowledge, especially the Old Testament.
Homer Hailey (August 12, 1903 – November 9, 2000) was an American preacher in the churches of Christ in the 20th century, a professor at Abilene Christian University and Florida College, and the author of at least fifteen theological books. He was well known for his general biblical knowledge, especially the Old Testament.
Homer Hailey was born outside Marshall in Harrison County in East Texas, the oldest child of Robert Thomas Hailey and the former Mamie Collins. His brothers and sisters were Rob, Ruth, Jack, Roy, and Mary Ida. On December 20, 1930, in Abilene, Texas, he married the former Lois Estelle Manly (1907-1954). They had five children: Roma Luceil, Mary Lois, Homer Rob, Charles Dennis, and Carol Ann. After Lois' death, he married the former Widna Neeley Kirby (1917-1997) on October 4, 1955. Hailey died in 2000 at the age of ninety-seven in Tucson, Arizona.
August 12, 1903 - November 9, 2000
by Tom M Roberts
Known for his concise writings and evangelistic work, Robert Turner was known and loved across the nation. We are thankful to have some of his work on our website and hope to include more as it becomes available.
Born in Scottsville, Kentucky (1916), he finished high school there; and began preaching the gospel of Christ. Freed-Hardeman College (1934-36) provided his early Bible-oriented training, and in the University of Illinois (1936-39) he was a Speech and Ancient History major. Then, many years in Arizona and Texas gave a western flavor to his work. The result is the semi-educated, country-western, free Christian spirit that shows in each article.
Mr. Turner has worked as preacher for Churches of Christ in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona and Texas; and has written extensively for religious journals since 1941. He has always done much evangelistic work, and for many years devoted full time to evangelistic meetings and lectures in thirty-six of the United States, five of the Australian territories, and in Canada and Mexico.
Beginning with the fall semester, 1979, Mr. Turner has taught special courses in Florida college, Temple Terrace, for a portion of each year; but he and Vivian call Rocky Roost II, Burnet, Texas, their home.
ROBERT F TURNER