Beginning my 38th year today, May 13, 2016…left a sports writing career in Chattanooga, Tennessee…moved to Murfreesboro to work at the Middle Tennessee Christian Center.
It was an event for which I have been grateful for the opportunity. Was especially special since it was where Terry and I had met and married as students.
I worked as a copy boy on weekends at the News-Free Press as a junior and a sports writer during my senior year of high school and then was the sports editor of the MTSU Sidelines school newspaper seven semesters.
During my freshman year, I also wrote a weekly article on MTSU football for the Nashville Banner. After my freshman year, I worked during the summer in sports department at the Chattanooga Times.
I was the Christian Center student president my junior year…we got married on July 2, 1971 and worked our senior years before graduating (1972) and moving to Chattanooga to work with the Chattanooga News-Free Press for seven years.
Eric and Tonia would often go over to the Main House on Friday/Saturday evenings and just see who was around before it was bedtime
Board members with Dr. Wiser (front right) when we introduced a plaque honoring past leaders at an annual fund-raising banquet. To this day, I am the only person who was a student, student president, and director at the Christian Center.
A picture of the Main House when they renovated it several years later (it is no longer there, being replaced with a new Christian Center)
Gary King was the student president during my first year as director. The students were always so friendly/nice to our children…I think they enjoyed having a family around since they were away from home in college
I did the publications while the director and we had some successful fund-raising efforts
During my photography class, I super-imposed this shot of Terry over one of the campus buildings
After a busy week, I would often sit under a shade tree in our front yard to read/enjoy the time (the backyard was usually muddy and not inviting at all)
This was the ‘doll house,’ where Terry lived with other girls while we were students and we lived in it while there as director
Terry was again a great model for me during my photography class
This was taken in April 1980 when Gregory joined our happy family
Ray Bevans enjoying time with Tonia (I think Ray was the first ‘crush’ she had on a boy)
The students loved coming by our house on their way to/from classes to see Eric and Tonia ‘hanging out’
I led singing at a VBS at North Boulevard congregation, which was close to our house at that time