Oldest living UM clergy in Arkansas celebrates century mark

COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

The Rev. Jim Major and his wife, Lillie, seated, on June 10 received a visit from members of the Hendrix College staff to celebrate the retired United Methodist elder’s 100th birthday, which was June 14. Major is the oldest living clergyperson in the Arkansas Conference.

In addition to pastoring local churches and serving as a missionary, Major spent two decades as a vice president of Hendrix, which is a United Methodist-related institution of higher education located in Conway. The annual James E. Major Service Award, given for meritorious service to the college, is named for him.

Those pictured in addition to the Rev. and Mrs. Major are Teresa Osam, Dr. Pat Osam, Ellis Arnold III, Jack Frost, Pamela Owen, Ginny McMurray, Barbara Horton, the Rev. J. Wayne Clark and Christa Davis.