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«SMS ed the meridian of life: " President Sexton is fairly representative of the faculty, the trustees and of the student body. His ex- perience has been broad; his faith is pro- found; his will resolute. Nearly all men are at times inspired to noble thoughts and courageous deeds. Few men are al- ways upright and unwavering in the per- formance of duty. Dr. Sexton, through all his days, has been a faithful follower of the greatest Teacher the world has ever known. President Sexton ' s dream and hope are to see Centenary College strengthened for service to civilization and to Christianity. That, indeed, is the dream and hope of thousands who owe in large part their happiness and success to the inspiration received at Centenary. May this dream and hope be realized. " George Sexton preached several years before entering college. He took his farm-earned money to attend Hendrix Col- As pastor of St. Paul ' s. ■ . —-c ,i .■: v v .■■; ' ■ •n ' -o ju J 1 i 5 I I I i
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Of Ljreat t7r Lew ' skip In Arkansas, George Sexton chop- ped cotton with a lad named Joe Robinson, later to become United States senator and leader of his party in the Senate. He ran a cot- ton gin for Governor Eagle and picked up whatever farm work he could get, saving his money for education. The friendship with Joseph T. Robinson lasted through the lives of both. The depth of it is shown in this statement by Senator Robinson at the Centenary Centennial Celebration on Septem- ber 25, 1924, after each had reach- Terrell, Texas church built by George S. Sexton. The rising young minister — Doctor Sexton, taken about 1895. of her youngest child in his infancy. There were no photographers in the Tennessee hills. Frequently she ex- pressed her wish for a picture of George. The youngster of fourteen, hearing that a traveling photographer was stopping in a nearby town, took some of the first money he had earned working on neighbors ' farms in Arkansas and walked the seven miles to the photo- grapher to have his first picture made. She framed the tintype and it still re- poses in the original frame with the Sexton family.
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jte centers the Mimsterif lege at Conway, Arkansas, where he remained for two years. In 1886, at the age of nineteen he was a licensed minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. By 1891 he was ordained elder and was riding circuit around Magnolia, Arkansas. Dur- ing this period he made another great friendship — with Harvey C. Couch. The Couch youth fre- quently drove into town to bring the young minister to church on Sundays. Harvey Couch ' s father never had been a church-goer, but under the inspiration of this young friend of his son, he be- came an ardent worshiper. The Magnolia period of preaching was brief and George Sexton soon accepted the pastorate at Texar- The Representative Church of Southern Methodism at Washington, D. C, another of Doctor Sexton ' s great building achievements. First M. E. Church, Shreveport. 2EI P ft £•- ,i ; .... ' •■ ' ■- ' ■ - if » ..- : %k , « 3
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