ADDING UP THE YEARS--Four veteran Cumberland Presbyterian ministers are totaling up their years in the ministry and find, that since being ordained, these add up to 188 years.
They are, left to right, Rev. W. O. Wayman of Warrensburg, Missouri, 40 years in the ministry; Rev. L. D. Ballard (seated) of East Tennessee Presbytery, 41 years; Rev. G. L. Waddle, Midlothian, Texas, 54 years, and Rev. A. C. Stribling, Sedalia, Missouri, 53 years.
The men were in a meeting at the Center in Memphuis, making
plans for the annual Veteran Ministers' Fellowship which will
be held just prior to General Assembly in June at Austin, Texas.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, May 7, 1963, page 4]
Rev. George Leslie Waddle, who for a half century was a pastor and evangelist in Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in Texas, died March 25, at Midlothian, Tex., following two years of declining health.
During his decades of service to the church he had served congregations throughout North Texas and also churches in Louisiana Presbytery.
His home through the years, had been at Midlothian, south of Dallas. The funeral was held in the Shiloh church, near Midlothian, with Dr. Fred W. Bryson, the pastor, officiating, assisted by a local Methodist minister, Rev. Larry Sullivan. Burial was in the church cemetery beside his wife, who preceded him in death a few years ago.
Survivors include five children: Mrs. R. C. Springer, Mrs. A. H. McLemore, and Mrs. Earl White, all of Midlothian; V. A. Waddle, DeSoto, Tex., and Dr. L. C. Waddle, dean of Bethel College, McKenzie, Tennessee. There are eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Born in Texas in 1879, Rev. Mr. Waddle received his ministerial
training at the old Cumberland
College at Leonard, Texas. He had served in churches throughout
the area and was stated clerk of the former Dallas
Presbytery for 12 years. He also served as moderator of
Synod twice. He was a veteran of the Spanish American
War. During his last years he had maintained a vital interest
in the Veteran Ministers' Fellowship of the denomination and had
served in all of its offices, including that of president.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, April 12, 1966, page 3]