Leadership - Elders

Horace Hamilton :

Horace Hamilton grew up near Big Spring, Texas, and was “raised” as a Methodist but was introduced to the church of Christ in my early twenties. I obeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ through baptism while a student at the University of Texas in Austin.
I have been married to Wenona, My Bride for 55+ years. We have lived in Austin, San Antonio, and in Galveston County prior to moving to Richland Hills in 1980. We have 3 sons and a daughter, plus grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was a Scout leader for several years while our sons were of Scouting age, and later was a city council member in Richland Hills.

We understand everybody needs some compassion from time to time and our family has been on the receiving side of church benevolence when our home was destroyed by tropical storm Claudette just after our insurance lapsed. The generosity of congregations and church members was overwhelming to our family and made a big difference in our lives and our future.
I retired in 2009, after 16 years in medical research and 31 years in laboratory management, and I now serve the Lord and his sheep at Baker Blvd Church of Christ as Christ’s servant and an Elder of this congregation.

Don Hazlewood

I was born on June, 1937, baptized into the church in 1952, enlisted in the Air Force in June 1955.

While home on leave from the Air Force, I met Sharon Collins whose dad, Glenn, was preaching for the Newark congregation. We started corresponding and, while home on leave again, I ask her to marry me.

I was discharged from the Air Force in January 1959 and, in August of that year, Sharon and I married. I lost my job (new owner, relatives as staff) and happened to fill out an application for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I was interviewed, hired and started work in Brownwood, TX. for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) on a construction survey team.

In 1961 I was transferred to SCS’s Engineering and Watershed Planning Unit (EWPU) in Fort Worth, TX. The EWPU unit obtained a Clary DE-60 “computer” that used wired plug-boards to perform calculations. It was placed by my desk and I was assigned the “care and feeding” of it. This was my introduction to data processing and programming. I worked in Fort Worth for 15 years and was then transferred to Washington, DC, as the Compute Equipment Acquisition analyst. After 3 years in DC I was again transferred, this time to Fort Collins, CO and assigned the title of SCS Agency Liaison to the USDA’s Fort Collins Computer Center. In 1986 I was transferred back to Fort Worth because of health problems (turned out to be a medication problem that a new doctor quickly corrected).

In Fort Worth, I was Head of Programming Services for SCS, supervising a staff of programmers developing (mostly) engineering applications for use across the USA. Then, as the result of a reorganization, I ended up in Portland, OR in the National Artificial Intelligence Lab. I was only there for 6 months when another reorganization sent me back to Fort Collins.

In 1994 I decided I had had as much fun as I could stand so I retired. The agency immediately changed the name to Natural Resources Conservation Service (I’ve often wondered about that). Colorado on a retiree’s annuity is not an easy road to travel so we moved to De Queen, AR. Then, in the early 2000s, we got homesick for Texas and moved to Granbury. While there, our disabled son, Michael, died of a heart attack in Colorado, leaving a huge void in our hearts. In October, 2006, we moved to Wichita, KS to help with a granddaughter just entering elementary school. We stayed there until she went into the seventh grade. We returned to Texas and finally ended up in Richland Hills in December, 2012. We lost a second son in June, 2014, and the void got bigger. I could not ask for a more supportive group than we found here at Baker Blvd. Church of Christ. I accepted the position as elder after much prayer, soul searching and discussion with Sharon, because I believe that, together, we are charged with expanding God’s kingdom.

Jim McNeil: 

I was born June 30 1946 in Greenfield, Ohio, which is half way between Chillicothe and Washington Court House.
I grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and Graduated from Huntington High School at 17. Attended Marshall University and then moved to Chicago to go to electronics school.
I entered the Air Force, and after graduating from basic training at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, I went to Airborne Radio school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. My first assignment was Clark AB in the Philippines and went TDY to Viet Nam and Taiwan. My final assignment was George AFB in California.

I went to Computer Technology School in Arlington, Virginia after getting out of the Air Force. Upon graduation, I went to work for Control Data Corporation installing and repairing computer systems across the United states. Never made it to Hawaii or Maine.
I met and married my wife of 45 years in Oklahoma while doing a computer installation at Tinker AFB. We traveled the US and then settled down in Ogden, Utah while I worked at Hill, AFB. Our daughter Michelle was born in Ogden.
We transferred to Dallas, Texas in 1975 and settled in Richland Hills and have been here for 42 years.
I was laid off from Control Data after 22 years and then went to work for RadioShack in their product development department. I retired from there after 18 years.

We started attending Baker Boulevard Church of Christ in 1989. I have been the treasurer, deacon and now an elder.
My full time vocation now is working for our Lord in whatever capacity I can.


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