I was his choir director until Edna Earle and I moved to Washington, DC. We have stayed in contact down through the years including a week together at our log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We have never had a better friend. Sue has been a special friend for life. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.
[Editor's Comment: Bill Nash and I were in the freshman class at Emmanuel College in 1952. Bill was a natural born leader and was the president of our class. Our friendship has lasted through all these intervening years. When I was president of Southwestern College, now Southwestern Christian University, Bill Nash was an elected official of the Oklahoma Highway Commission. I asked for his help to get signs erected on I-40.
Bill invited me to their commission meeting in Oklahoma City. With his southern statesman voice he made a passionate appeal for us to have them. He won the debate that followed by convincing these leaders to give the college these signs. An added bonus was that we got the signs free of charge. I learned from my parents that I needed to make friends. My Dad would say, "It is not what you know that counts in life, but who you know."
I thank God for Bill Nash and Raymond Carr. Bill's parents were the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Nash (Frances). Bill had two brothers, James, the oldest who was a professional photographer, and Marshall who married Rebecca Roberts, the oldest child and daughter of Oral and Evelyn Roberts. Marshall and Rebecca were killed in an airplane crash in 1977 in Kansas. Bill and his wife Edna Earle raised their three children, and did a superb job. A few years ago in Orlando, Florida, the night that Presiding Bishop Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr. passed the torch of leadership to Bishop A. D. Beacham, Jr. I met Jon Nash as I walked down a long corridor to the convention center. I knew when I saw him that he favored Oral Roberts, Walter J. Nash, and his father Marshall. Jon is a successful businessman and can help congregation discover financial freedom. What a dynamic young man he is.]