Donnell  Hall


Museum and Research Collection


Center for Study of the Life and Work of

William Carey, D.D. (1761-1834)



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Dedication Remarks


Dedication and Opening of Donnell Hall

May 3, 2006



Dr. Linda Donnell

Robert and I would like to express our deep appreciation to all of you here to help celebrate this very special occasion:  faculty, staff, students, friends, and church family.


We are especially pleased to have our family here:  son Robert, III, and his wife Gin and our special grandchildren Miranda and Rob Ellis; my brother Jimmy Blissett and sister-in-law Linda; and Robert’s uncle James Rochester and his wife Jewel.


We are deeply honored to have a building on this campus bear our name.  Our prayer is that the name will merit the honor bestowed.


We would like to borrow from the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 and say, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”  God has blessed our lives far beyond what we deserve; therefore, it only seems fitting for us to give back.  And what better investment could we find than in the promotion of missions and in the lives of young people who will be our leaders tomorrow.


We are not graduates of William Carey College but we have always felt that it is an institution that really cares in a personal way about its students and strives to develop them beyond just academics.  And we know it to be an institution where its leaders are good stewards of its resources.  We thank Dr. Ralph Noonkester for introducing us to the school so many years ago when we moved to Hattiesburg as newlyweds.


William Carey, the man, was such a giant in missions—one that we would all do well to study and emulate.  It is truly exciting to think how this center will provide that opportunity for people all over the world and what the center will hold for the future of William Carey College.


Truly the honor today should go to Dr. Bennie Crockett and Dr. Myron Noonkester who birthed the idea for this center and who have devoted endless hours beyond their normal responsibilities to locating and acquiring the items in this collection and promoting the center internationally.   I cannot say enough about their outstanding work.  Let us give them a big round of applause.


Robert and I appreciate you Bennie and Myron and Dr. Kennedy for allowing us the privilege of playing a very small role in this huge missions endeavor. 


Thank you.

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