Mary Alice Braswell faithfully
served William Carey University as
a Trustee from 1998 to 2002 and
then from 2006 to 2011, when she
went home to be with the Lord. Mary
Alice and her late husband, Rex, who
also served as a Trustee from 1994
to 1996, have connections to Carey
that go back further than their time of
service as Trustees. After World War
II, the Braswells became burdened for
the returning soldiers and determined
to help them get a college education
as long as they were willing to work.
They recruited residential students
at both USM and William Carey
to work in their business. Years
later, the Braswells would support
working college students through
The Rex Braswell Work and Service
Scholarship. For many years, Rex
provided transportation to any
Carey student who wanted to go to
church, and Mary Alice would make
about 250 sandwiches every Sunday
afternoon for the college students,
sometimes chicken salad, and other
times squirrel salad!
While Mary Alice was a quiet,
behind-the-scenes worker, Rex
was bold in sharing his faith and
took every opportunity to share his
testimony. Dr. Kevin Shearer (‘80)
remembers Rex speaking to one of
his classes in 1979 and emphasizing
that the students should remember
two things: never forget to share the
gospel and never forget to tithe.
The Braswells were committed
to seeing that students did well
academically, but more importantly,
they encouraged them to live a
Christian lifestyle, a legacy that
continues as their son Jim and
daughter-in-law Peggy often transport
Carey students to church and
host students in their home. Mary
Alice Braswell’s gentle nature and
determined spirit contributed to the
success of Carey. As do all William
Carey University Trustees, she served
sacrificially to ensure the spiritual and
academic growth of the university.
Rem embering Trustees
Who S rved Until the End
Proverbs 27:19 teaches “As
water reflects the face, so the heart
reflects the person.” According to
those closest to him, Walter Warren’s
legacy of service and community
was a reflection of his heart. Others
associate Proverbs 27:17 with
Walter’s life: “As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.”
Walter, a 1967 graduate and
William Carey University Trustee
from 2005 – 2010 and 2012 until
the time of his death on April 11,
2012, shared Carey’s commitment
to scholarship, leadership, and
service. “He was so proud of Carey!”
stated his wife Joan. “I can say
he was truly a good man.” His
sister, Charlotte Yandell, recalled
a visit with Walter and Joan last
fall, during which Walter brought
Charlotte to visit the WCU College of
Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM),
and the WCUCOM staff graciously
led a complete tour of the facility.
Walter considered the WCUCOM a
crowning achievement of William
Carey University and took pride
in being part of the planning and
implementation of the program.
A well-respected businessman,
Walter was the owner of W.A.
Warren Construction for 40 years
and served in the Army National
Guard. The proud father of three
children, grandfather of 10, and
great-grandfather of one was a proud
sponsor of Carey Dinner Theatre, an
active member and usher at Temple
Baptist Church, as well as a member
of the Hub City Corvette Club and
the Hattiesburg Area Historical
Society. His influence as a servant
leader continues in the lives of his
family, friends, and all who knew
him.
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