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ACU student killed in accident Saturday



Cheryl Halbert

For immediate release
August 15, 2004

Cheryl Denice Halbert, 20, a junior youth and family ministry major at Abilene Christian University, was killed Saturday night in a one-car accident near Mason, according to Dr. Wayne Barnard, ACU assistant provost for student development and dean of Campus Life.

The funeral for Halbert is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak HIlls Church in San Antonio. Arrangements are being handled by Porter Loring North in San Antonio.

Halbert was driving south on U.S. Highway 87 Saturday afternoon about two miles north of Mason when she lost control of her vehicle and the driver's side of her 2000 Mercury Sable struck a tree, according to Department of Public Safety reports.

Chris Meeks, an ACU junior accounting major from Rockwall, was injured in the accident.  He was care-flighted to Shannon Hospital in San Angelo and has undergone surgery.  Barnard spoke to Meeks' mother, who said the surgery was successful and Meeks is expected to fully recover.  He was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.

At ACU, Halbert was involved in theatre her freshman year before deciding to change her major to ministry, Barnard said.  She participated in a Spring Break missions campaign to Connecticut her freshman year, where she learned about Ganderbrook Christian Camp in Maine.  She returned to work there as a summer counselor.  Halbert was a member of Sigma Theta Chi women's social club.

"Cheryl loved ACU with all of her heart," said Cheryl Jones, Halbert's mother. "ACU taught her to be a servant, and that's what she was. Cheryl made many close and wonderful friends, and her life was blessed by her relationships with family and friends."

Halbert went on a mission trip to Haiti while in high school, and missions and ministry became her passion, Barnard explained.  She also interned with the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.  Halbert studied in Oxford, England, as part of ACU's Study Abroad program in spring 2004.  She was there with Meeks and a number of other close friends.

"Cheryl's personality was very bubbly, and she was always cheerful and had a great positive spirit," said Julianne Batts, an ACU junior from Abilene who was Halbert's roommate in Oxford. "She would light up a room with her joyfulness. We had so many fun roommate moments together in Oxford."

Halbert's brother, Brett, recently completed his education degree at ACU.  Her younger brother, Derran, is entering ACU as a freshman this fall.  Halbert's father is Karlton Halbert of San Antonio, and her mother is Cheryl Jones.  Her younger sister, Darla, is 16.  Halbert's older brother, Karlton, attended ACU for a couple of years and is in the U.S. Marines.  He was due to ship out to Iraq, and his departure date has been extended until Sept. 1, Barnard said.

Halbert's aunt, Jamie Truitt, lives in Abilene and attends Highland Church of Christ.

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