ACU to present June and John Estes Jr. with Christian
For immediate release
February 16, 1999
Abilene Christian University will present June and John
Estes Jr. with the Christian Service Award Monday, Feb. 22,
at noon at the Abilene Civic Center.
"John and June Estes offer an uncompromised lifetime of
Christian service," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "It
will be an honor to present them with this award."
Both John and June attended Abilene Christian College,
both graduating in 1948. After graduation, John taught high
school for three years in Rosebud, then went to the
University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, to earn his
John served in the United States Air Force for four
years. He was a pilot who flew B-29s in World War II. By
1956 he had come home to Abilene and established a dentistry
John and June have four children: John Levi Estes III,
Jill Bailey, Jay Estes and Jane Tindol.
"Two priorities have always been evident in the lives of
John and June Estes -- God and family," said Dr. Money.
Since their days at ACU, then ACC, in the late 1940s,
John and June have been strong supporters of Christian
education. All four of their children went to Abilene
Christian Schools and ACU, and now, almost all of their
grandchildren have experienced Christian education.
"Their appreciation for Christian education has
intensified through the years," said Kay McGlothlin. "They
have been among the most ardent supporters of Abilene
Both John and June have served on the ACS board, with
John serving as chairman. Support of Christian education has
evolved into a family commitment, with their children, now
adults, also serving on the ACS board.
"Their love for family is also strong and committed,"
said Mrs. McGlothlin. The extended family gathers at John
and June's home every Sunday for lunch, and on Wednesday
nights, the grandchildren and their friends often stop by to
visit their grandparents.
"Sunday dinner has continued to be family time at the
Estes' house -- persisting beyond the growing up days of the
children into the growing up days of the grandchildren," she
said. "The grandchildren, from the youngest to the oldest,
look forward to these family gatherings."
John currently serves as chairman of the ACU committee to
raise funds for the John C. Stevens Endowed Chair for
History. He served as president of ACU's Parents' Executive
Committee in the 1970s, and he chaired the $100,000
development campaign for Abilene Christian Schools in
June is an active supporter of Women for ACU on both the
local and national levels.
"John and June have always made everyone feel more
important than themselves," said Bill Hilton, long-time
friend and ACU vice president emeritus. "John's been
interested in every area of the school at one time or
another. He and June have always been involved in Abilene
Christian schools. They believe in Christian education."
The Estes have been members of the University Church of
Christ since their return to Abilene in the 1950s. Johns
currently serves as an elder there.
John and June have been described by friends as pioneers,
teachers, healers, children of God and servants of His
They have served as medical missionaries to North
America's Navajo Nation and also in Africa, Guatemala, Haiti
and Mexico. They spearheaded the establishment of a preacher
training school in Haiti for which John served as the first
board chairman, and they have supported countless
missionaries and preachers.
"Even though 'Dr. John' has helped large numbers of
people as a medical missionary, this front-line service may
be surpassed by yet another contribution, that of
establishing a formal institution for training Haitian men
as Gospel preachers," said Tim Mastenbrook, chairman of the
board for the Haitian Christian Foundation.
"John and June Estes have enriched countless lives,
especially mine," he said.
At home, June is an active member of the Abilene Garden
Club and the Big Country Audubon Society. She constantly
seeks unique flora and fowl.
John is a member of the Texas Dental Association, and he
served as president of the 17th District Dental
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