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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

In Memory of Rev. Rex Alfred Bullock


Rev. Rex Alfred Bullock

August 23, 1947 - January 12, 2023


Rex's obituary

Rex Alfred Bullock was born to Foy and Doris Nell (Spears) Bullock in Jacksonville, Texas on August 23, 1947 and he passed to his heavenly reward January 12, 2023, in Tualatin, Oregon surrounded by family, singing over him “Jesus Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly.”

In 1964, at the age of 16, Rex made a life altering decision to follow Jesus Christ while attending a camp meeting in Caldwell, Idaho. The following year he recorded his first album, “At the Altar” together with his parents. Music would continue to play a pivotal role in his journey. He would go on to record and produce numerous albums and minister to many congregations in song. While attending his senior year of high school Rex met the Great Love of his life, LaWanda Mae, whom he described in his own words as “the sweetest, most wonderful, and prettiest girl in the world.” He spent the better part of the next 2 years trying to impress her. Eventually, while driving his new blue hardtop Chevy Impala, with the wind blowing through a thick head of black hair, he succeeded. They began dating and were married the following summer on June 8, 1967, in Duncan Oklahoma.

In their first years of marriage Rex attended Augustana Lutheran College and worked full time, often during the night, as a broadcaster for Moody, both paying for his school, and supporting his growing family. Their oldest son, Jonathan Rex, was born in 1969 in Rock Island, Illinois. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in 1970, he and LaWanda relocated to Chattanooga Tennessee where he continued working as a broadcaster, and a school teacher. They welcomed their second child, a daughter, Sherilyn LaRose that same year.

He and his young family frequently toured the Holiness camp meeting circuit. They were passionate for communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and often shared both the singing and preaching responsibilities. They dedicated themselves to full time evangelism. Drawing on his background in radio broadcasting, Rex helped launch Dayspring Ministries (now Day Media) in 1977 to teach “God’s standard for holy living.” Originally conceived as a 30 minute radio variety show, it was aired on hundreds of stations and to thousands of people around the world. In 1980 he became father a 3rd and final time, to Mark “Brittian.”

During the days following his own father’s surprising death in 1983, Rex was filled with an impassioned urgency for the harvest and would spend the remainder of his life serving in ministry. For over 40 years he planted churches, pastored multi site congregations, worked with outreaches and missions, as well as leading various denominational efforts. Rex was a story teller, drawing on a lifetime of experiences from around the world.  He used vivid first person accounts to captivate the imaginations of his audiences, and rivet them to the transformational message that he preached.

Rex continued his own education and earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Trinity College and Theological Seminary in conflict management. His deepening emphasis became mentoring younger generations of pastors and ministers, equipping them as they told the Story of the good news in relevant ways. Rex worked with leaders from the US, Haiti, India, China, the Philippians and across the continent of Africa. He continued to preach into the final months of his life. His commitment to God’s Purpose remained undiminished to the end, and "lived a life of no regrets, no reserves, and retreats." 

While Rex was beloved by so many, it was his immediate family who most often and most directly saw his generosity of heart. Rex fiercely cared for his children, their spouses, and grandchildren—proudly attending performances, games, graduations, and milestone moments. He could often be found in the stands, snacking on whatever LaWanda had packed for them, cheering loudly, and having close quarters conversations with whomever was sitting next to him. He modeled a practical kind of love, running to the grocery store countless times in one afternoon, delivering supplies, taking food to the sick, making surprise visits, and even baby sitting in a pinch. He challenged his family to strive for excellence, at the same time communicated how proud he was of them, and also supported them to cross the finish line. Even in his final hours, Rex continued to care take and dote on his family.

Rex leaves behind a legacy of Grace and Love. He is survived by his wife, LaWanda (Gordon) Bullock of Tualatin, OR, and his children, Jonathan (Tyrome) Bullock of Portland, OR, Sherilyn (Allan) Lombos of Tualatin, OR, and “Brittian” (Kristi) Bullock, Ridgefield, WA. He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren; Paris, Gordon, Canon Rex, Ransom, Judah, Maxine, and Mercer Alfred. He is also mourned by his brother Knox, his sister Beth, and their families. He leaves behind close ties with nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and their children. He counted thousands as family and friends in Christ.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Rest in Peace - Rev. Rex Bullock Passed into Eternal Life, January 11, 2023. He Spent His Life Speaking about His Savior and Singing about His Lord Jesus Christ.


Rev. Rex Bullock, MHS 66, passed into eternal life on January 11, 2023. This is a photograph of one of their family reunions. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

A Flood of Memories

The Moline High School students did so much sand bagging against the 1965 Mississippi Flood that the city dedicated a plaque to us. The 1966 class willingly left their studies to fill and haul sandbags.


Believe it or not, I subscribed to the San Francisco Chronicle, even though we visited there only once. Now I am reading about how the city and the state are dealing with one violent storm after another. That was predicted, but weather predictions in Northwest Arkansas seldom pan out, perhaps due to our geography, the Ozarks pushing storms north or east of us.

Christina and I saw floods in Midland (Michigan), St. Louis and New Ulm, never threatening our Icha-bodes but impressive when so near. We thought Erin Joy would be frightened by flooding around the Midland hospital and inside. She was lit up by all the excitement, which made us laugh. She saw entertainment while everyone else was afraid of even more danger.

In early January, I am getting warnings from the gardening vendors I support. One just wrote that I better order some flowers or it would be too late! We are in the true South but not the Equator, as in Ecuador! I recall getting bare root roses in Springdale just as we entered a two-week sample of zero temperatures. I had to soak them in the kitchen in a large garbage pail (aka rain barrel). 

Disasters are marks in time, easy to remember the time and place. Moline built a monument for us high school students who sandbagged the 1965 flood. I helped guard and sandbag Melo Cream, but we did not merit a monument. There is a big difference between flood and food. Or I could say, between Do Not Enter! and Donuts - Enter! Yes, I helped keep the donut shop high and dry.

I was talking to a reader yesterday about current conditions in our country. We agreed that the best we could do is find peace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and help our neighbors who are suffering from economic distress - costs way out of control. 

Roses always make people happy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Michael Collins Has a Few Days Open for a Santa Visit

This is the best Santa photo anywhere!

How many children's hearts are thrilled each year?

 Jorja Hepner, MHS 66

 Kris Streed, MHS 66

Liz Copeland's Clancy

 Kathleen Wilcox, MHS 66

 Bethany Jackson's Christmas dress, MHS 66 once removed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Lawrence Eyre on The King James Version

 "I enthusiastically recommend The King James Version by Gregory L Jackson:

The King James Bible

Remains without peer among

English translations.

Beauty and truth sing

With unmatched clarity in

Stately cadences.

Gregory Jackson's book

The King James Version tells

The blessed story."

Lawrence Eyre, MHS 66, Yale College and Yale Divinity School

 The King James Version

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Happy 53rd Anniversary - And God's Blessings - John and Diana Robeson!

John and Diana Robeson were married on November 22nd, 1969.

John and Diana flew to the Golden Gate bridge.

They biked the Golden Gate bridge with their family.

John is one of two PhDs in math/science who were part of the experimental chem-physics class at Moline High, The Class the Stars Fell On. Note the Moline Memories editor almost comatose next to his long-suffering lab partner.

Alan Hoffman was the other PhD in chem-physics class. Here is Alan getting his Eagle Scout award with John Robeson.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Rest in Peace, David T. Coopman, MHS 66

The 15 Moline Memories posts that include Dave are linked here


Rafferty Funeral Home - Moline
2111 First Street A
Moline, IL


David T. Coopman, 74, of Moline, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022 at ProMedica, Moline.
A Funeral Mass will be 9:30 am Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4-6 pm, Friday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St A, Moline. Entombment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Center for Belgian Culture or RI County Historical Society or the Moline Second Alarmers.
David was born February 8, 1948 in Moline, the son of William M. and Phyllis (Aswege) Coopman, Sr. He graduated from Moline High School in 1966 and St. Ambrose College in 1970, where he received a degree in Secondary Education.
David was an English Teacher at Moline High School for 7 years and later worked at several local radio and TV stations. He retired from Industrial Sales and Packaging.
David was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Moline, and Moline 2nd Alarmers for 48 years where he served as Secretary for over 20 years, Rock Island County Historical Society, where he served as President and Center for Belgian Culture. He enjoyed writing history, and was author of Quad City History and enjoyed golfing, especially in California.
Survivors include his brother, William (Sandra) Coopman, Jr., Tremont, IL; niece, Merry Sumer; nephew, Chris Coopman; special friend, Judy Carls, Palm Desert, CA and many cousins in the U.S. and Belgium.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David, please visit our floral store.

I don't know the proper words to express what the loss of David means to so many people. Friend, colleague, classmate...all in all, a good buddy. Talented in so many ways, but especially in the written word. We have all read his work with appreciation. I personally am going to miss our lunches every time I came back to the well amigo, you are sincerely missed by so many.
John Mason Carver
October 14, 2022
David you will be greatly missed. Thank you for all your hard work making the MHS 1966 class reunions always a memorable event. See you on the other side big guy. PS County Style rules!
Kym Dennhardt Whatley
October 14, 2022
Published by Rafferty Funeral Home - Moline on Oct. 13, 2022.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.


 Legendary Locals of Moline, Illinois, by David Coopman

I cleaned up my bookshelf, sending many to friends, neighbors, and Waste Management, Inc. I kept Legendary Locals of Moline, because that is endlessly fascinating.

This is David Coopman's fourth book about the Quad-City Area, cities surrounded by farmland and flood waters. So many greats have come from this area that my wife responds to news about inventions and achievements this way, "I know, another Moliner."

Not always - but often. The computer was invented at a Rock Island roadhouse.

QC Online
"The research, going over old advertisements and meeting people who made the station what it was, is special," he says. "It never fails -- when I go to check a fact that I'm expecting to take 15 minutes, it always takes me three or four hours. It's been that much fun researching this book."
Lagomarcino's had to be in the book, but what about the Mayor of the Lutheran Holyland - Perryville, Missouri - Debbie Mitchell Gahan?


 Eyre is in the book for tennis, but added poetry to his resume. Publish or perish applies to tennis professors too.

Which class should have the most legendary honors, you dare ask? The Class the Stars Fell On - 1966.


Photos tell Q-C Airport's story - Quad Cities Online:

"Images of Aviation: Quad City International Airport," by David T. Coopman, published in 2011 by Arcadia Publishing, is a pictorial and historical overview of the local airport at Moline.

A typical page in the 127-page book has two black and white photos with rich text describing their historical implication. A concise introduction to the book describes the high points of the development of the airport to the present day.

The airport started around 1919 in a flat pasture that became known as Franing Field. The operation began with coast-to-coast flights of Army airplanes. But the young airplane enthusiasts known as barnstormers who performed daring aerobatics and gave rides to individuals kept the airport alive.

Many of the wonderful photos were contributed by The Dispatch, the Quad City International Airport and numerous individuals. Photos include people important to airport development, monocoupes, biplanes, tri-motors, passengers planes and military jets, celebrity visitors, construction of the airfield, terminals and other buildings, plus three accidents.

The book divides growth into four sections.

The first, 1922-1934, shows development of Franing Field. Men who developed it learned to fly from J. Wesley Smith, Geneseo. Smith, who flew with the Canadians during WWI, taught Gus DeSchepper, Floyd Ketner and Dr. C.C. Sloan how to fly.

"Rusty" Campbell became manager of the developing airport when Smith left. Many young men and one woman, Phoebe Omlie, became legendary racers. Local barnstormer Vern Roberts became the idol of Charles Lindbergh, who had seen him perform.

The second section, 1935-1952, begins when Moline finally took ownership of the airport. Photos show men working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Depression. The men are getting the field ready for paving runways. Hangars and other buildings are being added. A few air shows are pictured. Vern Roberts, airport manager, created the Moline Air Service in 1942 to train cadet pilots for WWII. A photo shows 600 radial aircraft engines being rebuilt at the airport to be used to power tanks during WWII.

After the war, a rivalry began between Moline and Davenport, which had developed an airport. Both wanted to become the leading regional airport. Coopman quotes a source who said, "population, politics and practical considerations" led to Moline coming out ahead.

A map shows the center of population for the Quad-Cities was in Rock Island at about 5th Avenue and 38th Street There were more industrial users of aviation on the Illinois side. In 1948 the airport became part of the Metropolitan Airport Authority (MAA) and was renamed the Quad City Airport.

Section three, 1953-1984, may be a trip down memory lane for some readers. A new terminal was completed in 1954. There are nostalgic photos of that wonderful 180-degree observation area in that terminal. Visitors could sit and watch planes take off and land with a view of the ramps, taxiways and runways. There is a photo of Tom Balla's Airport Inn restaurant where an hour wait on Sundays was not uncommon. Many kids ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served with mashed potatoes in that restaurant before heading to that observation deck to dream of flying.

The last section, 1985-present, begins with photos of the building of a new $5.3 million terminal. A photo shows the 1954 terminal still there. In 1986 the Quad-Cities was granted U.S. Custom Port of Entry status. The name wasn't changed to Quad City International Airport to reflect that status until 1997. Photos reflect changes after 9/11. For example, passengers clearing security enter a central atrium area that once was available for the public as an observation opportunity.

Other interesting photos include flight information written on a blackboard in the 1950s; Coal Valley fire department providing services; a 1944 photo-op of Gov. Dwight Green, waiting for a flight, pointing in one direction while airport manager Vern Roberts is pointing in the opposite direction; and aerial photos including one of "Moline" painted on a roof to show pilots what airfield they were flying to or over.

The book is a great overview of the airport but there are some issues. It was disappointing to see Harold Neumann, Geneseo, a prominent racer based in Moline in the late 1920s shown as a 66-year-old in 1972. I discovered his little silver monocoupe at a museum in Oshkosh, Wis., several years ago.

In the Ford Reliability Tour held 1925-1931 to promote flying, Campbell received a perfect score in a Travel Air A in 1925. The book said there was no prize money. Other information indicates he received $350, equivalent to more than $4,500 in 2010 dollars.

The last photo is of Cathie Rochau, marketing representative for the airport, and director of Aviation Bruce Carter, AAE. Carter arrived at the airport to oversee the $18 million terminal improvement in 1999. His celebration over the successful completion was short-lived, according to Coopman. Carter and the rest of the airport had to deal with changes for the airlines and airport brought on by the terrorist attack in September 2001.

(David Coopman will speak about the book on August 8 at the Port Byron Historical meeting at the River Valley library at 7 p.m.)
Marlene Gantt of Port Byron is a former Rock Island school teacher.

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