BPC graduates lead Alumni Weekend activities

Three Brewton-Parker College alumni will be in featured roles during Alumni Weekend festivities Saturday on the campus in Mount Vernon, announced Renee McMillan, director of alumni relations.

Hugh Tyner, a 1978 Brewton-Parker graduate and a worship pastor in suburban Las Vegas, Nev., will be the guest speaker during the Alumni Tributes Service, which begins at 10 a.m. in Saliba Chapel.

Professional pianist and entertainer David Williams, a 1984 Brewton-Parker graduate, returns to headline the Musical Spotlight at 2 p.m. in the Gilder Recital of the Miller Music Building.

Pauline Taylor Hunt, a 1976 graduate, will join Williams for the Musical Spotlight and also will sing during the luncheon that follows the Alumni Tributes Service.

Tyner is the worship pastor for Masterpiece Church in Henderson, Nev. After he finished his bachelor of music education degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., Tyner went on to further study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.

During much of the 1980s, Tyner served in music and youth ministry positions in Texas and Oklahoma. He has been an entertainer and music producer in Los Angeles and for shows in Las Vegas over much of the 1990s, including music director for nine tours in eight Asian countries.

In 1999, he started his own construction company in Las Vegas and continues projects from time to time. He recently surrendered to full time Ministry with a deep burden for musicians on the Las Vegas Strip.

The service also includes the presentation of the Brewton-Parker College National Alumni Board’s annual awards: Alumnus of the Year – Colon Sammons (’60) of Mount Vernon; Friend of the Year – Bill Brown of Lyons, member of the BPC Board of Trustees; Minister of the Year – John Rainey (’72) of Thomasville; Young Alumnus of the Year – Harry “Bucky” Kennedy (’85) of Vidalia; Half-Century Alumnus of the Year – Tom Gullatt (’43) of Fairburn; Honorary Alumna – Betty Jo Franklin of Madison; and three inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame– Jason Kinchen (’99), baseball; Terrell Wallace (’01), men’s basketball; and Sandra Roos (’99), women’s soccer.

Hunt is a gospel recording artist who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She established a singing telegram ministry, Send-A-Song, and her own recording label, Power and Light Musical Group. She has a new CD titled “Yes, God is Real.” She is also a registered music therapist and special education teacher, and also has a nursing home and a sick and shut-in ministry.

Hunt recently performed at the 109th Celebration of the NAACP in New York City. She also accompanied her father, gospel singer Bro. Theotis Taylor, to Carnegie Hall for his performance at its 100th Anniversary Celebration in New York City. She currently performs as a church soloist and for the City of Dallas’ special events. She also performed at the First Management Forum at the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Center.

Williams is an elementary school music specialist at Appling County Elementary School in Baxley and director of Georgia’s first elementary performing show choir, the Aces. He is a professional pianist and entertainer who has traveled and performed in 41 states and in Canada for the past 24 years. He has two recordings that are very successful: “Reflections & Memories” – a compilation of hymns and gospel songs, and “Remember When…” – a collection of standards, show tunes and cocktail piano.

Williams owns and operates “The Studio” which is an exclusive private studio offering instruction in piano, keyboard, organ, voice and pageant preparation including evening gown, swimsuit, interview and talent competitions. He has been active in the Miss America Pageant System for many years serving as coach, emcee and entertainer.

Williams chartered the Aces, who have taken tours to Atlanta for the opening of the Christmas Celebration at the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C., where they performed on the ellipse of the White House for President Bush’s 67th birthday.

Williams and Hunt will be in the Phillips Student Center foyer from 1-2 p.m. Saturday selling and autographing copies of their CDs, including Hunt’s, “Yes, God is Real.” They also will be selling CDs after the Showcase in Gilder Recital Hall.

Saturday’s events also include the opportunity for purchasers of the book “Brewton-Parker College: Triumph Over Adversity, the First One-Hundred Years” to have their copy signed by author Ann C. Turner, librarian and director of the Fountain-New Library and college archivist at Brewton-Parker.

Turner’s book signing during will be in the Phillips Student Center foyer. Books may be purchased at the Campus Store in the Phillips Student Center for the signing, which will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Through the 320-page volume, Turner chronicles the college’s founding in 1904 as the Union Baptist Institute, a Baptist elementary and high school, and how the institution progressed to a junior college and eventually, to a senior college.