Statue of Wesley near completion


Special to the Advocate

Millsaps College is close to bringing a statue of John Wesley to the campus. 

Challenged by alumnus Lee McCormick and with the help of Alumni Association President Ward Van Skiver and Church and Parent Relations Director Kay Barksdale, friends and graduates of Millsaps are helping make the statue a reality. 

 A fund raising effort, began with members of the classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Additional efforts to fully fund the cost of the statue were recently extended to all alumni, especially United Methodists, and will total more than $45,000. The life-size bronze sculpture, depicting Wesley in his circuit-riding clothes with saddle bags at his feet, was created by Millsaps alumnus Ben Watts and is expected to be ready for installation by late summer. 

“Millsaps is proud to be a United Methodist college, and we want everyone to know about our Wesleyan heritage,” said President Frances Lucas. “As we enhance the beauty of our campus with statues and sculptures, John Wesley deserves a place of prominence. We look forward to dedicating this beautiful sculpture, done by one of our own Millsaps alumni.” 

There is still time for alumni and friends of the college to participate in this project. Send donations to Wesley Statue, Millsaps College, Box 151191, Jackson, MS 39210-1191. Donors to date include: 

Larry Adams, Pauline Dickerson Akers, Will Austin, Carol Lowry Baird, Kay Barret Barksdale, Rod and Beverly Featherston Bartlett, Jerry Beam, Bradley Bennett, Julia Dawson Bishop, Judge and Mrs. William Bizzell, Janet Clogston Cavalier, Sammy Clark, Harry Dinham, Nat and Pat Ellis, Delores Kirkfield Feldman, Tom and Donna Fowlkes, William and Gale McDonnell Fuller, Mike and Elaine Lord Gemmell, James K. Gentry, Doug and Mabel Mullins Greene, Lewis Hatten, Rosemary Hillman Hopkins, Francis Jacobs, Barbara Tate Jepsen, Warren and Beverly Humphries Jones, Frank Jones, Nelda Jordan, Paul Keller, Boyd and Janice Ray Kynard, John South Lewis, Robert E. Lewis, Lee and Linda Banes Lewis, Frances Lucas. 

Also, Barbara Lefeve McCleese, Judy Shaw McCormick, Lee McCormick, J. Rhett Mitchell, Jerry and Frankie Mitchell, Monterey United Methodist Church, Robert Morrison Jr., Paul Cooper Morrison, Max B. Ostner Jr., Dell Fleming Palazzolo, Burt Patterson, George and Lynne Krutz Pickett, Bonnie James Powell, Fred and Kay Nelson Rendfrey, Newt and Ann Reynolds, Susan Wright Roberts, Wilson Ragan Rodgers, Vence and Kathy Alexander Smith, Susanne Lamb Stevens, Earl and Ann Cathy Williamson Stubblefield, Mike and Ygondine Sturdivant, Ward and Kay Van Skiver, Mack and Penny Sanders Varner, Carolyn Allen Wolfe, Willis C. Woody Jr., Joseph W. Carroll, Bill Carroll and David Carroll.