Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

James Browning

stories from the book
by James V. Browning

My Husband's Story

Geraldyne Eslinger

Three children lived with their father in eastern Oklahoma. Their mother had been dead about five years. He talked to them and said if something happened to him, they should go to the Baptist Children’s Home, where they would be educated.

When he died, the family came to get the kids. Inez, the oldest was adamant and so they came to the Baptist Children’s Home. What is remarkable is that Inez was 13 at the time when she made that decision.

So Inez, Ruth and Earl came to the Baptist Children’s Home. They lived there through high school. They all went to college and earned their degrees.

Inez taught school over 40 years. Ruth died young. Earl spent five years in the service and retired from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Earl had nothing but fond memories of the time spent at the Home. His early training and his sense of humor served him well throughout his lifetime.

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