Lloyd Cline Sears
Biographical Sketch On The
Life Of Lloyd C. Sears
Lloyd Cline Sears was born near Odon, Indiana, May 13, 1895. At the
age of fifteen he was baptized by R.C. Bell, May, 1910. Very early
in life he came under the influence of J.N.
Armstrong and his family. Armstrong's family is mentioned here
because it was his daughter, Pattie Hathaway Armstrong that Lloyd
married in 1917. This was a family of renown in the Lord's church,
as Pattie's maternal grandparents were
James A. and Pattie Harding, being named for her grandmother.
They had two sons Jack Wood, and James Kern.
preaching in Cordell, Oklahoma in 1910. He later trained at Cordell Christian
College and was conferred upon with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1918. The
following year he received another B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Further
studies brought about the M.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1922. By
1935 he had received the PhD from the University of Chicago. This education set
the stage for his work in Christian education for the remainder of his life.
for various churches through the years. He served the Cornell Avenue Church of
Christ, Chicago, Illinois from 1927-1928. While working on his doctorate he also
served the North Side and W. Madison congregation in Chicago from 1934-1935.
After moving back to Arkansas he preached for a number of churches through the
years. He served the churches in Calico Rock and Melbourne, Arkansas. He
preached for a number of churches in eastern Arkansas including the
congregations in the towns of Wynne, Alicia, and Swifton. He also preached for
the church in Henning, Tennessee from 1940-1965. Then there were a number of
other congregations that he visited with upon request for gospel meetings and
other invitations to preach. He also conducted mission campaigns in Glasgow,
wrote two very important contributions to the preservation of Restoration
History. He wrote For Freedom, the biography of J.N. Armstrong, published
by Sweet Publications in 1969. He authored The Eyes Of Jehovah, the
biography of James Alexander Harding in 1970.
love was education. He served as Instructor of English at Cordell Christian
College; At Harper College, Kansas he was Professor of English and Dean of the
College, 1918-1924. When the college merged with Arkansas Christian and moved to
Morrilton, Arkansas he continued as Dean of the newly formed Harding Christian
College and Professor of English. He served Harding after the move to Searcy in
1934 in this capacity until 1960. In 1941 he served as a visiting Professor of
English to the University of Arkansas. Through the years he served on boards of
various education related associations in Arkansas. Some of these roles and
organizations are as follows: Chairman of the Central Conference of Academic
Deans; Member of the Arkansas Association of College Deans; the Arkansas
Association of Colleges; the Arkansas Teachers of English Association; and The
Arkansas Association of Teachers of Speech. He retired from his life-work
in the field of education in 1968.
Sears died in 1986 and was buried next to his wife who preceded his death
in 1977, in the Armstrong plot at White County Memorial Cemetery, Searcy,
of the information above was taken from Preachers of Today, Vol. 4,
c.1970, pages 283,284
Directions To The
Grave Of L.C. Sears
Lloyd Cline and
Pattie Hathaway Sears
are buried in the White County Memorial Gardens in Searcy, Arkansas.
White County Memorial Gardens is located on the southeast side of
Searcy. Enter the cemetery and dead end. Turn right, note statue of
Jesus in center of section to your left. Go to the next left and go
to the step-up entrance in the center
of the section heading toward the statue of Jesus (west). Just a few
sections in look to your left and travel in about halfway to the
Sears/Armstrong plot. See Map Page Here!
N35║ 14' 539" x WO 91║ 41' 351"
Garden Of Christus
Lot 87, Section C, Space 1
The Two Men In The Picture Are Friends, Wayne
Kendrick and Graham McDonald
Standing At The Graves Of L.C. Sears And J.N. Armstrong, October 1, 2004