History of the Restoration Movement

Ray Kinslow


The Life of Ray Kinslow

Ray Kinslow was born April 6, 1913 in Westmoreland City, Tennessee. He was the son of Franklin Henderson Kinslow (1879-1927) and Clara J. Jent (1893-1976). On February 14, 1947 he was married to Willie Curtis Wright (1918-1975). They had three children, Max (1934-1981), Paul D. (1935-1994), and John Mark (1944-1944).

He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and later was a professor there. Also, he served as department head of Engineering Science for many years. While there he began an organization on campus for students connected to churches of Christ. It was later called University Christian Student Center.

One of his mentors and teacher in the world of research was A. W. Dicus. Many of those he taught, including Ray, ended up working at Oak Ridge as atomic scientists. He also spent some time at Columbia University in New York doing atomic research.

Kinslow’s research on high-velocity impact in outer space highly impacted the United States Space Program, and led him to be recognized as a world-renowned scientist. See newspaper article below. He received numerous awards and grants in his research. Today the Ray Kinslow Award is presented annually to a faculty member for outstanding research in publication.

In 1972, Harding College awarded Ray Kinslow the honorary LLD in recognition of his life achievements in research, the classroom and the church.

He served as an elder of the Collegeside church of Christ in Cookeville for forty years. Through the years he preached and taught Bible classes. He continued as long has he could to be a source of assistance in the work of the Lord.

Ray Kinslow passed from this live in March 21, 2004. He was buried in the family plot in Crest Lawn Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Sources: Gospel Advocate, June, 1995, page 40

-Scott Harp, 07.10.2021

Professor Kinslow of Tennessee Polytechnic Institute

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, December 7, 1950, page 1

The Chattanooga Times, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tuesday, November 25, 1952

Directions To Grave

The Kinslow family burial plot is in a plot in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Funeral Home and cemetery are located on West Jackson Street. From I-40 take Exit 286 and head north on Hwy. 135. In about a mile turn left on W. Jackson St. The cemetery is on the left. Instead of entering the main entrance head up to Buffalo Valley Rd. and turn left. The cemetery will be on your left. Enter the second entrance and travel down the lane and to the fountain, and stop the car. The Kinslow plot should be to you right. See photo-map below. While in the cemetery note a photo below where it is pointed out where several gospel preachers are buried in the park.

GPS Location
36°09'24.5"N 85°31'38.2"W
or D.d. 36.156797,-85.527279

Kinslow plot just to right of tree

Clara Kinslow Clark
Mother of Ray Kinslow

Max Kinslow - 1934 - 1981
Barbara Kinslow - 1936 - 2015
Son and daughter-in-law of Ray and Curtis Kinslow

Stanley M. Kinslow - November 15, 1952 - August 27, 2009
Norma J. Kinslow - September 19, 1958 -

Paul D. Kinslow - 1935 - 1994
Mary A. Kinslow - 1937 -
Brian, Kay, Rachel, Cole
Son & Daughter-In-Law of Ray & Curtis Kinslow

Ray Kinslow - 1913 - 2004
Curtis Kinslow - 1918 - 1975

Photos Taken 08.08.2016
Webpage produce 07.10.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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