Malone children dedicate endowed scholarship to their parents

The family of R. C. and Bessie May Malone gathered in Waco on June 17 to dedicate the plaque for an endowed scholarship at Wayland Baptist University in their parents’ name. Five of the Malones’ six living children and numerous others were present for the reception held at the Baylor University alumni center in conjunction with another family event.

The Robert Clinton (R.C.) and Bessie May Malone Endowed Scholarship was created by their children to honor their parents, longtime West Texas residents and Wayland supporters.

Clint was born in 1893 in the Texas panhandle and attended a one-teacher school in Milo. A younger classmate, Bessie May attended school there as well, moving to the panhandle from Central Texas at an early age.

About 1912, Clint first attended Wayland Baptist College, taking courses in the Academy. Bessie longed to join him there but was unable to do so. Because of his father's illness, Clint returned home to manage the family farm.

In November 1914, Bessie and Clint were married. She helped out as she could as the couple labored with his parents on the farm. After four children were born, Clint moved his family to Plainview, where he again attended Wayland, preparing for the ministry. He graduated in 1931.

The greatest sorrow came to the Malones in 1943 when R. C. Jr. was killed over Sicily as he served his country during World War II.

Clint Malone pastored churches within a convenient range of Plainview for many years. Bessie was the anchor as she cared for their eight children, did what she could to earn a little money, still burning with the desire to attend her chosen school. The couple encouraged their own children to pursue higher education, and all eight earned college degrees. Daughter Lucille earned her associate’s degree from Wayland in 1933 and daughter Evelyn in 1937. Son Bill and daughters Lecia and Ann also attended Wayland.

According to one granddaughter, “Strength of mind, body and character epitomized our grandparents.”

Endowed scholarships are created with gifts of any size and invested through the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Once the account reaches $25,000, the scholarship is fully endowed. Annually, interest is pulled to form scholarship gifts for students in need. The initial principle of the account is never removed and can be added to over the years.

For more information on endowed scholarship gifts, contact the Office of Development at Wayland at (806) 291-3425.