Goddards dedicate new endowed scholarship

Release Date: August 18, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Times were different when Marvin and Mildred Goddard were students at Wayland Baptist College and the Jackrabbit basketball team hooped it up in the Nunn Gymnasium.

But their love for Wayland and for each other never waned over the past 70 years, and Marvin chose to honor his late wife by establishing a scholarship in their name, which was dedicated in a ceremony in the Trinity Building on Monday morning.

With other family members present, the WBU advancement staff dedicated the Marvin and Mildred Goddard Endowed Scholarship, marking yet another family who has chosen to celebrate the centennial by furthering education for future generations of Wayland students.

“This is a real honor for me, since it’s always exciting for me to meet people who have a hearts to give and share,” said Hope English, director of development. “Also, this is the first endowed scholarship to be dedicated during the centennial celebration, so that is really special.

“Forever students will know about Marvin and Mildred’s love for Wayland and for education through this scholarship.”

Dr. Paul Armes, president, presented a shadow box commemorating the new scholarship. Danny Andrews, director of alumni development, presented a WBU cap to Marvin as an honored alumnus, and Pioneer basketball coach Robert Davenport presented a special t-shirt featuring a jackrabbit on it in honor of Marvin’s tie to WBU sports.

The son of a farming couple who moved to Plainview in 1915 after serving as teachers in Tennessee, Marvin was born on the adjoining farm the family had purchased and graduated from Running Water School. He began attending Wayland in 1938 but had to pick cotton each fall to earn the money for tuition in the spring. He was a member of the Jackrabbit basketball team.

While at Wayland, Marvin met Mildred Floyd, a native of Wildorado who had graduated from Plainview High School. They both earned Associate of Arts degrees and Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Army while Mildred attended beauty school in Amarillo. She worked in Plainview, Big Spring and Lamesa as a beautician.

The couple married in August 1944 while Marvin was still in the Army, and they later farmed for more than 50 years. They were longtime members of First Presbyterian Church and had two children, Cheryl and Gaylan, three granddaughters and a great-grandson. Mildred died in 2002.