The Rev. Dr. William Brooks Dublin Jr., age 64, died Dec. 2, 2003, following a short illness.
Dr. Dublin was a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church and served parishes in Tennessee, Virginia and Arkansas. He was an expert and lecturer on the "small church," was active in the mission field, hospice, special-needs ministries and special-needs camping.
A life-long sports enthusiast, Dublin was a certified sports official, as well as a sports writer. He most recently served as sports editor for the Sun-Times in Heber Springs. He directed a program utilizing volunteers from the faith community, that helped the infirm and elderly remain in their homes rather than be hospitalized and served as a hospice chaplain.
Dr. Dublin devoted his life to ministering to the needs of others.
He graduated Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree and master's degree of recreational education. He received his master of divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and his doctorate of ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Survivors included his wife, Rose; four daughters -- Lee Anne Grace, Colleen Dublin, Mary K. Oglesby, all of the Tupelo, Miss., area and Cynthia Brooks Ball of Oxford, Miss.; two step-daughters -- Denise Rice of Tulsa, Okla., and Lynette Edgar of Heber Springs, Ark.; and a step-son, Bob Hufford Jr., of Little Rock; five grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and three cousins -- Richard Lea, John Fisher and Suzanne Lea all of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents -- Dorothy Spencer Lea Dublin and Dr. William Brooks Dublin, and his first wife, Dr. Mary Virginia Charlton.
The funeral service was Dec., 5 at Maranatha Assembly of God in Shirley, Ark. Interment was in Dillwyn, Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Dublin's name to your favorite charity.