JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 15, 2006– Five individuals will receive alumni awards Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of Union University’s 2006 Homecoming weekend.
The winners were selected by the Union University National Alumni Association for their community leadership, professional success and loyalty to Union University. Those receiving awards are:
-- Jimmy H. Davis, Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award. Davis serves as the university’s vice provost and is a 27-year veteran faculty member and administrator. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Union in 1970 with a major in physical organic chemistry, Davis later received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois.
Davis is the co-author with Union University professor Harry Poe of two books: “Science and Faith: An Evangelical Dialogue” and “The Designer Universe.”
He and his wife Christine Menzel have one son, Patrick Menzel Davis. They are active members of Germantown Baptist Church.
-- Donald R. Webb, Distinguished Service Award. A 1942 Union graduate, Webb received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and was a dentist in Jackson, Tenn., for 42 years. He also served in the U.S. Army for five years before, during and after World War II.
Webb was integrally involved in the study, planning and implementation of Union’s relocation from downtown Jackson to its campus in north Jackson. He has served as a Union trustee and president of Union’s National Alumni Association.
A member of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Webb and his late wife Becky have two daughters, Becky Wilson and Carmen Anderson, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
-- Raymond A. “Buddy” Boston, Distinguished Alumnus Award. Boston, pastor of First Baptist Church of Covington, Tenn., is a longtime Baptist pastor in West Tennessee who graduated from Union in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1963 and also studied at Oxford University.
Boston previously served for 26 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Dyersburg, as well as pastor of First Baptist Church of Dresden and of First Baptist Church of Humboldt. He has been involved in partnership missions in five states as well as Canada, Venezuela and Honduras.
He and his wife Ann, Union University class of 1958, have two daughters, Marcy Ledbetter and Laurie Sharp, and four grandchildren.
-- David S. Dockery, Honorary Alumnus Award. Dockery has been president of Union University for the past decade, during which time Union has seen unprecedented growth in attendance, in the number of donors to the university and in new academic programs and facilities.
A native of Alabama, Dockery received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, with master’s degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Christian University. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in humanities from the University of Texas-Arlington.
He and his wife Lanese have three sons -- Jonathan, Benjamin and Timothy – and are active members of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson.
-- Andrea Leigh McDaniel, Outstanding Young Achiever Award. McDaniel is a 1999 Union graduate, majoring in religion and philosophy, who serves at the U.S. Department of State as the Deputy White House Liaison. She previously worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel for about two years.
A native of Huntingdon, McDaniel is a member of the Tennessee State Society, serves as a volunteer for the Republican National Committee and is a fellow of the C.S. Lewis Institute. She is also an active member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.