April 7, 1923 - February 18, 2017
Wendell Wright Broom, Sr., 93, died February 18, 2017, in Plano, TX. Born April 6, 1923 in Oklahoma City, he was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Refus and Gladys Wright Broom, a brother, Charles Morton Broom, and a sister-in-law Lavonne Billingsley Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty Madge Billingsley Broom, a brother-in-law, C.B. Billingsley II, of Ponca City, OK, a sister-in-law, Jo Carolyn Wallis Broom of Richardson, TX, and 7 children: Wendell Wright Broom, Jr. of Holderness, NH; Mary Elizabeth Best of Memphis, TN; David Billingsley Broom of Sachse, TX; Margaret LaVonne Adams of McKinney, TX; Kathryn Anne Mick of Orange Park, FL; Jonathan Charles Broom of Richardson, TX; and Linda Cotham Broom of Mesa, AZ. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Including the countless scores of people whom he served as surrogate father, mentor, and confidant, his family numbers into the thousands.
Professionally, he preached full time for about 15 years for churches in Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, and Honolulu and served for 5 years as a missionary to Nigeria, prior to his teaching career as professor of Bible and Missions at Abilene Christian University from 1970-93. He also answered calls from dozens of countries on five continents from Kenya to Siberia to Guatemala to consult, speak, and teach on topics including anthropology, cross-cultural issues, Christian theology, church growth, and missiology.
Memorial services will be held February 25, at the Lake Highlands Church, 9919 McCree Rd, Dallas, TX 75238, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:00 pm, officiated by Jim Reynolds.
Memorial gifts may be directed to African Christian Schools Foundation, P. O. Box 41120, Nashville, TN 37204, website: africanchristianschools.org .
Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008