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religious organization news director

Marj Collier Carpenter, religious organization news director. Recipient Citizen of Year award Big Spring Chamber of Commerce, 1978, Bell-Mackay award Presbyns. for Renewal, 1992, numerous awards Associated Press, National Federation Press Women, Kentucky Press Women, Georgia Press Women, Texas Press Women, West Texas Press.


Carpenter, Marj Collier was born on August 23, 1926 in Mercedes, Texas, United States. Daughter of Walter Downs and Beatrice Catherine (Diehl) Collier.


Bachelor of Medicine magna cum laude, Texas Agricultural and Industrial University, 1946. Doctor of Humane Letters, Austin College, 1992. Doctor of Humane Letters, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina, 1996.

HHD, Presbyterian Women's University, Seoul, Korea, 1996.


Reporter, Mercedes (Texas) Enterprise, 1943-1944;teacher, Kingsville (Texas) High School, 1946-1947;teacher, Shelton Elementary School, Odem, Texas, 1947-1949;reporter, news editor, Pecos (Texas) Indiana, 1958-1965;news editor, Andrews (Texas) News, 1965-1972;daily columnist, area editor, Big Spring (Texas) Herald, 1972-1978;news director, Presbyterian Church United States of America, Atlanta, 1978-1987;news director, Presbyterian Church United States of America, Lousiville, 1987-1995;moderator 207th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1995-1996;retired, 1996. Ruling elder Presbyterian Church United States of America, Big Spring, 1976, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia, 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Assembly in Brief, Presbyterian News Brief, 1978-1995.


Member of the board Permian Basin Girl Scouts United States of America, Odessa, Texas, 1963-1969. Member National Federation Press Women (president 1991-1993, Communicator of Achievement 1984), Society Professional Journalists, Presbyterian Print Partnership, Business and Professional Women (president 1969), Modern Study Club (president 1960).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: piano, travel, reading, swimming, crosswords.


Married C.T. Carpenter Junior, August 8, 1946 (deceased May 1965). Children: Catherine, Carolyn Stewart, Jim Bob.

Walter Downs Collier

Beatrice Catherine (Diehl) Collier

C.T. Carpenter Junior

Catherine Carpenter

Carolyn Stewart Carpenter

Jim Bob Carpenter