Dwain and Pam East of Conway have initiated a scholarship fund in honor of Arlis and Dorothy East for Central Baptist College, according to a news release Monday.

The scholarship fund is set up to honor the East’s devotion and longtime service in the ministry. Bro. and Mrs. East have always valued higher education and are strong supporters of the college.

"The scholarship is a fitting tribute to the legacy of a couple that has led by example in the BMAA and in their church for many years," President Terry Kimbrow said in a news release.

Bro. East made his decision to surrender to the ministry under the guidance and direction of Pastor E. T. Burgess in December of 1955. He was licensed and ordained on September 14, 1956, at Berean Baptist Church in North Little Rock. After surrendering to the ministry, he continued his formal education at Columbia Baptist Bible College in Magnolia, Ark. He has been active in the ministry for 58 years and serves as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in McGehee, Ark.

Prior to his pastorate in McGehee, he pastored churches in Lewisville, Ark., Springhill, La., and Texarkana, Texas. He served the Baptist Missionary Association of America as an interstate missionary in East Tennessee for seven years before returning to Arkansas to pastor churches in Prescott, Warren, Fordyce, and Hampton. Bro. East has served on the Board of Trustees at the college. He has served as moderator for both local and state affiliates of the Baptist Missionary Association. He is a chaplain for the Arkansas State Police and the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.

Dorothy (Bailey) East graduated from Willisville High School and furthered her education at Draughon School of Business in Little Rock. She worked for New York Life Insurance Company and later retired from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Arlis and Dorothy have been married for 61 years and reside in Sheridan. They have three children, Dwain, Tommy, and Arlisa, seven grandsons and three great grandsons.

The recipient of the scholarship, once endowed, will be a student majoring in the education program at CBC. According to Pam East, the family hopes the scholarship will help a student with a heart for education or a student who otherwise may not be able to afford to attend college.