Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

My family knows how to celebrate life, comfort in trial, and remember in death. 

On Kristy's birthday on August 2, just days after her passing, they gave her a birthday gift at a family gathering to start a Kristy Dykes Memorial Scholarship Fund through Southeastern University, our Alma Mater where we met and fell in love.  This scholarship fund will help deserving, Christian students seeking a degree in journalism. 

I was and am overwhelmed by their surprising, creative and loving way to honor Kristy and help train Christian writers. I wept and our
 daughters were stunned and thrilled. Kristy's life will touch writers who will touch the world.

Wow! What a blessing and how amazing!

Kristy lovingly and faithfully
 worked beyond the call of duty to help young and old who desired to use their gift of creative writing. The list of people she has helped is remarkable.

She was an award winning author who spent years preparing and developing her craft.  She had over 600 published articles, wrote numerous ongoing columns, and had 10 works of published fiction to her credit. There are other books that she has completed that are yet to be published.

Southeastern is a fully accredited Christian University on a beautiful campus located in Lakeland, Florida (about 50 miles from Orlando).  
Over 40 members of our family have attended SEU.  This university is where I met Kristy and where our love story 

We were married August 14, 1971. In two days, we would have celebrated 37 years of a glorious christian love story in marriage. The love story continues.

Norma and Terry, here for Kristy:

We want to extend an invitation to you to consider a contribution to the Kristy Dykes Memorial Scholarship Fund.  We, too, were students at SEU and remember the stuggle of being a student with limited resources.

Kristy would be so very excited to know that students enrolled as  journalism majors will be helped by this memorial fund.   Who knows--maybe she is cheering us on from heaven!!

You can add your gift to many others by either a check sent to the address below or giving online at Southeastern University.  If giving online, click on "other" contributions and designate your gift to the Kristy Dykes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Southeastern University
Development Office
1000 Longfellow Blvd.
Lakeland, FL   33801


At 1:22 AM, Blogger Shana said...


At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome gift to Kristy. I know that Kristy (if here) would have jumped up & down laughing and crying. (She may be doing that in heaven because I am sure that Jesus has told her about this).

This is a lasting tribute and I pray God will pour out his blesings on the students that will receive the scholarship.

God bless your family for being so wise in picking the perfect Birthday gift.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

That is awesome, Milton. Having known Kristy through American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for many years I know how much she loved helping and teaching new writers. So many in our organization have mentioned how she has helped them in one way or another...as mentor, critiquer, teacher, example, etc.

It's a wonderful tribute.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger B. J. Brooks said...

Wonderful. Words cannot express how great this tribute is to Kristy. A beautiful way to keep her love of writing and helping others with their creative talents on going.

Milton, you have an awesome family. What an icredible way to celebrate Kristy's birthday this year and many years to come.

Many Blessings
B.J. Brooks

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an incredible way to celebrate Kristy's birthday this year and forever and her life. We plan to donate. I know that God will use this scholarship fund for his glory.
We love you all and are praying for all of you.

Linda & Tommy Reece

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a wonderful birthday gift

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to be anonymous with this because it is not for pressure. Although I went to Southeastern with both of you, we were only acaquaintences. I have followed the blog since someone told me what was going on last December. It has been a ministry tool. Since hundreds have followed the blog and hundreds of testimonies of how it has touched lives, can we all give something to this fund. If we can give $25 from just 100 people, that's $2,500. Some can possibly give more, some less. Let's all give something and see the testimony of the written word continue. Blessings to all.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Milton Dykes said...

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At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Milton Dykes said...

I am going to add to the Scholarship Memorial Fund that my family started in honor of Kristy at SEU.

This is to help students who will prepare to make a marked impact in the world.

Read the newspaper today. Don't you think we need more Christian journalist today? What about in the next few years.

This could truly make a difference.

Thank you for whatever you can do.


At 12:18 PM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

What a beautiful gift... So fitting.

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Oscar Dykes said...

Milton, your parents, your siblings, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends of same are enthusiastically donating to our beloved Kristy's Memorial Scholarship Fund at SEU.

What a privilege to honor this beloved member of our wonderful Family. She was indeed a generous giving Lady. We truly miss her.

Dad Dykes


At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray for the Dykes family and their creative and timely gift. I was just commenting on Sunday how SEU has changed since I attended. And now...a new chapter. I'm excited for the future students...a great scholarship for journalism majors and modern dorms with modern bathrooms to boot. Great idea! Does anyone remember the "old days"?

Annette Grahl
SEBC (class of 1971)

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annette, I remember the good old days. I think I would like it much better now. But, we had a lot of fun, didn't we?

Barbara Wells Benton
Helena, AL

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annette & Barbara
A hearty amen from another "old" Southeasterner. What an honor & tribute.

Clara (Franklin) Oxendine
Southeastern graduate

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Norma McGee said...

I remember Sister Willets--"Precious Young People"--Friday night chapel, no pants or shorts for the girls, wearing "stockings", listening to great lectures by Professor Elliott and many other great teachers. I also remember seeing my sweetheart for the first time while trying out for Birdie Kovak's choir!! Ahhh! Such great memories....

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

How appropriate! Kristy would love it. :) I will definitely add soemthing to it, after all, she encouraged me so much.

And Milton, I certainly hope you pursue getting her completed books published!

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

What a wonderful and appropriate birthday present. Yes, indeed, we need more Christian journalists, novelists, writers, writers, writers....

God bless~

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Barbara J. Robinson said...

Awesome, simply marvelous. I'm glad for all those who will receive help as a result and for Kristy. What a birthday present!


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