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Finding Aid

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes biographical materials and information about Goodpasture’s family, his sermons, and Goodpasture’s correspondence. The collection also includes correspondence from H. Leo Boles (with E. R. Harper, R. H. Boll, F. L. Rowe, Clinton Davidson, N. B. Hardeman, Claud F. Witty, and more) and J. W. Shepherd, which was later acquired by Goodpasture. The materials provide look into Goodpasture’s career and work as editor of the Gospel Advocate, which includes insight into some of the most divisive issues among the Churches of Christ during the twentieth century. Additionally, there is information about and correspondence with Marshall Keeble due to Goodpasture’s editing of Biography and sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist.

Biographical Note

Benton Cordell Goodpasture was born on April 9, 1895, in Livingston, Tennessee. He attended Nashville Bible School, where he studied under H. Leo Boles. Goodpasture married Emily Cleveland Cliett in 1918, and then preached in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia until 1939. In 1939 Leon McQuiddy selected Goodpasture to become the editor of the Gospel Advocate. During his time as editor, Goodpasture dealt with a number of issues facing the Churches of Christ including, the premillennial controversy, unity meetings, issues due to WWII, and the institutional conflicts. Goodpasture continue to preach in Nashville at Hillsboro Church of Christ from 1939-1951, and then served as an elder until his death. After his wife, Emily, died in 1964, he married Freddie Joan Goetz in 1965. He died on February 18, 1977, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Donor Note

J. Cliett Goodpasture


The collection remains in the order in which it was received from DCHS. It will be further arranged and processed at a later date. The collection has been consolidated, and some published items have been removed. Otherwise, the collection remains in the order in which it was received from the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.

Content List

I. Biographical Material II. Clippings and Pamphlets III. Sermons and Materials from Churches IV. Correspondence V. Materials Acquired by Goodpasture



Extent of Collection

6.66 linear feet (5 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #464

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox

Subjects--Personal Names

Goodpasture, Benton Cordell; Boles, H. Leo; Keeble, Marshall; Shepherd, J. W.


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