150 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
Weldon; Egbert L. Davis, Jr., Winston-Salem; L. S. Inscoe, Nashville;
and Dr. J. O. Williams, Concord.
A special meeting of the faculty on October 21 gave unanimous
approval; seventy-three Wake Forest alumni enrolled at the South-
eastern Baptist Theological Seminary sent a supportive petition to the
Biblical Recorder, as did 466 Baptist students at Wake Forest; and in
the first week in November a statement of endorsement signed by two
thousand North Carolina Baptist ministers and laymen was printed.
The publication of all the names in the Recorder took up six-and-a-
half columns of agate type.
During the second week in November 1963, the opposing forces
met in Wilmington for the Baptist State Convention, the largest in
history. The first item of business affecting Wake Forest was the
"tensions" report, which was presented by Rev. Dewey Hobbs, a
former Wake Forest football player who was president of the General
Board. "We believe we are in and on a threshold of that level of
understanding that will let us do more completely the work of the
Lord," he said. The report was unanimously approved, but unanimity
soon fell apart in the trustee proposal debate, which was strung out
over two days.
Judge Johnson J. Hayes introduced the proposal on Tuesday, No-
vember 12, and told the messengers, "You will be voting on the
destiny of Wake Forest College." He explained the reasons for the
desired change and in the process again defended the Reynolds
Foundation against Freeman's charge that its directors wished to gain
control of Wake Forest. There was not "the slightest justification" for
such an allegation, he said.
The first speaker for the opposition was Rev. M. O. Owens of
Gastonia, who said the trustees elected under the exceptions might
have no regard for the purposes of the convention. He was followed
by Tom Freeman, who told the messengers that they "should reject
this proposal because it does, in fact, point us in the direction of a
separation of the college and the convention." He offered a substitute
motion, to be considered the next day, asking that action be deferred
for a year so that the ramifications might be studied by the
convention's Council on Christian Education.
During the late evening Dewey Hobbs and Rev. Nane Starnes,
convention president, got together with some of the participants in the
debate and hammered out a compromise resolution. It pro-