​The Ellis and Catherine Touchton Endowment for Bible scholarships at York College recently doubled in size thanks to a gift from Dickie ’64 and Onita (Touchton ’65) Hill. Their donation was offered as a challenge for all who know and love the Touchton family, which has a long and strong connection with York College.

Catherine was a teacher with a knack for making her students feel appreciated and respected. Ellis worked in the dairy industry and by the end of his career was vice president of sales for Skinner’s Dairy in Jacksonville, Florida. The couple’s five children all attended York College (Paul ‘61, Ryan ‘62, Onita ‘65, Iris ‘66, and Mary ‘70). They were longtime members of the Post St. Church of Christ in Jacksonville, where Ellis served as an elder. Ellis and Catherine were married for 70 years and both lived into their 90s, with Ellis making it to 99.

York College was their favorite ministry to support, as they were firm believers in the benefits of Christian education. Long after their children had graduated, the couple continued to send gifts to fund scholarships. The Touchton scholarship was established to honor their love for York College and Christian Education.
Catherine and Ellis had a drive to share Christ with others. This drive kept them busy on the street where the family grew up in Florida. Five families around them had at least one member converted from personal Bible studies. They considered their neighborhood to be their mission field. This love of God was passed on to their five children.
Adding your gift to the Touchton Endowment will help to continue their legacy at York College and aid students for years to come. Contact the advancement office at 402.363.5636 or send gifts to the college earmarked ‘Touchton Endowment.’