Neil Joyner Eske­lin

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Neil Joyner Eske­lin en­tered into the pres­ence of the Lord, Au­gust 21st in Char­lotte, NC. He died from com­pli­ca­tions of a stroke. He was born June 7th, 1938 in Detroit, Michi­gan, and is sur­vived by his wife, Anne, his son, Ian, daugh­ter in law Peggy, and his beloved grand­son Ai­den, his sis­ter LuWayne Arnold of Florida, and a lov­ing fam­ily of nieces and neph­ews. He re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Florida South­ern Col­lege, his MA in com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Ohio State Univer­sity and a spe­cial­ist’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Mi­ami. Neil was a lec­turer for many na­tional speak­ing bu­reaus and served on the Board of Gov­er­nors of The Na­tional Plat­form As­so­ci­a­tion. Eske­lin was a mem­ber of the fac­ulty and ad­min­is­tra­tion at Evan­gel Univer­sity, Spring­field, Mis­souri and a De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer at Gor­don Con­well The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Char­lotte, North Carolina. He founded LifeBridge Books. Eske­lin was in­volved with more than 200 books, with 4 mil­lion copies sold, and au­thored, among others, Yes, Yes, Liv­ing in a No NoWorld and 101 Prom­ises Worth Keep­ing. He took great joy in men­tor­ing and en­cour­ag­ing fu­ture writ­ers. In 1963, Neil joined Pat Robert­son’s CBN as the first em­ployee, where he di­rected and hosted on- air pro­grams. Neil trav­eled the world through his speak­ing en­gage­ments and with the first ORU Abun­dant Life Youth Team. Eske­lin was pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club, Spring­field, Mis­souri. His pas­sions in life were his faith, his fam­ily and writ­ing at which he was gifted. He will be re­mem­bered for his ever present smile plus his un­shak­able pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. A pri­vate fam­ily grave­side ser­vice will be held at Cal­vary Church, Au­gust 29th, fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion hon­or­ing his life at 2 p. m. Wed­nes­day Au­gust 29th at Gor­don Con­well The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. A re­cep­tion fol­low­ing is planned for friends to greet the fam­ily. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily is re­quest­ing that memo­rial do­na­tions be made to Gor­don- Con­well The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, 14542 Choate Cir­cle, Char­lotte, NC, 28273.

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