Student Work – Zachery Tims and Betty Ford

Zachery Tims by Rupert M. McAllister

Rupert M. McAllister

Zachery Tims

Dr. Zachery Tims was the pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center located in Orlando, Florida. He founded the eight thousand member church with his then wife pastor Riva Tims in 1996. They were divorced in 2009 after it was revealed that he had a yearlong affair with a Paris prostitute. Dr. Tims and his former wife Riva Tims had four children. He was a very renowned televangelist, who regularly appeared on the Christian television network known as Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

In an article entitled “Mega church Pastor Zachery Tims found Dead” available at https://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/August/Megachurch-Pastor-Zachery-Tims-Found…, it was revealed that the very popular pastor was found dead on Friday, 12th August, 2011 in a New York hotel room. He was forty two years old at the time of his death. It was also revealed that he had a troubled past, including attempted murder charges and drug addiction.

In another article entitled “Death of Pastor Zachery Tims May Be Drug Related”, and available on the internet at http://www.transworldnews.com/863527/c10/death-of-pastor-zachery-tims-may-be-drug-rel…, it stated that police found a glassine envelope with a white powdery substance inside the right pocket of his shorts. It also stated that a substance believed to be narcotics was discovered with his body. The article also stated that he started New Destiny Christian Center In 1996 after overcoming a troubled past, and that he regularly appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network program “Praise the Lord” by which his sermons reached millions of people around the world.

He was famous for his inspirational style of preaching, and the Will Smith lookalike. He should be celebrated for his selfless acts, but he will ever be remembered, as the pastor who probably died of a drug overdose. The cause of death has still not been determined, neither is his net worth. A very thorough search is needed to ascertain his net worth, including whether or not he had any investments such as stocks and bonds.  After the completion of a thorough search, then the true value of his entire estate, both real and personal properties will be known.

Betty Ford by Elva Heather Chichester

Elva Heather Chichester

Betty Ford

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Bloomer Warren Ford was born on April 8, 1918 in Chicago Illinois. Ms. Ford was married to William C.Warren from April 23, 1942 until his death on September 22, 1947. There were no children from the marriage.
In 1948 Ms. Ford married Gerald R.Ford who later went on to become the 38th president of the United States. Presiding over the country from 1974 to 1977. Mr. Ford passed away on December 26, 2006 at age 93. As the former first lady, Mrs. Ford was a staunch supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment Act. She was a leader in the Women’s Right’s Movement and a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to an abortion. Not one to shy away from controversial issues, Mrs. Ford is remembered fondly for her outspokenness on such topics as equal pay, The Equal Right Amendment, sex, drugs, abortion and gun control. Mrs. Ford also raised awareness about breast cancer when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1974 and underwent a mastectomy. Mrs. Ford also announced her long-standing battle with prescription pill addiction and alcohol dependency.
Mrs. Ford is the co-founder of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage in California, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. Throughout her lifetime she has won several awards in recognition of her contributions to society, most notably, BETTY FORD (Sept. 1, 2011), en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Ford. The Women’s International Living Legacy Award in 1998. In 1975 she was named Time Magazine woman of the year. She was the first recipient of the National Women’s Party Alice Paul Award. In 1983, she received the Susan G. Koman Foundation Award in recognition of her contributions to this group. The award was later renamed the Betty Ford Award. She was also awarded the Presidential Medial of Freedom from former President George H. Bush in 1991, The Congressional Gold Medal from former President Bill Clinton in 1999. She was also a recipient of the Smithsonian’s 2003 Woodrow Wilson Award.

Mrs. Ford passed away quietly in her sleep at her home in Rancho Modesto, California, she was 93. Mrs. Ford is survived by four children from her marriage to Gerald R.Ford Jr., Michael Gerald Ford, Born March 14, 1950; John Gardner Ford a/k/a Jack Ford, born March 16, 1952; Steven Meigs Ford, born My 19, 1956; and Susan Elisabeth Ford, born May 19, 1956. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
At the time of this writing, information on the size of her estate and her last will and testament were not available, but it was reported. Betty Ford Will Dedicates $500,000.00 To Namesake, Huffington Post (Aug. 11, 2011, 11:39 AM ET), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/betty-ford-will-500000_n_924365html. that at the time of her death Mrs. Ford was worth twenty million dollars, $500.000.00 of which was left to the Betty ford Center to ensure that the center continued to help drug and alcohol dependent individuals.

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