SHARON HEFLIN, a member of the Ouachita class of 1967, and her family have been faithful and generous supporters of Ouachita Baptist University. Sharon grew up in Little Rock, where she graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1964. She married Johnny Heflin (OBU class of 1967) the summer after they graduated from Ouachita.
They were married 39 years and have two sons, Jay (OBU class of 1993) and Marc (OBU class of 1995). Jay and his wife, Andrea (’94), have two children, Ben and Anna. Marc and his wife, Billie (’94), are the parents of two daughters, Grace and Sarah.
The Heflins have been gracious benefactors of Ouachita. Heflin Plaza was dedicated this summer in memory of Johnny Heflin, former chairman of the Ouachita Board of Trustees and a prominent Little Rock businessman, and in honor of the Heflin family. During the dedication service, Sharon told the crowd, “There are many aspects of Ouachita that we could point to as important in our lives. However, with us it comes down to the simple statement, ‘Ouachita means the world to our family.’
“Ouachita has helped us to provide a world of opportunities for our family and many others,” she added. “We are thankful to be able to support Ouachita as she continues to support so many.”
In addition to funding for Heflin Plaza, other major projects underwritten by the Heflin family include the Heflin Tennis Center, the Jay and Lynn Heflin Chair of Business and the Heflin Family Scholarship. Sharon also has served as a member of the Ouachita Baptist University Development Council.
During her years as a Ouachita student, Sharon was Homecoming Queen, cheerleader captain, treasurer of the EEEs and a member of Who’s Who and Alpha Chi. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business.
She and Johnny worked together for several years at Terminix, a family-owned business. In recent years, she has worked with Bird and Bear Medical, Inc., a medical and respiratory equipment company established in 2001 by Johnny, Jay and Marc Heflin.
Always willing to give back to the community, Sharon’s vast community service leadership roles include serving as president of the Baptist Health Foundation Board, president of the Little Rock Central High School Alumni Board, vice president of the Alzheimer Arkansas Board and 2010 co-chair of Art and Soul for Easter Seals of Arkansas. She also is president emeritus of the Arkansas Hospice Foundation Board and has served on a number of other local and statewide boards.
According to Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr., “The Heflin name and the Heflin family are such an integral part of everything good and noble that Ouachita Baptist University is all about. … They are advocates for Ouachita. They are encouragers to those of us who serve here. They are enablers to the students who attend here.”
For those reasons and more, it is a privilege for Ouachita Baptist University to honor Sharon Heflin at the university’s inaugural “Stepping Up for Ouachita” women’s luncheon in recognition of her life of outstanding dedication and service to her alma mater, her family and the community.