SEARCY, Ar. (KARK) – (9/8/18) There was a time when Botham Jean’s voice would echo off the walls at Harding University.
“He was one of those rare students”, says Jean’s former professor, and director of Good News Singers, Chuck Hicks. “He had a good voice but it was his passion and his spirit.”
Hicks says his former student, who he calls a son, was different but in a good way.
“He was living what he had inside of him. The idea he wanted to serve, he wanted to make people happy, he wanted people to feed off of the gift he had been given so he didn’t keep the gift itself”. said Hicks.
Jean was a former “Good News Singer” who traveled the world spreading spiritually uplifting music, was killed in his apartment Thursday by a Dallas police officer.
“This was a shock to my system because I still had him and now I don’t and that’s tough”, said Hicks.
He says Jean was full of talent, on a mission to make the world better.
“Botham was a man that went around serving people without being asked,” said Hicks.
The halls at Harding may be quiet now, but Hicks says Jean left the world better.
“He would want us to figure out some way to turn this into an opportunity to be bigger and more kind and more gentle and live out the words in the songs that he sang”, said Hicks.