A Short History of Hickory Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1844-1935

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Content: A Short History of Hickory Grove Methodist Church South 1844-- -1935
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A SHORT HISTORY
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BY
Alpheus Alexander Kyles , P. C.
Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth Baker
Mrs . Laura C « Hagler
Miss Lila Mae Dulin
Mrs, J. L. Carter
March 17, 1935-
HICKORY GRi (a Rural c: Ef iscoi Western No Cha li Dedicii
E iCETHCDIST CHTRCH rch of the Methodist 1 Church, South, h Carolina Conference, Dtte District) lilt 1927 3d March 17, 1935.
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r.(^reT7ord The information contained in this article was collected by Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth Baker (with the assistance of Mrs, J. L, Carter), Mrs, Laura C. Hagler, and Miss Lila Mae Dulin* The material v/as hurriedly assembled by the pastor. Reverend Alpheus Alexander Kyles , for distribution at the dedicatory service March 17, 19^, at three o'clock. Those who prepared this article make no claim of completeness or perfection either in content or composition, but present it, with its many imperfections, to the members and friends of Hickory Grove Church, with the hope that they may be inspired to accomplish even greater things than have been accomplished in the past. With sincere appreciation to every one who aided in the collecting and assembling of the material contained herein, and with a sincere prayer that the church may continue to grow and glow and go, this article is dedicated to the past, present and future members and friends of Hickory Grove Church. A. A. Kyles, P. C. Miss Martha Anne E. Baker Mrs. Laui^ C. Hagler Miss Lila Mae Dulin. P6404
A SHORT HISTORY OF HICKORY GROVE METHODIST CHURCH IShh - 19^ Early History Hickory Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South, has survived almost one century, has v;ithstood many changes and has made much progress. Early in the year 181411 the Reverend John Abernathy laid a small but solid foundation for the Church of John Vfesley at a point about one mile south of the present location of Hickory Grove Methodist Church. At that time Sugaw Creek Presbyterian, Rockjr River Presbyterian, Back Creek A.R.P., and Sardis A.R.P. v/ere the only churches in this territory. Anyone could attend these churches, but there vjas no burying ground for outsiders; so, a group of './esley followers decided to buy a plot of ground for burial and to put up a small meeting house. The land, containing one and one quarter ( It;) acres and twenty- seven poles (2?), was given by John G. Max^vell, through the influence of his wife Peggy, in consideration "Cf the good will and affection of the religious society, for the advancem.ent and prosperity of the cause of religion." It Y;as deeded on Nov. 21, 18[(1| to Jas, H. Martin, Robert A. Martin, Cyrus Query, Jas. Clark, and Jas. H. ICprrison as trustees. Thus Methodism in Crab Orchard Township had its beginning and the church v;as called Prospect. A fevi persons referred to it as Scarboro Church. Description of First Church The first church was built in I8J4B and dedicated to service the same year. The original building was of logs daubed with mud, v;as P64047
about 16 X 2h feet, and faced the present road y)68 , the course of which has not been changedThe door 7;as in the center front and the pulpit was in the opposite side. There were four benches on either side of the aisle leading to the pulpit and three benches in each Amen Corner. These benches viere made of slabs v/ith pegged legs and spaced far enough apart for one to kneel in prayer. The Rostrum was raised one step from the floor and the pulpit consisted of tivo posts v;ith a board nailed across the top for the Bible. There v/as a lean-to or shed on the entire left side of the building, for the negroes, which was separated from the main body of the church by a rail. There was a window back of the pulpit and one on the right between the Amen Corner and the front seats. Charter Members Incomplete records reveal the follov;ing names of some of the charter members: John Newell and wife Hailey Taylor, Joseph Taylor and wife Polly, Allison Teeter and wife Dorcas, George Jordan and wife Evaline, Addison Taylor and wife Lovie , John Tally and wife Susan, Rob. Roberts and wife Betsy, "iTilliam Carter and wife llary (also his second wife Jane), John Taylor and wife Mary Anne, David Newell and wife Becky, and '.Villiam Taylor and wife Esther. Some of the Recruits (Pres., Bapt., etc.) v/ere Mrs. Priscilla Keenan, Miss Nancy Keenan, Mrs. D. IT. Hucks, Mrs. Sarah Max^vell, Miss Betsy Taylor, Miss Cenie Taylor, Miss Susan Ford and Mrs. Eliza Furr. Sunday School & class meetings The Sunday School v/as of two divisions; the Bible classes and the Blue Back Speller. Mrs. Sarah Maxwell taught the Ladies' Bible Class. ".Tilliam Carter taught the Men's Bible -2-
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class. Anyone v;ho would taught the speller. irTilliam Carter and Allison Teeter v.?ere class leaders and held prayer meeting every Sunday which lasted all day and into the night if the weather permitted. Cn his return from the "".Tar Between the States, in the year I865 , lYilliam J. Taylor taught a Sunday school class. Since that time, the church has had a regular Sabbath School Appointments and Pastors The preacher in charge met v/ith the congregation about once in eight vieeVs , very seldom on Sunday. Four preachers served at Prospect the Reverends Messers Tally, Harrison, May and Farrar. Rev. Mr. Harrison ^7as a builder of churches and has one named in his honor below Pineville. The Reverend Mr. May married a local v^ridov;, Mrs. Jane Harrison Max';7ell, (a daughter of Rev. I.Ir. Harrison), and Rov. Mr. Farrar (grandfather of Marion Farrar) married Miss tkry Harrison, a sister of Mrs. May. Protracted Meetings and Brush Arbors Protracted meetings v:ere held under a brush arbor on the grounds and split logs strewed on the ground served for benches. At this time, 18lj.8-1658, the preacher lived in Charlotte. During the meeting he stayed among the members or v/ith relatives. The first arbor was constructed of posts set up in the ground with poles across the top v/hich were covered v;ith leafy limbs. These arbors were built anew each year for the meeting. The v/orshipers gathered for sunrise prayer service at the call of a bugle; using SGats made of logs split in half, the flat side up and each of the under sides s;ioothed off and supported by logs placed on the ground. The pulpit was erected of four posts at one end of -3-
the arbor on the rostrum v/hich v/as elevated in order that the preacher and a fev; song leaders might be seen by everyone present. Securing of Land For Second Church The old original church. Prospect, occupied a very desirable location in the woods about one mile south of the present church site; however, due to the inconvenience of obtaining drinlcing v;ater the members decided to buy the present location with access to a spring. On Aug-* 18, 1858 three acres of land belonging to John M, Johnston v/ere bought for sixty dollars and the deed was made to ".j'illiam Carter, John Neuell, llartin Alexander, \lm. G. Hodges, and Tfilliam Maxwell as trastees of "The New Methodist Church called Prospect" and witnessed by the public school teacher J. F. Stancill. Viihen the church was built, more land v;as needed for burying and hitching ground. On May 3^, I860 four more acres of land v/ere bought from I.Ir. Johnston for forty dollars, v.dth access to the spring at all times, and this tract was deeded to John Newell, Joseph Taylor, and Vjilliam Taylor as trustees. On February 28, 1871 nine and onehalf more acres were bought from this same Mr. Johnston and wife M. Catherine for 027 ·50 and deeded to Vj". F. Cuthbertson, and others as trustees, v/itnessed by E. A. Osborne. Church Rebuilt 1858 - Name Changed In the year I858 a new church was built (the second church) near a good spring located in a large hickory grove about one mile north of the original site. The fact that the church v/as surrounded by a large hickory grove v/as the factor advanced by T^ Hartin -ii-
Alexander for changing the name to Hickory Grove. Mr. Alexander v;as a Member of the Board of Stexvards at that time and v;as associated with Randolph Baker, Calvin Foard, John Newell, William Smith, John, ".Tilliam J. and Harvey S. Taylor in the building of the first church on the present site. Eventually the old Prospect Church v;as sold to Randolph Baker and v;as used for a barn on the old Maxwell place. The land surrounding the old church was bought by Jno . G. Jordan with the exception of the graveyard. First Church on Present Site The first church building erected on the present site v;as a frame building about t'-ventyfour by thirty-six feet, having one door facing the road and one on each side of the church, with the pulpit built on a small platform at the north end. Night services vvere held by candlelight for several years, the candle later being replaced by kerosene lamps. Camp Meetings and Arbors The church membership grev/ rapidly from this time. The members decided to erect an arbor for outdoor vjorship and to have what Vi/as termed "Camp Meeting." This was a period of a vjeek or ten days set aside for special v;orship and evangelistic services, during v;hich time members and their families v/ho lived some distance from the church camped in tents near the church and joined in xvorship with those vjho lived near. The day began v;ith a sunrise prayer service before breakfast, followed by four services during the day, closing at night about bedtime ( 10 o'clock ?). Children \7ere usually denied thg privilege of attending evening service, being put to bed, soon after supper.
before the last service "began. The camp meetings continued yearly. They were first held the latter part of September, afterwards being changed to the, fourth Sunday in August when J. M. Davis was pastor, due to the fact that the members were farmers and August v/as a more leisure period. L'lany of the families living at a distance eventually put up a more permanent type of "camp" by erecting a long, low cabin of logs, using the ground for a floor, Vi/hich was covered with good, clean straw or sawdust, and having built-in burJcs and other types of fixtures which vvere needed. Separate rooms vjere sometimes set apart, or divided, by hanging quilts or sheets from the overhead joists. Camp lieeting v/as a great time in the life of our forefathers at Hickory Grove. Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday in August was moving day for the families vjho lived at a distance. Folks loaded much of their furniture on v;agons , rounded up plenty of old and young chickens, and with a couple of big, fine hams, plenty of vegetables and canned goods, cakes and pies already baked for Sunday, and a cord of v;ood, they were ready and anxious to praise the Lord for his many blessings since they had last tended together. During the year 1885 a more permanent type of arbor was built for the Camp Meeting services, which wr.s much larger than previous ones t This arbor ;vas built of heavy oak tim* bers, set up on stones for pillars, supporting a high shingle roof, and with mortised braces which fastened with wooden pegs at all corners. A large rostrum was erected at the north end of the arbor to accommodate the
pulpit and a choir of fifty persons. Four
large aisles ran the full length of the "build-
ing. A broad aisle viith a spacious entrance
at each side extended across the entire front
of the pulpit.
Large, broad boards savjed from
gum lumber and with a back rest v;ere used for
seats. The arbor vjas usually Gro^vded during
the week and especially on Sundays. People
came from great distances. Sometimes as many
as eight or ten preachers would be present to
help conduct services.
This arbor vias erected under the direction of Vfilliam J. Taylor and vjas designed by Cicero McLellan. Houston Taylor, assisted by Harvey Taylor, cut and sav/ed the majority of the material used in the construction of the building. The T/ork of constructing the arbor v;as done by Lee Dulin, James Noles, Pink Berryhill, and others. One of the tents v/hich v/as occupied by some of the preachers, and v;as called "The Preachers' Tent", still stands on the grounds and is nov/ used for a barn.
Rebuilding Church 1898 - I9OO
The church v-'hich v;a3 built during the year I858 , vjith some changes and improvements, was used until 1898. During the years 1898, 1899, and 1900 a new church r;as under construction ivith Mr. Robt. Sehorn acting as secretarytreasurer. The new church (third building) was about forty by sixty feet, having a vestibule entrance facing the high^vay (south), ^7ith the pulpit in the north end. One small room \'.'as built in each end of the vestibule entrance and used for Sunday School rooms. Some years later a belfry v/as added to the southwest corner of the building. This church was the last frame building and was occupied until February 27, 1927 -7-
HJILDING OF PRESENT CHURCH In 1926 the congregation realized the great need of a ne\7 and larger church. Under the influence of the pastor, Reverend J. P. Morris, the congregation decided to construct a nevi/ building. There was much discussion as to the type of building and the kind of material to be used. Some of the most fonvardlooking men pictured for their community a giant stone building which 7/ould stand through the centuries. These men were dreamers, but not dreamers only. With faith and courage they set out to make their dreams come true by digging and hauling rock from a nearby quarry. Getting Materials Actual ?;ork began January 26, 1926, -i':hen Hugh Jordan, Zeb Teeter, De;7itt Barley, Raymond Hagler, Ivjurry and Allen Russell, and Grier Barley began cutting timbers to be used in the ground vjork. The first tree v;as felled by Ra\rmond Hagler and Murry Russell, while J.D. Pence and Graham C. Taylor got out the first stone. The first lumber vjas placed on the ground by Joe Jordan and Raymond Hagler on Feb rue. ry 12, 1926. On August 10, I926 , E. N. King hauled the first load of rock to the church site. On February 1,5, 1926, fourteen men with teams and v/agons hauled 133 loads of rock and some saw-logs. After hauling rocks for several v;eeks , the men, being unfamiliar with stone v;ork, thought there was enough material to build the church. After looking over the plans for the building and the rocks on the ground, the contractor said there was hardly half enough.
J. D. Fence Refuses to Quit Many of the members were ready to give up the idea of building a stone church. One man, however, stood as steadfast as the stones v/hich he had been struggling to secure. That man v/as J. D. Pence, vjho v;as the oldest male member of the church. He continued v/orking day after day, often alone battling 'vvith the rugged rocks, until he had removed 90 loads of rock from another quarry near his home. Faith of men like J. D. Fence kept alive the spark of hope in the hearts of the faithful fev; v/ho were trying to carry on. But there were still scores of church membors v/ho held themselves aloof and said, "It can't be done," There v;ere a few optimistic souls Y/ho v;ore willing to undertake the seemingly impossible task. On February 10, 1927* sand and other materials were delivered on the grounds. The contractor began working on the foundation by laying the first rock on May ht 1927. On August 3, 1927, the stone work stood complete and ready for the roof and other v;ork. Laying of Corner Stone July 2l|, 1927, vjas a history-making day for the church of Hickory Grove. At 11:00 o'clock the pastor. Reverend J. P. Morris, delivered a message on the appropriate text, Nehemiah i;:6, "So built we the \7all, and all the v/all vjas joined together unto the half thereof; for the people had a mind to work." At 2:30 P.M. the Presiding Elder, Dr. D. M. Litaker, presided at the third quarterly conference. At 3^00 P.M. Bishop Edvjin D. Mouzon delivered an address for the laying of the corner stone for the nev/ church. The following articles Mere placed in the corner stone: The Holy Bible, the Discipline of 1926, a copy of the last edition of the North Carolina Christian Advocate, a list of all the -9-
present offical members of the church, a list of the building committee, the name of the Bishop, Elder, and Pastor, together with a short sketch of the historical facts of Methodism of the community. The Bible v/as donated by a nine year old boy, Nelson Cline, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Cline, and it v;as placed in the corner stone by the pastor of the church. Reverend J. P. Morris. The Presiding Elder, Dr. D. M. Litakor and the folloviing former pastors and their v;ives v;ere present on this occasion; Reverend C. Excell Rozelle and v;ife, Ebenezer Myers and wife, W. S. Cherry and wife, and W. L. llicholson and F. Fincher. First Service Hold in Basement On Sunday, June 2k, 1928, the first service v/as held in the Sunday School auditorium in the basement of the church. The Sunday School Assembly room in the basement V7as filled to overf lovjing , and 225 enrolled members and visitors attended the Sunday School classes* The congregation opened the service by singing "Praise God From Tfliom All Blessings Flow," accompanied by Miss Elva May Chris tenbury at the piano. J. D. Pence had charge of Sunday School. D. H. Tifilson lead the first prayer. The pastor, Reverend J. P. Morris, took his text from Psalm 127:1, "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that- build it." Church services were held in the Sunday School auditorium for several months, the main auditorium not having been completed. Next in order 7;as the completing and furnishing of the twelve Sunday School rooms. One of the most important rooms v/as the nursery where infants and small children are kept during church hours Mrs. J. L. Carter has been superintendent of the nursery since it v;as organized. -10-
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Vfork v;as begun on the main auditorium of the church April 7» 1930» under the leadership of Reverend Elzie Myers, xvho succeeded in getting the indebtedness up to that time paid, completing the v/ork in the basement, and in fitting up tv/o class rooms on the main floor. The work v;as under the direction of Mr. L. L. Litaker, r;ho succeeded Mr. J. IJ. Cline, the first foreman. Mr. Cline died suddenly September 22, 1929, while dressing for church. The main auditorium was completed May 23, 1930. The seats and other fixtures were placed ready for service July 18, 1930* on vjhich date Rev. Elzie lilyers presided at a short service. Misses Eunice Carter and Reecio Foard sang, "Oh, How I Love Jesus," folloxved by a prayer which vjas led by Mr. J. D. Pence. The pastor. Rev. Elzie Myers, delivered the first regular sermon in the main auditorium on July 27, 1930, using as a text. Psalm 122:1, "I was glad when thoy said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." He was assisted in this service by Rev. G. N. Dulin, of Canton, N. C, v;ho was a member of Hickory Grove Church until he became a member of the Western ITorth Carolina Conference in 1927. Elzie Myers did a great work on the church.
Memorial Service
Sunday, August 28, 1930, at 3:00 P.M. a memorial service v;as conducted by Dr. Walter W. Feele, pastor of First Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. The names of the members v;ho had died since v/ork on the nev/ church v;as begun were read. The auditorium and tv/o class rooms vjere full. Many stood in the front door and vestibule. Dr. Peele was assisted by the following ministers: -11-
" Reverend J. G. Huggin, Matthev/s Methodist Church, Reverend J. 0. Enrin, Spencer Memorial, Charlotte, North Carolina, Rev. W. L. Sherrill, Secretary of the Western North Carolina Conference, and Reverend G. N. Dulin, Canton, North Carolina. The Abernathy quartette of Rocky River Presbyterian Church sang. Dr. Peele delivered a very appropriate and helpful sermon on the text, "^/ifhat is man that thou art mindful of him." At 8:00 P.M. Reverend R. S. Truesdalc, pastor of Har/thorne Lane Methodist Church preached on the theme, "Living for future generations . Among the most lovable members of Hickory Grove was "Aunt Mary", i7ife of Harvey S. Taylor. Her funeral v;as the last one held in the basement of the church, that day being July 19, 19 3^, just a fevi days before the main auditorium vjas occupied. She was the oldest member of the congregation at the time of her death. Reverend Elzie Myers, her pastor, assisted by Reverend Mr. Stroupe of Back Creek Presbyterian Church, and Reverend \1» H, Vfillis of Belmont, was in charge of the service. The first funeral held in the completed church was for Mrs. Cora Baker,, wife of Banks T. Baker, August 5, 1930. Trustees & Building Committee The trustees at the time of the building of the present church v/e re J. D. Pence, E. N-. King, C. W. Teeter, J. L. Carter, and J. G. Jordan. The Building Committee was composed of the following: D. H. Wilson, John C. Yfere, J. Yfelter Dulin, W. S\7indell Hagler, Hazel Teeter, W, T. Simpson, W. 0. M'ullis, J. B. King, J. N. Cline, 7/. B. Berryhill, Odell Teeter, J. 17. Biggers, M. 0, Dulin, (Recording Secretary), and Graham C. Taylor (District Steward).
. Paying; Debt of ^j^^ ,500.00 For four and one-half years follov,?ing the completion of the main auditorium and other TJork in 193*^ the church undenwent a critical period. During these depression days the chief problem before the people of Hickory Grove was, not the building of a church, but the paying for the one v/hich they had already built. The burden grew heavier as time went on. On November 7, 193^, Rev, A. A. Kyles moved into the parsonage at Hickory G-rove and assumed his duties as pastor. He began xvorking on the debt problems at once and on December 2, 193^. a plan for raising the entire indebtedness was presented to the congregation. The motto vms '' $5 ,000 -.00 in Fifty Days " Fifty days later, Jan. 20, 1935, "the campaign closed v/ith good pledges totaling $5»500»00» This amount was needed to pay off notes, secure insurance, pay a small floating debt, etc. ^n Feb. 25, 1935, the final pajmient was made and the church stands today with no indebtedness on church, parsonage, or property. The sacrificial giving and the co-operation of pastor and people, together v/ith donations of many friends, made possible the completion of the task. A donation of §500.00 from The Duke Endowment and one for $50^»0*«^ from the General Board of Church Extension of the M. E. Church, South, meant much to Hickory Grove. Each contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated. MISCELLANEOUS FACTS First Musical Instrument The first musical instrument used "by the church (second building) was an organ --.13-
secured in 1891 · The original building on the present site v;as in use. Mrs, Ifeggie Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor, was organist.
Marriages
Miss Minnie Christenbury and Mr. P. F.
Davis v/ere united in nmrriage Oct. l6 , 18^
C by Rev.
G. Little in the first church on
the present site. They are said to be the
only couple married in this church.
In the third church (1898-192?) t\7o couples v;ere married. Leslie Baker and Marcus Mooney vjere married by Rev. J, H. Bradley, while Rev. Ebenezer Myers officiated in the marriage of Annie Bell Jordan and Lloyd H. McCall. The first marriage ceremony in the present church united Eloise Stilwell and Homer Lee Johnston Aug. 8, 1931. First Missionary Society
Miss Sallie T/hisnant of Charlotte, N.C. (now Mrs. W. IT. Hagood) relates the follcwing story of her visit to Hickory Grove in 1890. "It was during Camp Meeting time at Hickory Grove. I started out there to organize a 7J"oman*s Missionary Society and was riding in a buggy. Due to heavy rains, the water v^as high when ?;e foarded Briar Creek on the Lawyers' Road. Vfeter ran into the buggy and my feet got wet. At the first house v/here I sav/ smoke coming out the chimney, I stopped to dry my feet; then I v/ent on to Hickory Grove and organized the first Woman's Missionary Society." -lit-
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The Parsonage
The first parsonage used by the pastors of Hickory Grove Church v/as locate in Char- lotte, N. C. Aftenvards the pastors lived in Monroe, Matthews and Derita. In 1908 or 1909, under the direction of J. I. Pence, A. G. Hagler and other members of the Board of Stevjards the present parsonage v/as built, Mr. Alex Simpson vjas the contractor. Although not a modern building, the parsonage at present is in good condition. It has just been painted outside and inside, many repairs have recently been made, and some necessary furnishings secured. At some near future date the people of Hickory G-rove expect to erect a beautiful stone parsonage in keeping ^vith the church in the grove nearby.
The Cemetery
The Hickory Grove Cemetery is located just across the high:;ay in front of the church and is \7ell kept. A stone fence, separating it from the highvvay, is being constructed at the present time. The first person buried in it Y/as Carrie Jordan, young daughter of Jas Jordan, in I87I. Soon afteryjards her greatgrandfather, Isaac Jordan, was buried there.
Ministers from Hickory Grove
Prominent among the achievements of
Hickory Grove Church and its people, particu-
larly through the efforts of her pastors, are
the young irien and "nomen v;ho have gone out to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in
home and foreign fields. The nair.es of the ministers are as follows: Rev. Yf. S. Cherry -
I890, Rev. R. A. Swaringen
, Rev. Martin W,
Heckard -I917, Grady N. Dulin - 192^;, Rev.
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Carl H. King - 1932, and Rev. Ralph H. Taylor -
193^. In addition, the church has had a part
in the training of two great teachers and loyal
disciples v;ho are now working in foreign fields
Miss Mabel Cherry in Korea and Miss Mary Myers
(now Mrs.
) in Africa.
Hickory Grove Today
Being one of the most beautiful, (if not the most beautiful) rural churches in the ItYestern North Carolina Conference, Hickory Grove Church stands today a model of excellence, simple in design, beautiful in material and architecture, a monument to Christianity. The magnificent building is a memorial to all those v/ho have assisted the many pastors in their labor of ad'^ancing FAITH in God, hope in immortality, and love tor/ard all mankind. Her people believe that Christian character and good citizenship are the finest of human achievements
The present church roll is something to be proud of. Their recent achievement in paying off the debt is to be commended. Among the m.embership tv.'o couples have celebrated their Golden 1/Tedding Anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pence and Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Berryhill. Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth (known as Aunt Matt) Baker, born April li|, I8I4S , is the oldest member of the church. She has been a member since Civil Vfar days and has v;orshiped' in all four of the churches. Aunt Matt joined the first church on the present site when Rev. John Butt Y7as pastor.
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. J. D. Pence is the oldest man whose name is on the church roll, age 77* The younger members are interested and v;illing vjorkers. The present Church School is alive from the Older Men^s Bible Class, taught by the oldest man in the church, to the large and wellorganized Nursery Department with Mrs. J. L. Carter as Superintendent. The youngest person connected v/ith the church in any ivay is Verner N. Jordan, Jr., v;ho became a member of the Cradle Roll when tvio days old. He is nov; three and one-half months old. Hickory Q-rove Tomorrov; With such a past and present, what will Hickory Grove of tomorrow be? Surely, we can look into the years and see the same beautiful stone church, enriched by full and fruitful years, still reaching out strong arms enfolding promising youth of today, then in ripe old age, yet training the youth of tomorrow to be citizens of the kingdom of God. Hickory Grove Church v;ill continue to grov/, for her people believe in God, in Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. They are faithful worshipers, courageous souls, descendants of early pioneers who loved their neighbors, feared the Lord and kept His Commandments. Yes, the unfailing hand of Hickory Grove Church will continue to feed the sheep and to lead the lambs. May the Lord be our Shepherd throughout the coming years Finis -17-
ROLL OF BISHOPS J. C. Keener C. B. Galloway E. R. Hendrix Vf. W. Duncan A. W. Wilson W. W. Duncan C. B. aalloway J. S. Key 0. P. Fitzgerald J. S. Key H. C. Morrison R. K. Hargrove A. C. Smith A. C. Smith W. W. Duncan A. ViT. Wilson A. TI, Wilson H. C. Morrison James Atkins James Atkins E. R. Hendrix E. E. Hoss Collins Denny J. H. McCoy R. a. T/aterhouse W. R. Lambuth John C. Kilgo Jam.es Atkins U. V. Yf. Darlington Collins Denny Edwin D. Mouzon Paul B. Kern
1890 1691 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 I9O3 190i]. I905 I906 190? I9O8 I909 I9IO 1911 .1912 1913 .I9li; I915 1916 1917 1918-21 1922-25 I926-33 193U-
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ROLL OF PRESIDING ELDERS
G. M. Guthrie
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J. P. Carraway
1887-90
A. P. Tyer
1891-93
J. R. Brooks
I89J4-97
S . B . Turrent ine
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1898-1900
J. C. Rowe
1901-1903
J. E. Thompson
19Oi4-1907
Frank Siler
I9O8
H. K. Boyer
1909-10
J. R. Scrosgs
1911-13
Plato T. Durham
I9lit
J. C. Rowe
1915-16
T. F. Marr
191?
H. K. Boyer
1918-21
J. B. Craven
1922-J?5
D. M, Litaker
1926-29
E. K. McLarty
1930- 5I
J . W. Moo re J. B. Craven
1932-33 ....19^-^
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PASTORS
John Abernethy T. L, Triplett Phillip Greening Z. Rush Miles Foy J. S. Nelson W. !. Pharr i?arrison M. H. Hoyle T. H. Edwards S . M. Davis M. H. Hoyle J. A. Lee J . T . Bagvjell ( 1^ years ) R. M. Taylor ( l/2 year) C. C. Brothers R. T. N. Stevenson C. G. Little Z . Parish T. P. Bonner R. S. Howie L. M. Brower W. L. Nicholason J. IT. Bradley Seymore Taylor P. L. Terrell C. E. Rozzelle M. T. Steele R. H. Kennington Ebene-.or My-rs . '.Y. M. Robbins A. R. Bell E. N. Crowder J. P. Morris Elzie Myers E. D. Ballard..,. A. A. Kyles
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___^ 1877-80 1881 1882-85 1886 1887-89 1690-91 1891 1892 1993-9i|- 1895 1896 1897 1898-99 1900 I9OI-I90I1 I905-I9O8 1909-11 1912-1 I9I 1915-16 1917-20 .1921-23 1924 1925 1926 1927-29 I93O-32 .1933-3i| 1935"
OFFICERS OF CBURCK
Paul B. Kern J. B. Craven A. A. Kyles
Bishop Presiding Elder Pastor
TRUSTEES
J. L. Carter J . G . Jo rdan J. D. Pence
J. Vj". Drum E . N . King
STgJARDS
M. 0. Dulin Lila Mae Dulin H. M. Dulin Odell Teeter
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Chainnan
Recording Stev/ard
Secretary
Treasurer
J. 17. Biggers C. H. Furr J. B. King TT. 0. Mull is M. H. Stilv;ell D. H. Wilson
T. C. Cuthbertson Vf. C. Gray D. M. King . J. T. Plott Hazel Teeter G. C. Taylor
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTEM)ENTS
'Yilliam Taylor Jeff Bost J. D. Pence Walter Pence J . W. Drum A-. G. Haglcrc' Leroy Dulin W. D. May J. B. King J. \i, Biggers
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I9IO 1921 1922-25 1926-27 1928-29 1930-35
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CHURCH SCHOOL OFFICERS & TSACHERS
GENERAL OFFICERS
J. \1. Biggers
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General Supt
Mrs. J. L. Carter
Supt. Nursery Dept.
Lila lAae Dulin
Supt. Children's Division
D. H. TJ'ilson
...Supt. Young People's DIy.
H. L. Johnston
Supt. Adult Division
H. M. Dulin.
.Secretary
"vTillie Bell Bern/hill
Asst. Secretary
D. M. King
Treasurer
Mrs. H. L. Johnston.....
Pianist
L!ary Hagler
Asst. Pianist
C. H. Furr
.Choir Director
MJRSERY DEPARTMENT
VJ"illie Hagler Mrs . Archie Johnston Eunice Carter
BEGINNER DEPARTMENT
Mrs. T;. 0. Mullis Sara Taylor
PRIl'lARY DEPARTl'IENT
Leslie Wilson Mattie Hagler
JUNIOR DEPARTIffiNT
Mrs. W. S. Hagler Yf. H. Stil\7ell
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INTERMEDIATE DEPARTIffiNT Mary Hagler B. T. Baker SENIOR DEPARTliffiNT Ruth Rodgers A. M. Thompson YOUNG PEOPLE Louise Hoover D. C. Berryhill ADULTS Mrs. A. F. Campbell Mrs. ',1, B. Berryhill Mrs. J. Vr. Jordan Tf. C. Gray J. D. Pence
Church School Members Church members Church valued Insurance carried
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^35,000 ...., ^15,000
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Date Due 1 -- Form SiiS SSt»I--9-34--C. F. Cc).
Photomount Pamphlet Binder ClayJord Bros., Inc. Makers Syracuse, N. Y P^T, JAN 21, 1908
28?. 6 K99S
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