Christ of Church

(Northeastern Section)

As a matter of historical record and value to all those who are descendants of the charter members, as well as all members of the Church of Christ at Christian Chapel, I obtained a copy of the clerk’s record of the church from the time it was organized until July, 1914, and I would like to pass the information on to those interested. The church was organized in a school house, near the home of John B. Davis, on the Sulphur Fork of Cub Creek, Henderson Co., Tenn., Aug. 22, 1860. Matthew Wilson was called on to preside as elder. John B. Davis, M. W. Hendrix and John M. Selph were appointed elders. Willis B. Rogers and John H. Halbrook were appointed deacons. William Lovell was appointed clerk Dec. 9, 1860. He was one of the first school teachers in all that section of the state of Tenn. He was my mother’s great uncle. My mother was Elizabeth (Betty) Lovell. W. B. Rogers was appointed treasurer Jan. 13, 1861.

On Aug. 29, 1861, Henry Sanders Wood and his wife Jane (Altom) Wood, were received into the church by the right hand of fellowship. On the second in August, 1870, he was set apart to the work of an evangelist by the church, giving him a letter signed by the elders, recommending him as a preacher of the gospel to the brethren and friends everywhere. He was born Feb. 13, 1824, and died Dec. 29, 1903. He was the father of my grandmother Eliza Ann (Wood) Roberts, who married William R. Roberts. Henry Sanders Wood was a powerful preacher of that day and time. He was married the second time to Mary Frances Nichols, a widow, after the death of his first wife in 1893. Three daughters by his second wife still survive and live in or near Lexington. My grandmother Roberts was immersed by W. A. Johnson on the second Sunday in June, 1867. My grandfather Roberts was received into the church on confession from the Baptist church by letter on the same date. During the great political rebellion of 1860, the church continued to meet until sometime in 1862. Owing to the troubled condition of the country, the members thought best for their personal safety and well being to absent themselves until more favorable opportunity should offer, and there were no regular meetings until some time in the year 1865, when the members that survived, began again to come together from their respective homes and endeavored to resume their regular meetings twice a month until about Aug. 15, 1866, when W. A. Johnson held a two day meeting, resulting in the addition of six members. A meeting house was built about this time at its present location. On Oct. 5, 1866, E. A. Land held a meeting with the addition of five members. Among them was Margaret A. (Ridings) Lovell, wife of William Lovell mentioned above. On Aug. 11, 1867, Johnson and Land held a meeting for several days, resulting in thirteen new members. Rachel M. Wood, daughter of Henry Sanders Wood, who married Henry Gibson, was one of the new members. She was, of course, my great aunt.

On the second Sunday in Oct., 1868, 11 members received the right hand of fellowship. Among them were my aunt Sarah Dickerson, Daniel Small and wife Rachel Ann (Altom) Small. Let me add here that all the descendants of the William R. and Eliza Ann Roberts family, and the descendants of the Daniel and Rachel Ann Small family are all related. Henry Sanders Wood and Daniel Small married sisters, Jane and Rachel Ann Altom. Their parents were Spencer and Christina Altom. Daniel Small was the oldest son of Andrew and Polly (Seago) Small. He had three brothers and two sisters, John W., Thomas, Andrew, Mary Jane and Nancy. Daniel and Rachel Ann had eight sons and one daughter, Willis H., David died very young, William M., John Parker, Daniel S. (Dan), Andrew Jackson, James Henderson (Jimmy), Hill Patrick and Rebecca (Becky) Jane. John W. Small was immersed in June, 1867. He married the first time Nancy Jane Wood, daughter of Henry Sanders Wood. They had one daughter, Mary Jane, and two sons, William Thomas and Alexander (Alex) the old time fiddler). The second wife of John W. Small was Sarah M. Lovell, the daughter of William and Margaret Lovell, who were mentioned earlier. Sarah was immersed on the third Sunday in May, 1869. There is an article in the clerk’s record book of the organization of the church of Christ at Antioch meeting house, seven miles northeast of Lexington, on Saturday before the second Sunday in July, 1871. Those who organized the church there and were members were: Daniel and Rachel Small, John W. and Sarah Small, William R. and Eliza Ann Roberts, Nancy T. Small, David C. Altom, Arry Wilkerson, Ann McCarrel, Burrel Wilkerson, Levi Birkett, Matilda C. Burkett and Sarah Dickerson.

There were about 68 members worshiping at Christian Chapel in 1871. From this time until 1881 there were no records kept of the activities of the church. E. A. Land must have held a meeting there in 1881, as notation was made that S. P. Hendrix made the confession and was immersed by him Sept. 6, 1881. Then Bro. J. C. Lewis held a meeting beginning Sept. 4 and ending Sept. 11, 1887, with 15 additions. In March, 1888, Bro. Lewis agreed to preach for the church on Sat. night before the first Sunday of every month. In 1889 the record states that Bro. Lewis preaches for the church on the first Sunday of every month. Those who held meetings for the church from 1888 until 1914 were: J. W. Johnson, W. J. Johns, James Henry, Bro. Smith from Lawrence Co., D. W. Cook, R. T. Cisco, E. E. Toland, R. P. Meeks, J. H. Hill, J. P. Litton, C. M. Gleaves, J. L. Holland, W. M. Ethridge, J. B. Trigg, W. A. Cisco, J. P. Lowrey, Bro. Brown and C. S. Austin. Bro Austin’s meeting is the last entry in the record. It began the fourth Sunday in July, 1914, resulting in 18 additions to the church.

The church house was burned down April 1, 1898. During this period of time the members evidently met and worshiped at New Bethel, as the record shows a Bro. Smith of Lawrence Co. began a meeting there on the night of March 22, 1894. There were also meetings held there each of the following three years. The church at Christian Chapel now has a new modern brick building on the site of the first one built there. May the Lord continue to bless them in their adherence to the truth of God’s Holy Word.

Transcribed by Annice Meeler - (Lexington, Tn., Progress, Wednesday, October 1, 1975 – Page 5A)
Contributed by Claude Roberts -- Tyler, TX 75701

100th Birthday -

There are older, bigger and far better known congregations of Christians, but we know of none which has a more colorful history for fust over a hundred years than the Church of Christ here. This congregation had its beginning with a foursome of mule riders during the nights of August 1872. Early settlers, Benjamin Franklin (Uncle Ben) Austin and his wife, the former Lucinda Scott, and Jesse H. (Uncle Jess) Holmes and his wife, Cynthia Austin Holmes, dissatisfied with their religion, had heard of an old preacher "holding a meeting" at Beech River, just north of Lexington and that his doctrine was more nearly what they had come to believe through Bible study.

So they saddled up their most trusted mules and rode over the almost trackless 18 miles to hear that preacher and check him by their own Bibles. There was neither bridge nor restaurant nor lodging place enroute but they were in dead earnest and spiritual mattes outweighed the material with them. They found the place by dinner and quickly were taken in for the night by a family near the meeting place but entirely strangers to them. The mules were "put up" and fed; the strangers were fed a sumptuous meeting-time supper and that evening they all attended the preaching together.

The guests had been troubled by most current religious doctrines of the day, mostly Calvinistic in nature, and they had come to believe that man, as well as God, had something to do toward the forgiveness of his sins. Our Sanders Wood, a humble but powerful preacher of his day, himself converted during the historic "restoration movement", had arranged his sermon for the evening along just such teachings. The matter settled for them as well as with several others at the end of the long sermon, they made their way through the crowded log meeting house and confessed their faith in Jesus Christ as God's Son. And the same hour of the night, brilliant in the full moon, almost the whole crowd accompanied the new believers down the hill to Beech River. Down in its waters, Bro. Wood baptized those who had accepted "his" teachings.

Next day, with renewed spirit, the four Scott Hillians wended their way back home and announced worship service to any and all who chose to meet with them. This was in the simple log home of the writer's grandparents, the Austins. The Holmes were also my great uncle and aunt and their first meeting of the new congregation took place in late August 1872 with a score of family members and friends present.

Meeting places alternated for a year or so between the Austins and the Holmes residences. All services featured singing, prayers, Bible study, the Lords' Supper, and the giving of money to finance the activities of the church. Soon the group began to have accessions (new additions) as preachers occasionally sent appointments from other places. And, though never counting himself a preacher, Uncle Ben was soon making talks at church, baptizing converts, and conducting funerals. Old-timers here until a generation ago who remembered this humble beginning, often spoke of the remarkable singing, powerful prayers, and brotherly love of all who came within its influence.

Early preachers here were R.B. Biggs of Trenton, John H. Johnson of Clarksburg, T.A. Smith of Chestnut Grove and Rufus P. Meeks of Selmer. It was in 1877 that Biggs and Johnson came to "set in order" the congregation, which back then meant the selection of elders and deacons. First elders were Austin and Holmes, to who was added later, Jonathan Duck. First deacons and those named soon after, included Sanders Brigance, John T. Smith, Isaac N. Davenport, J.S. McClanahan and my father, J.S. Turner. By this time the congregation had outgrown its residence quarters, but Uncle Jesse Holmes had the answer. In his big general store had been a saloon occupying a full-length sideroom. So he discarded the spirits, cleande dout the room, added homemade chairs with split bottoms and invited the church to come in. But soon the "saloon" was too small and planning to erect a rather pretentious building of their own, the church moved again for a short time into a new school building.

By 1888 the new yellow poplar edifice was all finished; its timbers having been donated, cut, logged, milled and hand-planed by the men and boys. A special belfry (whose big bell the church still has and occasionally uses atop a special steel stand), homemade benches and a little stage with pulpit completed the material side of the church, and it was a joyous day when the congregation of some 80 members moved in.

By now some of the well-known evangelists of the church were coming for monthly preaching and annual meetings. The writer remembers the names of J.L. Haddock, J.D. Tant, F.C.L. Denton, J.M. McCaleb, T.B. Larimore and others and as a young man came to know and love, among other A.G. Freed, N.B. Hardeman, G.C. Brewer, F.O. Colley, C.M. Stubblefield, Bill Morgan, C.F. Holt, W.H. Trice and Gus Dunn.

Then 1917 came bringing two disastrous blows to everything in Scotts Hill. First was the terrible tornado in the spring followed by an October fire which swept away every business house, five residences, two shops, the post office and grist mill. Yet the old church house miraculously escaped both tornado and fire but eh former twisted it so badly that it had to be propped up on one side by several old telephone poles. Even worse, many of the town's substantial citizens moved away following the disasters to seek better fortunes. These movings, of course, got a considerable number of the nearly 50 year old congregation. But a faithful few remained here and redoubled efforts with outside help to keep alive their faith and build anew and better as soon as they were able. By November 4, 1928, a pretty new brick house was ready for dedication on the site of the old.

Some of the most widely known preachers came to teach and hold meetings and the church took what some called a "second growth". Among preachers during these times remembered best to many of the present congregation were; C.S> Austin, John C. Graham, L.L. Brigance, H.A. Dixon, I.A. Douthitt and John C. Taylor; and in more recent years J.B. Austin, Coy C. Johnson, G.P. Roland, Claude Hall, James McGill, Clyde Woods, Ben Harding and Floyd Embree. The writer preached monthly for soem years as did Harvey Floyd.

But even the pretty brick building had neither adequate classrooms, rest rooms, modern heating (and cooling) and no baptistry at all except nearby ponds and the Tennessee River ntil later a concrete baptistry was constructed outside the building. The old saying that "the old order changeth and giveth place to the new", worked here also. By the late 1950's the church had plans for a new commodious building, now badly needed. Too, the building being used adjoined the new school plant and the Henderson and Dcatur County Boards of Education agreed to buy the church house for use as a model home economics department.

About this time the country doctor here for more than half a century and his wife, died (Dr. R.L. and Maza Turner Wylie) within a few weeks of each other in the house in which they had lived every day of their married lives. A lot was neded at once for the new church building and the answer came when Jackson's Dr. Paul E. Wylie, their son, and his family -- all members of this church - decided that no finer tribute could be made to his paernts than to dismantle the old residence and donate the site to the church. This building, where Sunday's centennial celebration is to take place, was dedicated on May 29, 1960.

Elders during the last generation have included; Coy C. Johnson, Joe Boswell, J.B. Austin, Oren Lockhart, Mars McPeake and Albert Martin. J.Clint Austin served until his death several years ago. Deacons have included Howard Woody, Carey Johnson, Jimmy Helms, R.C. Perkins, Earl Buck, Troy Groff, Joe Minton, Billy Woody, the late J. Hay Austin, Asa Durbin and Glen Grissom. Old timer's now decased who remembered the humble start of this church declared that the congregation since that first assembly in August 1872, had never missed having a Lords Day service. I recall this being in the 1920's and I am certain that this body which I have called my church home for 59 years, has not missed a Sunday since.

In a final tribute to this church which has contained some of the best people any community ever had through the years, I would add that I have known of no distress call of emergency, far or near, for which an appeal came to the ears of this church that was not answered.

Contributed by William Altom
From the Lexington rogress, Wednesday March 21, 1973. Gordon H. Turner of Scotts Hill.

by Gordon H. Turner, Sr. about 1960
Excerpts - Condensed What is now the Church of Christ in Scotts Hill, Tenn., began in the summer of 1872 or 1873 when two couples of neighbors and relatives were the first in this whole area to confess their faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized (immersed) "for the remission of sins." These were: Benjamin Franklin ("B. F." or "Uncle Ben") Austin and his wife, the former Lucinda Scott, and Jesse H. Holmes ("Uncle Jess") and his wife, the former Cynthia Austin, sister of B.F.Austin. Dissatisfied with the prevailing "Baptist" religion which discounted baptism as a factor in forgiveness, they, as many others were doing over the country, were reading the Scriptures for themselves to determine whether some of the prevailing doctrines were so!

In the early 1870's there were preachers of this "Christian Church," as the Church of Christ was known back then, holding revivals and mission meetings in many parts of West Tennessee. These two Scotts Hill couples about this time heard of a preacher "over north of Beech River" who was doing such preaching as they wished to hear. So they rode their mules, found the place and the man, heard perhaps their first truly "Gospel Sermon," made the good confession, and were baptized into Christ that their sins might be forgiven. It may be that early in this effort, Bro. Austin baptized those who decided to obey the Gospel. Their little band grew from the start and in later years, this humble but powerful servant of God did much teaching and baptizing in the community, though he never thought of himself as a preacher. But back to Henderson county and our own Scotts Hill area. The county's first congregation was possibly Holly Hill (later Alberton) in the area now comprising Natchez Trace Park. Started possibly in the l840s or 1850s, it closed out when families were moved from the area to make way for the conservation project and park (1930s). Second oldest congregation in Henderson county (now the oldest since the closing of Alberton) was likely Stray Loaf and then Christian Chapel, both begun before the Civil War.... From point of time, it seems that Scotts Hill was the fourth "Christian" Church in Henderson county (now the third). The very first four members had obeyed the Gospel about 1872 or 1873 and in 1877 the group, grown to 21 members, was "set in order" as a working congregation by Bro. J . R. Biggs of Trenton, likely assisted by Bro. Johnson of Clarksburg.

Preachers who labored greatly with us back in the first years of the church were: John W. Johnson, J. R. Biggs, Rufus P. Meeks Stantonville, E. C. L. Denton, J. L. Haddock, T. A. ("Roaring Tom") Smith, Bill Morgan and others. Piecing together a few facts and much tradition and "guessing," we may decide how our first four members ever went so far (on mules) to become Christians. Well, it is known that sane Holmes' came as pioneers from North Carolina to Perry county, possibly by 1820, During that decade, it may be that William Holmes and his family pressed on "west" to settle in Carroll county just south of Clarksburg, and that possibly his brother or kinsman, Ralph ("Rafe") Holmes and his family came on to settle in Scotts Hill by 1830,

Anyway, William Holmes and his wife and Miss Polly Holmes wore among the few members to establish the Roan's Creek congregation (1825-27) and doubtless they heard Gospel preaching before their kinfolks and friends in the Scotts Hill area did,

Bro. J. R. Biggs held the first meeting for the church here, assisted by H.C. Wesson of Fulton, Ky. There were 12 "accessions" (later, "additions") of mature age. Among those baptized were Mary Frances and Margaret Austin, daughters of B. F. Austin (Mary Frances married J. S. Turner a few weeks later on Aug. 18; Margaret married J. Frank Maness Feb. 20, 1878). It was on the 3rd Lords Day in Oct., 1877 that Bro. Biggs and Bro. John W. Johnson put this church "in working order" by the appointment of the first Elders and Deacons. The very first Elders were Bros. B. F. Austin and Jesse Holmes and at that time or within a few years, Jonathan Duck was added as an Elder. First Deacons selected then or within a short time, wore J. S. Turner and Sanders Brigance. Coming in a little later to serve with them was John T. Smith. Those men were thought of as serving until their deaths, or, as was the case with some, until they, moved away from Scotts Hill. Bro. Austin died in 1921; Bro. Duck, in 1912; Bro. Holmes, in 1928; and Bro. Turner, in 1947. Bro. Smith's family moved to Lavinia in 1903; Bro. Brigance moved first to Calhoun City, Miss., in 1908, then to Henderson in 1909. During 1878 and 1879 Bro. Meeks was the monthly (first) preacher here and held summer meetings. The church grew from the start and in his reports to the Gospel Advocate, Bro. Meeks and others wore high in their praise of Scotts Hill.

Bro. John W. Johnson became the monthly preacher in 1880 and Bro. Meeks came back to "hold the meeting" when there were 21 "accessions." About that time the Church had outgrown the "saloon" quarters in the Holmes store house. So permission was given to move the place of meeting to the old long frame schoolhouse which stood where the high school gymnasium now stands.

During the early years of the Church, things were not at all as we know it today. All religious bodies have had their difficulties and problems .But these people were sincere and were quick to abandon wrong teachings and practices and to take up better ones as they became taught. "Sunday Schools" had come in earlier and then (as now!) some were for them and some against them. There was a strong demand for "Societies" to do the work of the church, such as Missionary, Welfare, etc. It appears that Scotts Hill accepted the Sunday School idea from the start and not to use the Societies to do the practical work of the church. However, the congregation did go along with most other churches in the use of an organ in the worship, favored by the majority at first, possibly, but which became more and more opposed as time went on. Bro. Holmes had bought a nice little instrument and reports are that back then the singing accompanied by the organ, would compare for quality and zest with any in the country.

Some of our great preachers and many of the members here were strong "organ" members. Bro. Meeks and Bro. Haddock saw no wrong in using the organ, even until their deaths. Bro. Jesse Holmes was a leader of local forces for the organ. We spoke of the "golden age" of this church occurring while the congregation met in the house above. This was during the phenomenal meetings conducted here and in the area by such preachers as R. P. Meeks, J. L. Haddock, T. A. Smith, E. C. L. Denton, Bill Morgan, C. M. Gleaves, C. E. Holt, the Dunn boys and others--from 1890 till 1900 and on, some of them, through 1910 and after. Whole families obeyed the Gospel and it was not uncommon for 20 or more people to make the "good con fession" together. Bro. Haddock baptized over 100 people in each of several meetings in our general area,--around old Juno especially. Bro. E. D. Brigance (of Henderson) recalls seeing some of the touching baptismal scenes, witnessing the baptisms of his brother and sisters, the Helms, Bagby, Davenport, Turner children, the John Austins, the Charlie Austins, the John T. Smith children and others! It was in the early 1900's and until they moved away following tho tornado (May 27, 1917) and the "big blaze" (on 0ct. 16, 1917), that we thought of such men as Henry P. Davenport, J. A. McClanahan, and others as the perfect Deacons here! They were good men; had excellent families, and wore every loyal to the church. For many years, Bros. Davenport and McClanahan, often assisted by Bro. J. S. Turner would "pass the emblems" during the Lords Supper service! (The Davenports moved to Lexington and the MeClanahans to Jackson...1917).

We must mention also two other very great Christians during these years and until their deaths; W. A. Austin ("Uncle Alf") and J. M. ("Jim") Brasher. W. A. Austin had been baptized with his brother, E. W. Austin by E. C. L. Denton in 1889 and from then till their deaths, were loyal Christians if there ever were any. W. A Austin shipped and worked mostly at Scotts Hill; E. W. mostly in his community.... W. A. Austin married Julia Holladay ("Aunt Julia" was beloved by us all till her passing in l955) in 1891 and until his death in 1934, was a leader here without peer. He was a great Bible scholar, teacher, Elder, and citizen. He was also a song leader of remarkable ability and could sing deep base as well as high tenor! Bro. Brasher married Cora Gammon about 1892 and by the turn of the century, had become a leader among us. Like Bro. W. A. Austin, he served as an Elder until his death (in1949). Few men and their families have had more or better impact on their communities than W. A. Austin and J. M. Brasher....Time and space forbid that we tell of many other good Christians among us back then and until yet. T.A. ("Roaring Tom") Smith held out meetings, in 1900 and 1901. E. C. L. Denton and D. A. Ligon were with us in 1903. Gus (G. A.) Dunn held a meeting in the Spring of 1904 and his brother, Jasper Dunn, that Fall. Then came such early well-known preachers as J. D. Tant, W. Halladay Trice, C. G. Brewer, and C. M. Stubblefield. C. S. ("Smith") Austin held his first (of eight) meetings here in 19th [1915] baptizing: Farris Austin, Gordon H. Turner, Joe Austin, Jim Swift, Mesdames Walt Eason, J .D. Farnsworth, Misses Madge McClanahan, Fannie Farnsworth, Lottie Austin, Bessie Eason, and the Eli. Austins. Again in 1915, he baptized Jesse (Jim Austin's Jesse) Austin and Ada Lockhart....In 1916 he baptized Clarence Jones, Edgar Creasy, J. A. Bobbitt, Hollis Scott, Mrs. Altie Jones, Garley Scott , and Toka Farnsworth...In 1917 he baptized: Asa Eason, Edgar Smith, Dora White Patterson, Bill Pratt, Mary Tucker, Alma Morris, Gladys Austin, and Mrs. Lillie Helms Ross. During his 5th meeting here (1918) he baptized: Loura Maness, Pauline Duck, Lester Crews, Earl Austin, Mrs. Will Hogue, Mrs. V. F. Grisscm, Ida Morris, Nettie Austin, Bessie Austin, Mertice Hansen, and Mrs. Garley Scott...Back in 1919, he baptized Will Crews, Festus Scott, Willie Lockhart, and Lizzie Scott...Back in 1926 he baptized Roy Smith, Mack Patterson, and Mr. Starbuck (his mother-in- law from Pope, Tenn)...In his 8th meeting here (1929--in a tent; assisted by Gordon H. Turner), he baptized: Leonard White, Opal Perkins, Perry White, Ellis Maness, "Rasberry ("Uncle Ras") Jones, John Pratt, and Stump Clenney...Bro. Austin preached many other times here and held meetings all around us, baptizing many He has held more meetings and perhaps baptized more people here than any other preacher, certainly since 1900.

Others holding our meetings on until we built the first brick church house were: 1920, Gus Brown; 1921, Ira A. Douthitt; 1922, Gus Brown; 1923, l924, and 1925, John C. Taylor; 1926, C. S. Austin; 1927, Dr. Leon T. Harding; 1928, Ben Hard ing. These wore all great and good preachers and many of our present members came into the church under their preaching. John C. Taylor was a powerful pulpit orator and baptized many during the three years ho was with us, No one would even guess, by just looking at him, that he could speak publicly at all. But in the pulpit and on street corners he was an old-time orator. Ho had memorized much of the New Testament and he preached it! Our first brick "meeting House" was completed in 1928 at a money cost of about $3000. When the last brick was laid, "the last dollar was paid!" and the congregation had no debt.

Dedication of the pretty little structure which stood on the old location, took place on Nov. 4, 1928. Bros. C. S.Austin (preacher son of B. F. Austin) and Gordon H. Turner (his nephew and grandson of the elder Austin, both preached that day which was dark and cold. Bro, Larimore Austin led the first two songs (There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood and Nearer My God To Thee), and then Bro. W. A. Austin, brother of C. S. Austin, led Amazing Grace in an old tune. Bro. "Alfred" then led the prayer. After the sermons, Pro. Coy C. Johnson led I Am A Soldier Of The Cross as an invitation song. He also led I Am Bound For The Promised Land. Bro. Larimore Austin then made a talk appropriate for the Lords Supper service. After announcements and the song, When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder, the benediction was by Prof. Perry Murphy (high school principal then; deceased now). A tent meeting was held on the church lawn in 1929 by Bros. C. S. Austin and Gordon H. Turner. Eleven were baptized. Preachers for the next several years who hold meetings in the summer time were: 1930, John R. Hovious; 1931, W. C. Cooke; 1932, Coleman Overby; 1933, C. P. Roland; 1934, W. H.Owen; 1935, N. B. Hardeman; 1936, L. L. ("Leonard") Brigance; 1937, A. S. Landiss; 1938, Claude B. Thomas; 1939, Claude B. Thomas; 1940, A. C. Dreaden; 1941, A. C. Dreaden; 1942, H. A. Dixon; 1943, Floyd Embree; 1944, Floyd Embree; 1945, W. Claude Hall; 1946, Stoy Pate; 1947; Stoy Pate; 1948 John Jarrett; 1949, John Jarrett; 1950, Floyd Embree; 1951, Boone L. Douthitt; 1952, Frank Van Dyke; 1953, H. A. Dixon; 1954, Ira A. Douthitt; 1955, A. C. Dreaden; 1956, Ira A. Douthitt; 1957, Ira A. Douthitt; 1958, Ira A. Douthitt. (There was no meeting in 1959 and plans have not been announced for 1960). Our only other full-time minister (besides Bro. Trimble) was Bro. James A. Walker whose family endeared themselves to the whole town during their stay in 1951-52. The Scotts Hill Church stands today with a pardonably proud past and with unlimited opportunities for the future. Actually, it has far more power and ability than it realizes. The membership runs approximately l35 who count membership here, though some are temporarily away in school or in jobs elsewhere.

Such "occasional" and "regular" preachers through the years have included: T. B. Larimore, J. M. McCaleb, A. G. Freed, E. P.Watson, C. N. Hudson, O. D. Morrow, W. A. Bradfield, Robert L. Witt. It was while the latter (Bro. Witt) preached for us monthly in 1945, that our present Elders and Deacons were selected. Bro. Witt assisted in this and these men are yet serving: Elders: J. C. ("Clint") Austin, Coy C. Johnson, Jesse B. Austin, and Oren Lockhart. Deacons are: Joe Boswell, Joe Minton, Ialy Austin, Howard Woody, and A. C. ("Asa") Durbn who also serves as Treasurer. More recent preachers "monthly" have included: Conrad Steyn and his brother, Phillip Steyn (from S. Africa--students at Freed-Hardeman college at the time); Harvey L. Floyd (the J. B. Austins son-in-law); and Gordon H. Turner who came monthly in 1957; twice a month in 1958; and monthly in 1959. The church is not having regular preaching so far during 1960. Bros. J. B. Austin and Coy C. Johnson have labored long and faithfully hero. Both have preached much through the years and taught Bible classes They have married our young people and buried our dead...many, many times Bro. Johnson has been and still is one of the great song leaders of the church. He and Bro. Austin have also been very faithful and effective in carrying the Gospel to nearby places. Bro. Coy has been of inestimable service at Liberty which congregation ho practically established and has nurtured since (in his home area), and at Red Walnut, Saltillo, Sardis, and around Doe Creek. Bro. Austin has also worked.

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