Churches

Of

HENDERSON COUNTY TN



Mt. Moriah Methodist Church
Now the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
Reagan, Tennessee
South on Hwy 22 about 9 miles. Left on Mt. Moriah Rd.
About one more mile - Church is on the right - cemetery on the left

History of Mt. Moriah Church
Methodist 185's - 1954
Non-Denominational 1954 - 1984
Baptist Chruch - Organized 30 June 1984
By Cherry Wright

ORIGIN OF THE NAME - MOUNT MORIAH
History of the name Moriah from:Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Name Moriah = The location where God commanded Abraham to take his only son Isaac and to offer him as a burnt offering. Also the hill at Jerusalem where Solomon built the Temple. The Jews believe the alter of burnt offerings in the Temple of Jerusalem was situated on the exact site of the alter on which Abraham intended to sacrifice Isaac.
Today, The Muslim Mosque, the Dome of the Eock in Jerusalem presently is situated on the site called Moriah in the Bible.

JOHN H. HODGIN GAVE LAND
John H. Hodgin born 1796 and died 30 Jan 1877, is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

HENDERSON COUNTY TIMES
20 May 1981 By Rebecca Vineyard and Louise Clenney
John H. Hodgin gave the land for the Mount Moriah Church and Cemetery in about 1855. The first church was a log church building located in the cemetery. It was second replaced with a large weatherboard. Finally, the third was a new block building, erected across the road from the cemetery in the middle 1940's. Fourth Sunday in May is the Homecoming day at the cemetery. This once was a big, big, big day, for scores of people would come from everywhere. So many that you had to park a half mile down either side of the road.

MT. MORIAH METHODIST CHURCH 1850's - 1954
Mount Moriah Methodist Church was a member of the Scotts Hill Circuit of The Memphis Conference of Methodist Churches,

HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE
By Auburn Powers 1930 Page 93 - Subject Churches
The Scotts Hill Circuit has seven churches and buildings valued at $3,500., one parsage valued at $800. and a total membership of 332. Reverand H. T. Sanson is the pastor. The seven churches are Scotts Hill, Smith Chapel, Oak Grove, New Hope, Ebenezer, Mount Moriah and Liberty.

INTERVIEW WITH JEWELL BAILEY (Mrs. Tom Bailey) 18 Oct. 1990 Jackson, Term.
Her age is 89. She joined the church in 1923, the year she got married. At that time the church building was located on the same side of the road as the cemetery. This was the weatherboarded Church.

ELDERS AND MEMBERS
Elders of Mount Moriah Methodist Church in the 1940's and 1950's were Jim Bailey, Tom Bailey and Perry Bailey.
Some Members of the Mount Moriah Methodist Church were Jim Bailey, Torn Bailey, Perry Bailey, Maxell Ervin and wife, Jewel Bailey, Molly Martin, Louise Martin, Mert Ervin, Mahalie Holmes, Vina Beacham, G. W. Beacham and family, J. B. Wallace.

LAND GIVEN BY MOSS TIE COMPANY IN SUMMER 1940
Deed records at the courthouse show that the Moss Tie Company gave land to £the elders of Mount Moriah Methodist Church in 1940.

INTERVIEW WITH FLOYD WRIGHT
On a Saturday in 1940 the Elders of the Methodist Church; Tom Bailey, Jim Bailey and Perry Bailey met on land given the the Methodist Church by the Moss Tie Company.
Along with many others they started clearing the land to build the concrete block building where the church now stands.
Some of those worker were; Auther Stanfill, Perry Bailey, Tom Bailey, Jim Bailey, W. P. Holmes, Floyd Wright and Rayford Holmes.
The Baileys used a double block and line to pull out the trees by the roots. They used "Mule Power" with the block and line. No Bull Dozers!

INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE MARTIN
Retired School Teacher) 17 Oct. 1990 Reagan, TN
The Methodists stopped having church services there in 1954, the fourth Sunday in May.

BUILDING A NEW CHURCH BUILDING
The new concrete block building was built in the middle 1940's.
Brother Murphy, that lived in Scotts Hill, helped build the new church where it is now located. Brother Murphy helped build the Scotts Hill Methodist Church. He would walk from Scotts Hill to Mount Moriah to work on the church.

NON - DENOMINATIONAL 1954 - 1984

Mount Moriah Church was a Non-denominational Church between 1354-1384 with different pastors.
It as a vacant bulding 1954-1984. Brother J. B. Wallace attended Mount Moriah Methodist Church before the 2nd World War. He was a member of the Methodist church when it was a weather boarded building. After 1954 when the Methodists stopped using the building, J. B. Wallace (more than anyone else) continued over the years to keep the building in shape and in good repair so that people could use it for Funeral services and revivals. He would ask others for donations and help with the work himself. The late Hubert Petty helped with getting a new roof on the building.
John Howard Hutcherson preached there many years, sometimes once or twice a month.

COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT HELPED ORGANIZE MT. MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST
Brother Cooper Moody, Brother Dennis Reeves, Brother Odell Cagle,
Brother Greg Stanford, Brother Clyde Johnson, Brother Lebert Stribling, Brother
Robert Reeves, Brother Elbert Reeves, Brother Jodie Bolden.

PASTORS OF MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Jodie Bolden 1984 died 15 Mar 1989
Odell Cagle 1989 Resigned 21 Apr 1991 (Membership doubled under Bro. Cagle)
Dereck Jowers June 1991 - July 1991
Rickey D. Tedford from Chester County Elected 1992

DEACONS OF MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Ordination 8 Apr 1990
J. B. Wallace Died 16 Jan 1992
Jessee Bennie Doyle Died 1991 Floyd Wright

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS - MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
J. B. Wallace, Linda Horner, Nancy Williams, Betty Swafford, Judy Bolden, Betty Elway, Paula Clark

BOOKKEEPER - Exell Wallace

SECRETARY - Martha Jean Burchara

PIANO PLAYERS - Nancy Bolden and Martha Jean Burcham

MEMBERS OF MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
CHARTER MEMBERS
1. Frank Nashburn
2. Peggy Washburn
3. Kim Washburn Pusser
4. Earlene Powers
5. Martha Jean Burcham
6. Jodie Boldan
7. Nancy Boldan Williams
8. Zeola Boldan

MEMBERS up through April 1991
Jodie Bolden (deceased 1989)
Zeola Bolden
Martha Jean Burcham
Earlene Powers
Nancy Bolden Williams
J. B. Wallace
Exell Wallace
Betty Swafford
Jerry Swafford
Zelraa Cox
Linda Horner
Charlotte Clark
Daniel Clark
La Rue Bolden
Robert Burcham
Tracy Horner
Judy Boldan
Missy Middleton
Gertie Moody
Rev. Ode 11 Cagle
Rebecca Cagle
Floyd Wright
Millie Booth
Jesse Doyle
Ollie Doyle
Cherry Powers Wright
Ricky Bolden
Neal Hamm
Tammy Hamm
Betty Elway
Noverta Rushing
Donna Nolan
Gene Nolan
Michelle King
Jeremy Elway
Paula Franks
David Elway


(This was also found at the Lexington Library -- but the contents are nearly the same as that above)


The origin of the name Moriah is where God commanded Abraham to take his only son Isaac to offer him as a burnt offering. Also the hill at Jerusalem where Solomon built the Temple. The Jews believe the altar of burnt offerings in the Temple of Jerusalem was situated on the exact site of the altar on which Abraham intended to sacrifice Isaac. Today, the Muslim Mosque, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem presently is situated on the site called Moriah in the Bible. (From Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary).

John H. Hodgin gave the land for the Mount Moriah Church and Cemetery about 1855. The first church was a log church building located in the cemetery. It was replaced with a large weatherboard building. Finally, the third was a new block building, erected across the road from the cemetery in the mid 1940's. The fourth Sunday in May is Homecoming and its a very big day, when scores of people return. (From Rebecca Vineyard and Louise Clenney - Henderson County Times 20 May 1981).

According to records at the Henderson County courthouse the Moss Tie Company gave land to the elders of Mt. Moriah Methodist Church in 1940. On a Saturday in 1940, the Elders - Tim Bailey, Jim Bailey and Perry Bailey met on land given by the Moss Tie Company. ALong with many others they started clearing the land to build the concrete block building where the church now stands. Some of those workers were Auther Stanfill, Perry Bailey, Tom Bailey, Jim Bailey, W.P. Holmes, Floyd Wright and Rayford Holmes. The Baileys used a double block and line to pull out the trees by the roots. They used Mule Power with the block and line. No Bull Dozers were used. Brother Murphy, who lived in Scotts Hill, helped build the new church. Brother Murphy helped build the Scotts Hill Methodist Church. He would walk from Scotts Hill to Mount Moriah to work on the church.

According to Louise Martin (retired school teacher) the Methodist stopped having church services there in 1954, the fourth Sunday in May. From 1954 - 1984 the Mt. Moriah Church was non-denominationa. It was a vacant building for the most part during this time. Brother J.B. Wallace attended Mt. Moriah church before the 2nd World War. He was a member of the church when it was a weather boarded building. After 1954 when they stopped having serviced, J.B. Wallace, more than anyone else, continued to keep the building in shape and in good repair so that people could still use it for funeral services and revivals. He would ask others for donations and help with the work himself. Hubert Petty helped with getting a new roof on the building. John Howard Hutcherson preached there for many years. Sometimes once or twice a month.

Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church was organized June 30, 1984 with council members, Brothers - Cooper Moody, Dennis Reeves, Odell Cable, Greg Stanford, Clyde Johnson, Lebert Stribline, Robert Reeves, Elbert Reeves and Jodie Bolden.

Pastors have been -
Jodie Bolden 1984 - died 15 March 1939
Odell Cable 1989 - Resigned 21 April 1991 (Membership doubled under Bro. Cable)
Dereck Jowers June 1991 - July 1991
Rickey D. Tedford 1992

Deacons ordained 8 April 1990
J.B. Wallace - died 16 January 1992, Jesse Bennie Doyle who died 1991 and Floyd Wright.

Sunday School Teacher have been - J.B. Wallace, Linda Horner, Nancy Williams, Betty Swafford, Judy Bolden, Betty Elway & Paul Clark.

Bookeeper - Exell Wallace
Secretary - Marth Jean Burcham
Piano Players - Nancy Bolden & Martha Jean Burcham

Charter Members:
Frank Washburn, Peggy Washburn, Kim Washburn Pusser, Earlene Powers, Martha Jean Burcham, Jodie Boldan, Nancy Boldan Williams & Zeola Boldan

Members through April 1991 -
Jodie Bolden (deceased 1989), Zeola Bolden, Martha Jean Burcham, Earlene Powers, Nancy Bolden Williams, J.B. Wallace, Exell Wallace, Betty Swafford, Jerry Swafford, Zelma Cox, Linda Horner, Charlotte Clark, Daniel Clark, LaRue Bolden, Robert Burcham, Tracy Horner, Judy Boldan, Missy Middleton, Gertie Moody, Rev. Odell Cagle, Rebecca Cagle, Floyd Wright, Millie Booth, Jesse Doyle, Ollie Doyle, Cherry Powers Wright, Ricky Bolden, Neal Hamm, Tammy Hamm, Betty Elway, Noverta Rushing, Donna Nolan, Gene Nolan, Michelle King, Jeremy Elway, Paula Franks, David Elway.

Members in WW 1
Vester Buck, Franklin Buck, Ernest R. Freeman and Vester Phillips

Members in WW II
Duel R. Chummey, Ovid Pike, Kenneth Ervin, Alvis A. Attaway & Ray Stanfill

Members in Korean War
Colly Moody


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