The Shepherds: Roll of Pastors
MOUNT OLIVET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
South Carolina Conference
Catawba District, Sugar Creek Circuit
1. William B. Barnett (1815-1816)
Reverend Barnett was admitted on trial in 1813, serving that year on the Cypress Circuit with Henry Bass. In 1814 he was assigned to the Black Swamp Circuit, and in 1815 and 1816 served the churches on the newly formed Sugar Creek Circuit in North Carolina. He joined Solomon Bryan, William Kennedy, and West Williams, on the Charleston Circuit in 1817. The following year found him, along with Thomas A. Smith, on the Appa1achee, Georgia, Circuit. In 1819, he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Oconee District in Georgia. Rev. Barnett located in 1821.
2. Reuben Tucker (1817-1818)
Reuben Tucker was born in Amelia County, Virginia, the son of Reverend Daniel Tucker and his wife, Frances. To his marriage with Patience Ledbetter was born one son, Addison Summerfield Tucker, who was born in 1825 and died June 1, 1843. Reverend Tucker was accepted on trial in 1811, entered full connection as Deacon in 1813, and was ordained Elder in 1815. Before locating in 1825, he served the following circuits: Bush River (1811), Black Swamp (1812), Bladen (1813), A1covi (1814), Appa1achee (1815), Enoree (1816), Sugar Creek (1817-1818), Broad River (1819), Appa1achee (1820-1821), A1covi (1822), Camden (1823).
3. Hartwell Spain (1819)
Reverend Spain was born in Wake County, North Carolina, on February 10, 1795. He was converted in 1810, and admitted to the Conference in 1817. He has been described as "tall, slender, and graceful; his face expressive of amiability; he was very deliberate in preaching." He was faithful to his call although he suffered from bad health much of his life. He died in Summerton, South Carolina, on March 9, 1868, at age 73.
4. Zaccheus Dowling (1820)
Born in Darlington District, South Carolina, Zaccheus Dowling gave much of his 92 years to the Master's Service. Born on July 29, 1792, he died in Greenvi11e, Alabama, on June 19, 1885. Converted at age 18, he was admitted on trial in 1816 after serving as a Local Preacher. He entered into Full Connection as Deacon in 1818, and Elder in 1820. In North and South Carolina, he served the following circuits: Union, North Carolina, with Jesse Richardson(1816); Ohoopee, Georgia, with John Bunch (1817); Cooper River (1818); Charleston, with Lewis Myers and Henry T. Fitzgerald (1819); Sugar Creek (1820); Sandy River, with Elijah Sinclair (1821); Reedy River, with Mark Westmoreland (1822); Upper French Broad, with Charles Hardy (1823); Rocky River, North Carolina, with Samuel Sewell (1824); and with Philip Groover (1825); Reedy River, with William W. King (1826); Lincoln, North Carolina, with Joab Mershon (1827); Morganton, North Carolina (1828); Presiding Elder of the Tallahassee District Florida in 1829 and 1830. In 1830, he was transferred to the Georgia Conference, serving as Presiding Elder of the Ta11ahasee District for 1831 and 1832. In 1833, he was serving the Choctahatchie Circuit on the Alabama Conference, and continued his rich and fruitful service until 1858, when he was superannuated.
5. Jacob Hill (1821)
A native of North Carolina, Jacob Hill was admitted on trial in December, 1811, and served for ten years, during which time he was in charge of various circuits. He located for six years, and returned for two years of service. He retired for a time and returned in 1829 for two additional years. Failing health led to his retirement again, and he was never able to return to the Circuit again. He died in Catawba County, North Carolina, on June 16, 1855.
6. Thomas A. Rosamond (1822)
Born in the Abbevi11e District, South Carolina, on June 5, 1787, Reverend Rosamond was admitted on trial in 1817. In 1819, he entered into Full Connection and in 1820 was ordained Deacon. He began his service on the Brunswick Circuit with Allen Turner (1817); then on the Warren, Georgia, Circuit, with Thomas Darley (1818); Congaree (1819); Keewee, with John Mote and Barnet Smith (1820); Wateree (1821). He conc1uded his service on the Sugar Creek Circuit in 1822. The following year he located. He and his wife Elizabeth (1805-April 23, 1857) subsequently removed to Mississippi. Elizabeth died in Grenada, Mississippi, and Reverend Rosamond died on November 30, 1861, in Yalabusha County, Mississippi.
7. Jeremiah Freeman (1823)
Born in 1794, Jeremiah Freeman was admitted on trial in 1818, assigned for that year to the Ohoopee, Georgia, Circuit, with Charles Dickinson. He then served the following circuits: Lincoln, North Carolina, with Thomas W. Craven (1819); Black Swamp (1820); Located in 1821; Appling, Georgia (1822); Sugar Creek (1823); Morganton, North Carolina (1824); Located in 1825; Fayette, Georgia, with Varnal Mahaffy (1829); Yellow River, Georgia, with R. H. Moseley (1830); Alcovi (1831). In 1832, he was without an appointment due to ill health. He died in 1840.
8. Daniel Asbury (1824)
Much of the credit for the development of Methodism in Western North Carolina must go to a remarkable pioneer minister, Daniel Asbury. Although he had the same name, he was not related to Bishop Francis Asbury. He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on February 18, 1762. Reverend W. L. Grissom records that Daniel Asbury was captured by Indians in early life and endured great hardships. He was admitted on trial in 1786, and was sent to the Amelia Circuit. He served on the Halifax Circuit in 1787, French Broad in 1788, Union Circuit in 1803, and Enoree Circuit in 1804. He stayed at home most of 1805, and then served as Presiding Elder on the Swannanoa District from 1806 through 1810, the Camden District from 1810 through 1814, the Catawba District from 1814 through 1818, and the Broad River District from 1818 through 1822. He completed his service by spending two years serving the charges of the Lincoln Circuit in 1822 and 1823, and the Sugar Creek Circuit in 1824. Age and illness took their toll, and he died on Sunday, April 15, 1825, while on a superannuated relation.
Cheraw District, Sugar Creek Circuit
9. Elisha Askew (1825)
Reverend Askew was admitted on trial in 1823, serving that year on the Abbevi11e Circuit with James Dannelly. In 1824, he was on the French Broad, in North Carolina, along with Ewell Petty. He followed a successful year on Sugar Creek Circuit in 1825, with a year on the Union, North Carolina, Circuit with Jacob Ozier. His short but useful career ended when he located in 1827.
10. Daniel F. Christenbury (1826)
A native of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Daniel Christenbury married Margaret Moore, a daughter of Andrew Moore and Jane Sample Moore. He was admitted on trial in 1816, and served that year on the Little River Circuit in Georgia with James B. Turner. He also served the following Circuits: Lincoln, North Carolina, with Jesse Richardson (1817); Montgomery, North Carolina (1818); Upper French Broad, North Carolina (1819); Montgomery, North Carolina (1820); Brunswick, North Carolina, with Benjamin L. Hoskins (1821); he was Presiding Elder of the Catawba District in North Carolina in 1822, 1823, and 1824. In 1825, Christenbury was Presiding Elder of the Cheraw District in South Carolina, and completed his service in 1826 on the Sugar Creek Circuit. Although few details are known, he was expelled in 1829. Thereafter, he and his family relocated in Georgia.
11. Daniel F. Wade (1827)
Born in Camden, South Carolina, in about 1802, Daniel F. Wade entered on trial in 1827, with his first year of service on the Sugar Creek Circuit. He served on the Saluda Circuit in 1828, and entered into Full Connection in 1829, as a Deacon, while serving on the Liberty Circuit. He located in 1830. Following his location, he moved to Houston County, Georgia, in 1836. His wife Catherine was born in Orangeburg District, South Carolina, September 30, 1837, and died on May 24, 1864, in Fort Valley, Georgia. Reverend Wade died in 1858, at age 56.
Lincolnton District, Sugar Creek Circuit
12. Benjamin Bell (1828-1829)
Benjamin Bell was born on November 15, 1801, in Montgomery County, North Carolina, and was converted on August 9, 1818. He was admitted on trial in 1826, having been licensed to preach the preceding year. In 1828, he was admitted into full connection and ordained as a Deacon, with ordination as an Elder in 1830. Because of ill health, he was superannuated at the 1833 Conference. In 1834, he was improved in health, and received an appointment for the next four years. Bad health prevented his continuing, and he was again given a superannuated relation at the 1838 Conference. He died on June 27, 1838, in the early hours of the morning. In the General Minutes of 1839, his biographer records that "he sweetly fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, after about seven hours of extreme suffering. But for him to die was gain; for though he spoke not, yet there was a heavenly calm resting on his face, which spoke to us, who kneeled about his bed, in language not to be misunderstood. I have met and conquered.’”
13. Absalom Brown (1830-1831)
Born in Fairfield County, South Carolina, Absa1om Brown was admitted on trial in 1828, serving that year on the Lincoln Circuit. He served the Quincy, Florida, Circuit in 1829, the Sugar Creek Circuit in 1830 and 1831, Rocky River in 1832, and Montgomery Circuit in 1833. During his service on the Montgomery Circuit, he died after several months of failing health. "He was a humb1e-minded, Godly man, and an able and considerably successful preacher. We doubt not of his being with the Lord in glory."
14. James J. Richardson (1832)
James J. Richardson was born in Marion District, South Carolina, on June 22, 1805, and admitted on trial in 1829, having been 1icensed to preach the preceding year. He traveled on the Black River Circuit in 1829, Montgomery in 1830, Hollow Creek (later Barnwell) Circuit in 1831, and Sugar Creek Circuit in 1832. His last year of ministry was on the York Circuit, where he died at Yorkville, South Carolina, on July 9, 1833. "Brother Richardson was a very amiable man, a highly gifted preacher, and a faithful and successful laborer in the great work of winning souls. In him genius was blended with sweetness of spirit and uncommon ability with a humble mind. His brethren loved him greatly, and he enjoyed richly in his own soul the blessings of the gospel which he preached to others."
15. John K. Morse (1832)
Unfortunately, little is known about Reverend John K. Morse, who was admitted on trial in 1832, and spent his first year in the Sugar Creek Circuit along with James J. Richardson. He served regularly until 1838, when he 1ocated.
16. John Watts (1833)
Reverend John Watts was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, to a lifetime of Christian service, on February 24, 1801. He joined the church when fourteen years of age, and was converted when eighteen. His conversion was the beginning of dedicated service. He served as Class Leader, Steward, and Exhorter until 1824, when he was licensed to preach. He was admitted on trial in the next year and filled his first appointment on the Union Circuit in North Carolina, with Mark Westmoreland. He continued to faithfully serve his appointments until 1847, when he was superannuated until 1855 except for 1850 which he spent on the Greenvil1e Circuit. In 1856, he was able to return to full service, and again served regularly until the Conference of 1872, when he was again returned to superannuate status. He continued to preach locally when able, but never returned to the circuit. He was severely injured in a fall some two years before his death on June 6, 1886, at his home in Greenvi11e County, South Carolina. An excerpt from his Memoir gives a picture of this good man: "Brother Watts was always cheerful. His trust in God made radiant his life, and even in old age he seemed to live for the future. He delighted to associate with his brethren, and instead of musing sadly over the past, and talking despondingly of the future, he would express himself as satisfied with the one and ready for the other. His view of self ever humble, twice during his ministry he refused the responsible office of presiding elder, choosing to be little and unknown to the outside world. He often said humility was the first step in the Christian life and the last as we enter our heavenly home.
Lincolnton District, Charlotte (formerly Sugar Creek) Circuit
17. Tracy R. Walsh (1834)
Reverend Tracy R. Walsh died in Bennettsville, South Carolina, on the 20th day of October, 1867, after more than forty years of faithful service. He was licensed to preach in September, 1827, and admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1830. He filled appointments in Saluda, with James Stockdale, in 1830, and Abbeville Circuit, with Reddick Pierce, in 1831. In 1832, he was admitted into full connection and ordained as a deacon; he served that year on the Santee Circuit with Noah Laney. In 1833, he was on the Pee Dee Circuit with Mark Russell, and in the Charlotte Circuit the next year. He served two years on the Fayetteville Circuit before locating in 1837, to serve thirteen years as leader of the Marion Academy. During that time, his Memoir records that declared that he performed "in addition to his scholastic duties an amount of pulpit and parochial work seldom exceeded by a regular pastor." During 1850, he returned to the Circuits and served on the Wadesboro, North Carolina, Circuit with David D. Byars, and as Presiding Elder on the Georgetown District for the following year. Reverend Walsh was elected President of Carolina Female College in 1852, and was so successful that he was reassigned by the Bishops every year until 1860 when he resigned the Presidency to return to the work in the field. The 1860 Conference assigned him to Trinity in the Charleston District. The following years, 1862 and 1863, were spent on the Bennettsvi11e Circuit with James B. Campbell and then with Peter L. Herman. He served the Marion District as Presiding Elder in 1864 and 1865, and then returned to Bennettsvil1e for 1866 with Allen McCorquodale and Wesley L. Pegues, and in 1867 with Rufus R. Pegues and Lewis M. Hamer. During those last years of ministry, he was constantly ill and suffered severe pain. His friends were unable to persuade him to forsake the work, however, and he labored to the last, professing his perfect faith in Christ (whom he called his "Almighty Friend") for his salvation.
18. Jacob Ozier (1835)
Born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, on April 15, 1804, to Reverend Jacob Ozier and his wife, Sarah, Reverend Ozier was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1826. He served the Union Circuit on the Cheraw District that year, and the Early Circuit (Tallahassee District) the following year. In 1828, he was admitted to full connection and ordained as a Deacon, with his assignment being to the Hollow Creek Circuit. He then served the Keewee Circuit (1829), Wateree (1830), Laurens (1831), Hollow Creek (1832), Union (1833), Newberry (1834) Circuits. In 1835, he was on the Charlotte Circuit, following which he located in 1836. In 1839, he was in the Georgia Conference and serving on the Tazewell and Americus Circuit on the Columbus District. In 1840, he served on the Baker Circuit and on the Hawkinsvi11e Circuit the next year. In 1842, he located again.
19. Daniel G. McDaniel (1836)
Daniel G. McDaniel was born in Georgetown, District of Columbia, on the 15th of February, 1791. He was converted at the historic Light Street Church in Baltimore in 1811, and thereafter moved to the area served by the South Carolina Conference where he was admitted on trial in 1821. His first duties were on the Broad River Circuit, with appointments to the following Circuits: Black Swamp (1822), Asbury Mission (1823), Yellow River Mission (1824), St. Augustine (1825), Pea River Mission (1826), Holmes Valley Mission (1827), Ohooppee (1828), Hollow Creek (1829), Georgetown (1830), Lincolnton (1831-32), Kings Mountain Mission (1833), Camden (1834), Yorkvil1e (1835), Charlotte (1836), Wadesboro (1837-38), Lincolnton (1839-40), Winnsboro (1841-1842), Orangeburg (1843-44), Columbia (1845), Rutherford (1846),and finally Wateree Mission in 1847. Here he lived the remainder of his life, dying in 1853 in Camden, South Carolina, at age 53. "A few days before his death, he expressed his entire confidence in God, giving up his wife and children into His care, and closing his earthly mission with the words, My life has been one of constant toil, but of no merit; I trust alone in the merits of Christ, my Saviour.'"
20. Jehu G. Postell (1836)
Jehu G. Postell, who labored on the Charlotte Circuit with Daniel G. McDaniel in 1836, was admitted on trial to the South Carolina Conference in that same year. His useful service was unfortunately cut short by consumption which was reported to have caused his death in Charleston, South Carolina, in April of 1841. It is typical of the man that "when told his departure was at hand, he replied, he would like to live to raise his family, but was submissive to the will of his Maker."
21. William R. Smith (1837)
Reverend William R. Smith was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1833, and served regularly until 1837 when he was assigned to the Charlotte Circuit. Following that year, he located in 1838, and no information is available about him thereafter.
22. Joseph P. Kirton (1837)
Joseph P. Kirton was admitted on trial in 1836, and shared the duties on the Charlotte Circuit with William R. Smith the following year. He served various circuits in the South Carolina Conference until 1844 when he located. Conference records for the following year show that he was expelled from the connection.
23. William T. Harrison (1838)
Admitted on trial in 1835 in the South Carolina Conference, Reverend William T. Harrison was first sent to the Union, South Carolina Circuit in that same year, with Angus McPherson. In 1836 and 1837, he was on the Black River and Pee Dee Mission fields. In 1838, he worked on the Charlotte Circuit with Mark Russell. Before his location in 1845, he served the following circuits: Brunswick, North Carolina, with Martin P. Myers (1839); Rockingham (1840); Lancaster (1841); Lenoir (1842); Union, South Carolina (1843); and Centre Circuit, North Carolina, in 1844.
24. Mark Russell (1838)
Reverend Mark Russell was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1832, and served regularly until 1841, when apparently ill health left him no alternative but to take a superannuated relation. In 1842, he located.
25. Jacky M. Bradley (1839)
Reverend Jacky M. Bradley devoted thirty-four years to the charges of the South Carolina Conference to which he was admitted on trial in 1826. In 1828, he was admitted in full connection and ordained as a Deacon. In 1830, he was ordained as an Elder. He married Susan in 1833, and following her death married Patience. He traveled actively until 1860, when Chreitzberg tells us that "he removed to the West, and died during the civil war." Described as "powerful in debate and in the pulpit," he was "tall and loosely built, with large head and long, bony arms and hands. * * * He cared little for dress, and was always unc1erical in appearance." Patience Bradley died in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, July 26, 1861.
26. Martin Eaddy (1839)
Admitted on trial to the South Carolina Conference in 1839, Reverend Martin Eaddy was sent to the Charlotte Circuit along with Jacky M. Bradley in that year. He served regularly, his last year being in 1862 on the McDowell Circuit. At the Conference in December, 1862, he was expelled.
27. Peyton G. Bowman (1840)
Except for the year 1858 when he temporarily located, the Reverend Peyton G. Bowman served faithfully the churches of the South Carolina Conference from his admission on trial in 1834 to his expulsion in 1870. He was expelled for erroneous doctrinal teaching, to which he pleaded guilty and did not appear for trial. His error was in teaching that the soul is unconscious from death until the resurrection and, second, the annihilation of the wicked. He asked to be allowed to withdraw from the Conference, but the Trial Committee regretfu11y expelled him in accordance with the disciplinary laws of that day.
28. Campbell Smith (1840)
Born March 31, 1807, in Marlborough District, South Carolina, Reverend Campbell Smith was admitted on trial February 7, 1834, and sent to the Brunswick Circuit in North Carolina. He had been licensed to preach on August 3, 1833. In 1835, he served on the Morganton Circuit, and in 1836 was sent to the black people along the Pee Dee River as a missionary. He then served the following circuits: Chesterfield Circuit (1837), King's Mountain (1838), Rutherford Circuit (1839), Charlotte (1840), Montgomery (1841), and Black Swamp in 1842. The rigors of the ministry, in conjunction with a "feeble constitution" combined to force him to take a superannuated relation at that time. He died of typhoid pneumonia in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on December 27, 1854, at age 47. The Minutes describe him as follows: "Brother Smith was a humble Christian, a plain, practical preacher, and, in his proper sphere, was a useful man."
29. Benjamin Hamilton (1841)
Reverend Benjamin Hamilton was admitted to the South Carolina Conference on trial in 1838, and served regularly until 1841, when he was assigned to the Charlotte Circuit. He entered into a superannuated relation from 1842 until 1846, after which he located.
30. Michael Robbins (1842)
Reverend Michael Robbins was admitted to the South Carolina Conference on trial in 1840, serving until 1849, when he was permitted to rest or travel without an appointment, on account of his ill health. The following year, he located.
31. John Alexander Porter (1843)
John Alexander Porter was born in New York City on February 7, 1822, and moved to Charleston, South Carolina, early in life. Little is known of his early life, other than his working as a clerk. He became one of the outstanding preachers in the Conference before his death in 1909. Rev. Wm. C. Power wrote of him: "As a preacher he was one of our very best. Never entering the sacred desk without thorough preparation, he seldom, if ever, made a failure. Not given to flights of oratory, he was sound in doctrine, eminently instructive, and sometimes, though seldom, overwhelming in the pathos that stirs and moves man's spiritual energies. And while his pulpit efforts - the best of them- did not charm the giddy throng, the writer of this tribute has heard thoughtful men say, if they were allowed to choose a preacher for life they would prefer John A. Porter to any other known to them."
32. Ira L. Potter (1843)
Reverend Ira L. Potter was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1835, and served faithfully until 1847 when he transferred to the Florida Conference.
Cheraw District, Center Circuit
33. John McMackin (1844-1845)
John McMackin was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, on January 4, 1813. He was converted as a camp meeting at Center camp ground in August of 1832. He became a class leader, and was granted a local preacher's license in 1836. The following year, he was admitted on trial in the Conference and appointed to the Rockingham Circuit. He also served the following circuits: Deep River (1838), Laurens (1839); Rock Fish (1840); Morganton (1841), Shelby (1842), Greenvil1e Circuit (1843), Columbia (1844), Center (1845), and finally, Pleasant Grove Circuit in 1846, where he died on August 16, 1846, of fever. He was not described as a spell-binding orator, but as being "clear and forcible, so affectionate and practical, that all were constrained to allow that he was a man of God." The last words he uttered were: "How sweet it is to have Jesus to accompany me through the dark valley and shadow of death:"
34. Wesley Leatherwood Pegues (1846)
Born in Marlboro County, South Carolina, on June 22, 1818, Reverend W. L. Pegues traveled many miles over more than fifty years of preaching but returned to the county of his birth on July 16, 1894, to end his long work. He was admitted on trial to the Conference in 1839, and later ordained as deacon and elder. He served faithfully and regularly through the very year of his death, preaching on the Tradesvil1e Circuit up to the day of his death. His biographer paints a word picture of this good man: "He was just, gentle, and generous to all his fellows. We knew of no man who was freer from vanity, pride, envy, malice and revenge. His ambition seemed not to have been to be elevated above his brethren nor to outshine them, but to do the best he could. He was ever ready to acknowledge, with undisguised pleasure, capacity, ability, and success in his brethren whom others might consider as his rivals for favor and position. He was a fine representative of nature’s nobleman. He was truly pious and felt the power of the Holy Ghost in his soul, which power was constantly evidenced in his life."
Lincolnton District, Concord Circuit
35. Jacky M. Bradley (1847)
See number 25 above.
36. William C. Patterson (1848-1849)
On May 15, 1807, William C. Patterson was born in that section of Lincoln County which became Gaston County. Although reared in the Presbyterian Church, he became a Methodist, and was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1836. For eighteen years he preached on various circuits "out of a full experience of saving grace and with a deeply sympathetic interest in the spiritual welfare of those who heard his message." He was superannuated in 1854, and lived out his retirement in York and Lancaster Counties, South Carolina. More than ninety years of age, he died at his home in Van Wyck, in Lancaster County, on December 18, 1897.
37. Wesley Leatherwood Pegues (1850)
See number 34 above.
38. Sampson D. Laney (1851)
S. D. Laney was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1834, and traveled the circuits until 1851 when he served the Concord Circuit of the Lincolnton District. The following year he was without an appointment by order of the Conference. In 1853, he was required to appear before a Committee appointed by the Conference, apparently to look into allegations against him. At the Conference in November, 1853, Rev. Laney located.
39. Willis S. Haltom (1852)
For twenty-seven years, Reverend Willis S. Haltom served his appointments on the South Carolina Conference, following his admission on trial in 1834. In 1862, he was left without an appointment at his own request. In the following years, 1863 through 1866, he served on the Concord Circuit as a supernumerary with Landy Wood, James Stacy, Lewis Scarborough, Samuel A. Roper, and James T. Kilgo. He was last assigned to the Pinevi11e Circuit, in the North Carolina Conference, to which he transferred in 1870. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1894.
Charlotte District, Concord Circuit
39. Willis S. Haltom (1853)
During Rev. Haltom’s two-year service on the Concord Circuit, the Circuit was transferred from the Lincolnton District to the Charlotte District.
40. Paul Franklin Kistler (1854-1855)
A descendent of German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and then followed the Great Wagon Road to North Carolina, Paul Franklin Kistler was born in Linco1nton, North Carolina, on February 12, 1827. Not long after his conversion in 1844, he felt a strong call to ministry. At Rock Springs camp meeting on the Linco1nton Circuit, he was licensed as a local preacher in August of 1845. Admitted on trial at the Fayetteville Conference in 1845, the young man was sent to the Spartanburg Circuit where he served in 1846. He received appointment to the Walterboro Circuit in 1847, following which he was ordained as a Deacon in January, 1848. He was in charge of the work on the Catawba Circuit for 1848. During his appointment on the Lenoir Circuit in the following year, he met and married Miss Mary R. Jennings, daughter of Dr. Edward Jennings, on May 29, 1849. They were blessed with six children during this marriage, only three of whom survived to maturity. Reverend Kistler was ordained as an Elder at the December, 1849, Conference in Camden, South Carolina, where he was sent to the Yorkville Circuit for 1850. He then served the following appointments: Rutherford Circuit (1850-51), Charlotte Circuit (1853), Concord Circuit (1854-55), Rutherford Circuit (1856-57), Bennettsville Circuit (1858-59), Darlington Circuit (1860-61), Chaplain of 24 S. C. V., of the Confederate Service (1862), Sumter Circuit (1863-64), Bishopvi11e Circuit (1865-1868), Darlington Circuit (1869), Laurens Circuit (1870), Greenwood Circuit(1871), Cypress Circuit (1872), Bamberg Circuit (1873-76), St. George’s Circuit (1877-80), Datesburg Circuit (1881-82), Grahams Circuit (1883-84), Lynchburg Circuit (1885-86), B1acksvi11e Circuit (1887-88), Branchvi11e Circuit (1889-92), and Al1enda1e Circuit (1893-95).
At the December, 1895, Conference he was granted a superannuated relation, having completed fifty years of service. Together with his wife and daughter, he moved to their little country home, "Gooseberry", located about two miles north of Denmark, in Bamberg County, South Carolina. During the years of retirement, Reverend Kistler continued the work, being available to fill local pulpits. His biographer describes one of his most endearing qualities in his Memoir: "He was childlike in manner, loved children and was dearly beloved by them. Whenever there was to be held a ‘Children's Day’ or other children's 8ervice, he was in demand to talk to them. He knew every child by name whenever he met them and never failed to greet them with a pleasant and kindly word." Before he passed to his reward on July 13, 1901, he was heard to remark that he was proud that he counted on the floor of Conference at least seventeen ministers led to God through his ministry. He is buried in the cemetery at Denmark, South Carolina.
41. Jacob L. Shuford (1856)
Born in Cleveland County, North Carolina, Jacob L. Shuford united with the church while a young boy. Born on March 15, 1824, he was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in December, 1844. He was first sent to the Montgomery Circuit for 1845, with Newton Goudelock in charge. The work sustained a hard blow that year, for Reverend Goudelock died early in the year and the young minister was left to carry on alone. He successfully completed his freshman year, and was sent as junior minister to the Edisto, Johossee and Fenwick Island Mission, where he and Reverend Charles Wilson served eleven plantations, and added one hundred and forty-four members in one year. He next served on Beaufort and Prince William's Mission. He also served the following circuits and missions: Shelby Circuit (1849), McDowell Circuit (1850), Morganton Circuit (1851), Lenoir Circuit (1852), Black River and Pee Dee Mission (1853-54), Conwayboro Circuit (1855), Concord Circuit (1856), Wateree Mission(1857-66), Rocky Mount (1867-69), Fairfield (1870-72), Newberry Circuit (1873- 1874), Santee Circuit (1875-78), Lewisville (1879-80), Graham's Circuit (1881- 1882), St. Matthew's Circuit (1883-1886), Santee (1887), and Bishopvi11e Circuit (1888-90).
A slight paralysis led to his superannuation in 1891. He died near Summerton, in Clarendon County, South Carolina, on March 19, 1892. Henry M. Mood, writing his memoir, summarizes his work: "Brother Shuford was not a 'star preacher,' but he was a strong preacher, strong in all the evangelical elements which give success. Earnest and practical, his preaching was not in enticing words of man's wisdom, but in power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. Bright, genial and affectionate, he was a delightful social companion. Enjoying life himself, he communicated that joy to his associates. His beautiful life of cheerful faith in God is a rich comment upon and exponent of the Gospel which he proclaimed for so many years."
42. John Watts (1857 – 1858)
Reverend John Watts was admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1825, having been born February 24, 1801, in Chesterfield County, and served diligently in the traveling ministry until his retirement in 1872. He was buried in Fewls Chapel in his native county, having died there on June 6, 1886. He was "humble and lacking in worldly ambition. Twice he declined the office of Presiding Elder."
Wadesboro District, Concord Circuit
43. Aaron G. Stacy (1859)
Aaron G. Stacy, son of the Reverend Jeremiah Stacy of North Carolina, was born on November 15, 1822, and admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1847. After a period of fruitful service, he removed to Texas where he died in Austin on April 8, 1875.
44. Eugene W. Thompson (1860-1861)
Born in Kershaw County, South Carolina, in 1833, Eugene Thompson was converted to God under the ministry of Rev. H. C. Parsons, and admitted to the South Carolina Conference in 1854. The following year, he served the Wadesboro Circuit as a Junior Preacher with Rev. Sidi H. Browne. In 1856, he was on the Spartanburg Circuit with Rev. David May. During the next two years, while he was serving the Shelby Circuit, he married Miss Jennie Lowe, the daughter of Sheriff Isaac Lowe of Lincoln County. After being on the Lincoln Circuit in 1859, Rev. Thompson served the Concord Circuit for two years. In 1862, while assigned to the Cheraw Station in South Carolina, he enlisted in the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee, as a Chaplain. Following the end of the war, he ably served the Wadesboro Circuit for four years, and then went on to Tryon Street Church in Charlotte for one year. While there, the South Carolina Conference surrendered its territory in North Carolina. At the Conference in Greensboro, Reverend Thompson was made Presiding Elder of the Shelby District and served for two years. He was unable to continue in that work because of a throat affection, and was transferred to Fayetteville for four years. Failing health required that he have an assistant his last year there.
He became superannuated, and moved to Morganton for his health. There he died on April 5, 1877. His biographer recorded that not a "single blot" stained his character, either private or official. "Alive, he was a demonstration of Christianity; being dead, he yet speaketh, proclaiming to all that God is faithful. God be praised for such a life, and for such a death:"
45. Peter L. Herman (1860-1861)
Although he was reared in a family which attended the German Reformed Presbyterian Church, Peter L. Herman was converted at a camp meeting at Dry Pond, near Denver. He had been born in Catawba County, North Carolina, on February 22, 1833, and joined the South Carolina Conference at Greenvil1e, South Carolina in 1859. He served the Concord Circuit in 1860 and 1861 as a Junior Preacher, along with Eugene W. Thompson. Following a year on the Newberry Circuit in 1862, he served the Mapleton Circuit in 1863 and 1864. His other appointments included: Butler Circuit (1865-66), Edgefield Circuit (1867-68), Morganton (1869), Lenoir Circuit (1870-72), Newton Circuit (1873-74), Thomasvi11e and High Point (1875-77), Smithfield (1879-1880), Reidsville Circuit (1881), Hickory Circuit (1882-83), Li1esville Circuit (1884), Snow Hill Circuit (1885-88), Smithfield Circuit (1889-90), Cary Circuit (1891-92), Oxford Circuit (1893-94), Warrenton Circuit (1895-97), and the Littleton Circuit in 1898. He was superannuated in 1899, and lived briefly at Dunn, North Carolina, where he died on August 29, 1899.
In 1863, he had married Miss Frances H. Jay of Abbeville, South Carolina. Five daughters and one son of that marriage survived them. His biographer, John N. Cole, wrote of him: "Brother Herman loved his calling. He loved his Lord; he loved the gospel; he loved to preach it."
46. Landy Wood (1862-1863)
Reverend Landy Wood was born into a Baptist home in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on March 18, 1823. He was brought into the Methodist fold at a revival held in Greenvil1e, South Carolina, where he was learning the printing business as a young man. After joining the church in 1842, he was licensed as a local preacher in 1845. He worked for years as a local preacher and was ordained Deacon in 1852. At the Conference in December, 1854, he entered full-time service on trial in the South Carolina Conference. He served regularly until 1889 when he was superannuated, in which relation he remained until his death at Clio, in Marlboro County, South Carolina, on September 5, 1892.
J. B. Traywick described him as a "preacher of no mean ability - he had a logical and inquiring mind. His preaching was always clear, Scriptural, and often delivered with great power. He delighted to preach on the witness of the Spirit and kindred topics. He was in the best sense a revivalist. His excellent tact in managing such meetings, his power in prayer, his deep experience of grace and the power with which he preached the Word could but result in many souls being won to Christ."
47. James Stacy (1864)
James Stacy was born in Lincolnton, Burke County, North Carolina, on November 18, 1807, and joined the Methodist Church in 1822. His conversion was real and complete and he spent almost the remainder of his life in the service of his Master. After being licensed to preach in July, 1829, he was admitted on trial in January, 1830, and sent to the Quincy, Florida, Circuit with William Gassaway. In 1831, he was on the Morganton Circuit with William J. Jackson. He was ordained Deacon in 1832, and served that year on the Enoree Circuit with Morgan C. Turrentine. After working on the Laurens Circuit in 1833, he was ordained Elder and sent to the Pendleton Circuit for 1834. He served the Cheraw, Camden, and Georgetown Circuits in South Carolina, before being assigned to the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Circuit during 1838 and 1839. The Conference assigned him as Agent for the Cokesbury Manual Labour School and Randolph Macon College in 1841. In 1842, he served in Wilmington, and then Trinity, in Charleston, for the following two years. Reverend Stacy presided over the Cheraw District as Presiding Elder during 1845 and 1846, and Presiding Elder over the Fayetteville District the following two years. In 1849, he was on the Columbia Circuit with John T. Wightman, returning to Trinity in 1850.
He then served the following appointments: Georgetown Circuit (1851), Georgetown Station (1852), Marion Station (1853), and Marion Circuit (1854); Camden (1855), Camden Station (1856), Charlotte Station (1857), Cumberland, Charleston (1858), Cumberland, Charleston (1859), Orangeburg District as Presiding Elder (1860), Spartanburg Station (1861-62), Bethel and Spring Street, Charleston (1863), Concord (1864), Charlotte (1865), Pinevil1e (1866). The Conferences in December, 1866 and 1867, appointed Reverend Stacy to Sumter Station. His health had begun to fail and his friends urged him to rest for a while in hopes of regaining strength and prolonging his life, but he refused to do so. Thus, he died while serving the church as Sumter, South Carolina, on May 1, 1868.
His constitution was so delicate, and his temperament 50 nervous, it must have seemed unlikely that he could succeed in the itinerant ministry. His determination and enormous capacity for study and work brought success, however, and the respect of his peers. He was elected as a delegate to the General Conference on four separate occasions.
48. Lewis Scarboro (1865)
Lewis Scarboro was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina, to parents who had removed from Virginia. After an early conversion, he served as an exhorter for about a year, and an additional year as a local preacher. He was accepted on trial in the South Carolina Conference in 1837. That began a lifetime of service, including twenty-nine years on circuits, five years on missions, and thirteen years as a superannuate. He died on May 22, 1884, about sunrise, and was buried in Mil1er’s Church in Marion County, South Carolina.
49. Samuel A. Roper (1865)
After being admitted to the South Carolina Conference on trial in 1860, Samuel A. Roper’s connection was discontinued in 1862. He was readmitted on trial in 1863. In 1864, he served the York Circuit, and the following year was on the Concord Circuit with Lewis Scarboro(ugh) and Willis S.Ha1tom.
50. James T. Kilgo (1866)
Reverend James T. Kilgo was born in Chester County, South Carolina, on February 16, 1820, and was converted there at a camp meeting at Ebenezer Church on October 2, 1840. On December 5, 1846, he was licensed as a local preacher, and admitted on trial in the South Carolina Conference at the 1850 meeting in Wadesboro. He faithfully served for thirty-seven years, and died in Marlboro County, South Carolina, on January 4,1888. Although he was well known for his preaching, "clearness of thought, sobriety of judgment, tender emotions, and skill in dividing the word of Truth," the life of this good man is overshadowed by the accomplishments of his children. He sent them to Methodist schools on his meager salary, saying that "I will live on bread and water and wear patched clothes, before I will throw my children on society uneducated." His determination gave to society Dr. James W. Kilgo, Reverend Pierce F. Kilgo, and Bishop John C. Kilgo.
51. M. C. Davis (1867)
Micaijah C. Davis was admitted on trial in 1864, and appointed to serveas junior preacher on the Bennettsvil1e Circuit during 1865 with John A. Porter. In 1866, he was on the Cheraw Circuit with Rufus R. Pegues, and in 1867 served the Concord Circuit. He was discontinued in 1867, and nothing is known about his service thereafter.
52. Rufus Randolph Pegues (1868-1869)
Born of a strongly religious family in Marlboro County, South Carolina, it is not surprising that Rufus Randolph Pegues returned from graduation at Randolph Macon College in Virginia to enter the traveling ministry. He was born on February 6, 1830, and entered the South Carolina Conference on trial in 1855. He served as an itinerant until 1872, when illness struck him down. After five years of suffering, which he endured with faith and calmly, he died in his county of birth on October 17, 1877, tragically lost to the ministry at age 47.
53. Samuel Leard (1870)
Had Samuel Leard’s Reformed Presbyterian father and Virginia Episcopalian mother not chosen to set down their roots in the Cedar Springs neighborhood of Abbevil1e District, South Carolina, Methodism might have lost fifty-three years of dedicated service. Samuel Leard was born there on February 12, 1815, and joined the Methodist Church in 1833. On his twentieth birthday in 1835, he was admitted on trial into the South Carolina Conference, and left for his appointment as a junior preacher on the Winnsboro Circuit under Joel W. Townsend. He died at the home of a son in Raleigh, North Carolina, on March 9, 1896. This saintly man devoted a great deal of his time to furthering the work of the Sunday Schools. "Perhaps no part of his ministerial life, however, was more pleasant to him or more profitable to the cause of our Redeemer than theyears he devoted to the special service of the children. His pure, tender spirit yearned for the welfare of the rising race; and the light of eternity alone will reveal how much his consecrated labors did to produce our wonderful progress in the Sunday School cause since then." Reverend Chreitzberg gave a pithy summary of his service: "In the pulpit he was strong, convincing and useful; unexcelled as a pastor, and a good writer."
North Carolina Conference
Salisbury District, Rowan and Union Circuit
54. Thomas Lewis Triplett (Dec. 1870-1872)
Born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on November 27, 1829, Thomas Lewis Triplett served most of his fruitful ministry in the counties of the Southern Piedmont, dying in Mooresvi11e, North Carolina, on June 9, 1905. He joined the M. E. Church, South, as a boy and was licensed to preach by the Iredell Circuit Quarterly Conference on April 14, 1855. He was ordained Deacon on December 6, 1857, and Elder in 1859. Reverend Triplett married Martha S. Hedrick on December 1, 1859; his wife, along with two sons and two daughters, survived him. He served the following charges: Montgomery Circuit (1856), as a junior preacher; Rockingham Circuit (1857), with a part of the year being assigned to Normal School (later Trinity College); South Iredell Circuit (1858); North East Circuit, in New Hanover County (1859); Trent Circuit (1860); Alexander Circuit (1861-62); Nominal, on Wilkes Circuit (1863) P. C. on Wilkes Circuit (1864); South Irede11 Circuit (1865-67); Rowan Circuit (1868-70); Concord Circuit (1871-72); South Charlotte Circuit (1873); Rowan Circuit (1874-75); Mooresville Circuit (1876-78); Statesville Circuit (1879-81); Mooresvi11e Circuit (1882); Big Lick Mission (1883); Principal, Oak Institute, at Mooresville (1884-86), with part of 1886 as P. C. Stokes Circuit; Morganton Circuit (1887); Church Street Station, Charlotte (1888-90); Clear Creek Circuit (1891); Mt. Holly Circuit (1892); Enochvi11e Circuit (1893); China Grove Circuit (1894); Chestnut Hill Station, Salisbury (1895); Troutman Circuit (1896).
At the 1896 Conference in Salisbury, Reverend Triplett was placed on the superannuated list, but continued to preach when called upon, and filled in as P. C. to fill out a year when necessary. His preaching was very effective, as he had much experience as a revivalist.
Charlotte District, Mt. Pleasant Circuit
55. Jesse S. Nelson (Dec.1872-1873)
Reverend Jesse E. Nelson was born in Camden, South Carolina, on August 22, 1832, and served in the South Carolina Conference before becoming a part of the North Carolina and then Western North Carolina Conferences. He first married Miss Bella Gillespie, of Iredell County, who predeceased him, leaving three children: Mrs. J. E. Stack, Mr. W. T. Nelson, and Mr. Meynardie Nelson. His second wife, Miss Emma Anderson of Statesvil1e, and three children survived him: Mr. James A. Nelson, Mr. Waldo Nelson, and Mrs. Carl T. Blakeney. His biographer, Miss Mamie Bays, wrote that with his death on December 28, 1908, "North Carolina lost one of her best citizens, the Methodist church one of her most faithful ministers, and his home a husband and father of that devotion and influence for good which will cause a vacancy never to be filled."
56. J. P. Simpson (Dec. 1873-1874)
Although we have limited biographical information on Rev. J.P. Simpson, we have his long North Carolina service record. At the November 1851 Conference, Rev. Simpson was readmitted (on trial) as an Elder in the M.E. Church and assigned to the Greensboro District. The following year, he located in the Salisbury District. In 1852-53, he served in the Salisbury District, followed by four assignments in the Danville District: 1854-55, Halifax; 1855-57, Yanceyville; 1857-59, Leasburg. In 1859 he was superannuated, but in December 1860 was assigned to Elizabethtown in the Wilmington District.
He then served in Tarboro in the Washington District from 1861-63. In 1864, he returned to Leasburg in the Greensboro District, followed by a pastorate in Roanoke in the Washington, then the Roanoke District. After an appointment to Tar River in the Raleigh District, he transferred to the Kentucky Conference in 1868. In 1872, he was supplying Pineville in the Charlotte District, then was readmitted to the North Carolina Conference in December 1873 and appointed to the Charlotte District, Mount Pleasant Circuit for a year.
In December 1874, Rev. Simpson began three years of service on the Snow Hill Circuit, the Newbern District. He remained in the Newbern District in 1877, serving the church at Kinston. In 1878 he was again superannuated, but 1879 found him appointed to Alexander, in the Salisbury District. In 1880, J.P. Simpson is listed as a Methodist Protest minister, serving Contentnea Mission, a new appointment; then the North Granville Circuit (1880-81); Henderson Station (1881-82); Tar River (1882-83). In 1883 and 1884, he was superannuated, receiving a certificate of standing at the November 1885 Methodist Protest Conference.
57. William Samuel Rone (Dec. 1873-1874)
Born on a Union County, North Carolina, farm, William Rone struggled for an education during the turbulent years of the Civil War. He graduated from Wofford College in 1873, and was licensed to preach in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on April 18th of the same year. During the following year, he served as a junior preacher on the Mount Pleasant Circuit, and joined the North Carolina Conference that same year. During the following years, he served these appointments: Plymouth (1875-76); Tarboro (1877-79); Wadesboro (1880-83); Louisburg (1884-85); Shelby (1886); Statesvi11e (1887-88); Kinston (1889-90); New Berne District (1890-92); Wilmington District (1893-96); Newbern District (1897-1900); Rockingham District (1901-03); Rocky Mount (1904-06); Warrenton District, 1907 to his death on September 19, 1909.
Charlotte District, Concord Circuit
58. Marcus Cicero Thomas (Dec. 1874-1875)
One of the few ministers from eastern North Carolina to serve the Mt. 01ivet congregation, Reverend Marcus Cicero Thomas was born in Beaufort, North Carolina, on January 15, 1831, the son of a sea captain. He joined the Methodist Church early in life, and was elected class leader by the age of 18. He entered the State University in 1851, and applied for admission to the North Carolina Conference in 1855 upon his graduation. This dedicated man served faithfully until 1871, when an accident while he was serving the Roxboro Circuit took one of his legs. He was away from the circuit for two years, but returned to serve nine years. His health failed, and he was added to the superannuated list in 1883. He moved to Cary, North Carolina, with his bride, Miss Henrietta Lea, whom he had married in 1858. The family then moved to Leasburg, North Carolina, where he lived until his death on Monday, October 13, 1913. His wife and five of their eight children survived him. He was buried the following day in the Leasburg Cemetery beside a son.
Charlotte District, Mt. Pleasant Circuit
59. Alexander Davis Betts (Dec. 1875-1876)
The loss of one who has been in the traveling ministry for more than six decades must be sorely felt among the brotherhood. We can imagine then the feeling of the annual conference when A. D. Betts was not there to answer the roll call at the 1919 Conference held in Wilson, North Carolina. Reverend Betts was born in Cumberland (later Harnett) County on August 25, 1832, but left the farm to study at Summersvi11e Academy, and then the University of North Carolina. He was converted at Chapel Hill on October 15, 1853, and licensed to preach in 1855, being admitted on trial to the North Carolina Conference in 1856. He served the Sampson, Smithvi11e, and Elizabethtown Circuits before receiving his commission as chaplain in the Confederate Army on October 25, 1861. His exemplary wartime service was summarized by General Lee who called him "that model chaplain." In the year he was licensed to preach, he married Miss Mary E. Davis. Later, on October 26, 1881, he married Miss Priscilla M. Debnam, who was to survive him along with six of his eleven children. After the war, he returned to the circuits and served faithfully from 1866 through 1908. At his request, he was superannuated at the 1908 Conference at Wilson. Typically, that did not end his service; he visited the sick and imprisoned, and filled the pulpit when asked. He lived with his son, Dr. J. S. Betts, of Greensboro until his death, and is buried in that city.
Charlotte District, Concord Circuit
60. Joseph Carson Thomas (Dec. 1876-1878)
J. C. Thomas was born into a Christian home on June 26, 1828, and spent his entire life in the church. He was called to the ministry and joined the North Carolina Conference at Wilmington in 1855. During thirty-five years of itinerancy, he served in all areas of his native state, continuing to educate himself during that time. Although he was never famous as a revivalist, he was able to win many for Christ through personal witness. His biographer, G. H. Detwiler, records that he "won many stars for his crown and greatly enriched his ministry by personally leading men to Christ in the sick room, by the fireside, and on the public highway." During his latter years, Reverend Thomas suffered from many ailments, which finally forced him to take the superannuated relation in 1891. He continued to be involved in the work of the church as he was able, but his condition gradually worsened. When he died on June 19, 1906, he was at peace and surrounded by many of his friends. "His religious experience was clear and steadfast; his character pure and strong; his influence wholesome and kindly; and his reputation throughout his long ministry unblemished."
61. William D. Lee (Dec. 1878-1879)
Another of those great preachers who came to North Carolina from the South Carolina Conference, Reverend William D. Lee was born in Union County, South Carolina, November 17, 1833. He was licensed to preach in 1864, and joined the South Carolina Conference in 1869 at Cheraw. The following year, when the North Carolina territory was set off, he joined the North Carolina Conference and served faithfully until his death in Shelby, North Carolina, on September 20, 1880, after an illness of about two weeks. During his brief service, he was appointed to Linco1nton Circuit, Rutherford, Pinevi11e, Concord Circuit, Shelby and Kings Mountain. Although he was an humble man, with a low opinion of himself, he was an exce11ent preacher, always we11 prepared to preach. "His heart was in the work; he loved to tell of Gethsemane's Garden, and a Saviour's Cross; a bleeding victim, and a risen Prince."
62. Daniel Luther Earnhardt (Dec. 1879-1880)
Rev. D. L. Earnhardt must have felt at home on the Concord Circuit in 1880. Born in neighboring Rowan County on April 22, 1854, he was the son of Silas and Caroline Goodman Earnhardt. His family were Lutherans, and he joined that church in 1876, then married Miss Helen Frances Ayers at Christ Church in 1877. In 1878, he joined the M. E. Church, South, and was licensed to preach in that same year, joining the North Carolina Conference. His first appointment was to the Salisbury Circuit in 1879, beginning a long service which ended with the Plymouth Circuit in 1920. Although he became superannuated at the conference in that year, he continued to preach when called upon, and taught Sunday School until failing health made it impossible for him to continue. He died on December 13, 1928, and was buried in Durham.
His wife and twelve children survived him: L. S. and J. W. Earnhardt and Mrs. C. K. Harvey, Durham, North Carolina; A. P. Earnhardt, of Huntington, West Virginia; G. N. Earnhardt, of Tarboro, North Carolina; D. E. Earnhardt, a Methodist minister; Mrs. W. C. Worrell, Rich Square, North Carolina; Mrs. C. R. Aycock and Mrs. W. M. Peel, Fremont, North Carolina; Mrs. L. W. Flythe, High Point, North Carolina; Mrs. J. O. Gay, Severn, North Carolina; Mrs. H. E. Lance, wife of Rev. H. E. Lance, of Timberlake, North Carolina.
Salisbury District, Concord Circuit
63. Hiram Pearson Cole (Dec. 1881-1883)
Reverend H. P. Cole was born near Carthage, North Carolina, in Moore County, on September 1, 1843. A member of the M. E. Church, South, from his early years, he became a minister in spite of the ill health which plagued him during his life. He joined the North Carolina Conference in 1866, and was appointed Deacon in 1868, Elder in 1870. In 1878, while serving Concord Station (now Central), he married Miss Lucy P. Phillips of Hil1sboro on May 9th. Fallowing four years of service at Concord Station, which ended in 1880, he served at Rockingham in 1881. In December of 1881 he was given what was to be his last appointment, to serve the churches of the Concord Circuit. During his second year on the Circuit, Reverend Cole became ill and died at the Parsonage in Concord, on November 22, 1883, at only forty years of age. His biographer, W. S. Creasy, records in the 1883 Journal that he "worked up to the full measure of his during the year, and his Presiding Elder says: His success was one of the best of his life. His people loved him as ardently as any people ever loved their pastor. The large concourse of people assembled in the church at Concord, to participate in the memorial service, the many tearful eyes, and suppressed sobs, the outspoken expression of hearts full to overflowing, showed how he was loved and appreciated, where much the larger part of his work had been performed." He was buried in Carthage, where his funeral was preached by his friend, Reverend S. D. Adams.
64. Zebedee Rush (Dec. 1883-1885)
Reverend Zebedee Rush was born in Randolph County, in the southern Piedmont section he was to serve so well as a minister, on January 8, 1821, and died in neighboring Montgomery County on September 7, 1907. He was buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cabarrus County, near his wife and daughter. Reverend Rush was converted in 1834, and licensed to exhort in 1847. The following year, he was licensed to preach by the Randolph Quarterly Conference. This began decades of faithful ministry, as he was admitted to the North Carolina Conference in 1848, was ordained deacon in 1851, and elder in 1853. In 1856, Zebedee Rush married Miss Tabitha J. Ewing of Montgomery County. She died in Albemarle on May 12, 1886. The minutes of the 1907 Session of the Western N. C. Annual Conference record his memoir, and note that the "esteem in which he was held was demonstrated in the large congregation that came to his burial. They were people who had known him well. He had spent nine years of his active ministry in that and the adjoining communities. Quite a number present at his burial had been converted under his ministry. To others he had been a faithful pastor. They loved him for his work's sake and also because he was worthy. They expect and assuredly hope to meet him in the heavenly world. His funeral was conducted by Rev. T. W. Smith, who had conducted the funeral of Mrs. Rush and daughter, a warm and intimate friendship having existed between Brother Smith and Brother Rush and family many years."
65. W. L. Grissom (Dec. 1885-1888)
Of the great ministers who have served Mt. 01ivet, perhaps none have affected the life of the church in North Carolina as did W. L. Grissom. Born in Montgomery County on July 10, 1857, he joined the North Carolina Conference in 1881, and was assigned to Plymouth Station. Interested in history all his life, he began collecting material for a history of North Carolina Methodism in about 1892. In 1893, he was allowed to visit Egypt and the Holy Land, together with several months in Europe. The material he gathered in his travels were to serve as the basis for many great lectures and sermons upon his return. After his return, he was appointed associate editor of the Raleigh Christian Advocate in 1893. During the following year, the newspaper was moved to Greensboro, and merged with the Statesvi11e Christian Advocate and the Western Carolina Advocate, the consolidated operation publishing under the present name, North Carolina Christian Advocate. After disposing of his interest in the newspaper, Reverend Grissom served as Conference Missionary Secretary for the Western North Carolina Conference from 1897 to 1904. His health continued to fail, and his relation with the conference was only nominal after 1904. He died at Greensboro in 1912, leaving his wife, the former Miss Olivia Hyatt, and three children, surviving him.
His great contribution was his History of Methodism in North Carolina, a work still heavily relied upon by students and historians alike. The sources he collected in writing that portion of the work completed before his death were painstakingly gathered and documented. His writings should not detract from his ministry, however. Despite health problems, he was "popular as a preacher and greatly loved." His "ministry was one of great power and success."
66. M. V. Sherrill (Dec. 1888-1889)
Born in Lincoln County, North Carolina, on November 7, 1837, Reverend M. V. Sherrill was described as a quiet, humble, and unassuming man. He worked steadily and conscientiously, and left an impact on every congregation he touched. He was partially paralyzed for a number of years before his death on November 24, 1902, but preached some 178 times after that affliction. Reverend Sherrill joined the Methodist Church in 1853, and was appointed Class Leader in 1859. He was licensed to exhort by the Irede11 Circuit Quarterly Conference in 1860 and licensed to preach by the same body in 1861. He was ordained deacon in 1865 and elder in 1867.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE
67. Thomas W. Smith (Dec. 1889-1891)
T. W. Smith was admitted on trial to the South Carolina Conference in 1871 at Spartanburg. He later transferred to the North Carolina Conference, and was serving the Concord Circuit when the Western North Carolina Conference was formed in 1890. He served many years in the Concord area, serving at Central in Concord, Bays’ Chapel (now Epworth UMC), and at Pinevil1e. He served Central Methodist Church in a supernumerary relation in 1902, 1903, and 1904.
68. Louis M. Brower (Nov. 1891-1892)
Louis (or Lewis) McKendree Brower joined the North Carolina Conference in Fayetteville in 1887. He served on the Stanly Circuit, Concord Circuit, Reidsvil1e, Lenoir, Taylorsvi11e, Statesvi11e, and Derita. Thereafter, he was transferred to the North Carolina Conference and soon located at his own request.
69. Alfred Roby Surratt (Nov. 1892-1894)
A. R. Surratt was born in Jackson Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina, on June 22, 1864, the son of Richard and Martha Earnhardt Surratt. When he died in the early morning hours of June 4, 1949, half a century of service came to an end. In 1891, he had married Miss Dora Cannon, of Gaston County, with whom he lived happily until March 20, 1940, when she was taken in death. His son, Hubert, who was then living in Birmingham, Alabama, survived his father. C. M. Short, who described himself as a "friend and comrade in the ministry," described his departed brother as follows:
"Brother Surratt was at home in a Revival Meeting. He loved mankind and sought to win men to the Christian way. He was at his best when calling sinners to repentance and pointing them to the Lamb of God. During his last i11ness,I visited him often and found him full of faith, zeal, devotion and hope for the Master’s cause and His church. He was a brotherly man; rejoiced to talk of his Lord and always looked for his coming."
70. W. H. L. McLaurin (Dec. 1894-1896)
After being admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference on trial in Charlotte in 1893, Reverend W. H. L. McLaurin was assigned in December 1894 to the Concord Circuit. In 1895, he was ordained as a deacon at the conference and admitted to the Conference in a full connection; he was then appointed to the Concord Circuit for a second year. In 1897, he was elected Elder. He served appointments at Walnut Cove (1896-98), Mocksvil1e (1898-1901), Kings Mountain (1901-1902), and Mt. Holly in the Shelby District (1902-1903). At the 1903 Conference, he was allowed to locate at his own request.
71. George Gamewe11 Harley (Nov. 1896-1898)
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, on December 24, 18, G. G. Harley labored in Christian ministry from 1890, when he was received on trial in the North Carolina Conference, until his death on July 27, 1925, at the parsonage at Simpsonvi11e, South Carolina. He was buried at noon on July 29, 1925, at the Riverside Cemetery, in Ashevil1e, North Carolina. Although he had been trained for a career in business, Rev. Harley received a call to ministry at a revival in Columbia and thereafter entered Wofford College to prepare himself. He was transferred from the North Carolina to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1895, and to the South Carolina Conference in December, 1913. Reverend Harley was first married to Miss Ellie Lee of Spartanburg in 1889, but she passed away within a year. His second marriage was to Miss Lillie Way of Asheville, North Carolina, who became one of the leaders in the Women’s Missionary Society.
72. Jesse S. Nelson (Nov. 1898-1900)
Refer to number 55 above.
73. F. W. Bradley (Nov. 1900-1903)
Reverend Francis W. Bradley was admitted to the Blue Ridge of the Methodist Episcopal Church at its Annual Conference in 1896. In 1897, he left the Blue Ridge Conference and was admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference of the M. E. Church, South, as an Elder. His first assignment was to serve the Hayesville Circuit, Franklin District. He served at Polkvil1e and at Gold Hill before being assigned to the Concord Circuit. His last appointment was on the Monroe Circuit, after which he located in 1905 at his own request. He requested location following his trial by a Conference Committee on a charge of immorality following his marriage to a divorced woman. He was acquitted of immorality, but convicted of "imprudence."
74. William Vance Honeycutt (Nov. 1903-1906)
Of Wortman Honeycutt’s twelve children, William Vance Honeycutt was the first to become strongly religious. Born on January 24, 1863, W. V. Honeycutt was reared on a small Irede11 County farm near Statesvi11e, and had only the education available in the country public schools of that time. He felt a strong call to the ministry from early life, and decided to commit his life fully after his marriage to Miss Ellen Sherrill of Cabarrus County on April 10, 1884. He was received on trial in the North Carolina Conference in 1889, ordained deacon in 1891, and elder in 1893. His appointments included Big Lick Mission, Salem Circuit, Connelly Springs Circuit, Morganton Circuit, Webster and Di11sboro, Po1kton, Monroe Circuit, Concord Circuit, Bessemer City, Lowell, Be1wood, Alexander, and Granite Falls. Mrs. Honeycutt died on January 10, 1917, and Reverend Honeycutt followed on January 2, 1918, in Shelby, North Carolina. Charles A. Wood wrote of him: "Measured by the best of all tests, Brother Honeycutt was a good preacher. Earnest and practical, and sometimes eloquent, his sermons were addressed to the hearts as well as to the heads of his congregations and were persuasive and helpful. The saints were nourished and strengthened by his ministry and many sinners were brought into the Kingdom of God. He was an instructive as well as an evangelistic preacher and never failed to build up the charges he served."
75. Albert Sherrill (Nov. 1906-1907)
Reverend Albert Sherrill was born into a Lutheran background on November 13, 1861, in Rowan County, North Carolina, and attended Saint Enoch Lutheran Church at Enochvil1e in Rowan County. His education was from the North Carolina Lutheran College at Mount Pleasant. However, while teaching at Hickory, he joined the Methodist Church in 1890, and was licensed to preach. During 1891-1892 he served as junior preacher on the Enochvi11e Circuit, of the Salisbury District, assisting Reverend J. D. Buie. On June 15, 1892, he was married to Miss Mintie Rodgers of Rowan County. Later that same year, he was admitted on trial to the Western North Carolina Conference. After twenty-eight years of effective service, his health failed while serving the Stanley Circuit, and he terminated the traveling ministry. Reverend Sherrill moved to Greensboro in 1920 where he was to pass the remainder of his life. After a second stroke, he died on Saturday, December 7, 1929, and was buried at the Pisgah Cemetery on the Summerfield Circuit. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and four sons.
76. Bascom Ar1endo York (Nov. 1907-1909)
Reverend Homer M. Keever, beloved archivist of the Western North Carolina Conference, wrote of Reverend B. A. York that when he died in the middle of his 101st year, "one of the last links with another age had passed." He was born into a family with strong ties to Methodism on both his father’s and mother's side. His father was the Reverend Brantley York, D. D., a blind preacher and schoolteacher who was to inspire educational rebirth in North Carolina before and after the Civil War. He established academies, the first of which was eventually to become Duke University. His mother was Mary Wells Lineberry York, sister of three Methodist ministers, one of whom was Reverend A. W. Lineberry, president of the North Carolina Conference for years. Reverend York was born on August 10, 1858, at York Institute, near the foot of Rocky Face Mountain in Alexander County, North Carolina. He was educated by his father and at Rutherford College, after which he taught school until he joined the North Carolina Conference in 1884. Earlier, he had married an old schoolmate, Miss Katie Moring, daughter of Alfred Moring, and great granddaughter of Reverend James 0'Kel1ey.
Following his initial appointment to the Wilkes Circuit, he served faithfully and well until 1915, when he retired permanently from conference work and settled at Hickory. He continued to be active and served where he could, continuing to attend annual conference until 1954, when he attended his 71st and last conference. Failing health and blindness prevented further attendance. Reverend York died on March 4, 1959, at the home of a granddaughter in Statesvi11e, near his place of birth. He is buried in the family plot at Linco1nton.
77. William P. McGhee (Nov. 1909-1911)
Reverend William P. McGhee was born to Jesse and Lucinda McGhee in Haywood County, North Carolina, on April 28, 1859, and educated at mountain schools. He married Miss Laura Belle Caldwell on the 10th of August, 1883, and this happy union produced seven children. He was admitted on trial to the Holston Conference at Morristown, Tennessee, and served appointments at Bryson City Station, Webster Circuit, Canton Circuit, Haywood Circuit, Epworth Station, Pinevi11e Circuit, Mooresvil1e Station, Belwood Circuit, Morven Circuit, and Concord Circuit. He left the Concord Circuit in November 1911 for his last appointment at Calvary Station in Charlotte. There he died on December 22, 1911, and was buried in the cemetery there.
78. William Thomas Albright (Nov. 1911-1915)
The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Emsley Albright, Reverend W. T. Albright was born on December 9, 1965, in Randolph County. He was educated at Catawba College, and later attended numerous classes at Vanderbilt University and at Duke University. He joined the Western North Carolina Conference in 1904, was ordained deacon in 1906 and elder in 1909. He had earlier been married to Miss Elizabeth Widenhouse on December 25, 1899. To their marriage, seven daughters were born.
Reverend Albright served appointments at Boone-Blowing Rock, Walnut Cove, Yadkinvi11e, North Monroe, Concord Circuit, Stony Point, Andrews, Forest City, Gastonia: East End, Mt. Pleasant, Greensboro; Walnut Street, Summerfield, West Greensboro, Ward Street: High Point, Grace: Winston-Salem, Charlotte: Spencer Memorial, Waxhaw, Stokesdale, North Davidson, and Kernersvi11e Circuit after his retirement. He died in Greensboro on December 9, 1965, and was buried in the cemetery of Muir's Chapel Methodist Church.
79. Pinkney Lawson Terrell (Nov. 1915-1917)
Reverend P. L. Terrell was born into a devout Presbyterian mountain family on July 31, 1853, in a farm house overlooking the Pigeon River near Clyde, North Carolina. He was the son of James Orville Terrell and Ermina Kirkpatrick Terrell. Although he had no college education, he attended school at Tusco1a, now Lake Junaluska. He married Miss Ellen Louvenia Porter in 1874, and the couple had six children. His wife predeceased him in 1919, and he remarried Mrs. Mary Peake of Union, South Carolina in 1921. Reverend Terrell wrote verse all his life, publishing several volumes of his poems. His biographer, O. J. Jones, wrote that he was "a faithful, hard working pastor, always bringing to the task in hand his utmost energy. He was optimistic and full of the best of good humor. The evenings by the fireside in his parsonage home were seasons of real delight to the whole family circle as they conversed pleasantly and exchanged the latest jokes. He was never so happy as when engaged in revival meetings, and he had unusual success as a revivalist." He died on July 15, 1926, at Granite Falls.
80. Philip Linus Shore, Sr. (Nov. 1917-1919)
Reverend P. L. Shore was born to F. E. and Lenora Mock Shore in Forsyth County, North Carolina, on January 23, 1884, and educated in local schools. Admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1910, he served long and faithfully until his retirement in 1954. He was remembered as a kind man with a great sense of humor, and a deep love for his family. He had four children by his wife, the former Jean Phipps, of Ashe County, and was particularly proud that P. L. Shore, Jr., followed in his ministerial footsteps. After retirement, he and Mrs. Shore moved to Greensboro, where she died in 1960. Reverend Shore moved to the Methodist Home in 1962, and died there on March 26, 1974. His funeral service was held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Guilford County.
81. Neil Carson Williams, Sr. (Nov. 1919-1921)
Reverend N. C. Williams, Sr., was born in Moore County on April 23, 1888, to Devotion R. and Katherine McDuffie Williams. When he was ten years old, his family moved to Richmond County. In addition to attending the local public schools, he attended Littleton's Central Military Academy and Rutherford College. Following his graduation from Rutherford College in 1912, he joined the Western North Carolina Conference in 1913, was ordained deacon in 1915, and elder in 1917. He married Miss Vera Harris on September 3, 1914. Of their three sons who survived him, two were Methodist ministers, N. C. Williams, Jr., and Harley M. Williams. Following his retirement in 1960, he moved to Winston-Salem. He died in 1968, on May 8th, and was buried at Carolina Memorial Park in Concord. Mrs. Williams is also buried there beside her husband.
82. William Arthur Rollins (Oct. 1921-1923)
W. A. Rollins was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina, on December 2, 1888. Following his education at Trinity College (now Duke University), he was admitted on trial to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1920, ordained deacon in 1922, and elder in 1924. By his side during an effective ministry was his wife, the former Mary F. Cline, who died in 1965. Three sons and three daughters survived him, and one of his sons Donald serves as a Methodist minister. Funeral services were conducted April 27, 1974, at the First United Methodist Church in Linco1nton; he was buried in Ho11ybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton. Reverend Rollins was widely remembered for his preaching. "He was profoundly conscious of his calling and of its magnitude and its sacredness and this consciousness caused him to stand solidly upon the positive verities of his Lord and to proclaim the truth as it was in Christ Jesus. He believed what was definite, and he preached what was definite. I do not remember him palavering around with negatives. You may not have believed what he was preaching about, but you knew he believed it."
83. Seymour Taylor (Oct. 1923-1924)
Another of the great line of preachers called from the North Carolina mountains, Seymour Tay1or was born in Wilkes County on March 23, 1868. Joining the Western North Carolina Conference in 1896, he married Miss Callie Richardson in 1897. She survived him, along with four children. Reverend Taylor served the following appointments: Healing Springs, Rockford, Watauga, Yadkinvi11e, Jefferson, Wentworth, Derita, Weddington, Marshvi11e, Morven, Concord Circuit, North Wi1kesboro District, Thomasville Circuit, Spray, Wa1kertown, Wi1kesboro, and Broad Street Church, in Mooresvi11e. It was while serving in that appointment that he died on the early morning of November 13, 1935. His funeral was preached from his own last pulpit.
84. Albert Gray Loftin (Oct. 1924-1928)
Albert Gray Loftin, the son of J. Columbus Loftin and Frances Smith Loftin, was born at Jackson Hill, North Carolina, on the 3rd day of October, 1872. He was reared in a Christian home and joined the Methodist Church at an early age. In 1901, he joined the Western North Carolina Conference at Gastonia, and received his first appointment to the Woodside Charge in the Salisbury District. In 1903, he married Miss Jennie Smith; one son died at an early age, and two daughters survived him. Reverend Loftin served continuously on various charges until 1931 when he was assigned to the church at Glen Alpine. There he died on June 22, 1933, and was buried in the little cemetery at Newsome, in lower Davidson. "His unbounded love for the church inspired the most ardent devotion to her every cause and interest. He sprang from the common people and the common people heard him gladly. Among admiring friends he led the flock with the humility of the good shepherd. The people loved and trusted him, believed implicitly in the sincerity of his life, and waited upon his ministry with joy."
85. Edward E. Snow (Oct. 1928-1930)
Reverend E. E. Snow was born in Dobson, North Carolina, on May 19, 1899. He married Miss Willie Mae Loving on May 18, 1921; they had celebrated sixty-one anniversaries together before he died on July 6, 1982, in DeBary, Florida. One daughter died before her parents. Reverend Snow was admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1924 and served until 1943 when he transferred to the Florida Conference. After eighteen more years of service, he retired to DeBary, Florida. Even after retirement, he served eleven more churches in emergency situations. Despite his long absence, he was buried in his native North Carolina, in the cemetery at Cameron.
86. Jesse Armon Baldwin (Nov. 1930-1932)
Born in Richmond County on January 9, 1871, Jesse A. Baldwin was to make his mark both as an educator and preacher. He was the son of Jesse Armon and Mary Margaret Cooke Baldwin. After graduation from Trinity College in 1893 he taught until 1897, when he joined the Western North Carolina Conference. As an educator, he established Southern Industrial Institute at Chadwick, Charlotte, in 1903, to help deserving boys and girls. He married Miss Wihnifred Redfern of Ansonvi11e on June 14, 1906. She survived him along with two daughters. Reverend Baldwin died on March 5, 1961, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
87. Mark Bynum Clegg (Nov. 1932-1933)
Rev. Mark Clegg was born in Chatham County, North Carolina, on April 25, 1873, to Rev. William F. Clegg (a Methodist minister) and Mrs. Mary Frances Bell Clegg. Although he was left without a father at an early age, he and several of his brothers worked their way through Trinity College. Rev. Mark Clegg was graduated from Trinity College in 1900, and became a teacher in Belwood Institute in Cleveland County. Later, he served as Principal of that school. Mark Clegg was married to Louise Virginia Hoyle in 1901. The couple had eight children. His wife was killed in an automobile accident in 1922. In 1923, he married Mrs. Lily Williams Roberts to whom he was married at the time of his death on April 5, 1947.
Mark Clegg was called into the ministry and was admitted on trial in the Western North Carolina Conference in 1904, serving the Conference for some 32 years. Rev. Clegg became a effective preacher, but was known as a church-builder. New churches were built on each of his first six charges. His appointments included: El Bethel-Salem; Crouse; King’s Mountain; Henrietta-Caroleen; Connelly Springs; Murphy; Lake Junaluska; Davidson; Biltmore; Elk Mountain; Acton; Salem; Concord Circuit; Stanley; Asheville Circuit; and Swannanoa.
Ill health forced Rev. Clegg to withdraw from active service in 1936. He lived in Asheville during his retirement, acting as agent for Starke Nurseries of Missouri. He persuaded Starke Nurseries to present 100 weeping willow trees to Lake Junaluska Assembly to be set out around the Lake.
88. John North Randall (Nov. 1933-1939)
When Reverend J. N. Randall died on September 21, 1945, many felt that his devotion to his calling and to those whom he served had shortened his life. He was born on March 23, 1986, in Rutherford County, the son of J. M. K. and Martha Dedmon Randall. He wed Miss Virgie Green of Rutherford County on December 24, 1914. She survived him, along with two daughters and his mother. He was educated at Rutherford College and joined the Western North Carolina Conference in 1921. His longest term of service by far was on the Concord Circuit, and then at Mount Olivet Church, when it left the Circuit to become a Station Church. He was serving at Hickory Grove Methodist Church in 1945 when he died, and his funeral service was conducted there. His biographer, Howard P. Powell, wrote that he would be remembered "as a minister who was always in harmony with that which he believed to be right, and out of harmony with everything that was wrong. His ministry will be remembered as that of a man who believed strongly in the fact that there is a difference between right and wrong. He preached this and practiced it."
89. Frank Wade Kiker, Sr. (Oct. 1939-1943)
Reared on a family farm in Anson County, North Carolina, Reverend Wade Kiker first fixed his eye on the ministerial star at age sixteen in a revival meeting in old Hopewell Methodist Church in his home county. From that point on, he never faltered or questioned his calling. Born on August 19, 1900, he literally practiced what he preached until his death on October 6, 1977. Perhaps the tribute written by his son, F. W. Kiker, Jr., for the 1978 Journal expresses it best: "He loved the people in the churches he served: Webster, Bethel, Spencer Memorial, Mt. 01ivet, Belmont Park, Mt. Zion, Central Avenue, Groce, First Church in Troutman, and Elmwood. Those fellowships and responsibilities over forty-three years were, in Shakespeare's words, twice blessed - blessing him who gives and him who receives. Wade Kiker experienced his role as preacher and pastor as one of highest personal benefit. He grew in the giving, and that was where he found his happiness."
90. Coy Bascom Newton (Oct. 1943-1944)
Reverend Coy Bascom Newton was born to Thomas J. and Mary Ann Marilda Newton on September 3, 1895, in Dale County, Alabama. He was reared in the faith, and became a church school teacher, a steward, and a local preacher by the time he was eighteen years old. He was educated at Weaver College, Trinity College, Emory University, and National Bible College, and then joined the Western North Carolina Conference in 1924. The following year, he married Miss Eva Leta Coleman and had two children. Mrs. Newton preceded him in death on August 6, 1946. In 1947, Reverend Newton married Katharine Mann, who survived him. In 1962, he retired and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. A year later, he was asked to start a new congregation at Sedgefield Lakes and did so; he served the new charge three years. Reverend Newton died on February 3, 1979, and his funeral services were conducted in Greensboro.
91. William Baxter Davis (Oct. 1944-1948)
Reverend W. B. Davis was born in Bostic, North Carolina, on July 25, 1882, the son of George and Jane Philbeck Davis. His father died young, and the boy began work on the farm and at a store at an early age. He worked with the Postal Service, so that he might have the money to enter the ministry. He was educated at Rutherford College and at Trinity University, joining the Western North Carolina Conference at Statesvi11e in 1911. That same year, he married on June 28, Miss Myrtle Winnifred Pope, who died January 25,1950. Rev. Davis married Mrs. Minnie Parks Pinkston in 1953. Three of his five children, and Mrs. Minnie P. Davis, survived him. Rev. Davis died on September 1, 1964, and was buried in Sharon Memorial Cemetery in Charlotte.
During his fruitful ministry, he served these appointments: Broad River, 1911-12, Charlotte; Spencer Memorial, 1912-14; Polkton, 1914-18; Mount Zion, 1918-20; High Point: Main Street, 1924-28; Wadesboro, 1928-1932; Spencer, 1932-1936; Winston-Salem: Burkhead, 1936-38; Newton, 1938-40; Charlotte: Wesley Heights, 1940-44; Mt. Olivet, 1944-48; Moores Chapel, 1948-50.
Even after his retirement in 1950, Reverend Davis answered the call to organize a new church in Shelby (A1dersgate), and to serve another new church, St. Mark’s in Belmont, for its first crucial years. He also filled out vacancies at Smyre Church in Gastonia and at Park Avenue in Salisbury, and served a brief time at Friendship-Tabernacle. Rev. Charles D. White wrote of him: "He was an amazingly effective preacher, teaching the children and youth with great persuasiveness, rebuking the evil of his times with courage and love and commending the good with a not-to-be forgotten encouragement. There was an unusual spiritual quality about him because he loved the gospel sincerely, preached it faithfully and exemplified it beautifully in his life."
92. Charles Odell Kennerly (Sept. 1948-1953)
On May 17, 1896, in Davidson County, North Carolina, Charles Odell Kennerly was born to Will and Martha Koontz Kennerly. He grew up in the Tyro Community, and attended Rutherford College, Weaver College, and Trinity College, receiving his A. B. degree in 1919. He had been admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1917 and ordained deacon in 1918. In 1919, he was admitted into full connection, and ordained elder in 1921. In 1919, he married Ann Elizabeth Covington of Winston-Salem; to their marriage, three children were born. In 1961, after forty-three years of service, Reverend and Mrs. Kennerly retired to their home at Pleasant Garden. His appointments included: Winston-Salem: Liberty Street, 1917; Davidson Circuit, 1919; Farmington, 1922; Cramerton, 1923; Dallas-High Shoals, 1924; Bethel, 1929; Jamestown-Oakdale, 1930; Randleman, 1934; Lowell, 1935; Welcome, 1940; Center-Midway-New Mount Vernon; Midway-New Mount Vernon, 1943; Mount Olivet, 1948; Pleasant Garden, 1953; Albemarle: First Street, 1957.
He remained active in the church until his death on July 22, 1984, after a brief illness. His funeral was held at Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church, with burial at Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem.
93. Michael Crawford Ellerbe (Sept. 1953- 1955)
M. C. Ellerbe was brought into the fold of believers, trained and recommended for a local preacher’s license at Zion Methodist Church in his native Richmond County, North Carolina. He was born on June 22, 1902, to William and Lelia Covington Ellerbe. He was educated at Trinity University (now Duke) and was admitted to the North Carolina Conference while a student there in 1923. In 1924, he received his A. B. Degree and his first appointment at Roxboro. In 1925, he was received into full connection and ordained deacon. In that year he also married, Miss Allie Thomas Poole becoming his lifetime companion on August 11th. Their son, Michael Reid, was born in 1928, and a daughter, Judith Ann, born in 1931. Due to medical problems from which Judith Ann suffered, Reverend Ellerbe transferred to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1943 so that the family could be nearer the Gastonia Orthopedic Hospital. He faithfully served eight charges until his retirement in 1965: Maylo-Smyre, Lowesville, Denton Circuit, Fallston, Mt. 01ivet, Triplett, Catawba, and Litt1eton-Gamewell.
Even after his retirement, he served four additional charges until his "final" retirement in 1974: Eldorado, Pisgah, Center-Pisgah, and E1mwood. For many years, his retirement home was Statesville; in 1985, however, he and his wife entered The Methodist Home in Charlotte, where he died on July 30, 1985, following surgery. G. Ervin White, who wrote a beautiful tribute to Reverend Ellerbe in the 1986 Conference Journal from which much of the above information was garnered, remarked that he "was a genuine pastor who was always available, who stayed with his work, who answered the call for help, who sought those who did not call for help, and who gave careful attention to children and youth, as well as to the aged, the sick, and the healthy people.”
94. Paul Alexander Bruton (Sept. 1955-1959)
Reverend Paul A. Bruton was born in Biscoe, in Montgomery County, on September 26, 1912, to Clarence LeRoy and Annie Jane Saunders Bruton. He grew up in Biscoe but the family later moved to Asheboro in Randolph County. There he graduated from Asheboro High School, and then entered High Point College. He then studied at Duke and Emory University. Reverend Bruton married the former Charlotte Geneva Caudle in 1937. Their two daughters are Carolyn (Mrs. Mickey) Penninger of Kannapo1is, and Hilda (Mrs. L. D.) Litaker of Pleasant Garden.
Paul Bruton felt the call to ministry and returned to High Point College, from which he was graduated with honors in 1950, while serving five churches on the Richland Circuit. He was admitted on trial in the Conference in 1950, and began serving Trinity Church at Lexington. He also served the following appointments: Mt. Olivet, 1955-59; Pleasant Garden, 1959-65; Charlotte: Cole Memorial, 1965-69; Liberty: First, 1969-74; Albemarle: Main Street, 1974-78. He retired in 1978, following two heart attacks.
During his full-time ministry, Reverend Bruton emphasized evangelism, with more than 100 revivals, and Boy Scouting, assisting more than 76 Scouts in achieving the God and Country Award. He led three congregations in building programs, assisting in building two churches and one parsonage. Even after retirement in 1978, Reverend Bruton continued to be active as a Lion, Mason, and Rotarian. He served as Minister of Visitation for Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Greensboro, and remained available to fill pulpits and for revivals. Rev. Bruton died on March 8, 1992, and was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Asheboro.
95. John James Powell (June 1959-1960)
Reverend John James Powell was born in Polk County, North Carolina, on September 15, 1917, the son of Reverend Hubert L. Powell and Margaret V. Hague Powell. He was educated at the High School in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, attended Brevard and Lenoir Rhyne Colleges in North Carolina, and graduated from Duke Divinity School. He married Martha Lee Martin in 1942. Their children are James Lee Powell of Jonesboro, Georgia, and Martha Jane Powell Blackwell of Oxford, Ohio. Martha Lee Martin Powell died in 1981. He married Irene C. Murphy in 1983. As a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, he has filled appointments at Lindsey Street (now First Church), Reidsvil1e; Purcell at Charlotte (which he organized); Epworth in Concord (during which time he organized Center Church at Concord); Boger City; Mt. 01ivet at Concord; Calvary at Greensboro; First Church at Sylva; Sedge Garden at Kernersvi11e; Oak Grove-Salem at El1enboro; and Concord-Hopewell in Catawba. He retired in 1983 and was appointed to Mill Spring Charge; in 1988, he was appointed to Alexander.
His other activities have included Camp Meeting preacher at Climax, North Carolina, and at Ball’s Creek in North Carolina, International Evangelism Exchange, Conference Committee on Investigation, Conference Commission on Archives and History Secretary, and Conference Registration Secretary. He has also served on the Conference Board of Christian Social Concerns, Conference Committee on Publication, District Committee on Ordained Ministry, District Committee on the Superintendancy, District Mission Society, District Camp Board, District Committee on Communications, District Council on Ministries. He is a member of Lions International, Eastern Star, and is a Mason. He and Irene live in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
96. Joseph Marion Taylor, Jr. (June 1960-1963)
Joseph Taylor was born in Statesville on June 21, 1921. He was graduated from High Point College in 1945, and was admitted on trial to the Western North Carolina Conference in that same year. He was ordained deacon and admitted to full connection in 1949. In 1951, he was ordained as an elder. Rev. Taylor married Millison Bryant on May 25, 1950.
He served the following appointments: Jones Memorial in Mooresvil1e (1944); Jefferson (1945); Cool Springs (1946); Hudson (1950); Claremont (1954); Calvary in Greensboro (1956); Mt. O1ivet (1960); Marvin in Winston-Salem (1963); Trinity in Charlotte (1968); Sedge Garden (1972); Guilford College (1976); Reidsville First(1980). Rev. Taylor retired in 1986, but served St. Marks in 1993. Rev. and Mrs. Taylor live in Kernersville, North Carolina.
97. Albert Wilson Wellons (June 1963-1967)
Reverend A. W. Wellons was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, on September 13, 1915 the son of a Methodist Episcopal minister, Robert Frankin Wellons and his wife, Izona Sain We11ons. His mother died when he was two years old, and he was reared by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gaither, of Millers Creek, North Carolina.
Educated in local schools, he continued his education at Appalachian State Teachers College and Lenoir Rhyne Colleges. He was first licensed to preach in 1936 in the Blue Ridge-Atlantic Conference. After serving a short time, he entered Duke Divinity School and graduated in 1945. Following his graduation from Duke, Reverend Wellons married Miss Margaret Claire Kennedy of Bessemer City; their marriage was blessed with three children: Linda Sue, born March 4, 1948; James Albert, born July 18, 1950; and Carol Anita, born December 12, 1954.
After unification of the three major branches of Methodism in 1939, he became a member of the Western North Carolina Conference. He was ordained a Deacon in 1939 and Elder in 1942. He served various appointments until his retirement on disability in 1977, and led three congregations in adding Educational Buildings: Fair Grove in Thomasville; Pleasant Union in Guilford County; and Mt. Olivet in Concord.
Despite his poor health, Reverend Wellons became "the ‘Pastor’” of every congregation he was sent to serve. He was not content to see the people only on days of worship; he visited them throughout the week, led them in a variety of experiences both at the church and in the community, and helped each congregation to organize its program to reach the maximum number of people. He was concerned about the rural church in Methodism and studied ways of making it a more viable part of God’s Kingdom." He died February 27, 1979, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His funeral was held on March 1, 1979, at Ardmore United Methodist Church, with burial at Forsyth Memorial Park.
98. Irvine Pressley Rutledge (1967-1973)
Reverend I. P. Rutledge was born in Stanford, Arkansas, on July 1, 1918, to Charles Lester Rutledge and Lois Suggs Rutledge. He graduated from Landis High School in North Carolina in 1935, going on to attend Pfeiffer Junior College where he graduated in 1950, receiving his A. B. degree from High Point College in 1952. He completed Methodist Correspondent School at Emory University in 1955. Reverend Rutledge served as a student pastor on the Norwood Circuit 1948-1950, and on the Randleman Circuit from 1950-52. In 1952, he was admitted on trial into the Western North Carolina Conference; in 1954, he was ordained deacon and admitted into full connection. He was ordained as an elder in 1956. He has filled the following appointments: Acton Church in the Asheville District (1952-57); Pleasant Grove Church, Forest City (1957-59); Homestead Church, Charlotte District (1959-63); Rankin Memorial Church, High Point (1963-67); Mt. O1ivet, Concord (1967-73); Stokesdale Church, Stokesda1e (1973-79); Bessemer Church, Greensboro, (1979-80); First Church, Norwood (1980-84).
In 1984, Reverend Rutledge retired to his home at Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, but continued to preach and fill pastoral vacancies. He was married to Alma Elizabeth Davidson on April 2, 1937. Some of his many conference activities include: member of Committee on Conference Relations, Member of Board of Evangelism of Conference under the Board of Discipleship, Secretary of Board of Evangelism of Conference, Secretary of Charlotte District Ministers, Secretary of Salisbury District Ministers, President of Salisbury District Ministers, Secretary of Northeast District Ministers, Vice-President of Northeast District, and District Statistician of Albemarle District. Rev. Rutledge died on December 19, 2002, at Five Oaks Nursing Center in Concord, and was buried at West Lawn Memorial Park in Landis, North Carolina.
99. Lewis Clinton Gibbs (1973-1979)
Lewis Gibbs was born on January 12, 1936. He was educated at Hudson High School in Hudson, North Carolina; Louisburg Junior College, in Louisburg, North Carolina; and Lenoir Rhyne College, in Hickory, North Carolina, graduating with the A. B. Degree. He studied three years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, receiving the Master of Divinity Degree. He has served the following appointments: Vanceboro Circuit, New Bern District, of the North Carolina Conference (3 years); Union Grove-Olin Circuit, Statesvil1e District (2 years); Chicopee UMC, Gainesville, Georgia, North Georgia Conference (3 years); St. John’s UMC, Hickory (2 years); Mt. 01ivet, Concord (6 years); Groce UMC, Asheville (5 years); St. Stephen UMC at Charlotte (3 years); missionary to Kenya (2 years); Greensboro: Centenary (4 years); Charlotte: Hickory Grove (3 years). He became the Asheville District Superintendent in 1996, and retired in 2001.
Reverend Gibbs was married to Doris “Dottie” Dean Walker on April 15, 1955. The couple had three children: Mark William, who married Janice Thompson; John; and Amy. "Dottie" was trained as a school teacher, but was called into the active ministry. She was graduated from Duke University in 1993, and was admitted in full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference in 1996. She retired in 2004.
100. Richard B. Jarrett (1979-1983)
Reverend Richard B. "Dick" Jarrett was born in Beckley, West Virginia, and graduated from the public schools there in 1951. He received his B. S. in Psychology in 1955 from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, in Durham, in 1958. Since then, he has attended numerous continuing education courses. Reverend Jarrett received his local preacher's license at The Methodist Temple in Beckley in 1952, and was ordained a deacon by Bishop Lloyd Wicke at the West Virginia Annual Conference in 1956. In 1958, he was ordained an elder and entered into a full connection in the West Virginia Annual Conference. In 1961, he was transferred to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.
He has served the following appointments: Mineral Springs Methodist Church, in Union County, North Carolina (1955-57); Durbin Methodist Church, Durbin, West Virginia (1958-60); First Methodist Church in C1arksburg, West Virginia, as Associate Pastor (1960-61); Oak Hill Methodist Church in Asheville (1961-1965); Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Charlotte (1965-1969); Concord/Sharon United Methodist Churches in Winston-Salem (1969-1974); First United Methodist Church in Liberty, North Carolina (1974-1979); Mount 01ivet UMC, in Concord (1979-1983); Pleasant Garden UMC, in P1easant Garden, North Carolina (1983-1986); Madison (1986-1993); North Wilkesboro: First (1993-1997). Rev. Jarrett retired in 1997.
Rev. Jarrett has been active in civic activities wherever he was serving. His hobbies include golf, hiking, gardening, rug hooking/weaving, carpentry, and wood carving. Reverend Jarrett is married to Barbara L. Jarrett, who is a registered nurse. Their children include daughter Robin, who has a Ph. D. in Psychology; Kimberly, who has an M. S. in Nursing from UNC-G; and son, Dru Richard Jarrett. Rev. Jarrett and Barbara live in Greensboro, North Carolina.
101. Benjamin Franklin Wilson (1983-1988)
Reverend Ben Wilson was born December 4, 1946, in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He was graduated from Appalachian State University with the B.A. degree in 1968, and married Mary Carol Faw on September 13th of that same year. He received the Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University in 1971.
His service record is as follows: 1970, Student; 1971, Mt. Bethel; 1975, Prospect; 1979, Indian Trail; 1981, Messiah; 1983, Mt. Olivet; 1988, Charlotte: Cole Memorial; 1991, Charlotte: Calvary; 1997, Lincolnton: First; 1998, Albemarle: Central; 2004, Rutherfordton.
102. Karl Wesley Judy (1988-2001)
Rev. Wes Judy was born in Asheville, NC on September 19, 1945, the son of Carl and Margaret Judy, missionaries to Korea. He was graduated from Seoul Foreign High School in 1963, then came to the United States to attend Pfeiffer College, from which he graduated with an A.B. degree in 1967. Wes married Paula Ann Kendall on September 3, 1967. Rev. Judy became a probationary member of the Western North Carolina Conference in 1968, and was ordained a deacon in June 1968. He was graduated from Duke University with the Master of Divinity Degree in 1970, and was appointed to Lowell-McAdenville for 1970-72. He was ordained as an Elder in 1971. He then served Providence-Bethel in the Salisbury District, 1972-1976; Glen Alpine, 1976-1981; Badin, 1981-1988; and came to Mt. Olivet in 1988. Wes served the church until he was moved to Pleasant Grove in Charlotte in 2001. During his tenure, Mt. Olivet grew in numbers, its finances were sound, and the church strongly supported various foreign mission projects, particularly the work of Rev. Misheck Kanake in Kenya. The Church began supporting a “Kenya Team,” which traveled to Kenya each three years and assisted with building projects. Wes served Pleasant Grove until 2006.
His wife, Paula, also an ordained Methodist Minister, was assigned to Pleasant Grove as an associate in 2002. The Judys have two children: Joshua and Tabitha, and one grandchild. Rev. Judy’s special areas of interest include worship; Biblical studies; and American Christianity. He was been active on many committees and boards within the church, including the Board of Ordained Ministry; the Division on Congregational Development; and the Division on Worship. He has served as an officer and member of various ministerial associations, and the District Methodist Ministers’ Organization. He worked with the chaplaincy programs at Stanly Memorial Hospital (Albemarle) and Cabarrus Memorial Hospital (Concord). Wes sang in the Pfeiffer Choir in College, and continues to be interested in the music programs at the churches he serves. His sports interests include golf and tennis.
103. James Ellis Bowen (2001-2006)
Rev. Jim Bowen was born on February 25, 1938, in Hoffman, North Carolina. After a career in business, he was called to the active ministry. He was appointed to Ansonville in 1971, then Tabernacle in Albemarle in 1973. After graduation from Pfeiffer with the B.A. Degree in 1973, he was admitted to probationary membership in 1974. He was graduated from Duke University in 1976 with the Master of Divinity Degree. In 1977, he was appointed to Polkville-Rehobeth; followed by Montmorenci (1980); First Church in Canton (1983); and Pine Grove in Kernerville (1987). On June 30, 1990, he was married to Deborah Kay Sears, and was appointed to Sharon-Boiling Springs. In 1993, he was appointed to Gibsonville, followed by Pine Grove in Winston-Salem (1996); and Mount Olivet (2001). “Pastor Jim” and “Miss Debbie” served the congregation faithfully until June 2006 when Rev. Bowen retired. Even in retirement, his plans include continued ministerial service where needed.
104. Brenda Motley Newman (2006- )
Rev. Brenda Newman was born on December 13, 1960, in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1983, and received her Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University in 1986. She became a probationary member of the Western North Carolina Conference in 1986 and was ordained as a Deacon. She was received into full connection in 1991 and ordained as an Elder in 1992. She was married to Donald Alan Newman on May 25, 1985. She took maternity leave and a leave of absence from 1988 to 1990, followed by an appointment to Sandy Ridge as an associate in 1990. From 1992-1994, she served as an associate at Hawthorne Lane in Charlotte. In 1994, she was appointed to Woodleaf-South River and served until 2001, when she was appointed to Avery’s Creek. She served the Avery’s Creek congregation until 2006, when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left at Mt. Olivet by the retirement of Rev. Jim Bowen.
Rev. Newman and her husband Don have two children, son Alex, aged 17 and a rising college freshman, and son Jacob aged 14, and a rising high school sophomore. Donald Newman is also an ordained Methodist minister, and will be serving the congregation at Center Church in Concord, beginning in 2006. The couple will reside in the Mt. Olivet parsonage in Kannapolis.
Rev. Newman is known for her deep Christian commitment and her work ethic. She uses varied preaching styles, including interactive sermons and narrative sermons, and has strengths in worship leadership, pastoral care, and administration. She is deeply involved in ministering to children and youth, and is a trained mediator with the conference ministry of Plow Point.
Rev. Newman is the co-author of the book, "Brief Dramas for Worship", published by Abingden Press and available at Cokesbury and Amazon.com.
THOSE WHO HAVE GONE FORTH FROM MT. OLIVET TO SERVE AS MINISTERS
Daniel Milton Litaker (1867-1947)
Reverend D. M. Litaker was born in Cabarrus County on October 22, 1867, to Daniel T. and Elizabeth Andrew Litaker. He attended Mt. 01ivet Methodist Church from youth and was converted there when he was fifteen years old. He studied under Professor R. S. Arrowood in Concord, and entered Trinity College as an advanced student in 1886. He soon began teaching the ministerial students. He joined the North Carolina Conference in 1888, and served at Salisbury and at Wi1kesboro in North Carolina before being transferred to the Southwest Missouri Conference. There he had the good fortune to serve as associate pastor at the Walnut Street Methodist Church in Kansas City, under Dr. W. B. Palmore, a noted Methodist minister. That service also brought him a wife, Miss Minnie Louise Oliver of Kansas City. He served other charges in Missouri, including Campbell Street Methodist Church in Kansas City. In 1895, Dr. Litaker was transferred to the Western North Carolina Conference. A very successful preacher, he continued to be interested in many areas of service. While at Centenary in Greensboro, he organized a troop of Boy Scouts, only the second troop organized in the South and the first to wear the official Scout uniform.
He continued to be interested in psychology, and was awarded a doctor’s degree in 1902 by the Chicago School of Pyscho1ogy. For eleven years, he taught at the Duke University Summer School for Pastors. His interest in education was shown by his work at Lowesville; he not only filled his pulpit very successfully, but organized a high school and helped ready their young people for college. He was an acknowledged leader in building programs. At First Church in Lenoir, a beautiful church was built and paid for during his pastorate. He then went to Lincolnton to assist in a similar building program there. While serving as Presiding Elder on the Charlotte District, Myers Park Church was organized, the cornerstone for Dilworth Church was laid, and Wesley Heights Church was built. Dr. Litaker retired in 1936, but continued to be very active in the community. He was often called on to fill pulpits, both Methodist and other denominations. He was serving the Men’s Bible Class of Hawthorne Lane Church as teacher when he died on March 1, 1947, at his home in Charlotte. His wife, three sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren survived him.
Thomas Edward Winecoff (1867-1942)
In many ways, the early life of Reverend Thomas Edward Winecoff paralleled that of his boyhood friend, Daniel Milton Litaker. He was born on November 29, 1867, near Mt. 01ivet Methodist Church. He was educated by Reverend R. S. Arrowood, Sr., as was Litaker. Reverend Winecoff then chose nearby Davidson College for his further education, graduating at the head of the class. He went on to study in Vanderbilt University, attaining his Ph. D. He was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in North Carolina, but was drawn to the Protestant Episcopal Church, and took the orders of an Episcopal minister. He preached in Mississippi and in North Carolina, before deciding his destiny lay in the territory of Alaska. There he served as U. S. Marshall. He continued to be interested in his people, and left Alaska to study the northwest United States, doing research and missionary work in the Rocky Mountains.
Following service abroad during the First World War, he was in wide demand as a lecturer, and returned to his native Concord to speak. His career thereafter is so wide-ranging as to be impossible to summarize: he served as a member of the Fish and Game Commission, and on the Biological Survey. Although very successful as a preacher, he could never resist the opportunity for widening his horizons, and serving his fellow man in new ways. He was appointed to the post of Regional Wildlife Technician and Scientific Head of the National Park Service, a very demanding position, but still managed to preach on occasion. When he died on May 29, 1942, he was brought back to rest in the old cemetery at Mt. 01ivet, beside his wife Allie E. Black, who had died on December 25,1933. Their infant daughter Alice also lies beside him there. His stone is appropriately marked: "Anglican Priest and Servant of Man."
Fred H. Shinn (1902-1991)
Reverend Fred H. Shinn was born in 1902 to George A. Shinn, a well-known Cabarrus County farmer, and wife Elizabeth Fink Shinn. He joined Mt. 01ivet Church at six years of age, and says that he knew then that he wanted to be a Methodist preacher. He attended Rutherford College from 1926-1928, obtained his A. B. from Duke University in 1930, and his Bachelor of Divinity from Duke in 1937. He was admitted on trial in the Western North Carolina Conference in 1930, beginning a service that was to last more than thirty-five years. During a very successful career, Reverend Shinn authored the book, Common Sense Christianity, as well as numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. In 1933, he married Autie Elizabeth Sides. Rev. Shinn was appointed to the Asheboro Circuit, 1931-1933; then Weddington in the Charlotte District from 1933-1935. During his pastorate at Weddington, his son Gerald Harris Shinn was born in 1934. He was appointed to Morven in 1935. After leaving Morven in 1937, Rev. Shinn served the following appointments: Gastonia: Trinity Church,1937-1941; Waxhaw, 1941-42; Wilkesboro, 1942-44; Gibsonville, 1944-46; Ramseur-Franklinville, 1946-48; Cooleemee, 1948-52; Mount Airy: Rockford Street, 1952-56; Marshville, 1956-1960; Long Street-Yadkin, 1960-63; and Norwood Circuit, 1963-67. Rev. Shinn retired in 1956 in the Norwood Circuit, but continued to be active and provide leadership in the smaller churches.
His son, Dr. Gerald H. Shinn received his Ph. D. from Duke University, and is a Professor at UNC-Wilmington. Reverend Shinn modestly declined to submit more details of his long and useful service, saying that might be "too much." He treasures the memory of knowing and serving "some mighty fine Methodist people." He died on July 11, 1991. A memorial service was held at Green Memorial UMC in the Norwood Circuit on July 20, 1991.
Clarence Edward Williams (1904-1963)
Reverend Clarence Edward Williams could have asked for no higher tribute than that paid him by his sons, C. E. Williams, Jr., and Joseph Louis Williams, in the memorial they wrote for their father in the 1964 Conference Journal: "(h)e taught us by precept and example each day he lived." His early life was hard, but he grew under the adversity. He was born in Concord on August 24, 1904, to Joseph Williams and Julia Baker Williams. His father died when he was only three years old, and he learned self-reliance early. He worked his way through Baldwin Industrial School of Charlotte, Rutherford College, Asbury College, and Asbury Seminary. In 1927, he joined the Western North Carolina Conference and married Miss Mary Green. To their brief union one daughter, Mrs. Roy Tarlton, was born. Following his wife’s death, Reverend Williams married Miss Edith Crouse of Greensboro. Four children were born to this marriage: the authors of his memoir mentioned above, and two daughters, Hannah Faith Williams and Judy Camille Williams.
Reverend Williams was received into full connection in 1934 in the Western North Carolina Conference, and faithfully dedicated himself to service until his death on Saturday evening, October 12, 1963, when he was walking home from his study after finishing his Sunday morning sermon preparations, and he fell with his books under his arm. He was buried in the Morning Star Methodist Church Cemetery on October 15th. The gifts he gave his sons are some we could all treasure: the belief that success should not be measured by the standards of this world, but of service to God; his fearless anticipation of death as he hungered to be in the presence of the Lord; his emphasis on personal evangelism so that all might hear the word proclaimed. He would not call off worship services because of bad weather, feeling that if men could go to work in such weather, they could get to God’s house. Surely, his example must have been comforting to not only his family but his church flock, as his ministry was successful not only spiritually but in building programs he carried out. His loss left an empty place to be filled with difficulty.
LeRoy Alexander Scott (1916-1994)
The Scott family, which rendered decades of service to Mt. Olivet UMC, have also given us the privilege of claiming Reverend LeRoy Alexander Scott as a native son. Reverend Scott was born on December 24, 1916, in Statesville, the son of Harley A. and K. Lee Steele Scott. He was reared in Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, joining in about 1924 at eight years of age. He was called to the ministry in 1934. He attended Duke University and received his A. B. degree in 1939, and then graduated from the Duke Divinity School in 1942 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference on trial in 1942, ordained as a deacon in 1943 and in 1944 was ordained as an elder and entered into a full connection. He has served charges in Concord (Rocky Ridge-Mt. Carmel, 1942), Pfeiffer, 1945; Winston-Salem (Trinity, 1949); Madison (1953); Bethesda-West Cramerton (1958); Asheville (Asbury Memorial, 1960); Charlotte (St. James, 1964); Gastonia (Maylo, 1967); Spencer (Central, 1968); Randleman (First, 1970); Hickory Grove-Sedgefie1d Lakes (1975), Stokesdale (Stokesda1e Methodist), Kernersvil1e (Cherry St.- Pine Grove). He retired to 6107 Auburndale Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina (27410) in June 1983.
Rev. Scott married Gladys Williams on September 9, 1941. The couple had four children in whom they took great pride: Julia Ann (Badaliance); David Steele; Paul Walter; and Ruth Williams (Rodenhauser). Rev. Scott married Pauline “Polly” Rice on June 2, 1967. He and Polly were living in Greensboro when he died on November 2, 1994. Funeral services were conducted at Guilford College Methodist Church, where Rev. Scott had taught the New Beginnings Sunday School Class. He was buried in the Mt. Olivet UMC cemetery.
During retirement, Rev. Scott was known for his work as a Rotarian, as a photographer of North Carolina scenes and flowers, and his interest in the history of the steam locomotive. He continued to be a student of the Bible all of this life, frequently returning to Duke to take continuing education courses and share them with his Sunday School class.
Cathy Ann Cook (1956- )
Rev. Cathy Cook was born in Concord on September 10, 1956. She received her B.A. from Pfeiffer in 1977. She was called to the ministry and attended Duke University, receiving the Master of Divinity Degree in 1997. She was accepted as a probationary member of the Western North Carolina Conference in 1997, entering into a full connection in 1999. She was appointed to Collier’s-Baton in 1997; Mountain View in Catawba County in 1999; Hope in 2002. She received a Doctorate in Ministry from Drew University in 2002, and was appointed as a General Evangelist in 2004. Rev. Cook was married to Ken Criffield on November 3, 1996.