of Winterville Baptist Church
October 27, 1938
Athens Banner Herald
by W.H. Faust
by Nelle Price Epps
Winterville Baptist Church was organized October 13, 1886, at Winterville,
with forty-four members. The presbytery consisted of Dr. John G. Gibson
and Rev. John F. Cheney, of Crawford; Rev. C. D. Campbell, of Athens;
Rev. M. W. Evans, of Stephens; Rev. W. M. Coile, of Winterville. This
splendid group of forty-four members came together under the consecrated
leadership of Rev. W. M. Coile who had been continuous pastor of this
church since its organization.
The names of the charter members were: William and Lucy Eberhardt, R.
T. and D. F. Pittard, James A. and Sara Suddeth, James R. and Ella N.
Hayes, Warren D. and Mary F. Carter, J. T. and Mary Hale, C. S. and
M. A. Mitchell, J. H. and S. A. Matthews, J. H. and Eliza Matthews,
J. H. and Rebecca Willingham, J. T. and Eliza Britain, John T. and Almeda
A. Ingram, Wesley T. and Martha Carter, W. T. Carter, E. A. Carter,
John W. Meadow, Georgia Kroner, J. B. Fleeman, George W. Cunningham,
J. H. Towns, R. C. Towns, J. T. Kerlin, Cumi Ingram, Cora Ingram, Nettie
Fleeman, Martha Hartsfield, Martha Watson, M. C. Shackelford, Permelia
Winter, Lucy Hutcheson, and J. M. Watson.
The land upon which the church was erected was donated by the pastor,
Rev. W. M. Coile, and a large portion of timber was furnished for the
building by his beloved wife, Mrs. Mary Emma Coile.
Among the deacons serving this church have been R. T. Pittard, Wm. Eberhardt,
J. R. Haynes, J. B. Fleeman, H. O. Fleeman, J. W. Lively, W. R. Coile,
George O’Kelley, G. F. O’Kelley, C. W. Brown, M. L. Anderson,
T. J. Carter, T. C. McMurray, W. E. Bryant, anad T. A. Holbrook.
The clerks have been R. T. Pittard, 1886-1915; M. L. Anderson, 1916-1930;
G. L. O’Kelley, 1931-1938.
The Sunday school superintendents have been R. T. Pittard, J. R. Haynes,
Wm. Eberhardt, T. R. Edwards and W. M. Coile.
The treasurers during the fifty-two year period have been R. T. Pittard
and W. R. Coile.
More than 400 new members have been baptized into the fellowship of
this splendid church. Two sessions of the Sarepta Association have been
held with it, one in 1913 and one in 1937. This aggressive church, under
the able leadership of pastor Coile who has organized and served one
church as pastor longer than any other preacher in the territory of
our Southern Baptist Convention, has actively supported all phases of
our denomination program, having all of the organizations fostered by
our general work. He has led in educational work through the more than
half a century of his pastoral leadership in a wonderfully helpful way,
serving on the board of trustees of secular and denominational schools,
thus touching the lives of multitudes of growing young people who during
the period have become outstanding Christian leaders.
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