PINEY RIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
     It is no small task to put together a church history especially one as long as Piney
Ridge's.  I'd like to thank the many people who contributed information for this church history.
Wilson and Florence Baldwin remembered many details and were super on names.  They provided the
skeleton on which to build the history.  Merle Tolley contributed dates and gave me documents to
read.  She remembered many stories about the church.  Edna Arrington told me stories about the
early days of the church that were told to her by Mary Sizemore.  She loaned me a copy of a
church history to use as a guide.  Bobbie Lewis talked quite often about the days in the old
church building and the things that she remembered from the early days of Piney Ridge.  She also
described the church to me as to its physical appearance.  Edith Tolley contributed rolls and
information in abundance.  Lastly, I'd like to thank Reverend Mills for providing a book on the
history of the Methodist Church and for helping me proof read the finished product.  Thanks to
you one and all!  I could not have written a church history without your help.
     Lastly, I'd like to say that I know that information may be incomplete, incorrect, or just
plain left out.  If any person finds an error, please let me know.  I promise to correct it in
the next printing of this church history.  I apologize to anyone that has been slighted and
assure you that it was totally unintentionally done.  Mistakes do happen!
              Victor L. Meadows
              (804) 248-5316

HISTORY OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

     The Methodist Church traces its beginnings to John Wesley, an Anglican (Church of England)
minister of the 1700's.  It developed out of an attempt to reform the Church of England which was
in turmoil and unstable at the time.  The term Methodist first appeared in 1729 when students at
Oxford University observed John and Charles Wesley holding meetings with the Holy Club, a
religious club at the university.  The club members used strict, methodical approaches to their
religious lives and other students began to refer to them as "methodists".  John Wesley and his
brother Charles had tried to bring "method" to the practices of the Church of England.  He had no
intention of forming a separate denomination at that time.
     Wesley organized preachers into a Methodist Conference in 1744.  He stressed the use of lay
speakers (unordained preachers).  He also stressed strict discipline.  It had become obvious that
John Wesley and his followers could not continue within the bounds of the Church of England
because he and his followers were not welcome in the Anglican churches due to his vigorous
preaching and emphasis on strict discipline.  A new Protestant denomination was formed in
England.
     One of the first acts of the new Methodist Church was to send preachers to the colonies. 
Two preachers sent to the colonies (United States) would later become the first American
Methodist bishops.  They were Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke.  Francis Asbury came to America in
1771.  He was made a bishop in 1784.  (Note:  It was documented that he visited Prospect
Methodist Church in 1805.)
     In 1784 a group of about 60 ministers met in Baltimore, MD and formed the Methodist
Episcopal Church.  The denomination began to spread rapidly and used "circuit riders" to carry
the message far and wide.
     In 1828 a group that had wanted more lay representation in the Methodist Episcopal Church
split and formed the Methodist Protestant Church.  Like the Methodist Church in England, this
group did not have bishops.
     In 1845 the Methodist Church split, as did most of the other religious groups of the U.S. 
The division was caused by the disagreement over slavery and constitutional rights of the states. 
In 1844 a Plan of Separation was drawn up.  In 1845 fourteen Southern conferences met at
Louisville, Kentucky and organized the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The Methodist Church
split into The Methodist Episcopal Church and The Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  This
division remained until May 10, 1939 when at Kansas City, Missouri The Methodist Episcopal
Church; The Methodist Protestant Church; and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South reunited to
form The Methodist Church.  Today there are over 15 denominations of the Methodist Church.  The
largest body of Methodists is the United Methodist Church.  This denomination was formed in 1968
when The Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

NOTE: Other denominations of the Methodist Church include the following:
      1. United Methodist Church (1968)
      2. African Methodist Episcopal Church
      3. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
      4. Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
      5. Free Methodist Church of North America
      6. Wesleyan Church


A HISTORY OF PINEY RIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
      The following story is an attempt to piece together a history of Piney Ridge United
Methodist Church.  Very few documents exist and those records that can be found only give bits
and pieces of information.  I have tried to fill in the gaps with a story of the importance of
churches in the lives of our ancestors.
     Unlike today, the church was the center of most family activities during the 18th and 19th
centuries.  It was a place to gather and discuss news, hold social events, eat meals, and to
socialize with fellow Christians.  Piney Ridge Church was no exception.  We can only guess at the
topics of discussion that may have taken place at Piney because of the split between the Northern
states and the Southern states.  We can imagine the excitement of the weddings and christenings
that took place in the church.  We can sympathize with those that parted with deceased loved ones
at the many funerals that were held.  Other events such as, revivals, homecomings, choir
practices, board meetings, sermons, guest speakers, etc. created an air of excitement and
anticipation that we can still sense today.
     The first record of Piney Ridge Church is found in a document called "Minutes of Quarterly
Conference (Appomattox Charge, Lynchburg District) of the Virginia Conference of the Methodist
Church (1880-1883)".  In this record Piney Ridge is mentioned as having been an active church in
1861-1873.  Also, Mrs. Willie Cawthorne & (unreadable name) are listed as representing the church
in 1868 at the conference.  It is noted that Piney Ridge paid $10.75 for support of the ministry
in 1880-1881.  It is also in this year that one finds this quote:  "We have been working on Piney
Ridge and hope to finish the ceiling soon."  This indicates that construction was being done on
the church.  Whether this is the "Old" Piney Ridge Church (that many of us remember) or not, we
do not know.  There could have been an older building than the one that many of us remember.  It
is important to note that Piney Ridge is called "Methodist Episcopal Church, South" indicating
that it had split with the northern Methodist Episcopal Church.
     Attempts to find other documents or records have yielded nothing as of the printing of this
church history.  One must assume that there have been two Piney Ridge Church buildings.  The Old
Church was replaced by a new building in 1953.  The land for the old church had been donated by
James Nathaniel and Mary Paulette Richardson some time before 1892.  The deed was destroyed in
the fire at the Appomattox County Clerk's office in 1892.  Another deed was obtained by Trustees
(Callie L. Tolley, Z. Vance Harvey, and O. E. Peterson) on September 26, 1926 to replace the one
destroyed by fire.  Jim Richardson also donated land near Doctor Connie Tolley's grave in the
present cemetery at a later time.  
     In front of the old Piney Ridge Church building stood an old oak tree.  People stood under
the tree and talked before entering the church on Sunday morning.  The tree also provided shade
when people came out after church.  There was no rush to leave, but instead people caught up on
the latest news of the community.  To enter the church building one had to climb a set of
concrete steps up to the front door.  These steps are now used at Hattie Richardson's home.  The
old church building was a one room sanctuary consisting of a curved communion railing in the
front of the church with one aisle leading from the front door to the altar.  The pulpit, having
been restored by Edith Tolley, now stands in the vestibule of the new Piney Ridge Church.  There
was a church choir which sang hymns accompanied by an old pump organ.  Mary Baldwin played the
organ for all occasions.  There was also a pot-bellied stove to the side of the church to heat
the church in winter.  Sunday School classes consisted of a Primary class taught by Mary Baldwin
(2 pews in front near the pulpit); the Young People's class taught by Mrs. Pitenger (spelling?); 
the Women's Class taught by Mrs. Comer Baldwin; and the Men's Class taught by Mr. Callie Tolley. 
All classes were held in the one room church building.  There were other Sunday School teachers
prior to these, but I have been unable to find their names.  Mrs. Hattie Baldwin Meadows taught
the Young People's class for many years and later her daughter, Mary Meadows Sizemore took over
the class.
     An outdoor toilet stood to the rear and in the woods from the main church building.  Also,
outside the church a nest of honey bees made their home in the chimney.  Many times Clarence
Tolley and Charlie Green collected the honey.
     Some of the Sunday School Superintendents of the past include:
(old church) Mr. Callie Tolley, Mr. Charlie Taylor, Mr. Charles Dickerson, Mr. Willie Tolley, Mr.
Bennett Meadows, Mr. Lester Bucknam, Mr. Wilson Baldwin; (new church) Mr. Wilson Baldwin, Mr.
Melvin Arrington, Mr. Thomas Ranson, Mr. Mark Hipps, Mr. Henry Richardson, Miss Joyce Tolley, Mr.
David Richardson, Mr. Weldon Covington, and Mr. Alan King.  
     Land to be used for a cemetery was added to Piney Ridge on August 4, 1939.  The cemetery
land was donated to Piney Ridge Church by Mrs. M. J. Williams and W. B. Maxwell.  The Trustees of
Piney Ridge Church at that time (M. Joseph Baldwin, William Henry Meadows, and Callie Louis
Tolley) accepted the land.
     The last funeral to be held in the old Piney Ridge Church building was that of William H.
Meadows in October of 1952.  On December 1, 1952 the Trustees of Piney Ridge filed a deed of
trust and borrowed $3,000 to begin construction on a new church building.  A building committee
consisting of Ed Baldwin, Joseph Meadows (treasurer), Fred Mathis, and Jim Richardson was
appointed to over-see the construction of the new church building.  Reverend Simpson worked very
closely with the committee.  
     Due in part to the efforts of Thomas Ranson, who personally built the railings, the choir
lectern, and pulpit among other things, the new church began to take shape.  Wilson Baldwin
donated the new pulpit (built by Thomas), Mr. Simpson gave the altar cloth and candle sticks, and
Mr. Mathis got the church bell from someone he knew personally in Appomattox.  One can see how
many church members donated time and money to this community venture.  The new church building
was completed on April 26, 1953 (4th Sunday in April) and the first service in the new building
was held on that date, which was Homecoming.  The Reverend T. L. Simpson was the minister at that
time and conducted the service.  The first official act to be conducted in the new Piney Ridge
Church building was the funeral of Allie Ray Davis Baldwin, the wife of William Henry Baldwin, on
April 29, 1953.  It was noted by Merle Baldwin Tolley that at her mother's funeral, the lights
were not hooked up in the church.  The new pews were installed in the church on December 11,
1957.  The first wedding held in our new church building was that of Mark and Mildred Hipps. 
Wallace Riddle and Marie Tolley were married on January 9, 1960 and on May 21, 1960  Henry
Richardson and Shirley Arrington were also married.  
     The digging of the basement to allow for Sunday School classrooms began around December 28,
1957.  It is noted that at this time Mark and Mildred Hipps were married at Piney.  This new
section would eventually become the new Sunday School rooms for the church.  The building
committee for the Sunday School rooms included Jim Richardson, Wilson Baldwin (Treasurer), Hunter
Tolley, Sr., and Thomas Ranson.
     The church continued to operate and grow.  Later, it was necessary to expand the building
again.  This time the building committee consisted of Hunter Tolley, Jim Richardson, and two
unknown members of the congregation.  The new construction added a wing onto the main church
consisting of the women's classroom, men's classroom, junior classroom, and rest rooms.  It also
added a social hall in the basement.  A "note-burning" and dedication of new Sunday School rooms
was held on March 31, 1974 with the former pastor, John Hoke and Dr. Freeman present.
     On April 27, 1975, at 11:00 a.m.  a new church piano was dedicated in honor of Miss Mary
Baldwin, who played the organ and piano for many years at Piney Ridge.  Before Mary Baldwin, Mary
Davis (Wesley Williams' wife), Susie Dawson, and Carrie Williams Tolley had been organists at
Piney.  The dedication went as follows:  "We present this piano to be dedicated to the glory of
Almighty God, and for service in this church."  The church thanks those who gave freely so that
we might enjoy the beautiful music each Sunday.  The light on the piano was given by Hunter and
Edith Tolley in memory of Willard Tolley.
     Not only did Piney Ridge have an organist, but it also had a teacher of sacred music.  Mr.
Pink Welch taught music throughout the surrounding counties.  It was through his efforts that
Piney developed a very good church choir.  Music was the heart and soul of our church much as it
is today.
     On May 11, 1975 (Mother's Day) a dedication was held for the cross over the altar.  The
following was taken from the service:  "This beautiful cross was given to Piney Ridge United
Methodist Church by Hunter and Edith Tolley in honor of their four grandchildren Timmy, Chris,
Darren, and Kellie Jo Tolley.  It is lovingly dedicated to the Glory of God and may its shining
light always abide in our hearts and lives as a symbol of God's gift to us, his only Son, our
Savior and Redeemer.  Especially today 'Mother's Day' may all our children and young people be
reminded of this treasured gift given to us by our Heavenly Father and may they carry it always
as their own personal guide throughout their lives.  We thank God for the cross; but his victory
of the cross is indeed the most glorious moment of our lives.  God Bless this church and his
people."      
     On January 27, 1980 a new communion set was given to Piney Ridge Church.  Mr. and Mrs. E. T.
Richardson gave the set in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Richardson.  It is to be used for the
"Love and Glory of God".  
     New choir chairs and chairs in the men's Sunday School Classroom were given in memory of
Otto Hunter Tolley, Sr.
     The land for the expansion of the church cemetery was donated by Horace Coleman, whose ashes
now rest there with those of his beloved wife.
     In November of 1996 a new pavilion was begun and was completed and dedicated on June 14,
1997.  A cookout was held for church members and a farewell was given to Larry and Susan Mills,
who were leaving for northern Virginia. Most of us remember the covered dish suppers, ice cream
socials, etc. that were held just outside our church.  We ate, socialized, prayed, visited, and
enjoyed many hours under the trees.  We remember the string of lights and the old wooden tables
built into/onto the trees.  We had homecoming each year.  Revivals seemed to continue for ever. 
Those days are gone, but hopefully, we can revive some of it with our new outdoor facility.
     Over the years Piney Ridge Church has grown and expanded in size and membership.  Let us
pray that it continues to prosper in the future.

MINISTERS OF PINEY RIDGE CHURCH
1. Rev. Alfred Wiles (1870: served 1 year)
2. Rev. J. W. Bledsoe (1871-1872)
3. Rev. J. S. Hunter (1873-1874)
4. Rev. W. C. Vaden (1875-1876)
5. Rev. G. H. Rau (1877-1878: name is not clear)
6. Rev. H. C. Cheatham (1879-1881)
7. Rev. T. J. Taylor (1882-1885)
8. Rev. J. E. Potts (1886-1889)
9. Rev. R. W. Watts (1889-1893)
10. Rev. J. H. Proctor (1894-1896)
11. Rev. Bascom Dey (?)
12. Rev. A. K. Lambkin
13. Rev. J. V. Johnston
14. Rev. James
15. Rev. Boggs
16. Rev. J.E. White
17. Rev. Forest H. Meade   
18. Rev. Thomas E. Johnson (1939)
19. Rev. J. W. Marsh (1939)
20. Rev. Archie Turner (1946)                     
21. Rev. Thomas L. Simpson (1946-1953)
22. Rev. David Persinger (1953)
23. Rev. A. A. Mason (1960)             
24. Rev. Ronald Clark (1960-1962)
25. Rev. Charlie Price (1962-1964)* He was present in 1960.
26. Rev. Carl Paughf (1964-1970)
27. Rev. John Hoke (1970-1972) 
28. Rev. Tommy Reynolds (1972-1973)
29. Rev. Durward E. Fox (1973-1977)
30. Rev. T. R. Boggs (1977-1979)    
31. Rev. H. Leroy Seibert (1979-1982)
32. Revs. Clarence & Sally Bowen (1982-1986)
33. Rev. Joe Willard (1986-1988)
34. Rev. Burton White (1988-1989)
35. Rev. J. Bart Weakley & Vickie (1989-1993)
36. Rev. G. Larry Mills & Susan (1993-1997)
37. Rev. George Riggins III (1997-     )


*This list is taken from two sources:  the Register of Pastors from "Church Register For Pospect
Circuit, Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South of 1870" and the Family
Membership Roll history section of "the Piney Ridge Church Register".
MEMBERSHIP:
(October 9, 1997)

(This is taken from the Membership Rolls as of 1995.  Key: ?= unknown; m=moved membership; & d= death
date.)

Arrington, Melvin Cecil           1936:d12/23/1997
Arrington, Zadie Sizemore         1936:d1/25/1995
Baldwin, Allie Davis              ?   :d4/27/1953
Baldwin, Cleve                    ?   :d1/23/1965
Baldwin, Willie Comer             1945:d1973
Baldwin, David                    1994
Baldwin, Doris                    1956:m1976            
Baldwin, Earle Wayne              ?
Baldwin, Emmitt Wilson            1928
Baldwin, Florence Covington       1940
Baldwin, Hubert Edward (Ed)       1945
Baldwin, Laura Ferguson           1918:d2/2/1972
Baldwin, Lillian                  1953:d12/6/1986
Baldwin, Marcus J.                1920:d10/13/1977
Baldwin, Mary Elizabeth           1928:d6/30/1985
Baldwin, Osben Hart               1937:d6/13/1995
Baldwin, Sallie Harris            1936:d9/21/1976
Baldwin, Theresa Holt             1976:m ?
Berry, Ruby Webber                1938:m6/30/1997
Brandy, Jackie Baldwin            1958
Brisentine, Brenda Richardson     1961:m ?
Brown, Mildred Webber Finley      1955:m ?
Bushey, Ethel                     1951:d11/11/1968
Bushey, Sherman                   1951:d1/25/1979
Carter, Kellie Johanna Tolley     1980
Cheatham, Debra Richardson        1981
Clifton, Tony Morgan              1971:m ?
Clifton, Vester Morgan (Marvin?)  1953:d1/2/1978
Covington, Weldon Smith           1957
Cumby, Alease Richardson          1934:d3/25/1996
Cumby, Frank                      1962:d3/19/1971
Davis, James Carl                 1996
Davis, Margaret Richardson        196?
Davis, Shannon Marie              1986
Deacon, Ruby Baldwin Webber       1946
Dehart, Sally Baldwin             1946
Farmer, Debbie Webber             1973
Farmer, James (Jimmy) David       1979
Farmer, James David III           1996
Farmer, Jody Lynette              1980
Farmer, Julie Denise              1996
Fore, Robert                      ?   :d ?
Fulton, Iola Mathis               1936
Garrett, Youwilder Webber         1947:m ?
Garrison, Margaret Richardson     1941
Garrow, Ruth Arrington Suddith    1996
Green, Mamie Baldwin              1934
Hardie, Rosa Wilkerson Buckman    1928:d5/30/1975
Hipps, Gregory Mark               1975
Hipps, Mark (none)                1951
Hipps, Mildred Tolley             1962
Hipps, Randall (Randy) Wayne      1975
Irvin, Tammy Irby                 1981
King, Alan Dean                   1990
King, Linda Meadows               1961
Kress, Kimberly Hipps             1972
Mann, Andrew H.                   1963
Mann, Lewis Jr.                   1961
Mann, Lewis Sr.                   1959:d11/6/1996
Mann, Marie                       1961
Mann, Melvin                      1961:m 1994-phone
Marable, Homer Baldwin            ?   :d3/14/1972
Massey, Sterling W. (Billy)       1976?:m 1992
Massey, Hilda Woody               1976:m1/13/1995-phone
Massey, Sheila                    1976:m1/13/1995-phone
Mathis, Carrie J.                 1936:d2/28/1984
Mathis, Fred Wesley               1923:d9/26/1980
Maxwell, James E.                 1934:d ?
Mays, David Malcolm (Mack)        1942:d6/26/1986
McCormick, Louise Meadows Clifton 1936
Meadows, Annie Young              1928:d1/21/1994
Meadows, Barbara Anne             1942:
Meadows, Naomi Jane               1942:d5/8/1981
Meadows, Joseph Lyle              1928:d7/10/1979
Meadows, Robert                   ?:
Meadows, Victor Lyle              1961
Meadows, Virginia (Jennie) Williams 1936:d1/31/1987
Mitchell, Angela Richardson Seay  1973
Mitchell, Dana                    1975:m1991
Mitchell, Dwayne Howard           1975
Neville, Stephen Joseph           1976:m1986
Neville, Susan Jeanette           1976:m1986
Oakes, Emmett W.                  ?   :d7/5/1972
Perry, Loveleen F.                1936:d1969
Peterson, Helen Meadows           1929
Pollard, Minnie Sizemore Mays     1942
Pollard, Norma Jean Richardson    1975:m1994
Price, Ethel Tolley               1939:d7/20/1981
Price, William H.                 1939:d2/21/1964
Pryor, Zelda Holt                 1976:m ?
Redford, Mabel Chapman Webber     1950:m ?
Richardson, Bennett Gordan (B.G.) 1955
Richardson, Beth Moore            1974
Richardson, Betty Jeanette Bryant 1980
Richardson, Brenda Parsons        1963
Richardson, Carol Howard          1975
Richardson, Carolyn Frazier       ?
Richardson, Darrell Norris        1981
Richardson, David Harding         1996
Richardson, David Lee             1963
Richardson, Edward (Dick) Talton  1975:d10/8/1997
Richardson, Hattie Baldwin        1928
Richardson, Henry Nathaniel       1955
Richardson, James Eugene (Gene)   1955
Richardson, James Everett         ?  :d4/28/1982
Richardson, Janis Suzanne         1981
Richardson, Kerry Eugene          1975
Richardson, Lee Everette          1996
Richardson, Walter Linwood        ?   :d1970
Richardson, Linwood Randolph      1974
Richardson, Lucy Beale            ?
Richardson, Mildred Hamlett       1973
Richardson, Nina Howell           1961
Richardson, Patricia Lynn         1987
Richardson, Rachel Holt           1976
Richardson, Raynard Welch         1981
Richardson, Shirley Arrington     1961
Richardson, Terry L.              1974:m1992
Richardson, Thomas Newton         1981
Richardson, Thomas Wilson         1958
Richardson, Walter (Junior) Norris 1975
Richardson, Wendy Sue Welch       1980
Richardson, Willie Ray            1958
Richichi, Mildred Baldwin         1928:d ?
Sizemore, Mary Meadows            1928:d10/12/1990
Smith, Allen Barkley              1989
Smith, Earleen Maxwell            1935:d2/26/1981
Smith, Kelly Denise Webber        1980
Staton, Ruby Webber               1953
Tolley, Ana Lee                   1928:d4/5/1973
Tolley, Betty Howell              1963:m1993
Tolley, Calvin                    1936:d1/14/1982
Tolley, Carrie Williams           1924:d8/17/1983
Tolley, Clarence Preston          1923:d6/18/1981
Tolley, Clarence Newton           1958
Tolley, Edith Mann                1954
Tolley, George                    1926:d2/26/1979
Tolley, Henry J.                  1926:d3/9/1973
Tolley, Howard Frank              1934:d9/18/1989
Tolley, Jesse Emmett              1934
Tolley, Johnny                    1923
Tolley, Joyce Gail                1958
Tolley, Lisa Dawn                 1990
Tolley, Margaret Dickerson        1920:d6/10/1990
Tolley, Mary Elizabeth            1958
Tolley, Merle Baldwin             1933
Tolley, Otto Hunter Sr.           1934:d7/4/1988
Tolley, Otto Hunter (Sonny) Jr.   1955
Tolley, Richard Darren            1980
Tolley, Robert                    ?   :d4/1/1974
Tolley, Timothy Hunter (Timmy)    1975
Tolley, William Christopher       1975:m8/22/1997
Tolley, Willie J.                 ?   :d5/10/1974
Tolley, William (Billy) Jr.       1941:d ?
Varner, Helen Baldwin             1938:d4/16/1982
Webber, Angie Letterman           1996
Webber, Billy Allen               1950
Webber, Clarence Edward Jr.       1961
Webber, Frank Edward              1966:d7/10/1974
Webber, Henry Ray                 1957
Webber, Howard Lee                1957
Webber, Kay Chenault              1973:d5/27/1989
Webber, Kenneth Wayne             1961
Webber, Lawrence Hanson           1981
Webber, Leslie Lovelace           1934:d1/10/1990
Webber, Lula Marie                1981:m ?
Webber, Samuel Edward (Sammy)     1973
Webber, Verna Farrar              1929:d12/28/1980
Welch, Belle                      ?   :d5/4/1964
Woods, Louise Richardson          1938
Wooten, Sara Richardson           1974

GIFTS OF LOVE:

1. Piano - dedicated on April 27, 1975 in honor of Miss Mary Baldwin and given by Weldon Covington,
Hunter Tolley, and Dick Richardson.

2. Cross - dedicated on May 11, 1975 in honor of Timmy, Chris, Darren, and Kellie Jo Tolley and given
by Hunter and Edith Tolley, the grandparents.

3. Communion Set - given on January 27, 1980 by Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Richardson.

4. Pulpit - "In Memory of Allie D. Baldwin by her Son"

5. New Organ - This organ was bought from Evergreen United Methodist Church and was donated by Hunter
Tolley, Dick Richardson, Henry Richardson, and Weldon Covington.

6. Sign / Reader Board - This board in front of the church was donated by B. G. Richardson.  A plaque
on the board states - "In Honor of Jim and Hattie Richardson."
  


STAINED GLASS WINDOWS:

                            (altar)

D. J. & Mary Baldwin                   C. L. & Olla Tolley
-------------------------             ---------------------------

Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Meadows               James and Mary Richardson
 and son Bennett

Thomas & Lucy Mullins                   Linwood R. & Susie Dawson Richardson


Grace S. Arrington
                                         H. L. Simpson

                                         Monroe & Lula Baldwin


                                         Lottie T. Tolley

                                         Lucy & Walter Richardson

(*Copied from windows on 8/12/1994)
Pews:
(Installed on December 11, 1957)

                        (altar)
     SideA                 /          Side B
-----------------------------------------------------------------
1A  given by J. E. Richardson
1B  In memory of George T. Sizemore by wife and children

2A  given by Clarence Tolley & Family
2B  In memory of Marcus & Mary Fore by Comer Baldwin

3A  given by Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Tolley
3B  In memory of Curtis Rand given by Mrs. Curtis Rand

4A  In memory of William Bennett Meadows by wife and children
4B  given by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Baldwin

5A  given by Hunter Tolley in memory of his mother and father
5B  given by Willie Morsett

6A  In memory of Grace S. Arrington by children
6B  In memory of Herman and Frances Richardson

7A  Lucy Richardson by her husband and children
7B  In memory of James Arthur Tolley by Mr. Henry Tolley

8A  A. H. Mann by Edith Tolley
8B  In memory of Laura Oakes by her family

9A  Mr. & Mrs. Emmett Williams by children
9B  given by Lewis & Marie Mann

10A given by Lewis McDermon
10B given by Fred W. Mathis & family

11A In memory of James Thomas Fore (plate on door)
11B In memory of Joseph Baldwin (plate on door)

*Note:  The numbers indicate the order from front of the church to the back.  The letters
indicate whether the pew is on side A or side B.

(*Copied from the pews on 8/12/1994)


Submitted by Victor L. Meadows
(804) 248-5316