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Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South 1896 




Try on Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South 1859 




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First United IVfethodist Church 
Charlotte, North Carolina 

First United Methodist Church 

'^ Chariotte, North Carolma 

Mildred Morse McEwen 




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Copyright © 1983 by First United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N. C. 
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 83-83201 

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Charlotte, North Carolina 

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is dedicated to the charter members of 

First United Methodist Church whose vision 

and efforts made this present church a reahty. 

Especially honored are those charter members who made 

many personal sacrifices during the depression 

years of the early 1930's to save this church. 


By Jacob B. Golden, D.D. 

Writing a foreword for a volume I haven't read is a bit like describ- 
ing the taste of a soup I've never eaten, but having been intimately 
involved in much of the study and preparation for this history and 
knowing of the loving concern and justifiable pride that have gone 
into tliis "backward look" at the life of a great church, I feel in- 
spired to express my thoughts and feelings here and now. 

I confess to some of that "pride" myself. A look at the history of 
First United Methodist Church makes one aware of the struggle, 
the dedication, the perseverance of the "saints" in the face of some 
pretty diflBcult times. You likewise sense the costly commitment 
to Christ which makes up the past 50 years of this church and in- 
deed further back than that in the history of two great church 
families— Tryon Street and Trinity— who came together to become 
First United Methodist Church. It is truly a privilege to be a part 
of that tradition. 

But a "backward look" has value only if it helps us to see where 
we need to go. My "justifiable pride" in this church lies not simply 
in the knowledge of where we came from but also in the knowl- 
edge of where we are and where we intend to go. First Methodist 
Church is ministering today in exciting new ways. Even in the face 
of current "downtown church" problems— smaller membership, 
older median age, higher operating expenses and so forth— this 
church is speaking today of the love of God in Christ perhaps more 
eloquently than ever. Spend time around here on almost any day 
of the week, not just on Sunday, and you'll see what I mean. 

If the same kind of faith in and commitment to Christ which 
shines through the pages of this history be given to our members, 
the future of First United Methodist Church as a beacon of Christ's 
love in the city of Charlotte is assured. 

God grant us in the present that same faith and commitment so 
that our own history may one day read as weU as that of our fore- 
fathers in Christ! 

* The foreword was written when it was expected this history would be pubUshed 
on the fiftieth anniversary of the church in 1977, when Dr. Golden was senior 


Over a period of years, a Records and History Committee in 
First Methodist Church had kept a Memorial Book which Hsted 
gifts that individuals and organizations had made to the church. 

In 1975 Dr. Jacob B. Golden, senior minister at that time, greatly 
enlarged this committee and added the responsibility of planning 
a fiftieth anniversary celebration in 1977 and writing a history of 
First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Joe M. Van Hoy (Helen) 
was appointed general chairman of this committee and Charles J. 
Henderson was made chairman of the book committee. Mrs. George 
N. Scranton (Jeanne) became church archivist. 

The initial plan was for the history of First Methodist to begin 
when Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Trin- 
ity Methodist Episcopal Church, South, made the decision to re- 
combine and build one large uptown church. With the idea of 
having a Reader's Digest type of format, a number of the church 
members wrote articles for the projected history that was supposed 
to be finished in 1977. Finally, it was 1981 and the history had not 
yet been put together. 

During these years Jeanne Scranton had gathered church rec- 
ords that were in boxes stored in the furnace room and had spent 
many hours cataloging and getting all records and memorabilia 
into a History and Records suite of rooms. She deserves much of 
the credit for this history because without her monumental effort 
this book could not have been written. 

In 1981 Mildred Morse (Mrs. J. L. ) McEwen took on the re- 
sponsibihty of working all of the material into a history going back 
to the beginnings of Methodism. No by-lines have been used but 
this book contains the work of many people. Among those who con- 
tributed articles are: Kenneth Austin, Anne J. Batten, Mr. and Mrs. 
J. Webb (Clara) Bost, Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond (Marie) Brietz, 
Mrs. Bruce (Marjorie) Cunningham, Mrs. John (Marjorie) Doug- 
las, Mrs. Parker (Peggy) Duncan, Charlie F. Floumoy, Kays 
Gary, Charles J. Henderson, Mrs. R. Pressley (Barbara) Hoover, 
Monroe M. Landreth, Jr., Mrs. Edyth Lewis, Barbara Lupo, Mrs. 
David (Joan) Miles, Hunter M. Jones, Mrs. Alan (Jeanne) New- 



comb, Mrs. Mack H. (Dorothy) Powers, Mrs. John C. (Ethel) 
Rhyne, John L. Rosenblatt, Mrs. George N. (Jeanne) Scranton, 
Henry B. Simpson, Mrs. Andrew (Mabel) Smith, Mr. and Mrs. 
Sam (Fay) Springs, Jr., Mrs. H. Watson (Travis) Stewart, Mrs. 
George F. (Mary) Stratton, Mrs. Wilson L. (Lura) Stratton, Mrs. 
Victor B. ( Stelle) Templeton, Mrs. Grady G. ( Georgel)Ti) Thomas, 
Dr. and Mrs. Joe M. (Helen) Van Hoy, Mrs. Charles (Nancy) 
Walkup, Mrs. Miles H. ( Jessie ) White, and Dr. Howard Wilkinson. 

There are others who have contributed to the writing of this 
book but their names are included in their "Memoirs." 

Special thanks should go to Martha F. (Marty) Washam, who 
was in charge of the graphics; to Mrs. Frank O. (Wincy) Porter 
for research and handHng book sales; to Mrs. LesHe (Lurlene) 
Bamhardt for the gift of many church related materials; to M. Sue 
Brown for typing the current church roll; to Mrs. Fred E. ( Causes) 
Smith for keeping the church roll up-to-date; to Mrs. Fred D. 
(Anna Clark) Stalhngs for typing and for proofreading the gal- 
leys; to Mr. and Mrs. J. Webb (Clara) Bost for distinguished ser- 
vice to the Records and History Committee; to Hortense Stone for 
transporting many boxes of historical materials back and forth be- 
tween Westfield Road and the Records and History rooms at the 
church; to Mrs. Raymond (Marie) Brietz, Mrs. A. L. (Belle) 
Howell, Mrs. George F. (Mary) Stratton, and Mrs. Wilson L. 
(Lma) Stratton for their many valuable services to the book 
conmiittee; to Mrs. Jack (Jean) Gilbert for handling pubhcity 
and book sales; to Miss Mae Tucker of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg 
Pubhc Library for expertise in many areas; to Mrs. L. M. (Vir- 
ginia ) Walker for help in editing the manuscript; to Virgil Hurley 
and Fred Stalhngs for photographing many of the activities of the 
church; to William W. Hagood, Jr., the only living member of the 
original building committee, for reading the final manuscript and 
oflFering suggestions; to Dr. and Mrs. Joe Van Hoy for help in 
editing the manuscript; and to Mrs. Van Hoy for "keeping the 
wheels turning." 

Lastly many, many tlianks to those "saints" of First Church, who 
subsidized the publication of this history so that copies could be 
sold at about half the actual pubHcation cost. 





The "Holy Club" at Oxford; The Wesleys; George Whitefleld; 
The Wesleys' Trip to America; The Real Conversion of Charles 
and John Wesley; The Earliest Methodist Meeting Places; 
John Wesley's Home Life; Methodism Spreads in America; 
The United Methodist Church. 


Introduction; Harrison Methodist Church (1785); Buck Hill 
Church (1815). 


Memoirs of the Reverend James Jenkins; The Earhest Meth- 
odist Church in the Town of Charlotte. 


SOUTH (1859-1896) 24 

Introduction; Try on Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South; List of Members of Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South ( 1859); The Church Bell; Early Records in the 
Church Archives; The Rebuilding of Tryon Street Church in 
1891 ; Description of the Rebuilt Tryon Street Church; Tryon 
Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Members in Early 

COPAL CHURCH, SOUTH (1896-1927) 41 

Trinity Methodist Church; Members Transferring from Tryon 
Street to Trinity in 1896; Laying of the Cornerstone of Trinity; 
The Refurbishing of Tryon Street Church in 1908; Mementos 
of Tryon Street and Trinity Methodist Churches; Some Older 
Church Members Remember. 


( 1927-1939) First Methodist Episcopal Chiurch, South; ( 1939- 
1968) First Methodist Episcopal Church; (1968-1983) First 


United Methodist Church; First Discussion of a Large Up- 
town Methodist Church; Tryon Street and Trinity Decide To 
Merge and Build a New Methodist Church; Building of the 
New Church in 1927; First Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South; Register of Charter Members of First Mediodist Epis- 
copal Church, South, Charlotte, North Carolina; Financial 
Difficulties; The Gold Wedding Ring; Physical Description 
of First United Methodist Church; The Bell Now at First 
United Methodist Church; Parsonages; First United Meth- 
odist Parsonages; Some Foundation Stones of First United 
Methodist Church; Uptown Churches Today; Renovations. 


Sunday School; Church School, 1983; Adult Department; The 
Youth Department of The Church School; The Elementary 
Department; The Pre-School Department. 

MEN 109 

Early Interest in Missions; The Ladies' Aid Society; Mission- 
ary Societies in Tr)'on Street Methodist Church; The Woman's 
Missionary Society of First Methodist Church; The Woman's 
Society of Christian Service and the Wesley an Seivice Guild; 
Missionaries Supported by First Methodist Church; United 
Methodist Women; Some Outstanding Women of First United 
Methodist Church; The United Methodist Men of First United 
Methodist Church. 


Former Activities: Boy Scouts; Girl Scouting in First Methodist 
Church; Scandinavian Caravans; Mission to Mexico Brings 
a Bonus. 

Current Activities: Wednesday Evening Fellowship; Thurs- 
days-at-First; Single-Single Again; Glenmere; The Sunbeams; 
Uptown Cooperative Ministries; Day Care Center. 

Other Community Interests: Goodwill Industries; contact; 
Bethlehem Center; The Methodist Home. 


Music at First Methodist; Stained Glass Windows in First 
United Methodist Church; Windows in the Sanctuary; Win- 
dows in Founders' Hall; The Needlepoint Altar Cushions; 
Acolytes; Chrismon Tree; Plaque in the Church Narthex; 
Records and History Rooms; Some Interesting Members of 
First Methodist Church; Some Memories of Early Days of 



First Methodist Church; Summary of Questionnaires (1977); 
Some Memories of First Church Senior Ministers. 




A. Chronology; B. List of Pastors of Tryon Street Methodist 
Church and Its Antecedents; Trinity Methodist Church; Senior 
Ministers of First United Methodist Church; C. Bishops in 
the Life of First United Methodist Church; D. Associate 
Ministers of First United Methodist Church; E. Directors 
of Christian Education First United Methodist Church; F. First 
Church Members Giving Full or Part-time Christian Service; 
G. Chairmen of the Board of Stewards, Now Called the Ad- 
ministrative Board; H. Officials of the Church, 1983; I. Mem- 
bership Roll, 1983; J. Legacies; K. Deed for 7th and College Lot 
and Description of Original Lot for Merged Churches. 


INDEX 205 

Illustrations follow pages 50 and 114 








The Methodist movement began in England in 
M\f^ the second quarter of the eighteenth century 
1^^^ at a time when rehgion was at a low ebb and 
^^ gambling, drinking, and other vices were com- 
|||S monplace among the members of the Church 
'■■' of England. Oxford University authorities 

were alarmed at the growth of infidelity in the imiversity and it 
was in this atmosphere in 1729 that a small group of ministerial 
students formed a club for the promotion of personal religion. 
They drew up a set of rules to live by and had stated times for 
prayer, study, and discussion. Their rules of conduct were strict 
for the times, and the group was derisively referred to as "Metho- 
dists" or "The Holy Club." One Oxonian wrote, "They imagine 
they cannot be saved if they do not spend every hour, nay minute, 
in tlie service of God." 

The first members of this club were Charles Wesley, a Mr. Mor- 
gan, and a Mr. Kirkham. In 1730 Morgan, who was a warm-hearted 
Irishman, led in visits to the poor and to prisoners in the jails but 
soon wore himself out and returned to Ireland. His place in the 
group was taken by George Whitefield, whose gift of oratory had 
aheady been noted. These first Methodists were devout members 
of the Church of England and had no idea of founding any new 
Christian body. The club came into being during the time that 
John Wesley, who had already been ordained a priest of the 
Church of England, was helping his father in the parish of Ep- 
worth. When he came back to Oxford as a Greek lecturer and 
moderator of the classes in Lincoln College he soon became the 
leader of the group. 

Although Charles Wesley had founded the "Holy Club," it was 
John Wesley who had the gift of organization and who is recog- 
nized as the Father of Methodism. Here it is interesting briefly 


to go into the early life of the Wesleys and George Whitefield 
because their backgrounds were so very different. 


The Wesleys came from a long line of Anglican ministers. Great- 
grandfather Bartholomew Wesley who had also studied medicine 
became a Puritan. At the time of the Restoration he was exiled 
from the people to whom he had preached and from that time on 
he hved by his medical profession. His son John ( who spelled his 
name Westley) studied at Oxford but was never an ordained min- 
ister because he refused to take the oath to conform' "to the Prayer- 
Book and to the Ghurch," He was jailed several times for lay- 
preaching and in 1668 when he died at the age of forty-two the 
Vicar of Preston (where he died) forbade his burial in the church; 
however, his grave is in the church-yard. His son Samuel was the 
father of John and Gharles Wesley. 

Samuel Wesley entered Oxford at the age of sixteen and while 
a student there he visited prisoners and the neglected poor. "In 
fact, he set an example that his sons afterward did well to follow." 
When he left the University he went to London where he married 
Susanna Annesley, the daughter of a well-known Anglican min- 
ister of noble ancestry. Susanna's father, Samuel Annesley of the 
noble house of the Earl of Annesley, was Oxford-educated and 
Susanna was herself well educated when she married at twenty 
years of age. At the age of thirteen she had studied the controversy 
between the Church of England and the Dissenters; and, in spite 
of the fact that her father was a Dissenter, Susanna took the side 
of the Church. At the age of thirty she resolved to spend an hour 
each morning and evening in prayer and study. 

Samuel was a curate in London until 1697 when he became rec- 
tor of a church in the obscure village of Epworth in Lincolnshire. 
At this time Samuel and Susanna had six children. 

Samuel Wesley was a very learned man and a prolific writer. 
Both Samuel and Susanna were evidently strong-willed individ- 
uals. John Wesley himself told the following anecdote about his 

One evening as he (Samuel) read prayers for the King, William III, 
Mrs. Wesley did not say Amen. He asked the reason. She did not be- 


lieve that William had a right to be King. "We must part," said Mr. 
Wesley; "if we have two kings we must have two beds." Susanna was 
inflexible. Samuel left the house and did not return until after a year 
when WiUiam's death and the accession of Anne gave them a sovereign 
whom both acknowledged. Married life was then resumed as quietly, 
devoutly, and faithfully as if nothing had happened. The birth of John 
Wesley on June 17, 1703 firmly re-cemented the household. 

Susanna and Samuel were the parents of nineteen children not 
all of whom lived to maturity. Susanna's training of these children 
was "methodical" as she in later days related to her son John. The 
first three months were to be spent by the infant mostly in sleep, 
three hours in the morning and tliree in the afternoon. At one 
year the child was taught to "cry softly." None ate or drank be- 
tween meals and at eight o'clock they went to sleep. No study 
began until the child was five years old. Then six hours were al- 
lotted for learning the alphabet. The next task was to spell and read 
a chapter in Genesis. This was the beginning of the education of 
the Wesley children. Ten of them lived to adulthood and five 
became noted for "rare and brilUant endovraients." John Wesley 
was called "Jack" or "Jacky" by his motlier. 

John Wesley was six years old when the parsonage at Epworth 
burned in 1709. All of the other seven children had escaped when 
John was seen at an upstairs window. A strong man lifted another 
man on his shoulders and John was taken from the window just 
before tlie roof collapsed. This event made a lasting impression on 
Jolin Wesley. He felt that he had been "a brand plucked from the 

At the age of thirteen John left Epworth for Charterhouse 
School in London as preparation for Oxford. Charles (who was 
five years younger than John ) at the age of eight years was sent to 
school at Westminster where his eldest brother Samuel was an 
usher. He was eighteen when he first went to Oxford. From this 
background it is obvious that John and Charles Wesley had always 
been Christian young men. 


George Whitefield, who was destined to become a great orator, 
was bom in Gloucester in 1714 and had come from a different back- 


ground. He had led a worldly life in his youth yet he had some 
deep rehgious feelings. At fifteen years of age he was a waiter in 
a hotel. A copy of Kempis' "Imitation of Christ" fell into his hands 
and it touched his heart. He became extremely devout and was 
constant in prayers and fasting. He entered Oxford as a waiter 
and servant in order to get an education. His gift as an orator 
was soon recognized and his friendship with Charles Wesley gained 
him entrance into the "Holy Club." 


In October, 1735, John and Charles Wesley left England and came 
to America and the "Holy Club" at Oxford soon ceased to exist. 
General Oglethorpe had invited John to come as a missionary to 
the Indians in Georgia, and Charles came as secretary to the gov- 
ernor. Their visit was not a happy one and after a year Charles 
returned to England. John soon followed. George Whitefield had 
by this time become known as a flaming evangeHst and John Wes- 
ley had written from Georgia asking him to come to America. 
Whitefield's ship leaving England and Jolin Wesley's ship return- 
ing to England passed each other. Whitefield spent four months 
in continuous travel and returned to England. His trip had been 
more successful than that of the Wesleys. 

John Wesley records that he had left his native land to teach 
the Indians Christianity; but, "What I myself learned meantime? 
What I least suspected— that I myself was never converted to God." 

John Wesley's trip to America had one unforeseen result. On the 
ship coming to America there was a group of Moravians with their 
bishop. The ship was for them both a church and a school afloat. 
Even the children in the group had their part such as John had 
been accustomed to in his childJiood in Epworth. "Here was proof 
of piety that touched Wesley's heart." John Wesley had noted 
that the Moravians were free from pride, anger and revenge. 
When a terrible storm came up and most of the passengers were 
in wild alarm the Germans sang calmly, showing that they were 
not afraid to die. This simple faith of the Moravians made a gi'eat 
impression on John Wesley and was the beginning of an associa- 
tion with tlie Moravians that had an effect on Methodism, because 


"Moravians directed the feet of both Wesleys into the way of 

It must be remembered that John Wesley was an ordained An- 
gUcan priest. It was Hving with these Georgia Moravians for a 
month that made liim reahze that there could be holy hving without 
the strict observance of high church ritual. 

Apparently this new idea did not carry over into his emotional 
life because he thought celibacy should be the life of a clergyman. 
In spite of this conviction he was attracted to women, but it was not 
until he was thirty-three years old that he became seriously in- 
volved in a romance in Savannah that aflFected his entire life. Here 
he fell in love with Sophia Hopkey who was eighteen years old at 
this time. Although in theory favoring celibacy for clergymen, 
this was forgotten when he was in her company. Finally, John 
Wesley resolved his conflict by casting lots. When the slip that he 
drew said, "Think of it no more," he was heartbroken. A year later 
he wrote that she had been the "one thing upon earth that I longed 

Miss Hopkey rather immediately married someone else. John 
Wesley refused to admit her to communion and her new husband 
sued him for $1,000 for ". . . defaming his wife . . ." It was soon 
after this fiasco that Wesley returned to England. 


The real conversion of Charles Wesley came on May 21, 1738, 
and tliree days later on May 24, 1738, John's heart was "strangely 
warmed" at a religious society meeting at Aldersgate Street. This 
experience was a turning point in the life of John Wesley and the 
beginning of his emergence as a religious leader. 


The earliest Methodist sermons were preached outdoors be- 
cause churches were closed to the Wesleys and Whitefield. They 
preached to the poor. Among their practices which were contrary 
to the rules of the Church of England were: preaching without 


regard for parish bounds, preaching out of doors and in unconse- 
crated houses, preaching by laymen, building of preaching houses, 
establishing schools, organizing United Societies and substituting 
the singing of hymns for the Psalter. 

"The Foundry" in 1739 was the first Methodist meeting place in 
London, having been given this name because it was an old build- 
ing that had once been used for the casting of cannon. In addition 
to having a chapel this building became the headquarters of the 
Methodist movement and botli John Wesley and his mother lived 
there. It was here that the first Methodist Conference was held 
on June 25, 1744. 

George Whitefield "parted asunder" with John Wesley in the 
early 1740's although they remained life-long friends. Whitefield 
held the Calvinistic view about predestination while Wesley be- 
heved in tlie Arminium "freedom to choose or reject salvation." 
In 1769 Whitefield came to America for the last time, the seventh 
of his visits. He died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in that same 
year and there he is buried. 

' JOHN Wesley's home life 

There is little said about John Wesley's home life. Susanna lived 
at The Foundry with him until her death July 23, 1742. Mrs. Grace 
Murray was in charge of Wesley's Orphan House at Newcastle for 
years and had been of much help in organizing societies for women 
in botli England and Ireland. Wesley had hoped to marry her but 
she married someone else, although she and John Wesley were 
life-long friends. He married a lady of good character ( Mrs. Va- 
zeille ) but the marriage was the mistake of his life. His wife soon 
left him and is seldom mentioned. 


By 1769 there was a tiny community of Methodists in New York 
and soon thereafter Methodist "societies" had spread throughout 
the colonies. Francis Asbury arrived in Philadelphia on October 
27, 1771, and remained in America for the rest of his life. In 1783 
Dr. Thomas Coke was sent by John Wesley to America to help set 
up an autonomous church, and his visit resulted in the first Metho- 



dist Conference in Baltimore in 1784. A prayer book that had been 
prepared by John Wesley and was similar to that of the Church of 
England was adopted and American Methodism was born under 
the leadership of Coke and Asbury as "superintendents." The name 
Methodist Episcopal Church was adopted because the new church 
was Methodist in doctrine and Episcopal in organization. It was 
organized under bishops although it was not until 1787 that the 
title of superintendent was changed to bishop, much to the dis- 
pleasure of John Wesley. 

John Wesley died at the age of eighty-eight on March 2, 1791, 
(Charles had died three years earlier) and is buried in the little 
graveyard at the rear of Wesley's City Road Chapel in London, 
which had been built in 1777 near the site of The Foundry. In 
Westminster Abbey there is a monument to John and Charles 

John Wesley was the great organizer of the Methodist move- 
ment and Charles was the great hymn writer. Charles eventually 
wrote approximately 5,000 hymns among which are: "Jesus, Lover 
of My Soul," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Love Divine, All 
Loves Excelling," "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," and "Oh, For 
a Thousand Tongues." 

Francis Asbury traveled throughout the colonies until he died 
in Virginia on March 31, 1816. It was Asbury who shaped the fast- 
developing Metliodist Church in America. When he came from 
England there were approximately 500 members of Methodist 
societies and when he died the societies had approximately 200,000 
members in America. 

That Bishop Asbury must have had a good sense of humor is 
shown in the following story. Presbyterians looked down their 
noses at the poorer Methodists. On one platform Asbury was be- 
tween two Presbyterian clergymen when one said to Asbury, "I 
don't know whether you are a rascal or a rogue." Asbury replied, 
"At the moment I seem to be half-way between." 

Bishop Asbury is buried in Baltimore, Maryland. 


In 1828 or 1830 a group left the Methodist Episcopal Church and 
formed the Methodist Protestant Church. In 1844 the original 


church was again divided, this time over the issue of slavery; and 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South came into being. It was 
not until 1939 that all three of these groups came back together to 
form The Methodist Church. In 1968 The Methodist Church and 
the Evangehcal United Brethren combined to form today's United 
Methodist Church. 









Methodism came to North CaroHna long be- 
KfjIS fore a Methodist "society" was organized in 
ffijij Mecklenburg County. The first Methodist ser- 
^ ^ mon ( and probably the first sermon of any 


II II kind) was preached by the Reverend George 
HH^Whitefield in October, 1742, under a large pop- 

lar tree on what is now the campus of Davidson College. 

Mecklenburg County was larger then than now and the first 
settlers had arrived in the Rocky River community in 1732. [This 
area is now in Cabarrus County.] The earliest churches in the 
county were Presbyterian and the first of these was organized as 
the Rocky River Presbyterian Church in the early 1750's with 
the Reverend Hugh McAden as its leader. Definite records of this 
church begin in 1758 when the Reverend Alexander Craighead 
became minister of both the Rocky River Church and the Sugar 
Creek Church that had been organized in 1755. In the few years 
that followed six more Presbyterian churches came into existence 
in Mecklenburg County; but when the town of Charlotte was in- 
corporated in 1768, there was no church of any denomination with- 
in the Hmits of the town. 


The first Methodist church in Mecklenburg County, or certainly 
the first one still in existence, was Harrison Church whose actual 
records going back to 1815 are in existence and are still in good 
condition. From these records it is evident that the Harrison So- 
ciety existed prior to this time. The date accepted by the present 
Harrison Church is 1785 for its beginnings. This church is on the 
southern border of Mecklenburg County near the town of Pineville, 
North Carohna. 

Pineville is actually on the North Carolina-South Carolina state 
line and the Harrison congregation was in the Santee Circuit of 



the South Carohna Conference which was organized in 1785. The 
society met in a brush arbor for twenty years before having a church 
building. There were few f amihes in this church and James David 
Jonathan and Daniel Mills are regarded as founders of this society. 
"Uncle Jonathan" was the licensed exhorter and "Uncle Daniel" 
was the class leader. The P.C. ( pastor-in-charge ) or his assistant 
would visit a church in the circuit every two or three weeks and the 
"exhorters" within the local societies would hold services in the 
absence of the P.C. Nothing is known about the first preacher-in- 
charge in the Santee Circuit in 1786. 

The church building was finally constructed between 1805 and 
1815. During this period Harrison was part of the Wateree Circuit 
of South Carolina. The land was donated by Harrison Hood who, 
although he was a Presbyterian, was in favor of the church being 
established in the community. He not only gave the land but fur- 
nished most of the logs, lumber and slave labor to help erect the 
church. It was a log building about thirty feet wide and forty feet 
long. There was a pulpit at one end and the benches were made of 
split slabs. 

In 1809 the circuit membership consisted of 498 whites and 124 
blacks. In 1811 James Jenkins was one of the pastors in this circuit. 
In 1815 quarterly conference records began and Harrison was now 
in the Sugar Creek Circuit of North Carolina. William B. Barnett 
was the pastor-in-charge. In 1834 the charge name was changed to 
the Charlotte Circuit. In 1815 this resolution was adopted: "Re- 
solved, that a collection be taken up in each society in this circuit 
to pay for a Book to keep its own Church Records, according to 
Discipline." [Editor's note: Oh that such a book could be found for 
the earliest Methodist church in the town of Charlotte!] 

Although Harrison was the first Methodist Church in Mecklen- 
burg County it had no part in the establishment of the Methodist 
Church within the town of Charlotte. There are several theories 
regarding the name of Harrison for this church, but the most prob- 
able one is that it was named for Harrisons who were living in 
the community in the latter part of the 18th century. George Wash- 
ington's diary reveals that on May 28, 1791, he had breakfast at 
Harrison's before going on to Charlotte thirteen miles fartlier. 

In the early years of the twentieth century Dr. J. B. Alexander, 
who was tlien an old man, wrote a history of Mecklenburg County 



and Charlotte from his own recollections and from what he had 
been told as a child. This is the comment that Dr. Alexander made 
about the early Methodists in the Charlotte area: 

As the Presbyterian Church pre-occupied and held full possession of this 
county and Providence Church had been organized in 1765, and every 
family that was able to have horses and vehicles attended Providence, 
and only those who were too poor to have these conveyances attended 
Harrison, the old log meeting house, as it was then called, and the new 
methods of Methodism were regarded scornfully, the best of society 
were ashamed to be seen at Harrison. 


The following sketch, written by the Reverend William Martin of 
the South Carolina Conference, appeared in the Southern Chris- 
tian Advocate on June 30, 1887, and was read by the pastor of 
Try on Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Dr. W. S. Creasy, 
at the opening of the newly remodeled Tryon Street Church in 
March of 1892. Buck Hill, the place referred to, was about seven 
miles northwest of Charlotte off the Beattie's Ford Road near the 
present Trinity United Methodist Church. There is no trace of the 
old Buck Hill Church left today. 

That grand and beautiful picture drawn by Dr. Carlisle in his Sunday 
School lesson for June 26th of the gathering of the tribes of Israel in the 
wilderness for the purpose of erecting a house of worship, "of all those 
who had a willing heart to work," reminded me vividly of a scene which 
I personally witnessed threescore and twelve years ago, viz., 1815. It 
occurred in a section of country where Methodism had hitherto been 
imknown, at a small log cottage, the humble home of a poor widow- 
woman, whose heart, like Lydia's, the Lord had opened to receive his 

The Reverend Wm. B. Bamett, of the Sugar Creek Circuit of the 
South Carolina Conference, was the preacher. Mr. Bamett had been 
preaching in this cottage some two or three months, once in three weeks, 
as he passed round on his circuit, and his congregation had increased 
until it was no longer convenient to worship in that humble home of the 
widow, and the question now was, "What shall we do?" 

The people were too poor, or thought themselves too poor, to attempt 
building a church. But the preacher had been a pioneer elsewhere, and 
was accustomed to expedients, so he requested that at his next appoint- 
ment everybody in the neighborhood who desired him to continue 
preaching there should be present and they would see what could be 



done. He had a plan in view by which he believed they could build a 
"meeting house." [Editorial comment: We took the liberty of para- 
graphing this quoted material.] 

Well, at the time appointed a large congregation met him, and after 
preaching, Mr. Bamett said: "Now, I wish to know how many are 
willing to work two or three days. We want no money, we want workers, 
willing workers." 

The good widow said: "Mr. Bamett, I can't work much, but I will 
give a lot of land to build on and trees for logs to build the house." Two 
men said: "We will furnish teams to do the hauling." Another said: "I 
will furnish planks for the floor, door and pulpit, and also slabs to make 
benches." Others cheerfully agreed to do the work of chopping, build- 
ing, etc. 

So, on the day appointed, those of willing hearts and strong arms 
gathered in crowds on "Buck Hill" and went to work — some to cutting 
down trees, some to riving boards with which to cover the house (no 
shingles), others to hauling, others to notching and rearing the walls, 
and others again, among whom was this present writer, then a lad of 
eight years, were employed in clearing away the brush and bringing 
water to the laborers, while the good women were busy providing food 
for them. 

And so the work went swiftly on, until in a very few davs there stood 
the simple log house, covered with oak boards about four feet long, 
riven with a crowbar, and held to their place by what were called weight 
poles ( no nails ) . The house had one door, part of a log was cut out at 
each side and in rear of the pulpit for windows ( no glass ) . The whole 
establishment did not cost five dollars. 

In that humble house a Methodist society was soon organized, that 
same widow-woman leading the way. Dr. D. R. Dunlap, of precious 
memory, was appointed class leader, which oflBce he held until a society, 
which grew out of this, was formed in Charlotte, his home, to which he 
was transferred. And so from this small beginning of willing hearts in 
that widow-woman's humble home sprang the present large and beau- 
tiful church, with its prosperous congregation, in the city of Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

Mr. Martin did not mean tiiat Buck Hill became Tryon Street 
Methodist Church because Buck Hill became the present Trinity 
United Methodist Church on Beattie's Ford Road, although the 
original Buck Hill Church was about one mile southwest of the 
present day church. Dr. Dunlap, however, became one of the 
founders of the earliest Methodist church in the city of Charlotte 
and that town church became the grandparent of today's First 
United Methodist Church. 





In the preceding chapter it was mentioned 
W\f^ that in 1811 the Reverend James Jenkins was 
nn ^ pi'Gacher in the circuit to which Harrison 
^ "*^ Church belonged. In 1842, now an old man, 
**** Mr. Jenkins came to a conference in Charlotte 
and wrote an account of what he had learned 
about the introduction of Methodism into Charlotte. His writing 
gives such a clear picture of conditions at that time that much of 
it is included here in spite of the fact that there is some repetition 
about the founding of the church at Buck Hill. 

.... While in Charlotte I received the following account of the intro- 
duction of Methodism into that place, which I here submit with no 
essential alteration. [This is Mr. Jenkins' punctuation and not that of the 
editorial committee.] 

In the year 1814, a Dr. David Dunlap, passing through Mecklenburg 
County in quest of a suitable place to commence the practice of medi- 
cine, called on the Reverend Samuel Craighead Caldwell, a Presby- 
terian clergyman and a first cousin; who, upon ascertaining the doctor's 
object, advised and urged him to settle in Charlotte; it being the most 
eligible stand in that part of the country, and then, comparatively, un- 
occupied. The doctor alleged the impropriety of placing himself in the 
midst of a Presbyterian community, for having become a Methodist, 
he would exert what influence he might have in procuring Methodist 
preaching in the place. To this the clergyman replied jestingly, if he 
did he would oppose him, doubtless feeling himself perfectly secure 
in his stronghold, which consisted in the almost unbounded influence 
at that time exercised over three congregations of which he had the 
pastoral charge, and all Hving within twelve or fifteen miles of Char- 
lotte, completely surrounding it. 

The doctor understood this reply as a jest, and had no doubt, that if 
the clergyman should oppose him, it would be in a friendly manner. He 
therefore took his advice, and located himself in Charlotte, in the month 
of April, 1814. For some months he encountered no difficulties; his pros- 



pects were constantly brightening; but some time in the summer the 
Rev. William Terry, a local preacher, then of Fayetteville, N. C. on his 
return from the west, came to Charlotte on Saturday evening, and hear- 
ing at the tavern that Dr. Dunlap, an old acquaintance, had moved to 
the place, he went to his house to spend the Sabbath; and upon his 
agreeing to preach, notice was given to the community. A large con- 
gregation assembled at the appointed hour, and Hstened to the first 
Methodist sermon ever preached in Charlotte or its vicinity. The dis- 
course was accompanied with power, producing general feeling and 
many tears; all of which, however, were soon wiped away. 

Not long after, the Reverend Jonathan Jackson, on his way from 
Lincoln County, then his residence, to Wadesborough, came on Satur- 
day, spent the Sabbath, and preached to a considerable congregation 
in the Court House, there being no church in the place at that time for 
any denomination, nor for some years after. The people were serious, 
solemn, and attentive, and appeared well pleased. Now it was that the 
Rev. Samuel Craighead Caldwell took alarm, and began his opposition 
in good earnest. After a few days he called on the doctor, and said many 
harsh things, assuring him he was no longer his friend, but would op- 
pose him in every way he could. In this he was as good as his word; he 
went through his congregations, from house to house, warning them to 
have nothing to do with Dr. Dunlap, saying he was a dangerous man, 
etc; and at the same time recommending a Dr. McKenzie, an avowed 
infidel, and the only opponent with whom Dr. Dunlap had to contend. 
In consequence of his influence, thus exerted, the doctor was entirely 
shut out from practice in the bounds of his congregations, until God, 
in his providence, opened the way. 

Toward the close of the year, as well as my memory serves, old Mr. 
WiUiam Fincher, a local preacher from the lower part of the county, 
visited the town, and spent the night with the doctor. Before bed-time 
he went to prayer with the family (then living in the densest part of 
the town ) and having a very strong voice, and becoming warm in his 
devotions — a servant woman at the same time shouting loudly — pro- 
duced considerable alarm; the neighbours went running from all parts, 
rushed first to the windows, and at length burst open the doors and 
entered, until the room was filled. All appeared lost in astonishment; 
yet said but Httle. This put the stamp of fanaticism on the doctor and his 
family, and weU nigh banished them from respectable society. 

Sometime previous to Dr. Dunlap's settling in Charlotte, several of the 
most pious and respectable families belonging to one of the Reverend 
Samuel Craighead Caldwell's congregations had been denied the priv- 
ileges of the church for attending a camp meeting, and commiming 
with the Rev. W. C. Davis, a clergyman who had withdrawn from the 
Presbyterian connection some time before, and was then preaching in- 
dependently of their authority. These families were required to make a 



public acknowledgement of their crime before they could be restored; 
but not being conscious of having done wrong, (believing Mr. Davis 
to be a good man ) they would not give the satisfaction required; and, 
consequently, were still without the pale of the church. The noise which 
now began to be made in Charlotte about Methodism attracted their 
attention, and one of them, a Mrs. Martin, mother of the present Rev. 
William Martin, now of Columbia, visited the doctor and his family, 
with whom she spent the night, using the occasion to inquire into the 
doctrines and usages of the Methodists. These were explained to her 
satisfaction, and before she left, she extorted a promise from the doctor 
to visit her, and hold a prayer meeting in her house, which he did short- 
ly afterward. These prayer meetings were continued, and attended by 
the above-mentioned excommunicated f amiUes, and laid the foundation 
of a Methodist Society, about seven miles north of Charlotte. The Rev. 
Samuel Harrison who had located about fifteen miles below Charlotte, 
by request, preached once a month to as many as pleased to hear him. 
At Mrs. Martin's a small society was raised, and the congregation in- 
creased, until it was determined to build a church, which was done by 
the assistance of neighbours and friends, and called Buck Hill; — ^this 
name having been formerly given to the hill on which it was built. 

The first that joined the church at this place were the above-named 
persons, who had been denied the privileges of the Presbyterian Church. 
Seeing Methodism thus introduced into their midst, the Rev. Samuel 
Craighead Caldwell advised them to return to the mother church, and 
professed a willingness to receive them without acknowledgements. 
This invitation they refused to accept, professing to be perfectly satis- 
fied with their change, and willing to bear the reproach of Methodism. 

About that same time that the little societ)' at Buck Hill was forming, 
several members belonging to the Presbyterians and seceders, in a 
neighborhood four or five miles distant, went to market; and somewhere 
on the waters of Black River they passed a Methodist camp meeting. 
Curiosity prompted them to stop, and hear for themselves. They did 
hear, and became convinced that there was a power in religion which 
they had never felt. On their return home they instituted a prayer meet- 
ing, and being entire strangers to Methodist economy, they stirred up 
some others to join them and raised a subscription to procure a Meth- 
odist preacher to labour with them. They were, however, told that 
Methodist preaching was not to be obtained by hire. Accordingly, ap- 
plication was made to the said Samuel Harrison, who preached to them 
also once a month, and shortly afterward formed a Httle society there. 

These two societies being formed ( in addition to a few in other parts 
of the country, which formerly belonged to Lincoln circuit) the con- 
ference thought proper to form a new circuit, making the Catawba 
River the dividing line between the aforementioned circuit and the one 
embracing the above-named places, which was called Sugar Creek Cir- 



cuit. The Rev. William B. Bamett was the first preacher sent, who 
preached at each place once in two weeks. In passing round he came 
through Charlotte, and made it one of his appointments. This was open- 
ing the wound afresh. Regular preaching had continued but a short 
time in the village by Mr. Bamett, when Dr. Samuel Craighead Cald- 
well made an appointment to preach on the same day, and invited his 
congregations from the country to attend: a large number attended; and 
though Mr. Bamett and the doctor were immediately in Mr. Caldwell's 
way as he passed on to preach, he spoke to neither, but went directly on 
the platform and preached on the imputed righteousness of Christ. 
After finishing his sermon, (before the benediction) he observed to 
the congregation, that he had understood there was an appointment 
there for Methodist preaching on that day, and he wished to let them 
know what he thought of these people. Said he, "So far as I am con- 
cerned, I am determined to have no communication or intercourse with 
them, for these reasons: First, Because they deny imputed righteous- 
ness of Christ; Secondly, Because they deny the decrees of God; and. 
Thirdly, Because they vilify the Presbyterians wherever they go." Fur- 
ther, "if they were Presbyterians, to be Presbyterians, and have nothing 
to do with the Methodists, who were a sneaking lot; sneaking into 
every nook and comer, breaking up congregations, etc." As soon as he 
had dismissed the assembly Mr. Bamett rose and observed, that after 
a short interval he would preach to as many as chose to hear him, Mr. 
Caldwell left immediately, doubtless expecting, or hoping the congre- 
gation would follow his example. In this, however, he was mistaken: 
they expected a controversial sermon, and curiosity induced them to 
stay and hear what the babbler had to say. 

After a short time Mr. Barnett took the stage, and observed to the 
people, that they no doubt expected a reply to Brother Caldwell's ob- 
servations respecting Methodists; in this they should be disappointed: 
his business was to preach the gospel for the salvation of sinners, and 
not to make proselytes. And observed further, that if any person wished 
to know the doctrines and usages of the Methodist Church, their books 
were abroad in the land, could be easily procured, and examined de- 
liberately at their leisure. In his first prayer he appeared fervently to 
pray, that the preceding labours of the day by Brother Caldwell, so far 
as consistent with God's word and will, should be sanctified to the good 
of those who heard. This being done, he preached a very excellent gospel 
sermon, on Acts X: 34, 35, to a deeply attentive congregation. 

The difference in the spirit of the two preachers was so manifest, as 
to elicit many observations favourable to Methodism. The same evening 
one of Mr. Caldwell's elders was heard to say, that he had a good wiU 
never to hear him (Mr. Caldwell) preach again, in consequence of the 
spirit manifested on that occasion. This day's work may be said to have 
laid the first corner-stone of Methodism in Charlotte; seeing it so far 



removed prejudice, as to induce the people to hear, and judge for them- 
selves. All this served but to enrage the parson the more; and thicker 
and heavier blows were aimed by him at the head of the poor doctor, 
(who warded them off with as much patience as possible) until his 
(Mr. Caldwell's) own people condemned him for his improper and un- 
charitable temper; so much so, that had it not been for the extra exer- 
tions of a few of his particular friends, he would have been dismissed 
from his congregations for want of support — a number refusing to sub- 
scribe anything for his preaching. 

Shortly after this he (Mr. Caldwell) was attacked violently with 
acute rheumatism; and after suffering excessively for several days, he 
sent for Dr. Dunlap one morning in haste. He went, and after the com- 
mon salutations, he began, "Cousin David, I have been rolling and tos- 
sing all night like a wild bull in a net, and wondering what object the 
Lord could have in view in afflicting me so severely; at last I concluded, 
it was to learn (sic) me patience. Until last night I thought I had pa- 
tience, but then found I had it yet to learn." He paused, and the doctor 
expressed a hope, that if the Lord had brought him so far on the list, 
he would carry him through before he was done with him. He im- 
mediately asked, what list? Though afraid of giving offense, the doctor 
saw no way of retreat, and replied, that St. Peter, in his second epistle, 
exhorted us to add to our "faith, virtue, diligence, patience, etc." He 
(Mr. Caldwell) at once saw the bearing, and felt its force. Both re- 
mained silent for some time, and the subject was dropped. 

But this most fortunate hit produced an entire change in his conduct 
ever afterward: he used to tell the anecdote himself merrily, and ob- 
serve, that he had never received so pointed and so appropriate a re- 
proof in his Iffe. 

After the Presbyterians had their prejudices suflBciently removed to 
hear the Methodists, the first-fruits appeared among them. Previous to 
this it had been a general custom, as the young people grew up, they 
went forward and joined the church, and partook of its ordinances; but 
never appeared to think that they were thereby laid under any obliga- 
tions to forsake their old customs and habits. Their conduct seemed to 
say, that a name in the church was all the religion the Bible required. 
Hence every fashionable vice was tolerated in the church. Dancing was 
an innocent amusement, swearing was manly, and drunkenness common. 
The writer of this sketch has repeatedly seen the elders of the church 
reeling in the streets, under the influence of ardent spirits. Experimental 
religion, as preached by the Methodists, began to arrest attention: many 
jested and made Hght of it; but notwithstanding, it had a gradual in- 
fluence on the public mind, and soon rendered those habits unpopular, 
at least among professors. 

If the memory of the writer serves him correctly, the first class was 
formed in Charlotte in the latter part of the year 1818, composed of two 



male, and four or five female members. Soon afterwards it was at- 
tempted to build a house of worship, and though the building was not 
entirely completed, it served as a place of worship for a number of years. 
From this small beginning, the influence of Methodism has spread, 
until, with its doctrines at least, it has leavened the greater part of the 
lump: and though there have been fightings without, and fears within, 
we can raise our Ebenezer and say, "Hitherto the Lord hath been our 


The town of Charlotte was incorporated in the year 1768. Although 
some graves in the Old Settlers' Cemetery are older than 1819 it 
was in this year that the cemetery was estabhshed and the first 
church within the town limits was begun on the site of today's First 
Presbyterian Church. This church, completed in 1823 and some- 
times referred to as "the brick church," was a community church 
used by all denominations until it was taken over by the Presby- 
terians in 1835. Dr. Dunlap was a member of the Town Commis- 
sioners and was instrumental in the building of this community 

The year 1832 is the generally accepted date for the first Metho- 
dist church to be built within the town limits of Charlotte al- 
though the deed for the church property on the nortlieast comer 
of North College Street and East Seventh Street is dated January 
S 1833. 

In 1955 the Western North Carolina Conference Historical So- 
ciety met in annual session in Charlotte and G. W. BumgaiTier gave 
the historical address. He said, "In 1832 the Methodists built a neat 
and comfortable house of worship on Seventh Street." 

In the Miners and Farmers Journal, March 30, 1833, the fol- 
lowing notice appeared: 

Notice. Stolen from out of my Hat in time of service, at the Methodist 
Church, on Sunday night, the 10 th inst. a large Silk Handkerchief. The 
only particular marks recollected are one or two black circles in the 
middle. If the scoundrel will return the article in the course of the next 
week and fasten it upon Colonel John Sloan's door latch, I will not 
proceed against him — otherwise he must suffer the penalties of the law. 

R. N. Bobbins 
Charlotte, March 28, 1833 



In the same paper for June 22, 1833, there is an advertisement on 
sale of lots. One of these is "Lot #365 on Methodist Street." 

In 1834 when tlie pastor was David J. Allen, the Methodist 
Church membership consisted of 81 whites and 115 blacks. 

However, bits and pieces of information from old records indi- 
cate tliat there might have been a Methodist church building in 
Charlotte in the 1820's. Recall that the Reverend James Jenkins 
said tliat the first class was formed in 1818 and "soon thereafter 
it was attempted to build a church and though it wasn't completed 
it served as a place of worship for years." [Editor's note: This 
might have been the 1819 community church.] 

From Quarterly Conference Minutes, April 20, 1822: 

Proceed to appoint trustees to build a church in Charlotte. The follow- 
ing were appointed, viz. Dr. D. Dunlap, Caleb Norwood, Jeb Cannon, 
Jacob Hill, William McKee. [Editor's note: This would not refer to the 
community church because that was begun in 1819.] 

The Catawba Journal was the first Charlotte newspaper. An ad- 
vertisement in the Catawba Journal, December 15, 1824, says: 

A Bargain 

Any person desirous to settle in the village of Charlotte, North Caro- 
lina, and save the trouble and expense of building, will do well to call 
on the subscriber, who offers for sale his house and lot on terms to please 
a purchaser, viz: — three front lots and two back, lying in the Sandy 
Hollow, and adjoining William Lacky's land; also, two lots, the front on 
Broad Street, and back lot, adjoining the Methodist Church, — Also, 
a two story dwelling-house on Broad Street situated a few rods north- 
east from the Court-House, with two lots. On the premises are an ex- 
cellent cellar, kitchen. Smoke-house, Bam, Stables, and every other 
necessary outbuilding. 

Edward W. Bronson 

[Editorial comment: In the early newspapers Tryon Street is often re- 
ferred to as Broad Street.] 

In the church archives there is an interesting letter. In 1905 Mrs. 
Rachel Holton wrote the letter to Dr. T. F. Marr who was then 
pastor of Tryon Street Methodist Church. In the letter she de- 
scribed Charlotte as it was in 1829 when she and her husband 
Thomas J. Holton came to Charlotte to live. They bought and 



published the Catawba Journal but soon ( 1830 ) changed its name 
to the Miners and Farmers Journal. After Mr, Holton's death in 
1861 Mrs. Holton continued to pubHsh the paper for some years. 
She was a member of Tryon Street Methodist Church. In her 
letter she says: 

There was but one church and it still stands there. . . . Tryon Street 
was the principal street and cattle roamed around it pretty freely ... It 
was a long time before a church was built. It was a wooden one. The 
colored people bought the place and are now preaching there. 

This letter was written by Mrs. Holton when she was in her 
nineties. It is a Httle confusing but can be interpreted to say that 
the community church (now First Presbyterian) was the only 
church in town in 1829 and that the Methodist Church on the 
corner of North College and East Seventh Streets was built "a 
long time" later than 1829. Definitely, she tells us that the first 
Methodist church was built of wood. 

We have nothing else about the Methodist church until shortly 
before a new church was built on North Tryon Street. The North 
Carolina Whig for May 5, 1857, reports that: 

A protracted meeting commenced on Sunday last at the Methodist 
Church . . . the Presbyterians are waking up and there is every prospect 
of a gracious outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord on that church also . . . 
Lord revive us, all our help must come from Thee. 

And on May 12, 1857, in that same Charlotte newspaper we find: 

The meeting that commenced in the Methodist E. Chiuch on the 3 rd 
instant is still in progress and there are indications of the commence- 
ment of a glorious revival in that church. God grant it. 





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^^ Much has already been said about Dr. David 
l^l^'W R- Dunlap who may be considered to be the 
III! founder of Methodism in Charlotte. He was 
■I born in Anson County and came to Charlotte 

PAPA r, 1 « 1 

ttt^ to live in 1814. His tombstone says, He de- 
parted this life on Sunday, tlie 8th of Decem- 

ber, 1861 aged 84 years, 2 months, 2 days" so he must have been 
born October 6, 1777. 

Dr. Dunlap was married three times. He first married Charlotte 
Jennings and after her death he married her sister Mary. The father 
of the Jennings girls was president of a school in Wadesboro, North 
Carolina. It has been said that this marriage to the sister of his 
first wife caused Dr. Dunlap to be expelled from tlie Presbyterian 
Church and become a Methodist. How could this be true when 
the Dunlap monument in the Old Settler's Cemetery in Charlotte 
says that Charlotte J. Dunlap "died October 25, 1815, aged 24 
years" and it was in 1815 that Dr. Dunlap was involved in the 
founding of the Buck Hill Methodist Society? From this it would 
seem that he was a Methodist before he married the sister of his 
first wife. 

Dr. Dunlap's second wife was Mary J. Dunlap and they were 
married only a few years after the death of his first wife. A son aged 
8 months died October 31, 1820. Mary J. Dunlap died in 1848 and 
Dr. Dunlap then married Polly Lowrie. Both Mrs. Polly Dunlap 
and her sister Mrs. Brawley Oates were influential members of the 
early Methodist Church in the town of Charlotte. 

On the Dunlap monument are the names of a son by the first 
marriage, who had died at the age of 33 years, and four other 
children, the oldest of these being five years old. Polly Lowrie 
Dunlap had a daughter named Harriet K. who married Dr. Edmund 
Jones of Morganton and after his death married Colonel T. H. 
Brem of Charlotte. 

According to a History of Mecklenburg County Medicine by Dr. 



Charles M. Strong (1929), Dr. Dunlap was "a large, fleshy, jovial, 
and popular man" and was referred to as "the Falstaff of the pro- 
fession." This description does not fit the picture of Dr. Dunlap 
that came from Dr. J. B. Alexander's History of Mecklenburg 
County (1902). 

Dr. Strong's history continues: 

He (Dr. Dunlap) was not only a successful physician, but was ac- 
credited as the founder of Methodism in this part of the State. Dr. Dun- 
lap and Dr. D. C. Caldwell ran a preceptor school preparing young 
medicos for medical college. Among the number were Drs. C. J. Fox 
and Robert Gibbon, the latter a gifted surgeon, father of our own 
Robert. He and Dr. Fox were the only surgeons in this part of the 

Dr. Dunlap was an influential Charlotte citizen and old deeds 
show that he owned a considerable amount of property both in 
town and in the surrounding area. In October, 1844, he gave as 
security for a debt to his brother-in-law Brawley Gates: 

7 lots in Town of Charlotte known as the present and former residence 
of the said Dunlap situated on Trade Street opposite the residence of 
Peter M. Brown with all improvements . . . and also the foUowing ne- 
groes: Cherry age 40, Charlotte age 22, Sarah age 16, Hannah age 8, 
Isham age 50, and Uhses age 4. 

Since the Peter Marshall Brown home was on the northeast comer 
of Caldwell and East Trade Streets, this indicates that the Dunlap 
home would have been on the south side of East Trade Street be- 
tween Caldwell and Davidson Streets. 

Also, in the settling of Dr. Dunlap's estate after his death we 
find in The Daily Bulletin: 

December 17, 1861. I will sell at the plantation of Dr. David R. Dun- 
lap, deceased, about 3 miles south of Charlotte, on Monday the 5 th of 
January next, the following property, viz: 

3 horses; 3 mules; 12 or 14 head of cattle, among them, several good 
milch cows, 27 head of pork hogs, now being fattened for bacon; 5 or 6 
breeding sows, and 18 or 20 hogs in range; 500 or 600 bushels of com; 
7 stacks of fodder; 1 four horse wagon and gearing; several plows and 
other farming tools; 1 threshing machine and gearing; 1 wheat tan; 1 



straw cutter and com sheller. Also about 25 or 30 acres of growing 
crops of wheat and oates, together with other articles. 

Terms made known on day of sale. 

Sam'l J. Lowrie, Ex'r of 
D. A. Dunlap, deceased. 

December 14, 1861. I will rent at the Court House door on the 1 st of 
January, the plantation lately belonging to said deceased lying about 
10 miles North- West of Charlotte, on tiie Beaties Ford Road, for the 
ensuing year. The plantation is in good repair, about 100 acres of good 
land for cultivation. There is a small but comfortable house on the 

Sam'l J. Lowrie 

Dr. Dunlap's obituary was printed in the Southern Christian 
Advocate January 30, 1862: 

... In the death of this venerable and godly man, our common Meth- 
odism has lost an ardent supporter, and the church in Charlotte one 
who fostered its infancy and was devoted to its interests to the day of 
his death. He was the first to secure the services of a Methodist preacher 
at this place, and for more than forty years he watched the varying for- 
tunes of the church of his choice with constant soHcitude, and gave the 
full weight of his influence to every measure which in his judgement 
would promote its prosperity. 

. . . His resignation to the will of God was illustrated by a remark to 
his pastor, during his last interview with him — "I don't think I have 
any desire to die, and I am very sure I have no anxiety to Hve. I can 
leave the matter entirely with my Heavenly Father." 






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In Charlotte's earliest Methodist church blacks 

W*W and whites had worshipped together; but 
III! when a new church was built in 1859 on the 
■I southwest corner of North Tryon Street and 
llll West Sixth Street, the blacks requested that 
they remain in the old church. Later, the old 

church property was sold to the Lutherans who in turn sold it to 
black Presbyterians. This site on the northeast corner of North 
College and East Seventh streets is today ( 1983 ) occupied by the 
First United Presbyterian Church. 


The cornerstone of the first Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South building was laid August 17, 1859. The Western 
Democrat for August 23, 1859, says: 

The comer-Stone of the new Methodist Church edifice was laid last 
Wednesday by the Masonic Fraternity,* Daniel Coleman, Esq. of- 
ficiating. The address by Mr. Wrightman was very appropriate. He 
spoke without manuscript, and the chaste and beautiful thoughts em- 
bodied in the Address couched in elegant language, together with the 
manner and delivery of the speaker, were captivating. 

Until the cornerstone of this first Tryon Street Methodist church 
building was opened in 1891 there were no records of charter mem- 
bers of this church. The Charlotte Chronicle, May 17, 1891, gives an 
account of the opening of this 1859 cornerstone and tells of its 
contents. According to the article there was a copy of The West- 
ern Democrat, May 26, 1857, William J. Yates, editor, and E. A. 
Yates, associate editor. The Chi'onicle article says that a paper on 

"Phalanx Lodge. At this time the Reverend E. J. Meynardie pastor (1857- 
1859) was the Grand Chaplain of this lodge. 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

which was written interesting facts in regard to the building of 
the church and tlie membership was so badly disfigured that it 
was with difficulty that any of the facts and names could be ob- 
tained. In the list of members of the church many of the names 
were totally obliterated. However, the following was legible: 

M. E. Church, South, Charlotte, N. C. August 17, 1859. 

Presiding Elder, Wadesboro District, S. H. Browne, Preacher in Charge, 

Charlotte, E. J. Meynardie. 

Stewards of Charlotte Station, E. H. Andrews, Chas. Wilson, T. J. 
Holton, Dr. D. R. Dunlap, E. A. Yates, R. W. Beckwith. 

Superintendent Sunday School, Samuel Wolfe. 
Superintendent Colored Members, E. H. Andrews. 

Ti-ustees of the church, Emmor Graham, E. H. Andrews, C. Wilson, B. 
M. Blair, J. M. Sanders. 

The church edifice Building committee, E. H. Andrews, Thomas H. 
Brem, James M. Sanders. 

Architect, E. H. Saurs of Charlotte. 

Carpenter, Jonas Rudisill. 

In the list of the church members that follows note that the 
name of no church officer is repeated. 



Andrews, Catharine 
Andrews, Sarah A. 
Ballard, Nancy 
Ballard, Noah 
Badger, Jane 
Beckwith, Virginia 
Bernhardt, Mary 
Berryhill, Elizabeth 
Benyhill, Harriet 
Berryhill, Mary A. N. 
Blalock, I. H. 
Brem, Harriet N. 
Byerly, David A. 
Byerly, Jane 
Chapman, Elizabeth 
Chapman, Hannah 
Colbert, Sarah 
Cross, Wealthy Ann 
Cruse, Henry 
Cruse, Mary E. 

Davidson, Mary Jane 
Eagle, Mary 
Ervin, Andrew 
Eberhardt, Charles 
Eberhardt, Elizabeth 
Frazier, Virginia 
Gibson, Charles 
Gibson, Mary 
Graham, Lizzie 
Graham, Teresa 
Gray, Henry H. 
Gray, James 
Hill, Mary 
Holton, Eliza 
Holton, Harrison 
Holton, Rachel 
Howell, Chancy F. 
Jordan, Sarah Ann 
Kidd, Christina 
Ledwell, David 

Ledwell, Thomas 
McClure, Sidney 
McGilvary, Caroline 
Owens, Jane E. 
Phelan, Ann 
Phillips, Jane 
Propst, Henry 
Propst, Maria 
Rigler, George 
Rudisill, Elizabeth 
Rudisill, Jonas 
Smith, Dova 
Smith, Lydia 
Stevens, Rebecca 
Todd, Robert L. 
Wilson, Mary E. 
Windle, R. 
Wriston, Louise 



We have been unable to find a picture of this 1859 building. The 
earliest item that has been found about this church is in The North 
Carolina Whig, October 23, i860: 

. . . The Rev. F. A. Mood, Presiding Elder of Lincolnton District, will 
preach a sermon in the basement of the new Methodist Church on Fri- 
day the 26 instant, that day having been set apart by the Methodist 
denomination of this place as a day of Fasting and Prayer in reference 
to the present state of our National affairs .... 


In reading old Charlotte newspapers, by November of i860 one 
can sense the gathering war clouds. The Western Democrat for 
May 6, 1862 notes that: 

The Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, and Lutheran churches had given 
their bells to the government . . . They were removed last week and 
broken up for shipment to Richmond, where a battery of guns will be 
immediately prepared for Capt. Brem of this place. 

Note that there is no mention of the Presbyterian Church bell hav- 
ing been sent. This Presbyterian Church bell was old, having been 
purchased in 1825. 

The Charlotte Daily Observer for April 29, 1873, states that: 

The new bell for the Presbyterian Church arrived yesterday from the 
North and was conveyed to the churchyard. Its weight is 811 pounds. 
The old bell of the Presbyterian Church is now used for the Town Clock 
in the steeple of the Methodist Church where it was placed during the 
war. It was the only bell in the city that was not sacrificed for the Con- 
federate cause. The new bell will be the first one that has been placed 
in the Presbyterian Church since the war. 

Sometime between 1874 and 1896 the old bell was removed 
from the steeple of the Methodist Church to a tower behind the 
courthouse which from 1845 to 1897 was on the northeast corner 
of West Trade and North Church Streets. An 1891 newspaper 
article tells us that "the front part of the Methodist church was 
built ( rebuilt? ) in 1884" so this would seem to be a likely date for 
the moving of the bell. 

According to Elizabeth Williams, historian of Charlotte's First 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

Presbyterian Church, when the First Ward School was built in 
1900-1901 the old bell was moved there where it stayed until 1943 
when it was returned to the First Presbyterian church. 

In tlie late 1930's Mrs. J. A. Yarbrough wrote an article entitled 
"Three Famous Old Bells of Charlotte Preserved." One of these was 
the one that is described above, another was the fire bell that is now 
on the firemen's lot in Elmwood Cemetery, and the third is the 
bell that now hangs in the tower of the educational building of 
First United Methodist Church. 


One of the oldest records in the church archives is a large Register 
of Members published for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South 
in 1857. This book has spaces for name, how and when received, 
class, how and when disposed of, and remarks. There is no space 
for address. 

A list of pastors in the church arcliives says that W, C. Power 
and C. E. Long were pastors 1865-1866 but a note in this Church 
Register signed by William C. Power himself says that he was 
pastor 1866-1867. The first page of tliis book says: 


The leaves confined togetlier contain the record of members on this 
Station to the 19th of November 1867 — at which time the roll was 
copied : See new roll. 

William C. Power 
Pastor 1866-1867 

Working with a magnifying glass in good light one can decipher 
most of the names copied by Mr. Power in 1867. From the number 
of people who joined the church in the early i86o's, some idea of 
the rapid growth of the Tryon Street church is evident. From the 
number of deaths during this same time it would seem that many 
of the charter members of this church were well up in years. One 
gets an impression of the pastor himself from the remarks that he 
made about some of the church members. Near the end of 1867 the 
church had approximately 306 members. 

• Mr. Power liked "squiggly" lines. 



One wonders if the pastor had the power to expel church mem- 
bers or if there was a "trial" and, if so, by whom. Not mentioning 
names [because we might be talking about someone's ancestor] 
here are the reasons given for expelling certain church members: 
"Expelled 1867 for keeping a drinking saloon; expelled for drink- 
ing 1867; has left the country under a cloud 1866; withdrawn un- 
der evil report 1867; expelled 1867 for neglect of duty; she was 
disreputable; expelled for adultery 1867; expelled for dancing 
1867; withdrawn under censure; removed without certificate i860 
[was about to be cited for trial when he left]; stricken off in 1867." 

Other reasons are given for tlie loss of church members in the 
copying of tliis 1867 list. Among them are: "Joined the Baptists, 
was led off by one; withdrew to go to the circus; in the army; dead 
[there are several of tliese]; gone to the country [there are several 
of these]; has taken work in tlie S. C. Conference; wife done with 

One interesting reason for several people leaving the church in 
1866 "without certificate" was "No certificate to be had. Church 
in the hands of the enemy." 

From reading the above, Mr. Power does not seem to be a very 
likeable person but some entries are different from those cited. 
Among these are: two members were described as "good girls"; 
one was a "refugee"; "Is a small boy. Look after him"; and there are 
several "Aged and infirm. Look after." 

In 1866 the trustees of the Tryon Street Methodist Church 
were: Col. Calvin M. Ray, Chairman; Josiah Asbury, Alexander 
Berryhill, Dan'l H. Byerly, James G. McCorkle, Jonas Rudisill, 
T. C. Smith, Charles Wilson, and M. L. Wriston. 

In 1867 some members of Tryon Street left to join the Calvary 
Mission wliich had been established is 1865. Loss of members to 
other Methodist churches has always been true of this church. The 
Methodist church was a "missionary" church and this earliest 
Methodist church in Charlotte might be considered to be the 
mother church of all of the older Methodist churches in Charlotte. 

The church roll was recopied in this Church Registry by each 
new preacher in very poor handwriting and with ink that has 
nearly faded out so that reading is difficult. On these rolls we 
begin to find names that today's older members will remember. An 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

example is the name of Miss Sallie Bethune which first appears on 
the 1872 roll. 

In 1882 the pastor was J. T. Bagwell (1880-1884) '^^^ ^is list 
is beautifully done in shaded Spencerian script and the ink is un- 
faded. In his list there are no remarks indicating that anyone was 
dismissed from the church. The last list in this book goes through 
1888 and tlie book also contains a record of infant baptisms from 

The Methodist General Conference of 1890 ordered that the fol- 
lowing resolution be inserted in the Appendix to the Methodist 

606. Resolved. That inasmuch as the deliverances of our Bishops, as 
contained in their quadrennial addresses to the General Conference 
from time to time, and as quoted at length by the Special Committee 
of Fifteen, have declared dancing, theater going, card playing and the 
like worldly indulgences to be contrar)^ to the spirit of Christianity^ and 
violative of the General Rules and moral discipline of our Church as 
also of the vows of our Church members, we, therefore, heartily in- 
dorse the aforesaid deliverances as containing the just and correct in- 
terpretation of the law in tlie premises, and as such this General Con- 
ference accepts the same as having equal force and authority as if 
contained in the body of the Discipline. 

Much later than the 1890's, dancing was not accepted by Meth- 
odists. The following anecdote was related by Mrs. Julia Hagood 
Cuthbertson and reported to Charles Henderson by W. R. Cuth- 
bertson, Jr., in 1977: 

As a young man teaching the youth at Trinity Methodist Church 
Sunday School in the nineteen twenties. W. Reynolds Cuthbertson 
( Rennie Cuthbertson, later to become Chairman of the OjBBcial Board 
and Trustee of First Methodist) was asked to resign as a teacher when 
the church officials learned that he had been seen dancing. They ex- 
plained that this was not a proper influence for the students. When, 
however, the bovs of the class heard about the action thev went on 
strike and refused to attend Sunday School further without their be- 
loved teacher. 

The Trinity officials reconsidered, the class was resumed, and ap- 
parentl)' the influence did not harm anyone, least of all the young 
teacher who continued his devotion to his church and especially his 
concern for youth. 



For many years Tryon Street and Calvary were the only Meth- 
odist churches in the city. It was in Tryon Street Church on No- 
vember 30, 1885, that Charles J. Soong, father of the famous Soong 
sisters of China,* was ordained a Methodist minister. 

Probably "town" would be a more accurate description for 
Charlotte than "city." Railroads had come to Charlotte in 1852, gas 
hghting in 1858. When the Tryon Street church was built in 1859 
the town population was approximately 1,366. Charlotte lived 
through the days of the Civil War without physical damage; and 
the first Charlotte City Directory, which was published in 1875, 
shows that the city had approximately 6,000 people,* * 15 churches, 
and 20 saloons. Of the 15 white and negro churches, two were 
white Methodist and tliree were black Methodist. 


The Charlotte Chronicle for Tuesday, June 23, 1891, gives an ac- 
count of the laying of the cornerstone of the second Tryon Street 
Church building: 

The Cornerstone 

of Tryon Street Methodist 

Church Laid Yesterday — 

Imposing Ceremonies 

The Chronicle the First Deposit 

Made in the Stone — "How Firm a Foundation" — 

Dr. Pool the Cap Stone 

The inscription on the cornerstone of the new part of Tryon Street 
Methodist Church reads: 


LAID AUG. 17, 1859 
REBUILT JUNE 22, 1891 

It was stated in the Chronicle Sunday morning that the cornerstone 
would be laid yesterday at 11 o'clock, and at that hour a large crowd 
gathered to witness the ceremony. 

*One of the Soong sisters became Madame Chiang Kai-shek and another became 
the wife of Sun Yat Sen. 

** Approximation obtained from 4,473 population in 1870 and 7,094 population 
in 1880. 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

Presiding Elder Tyer and Rev. Dr. Pool, pastor of the church, pre- 
sided over the exercises, the programme of which appeared in Sunday's 

The scripture lesson was read by Dr. Tyer after which the list of arti- 
cles of deposit was read by Dr. Pool and the deposit was made as follows: 

1. The Charlotte Chronicle containing account of articles found in the 
old cornerstone, deposited by W. H. Weam. 

2. The Bible, by W. H. Gray. 

3. MetliO'dist Hymnal, by C' W. Tillett. 

4. Methodist Discipline, by J. A. Jones. 

5. Minutes of the last session of the Western North Carolina Confer- 
ence, by J. B. Spencer. 

6. Names of the Presiding Elder, pastor, and oflBcers, by W. R. Jones. 

7. List of full membership, numbering 842 of tlie church, by C. P. 

8. Financial estimates of current expenses of the church by J. G. Free- 

9. Names of Sunday School oflBcers, teachers, and pupils by M. C. 

10. Names of building committee, by J. W. Wadsworth. 

n. Names of oflBcers, teachers, and pupils of B Street Chapel, by S. H. 

Hilton. [Editor's note: Brevard Street was originally named B. 


12. Names and report of the "Praying Band" by E. Hooper. 

NEWS, MECKLENBURG TIMES, and other papers, by Jerome 

14. The City Code, by Jo Asbury. 

15. A paper by A. L. Butt. 

16. Names of oflBcers of the Woman's Missionary Society, by Mrs. J. W. 

17. Names of oflBcers of the Ladies' Aid Society, and names of "Bright 
Jewels," by Miss Connie White. [Editor's note: "Bright Jewels" was 
a Young People's (or children's) Missionary Society.] 

18. Names of society, "Lovers of Jesus", by Miss SalHe Whisnant. 

19. Women's Missionary Advocate by Walter MuUen. 

20. Rev. Dr. Pool by J. W. Wadsworth. 

Mr. Tyer stated it was the desire of the congregation to keep the Dr. 
at Tryon Street Church, but according to the itineracy of the church 
he would have to go at the expiration of another year, so the congrega- 
tion had determined to get him into the cornerstone. A large photo- 
graph of the Dr. was accordingly placed in the stone and was the last 



Dr. Pool then requested Messrs. Wadsworth, Wheeler, Mayer, and 
B, W. Jones, one of the church committees, to step forward and lay 
their hands on the stone, and with his own resting on it, he dedicated 
the stone and Church to Almighty God. The exercises closed with the 

This Tryon Street Church cornerstone is in the Records and 
History room in today's ( 1983 ) First United Methodist Church. 
When the Tryon Street Church building was torn down in 1928 
after completion of the new First Methodist Church, both the 
cornerstone and the lectern from the Tryon Street Church were 
saved by Mr. Louis Asbury and stored at his farm in Hunters- 
ville. North Carolina. This farm was later bought by Mr, and Mrs. 
Cecil Bradford, and in 1977 the Bradfords donated the lectern and 
cornerstone to the First United Methodist Church in memory of 
Wilson Stratton and in honor of his wife, Lura Stratton. 

This stone is housed in the Records and History room. It is in- 
teresting that when this cornerstone was laid in 1859 the corner- 
stone of St. Peter's Episcopal Church on the comer of North Tryon 
and Seventh Streets was also laid at about the same time. A real 
coincidence is that both Tryon Street Methodist and St. Peter's 
were remodelled in 1891. (The original St. Peter's church pews 
are now in the little Church of the Resurrection in Little Switzer- 
land, North Carohna. ) 

The 1927 First United Methodist Church does not have a cor- 


An 1891 newspaper article describes the newly built church as 

Tryon Street Methodist Church 
Today for the first time, the congregation of Tryon Street Methodist 
Church will worship in their new house of worship. The old building 
was torn down in June, and the comer stone of the present building 
was laid in July. 

The front part of the church, which was comparatively new, having 
been built but seven years ago, was left standing, and only the main 
part of the church rebuilt. This was done at a cost of $12,000. The pres- 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

ent building is a reproduction in general style of the old church, with 
modem improvements as to arrangements and furnishings. 

The building is 47 x 80 feet in the clear, with seating capacity of 900, 
one hundred more than the former church. The walls are beautifully 
frescoed in light tints, blue being the prevailing color. The woodwork is 
oak, except the chancel railing which is walnut. This railing is the one 
used in the old church, and for its hallowed association will be pre- 
served as it is in the new church. The windows are stained glass, each 
of different design, and are very handsome. The gas fixtures are very 
pretty. The choir platform is immediately back of die pulpit. 

The 1891 brick church building cost $30,000 and by the summer 
of 1903 the church debt had been paid off. 


EARLY 1890'S 

The first printed list of church members in the archives was pub- 
lished when Dr. W. S. Creasy was pastor in 1892-1896. This list 
is reproduced here in its entirety because it names most of the 
Methodists in Charlotte at that time; not all because Calvary had 
been organized in 1865 and there w^ere also several smaller "mis- 
sion" churches. Addresses show the residential pattern of Char- 
lotte in the mid-1890's and this list should be of interest to all 
Methodist churches in Charlotte today, [Editorial note. I have al- 
ways heard that C Street became Caldwell, B Street became Bre- 
vard, and A Street was the raihoad tracks.] 

Notice that most of the congregation lived within walking dis- 
tance of the church. At this time there were no automobiles but 
electric streetcars had been in operation since 1893. The minutes 
of the Board of Stewards for May, 1894 "appointed a committee 
to procure a horse and buggy for the pastor to visit the congrega- 
tion for the next month or so." In February, 1895, Dr. Creasy was 
presented with a bicycle. 

Abernathy, J. W 515 North Poplar Adams, W. V 630 South Church 

Adams, C. L 603 South Church Alexander, Charles ... Connelly Springs 

Adams, Mrs. Harriett 630 South Church Alexander, Mrs. MaryE. 921 East Trade 

Adams, J. A. M 630 South Church Alexander, Miss Nora G. 921 East Trade 

Adams, Mrs. Katie . . 803 South Tryon Allen, D. E 20 East Trade 

Adams, Maggie C. . . . 630 South Church Allen, Mrs. Lela 604 East Ninth 



Allen, W. H 604 East Ninth 

Allison, Miss Bettie .... 818 South Tryon 
AUison, Jno. A 

cor. Cedar and West Trade 

Allison, Mrs. Minnie J 

cor. Cedar and West Trade 

Allison, Mrs. Sarah J. . .923 S. Boulevard 
Allison, Thomas A. 923 South Boulevard 
Anderson, David H. . . 508 North Graham 
Anderson, George R. . . Statesville, N. C. 
Anderson, Maurice P. . . 508 N. Graham 
Anderson, Mrs. Sallie S. 508 N. Graham 

Andrews, E. M 307 North College 

Andrew^s, Mrs. EUa S. 307 North College 
Ardrey, Ida L 

U. S. Assay OflBce, West Trade 

Ardrey, Mrs. Mary E 

U. S. Assay Office, West Trade 

Ardrey, Wm. E 

U. S. Assay Office, West Trade 

Arledge, Mrs. Ella W. . . 503 South Tryon 

Arledge, Mrs. J. A 503 South Tryon 

Arledge, Miss Mamie . . 503 South Tryon 
Asbury, Mrs. Emma S. 209 South Myers 
Asbury, E. Toss 

Asbury, H. B 302 North College 

Asbury, J. J 215 East Fifth 

Asbury, Mrs. Jessie J. 

Asbinry, Josiah 215 East Fifth 

Asbury, L. H 302 North College 

Asbiuy, Mrs. Louzine .... 506 North E 
Asbury, Mrs. M. A. . . 302 North College 

Asbinry, Mrs. Mary E 215 East Fifth 

Asbury, Olla K 209 South Myers 

Asbury, Sam'l J 302 North College 

Asbury, T. H 215 East Fifth 

Babbington, Miss Bessie . . 206 N. Myers 
Babbington, Mrs. Margaret J 

206 North Myers 

Badgett, C. L Queen City Hotel 

Barnes, Miss Ida May 306 South College 
Barnes, Mrs. M. A. . . . 306 South College 
Barnes, Miss M. L. . . 306 South College 

Barnes, W. R 306 South College 

Barnhardt, Wm. . . .414 North Church 
Bartley, Mrs. Jennie L 

. . cor. Walsh and Euclid Av., Dilworth 

Beattie, A. M 414 East Seventh 

Beattie, Mrs. E. M 414 East Seventh 

Beattie, Lillie J 414 East Seventh 

Beattie, Mrs. M. C 515 East Ninth 

Beattie, Miss M. S 515 East Ninth 

Bennett, Mrs. M. I. . . 615 East Seventh 
Bennett, Mrs. Mary. . .615 East Seventh 

Bermett, Ralph 615 East Seventh 

Bennett, W. F 615 East Seventh 

Benton, Mrs. Minnie . . 305 North Myers 
Berryhill, Alexander . . 507 North Poplar 
Berryhill, Mrs. Amanda J 

407 N. Church 

Berryhill, E. W. 

Berryhill, W. G 407 North Church 

Bethune, Mrs. A 801 North Tryon 

Bethune, Miss Bessie W. . . 801 N. Tryon 
Betliune, Miss Sallie A. 801 North Tryon 
Beverly, Miss Annie. . .403 West Ninth 

Biggers, E.J cor. Pine and Seventh 

Biggers, Mrs. E. J. cor. Pine and Seventh 

Bivens, J. A 902 South Tryon 

Black, Mrs. W. J.. . .408 North College 
Blakey, Mrs. Mary M. . . 803 North Pine 

Blakey, R. E 803 Nortli Pine 

Boyte, Bessie 408 East Ninth 

Boyte, Fannie M. E. . . . cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, J. C cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, Jno. M cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, L. J cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, Lainra B cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, Lester cor. Ninth and C 

Boyte, W. F cor. Ninth and C 

Bradshaw, C. E cor. Sixth and A 

Bradshaw, Mrs. Lou W. cor. Sixth and A 

Bradshaw, W. A cor. Sixth and A 

Brantly, C. F Terminus Clarkson 

Brantly, Mrs. M. N. C Ter. Clarkson 

Brantly, Miss W. N. Terminus Clarkson 

Bray, Frank T 316 South College 

Brem, Mrs. Hannie C. . . 801 South Tryon 
Brem, Miss Mina C. . . .801 South Tryon 

Brem, Walter 801 South Tryon 

Brem, Walter, Jr 801 South Tryon 

Bridger, J. L North Davidson 

Bridgers, CM 217 North Tryon 

Brown, J. D. 11th bet. Pine and Factory 

Brown, L. W 806 West Trade 

Brown, Mrs. Mary A. . . 806 West Trade 
Brown, Mrs. MolHe 

11th bet. Pine and Factory 

Brown, Miss Susan E. . . 806 West Trade 
Brown, Miss Susie .... 806 West Trade 

Buchanan, A. L 311 West Trade 

Buchanan, Mrs. J. S 311 West Trade 

Butt, Arthur L 420 South Church 

Butt, Mrs. M. E 420 South Church 

Byerly, Daniel 403 West Ninth 

Cain, Miss Lucy 512 West Fourth 

Campbell, Mrs. Laura Raleigh, N. C. 
Campion, Miss M. E. . . 506 East Seventh 

Campion, W. C 506 East Seventh 

Carpenter, Mrs. Ida A. 902 South Tryon 

Gates, Fred 8 West Hill 

Gates, Luckey 8 West Hill 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

Gates, V. H 8 West Hill 

Christenbury, Mrs. S. C. 208 N. Clarkson 

Clark, Jno. D 29 East Trade 

Clarke, Mrs. Lillie A. 
Clarke, Robt. T. 

Cobb, Mrs. Blanche V Alpha Mills 

Cochrane, Jessie 205 North Myers 

Craig, A. G Boulevard, Dilworth 

Craig, Mrs. Alice. Boulevard, Dilworth 

Creasy, E. Elizabeth 227 N. Tryon 

Creasy, Mrs. E. Sparger. .227 N. Tryon 

Creasy, J. Walter 227 N. Tryon 

Creasy, Miss M. Eloise .... 227 N. Tryon 

Creasy, M. Isabel 227 N. Tryon 

Creswell, Miss Annie L. . . 308 S. Church 

Creswell, E. F 308 South Church 

Creswell, Mrs. M. I. . 308 South Church 
Creswell, Mrs. Mamie E. . . 308 S. Chiu-ch 

Crowell, A. H 210 East Fifth 

Cuthbertson, Daisy J 407 East Fifth 

Cuthbertson, Mrs. J. M. . . 407 East Fifth 
Cuthbertson, J. Walter . . . 407 East Fifth 
Cuthbertson, Mabel L. . . 407 East Fifth 

Cuthbertson, Melissa Seversville 

Cuthbertson, Miss Minnie A. 407 E. Fifth 

Davidson, Chas. M 302 East Sixth 

Davidson, Mrs. Kate A. . . 302 East Sixth 
Davidson, Mrs. Katie .... 302 East Sixth 
Davidson, Mrs. Sarah. . . .301 E. Sixth 

Davidson, Walter East Ninth 

Davis, Miss Carrie 

Davis, Miss Eugenia 504 North Graham 

Davis, Henrietta C. 

Davis, Herbert L. . . . 504 North Graham 

Davis, J. M. . . South Tryon, at city limit 

Davis, Mrs. Julia . . S. Tryon, at city limit 

Davis, Mrs. Lida. . . .601 North Church 

Davis, Lindsey W. . .601 North Church 

Davis, Miss Maggie M. . . 504 N. Graham 

Davis, Mrs. Margaret A. 6io S. Church 

Davis, Miss Sue . . . S. Tryon, at city limit 

Day, H. M Arlington Hotel 

Deaton, J. L 304 East Fifth 

Deaton, Mrs. Sarah R. . . . 304 East Fifth 

Deaton, Mrs. Lizzie 304 East Fifth 

Doggett, A. W. 26 East Trade 

Dowd, Mrs. Annie T. . . E. Morehead Ave. 
Dowd, Mrs. Lydia J.. .701 North Tryon 
Dowd, Miss Mary E. . . .701 North Tryon 
Dowd, Miss Mattie. .701 North Tryon 
Dowd, Miss Nannie T. 701 North Tryon 

Duckett, Wm. H 308 South Church 

Duncan, A. Pinkney. . . .615 West Fifth 
Duncan, Mrs. Emma. . . .310 East Ninth 

Duncan, Mrs. N. E 615 West Fifth 

Duncan, Robert A 310 East Ninth 

Eagle, William Central Hotel 

Fames, W. H. V 211 East Seventh 

Edwards, Leona. . . .638 South Church 

Edwards, Mrs. Mary J 

638 South Church 

Edwards, Thomas .... 638 South Church 
Edwards, William ... 638 South Church 

Elam, Mrs. Farmie E Fourth 

Elam, R. B 217 North Graham 

Elam, Mrs. R. L 217 North Graham 

Elder, Miss Annie G. . . 216 North Myers 
Eldridge, Miss Hattie. .Arlington Hotel 

Elliott, Mrs. L. A 700 East Eighth 

Elliott, W. A 700 East Eighth 

Engledove, Mrs. Florence 413 N. Poplar 
Engledove, Oscar. . . .413 North Poplar 

Farrington, Miss Josephine 609 N. Pine 
Farrington, Miss Lou T. 801 N. Graham 

Farrior, E. N 806 Nortii Pine 

Farrior. Dr. Geo B. . .515 North College 
Farrior, Mrs. Jessie B. 515 North College 

Farrior, Jno 515 North College 

Farrior, Mrs. Mary C. . . 806 North Pine 
Fasnacht, Mrs. Maggie . 205 West Trade 

Faysoux, Mrs. Alice West Fifth 

Felder, Miss Mary L. . . 603 South Tryon 

Fields, A. R 11 West Vance 

Fields, R. H 11 West Vance 

Frazier, Charles 39 West Fourth 

Frazier, J. S 39 West Fourth 

Frazier, M. L 39 West Fourth 

Frazier, Mrs. Sarah. . . .39 West Fourth 

Frazier, W. M 39 West Fourth 

Freeland, Arthur T Country 

Freeland, Mrs. Fannie 

310 cor. 7th and Graham 

Freeland, Miss Isabelle Country 

Freeland, J. G. 310 cor. 7th and Graham 

Freeland, Julian Country 

Freeland, Preston T Country 

Fuller, Mrs. Agnes E. 

Fuller, Clara 

Fuller, Herman 

Fuller, Irving I. 

Fvmk, Mrs. Mary D 

.... Church, bet. Sixth and Seventh 

Gale, F. M 301 North Poplar 

Garibaldi, Joseph 622 South Mint 

Garrett, Jesse Watts. . . .321 East Trade 
Garrett, Mrs. Rachel. . .321 East Trade 
Gaston, Miss Clara. . . .818 South Tryon 

Gaston, Mrs. M. E 818 South Tryon 

Gilbert, W. L S. Myers 

Gilbert, Mrs. W. L S. Myers 

Glenn, Miss Laura 421 East Tenth 



Glenn, Mrs. M. E 421 East Tenth 

Glenn, Miss Minnie .... 421 East Tenth 
Gooding, Mrs. Mary C. . . 404 West Fifth 

Gordon, Mrs. J. R 305 East Ninth 

Gordon, James R 305 East Ninth 

Gossitt, Mrs. Lula. .508 North Graham 

Gray, Mrs. Julia 210 North Myers 

Gray, Miss Liz2de 

Gray, R. W McAden's Drug Store 

Gray, Richard W 210 North Myers 

Gray, W. H 210 North Myers 

Grier, Miss Annie E. . . . . 801 East Trade 

Grier, Mrs. W. W 801 East Trade 

Griffin, Mrs. Amanda 619 Smith 

Griffin, J. S 619 Smith 

Grimes, Mrs. Georgianna 400 S. Church 
Grimes, Miss Nerah O. . . 400 S. Church 
Gruber, Mrs. Julia A. 416 North Church 
Gruber, Mrs. Juha E. 416 North Church 
Gruber, Miss Lillie G. 416 North Church 
Gruber, Miss M. E.. .416 North Church 

Hagood, Wm. W 409 West Tenth 

Hales, A Country 

Hales, Elizabeth Country 

Hall, Miss C. Isabella 311 East Seventh 

Hall, Eva Maud 311 East Seventh 

Hall, Miss Lola May. .311 East Seventh 
Hall, Mrs. Maggie. . . .311 East Seventh 
Hannon, Mrs. Lula V. 
Harmon, Wm. 

Harding, A. D West Fifth 

Harding, Mrs. Francis J West Fifth 

Harding, Wm. F 206 South Tryon 

Hargett, Jno 906 East Third 

Hargett, J. S 906 East Third 

Hargett, Mary Isabella . . 906 East Third 
Harris, Mrs. M. E. 
Harris, Robt. L. 
Harvey, Mrs. R. E. 

Hatch, Mrs. Ahce W 14 South Cedar 

Hatch, J. H 14 South Cedar 

Hatch, Robt. D 14 South Cedar 

Hatch, Wm. Turner .... 14 South Cedar 

Hays, Mrs. A. B 414 East Seventli 

Hays, C. E 414 East Seventh 

Heath, Miss Ada E 708 East Trade 

Heath, Benj. D 708 East Trade 

Heath, D. W 708 East Trade 

Heath, Miss Florence E. 708 East Trade 

Heath, H. B 708 East Trade 

Heath, Miss Lena W . . . 708 East Trade 

Heath, Miss Lola 708 East Trade 

Heath, Mrs. Nettie H. . . . 708 East Trade 

Hekns, Henry J 

Near E. Hooper's, South Tryon 

Helms, Mrs. Susan M 

Near E. Hooper's, South Tryon 

Henry, M. Elizabeth 

Herring, H. H 611 North Brevard 

Herring, Mrs. H. H. . .611 North Brevard 

Hill, Mrs. Eliza J 406 East Third 

Hill, Orilla G 406 East Third 

Hilton, D. P 908 S. McDow^ell 

Hilton, Isaac T. . . . 908 South McDowell 
Hilton, Mrs. Julia A. J. 908 S. McDowell 

Hilton, Mrs. M. A South Mint 

Hilton, S. H South Mint 

Hinson, Carrie E 503 N. Chiurch 

Hinson, Eh 503 N. Church 

Hinson, Mrs. Mattie E. . . 503 N. Church 
Hollister, George. . . .801 North Graham 
Holton, Miss Harriett. . .321 East Trade 
Holton, Mrs. Rachel R. . .321 East Trade 

Hood, H. H East Fifth 

Hood, Mrs. Sallie East Fifth 

Hooper, Amelia F. . . . 1007 South Tryon 

Hooper, Mrs. C. J 1007 South Tryon 

Hooper, Eddie 1007 South Tryon 

Hooper, Edward. . . .1007 South Tryon 
Hooper, Miss Katie B. 1007 South Tryon 

Hooper, Susan A 1007 South Tryon 

Horrah, Mrs. Mary. . . .219 West Trade 

Humphries, T. L 119 West Fifth 

Hironicutt, A. J 314 South College 

Hunnicutt, Joseph . . . 314 South College 
Hunnicutt, Mrs. Sallie E. 314 S. College 
Hunter, Mrs. Fannie . . 812 North Church 

Hutchinson, J. M 308 East Seventh 

Hutchinson, Miss Katie 308 E. Seventh 
Hutchison, Mrs. Mary G. 308 E. Seventh 
H)Tidman, L. Nora . . 609 N. CaldweU 
Hyndman, Mrs. Lucy M. 609 N. Caldwell 
Hyndman, Mattie B. . . 609 N. Caldwell 
Hyndman, W. J 609 N. Caldwell 

Irwin, Mrs. Florence. .13 South Mint 
Irwin, Hamner C, Jr. . . . 407 W. Fourth 
Irwin, Mrs. Margaret L. . . 407 W. Fourth 

Irwin, Miss Myrtle 407 W. Fourth 

Isehour, Mrs. Ola 628 South Mint 

Jackson, L. H 305 West Fifth 

Jackson, Mrs. P. L 305 West Fifth 

Jamison, S.N 312 South Poplar 

Jeimings, Margaret .... 903 East Third 

Jetton, H. W. 

Johnson, Mrs. Adeline. 311 S. Brevard 

Johnson, G. S 607 North Poplar 

Johnson, J. Fred 607 North Poplar 

Johnson, Mrs. Kate Q. 607 North Poplar 
Johnson, Mrs. Susan 516 West Seventh 
Jones, Miss Alma 9th and Graham 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

Jones, Miss C. Blanche gth and Graham 
Jones, Miss Carrie L. . 310 North Poplar 
Jones, Mrs. Delia ... 308 South Church 

Jones, Edward Non-Resident 

Jones, Miss Essie M. . .310 North Poplar 

Jones, J. E gth and Graham 

Jones, James A Dilworth 

Jones, Mrs. Maggie E. 301 North College 
Jones, Mrs. Mary E. . . . 310 Nortli Poplar 

Jones, Mrs. Minnie E Dilworth 

Jones, Mrs. Theresa D. gth and Graham 

Jones, W. D 301 North College 

Jones, W. H 301 North College 

Keith, Miss Emma J. . .311 South Poplar 
Keith, Miss Maggie. .311 South Poplar 

Kendrick, Mrs. E.J Mt. Airy, N. C. 

Kendrick, Mrs. Ella D. 307 East Vance 

Kendrick, T. A 307 East Vance 

Kennedy, C. C 511 West Trade 

Kennedy, Mrs. L. C 511 West Trade 

Kerr, R. D 11 Poplar 

Kerr, Mrs. R. D 11 Poplar 

Kimball, J. H 206 Clarkson 

Kimball, Mrs. V. E 206 Clarkson 

King, Carrie 511 North Church 

King, Mrs. Mary E Seversville 

King, Oscar D goo North Graham 

Kirby, M. F 413 North Graham 

Kirby, M. F., Jr 413 North Graham 

Kirby, Mrs. Mattie L. 413 North Graham 

Kirby, Will C 413 North Graham 

Knowles, J. C Seversville 

Laird, Mrs. E. B 308 South Church 

Lawing, E. J Seversville, W. Trade 

Lawing, Mary C. Seversville, W. Trade 
Lawing, Rachel R. Seversville, W. Trade 

Laws, H. B Winston, N. C. 

Leak, Jno Observer OfBce 

Leach, Mrs. Mary J. 
Lewis, Harvey 

Lewis, Miss Jane 633 South Mint 

Lewis, Miss Lucy. .511 North Chiurch 

Liles, W. F. 

Link, Mrs. Elizabeth . . . 4og South Tryon 

Little, Julian H 405 East Trade 

Littlejohn, David H. . g2i S. Boulevard 
Littlejohn, Mrs. M. L. . g2i S. Boulevard 

Littlejohn, R. N g2i S. Boulevard 

Littlejohn, R. N., Jr.. .g2i S. Boulevard 

Marshall, Mrs. H. S. B. 
Mason, Mrs. Alice cor. Sixth and Poplar 
Mason, Blanche, cor. Sixth and Poplar 
Mason, Johnsie. . cor. Sixth and Poplar 
Mayer, Clinton R 802 South Tryon 

Mayer, M. C 802 South Tryon 

Mayer, Miss Mary L. 802 South Tryon 

Mayer, Robt. A 802 South Tryon 

Mayer, Mrs. Sallie J. 802 South Tryon 

McCall, Miss Cora. .315 West Seventh 

Near E. Hooper's, South Tryon 

McCall, J. D 316 West Ninth 

McCall, Mrs. J. D 316 West Ninth 

McCall, Mrs. Jane 

McCall, Jno. A., Jr. 

McCall, Mrs. Josie . . . 301 South Church 

McCall, Miss Mary Jane 

Charlotte Cotton Mills 

McCall, Mrs. Mehala 315 West Seventh 
McCall, R. M. . Charlotte Cotton Mills 

McCall, W. M. D 301 South Church 

McCausland, Mrs. lola J. 406 N. Poplar 

McCoy, Cornelius J Seversville 

McCoy, Mrs. R. L Seversville 

McCracken, D. C 306 N. Church 

McCracken, Eugenia ... 306 N. Church 

McCracken, L. J 306 N. Church 

McCracken, Miss M. J. . 306 N. Church 
McCracken, Mrs. Mary A. 306 N. Church 

McCracken, T. J 306 N. Church 

McCullough, Ed 403 N. Davidson 

McCullough, Mrs. Mary E 

403 N. Davidson 

McDaniel, Miss Mary 215 South Myers 

McDowell, J. H Park Ave., Dilworth 

McGinn, Freddie Lee, 18 South Church 

xMcGinn, L H 18 South Church 

McGinn, Mrs. L H. . . . 18 South Chvu-ch 
McKenzie, Birdie .... 617 North Brevard 
McKenzie, Carrie 617 North Brevard 
McKenzie, Mrs. M. J. 617 North Brevard 

McKenzie, T. C 617 North Brevard 

McLain, Bessie Moore . . 20g E. Seventh 
McLain, Mrs. Sallie H. . . 2og E. Seventh 
McLaughlin, Alphonso . . . Non-Resident 
McLaughlin, Claude M. . . Non-Resident 
McLaughlin, Peter S.. .300 South Mint 
McLaughlin, Mrs. S. A. . . 300 South Mint 
McLaughlin, Mrs. Sarah A. 807 E. Trade 

McMakin, Chas W 4og West Tenth 

Means, Mrs. Esther E. . .5ig North Pine 

Mensing, H. C West Tenth 

Messer, Mrs. Elzora. .301 East Eleventh 

Messer, Geo. S 301 East Eleventh 

Michael, Mrs. Mary S. 

Millen, Mrs. Eliza 406 East Third 

Millersham, Mrs. Dora. 310 W. Eighth 
Millershan, Mrs. Dora C. 608 N. Poplar 
Millershan, F. R. 

Millershan, Geo. W. . . . 608 N. Poplar 
Misenheimer, Miss Annie 805 N. Tryon 



Misenheimer, Mrs. Delilah 

414 Nortli Church 

Misenheimer, J. F 805 North Tryon 

Misenheimer, Mrs. M. V. . . 805 N. Tryon 
Montgomery, Dr. Jno. C. . . Buford Hotel 
Moody, Miss Mary J. 302 North College 

Moore, Mrs. M. J 405 North Poplar 

Moore, Robt. L North Poplar 

Moore, Mrs. W. J 28 North Tryon 

Morrison, Eliza J 801 East Trade 

Morse, Lillian E 601 North Poplar 

Morse, Mrs. Mary N. 620 North Church 
Morse, Richard H. . . . 620 South Church 

Morse, W. M 601 North Poplar 

Mosby, Mrs. S. W. . .901 North College 
Moyle, Miss Ruby . . 805 North Davidson 
Mullen, Mrs. Aimie. .806 South Tryon 

Mullen, Eddie 806 South Tryon 

Mullen, Jessie 806 South Tryon 

Mullen, W. N 806 South Tryon 

Mullen, Walter, Jr 806 South Tryon 

Murray, Mrs. Mamie L. i2tii and College 

Myers, Albert G 215 N. McDowell 

Myers, Miss Gertrude 215 N. McDowell 

Myers, S. S 321 West Fifth 

Myers, Stephen H 215 N. McDowell 

Myers, Wilmer 215 N. McDowell 

Myers, Mrs. Wincey F. 215 N. McDowell 

Neal, Mrs. Annie Brevard 

Newland, Mrs. Mary T. . .615 N. Church 
NLxon, L. H. 
Nixon, Mrs. Lula 

Nolen, J. W 502 North Smith 

Nolen, L. A 502 North Smith 

Nolen, Miss L. W 502 North Smith 

Noles, Mrs. Katie .... 608 North Poplar 
Noles, Miss Lillie .... 608 North Poplar 

Noles, Sarah E Seversville 

Noles, Mrs. Sarah H. . . 608 North Poplar 

Noles, W. P 608 North Poplar 

Norman, Elbert 613 South Church 

Northey, J. C 612 South Church 

Northey, Mrs. J. C. . .612 South Church 
Northey, Mrs. Mary J. 409 South Tryon 

O'Connell, Mrs. Julia A. . . 7th and Poplar 

Orr, Mrs. Susan S 310 West Eighth 

Osborne, Miss Delia . . 630 South Church 
Osborne, Mrs. Dorcas . . . 403 North Pine 

Osborne, E. C 403 North Pine 

Osborne, L. M 403 North Pine 

Osborne, L. W 403 North Pine 

Overcarsh, Bryan J. . . .314 West Eighth 
Overcarsh, Miss Katie 314 West Eighth 

Overcarsh, Mrs. Sarah Creasy 

314 West Eighth 

Overcarsh, Mrs. Susan 314 West Eightli 
Overcarsh, W. Harvey. . .603 S. Tryon 
Overcarsh, Mrs. W. J. A. . 603 S. Tryon 
Owens, Miss Essie. .706 North Brevard 
Owens, Miss Hattie . . 706 North Brevard 

Owens, Mrs. L. M 516 East Seventh 

Owens, Mrs. W. A. . . 706 North Brevard 

Painter, Mrs. Carrie Hill . . . West Trade 

Palmer, Mrs. Alice Ninth 

Palmer, Miss Alice Ninth 

Palmer, Miss Minnie Ninth 

Parker, Mrs. T. W. S. 638 South Church 
Parks, Miss Cynthia. . .215 West Fourth 
Pearce, Mrs. Patty. .511 North Church 

Pearce, W. A 511 Nortli Church 

Perkinson, Mrs. Julia. . . North College 
Perry, Mrs. C. P. 

Petree, Dr. A. L North Graham 

Petree, Mrs. Bettie W. . . . North Graham 
Phifer, J. H. . . . cor. Sixth and Alexander 

Phifer, Joseph H 411 Eleventh 

Phifer, W. H 315 West Seventh 

Pickard, Eugene 408 East Fifth 

Pickard, J. A 408 East Ninth 

Pickard, Miss Lilly B. . . . 408 East Ninth 

Pickard, Sarah F 408 East Ninth 

Pickard, Mrs. Susan W. . . .408 E. Fifth 

Pickens, W. B 409 West Tenth 

Piatt, Mrs. Emily E.. .1119 S. Caldwell 

Powell, Pink S 900 North Graham 

Presson, Mrs. E. F 213 E. Seventh 

Presson, Miss Eamestine 213 E. Seventh 
Presson, Miss Eliza F. . . . 213 E. Seventh 
Presson, Miss Jessie. . . .213 E. Seventh 

Presson, Mrs. S.J 

cor. Brevard and Eighth 

Presson, Sam'l J. cor. Brevard and Eighth 

Ray, Mrs. Martha M Non-Resident 

Redman, Sadie Seversville 

Register, Dr. E. C Central Hotel 

Register, Mrs. Lavinia M. Central Hotel 

Rigler, Dal M Boulevard 

Rigler, E. W 208 East Oak 

Rigler, Jno. R W. Boundary 

Rigler, Mrs. Jno. R W. Boundary 

Rigler, Jno. T 304 South College 

Rigler, Mrs. Lou V.. .211 East Seventh 
Rigler, Lucy 

Rigler, Mrs. M. D. . . . 304 South CoUege 
Rigler, Mrs. Maggie E. . . . 208 East Oak 

Rigler, T. A 200 East Oak 

Ritch, Mrs. M. V. . . .501 North College 

Rivenbark, Mrs. Margaret N 

28 N. Tryon 

Roberts, Mrs. Florence V. 225 N. Tryon 


THE YEARS 1859-1896 

Robertson, Mrs. Sarah. .111 West Fifth 
Robinson, Mrs. Eliza J. . . 503 N. Church 
Robinson, Mrs. Lucy L. . .216 N. Myers 

Robinson, Mrs. M. C 216 N. Myers 

Rodgers, W. B 213 East Seventh 

Roland, Mrs. Belle 402 West Fifth 

Roland, W. T 402 West Fifth 

Rucker, Miss Blanche .... 821 N. Church 
Rucker, Miss Emma. . . .821 N. Church 

Rucker, Miss Lola 821 N. Church 

Rucker, Miss Nancy .... 821 N. Church 

Rucker, Wm. F 821 N. Church 

Ruddock, Miss Carrie W. 308 East Sixth 
Ruddock, Miss Cynthia B. 308 East Sixth 
Ruddock, T. Banks .... 308 East Sixth 

Ruddock, Wm 308 East Sixth 

Rudisill, J. F 208 East Ninth 

Rudisill, Jonas 802 South Tryon 

Rudisill, Miss M. J. . . . 508 North College 

Rudisill, M. L 508 North College 

Rudisill, Mrs. M. L. . . 508 North College 
Rudisill, Mrs. Minnie . . . 208 East Ninth 
Rudisill, Mrs. Sarah . . 508 North College 
Russell, Miss Kate W. 601 West Eighth 

Sawyer, F. A 901 North Tryon 

Sawyer, Fred A 901 North Tryon 

Sawyer, Mrs. M. A.. .901 North Tryon 

Scars, Miss Mary E 213 South Mint 

Seawell, Luke 505 West Trade 

Seigle, Mrs. Sarah S.. . .310 West Fifth 
Sellers, Addie. cor. 8th and Alexander 

Sellers, Miss Julia M 

cor. 8th and Alexander 

Sellers, W. J. . . . cor. 8th and Alexander 

Severs, Chas. F Seversville 

Severs, Mrs. Martha A Seversville 

Severs, W. W Seversville 

Shannonhouse, B. J.. .209 East Seventh 
Shannonhouse, Watson . . 209 E. Seventh 

Shelby, W. H Terminus Davidson 

SiflFord, Miss Florence 601 North Poplar 

Siiford, R. J 305 West Fourth 

Sikes, Miss Inez. . . .608 North Brevard 

Sims, J. J 414 West Ninth 

Smith, Andrew W 210 South Myers 

Smith, Miss Annie. . . .210 South Myers 
Smith, Mrs. Barbara A. 210 South Myers 

Smith, Chas. E 511 North College 

Smith, Frankie 210 South Myers 

Smith, Jacob 210 South Myers 

Smith, John 210 South Myers 

Smith, Josephine M. 

Smith, Katie 210 South Myers 

Smith, Mrs. S. E 607 North Pine 

Smith, Thos. T., Jr 210 South Myers 

Smith, Mrs. Virginia A. . . 511 N. College 

Sowers, Clarence F., Y.M.C.A. Building 

Sossaman, F. M Seversville 

Sossaman, Mrs. Fannie M 

Oil & Fert. Works 

Sossaman, H. M Seversville 

Sossaman, John A. . . . Oil & Fert. Works 

Sossaman, Mrs. L. V Seversville 

Sossaman, Mrs. Nancy Seversville 

Spencer, Mrs. Henrietta L. 603 E. Trade 

Spencer, Hope 603 E. Trade 

Spencer, J. S 603 East Trade 

Spencer, Miss Jessie M. . . . 603 E. Trade 

Spraggins, Mrs. C. C Non-Resident 

Sprinkle, Mrs. Jemima .... 506 North E 
Sprinkle, Mrs. Laura D. . . 512 N. College 

Sprinkle, May 512 North College 

Sprinkle, Mrs. Wm 13 East Seventh 

Steame, Mrs. Bessie . . . 409 West Tenth 
Stebbins, W. B. 

Stevens, Alex 231 South Tryon 

Stevens, J. L 200 East Second 

Stevens, Nancy 200 East Second 

Stewart, Mrs. Jennie . . 306 West Seventh 
Stewart, Mrs. Mattie H. 

Stewart, W. S 306 West Seventh 

Stokes, R. F 305 North College 

Stone, Chas. S 214 East Fifth 

Stone, Mrs. Ehzabeth 

Stone, Mrs. Laura E 214 East Fifth 

Stone, Miss Minnie 214 East Fifth 

Stone, W. D 214 East Fifth 

Stone, Willie 214 East Fifth 

Sturdemyer, Baker. . . .618 N. Caldwell 
Sturdemyer, Mrs. E. E. 618 N. Caldwell 
Sturdemyer, Epalm. .618 N. Caldwell 
Sturdemyer, Frank. . . .618 N. Caldwell 
Sturdemyer, Rev. J. L. . . 618 N. Caldwell 
Sturdemyer, Miss Jennie Lee 

618 N. Caldwell 

Sturdemyer, Miss Minnie 

618 N. Caldwell 

Sturdivant, Mrs. Ann . . . 205 N. Brevard 
Sudduth, Mrs. Martha. .207 E. Seventh 
Simimersett, Mrs. M. M. 815 N. Chnrch 
Summersett, Tommie. . .815 N. Church 

Summersett, Wm. B 815 N. Church 

Swindell, Mrs. Jermie L. 206 South Mint 
Swindell, W. B 206 South Mint 

Tanner, Mrs. S. B Henrietta, N. C. 

Taylor, Mrs. L. J Seversville 

Tessier, Ambrose S. . . 610 North Brevard 
Tessier, Mrs. Fannie Y. . . 610 N. Brevard 

Thomas, Mrs. Charity E Seversville 

Thomas, Wm. M Seversville 

Thompson, H. M. 

Tillett, Chas. W., 613 North Church 



Tizer, Mrs. D. A 313 West Seventh 

Tizer, Miss Katie .... 313 West Seventh 
Tizer, Miss Lottie. . . .313 West Seventh 
Treloar, Miss Maggie . . 407 West Fourth 

Vanderburg, Arthur D. . . East Boundary 

Vanderburg, Daisy 209 E. Vance 

Vanderburg, L. A East Boundary 

Vanderburg, Mrs. Lessie. .8 West Sixth 
Vanderburg, Mrs. Mattie. .209 E. Vance 

Vanderburg, Otis East Boundary 

Vanderbiurg, P. F East Boundary 

Vanderburg, Robt 8 West Sixth 

Vanderburg, Zeb 209 E. Vance 

Vandiver, Mrs. L. A 209 W. Eighth 

Vogler, Miss Lou H 615 East Eighth 

Vogler, Mrs. Susan C. . . 615 East Eighth 

Wadsworth, Chas. F 311 N. College 

Wadsworth, George. . . .311 N. College 
Wadsworth, James W. . . .311 N. College 
Wadsworth, Miss Laura. .311 N. College 
Wadsworth, Madge. . . .311 N. College 

Wadsworth, Mrs. Maggie C 

311 North College 

Walker, L. J 315 North Poplar 

Wallace, J. C Queen City Hotel 

Wallace, M. A 618 East Ninth 

Walsh, J. W 301 West Seventh 

Walsh, Mrs. Mattie. .301 West Seventh 

Ward, Jno. J Non-Resident 

Warlick, Charlie .... 409 North Church 
Warlick, Miss Cho . . . 409 North Church 

Warlick, J. G 409 North Church 

Warlick, Miss Maggie 409 North Church 
Warlick, Mrs. S. R. . .409 North Church 

Warren, S. J 406 North Trj'on 

Watson, Mrs. Flora. . .702 N. Davidson 
Watson, Miss Jennie C. 702 N. Davidson 

Watson, John C 607 North Pine 

Watson, Mrs. Mary E. . . 607 North Pine 
Watson, Mrs. Mary H. 702 N. Davidson 

Watson, William 702 N. Davidson 

Watts, Miss Josie .... 403 South Church 
Watts, Mrs. Martha .403 South Church 
Watts, Miss Mary C. 403 South Church 

Watts, T. N 403 South Church 

Weam, Arthur H 511 West Seventh 

Weam, Mrs. C. A 511 West Seventh 

Wearn, Miss Carrie Etta. 511 W. Seventh 

Wearn, Charhe 511 West Seventh 

Wearn, Clarence. . . .511 West Seventh 
Wearn, Mrs. Louisa S. . 613 N. Caldwell 
Weam, W. S 511 West Seventh 

Weam, Wilham H. . . 613 North Caldwell 
Weaver, L. F 

East Trade, beyond City Limits 

Weaver, Lindsy M 

E. Trade, City Limits 

Weaver, Mrs. M. J 

. . . East Trade, beyond City Limits 

Webb, Geo. W 705 West Trade 

Webb, Sarah E 705 West Trade 

Wheeler, Chas. P 324 North Tryon 

Wheeler, Mrs. Lillie M. 324 North Tryon 
Wheeler, Mrs. Lucy M. 204 W. Eleventh 
Wheeler, William M. . . 204 W. Eleventh 
Whisnant, Miss Sallie E. . . 409 W. Tenth 
White, Miss Cornelia 

Sixth bet. College and Tryon 

White, Mrs. Francis 

Sixth bet. College and Tryon 

White, Miss Lavinia R 

Sixth bet. College and Tryon 

White, Walter A. 

Whitt, James 213 South Mint 

WOey, Miss Bessie J 512 Nortli Pine 

Wiley, Flora Gray 512 North Pine 

Wiley, Inez 512 North Pine 

Wiley, Miss Ruby 512 North Pine 

Wiley, Mrs. H. Virginia 512 North Pine 

Wilkinson, Mrs. SaUie Country 

Williams, H. C East Seventh 

Williams, H. C 502 South Church 

Williams, J. P 502 South Church 

WiUiams, Jno. H East Seventh 

Williams, M. M 502 South Church 

Williams, Mrs. Maggie G. . . East Seventh 

Williams, Wm. A East Seventh 

Williams, Wm. B East Seventh 

Winchester, Miss Annie. . .305 S. Myers 
Winchester, Dr. Frank M. . . 307 E. Sixth 

Winchester, J. R 305 South Myers 

Winchester, Mrs. Julia 305 South Myers 
Winchester, Mrs. Willie. . .307 E. Sixth 

Woolen, Mrs. Delia 207 Vance 

Woolen, J. W 207 Vance 

Woolen, Mrs. M. C 207 Vance 

Woolen, Mrs. M. E 207 Vance 

Worley, Mrs. M. J Non-Resident 

Wriston, Mrs. Louise M. 511 West Trade 

Yates, Miss Annie J 

. . W. Seventh bet. Graham and Smith 
Yates, Miss Hattie 

. . W. Seventh bet. Graham and Smith 
Yates, Walter C 

. . W. Seventh bet. Graham and Smith 










j^^ j^\ j^\ Charlotte continued to grow and by 1896 the 

mu^ mMi^ liM^ "®^^>' ^^^^"^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^^* Methodist Church 
MM MM MM was too small. At this time the congregation 
■I had decided to divide and Trinity Methodist 
11 II Episcopal Church, South was organized al- 
though the cornerstone of the Trinity Church 



was not laid until December 9, 1898. This church was at 401 South 
Tryon Street at the corner of Second Street. Approximately 500 
members left Tryon Street to form the Trinity congregation. Most 
of these lived in the southeast section of the town. 

By 1896 there were several small Methodist churches that had 
begun as neighborhood missions, but the shift of "up-town" resi- 
dents to the newly developing "suburbs" was eventually to affect 
all up-town churches. Dilworth in the southeast section was the 
first of the new residential sections and Dilworth Methodist 
Church was soon organized. 


Tryon Street Methodist Church lost many of its members to Dil- 
worth and to Trinity. The Quarterly Conference Minutes of Tryon 
Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South for January 7, 1896, 
says: "The following members have been transferred to the new 
Trinity congregation to wit: 



Allen, D. O. 
Albson, Miss Bettie 
Arledge, Mrs. C. W. 
Arledge, Mrs. J. A. 
Arledge, Miss Mamie 
Babbington, Miss Bessie 
Barnes, Mrs. W. A. 
Barnes, W. R. 
Bivens, J. A. 
Bray, F. T. 
Brem, Mrs. H. C. 
Brem, Miss Mina 
Brem, Walter 
Brem, Walter, Jr. 
Bridges, C. M. 
Butt, A. L. 
Carpenter, Deems 
Carpenter, Mrs. Ida A. 
Cates, Fred 
Cates, Luckey 
Craig, A. G. 
Craig, Mrs. Alice 
Creswell, E. F. 
Creswell, Mrs. Mamie 
Cuthbertson, J. W. 
Davis, J. M. 
Davis, Mrs. Julia 
Davis, Miss Sue 
Day, H. M. 
Dillahay, D. W. 
Dowd, Mrs. Anna 
Edwards, Leona 
Edwards, Mrs. Mary 

Edwards, Thos. 
Edwards, Wm. 
Felder, Mrs. Mary L. 
Fields, Lindsay 
Fields, R. H. 

Fields, Mrs. R. H. 
Garibaldi, Jos. 
Gaston, Miss Clara 
Gaston, Mrs. M. E. 
Gooding, Mrs. Mary C. 
Harding, W. F, 
Hargett, J. S. 
Hargett, Jno. 
Hargett, Mrs. M. 
Hooper, Amelia F. 
Hooper, Mrs. C. C. 
Hooper, Eddie 
Hooper, Edward 
Hooper, Susan 
Hooper, WilKe 
Hunicutt, A. J. 
Hunicutt, Jos. 
Hunicutt, Mrs. Sallie 
Irwin, Hamner C, Jr. 
Irwin, Mrs. Margaret 
Irwin, Miss Myrtle 
Jennigags, Mrs. Margaret 
Jones, Mrs. Delia C. 
Jones, Mrs. E. 
Jones, G. P. 
Jones, Jas. A. 
Jones, M. E. 
Jones, W. R. 
Kendrick, E. S. 
Kendrick, Miss Ella D. 
Kendrick, T. A. 
Laird, Mrs. E. B. 
Leach, Mrs. Mary J. 
Link, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Littlejohn, David H. 
Littlejohn, Mrs. M. L. 
Littlejohn, R. N. 
Littlejohn, R. N., Jr. 
Maupin, J. M. 

Maupin, Mrs. Lillie M. 
Mayer, Clinton 
Mayer, M. C. 
Mayer, Mary L. 
Mayer, Robt. A. 
Mayer, Mrs. Sallie J. 
McCall, Mrs. Josie 
McCall, W. M. D. 
McDowell, J. H. 
McDaniels, Mrs. Mary 
Mullen, Mrs. Annie 
Mullen, Jessie 
Mullen, W. N. 
Mullen, Walter, Jr. 
Northey, Mrs. Mary J. 
Overcash, Harvey 
Overcash, Mrs. W. J. 
Parker, Mrs. Mary 
Piatt, Mrs. Emily E. 
Rigler, Mrs. D. H. M. 
Rigler, D. M. 
Rigler, E. W. 
Rigler, Mrs. Maggie 
Seawell, Duke 
Sossaman, Annie M. 
Sossaman, J. A. 
Thomas, Mrs. Charity 
Thomas, W. M. 
Vanderburg, Daisy 
Vanderburg, Mrs. Mag- 
Vanderburg, Zed 
Watts, Mrs. Martha 
Watts, Miss May C. 
Watts, T. N. 
Wilkinson, R. A. 
Wilkinson, Mrs. R. A. 

This is 113 members." 

Jeanne Scranton says, "Mr. Wearn's writing is so curvey and 
swinging that it is very difficult to make out some of tlie letters. It 
is beautiful penmanship, but dim and hard to read in spots. The 
April 10, 1896, Quarterly Conference reports 41 removed by certifi- 
cate. It does not state tliey went to Trinity, but tliey possibly 
could have." [Editor's note: Mr. Arthur Weam was the secretary 
of many church committees. Here is a sample of his handwriting: 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

. further business the meeting adjourned. 

Secretary of the Joint Committees."] 


The laying of the cornerstone of the Trinity Methodist Church 
was reported in The Charlotte Daily Observer, December lo, 1898 
as follows: 

Promptly at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon a large crowd gathered on 
South Tryon Street, corner of Second, to participate in and witness the 
laying of the corner-stone of the new Trinity Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South. 

The children and those who were to take part in the exercises were 
invited to the door of the church, which by the way is now half built. 
After the hymn, "Christ the Sure Foundation Stone," was sung, led by 
Prof. Mclver and the church choir, the audience was led in prayer by 
Rev. J. E. Gay, the new pastor of Brevard Street Methodist Church. 
The hymn, with the responsive reading which followed, being printed 
in the programs, all took part. 

[Here one paragraph has been rearranged in the interest of clarity.] 

The following items were placed in the cornerstone: 

1. The Directory of Tryon Street Church by Mrs. J. E. Wheeler. 

2. Charter members of Trinity by Mrs. Walter Brem. 

3. Trinity's first Official Directory by M. C. Mayer. 

4. Present OflBcial Directory by R. H. Fields. 

5. Names of the Building Committee by D. E. Allen. 

6. Sunday School Directory by J. H. Little. 

7. Class Meeting by E. Hooper. 

8. Epwoith League by J. W. Cuthbertson. 

9. Junior League by Leona Edwards. 

10. Ladies' Aid by Mrs. M. L. Davis. 

11. Women's Foreign Mission Society by Mrs. M. C. Mayer. 

12. Young People's Aid by Miss Eugenia Davis. 

13. Children with Barrels by Mary Allison. 

14. Architects, Contractors, and Superintendent by H. F. Johnson. 

15. Names of Methodist Ministers in Charlotte by the Rev. John F. Butt. 

16. North Carolina Christian Advocate by Prof. J. A. Bivens. 

17. Bible by D. M. Rigler. 

18. Programme of Service by R. N. Littlejohn. 



Each of the above quoted a scripture with the deposit, which 
made it very impressive. Invitations were extended to friends 
present to deposit. 

19. Mr. H. C. Eccles deposited a copy of Sketches of Charlotte, with 
the words, "May Charlotte have an hundred thousand inhabitants 
when this stone is imcovered." 

20. Mrs. R. N. Littlejohn, in the name of the White Ribboners of Amer- 
ica, placed a document which elicited a hearty response. 

21. J. C. Herring placed a Director)' of Brevard Street Church. 

22. Dr. W. W. Bays placed a copy of Church and State. 

23. Prof. Mclver placed a souvenir of his school. 

24. Others placed coins, etc. of various character. 

The pastor, Rev. Frank Siler, then stated that it was eminently fitting 
that Trinity's first pastor, and at present her senior pastor, being Presid- 
ing Elder of the District, should lay the Comer-stone. 

Under the direction of the Superintendent and contractor, the work- 
men immediately swung the great stone of Georgia granite into place. 
The Rev. Mr. Turrentine, then placed upon the stone, made steady by 
a workman, his hand and said: "We lay this comer-stone of a house to 
be built and set apart from all worldly uses for Divine Worship, in the 
name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." 

A letter from the Rev. A. P. Tyer of Wilmington, expressing his regrets 
that sickness prevented his presence, as he and the congregation had 
expected, and extending his congratulations and great satisfaction of 
the realization of a cherished desire, was read and placed in the comer- 

The Rev. S. B. Turrentine then made the address of the afternoon in 
language most pertinent to the occasion which will be printed. 

Addresses were also made by the Rev. W. W. Bayes, Rev. W. A. 
Wynne of the Graham Street Presbyterian Church, Mr. C. P. Wheeler 
of Tr)'on Street Methodist Church ( speaking for Dr. Chreitzberg, who 
had to be out of the city) and Mr. Frank Mahan of the Y.M.C.A. After 
announcements of Anniversary Services at Trinity, to be held last night 
and on tomorrow, the Doxology was sung and the benediction pro- 
nounced by Rev. J. E. Gay. 

At the evening service a telegram from Rev. Mr. Tyer was read and 
messages from Dr. Brooks were delivered. 

The Trinity Church cornerstone is now ( 1983 ) inside the hedge 
at the entrance to the Educational Building of tlie First United 
Methodist Church on West Eighth Street. 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

A 1908 copy of The Charlotte News carried an article entitled "A 
Thing of Beauty Is Tryon Street Church As Remodeled." Some 
excerpts from this very lengthy clipping are reproduced here be- 
cause they give a good description of the church as it is remem- 
bered by the living members of Tryon Street Church. 

Tryon Street Church, the mother of all Methodism in Charlotte, has 
been rehabilitated — made anew, within and partly without, and stands 
today as pretty, if not the prettiest church interior in the city. 

When the matter of doing this work was first taken up, many of the 
members thought that it was only a matter of a few years till this con- 
gregation would have to have a new building, and the money spent on 
this would be in a manner wasted, but well-informed people said that 
the interior of the church as to arrangement would be hard to improve 
upon, and that, with proper decoration could be made beautiful . . . the 
work was begun and is so near completed as to be in use, and is the 
talk of those interested in church interiors. 

The Fine Stone Arches: To begin with, three stone and brick arches 
have been placed between the two towers in the front, with an arc light 
in the apex to light the way, and two new opalescent glass windows 
adorn the front. The arrangement of closed vestibule has been changed, 
there being open archways on either side leading to the anterooms 
opening to the stairways that go to the basement, where now are the 
kitchen and dining room, formerly the old Sunday School room, and the 
whole of the front entrance laid in tile, with marble washboards [sic]; 
the walls being a beautiful rose tint, and the woodwork painted old 

Passing to the inside, in the main auditorium the woodwork has all 
been painted to match the front, a cool-looking old ivory color, match- 
ing the decorations perfectly, and includes all the woodwork down to 
the pipe organ, except the chancel or altar rail, which is walnut, and the 
gallery pews, which are grained in oak. The pews proper are birch, and 
like they were save that they have been cleaned down to the wood and 
varnished with church pew varnish, guaranteed never to stick to any 
fabric worn. It is here that the real beauty is found. 

In Harmony With the Gothic: The interior structural work being 
Gothic, the decorations are carried out to conform with the style of 
architectural features. Ceiling is treated in cream, with Masonic orna- 
ments of blue, with golden traceries of Italian renaissance. Side walls are 
rose with gold, and darker rose and ornamental Gothic decorations, just 
under the cornice, with a large arch just over tlie organ. This arch is so 



constructed that it appears as though it was real stucco work, with 
Corinthian columns and capitols. This is in old gold colors. 

Just over the rear gallery is a large mural painting, larger than life 
size, the subject being "Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well," 
after a painting by HoflFman. This picture is true to life, and is inclosed 
in a massive frame, shaded and painted so as to represent a real gold 
frame and stands out like a real moulding indeed. A high dado in the 
main church auditorium is treated in dark neutral tones with ecclesi- 
astical traceries in a frieze about five feet above the floor. All work is 
done in fresco, in flat colors; in fact most of the decorative work is in 
flat colors to correspond with the interior wood finish and structural 

Mr. Asburijs Splendid Lighting: The lighting, which was formerly 
gas, has been changed to electricity, which is as much superior to the old 
way as are the present walls compared with the old ones. The committee 
told Mr. Ollie F. Asbury to Hght the church, as it should be, and he has 
done it to perfection, and is as proud of tlie job as a well satisfied man 
can be. 

The arch over tlie organ has a row of lights the whole length, which 
are shaded and mellowed till they do not glare in the least. High up on 
the several wooden arches are rows of ordinar)^ electric incandescent 
Hghts with an eighty^ candle power light in the apex of each, so switched 
as to turn on as many or as few as are desired. Lower down, on the ceil- 
ing of the gallery, are large forty-eight candle power lights which reach 
to the center with their rays and to the walls on either side. In all there 
are over 200 lights of various candle power which turn night into day 
within, and bring out colors as never before. Then, too, the decorations 
inside brighten the colored windows in a way that is surprising, even 
to the decorators. The light is grand, day or night. 

Tar Heel Decorators: The decorative work was done by the Reuben 
Rink Decorative Co., Kemersville . . . The committee wanted a picture, 
and the only place large enough to put it was on the plank wall over 
the gallery, in front of the church, a poor place for show, except from 
the neighborhood of the pulpit, from which place it shows grandly, and 
is well worth going there to see. This work was done by Mr. Caesar 
Milch, whom the Reuben Rink people have had for 20 years and to 
whom is due much of the reputation they have for the fine work . . . Mr. 
J. Gilmer Komer (the manager) says he cannot dupHcate him in this 
country ( he came from Germany ) in a sober man. 

Ladies Furnished a $1000 Carpet: But tliere was other work needed 
to make the church complete, and for many years the ladies, through 
the church improvement society, have been laboring for cleaner pews 
and a new carpet, and their dream has been realized, for the floor is 
covered with a beautiful shade of green carpet that retails for $3 per 
yard, and cost them near $1,000, and put in new pulpit and chairs and 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

table, and tliey are happy, which fact will cause happiness in other 

The carpet cost more than dollars and cents — it cost sweat, if not 
blood, for much of the money came through the "exchange" the ladies 
ran so long, which made them money, which money came from hard 
work at the cook stove in the home kitchens. This would be incomplete 
if this much was not said of the good women that have been so faithful 
to get a church home that they would be proud of. 

A Complete Structure: Still what has been said does not tell of all 
that there is to Tryon Street Church, for few are better equipped for 
work than she, as to building; whatever the critic may say as to the 
financial abiUty or the faithfulness of her membership, the building is 

Starting at the front . . . you enter an auditorium nice enough for 
an)' purpose, with a seating capacity suflScient for all ordinary occa- 
sions, and a good pipe organ, which, in the hands of a master like Prof. 
David T. Huyck, fills the church with melody. 

From this room you enter the pastor's study to the left and the Ladies' 
Parlor to the right and down a flight of stairs to the hall opening on 
Sixth Street and the Sunday School room, which building, facing on 
that street cost near $10,000 four years ago, and is as complete as is 
possible to have it. 

First, is a rostrum facing an auditorium and gallery that will seat 
about 700 comfortably, and opening off this room and gallery is a class- 
room for each class in the school, entirely cut off from the noise of any 
other class. 

The primary department under the care of Miss Sallie Bethune is 
a separate school, in a sense, as the opening and closing for the Httle 
ones and the study is for their little minds, and the only time they are 
with the school is at the close of the evening's work. [Editor's note: At 
this time Sunday School was in the afternoon.] 

Marrs Hall: .... Dr. T. F. MaiT, when pastor, planned and built the 
Sunday School room (which ought yet to be dedicated Marr's Hall), 
in order to get out of the basement and do better work than was possible 
there, saw in that old basement room good use in another line, closely 
allied and necessary to church work, the social side, and turned it into 
a kitchen and dining room for the use of the ladies on social occasions; 
which with the primary room and the Baraca room across the hall, both 
of which are finely carpeted, make as fine a place for having church 
socials as one could ask for. . . . 

The Committee in Charge: .... The work has been done by a com- 
mittee of which Mr. D. H. Anderson is chairman, with Messrs. B. D. 
Heath and W. W. Hagood and Dr. H. F. Ray as assistants with Mr. 
Louis Asbury as architect, and Mr. W. J. Hyndman in charge of all the 
changed wood work. The pastor, Rev. H. K. Boyer, also spoiled a good 



part of his vacation looking after the work, and is due much for the ad- 
vice and counsel and real hard work of the undertaking. . . . 


Today ( 1983 ) there are f ev^ things left from the churches that re- 
combined to form First Methodist Church. The bell in today's First 
United Methodist Church is the bell that came from the rebuilt 
(1891) Tryon Street Church steeple. J. Webb Bost remembers 
that steeple as "tall and graceful and pointing to heaven." As has 
been mentioned elsewhere, the cornerstones of the two churches 
are now at First United Methodist Church. 

In the Records and History Room there is the pulpit Bible that 
was given to Tryon Street Church in 1919 by Mr. W. D. Wilkinson 
in memory of his wife. There is also a flower stand that was part of 
the Tryon Street pulpit furniture. 

The communion table from the Tryon Street chancel and what 
is thought to be part of the first individual communion service 
that was purchased in 1895 are also in tlie Records and History 
Room. Quoting from the Minutes of the November, 1895 monthly 
meeting of tlie Board of Stewards of Tryon Street Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, South: 

Dr. W. S. Creasy made a ver\^ plain and satisf actor)' statement in regard 
to his position in reference to the much talked of and written about 
individual communion cups. He stated that he did not wish to seem at 
all arbitrar)^ or to have the people conform to his views in reference to 
the use of the cups and that he knew he was alone in the use of them, 
but that he used them for the simple reason that common sense taught 
him that tliey were cleanlier [sic], and it was very gratifying indeed 
to know that tlie congregation coincided with him on the use of the cups. 
Many, he believed, were now taking communion who had not been 
doing so before. He was not at all wedded to their use and if die church 
did not see fit to purchase them they could be returned to John Farrior, 
the jeweler of whom they were obtained, on condition that if after mak- 
ing a trial they were not satisfactor}' they could be returned. 

One good sister (Mrs. John W. Wadsworth) gave him a contribution 
(unsoHcited) of $20.00 on account of same, the balance due being about 
$45.00. (According to later Minutes of the Board of Stewards, it took 
several years to pay this $45.00.) Dr. Creasy stated also that he did 
not intend to introduce the individual cups ever\'where he went, but 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

if desired he would use them as he could see no objection, either from 
a scriptural or our church standpoint. Several of the brethren were 
enthusiastic in their praise of the cups. 

On motion of Walter Brem, duly seconded, the Board heartily ap- 
proved the use of the individual communion cups and assumed liability 
for balance due on them and furthermore a vote of thanks was tendered 
Dr. Creasy for inaugurating them in the church. 

A complete communion service, with rack inside of the church 
altar, was donated to the church in 1921 by Mrs. David H. Ander- 
son, Mrs. James A. Bell, and Mrs. A. M. Whisnant in memory of 
their sister, Mrs. S. B. Tanner. According to the minutes of the 
Board of Stewards for February 14, 1921, "upon motion of Mr. 
Walter Clark, Jr., the board authorized the loan of the old set to 
some one of tlie Charlotte District Methodist Churches that needs 

The pipe organ of Tryon Street Church which had been built 
by J. W. Steere and Sons Organ Company in 1895 was sold to the 
Boone Methodist Church in Boone, North Carolina in 1926, and 
in 1975 it had been registered with the Organ Historical Society, 
Inc. of Washington, Ohio. In June, 1981, the Boone church was de- 
stroyed by fire and the organ was ruined by water damage. In the 
Records and History Room are two of the organ pipes and a "stops 
board." However, this is not the original stops board but one which 
had been installed in 1959 in Boone when the organ was electrified. 


It is hard to realize that people who remember Tryon Street and 
Trinity churches are now sixty years old or older ( assuming that 
they can remember back to the days when they were six years old ) . 
Requests for memories from the older members of First United 
Methodist brought disappointing results but some of these are set 
down here and others appear elsewhere in tliis book. 

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Of course everyone who was bom before the mid-nineteen- 
twenties remembers Miss Sallie Bethune. Miss Sallie was bom in 
Charlotte in 1851. When she was quite young she started teaching 
Sunday School in Tryon Street Methodist Church and continued 
this work for over sixty years. 



Although she was the youngest member of the newly organized 
Woman's Missionary Society in Tryon Street Church in tie year 
1878, she became its first president. 

In the 1870's Miss Salhe was teaching school in Charlotte and 
when the graded school system was introduced in 1882 she became 
the best known primary teacher in tlie growing city. The one graded 
school was on the corner of East Morehead Street and South Boule- 
vard where the YMCA now stands and for many years was known 
as the "Old Graded School." 

When the First Ward School was built in 1900 on East Ninth 
Street between Brevard and Caldwell Streets, Miss Salhe taught 
the first grade there. Then in 1908 the Fourth Ward School 
opened in a little yellow house on the corner of North Graham 
and West Ninth Streets and Miss Sallie became principal of this 
school which later (by now a new brick school) was named the 
Bethune School. 

Not only did Miss Sallie teach several generations of children in 
school and become one of the best-known primary educators in 
the South, but she was also superintendent of the primary depart- 
ment in the Tryon Street Methodist Sunday School for many 
years. It has been said that she "taught children, their children, 
and their children." 

Miss Sallie died in 1928. 

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Another Sunday School primary teacher who was superin-t 
tendent of the primary department at Trinity Methodist Church 
is remembered. She continued her work in First Methodist as the 
secretary for the primary department. This was Mrs. E. B. Laird 
who is remembered as sitting outside the door of the primary de- 
partment every Sunday, greeting each child in a special and per- 
sonal way. The little cliildren looked on her as a grandmotlier. 

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No one in today's First Methodist Church would remember tlie 
Reverend John F. Butt who estabhshed the Calvary Mission in 
1865 and who built the first little wooden Methodist Church in 
Dilworth at his own expense, but older members should remember 
his son Arthur Butt who led the singing in Sunday School at Tryon 
Street Methodist Church in tlie early years of this century. 


Above left. Dr. David R. Dunlap (1771-1861). He was the father of Methodism in Charlotte. 
This photograph came from Dr. J. B. Alexander's History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 
to 1900. (1902) Above right, Jeanne Scranton and Helen Van Hoy at Dr. Dunlap's grave in the 
Old Settlers' Cemetery behind Charlotte's First Presbyterian Church. (1983) Below, Mecklen- 
burg County Court House (1845-1896). The first (log) and second (brick) court houses were 
located on what is now called Independence Square, and this third one was located on the north- 
east corner of West Trade and North Church Streets where in 1907 the Selwyn Hotel was built and 
where a new Marriott Hotel is under construction in 1983. The stand-pipe shown behind the 
court house held city water that was pumped into it from a spring-fed lake reservoir that was 

where Independence Park is now. ( Photo 1875) 

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Above, South Tryon Street looking north from Fourth Street. (1916) This photograph was made 
May 20, 1916, on the occasion of President Woodrow Wilson's visit to Charlotte. The Tryon Street 
Methodist steeple is hidden behind the Independence Building which was in 1909 referred to 
as "The Skyscraper." Note the City Hall in the center of the picture and three churches ( Second 
Presbyterian, First Baptist, and Saint Mark's Lutheran) on the same side of North Tryon Street. 

Below, North Tryon Street looking north from Independence Square. {Circa 1928) Note the 
plate on the site of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 
1775- The steeple of Tryon Street Methodist Church is near the right of the picture. 

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Above, Tryon Street Methodist Church Group. (Circa 1914) Why are pictures with no names 
and no dates placed in church archives! Dr. E. K. McLarty's name on the bulletin board shows 
that this picture probably was made between 1913 and 1915. The editor can identify with 
certainty only a few people: Mr. J. A. Russell is third from the left on the top row; Mr. J. B. 
Ivey, who left Tryon Street in 1915 as one of the founding fathers of Hawthorne Lane Methodist 
Church, and Mr. E. A. Cole, who also went to Hawthorne Lane, are in the center of the top row; 
Mrs. C. C. Kennedy, "Miss Lula," is second from the right on the first row; and Miss Maud 
McKinnon is sixth from the right on this row. Note watermelons for class identity. Wonder if 

they ate them! 

Below, Trinity Methodist Church Group. {Circa 1926) The Reverend A. D. Wilcox was pastor 
when this picture was made around 1926-1927. Mr. George F. Stratton is seen top row left, 
and Mr. E. R. Bucher is top row right. The young lad at center front is Andrew L. Ducker, Jr., 

whose mother was a member of this group. 

Left, The R. M. Gates Home 
at the corner of North Tryon 
and West Eighth Streets. This 
home was typical of the fine 
homes that once graced both 
sides of North and South Tryon 
Streets. It was in 1927 that 
First Methodist Church opened 
its doors on this site. 

Above, Charter Members, 1977. This group picture was taken at a charter member luncheon 
held during the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of First United Methodist Church. On this 
occasion, Mrs. D. E. Henderson was given recognition as the oldest living charter member 
present. She is seated front row, left side, with a robe covering her lap. Below, First Methodist 

Church under construction in 1927. 

THE YEARS 1896-I927 

In 1930 Mrs. Sam Presson wrote an article on Tryon Street Meth- 
odist Church. This was pubhshed in one of the Charlotte news- 
papers and I quote: "Who can forget the Sunday School with A. L. 
Butt leading the singing, and such singing! It could be heard al- 
most to the Square. 

"One of the members had such a fine voice that he was frequently 
called upon to sing solos. Coming into Sunday School one after- 
noon he was asked to sing. He begged to be excused as he had a 
cold and was very hoarse; however he was prevailed upon to sing, 
which he decided to do. The song was 'Cast Thy Bread Upon the 
Waters.' When he was about half through, one sister who was 
known for her jolly disposition and funny expressions was heard 

to whisper to another, 'That bread Brother is casting upon 

the waters is going to give us all indigestion.'" [Editor's note: I 
remember Mr. Arthur Butt. He led the singing in Sunday School 
and wore his glasses on the very end of his nose. In the above quo- 
tation the sister known for her jolly disposition sounds like it might 
have been "Aunt Duck Sprinkle" or "Sister Register."] 

Margaret Blair, whose father, R. K. Blair, was a very active mem- 
ber of Tryon Street and First Church, well remembers Mrs. I. W. 
Pickens' Sunday School class in Tryon Street Church and the 
"big" Sunday School auditorium with the classrooms surrounding 
it. Joe Van Hoy and Marie Wilkinson (Mrs. Raymond) Brietz 
remember that Mrs. Wilson Crowder ("Miss Hassie") was their 
teacher in the primary department at Tryon Street Church. Ethel 
( Mrs. John C. ) Rhyne remembers when the children of Mr. J. A. 
Jones occupied an entire pew in Trinity Methodist Church. 

Mary Belle Petrie (Mrs Aubrey L.) Howell who was born in 
1913 in the old Presbyterian Hospital on the comer of West Trade 
and Mint Streets and who lived in the 300 block of West Fifth 
Street, well remembers when at the age of four or five years she 
slipped away from her nurse and when picked up by a policeman 
told him that she was going to find her mama at church. Her parents 
found her at the police station sitting on a policeman's lap eating 
his supper. [For new-comers to Charlotte— the police station was 
on East Fifth Street behind the City Hall which was on the corner 
of East Fifth and North Tryon Streets.] Mrs. Howell remembers 



the Sunday School entrance on West Sixth Street, taffy pulls 
and Sunday School picnics at Lakewood Park. [Editor's note: 
Belle Howell "hoped someone would remember when the police 
station was here." I even remember that its telephone number was 
88 which gives some idea of tlie number of telephones in Charlotte 

at that time.] 

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The Reverend F. W. Dowd Bangle who grew up in Tryon Street 
and First Methodist Churches also remembers the trips to Lake- 
wood Park. His earliest recollections about the last days of Tryon 
Street Church are of Mrs. Arthur Weam, Mrs. D. E. Henderson, and 
Mrs. Joseph McLaughlin leading the little children in singing. 
Quoting from Dowd's recollections- 
Mrs. W. W. Hagood (Miss Sallie) had her class of children for a class 
meeting at her home on West Tenth Street. ... I remember that she 
had us searching through magazines for pictures and letters to illustrate 
and to spell out the Hnes of the hymn "From Greenland's Icy Mountains 
to India's Coral Strand. . . ." She revealed in this endeavor her great 
zeal for missions in the local church and her leadership of the same in 
our annual conference, and I can still quote some of that verse instinc- 
tively for she had us memorize it. Maybe that experience had some 
preliminary influence on my later decision to enter the Christian min- 

Anne Batten, who came from Trinity to First Methodist when the 
two churches combined, remembers that Dr. Ward Wilcox (who 
was the last pastor at Trinity) always had junior sermons for chil- 
dren and then the children left the sanctuary. She also remembers 
some of the Sunday School teachers among whom were : Miss Kate 
Green who gave gold stars for every achievement. Miss Bessie Con- 
nelly, and Mrs. E. B. Laird. Another vivid memory is of Mr. J. A. 
Jones speaking vehemently against the merger of Tryon Street and 
Trinity. [He did not come to First Methodist but went to Dilworth 
Methodist Church.] Anne also remembers the revivals, especially 
one in which a woman assistant went around to everyone asking, 
"Are you saved?" 

Albert Newton Torrence wrote: 

Who remembers the "Big Room" where we had opening exercises and 
then went to classrooms; the Sunday School papers named The Visitor 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

and The Young People's Weekly? Does anyone remember "Living Pic- 

And now may the writer become autobiographical. It is odd how 
so many elderly people will say "I just don't remember" when asked 
to write down their recollections but will remember when they read 
what other people remember. I hope my own memories of Tryon 
Street church will bring back childhood memories to my con- 

I remember The Visitor and I remember "Living Pictures" although 
I hadn't remembered the Sunday School paper until I typed the above 
memoir. There was a platform on the Sixth Street side of the big Sunday 
School room and I can shut my eyes and see one living picture — Saint 
Cecelia with a halo over her head playing a dear little pump organ that 
normally was stored in a darkish hall upstairs. 

I have many other memories of Tryon Street, the earliest being how 
I hated to have to go to Sunday School in the afternoon right after a 
big Sunday dinner. My mama (Mrs. W. M. Morse) made me go and all 
of these years later I am glad that she did. The primary department was 
on the left as one went in the first Sixth Street door. Here, I particularly 
remember Miss Sallie Bethune (who was also my teacher in the first 
grade at school), Miss Sallie (Mrs. W. W., Sr.) Hagood, Miss Lillie 
(Mrs. Arthur H.) Wearn, and Miss Daisy (Mrs. C. S.) McLaughlin 
who was Sister Mattie Stewart's sister-in-law and who later went to the 
ARP Church because Dr. McLaughlin was an ARP. I also remember 
the kind of candy we got in a little bag when we had a Christmas tree. 

When I was in the primary department I didn't go to church very 
often but usually managed to "mortify" my mama when I did go. Once 
I made a little diaper of my handkerchief wrapped around two fingers 
and was walking it up and down the back of the pew in front of me 
when my mama saw it and quickly ended my amusement. 

Actually, one of my most vivid childhood memories of Tryon Street 
Church is the cross of "pearls" that was suspended over the choir loft. 
My common sense told me that they were light bulbs but I would sit 
there trying to see wires that must have suspended the cross but I never 
could see them. 

I also remember that an old man sat in the amen comer on the right 
hand side of the church and every few minutes he would say "Amen." 
Since that was what the preacher always said when church was over, 
my childish brain figured out that the old man was suggesting to the 
preacher that it was time for him to stop preaching and I didn't think 
that old man was very polite. 



When I had become a teenager, Sunday School had changed over to 
morning hours and when you went to Sunday School you stayed on 
for church. I remember that I was very fond of Dr. Bain who stayed at 
our church for only a short time. 

There are many memories of the winter of 1917-1918 when 77,000 
soldiers were stationed at Camp Greene on the western outskirts of the 
city. All of the city churches made a special effort to be kind to the 
soldiers and it was customary for church members to bring soldiers 
home from church each Sunday. In addition to Sundays, every church 
had a party for soldiers after the Wednesday night prayer meeting. [At 
Saint Peter's Episcopal Church they danced in the Parish House.] 

Tryon Street Methodist Church had a committee to take charge of 
all entertainment of soldiers and the members of this committee, accord- 
ing to the Minutes of the Board of Stewards of Tryon Street Methodist 
Episcopal Church, South for Nov. 26, 1917, were "Bros. J. A. Russell, 
Chm., D. H. Anderson, and Marvin L. Ritch." 

Mr. "June" Russell gathered up all of the girls who lived on Poplar 
Street and brought us to the church on Wednesday night to help enter- 
tain the soldiers. Back in those days, it was perfectly safe to walk to 
church at night and to walk home accompanied by soldiers that you 
had just met at church. 

Until my friend Thelma Albright (whose father was a Methodist 
minister ) reminded me of it, I had completely forgotten that each Sun- 
day School lesson had a "Golden Text" that we had to memorize. 

I could go on and on but space does not permit. Just one more — 
going back to days in the primary department at Tryon Street — the 
first speech that I ever made was when I held up a lighted candle in a 
brass candlestick and said, "South America stiU pleads. Hear, Oh Hear, 
her present needs." I think this program was put on by "The Light 

In the church archives there are many different church rolls. 
In compiling this history the writer has found that two have been 
most useful: the mid 1890's roll of Tryon Street and the current 
roll of First United Methodist. These two rolls are included in this 
history, as is a roll of charter members of First United Methodist. 

In looking over the Tryon Street rolls the writer remembers some 
good Tryon Street members who were not charter members of 
First Church. Among these were Mr. C. W. Tillett, Sr. who always 
brought his family to church in one of the town's earliest automo- 
biles ( a top-less electric ) ; Dr. E. C. Register whose wife, known as 
"Sister Register," was quite a well-known character who knew 


THE YEARS 1896-I927 

everybody;* also Mr. M. F. Kirby who was a faithful worker in 
Tryon Street Church; and Mrs. Ila (Mrs. J, N.) McCausland at 
whose home on Poplar Street the missionary society often had 
"ice cream suppers." Mr. James A. Bell was not on the 1895 roll 
because he grew up in the old Harrison Methodist Church. 

Mr. J. B. Ivey is not on any one of the church rolls referred to 
and Mr. Ivey was one of the pillars of the Methodist Church. He 
came to Charlotte at the turn of the century and founded Ivey's 
department store. (As long as Mr. Ivey lived, curtains on the show 
windows of the store were closed on Sundays.) The Iveys left 
Tryon Street as one of the founding families of Hawthorne Lane 
Methodist Church. Mr. Ivey, his second wife and her daughter, 
Mary Gilmer Weatherly (Mrs. Oscar Yokely) and his daughter, 
Ella Ivey (Mrs. Ohver M.) Litaker, later came back to First 
Church and Mrs. Ivey taught a Sunday School class for many 

*Mrs. Lillian Boyer (Mrs. W. Reid) Garrison, a daughter of Dr. H. K. Boyer 
who was pastor of Tryon Street Methodist from 1906-1908, who is now a resident 
of Sharon Towers in Charlotte, tells the following anecdote: When the lawyer was 
reading Dr. Register's will and Mrs. Register heard that he had willed $1500 to 
erect a monument, she exclaimed, "The old boy thought right well of himself." 












^1^ By 1920 Charlotte was indeed changing from 

fj'fw a town to a city and at this time Dilworth 

nil Methodist Church (1896) and Hawthorne 

Lane Methodist Church (1915) had taken 

some of the influential members of Tryon 

.Street Church. Other Methodist churches in 


Charlotte in 1920 were: Calvary (1865), Wesley Heights (1883), 
Cole Memorial (1890), Belmont Park (1897), Spencer Memorial 
( 1904), Chadwick ( 1905), Duncan Memorial ( 1911 ), and Central 
Avenue (1913). Now (1982) there are 58 United Methodist 
Churches listed in the Charlotte Telephone Directory. 

Tryon Street Methodist Church had been involved in the found- 
ing of these early Charlotte Methodist churches; in fact it has 
been said that in 25 years 25 new churches were built. For example, 
from the minutes of the Tryon Street Board of Stewards Quarterly 
Conference, May 27, 1912: 

. . . the following committee was elected to look into the advisability 
of building a chapel somewhere in East Charlotte: E. A. Cole, J. B. 
Ivey, B. D. Heath, J. B. Boyd, and J. D. McCall. 

Then in 1913: 

. . . committee consisting of J. B. Ivey, J. L. Snyder, C. S. Stone, L. L. 
Caudle, E. A. Cole, F. H. Washburn, B. D. Heath and J. D. McCall to 
investigate the needs of the section of the city living in the Piedmont 

And again in 1914, 

Committee recommended acceptance of offer made by Bro. B. D. Heath, 
lot cor. 8th & Hawthorne Lane value $5,000.00 provided church will 


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build $25,000 edifice. Trustees elected: J. B. Ivey, J. P. Lucas, F. H. 
Washburn, one trustee to be elected by new congregation when or- 


In the early 1920's Mr. James B. Duke built a fine home in the newly 
developed suburb of Charlotte, Myers Park, and he and Mrs. Duke 
and their small daughter Doris lived there for a few months each 

In the Duke University Library there is a transcript of an in- 
terview with Mr. E. R. Bucher, an influential member of Trinity 
and, later on, of First Methodist Church. This was tape-recorded 
in 1963 and consisted of Mr. Bucher's recollections of Mr. Duke's 
association with Dilworth, Trinity, and Tryon Street Methodist 

Mr. Bucher was associated with Duke Power Company and one 
day Mr. Duke said to him, "You know, I'm going to spend a great 
deal of time in Charlotte. I think I ought to do something for Char- 
lotte Methodism." 

Dilworth Methodist Church had outgrown its small brick build- 
ing* by this time and Mr. Duke said if they would build a new 
church out of stone he would give them $50,000. It was during this 
conference with Dilworth Methodists that something was said 
about a possible re-consolidation of Tryon Street and Trinity Meth- 
odist churches and if these two churches went together it would 
make a large church with 3,500 or 4,000 members. Mr. Duke said 
that he didn't like churches that were too big for the people to 
know the preacher. 

Later on, Mr. D. E. (Zeke) Henderson, who was superintendent 
of the Tryon Street Methodist Sunday School at that time, took Mr. 
Duke over to the Tryon Street Church building to discuss build- 
ing of a new Sunday School building definitely or alternatively 
to merge with another church and build one large city church. 
The upshot of this was that Mr. Duke said, "If you will build a rep- 
resentative downtown stone church, I'll give you $100,000 toward 

** The first Dilworth Methodist Church building was wood, and this was the sec- 
ond one. 



The first official discussion of uniting the churches was at a joint 
committee meeting on February 14, 1921. After Walter Clark's 
motion to merge, it was decided to submit a definite merger pro- 
posal to the members of both congregations, and within a few 
weeks committees to work out details of the merger were appointed. 
Representing Try on Street were Dr. A. M. Whisnant, Attorney 
James A. Bell, J. A. Russell (Assistant Clerk of Superior Court), 
Arthur Wearn (later to become Mayor of Charlotte), and busi- 
nessmen W, W. Hagood, Sr., and Munsey Smith. Representing 
Trinity were banker Juhan H. Little, E. R. Bucher of Duke Power 
Company, Attorney Paul C. Whitlock, Dr. J. A. Elliott, and busi- 
nessmen George W. Patterson and Keely Grice. 


At a joint Quarterly Conference of the two churches November 
24, 1926, the members of the two churches voted to form a large 
uptown church. The two congregations raised several hundred 
thousand dollars. The Tryon Street Church property was offered 
for sale for $300,000 and it was hoped that the Trinity Church 
property would sell for almost this much. The joint building com- 
mittee, which was composed of representatives from both churches, 
thought finances were assured and proceeded with plans for a large 
stone church. Mr. Julian H. Little was chairman of this joint build- 
ing committee. 


The former Gates home on the comer of North Tryon and West 
Eighth Streets was purchased for $140,000. The land fronted 110 
feet on Tryon Street, 396 feet on Eighth Street, and 108 feet on 
North Church Street. As the years have passed, adjoining property 
on North Tryon Street and on North Church Street has been pur- 
chased for use as parking lots and a children's play yard. 


Tryon Street and Trinity Methodist churches were officially united 
by Bishop Edwin D. Mouzon at a joint meeting of officials of the 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

two churches in Quarterly Conference on October 28, 1927. This 
conference took place in the "Adult Sunday School Auditorium," 
later to be used as a chapel and now (1983) called "Founders' 

At this time the sanctuary was not finished and the first church 
service was held in this hall on Sunday, October 30, 1927, with 
Bishop Mouzon conducting the service. The evening service was 
held in the Carolina Theater because installation of lights had not 
been completed in the new church building. Bishop Mouzon also 
conducted this service. 

The new sanctuary was first used on March 11, 1928 and Bishop 
Mouzon preached. ( A charter member remembers that the bishop 
preached for one hour and the service lasted two hours. ) There was 
a week-long celebration and on March 15, 1928 there was an organ 
concert by Harold Gleason of the Eastman School of Music. At this 
concert there was standing room only and an audience of more 
than 2,500 people. 

The Board of Stewards for the new church was made up from 
the boards of the two churches and Dr. A. M. Whisnant was elected 
chairman. The new Board of Trustees was also selected from the 
trustees of the parent churches and included Dr. A. M. Whisnant, 
Juhan H. Little, James A. Bell, E. R. Bucher, W. W. Hagood, Jr. 
( W. W. Hagood, Sr. had died in 1927 and his son replaced him as a 
trustee and on the building committee), J. A. Russell, Arthur 
Weam, Dr. J. A. Elliott and P. C. Whitlock. 

At the time the two churches combined Dr. A. L. Stanford was 
pastor of Tryon Street, and the Reverend A. D. Wilcox was pastor 
of Trinity. Tryon Street had 1,400 members and Trinity had 1,100 
Some of the Trinity members transferred to Dilworth Methodist 
Church and to Myers Park Methodist Church which had been 
organized in 1925. 

Dr. W. W. Peele was the first minister of First Methodist 
Church and Mr. T. J. Lillard was the treasurer. However, in 1928 
church officials realized that a younger man was needed and Mr. 
H. B. Simpson became treasurer from that time until 1942. 

The church bulletin of First Methodist Episcopal Church, South 
for December 9, 1928, shows the organization of the new church. 
It is interesting to note that women are involved only in the Sun- 
day School and missions. 




1106 Dilworth Road, Residence Phone, Hemlock 8155; Study, Jackson 586 

MISS MAUD McKINNON Director of Religious Education 

OflBce Phone, Jackson 451 


Office Phone, Jackson 586 

T. J. LILLARD Chmch Treasurer 

Office Phone, Jackson 586 

H. B. SIMPSON Treasurer Building Fund 

Care First Methodist Chiu-ch 

W. A. WILSON Missionary Pastor 

Okayama, Japan 


Box 1607, Dilworth Station, Charlotte, N. C. 

D. M. LITAKER Presiding Elder, Charlotte District 

413 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 

TRUSTEES-J. A. Bell, Chairman; E. R. Bucher, J. A. Russell, J. H. Little, Arthur 
H. Wearn, George W. Patterson, A. M. Whisnant, W. W. Hagood, Jr., P. C. Whit- 

Dr. A. M. Whisnant, Chairman; J. H. Little, Vice-Chairman; G. C. ChaUcer, Sec'y. 

T. W. Aldred H. P. Harding Frank O. Sherrill 

R. G. Auten A. L. Harmon H. B. Simpson 

J. A. Bell Geo. W. Hart J. K. Slear 

W. M. Bell D. E. Henderson A. W. Smith 

Dr. S. B. Bivens B. F. Houston J. Wilson Smith 

R. K. Blair C. E. Hurst M. D. Smith 

J. C. Booker H. B. Ingram Roy S. Smith 

J. H. Bost R. S. Kirby Dr. C.B. Squires 

E. R. Bucher T. J. Lillard Plummer Stewart 
C. M. Byers J. P. Little W. S. Stewart 

W. F. Casey "C. M. Lupo George F. Stratton 

W. F. Cochran P. R. McCain W. B. Stuart 

E. M. Cole J. D. McCall C. R. Swinney 
A. G. Craig Jos. McLaughlin W. J. Thomas 
W. R. Cuthbertson Brevard Merritt W. F. Tucker 
W. H. Davidson J. C. Montgomery M. M. Tuttle 
W. B. Devlin T. C. Moose J. M. Van Hov 
A. L. Ducker J. C. Newell W. E. Vest ' 
Dr. J. A. Elliott B. J. Overcarsh A. H. Wearn 

J. R. Felts Geo. W. Patterson P. C. Whitlock 

A. W. Ferguson Dr. Reid Patterson H. L. Whitmore 

F. A. Fischrupp J. H. Phifer John L.Wilkinson 
H. A. Garrison W. B. Pickens W. D. Wilkinson 

B. L. Green Louis G. Ratcliffe L. W. Wingate 
Fred A. Greene G. G. Ray B. L. Wilhelm 
Keely A. Grice Dr. H. F. Ray 

W. W. Hagood, Jr. J. A. Russell 


FINANCE-R. K. Blair, Chairman; E. R. Bucher, Vice-Chairman. 
PUBLIC WORSHIP-J. Wilson Smith, Chairman; Dr. J. C. Montgomery, Vice- 
PUBLICITY-P. C. Whitlock, Chairman; R. S. Kirby, Vice-Chairman. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

USHERS-Geo. W. Hart, Chairman; H. A. Garrison, Vice-Ghairman; M. D. Smith, 
Vice-Ghairman; W. R. Cuthbertson, Vice-Ghairman; A. L. Ducker, Vice-Ghairman. 

REGEPTION-Jos. McLaughUn, Ghairman; J. H. Phifer, Vice-Ghairman. 

EVANGEUSM-J. M. Van Hoy, Ghairman; W. D. Wilkinson, Vice-Ghairman. 

MUSIG— Geo. W. Patterson, Ghairman; W. S. Stewart, Vice-Ghairman. 

BULLETIN— R. G. Auten, Chairman; A. L. Harmon, Vice-Chairman; T. G. Moose, 
Vice-Ghairman; George F. Stratton, Vice-Ghairman. 

PLATE-W. H. Davidson, Ghairman; B. F. Houston, Vice-Ghairman. 

MISSIONS-J. A. Bell, Ghairman; J. A. Russell, Vice-Ghairman. 

MEMBERSHIP-A. H. Wearn, Chairman; H. P. Harding, Vice-Ghairman. 

COMMUNION— B. J. Overcarsh, Chairman; Fred A. Greene, Vice-Ghairman. 

CUSTODIAN-W. J. Thomas, Ghairman; T. J. Lillard, Vice-Ghairman. 

ENTERTAINMENT-D. E. Henderson, Ghairman; Dr. J. A. EUiott, Vice- 

SICK AND RELIEF*-John L. Wilkinson, Chairman; A. G. Craig, Vice-Chairman. 

BOARD OF RELIGIOUS EDUGATION-D. E. Henderson, Chairman; Mrs. 
Charles G. Ray, Miss Helen Hoyle, E. R. Bucher, M. D. Smith. 


LAY LEADER-W. R. Cuthbertson. 


beth Gapell. 


SUPERVISION OF SCOUTING-J. M. Van Hoy; T. G. Moose, Assistant. 


* The "Sick and Relief Committee" was once an important committee that 
looked after church members in time of need. Its function has now been largely 
replaced by today's programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Un- 
employment Insurance, Crisis Assistance Ministry, etc. 




Abemethy, Irene 
Abernethy, Oscar M. 
Abemethy, Dr. 
Wallace W. 
Adams, Mrs. C. C. 
Adams, C. C, Jr. 
Addison, H. T. 
Addison, Mrs. H. T. 
Adkins, Mrs. Emma K. 
Albea, E. N. 
Albea, Mrs. E. N. 
Albea, Julia 
Albright, Georgia 
Aldred, T. W. 
Aldred, Mrs. T. W. 
Alexander, B. T. 
Alexander, Mrs. C. C. 
Alexander, C. N. 
Alexander, Ellen 

Alexander, M. C. 
Alexander, Mrs. M. C. 
Alexander, M. C, Jr. 
Alexander, Mabel 
Alexander, Margaret 
Alexander, Nan 
Alexander, Pattie L. 
Alexander, Terry 
Alexander, Mrs. Terry 
Alexander, Willie (Miss) 
Allen, David 
Allen, Mrs. H. A. 
Allen, John R. C. 
Allen, Louise 
Allen, Mary Frances 
Allen, Paul H. 
Allen, Mrs. Paul H. 
Allen, Sallie 
Allen, W. H. 

Allen, Mrs. W. H. 
Allison, Barnwell 
Allison, Bettie 
Allison, J. A. 
Allison, Mrs. J. A. 
Allison, Mrs. Lloyd A. 
Allison, Mimiie 13. 
Allison, Mrs. Minnie J. 
Allison, Sadie 
Allison, Mrs. Sara J. 
Allison, Thomas G. 
Alhson, W. P. 
Allison, W. S. 
Allison, Mrs. W. S. 
Allred, Marguerite W. 
Almond, G. A., Jr. 
Almond, Mrs. G. A., Jr. 
Altee, Mrs. M. L. 
Anderson, Mrs. D. H. 



Anderson, H. C. 
Anderson, Mrs. H. C. 
Anderson, Hugh 
Anderson, Paul 
Anderson, Susie 
Andrews, C. W. 
Andrews, Mrs. C. W. 
Ardrey, Mrs, Lois H. 
Armour, Bertie 
Armour, Catherine 
Armour, Eunice 
Armour, Holt 
Armour, Mrs. Holt 
Armour, Lucielle 
Armour, Walter 
Armstrong, Marceil 
Arrington, Nick B 
Arrington, Mrs. Nick B. 
Arthur, J. A. 
Arthur, Mrs. J. A. 
Arthur, WilUam 
Asbury, E. M. 
Asbury, Orla F., Jr. 
Ashley, Mrs. J. M. 
Ault, Edwin 
Ault, Vera 
Ault, Wilella 
Ausband, Mrs. Bettie 
Ausband, Vernon W. 
Austin, Culpepper 
Austin, Mrs. Ciilpepper 
Austin, Eleanor 
Austin, Nell 
Auten, Billie (Miss) 
Auten, Martha 
Auten, R. G. 
Auten, Mrs. R. G. 
Auten, R. L. 
Bagby, George Lewis 
Bagby, Mrs. Ruth 
Bagby, S. L. 
Bagwell, Guy O. 
Bagwell, Mrs. Guy O. 
Bailey, C. E. 
Bailey, Mrs. C. E. 
Bailey, Dorothy 
Bailey, E. H. 
Bailey, Mrs. E. H. 
Bailey, George P. 
Bailey, Mrs. George P. 

Bailey, Zoie H. (Miss) 
Baker, Delora May 
Baker, Mrs. Floy McGinn 
Baker, Mrs. Gertrude D. 
Baker, Mrs. Ollie 
Baker, Russell 
Baldwin, Ruth 
Balfovir, James 
Ball, Mrs. C. C. 
Ball, Dorothy 
Ballard, Carrie 
Ballard, Ruth 
Bangle, F. W. Dowd 
Banks, George 
Banks, Mrs. Mattie 
Barber, Mrs. Jessie M. 
Barber, Mrs. T. G. 
Barber, Thomas Gray 
Barbour, W. E. 
Barger, Hugh 
Barlow, C. F. 
Barnes, G. T. 
Barnes, Mrs. G. T. 
Bamett, Mrs. B. W. 
Barnett, Mary Ehzabeth 
Bamett, Robert 
Barnett, Robert W. 
Bamett, Mrs. Robert W. 
Barnett, William 
Earnhardt, C. E. 
Bamhardt, Mrs. J. H. 
Bamhardt, Mrs. W, G. 
Bartlam, Beulah 
Bartlam, Mrs. W. J. 
Bass, C. H. 
Bass, Mrs. C. H. 
Bass, Fred 
Bass, Ty Cobb 
Bass, Mrs. W. M. 
Bates, C. C. 
Batten, AHce 
Batten, Anne 
Batten, J. C. 
Batten, Mrs. J. C. 
Batty, Nic W. 
Batty, Mrs. Nic W. 
Baugh, Mrs. P. J. 
Baxter, Adrienne 
Baxter, J. M. 
Baxter, Mrs. J. M. 

Bayne, B. H. 
Bayne, Mrs. B. H. 
Bays, Mamie 
Bays, W. W., Jr. 
Beatty, Mrs. Ernest 
Beatty, Warren Knox 
Beatty, Mrs. Warren Knox 
Beaver, Mrs. E. W. 
Beaver, Mary 
Beaver, Mrs. T. J. 
Beckman, J. W. 
Bell, Ahce Gordon 
Bell, Ashby 
Bell, Faith 
Bell, H. L. 
Bell, J. A. 
Bell, Mrs. J. A. 
Bell, J. A., Jr. 
Bell, J. Spencer 
Bell, John Samuel 
Bell, Walter F. 
Bell, Wm. M. 
Bell, Mrs. Wm. M. 
BeU, Wm. M., Jr. 
Belhveau, James 
Belliveau, Nalle 
BeUiveau, Mrs. Ruth B. 
Belue, Marvin W. 
Belue, Mrs. Marvin W. 
Belue, Marvin W., Jr. 
Benson, Margie 
Benton, J. K. 
Benton, Mrs. Minnie 
Berry, T. R. 
Berry, Thomas B. 
BerryhiU, C. M. 
Berryhill, Mrs. C. M. 
BerryhiU, E. W. 
Berryhill, W. M. 
Bethea, Rosa Lee 
Bethune, SalUe 
Biggers, Lena 
Birmingham, George 
Birmingham, Mrs. George 
Birmingham, J. M. 
Birmingham, Mrs. J. M. 
Bishop, Mrs. Annie 
Bishop, Joseph 
Bivens, S. B. 
Black, Mrs. K. A. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Black, L. E. 
Blair, Kent (Miss) 
Blair, Margaret 
Blair, Mary 
Blair, R. K. 
Blair, Mrs. R. K. 
Blake, Joyce 
Blake, Marjorie 
Blalock, J. H. 
Bland, Josephine 
Blanton, Reba 
Blanton, Ruth 
Blount, C. W. 
Blythe, Mrs. Minoshia 
Boate, Harry 
Boate, Mrs. Harry 
Boate, Maiy Louise 
Boate, Ruth 
Bobbitt, Susie M. 
Boger, Dr. D. B. 
Boger, Mrs. D. B. 
Boland, Harry 
Boland, R. L. 
Boland, Mrs. R. L. 
Booker, Harry 
Booker, J. C. 
Booker, Mrs. J. C. 
Booker, Kendall 
Booker, Mary 
Booker, Parks 
Boone, Elizabeth 
Boone, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Boone, Mrs. Helen 
Boone, Mary Carol 
Boone, S. C. 
Boone, Sara 
Booth, Alvin 
Booth, H. M. 
Booth, Mrs. H. M. 
Booth, Helen 
Booth, Mrs. Thelma P. 
Bost, A. M. 
Bost, Mrs. A. M. 
Bost, A. M., Jr. 
Bost, Carlton 
Bost, Catherine 
Bost, Frances 
Bost, G. F. 
Bost, Mrs. G. F. 
Bost, G. F., Jr. 

Bost, J. H. 
Bost, Mrs. J. H. 
Bost, John Webb 
Bost, Margaret 
Bost, Virginia 
Bostian, D. B. 
Bostian, D. J. 
Bostian, Mrs. D. J. 
Bostic, P. E. 
Bowder, J. H. 
Boyd, Lucy 
Boyd, Lula 
Boyd, Martha 
Boyd, Robert J. 
Boyd, Mrs. Robert J. 
Boyd, Wade H. 
Boyd, Mrs. Wade H. 
Boylcin, Mrs. A. B. 
Boykin, Martha C. 
Bracken, R. L. 
Bracken, Mrs. R. L. 
Bradford, Maud 
Bradley, Byron 
Bradley, J. L. 
Bradley, W. S. 
Bradley, Mrs. W. S. 
Bradshaw, L. A. 
Bradshaw, Mrs. L, A. 
Bradshaw, Nelva 
Brame, T. J., Jr. 
Brame, Mrs. T. J., Jr. 
Brandes, A. J. 
Brandes, Mrs. A. J. 
Brandes, Alwina 
Brandes, Dorothy 
Brandes, James 
Brandes, Julia 
Brantley, Annie Belle 
Brantley, J. E. 
Brantley, Mrs. J. E. 
Bray, E. G. 
Bray, Mrs. E. G. 
Breeden, P. L. 
Brem, Mrs. Walter 
Bremer, Lillian 
Brewer, Mrs. C. F. 
Brewer, Mrs. W. V. 
Brice, Mrs. E. B. 
Brice, Martha L. 
Bright, Mary Haley 

Brinkhoff, Joseph 
Brock, Mrs. W. M. 
Brooks, Myrtle 
Broom, Maud 
Brown, A. D. 
Brown, Mrs. A. D. 
Brown, Mrs. Bessie L. 
Brown, Mrs. Delia 
Brown, Evelyn 
Brown, Mrs. Julia 
Brown, Lula 
Brown, Mrs, N. W. 
Brown, R. A. 
Brown, Mrs. R. A. 
Brown, Mrs. S. D. 
Brown, Thelma 
Brown, Vema Lucille 
Brown, Wm. Franklin 
Brubaker, H. G. 
Brunson, E. M. 
Bruton, Mrs. Arminta 
Bucher, E. R. 
Bucher, Mrs. E. R. 
Buckley, Mayo C. 
Buckley, Mrs. Mayo C. 
Buice, Ada 
Buice, J. D. 
Buice, Mrs. J. D. 
Buice, Janet 
Bull, D. B. 
Bull, Mrs. D. B. 
BuUard, Mrs. R. P. 
Bullock, W. R. 
Bullock, Mrs. W. R. 
Bullock, Wm. Robert 
Bumgardner, Mrs. A. S. 
Bundy, Elizabeth 
Bundy, Sadie 
Burdell, Margaret 
Burgin, Catherine 
Burkhead, Homer 
Burkhead, Mrs. Homer 
Burkhead, Mrs. W. M. 
Burnette, J. L. 
Burnette, Mrs. J. L, 
Burris, Mrs. Leona 
Butt, Cecil 
Byers, C. M. 
Byers, Mrs. C. M. 
Byrd, Margaret 



Byrum, Jesse N. 
Byrum, Mrs. Jesse N. 
Caddell, Wm. I. 
CaldweU, J. V. 
CaldweU, Mrs. J. V. 
Caldwell, T. Elmore 
Callahan, H. H. 
Callahan, Mrs. H. H. 
Callahan, Jennie Lee 
Callahan, Lomse 
Campbell, A. S. 
Campbell, Mrs. A. S. 
Campbell, C. B. 
Campbell, Mrs. C. B. 
Campbell, J. W. 
Campbell, Mrs. J. W. 
Campbell, J. Weaver 
Campbell, Mrs. J. Weaver 
Campbell, M. B. 
Campbell, Paul 
Campbell, Watson 
Campbell, W. Duncan 
Campbell, Mrs. W. T. 
Cantrell, Clyde 
Capell, Ehzabeth 
Caravvan, Alice 
Carlisle, Howard 
Carhsle, Mrs. Howard 
Carlisle, J. A. 
Carlisle, Ora Lee 
Carmack, Mrs. W. B. 
Carpenter, Mrs. A. H. 
Carpenter, C. T. 
Carpenter, Mrs. C. T. 
Carpenter, Mrs. Ida 
Carpenter, Ruth 
Carpenter, W. D. 
Carpenter, Mrs. W. D. 
Carr, J. W. 
Carr, Mrs. J. W. 
Carr, Louise 
Carr, W. K. 
Carriker, Ada 
Carroll, G. R. 
Carroll, Mrs. G. R. 
Carroll, J. P. 
Carroll, Sara Frances 
Carter, Fred H. 
Carter, H. E. 
Carter, J. W. 

Carter, L. J. 
Carter, Mrs. L. J. 
Carter, Mary Anne 
Carter, Odell 
Casey, W. F. 
Casey, Mrs. W. F. 
Cashion, J. F. 
Cashion, Mrs. J. F. 
Cashion, James 
Cashion, R. E. 
Cashion, Mrs. R. E. 
Cassells, Homer C, Jr. 
Gates, R. V. 
Gates, Mrs. R. V. 
Gato, Amette 
Gato, Gladys 
Gato, Ira L. 
Gato, Thomwell 
Gato, Mrs. Thomwell 
Gaton, Thomas L. 
Caudle, Annie Lee 
Gavin, J. J. 
Gavin, Mrs. J. J. 
Chalker, G. C. 
Ghalker, Mrs. G. G. 
Chapman, Lula 
Girbv, S. H. 
Cirby, Mrs. S. H. 
Clark, Mrs. Gerbude 
Clark, Jesse E. 
Clark, Jesse Lee 
Clark, Mrs. Margaret 
Clark, Mary Donna 
Clark, Nera Bell 
Clark, W. Murray 
Clark, Mrs. W. Murray 
Clarke, Anne 
Clarke, Mrs. Ed. W. 
Clarke, EHzabeth 
Clarke, Virginia 
Clay, Eva 
Claycomb, Wilma 
Cleaver, Mrs. G. W. 
Clement, Catherine 
Clements, J. R. 
Clements, Mrs. J. R. 
Ghfton, Irene 
Clifton, R. V. 
Cline, B. E. 
Cline, Mrs. B. E. 


Glontz, Mrs. H. J. 
Glontz, Mrs. K. M. 
Gloyd, W. A. 
Gloyd, Mrs. W. A. 
Cobb, Mrs. Florence C. 
Cochran, Geo. B. 
Cochran, Mrs. Geo. B. 
Cochran, W. F. 
Cochran, Mrs. W. F. 
Coe, Catherine Ruth 
Coe, Kenneth S. 
Coe, Mrs. Kenneth S. 
Coker, J. L. 
Coker, Mrs. J. L. 
Cole, E. M. 
Cole, Gertrude 
Cole, Mildred 
Cole, Ruth 
Coleman, H. T. 
Coley, Mrs. G. F. 
Collier, Mrs. M. J. 
Collins, T. H. 
Collins, Willie Vance 
Colt, Mrs. Fannie R, 
Colt, Mrs. Helen W. 
Golville, Ehzabeth 
Comer, Helen 
Conder, R. M., Jr. 
Gonder, Mrs. R. M., Jr. 
Gonnell, Dr. E. W. 
Connell, Mrs. E. W. 
Connelly, Ada 
Connelly, Bessie 
Connelly, Charles W. 
Connelly, R. P. 
Connelly, Mrs. R. P. 
Connor, Arthur 
Connor, Mrs. C. M. 
Connor, Mary Nell 
Connor, Quentin 
Cook, B. G. 
Cook, Mrs. B. G. 
Cook, G. S. 
Cook, Mrs. C. S. 
Cook, Gonelly 
Cook, Edwin 
Cook, Fred H. 
Cook, Mrs. J. W. 
Cook, Margaret 
Cook, Sara 

THE YEARS I927-I983 

Cook, Mrs. Thomas B. 
Cook, Thomas B. 
Cook, Virginia 
Coon, M. J. 
Coon, Mrs. M. J, 
Coon, Marvin 
Cooper, C. C. 
Cooper, Mrs. C. C. 
Cooper, C. C, Jr. 
Cooper, Irene 
Cooper, Mrs. Lockie 
Corley, C. D. 
Corley, Chas. C. 
Corley, Mrs. Chas. C. 
Cornelius, Aurelia 
Cornelius, Maidaree 
Comwell, Loy C. 
Coulboume, W. E. 
Coulbourne, Mrs. W. E. 
Covington, Anna 
Covington, Johnsie 
Craft, Eugene 
Craig, A. G. 
Craig, Mrs. A. G. 
Craig, Leland 
Craig, Mrs. Leland 
Craig, Lester 
Craig, Mrs. S. L. 
Craig, Mrs. W. F. 
Crary, W. O. 
Crater, Evelyn 
Crater, Margaret 
Cray ton, Byrd T. 
Crayton, Eugene 
Crayton, J. E. 
Crayton, Mrs. J. E. 
Crayton, Joe 
Crayton, Mildred 
Creighton, Mrs. J. M. 
Creighton, Martha 
Creighton, W. S. 
Creighton, Mrs. W. S. 
Creswell, E. F. 
Creswell, Mrs. E. F. 
Crews, Mrs. C. W. 
Crisp, Mrs. J. C. 
Crocker, M. W. 
Crocker, Mrs. M. W. 
Croft, S. F. 
Croft, Mrs. S. F. 

Croft, S. F., Jr. 

Crook, Wm. H. 

Cross, T. C. 

Cross, T. E. 

Cross, Mrs. T. E. 

Crowder, Mrs. E. Wilson 

Crowell, AUce 

Crowell, Mrs. Delia 

Crowell, Dorothy 

Crowell, Elizabeth 

Crowell, Fleet 

Crowell, Frank 

Crowell, Mrs. Frank 

Crowell, Louise 

Crump, Rona 

Cruse, Mrs. Helen S. 

Culclasure, R. D. 

Culclasure, Mrs. R. D. 

CuUen, E. M. 

Cullen, Mrs. E. M. 

Gulp, Mary 

Gulp, Samuel 

Gulp, Mrs. Samuel 

Cunningham, Mrs. H. R. 

Guthbertson, Daisy 

Guthbertson, Mrs. M. B. 

Guthbertson, W. Rey- 

Guthbertson, Mrs. W. 

Crosland, J. S. 

Daley, H. G. 

Darracott, Barbara 

Davidson, Carrie L. 

Davidson, W. H. 

Davidson, Mrs. W. H, 

Davis, Mrs. Claud 

Davis, Dee 

Davis, Mrs. Dee 

Davis, Frances 

Davis, Gertrude 

Davis, Mrs. James 

Davis, Mrs. Lee S. 

Davis, Minnie 

Davis, Mott 

Davis, Mrs. Mott 

Davis, Nona 

Davis, O. K. 

Davis, Mrs. O. K. 

Davis, Mrs. T. A. 

Davis, Tallie James 
Davis, Wilma 
Deal, P. G. 
Deal, Mrs. P. G. 
Deal, Kathleen 
Deal, Virginia 
Dean, Pauline 
Deaton, Mary E. 
DeBerry, Hattie 
DeBerry, James F. 
Deese, Mrs. Ed 
Deese, Mrs. H. A. 
Deese, Mrs. J. C. 
DeHerradora, Cleveland 
DeHerradora, Mrs. M. E. 
Delamar, Mrs. J. T. 
DeLaney, Mrs. A. H. 
Dell, R. G. 
Dellinger, Dwight 
DeUinger, E. L. 
Dellinger, Mrs. E. L. 
Delbnger, Inez 
Dellinger, Mrs. U. G. 
Dempster, Mrs. H. W. 
Dennis, Herman 
Dennis, Margaret 
Dennis, Mrs. T. A. 
Devlin, Lila 
Devlin, May 
Devlin, Robert 
Devlin, W. B. 
Devlin, Mrs. W. B. 
Dickens, Ira H. 
Dickens, Mrs. Ira H. 
Dickinson, Mrs. J. H. 
Dilling, J. B. 
Dilling, Mrs. J. B. 
Dilling, Mary Frances 
Dominick, Hal 
Dominick, W. K. 
Dominick, Mrs. W. K. 
Donaldson, Mrs. D. B. 
Donkel, Mrs. L. G. 
Donkel, Margaret 
Donnell, Bemice 
Dorsey, Marvin L. 
Dorsey, Mrs. Marvin L. 
Dorsey, Rison C. 
Dorton, J. E. 
Dorton, Mrs. J. E. 



Dover, Mrs. C. L. 
Dowd, Herman 
Dowd, Mary Ella 
Dowd, Mattie 
Drtimmond, C. E, 
Drummond, Mrs. C. E. 
Ducker, A. L. 
Ducker, Mrs. A. L. 
Ducker, Andrew L., Jr. 
Duckworth, Ruby 
Duckworth, Mrs. W. F. 
DufFel, N. J. 
Duke, H. W. 
Duke, K. A. 
Duke, Mrs. K. A. 
Dula, Mrs. Etta 
Dunbar, Flora Jean 
Dunbar, O. J. 
Dunbar, Mrs. O. J. 
Dunbar, Virginia 
Duncan, Lottie 
Dunn, Carrie 
Dunn, Frances 
Dunn, Mrs. H. O. 
Dunnigan, M. R. 
Duval, R. L. 
Early, Edna Viola 
Early, Floyd J. 
Earnhardt, Mrs. Lois W. 
Earnhardt, Mrs. Mary 
Earnhardt, Ralph, Jr. 
Eaves, Johnnie Mae 
Edgerton, Mrs. Minnie L. 
Edgerton, Yates 
Edwards, Blanche 
Edwards, Charles 
Edwards, Claud 
Edwards, Mrs. Claud 
Edwards, D. P. 
Edwards, Mrs. D. P. 
Edwards, L. H. 
Edwards, Mrs. L. H. 
Edwards, Martha 
Edwards, Mrs. Mary J. 
Edwards, Sara 
Edwards, W. J, 
Edwards, Mrs. W. J. 
Edwards, Wilbur 
Elam, Mrs. C. P. 
Elam, Clarence P. 

Elder, G. H. 
Elder, Mrs. G. H. 
Elder, G. H., Jr. 
Elliott, Mrs. Annie W. 
Elliott, Flynn 
Elliott, Dr. J. A. 
Elliott, Mrs. J. A. 
Ellsworth, Mrs. Ruth H. 
English, Mrs. Harold 
Enloe, J. J. 
Enloe, Minnie 
Ennis, Mrs. C. B. 
Epley, Charlotte 
Erwin, Alice 
Erwin, Dick 
Erwin, Nellie 
Erwin, W. G., Jr. 
Erwin, Mrs. W. G. 
Eudie, Mrs. Bertha H. 
Evans, Clyde M. 
Evans, Mrs. Clyde M. 
Fagala, O. H. 
Fagala, Mrs. O. H. 
Fagan, T. J. 
Fagan, Mrs. T. J. 
Fahrion, Louis E. 
Fahrion, Mrs. Louis E. 
Fanning, Grace 
Farr, Martha Day 
Farr, Sara Ellen 
Farr, W. A. 
Farr, Mrs. W. A. 
Farr, W. A., Jr. 
Farrington, Josephine 
Fasnacht, Mrs. J. A. 
Fasnacht, L. A. 
Fasnacht, Mrs. L. A. 
Fasnacht, Tillie 
Faust, Mrs. E. G. 
Faust, Elizabeth 
Faust, Lacy 
Feimster, Myrtle 
Felts, Eunice 
Felts, J. R. 
Felts, Mrs. J. R. 
Felts, J. R., Jr. 
Ferguson, A. W. 
Ferguson, Mrs. A. W, 
Ferrell, Mrs. Milton 
Ferris, Charles N. 

Ferris, Mrs. Charles N. 
Fesperman, Chalmers 
Finch, Edna 
Fincher, G. A. 
Fincher, Mrs. G. A. 
Fincher, George 
Fincher, J. F. 
Fincher, Nell 
Fincher, Rose 
Fincher, Wooley 
Finley, John Robert 
Finley, Margaret 
Finley, Mrs. Salome 
Finley, Wm. W. 
Fischrupp, F. A. 
Fischrupp, Mrs. F. A. 
Fischrupp, F. C. 
Fisher, J. L. 
Fisher, Mrs. J. L. 
Fisher, Nathaniel 
Fite, Mrs. C. V. 
Fite, Embray 
Fite, Roy 
Flake, W. J. 
Flake, Mrs. W. J. 
Floyd, Mrs. J. L. 
Foil, Cecil 
Foil, Edmund F. 
Foil, Mrs. Edmund F. 
Foil, Frances 
Foil, Mrs. Julia 
Foley, Annabelle 
Foley, J. L. 
Foley, Mrs. J. L. 
Foley, Joseph Lee 
Fong, Der Ben 
Fowler, W. D. 
Fox, W. A. 
Fox, Mrs. W. A. 
Fralin, Mrs. W. P. 
Francis, Mrs. J. P. 
Freeland, Mrs. J. L. 
Freeman, Oscar W. 
Freeman, Mrs. Bell 
Freeman, Elizabeth 
Fricker, Mrs. Chas. E. 
Fry, Mrs. N. J. 
Fry, Noah Jackson, Jr. 
Fry, Sara Louise 
Frye, Ellen 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Frye, J. H. 
Frye, Susan 
Fullbright, C. M. 
Fullbright, Mrs. C. M. 
Fuller, Amelia 
Furr, D. F. 
Furr, Mrs. D. F. 
Furr, Mrs. Willie H. 
Gaddy, Mrs. R. B. 
Gage, Dr. Lucius 
Gage, Mrs. Lucius 
Galloway, E. L. 
Galloway, Mrs. E. L. 
Gantt, Mrs. L. A. 
Gardner, Eugene B. 
Gardner, Mrs. Eugene B. 
Gardner, Mrs. Ila C. 
Gardner, Ola 
Gardner, Wm. Boyette 
Garinger, E. H. 
Garinger, Mrs. E. H. 
Garland, Laura 
Gamer, Mrs. E. P. 
Garrett, J. W. 
Garrison, B. S. 
Garrison, Mrs. B. S. 
Garrison, Hargrave 
Garrison, Mrs. Hargrave 
Garrison, J. E. 
Garrison, Mrs. J. E. 
Garrison, Lawrence 
Garrison, Lena 
Garris, H. C. 
Garris, Mrs. H. C. 
Geer, D. M. 
Geer, Mrs. D. M. 
Geer, Mrs. J. H. 
Geiger, Elizabeth 
Geiger, John 
Geiger, Mrs. John 
Geiger, Matilda 
Gibson, Mrs. H. S. 
Gilbert, Mrs. J. K. 
Gilbert, Marce Lee 
Gillespie, Mrs. Julia 
Gillespie, Mrs. R. G. 
Gilley, Pearl 
Gilham, W. M. 
Gilliam, Mrs. W. M. 
Gilreath, Mrs. L. Reid 

Gladden, J. C. 
Gladden, Mrs. J. C. 
Glasgow, Margaret 
Glover, B. C. 
Glover, Mrs. B. C. 
Glover, Maude Alma 
GoflF, Robert L. 
Goff, Mrs. Robert L. 
Goforth, Ben H. 
Goforth, Mrs. Ben H. 
Goforth, J. S. 
Goforth, Mrs. J. S. 
Goforth, Neal E. 
Goldston, Clarence 
Goldston, Thomas M. 
Goldston, Mrs. Thomas 

Goldston, W. D. 
Goldston, Mrs. W. D. 
Goodwin, J. W. 
Grady, Mrs. J. F. 
Graham, F. K. 
Graham, Mrs. F. K. 
Graham, Frank 
Graham, Harry Allen 
Graham, Mrs. W. M. 
Gray, Mrs. Julia 
Gray, Roberta 
Green, B. L. 
Green, Mrs. B. L. 
Green, Mrs. C. L. 
Green, Mrs. C. S. 
Green, Charles 
Green, Delia 
Green, George 
Green, Mrs. Ida 
Green, James Thomas 
Green, Kate 
Green, Margaret 
Green, Minnie 
Green, S. H. 
Green, Mrs. S. H. 
Green, Thomas M. 
Green, W. Scott 
Green, William, Jr. 
Greene, Abner 
Greene, Fred A. 
Greene, Mrs. Fred A. 
Greer, Mary 
Grice, Mrs. Bessie G. 

Grice, Keely A. 
Grice, Mrs. Keely A. 
Griffin, Carrie Mae 
Griffin, J. S. 
Griffin, Mrs. J. S. 
Griffin, Louise 
Griffin, Mrs. Sarah 
Grimes, J. S., Jr. 
Griswold, Ruth 
Griswold, Sara 
Griswold, Mrs. Virginia 
Grose, Harry O. 
Grubbs, Louise 
Gruber, Julia E. 
Guest, Mrs. Sherman 
Guillet, Mrs. A. M. 
Guillet, Albert M., Jr. 
Gutierrez, Frank Scott 
Gutierrez, J. F. 
Gutierrez, Mrs. J. F. 
Hager, C. L. 
Hager, Mrs. C. L. 
Hagood, Mrs. SaUie W. 
Hagood, WiUiam W., Jr. 
Hahn, Mrs. G. D. 
Haile, J. F. 
Haines, W. S. 
Haines, Mrs. W. S. 
Haines, Lois 
Haines, Mary 
Haines, Walden 
Haines, William H. 
Haithcock, Sara 
Haley, Eugene R. 
Hall, Irene 
Hall, Isabelle 
Hall. J. K. 
Hall, Mrs. J. K. 
Hall, Lewis 
Hall, N. E. 
Hall, Mrs. N. E. 
Hall, Virginia 
Hallman, A. 
Hallman, Mrs. A. 
Hallman, Florine 
Hallman, Mrs. O. T. 
Hamilton, Estelle 
Hamm, Mrs. Mary T. 
Hampton, Ilia 
Hancock, Grace 



Hanes, C. O. 
Hanes, Mrs. C. O. 
Hankinson, Mrs. Robert 
Hannah, C. A. 
Hannah, Mrs. C. A. 
Hannon, Cleo 
Hansley, Mrs. J. H. 
Harding, H. P. 
Harding, Mrs. H. P. 
Harding, Lucia 
Harding, Milton 
Harding, Mrs. Margaret 
Harding, W. F. 
Harding, Mrs. W. F. 
Harding, W. K. 
Hargett, Aline 
Hargett, Christine 
Hargett, Mrs. T. F. 
Harlan, W. L. 
Harlan, Mrs. W. L. 
Harley, J. C. 
Harmon, A. L. 
Harmon, Mrs. A. L. 
Hannon, C. C. 
Harmon, Mrs. Dora S. 
Harmon, Ruth 
Harmon, Winifred 
Harrelson, Clyde 
Harrill, Mrs. Johnnie 
Harrill, Mrs. Mae Rigler 
Harris, Mrs. Addie 
Harris, Athlene 
Harris, C. E. 
Harris, Mrs. C. E, 
Harris, Cleo 
Harris, Clyde 
Harris, E. G. 
Harris, Mrs. E. G. 
Harris, Mrs. E. L. 
Harris, G. W. 
Harris, Mrs. G. W. 
Harris, H. L. 
Harris, Mrs. H. L. 
Harris, Mattie Lou 
Harris, Novella 
Harris, Mrs. Ralph 
Harris, W. C. 
Harrison, Allene 
Harrison, Gilmore 
Harrison, Margaret 

Harrison, Melrose 
Harrison, Mrs. Melrose 
Harrison, Mrs. Pearl 
Hart, Alma 
Hart, George, Jr. 
Hart, George W. 
Hart, Mrs. George W. 
Hart, Virginia 
Hartsfield, J. W. 
Harton, Norman 
Harton, T. B. 
Harton, Mrs. T. B. 
Harton, T. B., Jr. 
Harton, William 
Harwell, Katie 
Harwell, Robert 
Hassenplug, Mrs. Fran- 
Hasty, Mrs. Delia 
Hatch, Mrs. Alice W. 
Hatch, Cassie 
Hatch, R. D. 
Hatch, Turner 
Hawthorne, Thomas 
Hawthorne, W. L 
Hawthorne, Mrs. W. I. 
Haynes, A. 
Haynes, Mrs. A. 
Haynes, Mrs. C. J. 
Haynes, Mrs. F. K. 
Head, Norman O. 
Head, Mrs. Norman O. 
Heam, Francis 
Heath, Allen 
Heath, Mrs. Anna 
Heath, B. Ward 
Heath, E. J. 
Heath, H. B. 
Heath, Mrs. H. B. 
Heath, Mrs. Isabelle S. 
Heath, Paul J. 
Heath, Webster L. 
Heath, Wendell 
Helms, Mrs. Beulah 
Helms, Mrs. Houston 
Helms, J. P. 
Helms, Mrs. J. P. 
Hekns, Lucille 
Helms, Marjorie 
Henderson, D. E. 

Henderson, Mrs. D. E. 
Henderson, David 
Henderson, Mrs. L. W. 
Hendry, W. A. 
Hendry, Mrs. W. A. 
Henkel, Eugene L. 
Henley, Charles A. 
Henley, Mrs. Charles A. 
Henley, Clara B. 
Henley, Mrs. D. C. 
Henley, Hazel 
Henley, John 
Henley, Ruth 
Henry, Mrs. Lela B. 
Hicks, Mrs. R. A. 
Hicks, W. R. 
Hilker, E. A. 
Hill, Mrs. Emma 
Hill, Frank 
Hill, Mrs. Frank 
Hill, L. R. 
Hill, Mrs. L. R. 
Hill, Rubye 
Hilton, A. J. 
Hilton, Mrs. A. J. 
Himes, Mrs. J. M. 
Hinman, Glen 
Hinman, Mrs. Glen 
Hinson, Addie 
Hinson, G. H. 
Hinson, Mrs. G. H. 
Hinson, Rea 
Hinson, Mrs. Rea 
Hiott, Mrs. Eunice 
Hoffman, George A. 
Holder, Leonard 
Holder, Mrs. W. T. 
Holland, Mrs. P. E. 
Holland, W. D. 
Holland, Mrs. W. D. 
Holland, William 
Hollars, J. H. 
Hollars, Mrs. J. H. 
Hollars, John 
Hollars, Lillian 
Hollars, Paul 
Hollars, Ronda 
Hollars, Mrs. S. A. 
HoUoway, Mrs. Mary 
Hollowell, William 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Holly, D. C. 
Holly, Mrs. D. C. 
Holly, Ruth 
Holman, Roger 
Holman, Mrs. W. C. 
Holt, Mrs. Nick 
Honeycutt, James 
Honey cutt, S. H. 
Honeycutt, Mrs. S. H. 
Hood, Mrs. Flora 
Hood, John H. 
Hood, Lucy 
Hood, Margaret 
Hood, Margie 
Hood, Martha Grace 
Hood, Mrs. Nora H. 
Hooper, B. F. 
Hooper, Mrs. B. F. 
Hooper, Dorothy 
Hooper, John L. 
Hooper, Mrs. John L. 
Hooper, John L., Jr. 
Hopldns, Mrs. Katherine 

Horton, H. J. 
Horton, Mrs. H. J. 
Houser, Hugh 
Houser, L. S. 
Houser, Mrs. L. S. 
Houston, B. F. 
Houston, Mrs. B. F. 
Hovis, L. T. 
Hovis, Mrs. L. T, 
Howard, J. S. 
Howard, Mrs. Kate 
Howard, Mrs. Theodora 
Howell, Hazel 
Howell, Mrs. L. E. 
Howell, Margaret 
Howell, Mrs. W. A. 
Howell, Wm. Reid 
Howell, Mrs. Wm. Reid 
Howie, Mrs. Annie 
Howie, Herman 
Howie, Mrs. H. G. 
Howie, Mrs. Howard 
Howie, Margaret 
Howland, Mrs. Winthrop 
Hoyle, Bright (Miss) 
Hoy le, Caldwell (Miss) 

Hoyle, J. L. 
Hoyle, Mrs. J. L. 
Hoyle, Helen 
Hoyle, Jean 
Hoyle, Mrs. M. H. 
Hudson, James 
Hudson, Mrs. James 
Hudson, Paul David 
Huey, Bryant 
Huey, Samuel 
Huey, Mrs. Samuel 
Huffman, Charles W. 
Huffman, Mrs. Charles W. 
Huggins, Charles D. 
Hughes, Mrs. M. A. 
Hulick, Mrs. E. E, 
Hull, Mrs. J. F. 
Humphreys, Glennie 
Hunneycut, Gladys 
Hunt, Mayme 
Hunter, Mrs. C. B. 
Hunter, Mrs. Fred 
Hunter, Mrs. M. G, 
Hunter, Minor 
Hurst, Claude E. 
Hurst, Mabel 
Huych, David T. 
Huych, Mrs. David T. 
Hyatt, F. H. 
Ingold, H. L. 
Ingold, Mrs. H. L. 
Ingram, H. B. 
Ingram, Mrs. H. B. 
Irvine, Mrs. T. R. 
Irwin, Myrtle 
Ivey, Mrs. D. M. 
Ivey, D. R. 
Ivey, Mrs. D. R. 
Jackson, C. H. 
Jackson, Mrs. N. F. 
Jackson, Rev. N. F. 
Jackson, S. C. 
James, Mrs. Edna Z. 
James, Mrs. Jennie M. 
James, Mary Sue 
James, Maxine 
James, Norman 
James, Pearl 
Jeffries, A. B. 
Jenkins, Ruth 

Jeter, G. H. 
Jeter, Mrs. G. H. 
Jetton, Charles J. 
Johnson, J. Glenn 
Johnson, Mrs. J. Glenn 
Johnson, Mrs. LiUie L. 
Johnston, Adele Rose 
Johnston, C. E. 
Johnston, Mrs. C. E. 
Johnston, Mrs. H. P., Jr. 
Johnston, Mrs. Lillian S. 
Johnston, Mrs. R. T. 
Joines, Doris 
Joines, Mrs. W. C. 
Jolly, Mrs. Richard 
Jones, Carrie Mae 
Jones, D. B. 
Jones, Mrs. E. L. 
Jones, Mrs. Flora N. 
Jones, Frances 
Jones, H. V. 
Jones, Mrs. H. V. 
Jones, Henry M. 
Jones, Mrs. Henry M. 
Jones, J. J., Jr. 
Jones, Mrs. J. J. 
Jones, Kittie 
Jones, Lavinia 
Jones, Rosa Lee 
Jones, Sara D. 
Jones, Mrs. W. A. 
Jordan, A. B. 
Jordan, B. F. 
Jordan, Mrs. J. R. 
Jordan, Mary Florence 
joy, J. F. 
Joy, Mrs. J. F. 
Joy, Mary 
Joy, Witherow 
Kearney, Lillian 
Kearsley, Mrs. Ella 
Keasler, W. D. 
Keasler, Mrs. W. D. 
Keiger, Blanche 
Keller, Margaret 
Keller, Mrs. Margaret R. 
Kelley, A. B. 
Kelley, C. D. 
Kelley, Mrs. C. D. 
Kelley, Doris 



Kelley, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Kelley, Josephine 
Kelly, Mrs. Ralph 
Kelly, W. H. 
Kendall, B. D. 
Kendall, Mrs. B. D. 
Kendall, Douglas ( Miss ) 
Kendall, J. P. 
Kendall, Jack 
Kendall, O. C. 
Kendall, Mrs. O. C. 
Kennedy, Mrs. C. C. 
Kennerly, Mrs. Ira 
Kennedy, Mrs. W. A. 
Kennington, Thelma 
Kephart, R. B. 
Kephart, Mrs. R. B. 
Kepley, E. H. 
Kepley, Mrs. E. H. 
Kerley, Abbie 
Kerr, Graham 
Kerr, Mrs. Graham 
Kerr, R. E. 
Killick, Eleanor 
Killick, Mrs. W. C. 
King, A. S. 
King, C. M. 
King, Mrs. C. M. 
King, Elizabeth 
King, Gertrude 
King, Mrs. Lelia 
King, Marie 
King, Myrtle 
King, S. F. 
King, Mrs. S. F. 
King, S. F., Jr. 
King, Mrs. W. C. 
King, Mrs. W. E. 
Kinzle, Willard E. 
Kinzle, Mrs. Willard E. 
Kirby, Mary 
Kirby, Mrs. Mattie 
Kirby, Robin S. 
Kirby, Mrs. Robin S. 
Kirkley, Claudia 
Kirkman, Mrs. George 
Kirkman, Lura 
Kirriakas, Tony 
Kirriakas, Mrs. Tony 
Kiser, J. A. 

Kiser, Mrs. J. A. 
Kiser, Maud 
Kiser, Mrs. Ruth S. 
Kissiah, James 
Kissiah, Mrs. James 
Kistler, Morie (Miss) 
Kistler, W. F. 
Kistler, Mrs. W. F. 
Kistler, W. P. 
Kistler, Mrs. W. P. 
Kluttz, F. S. 
Kluttz, Mrs. F. S. 
Krause, Bemice 
Kreggar, S. G. 
Kreggar, Mrs. S. G. 
Krout, Mrs. W. G. 
Lackey, Richard E. 
Lagerholm, Beth 
Lagerholm, F. E. 
Lagerholm, Mrs. F. E. 
Laird, Mrs. E. B. 
Laird, Irma 
Lajoie, Mrs. A. D. 
Lamb, R. H. 
Lamb, Mrs. R. H. 
Landreth, Mrs. M. M. 
Landreth, Monroe, Jr. 
Landreth, William Man- 
Langston, Margaret 
Langston, W. M. 
Langston, Mrs. W. M. 
Lanier, Ailene 
Lanier, I. L. 
Lanier, Mrs. L L. 
Lanier, John H. 
Lanier, Ruth 
Lankford, Grace 
Lantz, Mary 
Larrison, Mrs. W. M. 
Lassiter, Gecil 
Laughlin, Mrs. Helen M. 
Lawing, Blanch 
Lawing, Blandina 
Lawing, Mrs. G. G. 
Lawing, Garrie 
Lawing, J. V. 
Lawing, Mrs. J. V. 
Lawing, Mrs. J. W. 
Lay ton, S. M. 

Layton, Mrs. S. M. 
Lazenby, Mrs. W. J. 
Leach, Mrs. Mary L. 
Ledbetter, Bessie 
Ledford, Roy 
Lee, Annie H. 
Lee, G. L. 
Lee, Mrs. G. L. 
Lee, Gallic 
Lee, R. E. 
Lee, S. A. 
Leech, J. H. 
Lefevers, Mrs. D. L. 
Leigh, Ghas. N. 
Leigh, Mrs. Chas. N. 
Leimkuler, Mrs. G. M. 
Leir, Marjorie 
Lemmond, Annie 
Lemmond, J. S. 
Lemmond, Mrs. J. S. 
Leonard, Mrs. Hazelle G. 
Leonard, J. D. 
Leonard, Mrs. J. D, 
Leonhart, Mrs. E. R. 
Leonhart, Frances 
Leonhart, Harriet 
Leonhart, Hildred 
Lesley, Walter 
Lesley, Mrs. Walter 
Lewis, James W. 
Lewis, Mrs. R. M. 
Lewis, T. W. 
Lewis, Mrs. T. W. 
Ligon, Jack 
Lillard, Gwyn Lenoir 
Lillard, T. J. 
Lillard, Mrs. T. J. 
Lillard, Virginia Thomas 
Lindsay, Gladys 
Lineberger, Gains R. 
Lineberger, Martha 
Lineberger, W. H. 
Lineberger, Wm. E. 
Link, Henry G. 
Little, A. J. 
Little, Mrs. A. J. 
Little, A. Lowe 
Little, Alex 
Little, Mrs. Alex 
Little, Dorothy 


THE YEARS I927-1983 

Little, Elizabeth 
Little, Fannie 
Little, J. D. 
Little, Mrs. J. D. 
Little, J. H. 
Little, J. L. 
Little, J. P. 
Little, Mrs. J. P. 
Little, Lela 
Little, Lila 
Little, Queenie 
Little, Ralph L. 
Little, Sam A. 
Little, Sam, Jr. 
Little, Mrs. T. A. 
Littlejohn, Richard 
Livingston, A. L. 
Locklair, Mrs. J. E. 
Loflin, Mrs. Theldore 
Long, Annie Murray 
Long, Mrs. C. B. 
Long, J. A. 
Long, Mrs. J. A. 
Long, Mrs. M. C. 
Long, Mrs. Murray 
Lorraine, Mrs. Margaret 

Lorrey, David E. 

Lorrey, Mrs. David E. 

Lothery, R. M. 

Lotspeich, O. P. 

Lotspeich, Mrs. O. P. 

Lotspeich, Wm. 

Love, J. C. 

Love, Mrs. J. C. 

Loveless, Mrs. L. E. 

Lowder, Mrs. Lillian 

Lucas, Mrs. Montie 

Lumpkin, Louise 

Lumpkin, N. W. 

Lumpkin, Mrs. N. W. 

Lumpkin, Nat 

Lupo, G. M. 

Lupo, Mrs. G. M. 

Lupo, R. M. 

Lyde, J. B. 

Lynch, A. P. 

Lynch, Mrs. A. P. 

Lynch, Mamie 

Mangum, J. W. 

Mangum, Mrs. J. W. 

Mann, Annie Lee 
Mann, Bessie 
Mann, Emma 
Marm, Horace W. 
Mann, Mrs. J. A. 
Mann, Mrs. M. E. 
Mann, Walton 
Mann, Mrs. Walton 
Marquardt, Leland L. 
Marr, Bennedette 
Marsh, Annie E. 
Marshall, Catherine 
Marshall, Frances 
Marshall, J. B. 
Marshall, Mrs. J. B. 
Martin, Annie Belle 
Martin, Dorothy 
Martin, Mrs. Harry 
Martin, Mrs. JvJia S. 
Martin, Ruth 
Martin, T. W. 
Martin, Mrs. T. W. 
Martin, William W. 
Mason, India Mildred 
Mason, J. H. 
Mason, Leslie D. 
Mason, Mrs. Leslie D. 
Mason, Mrs. W. P. 
Mathews, Alva B. 
Maxwell, Mrs. J. W. 
May, Foster 
May, Mrs. Foster 
Mayer, Mrs. M. C. 
Mayer, Robert A. 
Mayer, Mrs. Robert A. 
Mayer, Walter Br em 
Mayhew, C. E., Jr. 
Mayhew, Mrs. G. E., Jr 
Medlock, R. T. 
Medlock, Mrs. R. T. 
Meeks, Mrs. D. A. 
Melos, Mrs. James 
Melvin, Florrie 
Merritt, Brevard 
Merritt, Mrs. E. B. 
Merry, H, N. 
Merry, P. B. 
Middleton, C. R. 
Miller, Mrs. A. 
Miller, Annie 

Millershan, F. R. 
Millershan, Louis 
Mills, EUzabeth 
Mims, Carson 
Mims, Glyde 
Mims, Grady 
Mims, Jewel 
Mims, Mrs. S. E. 
Mims, WUbom 
Misenheimer, J. F. 
Misenheimer, Mrs. J. F. 
Mitchell, C. A., Sr. 
Mitchell, G. A., Jr. 
Mitchell, Erleen 
Mitchell, Ernest, Sr. 
Mitchell, Mrs. John 
Mitchell, Mrs. S. W. 
Mixson, Mrs. W. T. 
Mock, Josephine 
Mock, Margaret 
Mock, Mary 
Mock, Sue 
Mock, W. T. 
Mock, Mrs. W. T. 
Mock, William 
MoflFett, Mrs. E. Albert 
Monroe, Joseph A. 
Montgomery, Ada H. 
Montgomery, Dr. J. G. 
Montgomery, Mrs. J. G. 
Montgomery, Jack 
Moomaw, Salome 
Moon, Emma E. 
Moon, R. A. 
Moon, Mrs. R. A. 
Moore, Chas. Allen 
Moore, Mrs. H. W. 
Moore, Johnsie 
Moore, Madeline 
Moore, Mark A. 
Moose, Lena 
Moose, Sara 
Moose, T. G. 
Moose, Mrs. T. G. 
Moose, Thomas C, Jr. 
Morehead, W. H. 
Morgan, Mrs. G. E. 
Morrill, Gollier 
Morrill, H. L. 
MorriU, Mrs. H. L. 



Morris, Addie 
Morris, F. H. 
Morris, Mrs. F. H. 
Morris, J. R. 
Morris, Mrs. J. R. 
Morrison, Lizzie 
Morrison, Willy- 
Morse, Charles R. 
Morse, Mildred E. 
Morse, W. M. 
Morse, Mrs. W. M. 
Moss, Mrs. Jake N. 
Motley, Dr. Fred 
Motz, Mrs. Ollie 
Mullen, Richard 
MulhoUand, Mrs. A. E. 
Mullis, Clyde 
Mullis, Dwight 
Mullis, F. H. 
MuUis, Mrs. F. H. 
Mullis, Mary Lee 
Mullis, Ruby Lee 
Munson, M. E. 
Munson, Mrs. M. E. 
Munson, Nannie Mae 
Munson, WilUam 
Murphy, Edith 
Murphy, Mrs. F. G. 
Murphy, Mrs. Minnie 
Murray, B. M. 
Murray, Ed. M. 
Murray, George 
Myers, Mrs. Annie P. 
Myers, Ben C. 
Myers, Minnie 
Myrick, J. A. 
Myrick, Mrs. J. A. 
McAdams, Mrs. Emma S. 
McAlhster, Carlisle 
McAllister, Catherine 
McAllister, E. H. 
McAllister, Mrs. E. H. 
McAllister, Elizabeth 
McAllister, Jack 
McAllister, R. H. 
McAllister, Mrs. R. H. 
McAllister, Robert 
McCain, P. R. 
McCain, Mrs. P. R. 
McCain, P. R., Jr. 

McCall, Fred 
McCall, J. D. 
McCall, Mrs. John A. 
McCall, Isabelle 
McCall, Prentiss 
McCall, Robert N. 
McCall, Mrs. Robert N. 
McClellan, E. C. 
McClellan, Mrs. E. C. 
McCoUum, Maud 
McCommons, J. E. 
McCord, J. D. 
McCord, Mrs. J. D. 
McCord, William 
McCorkle, Bright 
McCormick, Mrs. J. B. 
McCoy, H. H. 
McCoy, Mrs. H. H. 
McCoy, Mrs. Pearl 
McCracken, Mrs. G. W. 
McDonald, Lockene 
McDowell, Mrs. H. W. 
McFadden, Blanche 
McFadden, Effie 
McFall, Lily 
McGalliard, Kate 
McGee, J. F. 
McGee, H. B. 
McGinn, Mrs. A. L. 
McGinn, Gertrude 
McGinn, J. A. 
McGinn, Mrs. J. A. 
McGinn, Jean 
McGinn, Leon 
McGinn, S. B. 
McGinn, Mrs. S. B. 
McGinnis, S. C. 
McGinnis, Mrs. S. C. 
McGinnis, Wm. Joseph 
McGrath, Mrs. Dennis 
McHenry, Golda 
Mclntire, Mrs. J. G. 
Mcintosh, Mrs. Bertha 
Mcintosh, Rosabel 
Mclver, J. R. 
Mclver, Mrs. J. R. 
Mclver, Nannie Sue 
McKay, Sarah 
McKee, Mrs. E. M. 
McKenna, Mrs. Johnsie R. 

McKirmon, Mrs. L. R. 
McKinnon, Maud 
McLain, Mrs. R. F. 
McLain, Mrs. R. P. 
McLain, V. F. 
McFarland, Mrs. Alice 
McLauchlin, D. A. 
McLauchlin, Mrs. Daisy 
McLauchlin, J. C. 
McLauchlin, Mrs. J. C. 
McLaughlin, Joseph 
McLaughlin, Mrs. Joseph 
McLaughlin, Joseph, Jr. 
McLaughlin, Robert 

McLaurin, Mrs. Annie 
McLaurin, Inez 
McLaurin, Paul 
McNinch, Mattie 
McNinch, S. S. 
McNinch, Mrs. S. S. 
McNinch, S. S., Jr. 
McQuay, Fred 
Nabors, D. G. 
Nabors, Mrs. D. G. 
Nabors, Harry 
Nabors, Irwin 
Nabors, James 
Nabors, Kirk P. 
Nabors, Mrs. N. L. 
Nalle, Brodie C, Jr. 
Nalle, Mrs. Sadie M. 
Nance, A. W. 
Nance, Mrs. A. W. 
Nance, Dr. C. L. 
Nance, Dr. Cara C. 
Nance, J. S. 
Nance, Mrs. J. S. 
Nance, Peggy 
Nance, Ruby 
Neeley, W. B. 
Neeley, Mrs. W. B. 
Nelson, Ella K. 
Newell, J. C. 
Newell, Mrs. J. C. 
Newkirk, Alice 
Newman, Joseph D. 
Newman, Lela May 
Newman, Lois Mattie 
Newman, Mrs. Mary 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Nevvman, R. G. 
Newman, Mrs. R. G. 
Newman, Ruth Adella 
Newman, T. J. 
Newton, Mrs. Cal 
Newton, Mrs. H. L. 
Niepenburg, Helen 
Niepenburg, Wm. J. 
Niepenburg, Mrs. Wm. J. 
Nixon, Brevard 
Nixon, Mrs. Brevard 
Nixon, Cornelia 
Nixon, Jessie 
Nixon, Maud 
Nooe, Allie 
Norman, Chas. N. 
Norman, Mrs. Chas. N. 
Norris, Mrs. F. R. 
Norris, Kathleen 
Norris, Nina 
Northv, J. C. 
Northy, Mrs. J. C. 
Nunnis, Mrs. Iris S. 
O'Connor, Mrs. Jenny 
O'Connor, Johnsie 
O'Daniel, Mrs. John 
Odom, Mrs. S. E. 
Odum, Mrs. Lena S. 
Ogburn, Mrs. S. J. 
O'Kieffe, O. K. 
O'Kieffe, Mrs. O. K. 
O'Neil, Mrs. T. M. 
Osborne, Bertha 
Osborne, E. C. 
Osborne, Mrs. E. C. 
Osborne, Mary B. 
Ostwalt, Mrs. R. B. 
Outen, Mrs. L. E. 
Outlaw, Lois 
Ouzts, R. H. 
Overcarsh, Albert 
Overcarsh, B. J. 
Overcarsh, Mrs. B. J. 
Overcarsh, B. J., Jr. 
Overcarsh, Katie 
Overcarsh, W. C. 
Overcarsh, Mrs. W. C. 
Overcarsh, W. H. 
Overcarsh, W. J. 
Overcash, D. B. 

Overcash, Mrs. D. B. 
Owens, Esther L. 
Owens, Mrs. Robert 
Owens, Mrs. Thos. N. 
Padgett, James C. 
Page, J. R. 
Page, Mrs. J. R. 
Page, Robert 
Palmer, Paul 
Palmer, Mrs. Paul 
Parish, Gertrude 
Parish, Willie (Miss) 
Parker, Alexander C. 
Parker, J. M. 
Parker, Mrs. J. M. 
Parks, Claire 
Paschal, Ben 
Paschal, Mrs. J. A. 
Paschal, Ruth 
Paschal, Virginia 
Pate, Julia 
Patey, Mrs. CM. 
Patterson, Annie 
Patterson, Carolyn 
Patterson, Elizabeth 
Patterson, G. W. 
Patterson, Mrs. G. W. 
Patterson, James Reid 
Patterson, Mrs. Junius 
Patterson, Mary 
Patterson, R. J. 
Patterson, Mrs. R. J. 
Patterson, Dr. Reid 
Patterson, Mrs. Reid 
Paul, Mrs. Mary J. 
Paul, Mrs. S. A. 
Pawson, Mrs. Mary C. 
Paxton, Mrs. Carrie 
Payne, Annie 
Payne, Minnie 
Peace, Mrs. C. L. 
Peacock, Constance 
Peacock, Mrs. Lallie 
Peake, Mrs. Mary Rowe 
Peck, L. B. 
Peck, Mrs. L. B. 
Pendleton, W. N. 
Pendleton, Mrs. W. N. 
Penegar, O. G. 
Penegar, Mrs. O. G. 

Percival, Nan 
Perrell, F. L. 
Perrell, Mrs. F. L. 
Perry, Margaret 
Perry, Ralph 
Perry, Mrs. T. E. 
Peters, Troy 
Peters, Mrs. Troy 
Peters, Troy A. 
Petrie, James Lewis 
Petrie, Mrs. L. W. 
Petrie, Mary Belle 
Petrie, Walker H. 
Pettus, Lucille 
Petty, ^^rs. W. C. 
Phifer, Annie 
Phifer, Arthur G. 
Phifer, Elizabeth 
Phifer, J. H. 
Phifer, Mrs. J. H. 
Phifer, J. S. 

Phifer, Johnnie (Miss) 
Phifer, Joseph H. 
Phifer, Julia 
Phifer, Lester 
Phifer, Mrs. Lester 
Phifer, Mrs. M. H. 
Phifer, Thadeus 
Phillips, Mary E. 
Phillips, O. d. 
PhilHps, R. H. 
PhiUips, W. S. 
Pickard, Ed., Jr. 
Pickard, Faison 
Pickard, Marvin 
Pickard, T. E. 
Pickard, Mrs. T. E. 
Pickard, William 
Pickens, W. B. 
Pickens, Mrs. W. B. 
Pierce, James F. 
Pierce, Mrs. Kate 
Pierson, Martha Pearl 
Pierson, Mrs. T. J. 
Pittman, Mrs. A. M. 
Pittman, Ona 
Pitts, Mrs. L. B. 
Plummer, Mrs. G. C. 
Porter, Grace 
Pottei-, Rose Murray 



Potts, Mrs. Allie 
Potts, Wm. Jett 
Powell, Elbert 
Powell, Mrs. Lessie 
Powell, S. A. 
Powell, Mrs. S. A. 
Powell, S. B. 
Powell, Mrs. S. B. 
Pratt, Lula 

Presley, Mrs. Chester 
Price, Beulah 
Price, Mrs. Carrie 
Price, Faith 
Price, Jennie 
Price, Lucy 
Price, Wilson H. 
Priddy, Mrs. Chas. E. 
Prim, Peggy 
Prince, James R. 
Prince, Kathleen 
Priest, Bertha 
Pritchard, Mrs. T. W. 
Proffitt, Bertha 
Pugh, J. F. 
Pulley, Mrs. W. H. 
Purcell, Mrs. R. T. 
Purse, F. T. 
Purse, Mrs. F. T. 
Pryon, T. N. 
Pryon, Mrs. T. N. 
Purifoy, Charles H. 
Quincey, Lillian 
Ralls, J. P. 
Ramsey, Frank 
Rankin, Eleanor 
Ranson, Alma Lloyd 
Ranson, J. Lloyd 
Ranson, Mrs. J. Lloyd 
Ranson, Russell 
Ratcliffe, Louis G. 
RatchfFe, Mrs. Louis G. 
Ratterre, Ann 
Ray, Mrs. C. C. 
Ray, Elfrieda 
Ray, Elizabeth 
Ray, G. G. 
Ray, Mrs. G. G. 
Ray, Dr. H. F. 
Ray, Mrs. H. F. 
Ray, Irving Clark 

Ray, J. B. 
Ray, James Pierce 
Ray, Lois N. 
Ray, Mrs. Minnie J. 
Reaves, Lucille 
Redfern, Mrs. A. D. 
Redfem, Wm. H. 
Redwine, Edith 
Reed, Mrs. Edgar 
Reed, Mrs. Margaret 
Reed, John M. 
Reese, E. W. 
Reeves, Bertha 
Reeves, Mrs. C. B. 
Reeves, Mrs. Emma C. 
Reeves, Ethel 
Reid, Irby Cole 
Reid, R. R. 
Reid, Mrs. R. R. 
Reid, R. Vinton 
Reins, Mrs. C. C. 
Rendleman, Addie 
Respess, Mrs. Bettie D. 
Respess, Corneha 
Respess, Hanna 
Reynolds, Helen 
Reynolds, R. S. 
Reynolds, Mrs. R. S. 
Reynolds, Ralph 
Rhyne, John C. 
Rhyne, Mrs. John C. 
Rich, Mrs. Horace S. 
Richardson, Mrs. B. W. 
Richardson, F. E. 
Richardson, Stella 
Riggins, Mrs. M. E. 
Rigler, Bessie 
Rigler, Mrs. Chas. 
Rigler, Connie 
Rigler, Edward J. 
Rigler, Geo. Henry 
Rigler, Mrs. J, R. 
Rigler, Mae 
Rigler, Mrs. Maggie D. 
Rigler, Mary Belle 
Rike, B. F. 
Rike, Frank 
Rike, J. W. 
Rike, Mrs. J. W. 
Ritch, E. C. 

Ritch, Eugenia 
Ritch, Vance A, 
Ritch, Wm. Chas. 
Rives, George 
Rives, Mrs. George 
Rives, George, Jr. 
Rives, Mildred 
Rives, Ruby 
Roberts, Mrs. Flora P. 
Roberts, Mrs. Helen R. 
Robertson, Mrs. E. D. 
Robertson, E. F, 
Robinson, A. M. 
Robinson, Mrs. A. M, 
Robinson, Edna Earle 
Robinson, H. O. 
Robinson, Mrs. J. O. 
Robinson, Joseph 
Roby, Mrs. Kate M. 
Rock, Alton J. 
Rock, David 
Rock, Vernon 
Roddey, Mrs. M. E. 
Roddey, M. Boyd 
Rogers, Gale Arthur 
Rogers, Elizabeth 
Rogers, Hattie May 
Rogers, Hugh 
Rogers, Mrs. Mary 
Rogers, Mrs. Stella 
Rogers, V. J. 
Rogerson, Mrs. L. B. 
Rollins, Edgar 
Rollins, Hettie Estelle 
Ross, Harry Julian 
Rose, J. E. 
Rose, L. L. 
Ross, Mrs. W. G. 
Roundtree, Bedford 

Roundtree, Lillian 
Rouse, Peggy 
Rowe, Clyde 
Rowland, Columbia 

Rowland, Sue 
Royster, Frances 
Royster, N. L. 
Royster, Mrs. N. L. 
Rucker, W. F. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Rudisill, Mrs. J. A. 
Rudisill, Miles J. 
Rudisill, Mrs. Miles J. 
Rudisill, Mrs. Minnie 
Rudisill, Sarah 
Rudisill, Virginia 
Rumph, C. W. 
Runnion, Rhoda 
Russell, Eugenia F. 
Russell, Mrs. F. C. 
Russell, J. A. 
Russell, Lila B. 
Ruth, Mrs. S. A. 
Rutledge, E. G. 
Sample, Edith 
Sample, Harriett 
Sample, Mrs. M. M. 
Sanders, Sara 
Sands, Mrs. Edith 
Saunders, Ina 
Saunders, R. E, 
Saunders, Mrs. R. E. 
Sawyer, H. G. 
Sawyer, H. T. 
Sawyer, Mrs. H. T. 
Sawyer, Mayfield 
Saylor, Owen (Miss) 
Scarboro, Mrs. Kathleen 
Scheinfain, Mrs. A. 
Schellentrager, Mrs. J. A, 
Schiltz, Catherine 
Schiltz, Douglas 
Schiltz, Mrs. M. M. 
Schiltz, Nick 
Schiltz, Wm. 
Schulken, J. B. 
Schuster, Mrs. Peter 
Schweiger, Dorothy 
Schweiger, J. W. 
Schweiger, Mrs. J. W. 
Scott, Cole 
Scott, Mrs. Lilhe L. 
Scott, Robert A. 
Scran ton, Mrs. Alice 
Scranton, Geo. N. 
Scruggs, Mrs. C. J. 
Scruggs, Mrs. E. L. 
Seacord, Mrs. J. E. 
Sease, James 
Sease, Mrs. James 

Sease, Mrs. R. E. 
Seawell, Luke 
Seawell, Mrs. Luke 
Sedberry, Gretchen 
Sedberry, H. M. 
Sedberry, Mrs. H. M. 
Seigle, Mrs. Sarah S. 
Selby, Forest T. 
Selby, Mrs. Forest T. 
Selby, Robert 
Sennewald, F. S. 
Sennewald, Mrs. F. S. 
Setzer, Mrs. Jane D. 
Setzer, Sara E. 
Shackelford, T. W. 
Shackelford, Mrs. T. W. 
Shankle, Byron 
Shankle, Mrs. Byron 
Sharkey, John J. 
Sharkey, Mrs. John J. 
Sharp, D. L. 
Sharp, R. B. 
Sharp, Mrs. S. G. 
Sharp, T. L. 
Sharp, Mrs. T. L. 
Shaw, Mrs. B. T. 
Shelby, C. J. 
Shelton, Mrs. H. D. 
Shelton, Mrs. J. W. 
Sheppard, Minnie 
Sherrill, David 
Sherrill, Frank O. 
Sherrill, Mrs. Frank O. 
Sherrill, J. P. 
Sherrill, James C. 
Sherrill, josie (Miss) 
Sherrill, Mrs. W. L. 
Shimer, D. P. 
Shimer, Mrs. Margaret 
Shimer, S. B. 
Shoemaker, Martha 
Shoemaker, Raleigh 
Shoemaker, Reid 
Shoemaker, W. G. 
Shoemaker, Mrs. W. G. 
Short, Beulah 
Short, Clara 
Short, Margaret 
Short, Mildred 
Short, W. A. 

Short, Mrs. W. A. 
Short, Willie Mae 
Shumaker, Jesse 
Shumaker, Lucy 
Shumaker, Rosa 
Shumaker, W. D. 
Shumaker, Mrs. W. D. 
Silverwood, W. A. 
Silverwood, Mrs. W. A. 
Simmons, John C. 
Simmons, Mary Leta 
Simmons, R. L. 
Simmons, Mrs. R. L. 
Simmons, T. O. 
Simpson, H. B. 
Simpson, Mrs. J. S. 
Simpson, Mrs. Jennie 
Simpson, M. R. 
Simpson, Mary Alice 
Simpson, Mrs. Salhe F. 
Simpson, W. H. 
Simpson, Mrs. W. H. 
Sizemore, Mrs. J. P. 
Skeen, M. T. 
Skipper, Mrs. Harry 
Slear, J. K. 
Slear, Mrs. J. K. 
Sloop, Ruby Dellema 
Sloop, W. W. 
Sloop, Mrs. W. W. 
Sloop, Whitson 
Smathers, G. R. 
Smathers, Mrs. Goldie 
Smathers, J. C. 
Smith, Mrs. A. D. 
Smith, A. W. 
Smith, Mrs. A. W. 
Smith, Mrs. Bertha L. 
Smith, Charles S. 
Smith, Mrs. Charles S. 
Smith, D. B. 
Smith, Mrs. D. B. 
Smith, Mrs. Edith 
Smith, Ellen 
Smith, Mrs. F. B. 
Smith, Franchelle 
Smith, Gladys 
Smith, Helen 
Smith, Hubert M. 
Smith, Mrs. J. D. 



Smith, J, J. 
Smith, Mrs. John U. 
Smith, L. B. 
Smith, Mrs. L. H. 
Smith, Loretha 
Smith, M. D. 
Smith, Mrs. M. D. 
Smith, O. W. 
Smith, PhiHp F. 
Smith, Roy S. 
Smith, Mrs. Roy S. 
Smith, S. M. 
Smith, Mrs. S. M. 
Smith, T. Leroy 
Smith, Mrs. T. Leroy 
Smith, Thos. 
Smith, Mrs. Thos. 
Smith, W. A. 
Smith, Mrs. W. A. 
Smith, W. H. 
Smith, Mrs. W. H. 
Smith-Peterson, F. 
Smith-Peterson, Mrs. F. 
Smotherly, Juanita 
Sorrels, Will T. 
Spearman, J. H. 
Spearman, Mrs. J. H. 
Spearman, Walter S. 
Spivey, Mrs. B. F. 
Springs, Mrs. O. A. 
Springs, Wm. C. 
Sprinkle, Mrs. Cliff 
Sprinkle, Mrs. Laura D. 
Squires, Dr. Claude 
Squires, Mrs. Claude 
Squires, Essie 
Squires, Kate 
Squires, Loma 
Squires, Margaret 
Squires, T. O., Jr. 
Squires, Mrs. T. O., Jr. 
Squires, Mrs. T. O., Sr. 
Stanford, Emerson E. 
Stanton, Mrs. H. M. 
Stanton, L. C. 
Stanton, Vera 
Steed, C. F. 
Steed, Mrs. C. F. 
Steele, Chas. H. 
Steele, Mrs. Chas. H. 

Steele, Miriam 
Steidey, Mrs. C. L. 
Steidey, May Beth 
Stemnius, Mrs. A. D. 
Stenhouse, Mrs. A. M. 
Stenhouse, James 
Sterne, Kathleen 
Sterne, Susie 
Stevens, Mrs. G. D. 
Stewart, Mrs. A. E. 
Stewart, Mrs. J. P. 
Stewart, Jeanne 
Stewart, Mrs. Joe 
Stewart, Mary 
Stewart, Mrs. Mattie H. 
Stewart, Plummer 
Stewart, Mrs. Plummer 
Stewart, Robert 
Stewart, Sara 
Stewart, Mrs. T. R. 
Stewart, W. Sinclair 
Stewart, Mrs. W. Sinclair 
Stikeleather, W. C. 
Stimpson, D. H. 
Stough, Alice 
Stough, Mrs. Alice 
Stough, Bettie 
Stough, Mary 
Stratford, C. E. 
Stratford, Mrs. C. E. 
Stratford, Clarence 
Stratford, John W. 
Stratton, George F. 
Stratton, L. F. 
Stratton, Mrs. L. F. 
Stratton, Wilson L, 
Strickland, Annie 
Strock, A. M. 
Struhs, W. H. 
Struhs, Mrs. W. H. 
Stuart, W. B. 
Stuart, Mrs. W. B. 
Sudan, Pauline 
Summerow, Willye (Miss) 
Summers, Mrs. Mary D. 
Summey, Catherine Ray 
Summey, T. A. 
Suther, F. L. 
Suther, Mrs. F. L. 
Suther, Louise Eva 

Sutters, Bertha 
Suttle, C. B. 
Suttle, Mrs. C. B. 
Swain, L. N. 
Swann, Mrs. D. G. 
Swicker, Etta 
Swiney, W. E. 
Swiney, Mrs. W. E. 
Swinney, C. R. 
Swinney, Mrs. C. R. 
Swinney, Jack 
Swinney, Jean 
Sykes, Lee S. 
Taft, Helen 
Taft, Nancy 
Taft, W. M., Jr. 
Taft, Mrs. W. M., Jr. 
Talbert, Mrs. A. A. 
Tanner, Mrs. Rosebud M. 
Taylor, C. Lester 
Taylor, Elizabeth 
Taylor, H. E. 
Taylor, Louise 
Taylor, W. C. 
Taylor, Mrs. W. C. 
Teague, Mrs. A. W. 
Teal, Mrs. Ella F. 
Teal, Lola B. 
Templeton, Mrs. G. L. 
Templeton, Joe G. 
Templeton, Victor 
Teeter, M. C. 
Teeter, Mrs. M. C. 
Thacker, Mrs. Leroy 
Thomas, Eunice 
Thomas, H. C. 
Thomas, Mrs. H. C. 
Thomas, H. M. 
Thomas, Mrs. H. M. 
Thomas, Mrs. J. F. 
Thomas, Katherine 
Thomas, Neva Ross 
Thomas, Ruth 
Thomas, W. J. 
Thomas, Mrs. W. J. 
Thomason, Doris 
Thomason, Edgar 
Thomason, Mrs. Edgar 
Thomason, Geo. L. 
Thomason, Mrs. Geo. L. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Thomason, Mrs. Herbert 
Thomason, Lalla Mae 
Thomason, Mrs. P. E. 
Thomason, W. A. 
Thomason, Mrs. W. A. 
Thompkins, J. R. 
Thompkins, Mrs. J. R. 
Thompson, Bessie 
Thompson, Caroline 
Thompson, Homer A. 
Thompson, J. B. 
Thompson, Mrs. J. B. 
Thomson, Mrs. J. H. 
Thomson, Sara 
Thomburg, May- 
Thornton, Frances 
Thorpe, Mrs. J. H. 
Ticer, Mrs. D. A. 
Tillett, Chas. W. 
Tillman, E. J. 
Tiner, John G. 
Tiner, Mrs. John G. 
Tison, Marion 
Tison, Mrs. S. M. 
Tomlin, Geo. F. 
Torrence, Mrs. L. C. 
Tredenick, Mrs. T. S. 
Trelour, Margaret 
Tromley, Mrs. Laura 
Thrower, H. T. 
Thrower, Mrs. H. T. 
Trull, David C. 
Trull, Frances P. 
Trull, James F. 
Trull, Mrs. James F. 
Tucker, W. F. 
Tucker, Mrs. W. F. 
Tunno, Ida Belle 
Tunno, Mrs. John 
Turbeville, J. W. 
Turbeville, Winston 
Turner, Charles 
Turner, Mrs. James A. 
Turner, James A., Jr. 
Turner, Mrs. Minnie 
Turner, W. T. 
Tutor, Vennie (Miss) 
Tuttle, Emma Lee 
Tuttle, Erskine 
Tuttle, M. M. 

Tuttle, Mrs. M. M. 
Tuttle, Mills M., Jr. 
Tyson, Mrs. Daisy R. 
Underwood, B. R. 
Vance, Mrs. Chas. 
Vanderburg, Mrs. Lessie 
Vanderburg, Lottie 
Vanderburg, Mary 
Vanderburg, Melvin 
Vanderburg, Robert 
Van Home, Mrs. Jack 
Van Hoy, Joe Marshall 
Van Hoy, Joe Milton 
Vaughn, Pearl 
Vaughn, Mrs. S. C. 
Veal, Mrs. A. H. 
Veal, Lavinia 
Veal, Mary 
Vest, W. E. 
Wadsworth, E. T. 
Waggoner, Gretta Mae 
Waggoner, John P. 
Waggoner, Mrs. John P. 
Waggoner, John P., Jr. 
Waggoner, William 
Wagner, Mary Lou 
Walden, Mrs. W. A. 
Walker, Ethel 
Walker, L. J. 
Walker, R. D. 
Walker, Mrs. R. D. 
Walker, R. L. 
Walker, Mrs. R. L. 
Wall, Ethel (A. L. 

Wall, G. D. 
Wall, Mrs. G. D. 
Wallace, Mrs. Georgia P. 
Walpole, A. H. 
Walpole, Mrs. A. H. 
Walsh, Anna Belle 
Walsh, George 
Walsh, Gertrude 
Walsh, Permelia 
Walsh, Sallie May 
Walsh, Sam, Jr. 
Walsh, Samuel C. 
Walsh, Mrs. Samuel C. 
Walters, Mrs. E. H. 
Ward, Jeannette 

Ward, John A. 
Ward, Mrs. John A. 
Ward, John Vernon 
Ward, Mrs. Loula 
Ward, M. S. 
Ward, Mrs. M. S. 
Ward, R. Douglas 
Wardin, E. G. 
Wardin, Mrs. Joseph 
Warlick, Cleo 
Warlick, Elizabeth 
Warlick, Margaret 
Warren, Ethel 
Warren, Hattie R. 
Warren, Rebecca 
Warren, W. D. 
Warren, Mrs. W. D. 
Washam, Carl B. 
Washam, Mrs. Carl B. 
Watkins, J. Z. 
Watkins, Jennie 
Watkins, Mrs. Mary 

Watkins, Miriam 
Watkins, Olive 
Watkins, Mrs. W. E. 
Watson, B. F. 
Watson, Mrs. B. F. 
Watson, Cobum 
Watson, Flora 
Watson, J. C. 
Watson, Mrs. J. C. 
Watson, Lucretia 
Waugh, Mrs. John 
Way, C. H. 
Way, Mrs. C. H. 
Wearn, A. H. 
Weam, Mrs. A. H. 
Wearn, Adelaide 
Weam, Frances S. 
Weam, James C. 
Weam, Maggie 
Weam, W. H. 
Weam, W. H., Jr. 
Weaver, H. D. 
Webb, Amelia 
Webb, Harold 
Webb, L. R. 
Webb, Mrs. L. R. 
Webb, Robert M. 



Webb, Mrs. Robert M. 
Webb, Mrs. Sara 
Webb, W. H. 
Webb, Mrs. W. H. 
Webster, Dr. B. H. 
Wedden, Nellie 
Weddington, J. Y. 
Weeks, H. W. 
Weeks, Mrs. H. W. 
Weir, T. H. 
Welch, C. B. 
Welch, Mrs. C. B. 
Wellons, Ben F. 
Wells, R. M. 
Wentz, Bryan 
Wentz, Clara 
Wentz, Flonnie 
Wentz, Lafayette 
Wentz, Mrs. Martha 
Wentz, W. L. 
Wentz, Mrs. W. L. 
West, J. B. 
West, Mrs. J. B. 
Westbrook, Mrs. Mildred 
Westbrook, R. H. 
Westerfield, E. H. 
Westmoreland, Mary 
Wharton, W. W. 
Wharton, Mrs. W. W. 
Whadey, R. A. 
Whatiey, Mrs. R. A. 
Whatley, Vasco 
Wheeler, Mrs. J. E. 
Wheeler, Mrs. Lucy M. 
Wheeler, W. M. 
Whisnant, Dr. A. M. 
Whisnant, Mrs. A. M. 
Whisnant, Albert M., Jr. 
Whisnant, Henrietta 
Whisnant, Hope 
Whisnant, Mrs. L M. 
White, Mrs. Alice P. 
White, C. Baxter 
White, Mrs. Carl 
White, Comeha 
White, D. M. 
White, Mrs. D. M. 
White, Earl C. 
White, Mrs. Earl C. 
White, James G. 

White, Mrs. John H. 
White, Lavinia 
White, M. H. 
White, R. B. 
White, Mrs. Robert F. 
White, S. Clayton 
White, Winnie 
Whitehead, Mrs. J. D. 
Whitehurst, Mrs. W. S. 
Whitener, L. L. 
Whitener, Mrs. L. L. 
Whitlock, Bertie 
Whitlock, Effie 
Whitlock, Neil 
Whidock, Paul C. 
Whitlock, Mrs. Paul C. 
Whitlock, Paul C, Jr. 
Whitlow, B. W. 
Whitlow, Mrs. B. W. 
Whidow, Ben W., Jr. 
Whitlow, Thalia 
Widenhouse, E. A. 
Wiggins, J. E., Jr. 
Wiggins, Mrs. J. E., Jr. 
Wiggins, L. S. 
Wiggins, Mrs. Mary L. 
Wiggs, Frank B. 
Wike, Blanche 
Wilcox, Mrs. A. D. 
Wilcox, Mark H. 
Wilcox, Ward 
Wiley, Carrie 
Wilhelm, Annave 
Wilhelm, B. L. 
Wilhebn, Mrs. B. L. 
Wilkinson, Blannah(Miss) 
Wilkinson, Elizabeth 
Wilkinson, J. L, 
Wilkinson, Mrs. J. L. 
Wilkinson, J. L., Jr. 
Wilkinson, Marie 
Wilkinson, W. D. 
Wilkinson, Mrs. W. D. 
Wilkinson, W. D., Jr. 
Willard, Mrs. K. U. 
Willard, K. U., Jr. 
Williams, Mrs. Annie 
Williams, Mrs. A. G. 
Williams, Dr. H. C. 
Williams, Mrs. H. C. 

Williams, Harold 
Williams, Ila 
Williams, Mrs. J. C. 
Williams, Jane 
Williams, Jettie 
Williams, Mrs. L. W. 
Williams, Lula B. 
Willis, Sarah Jane 
Wilson, A. J. 
Wilson, Mrs. A. J. 
Wilson, A. J., Jr. 
Wilson, Mrs. F. S. 
Wilson, J. L. 
Wilson, Mrs. J. L. 
Wilson, James, Jr. 
Wilson, Rosa 
Wilson, Mrs. S. R. 
Winchester, Mrs. F. M. 
Winchester, J. R. 
Winchester, Mrs. J. R. 
WinecoflF, Bess 
Wingate, Evelyn 
Wingate, J. C. 
Wingate, Mrs. J. C. 
Wingate, J. O. 
Wingate, Mrs. J. O. 
Wingate, L. W. 
Wingate, Mrs. L. W. 
Wingate, Leo 
Winston, Catherine 
Winston, W. H. 
Winston, Mrs. W. H. 
Wiseheart, Mrs. Estelle 
Wiseheart, Geo. A. 
Withers, Mrs. J. B. 
Wolfe, Ethel 
Wolfe, H. P. 
Wolfe, Mrs. H. P. 
Wolfe, Henry Eule 
Wolfe, Janie 
Wolfe, John H. 
Wolfe, Mrs. John H. 
Wolfe, R. H. 
Wolfe, Vemelle 
Womack, C. S. 
Womack, Mrs. C. S. 
Woodruff, John M. 
Woodruff, Mrs. Laura 
Wooge, Mrs. D. L. 
Wooters, J. K. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

Wooters, Mrs. J. K. 
Wooters, William 
Worley, C. E. 
Worley, Mrs. C. E. 
Worley, Mrs. S. J. 
Worsham, M. L. 
Worth, Elizabeth 
Worthen, Mrs. Alice 
Wray, Mrs. L. H. 
Wrenn, W. E. 
Wright, Edgar 
Wright, Mrs. Edgar 
Wright, EUzabeth 
Wright, Mrs. Helen 

Wright, M. A. 
Wright, Mrs. M. A. 
Wright, R. Z. 
Wright, W. Robert 
Wyatt, Edith 
Wyke, Mrs. D. P. 
Yancey, T. B. 
Yandle, Bliss R. (Miss) 
Yandle, E. F. 
Yandle, Elizabeth 
Yandle, Mrs. W. P. 
Yands, E. F. 
Yates, Paul E. 
Yates, Mrs. Paul E. 

Young, Clarence B. 
Young, Eugene 
Young, Mrs. Eugene 
Young, Fred 
Young, H. Claude 
Young, Mrs. H. Claude 
Young, Laura 
Youngblood, EfiBe 
Youngblood, Herbert 
Youngblood, Joe L. 
Youngblood, Mrs. Kate 
Youngblood, Lewis 
Youngblood, S. H. 
Zole, Mrs. Clara 


Recall that discussion of consolidation of Tryon Street and Trinity 
churches and the building of a large uptown church had begun 
in 1921. In the early 1920's it had been thought that financing 
would be assured by Mr. Duke's expected gift of $100,000, sale of 
the Tryon Street and Trinity church properties, and money raised 
by both congregations. 

A series of financial troubles plagued the building of the new 
church. Mr. Duke died in November of 1925 and when his will was 
probated it was discovered that he had not yet written the $100,000 
gift into his will. The Tryon Street church property which had 
been expected to sell for $300,000 had to be sold for $250,000 after 
a previous offer of $275,000 had been turned down. The Trinity 
property did not sell for a long time. The church was finally torn 
down and the land was rented for some years as a parking lot. 

On Tuesday, October 29, 1929, came the crash of the stock market 
and "The Great Depression" began. 

It had been estimated that the new First Methodist Church 
would cost $710,000 (including the cost of the lot) and the actual 
total cost came to $1,048,745.67. 


Building Contract 

Architect Fees 

Plumbing ( 16 Rest Rooms, 6 Founts ) 







Heating ( 3 Furnaces ) Radiators 


Electric Wiring 


Elec. Chandeliers & Fix. 


Painting & Decorating 


Shrubbery, Yard Work, and Sidewalks 


Carpets, Rugs, Stage Curtains 


Pulpit Furniture & 128 Pews 


3500 Chairs & Seats 


Tables, Desks, Blackboards, and other 

Church School Equipment 


Kitchen Equipment 


OflSce Equipment 


Exhaust Fans ( 9 ft. Diameter ) Gift 


Chimes (Gift) 


Pianos ( 1 Grand, 12 Uprights ) 


The Great Organ & Install 


Interest on various debts 


Total Cost 


In addition to this there has been 

expended for various items for 

Church School & Auditorium Song 

Books, etc., approximately 


Grand Total 


In December of 1930 a large mortgage was obtained with the 
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. The church mem- 
bers (with their ages at this time) who endorsed this mortgage 
were : 

James A. Bell (70) G. W. Patterson (57) 

E. R. Bucher ( 51 ) L. G. Ratchfle ( 44 ) 

W. R. Cuthbertson (30) J. A. Russell (75) 

W. H. Davidson ( 57 ) Frank O. Sherrill ( 37 ) 

J. A. ElHott ( 54 ) W. S. Stewart ( 49 ) 

Keely A. Grice ( 53 ) A. W. Smith ( 54 ) 

W. W. Hagood, Jr. (30) M. D. Smith (52) 

G. W. Hart (56) W. J. Thomas ( ) 

J. B. Ivey ( 70 ) A. H. Weam ( 63 ) 

R. S. Kirby (42) A. M. Whisnant ( 68 ) 

J. H. Little ( 70 ) P. C. Whitlock ( 56 ) 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

The depression continued and with the closing of the banks on 
March 5, 1933, many congregational pledges could not be paid; 
what money the church did have was in the Independence Trust 
Company which was closed and not allowed to reopen.* 

By this time the church was in financial difficulties to an extent 
that seemed insurmountable and money was being borrowed on 
personal notes signed by the trustees. Some even mortgaged their 
homes in order to save the church and many church members car- 
ried Building and Loan shares made payable to the church. 

Conditions at this time may best be told by quoting from the 
memoirs of Mr. H. B. Simpson who was the church treasurer at 
this time. 

In February of 1934 economic conditions were so discouraging that it 
began to appear that we would not have sufficient funds to meet the 
principal payment due to the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance 
Company, to say nothing of the interest which would be due on March 
1st. Various special board meetings were held and the board members 
were depressed over the conditions. 

I remember at one of these meetings Dr. A. M. Whisnant, the Board 
Chairman, in trying to keep up the morale, stated that, "you can get me 
down and stomp on me, but I am going to get back up." At one of these 
meetings he had a cardboard sign painted with the words, "Work, Faith, 
and Prayer" which he held up before the board as a motto for the mem- 
bers to be guided by. On one particular occasion one of the notes at a 
Charlotte bank was coming due and we did not have sufficient funds 
on hand to pay the interest for renewal of this note. Dr. Whisnant 
phoned me to come up to his office in the Professional Building just be- 
fore the note was due and gave me a check for the building fund and 
said that he had just sold a piece of property a day or two before. This 
check was for $1,500.00 and enabled me to pay the interest for the re- 
newal of the note. This was one of numerous sacrffices that Dr. Whis- 
nant made for the church financially, and he was always interested in 
the progress of the church in every way. He would frequently call me 
on Monday and say, "H.B., what did we do yesterday?" This was his 
way of finding out how the finances were coming in. He was Chairman 
of the Board for the full time of my employment with the church. What 
a wonderful Christian man he was! Always cheerful and encouraging! 

In late February, 1934, the Board of Stewards decided to seek some 

** The bank later paid all of its depositors in full so the money belonging to the 
church was not lost. The Independence Trust Company was in the Independence 
Building on the northwest corner of Independence Square. This building was de- 
mohshed on Sunday, September 27, 1981. 



financial relief from the mortgager. Accordingly, they appointed a com- 
mittee of Attorney D, E. Henderson, holder, and the business manager 
to go to Washington, D.C. and confer with the representative there for 
this purpose. Mr. Henderson and I left Charlotte on the evening of 
February 28, 1934, by train for Washington at 8:30. We arrived in Wash- 
ington, D.C. the next morning and found a 4" snow on the ground. We 
conferred with the local representative of tlie Massachusetts Mutual 
Life Insurance Company there, but they informed us that they did not 
have authorit}^ to make any adjustments and suggested we go to the 
home oflBce in Boston, Mass. We proceeded to Boston and put up at the 
Y.M.C.A. for the night. The next morning we took a taxi out to the home 
oflBce of said company. As we left Charlotte I took along a blank check 
witli funds in the bank to cover the past due principal which I beheve 
was either $7,500 or $12,500. At their ofiBce I stayed in the background 
with the check until Mr. Henderson had secured an agreement with 
them to cancel the back due interest, give us some sort of moratorium 
on the principal payments, and a reduction in the interest rate from 
5% % to 3 %. * Mr. Henderson came out of the oflSce and we had 
tlie check filled out for the amount of the principal due. The night of our 
departure from Charlotte for this trip was the night of the tremendous 
freeze around Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro. Winston- 
Salem was without power for a week. I remember looking out of the 
train window as we were coming back through the Greensboro-High 
Point region and seeing many broken-downi trees. The church paid our 
expenses for this trip, but Mr. Henderson made no charge for his ser- 
vices out of his love for the church. He did a good job getting these 
adjustments made. 

After we got back to Charlotte, a special meeting of the Board of 
Stewards called for us to make a report on the results of our trip. The 
net result of the adjustment amounted to approximately $35,000 which 
was the reduction in interest rate from 5^ to 3% on one mortgage. 

I had sent a telegram after we got the results in Boston to inform Mr. 
Louis Ratcliffe, Chairman of the Finance Committee, to request a called 
meeting of the board for our report (verification of the results of this 
trip should be found in the Minutes of the Board of Stewards' Meeting 
of about the first of March, 1934). 

Our report to the special board meeting was very inspiring and it was 
immediately decided to put on a building fund campaign to raise pled- 
ges to apply on the debt in the amount of $100,000, even though the 
times were not propitious for raising money. 

It was about this time that by contacting Mr. Perkins, chairman of 
the Duke Endowment in New York City, we asked him to confer with 
Miss Doris Duke to find out if she would be wiUing to honor Mr. Duke's 

* But for this agreement, it is most likely that the church property would have 
been lost through foreclosure. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

oral pledge to pay $100,000 to First Methodist Church. Miss Duke re- 
sponded and we were able to pay off the local bank notes. This gift fur- 
ther added enthusiasm and incentive for raising the matching $100,000. 

To promote the new campaign to raise the $100,000 to apply on the 
debt, prominent men in the church were used to make five minute talks 
to the assembled congregation just before the preaching service on a 
number of Sunday mornings. I remember Mr. James A. Bell being one 
of the speakers. Being the reverent man that he was, he did not want 
to speak from the pulpit for he thought the pulpit should be reserved 
for ordained ministers and he spoke from the aisle to the right of the 
communion rail. He made the statement that this large debt was af- 
fecting his worship in the church because it was bearing down on his 
mind, or words to that effect. He urged the membership to respond 

The Business Manager made a talk one Sunday and reminded the 
congregation tliat this was the seventh year in the life of the church and 
would be an important year because we find that the number 7 has a 
symboUc connotation in the Bible in a number of instances. 

Other promotional efforts were made, letters were mailed out to the 
membership, and they were urged to come to church on an important 
Sunday prepared to make their contribution to the fund by signing the 
pledge cards which were passed out to members of the congregation. 
After additional appeals were made for response, the ushers were asked 
to circulate up and down the aisles and collect the pledges as they were 
made and bring them to the rostrum where we had an adding machine 
to keep a running total on the pledges as they were handed to the Bus- 
iness Manager. Response was very encouraging and with additional 
following work we obtained our objective. 

In tabulating the pledges I noticed one pledge which appeared to be 
too much for a certain family in which the husband and father was out 
of work. Later I telephoned this home and inquired from the wife if 
tliis pledge was correct and she assured me that it was, and that she 
knew where the money was coming from — and it was paid. 

I think J. Wilson Smith, Men's Bible Class teacher, made one of the 
five minute talks. He could make an inspiring appeal. 

In the late nineteen thirties the Federal Reserve Bank, which had 
headquarters in the First National Bank building, bought the Trinity 
lot for $100,000 on which to build oflBces for the Federal Reserve Bank. 
It turned out that when the two churches merged a few of the Trinity 
Church members transferred to the Dilworth Methodist Church, among 
them being the J. A. Jones family. Being an important member of 
Trinity, he had influenced the Trinity Church Board of Stewards to 
give a percentage of the proceeds of the sale of tlie Trinity Church lot 
to Dilworth Methodist Church which was a relatively new church with 
some debt on it. To fulfill this promise, $35,000 of the proceeds of the 



lot sale was given to the Dilworth church, and the balance was appUed 
on the First Methodist Church debt. Also given to Dilworth was a per- 
centage of the income during the years that the Trinity lot had been 
rented for a parking lot. 

Mr. Simpson's description of meals served at the church in the 
1930's is interesting in comparison with today's (1983) prices: 

The church could not afford a regular dietitian for preparing meals, 
so we had to get ladies who were willing to give their services to help 
prepare the meals when we had dinner meetings. I kept a list of names 
that I could call to come in and help when they were needed, both in 
preparing food and in serving it. This work came under my supervision 
and my wife was a great help in preparing menus and she and I would 
buy the food carefully. Most meals were served for 250 each. At one 
time a missionary conference for the Bishops and ministers was held 
in our church to last for several days and attended by approximately 
100 key people. They asked that the meals be served in the church and 
they paid 500 per meal. We made some money on this conference and 
widi this money we bought some folding tables for the dining room. 

I remember when the depression was so severe that Mr. Bucher, 
Superintendent of the Sunday School, and I felt that the members of 
the Worker's Council, composed of Sunday School teachers, could not 
be expected to pay for their meals at 250 each. He asked us to see what 
we could fix for io0. My wife with the 'lielpers" prepared a meal of a 
good vegetable soup and sandwiches for the sum of io0. Food was 
cheap then so we had a good thick soup and good sandwiches and no 
one complained of not having enough. We, of course, served a drink, 
perhaps coffee. 

It appears that the church hit "rock bottom" in pledges during the 
depression year of 1933-1934 when the total pledges dwindled to a 
mere $19,000. But even during that year our collection percentage of 
pledges was 91.2%. The budget had been cut to a minimum, but every 
cent of the Children's Home allotment and the Conference assessments 
were paid in full. I even collected some post-dated checks and in one 
instance a 90-day note in payment of a pledge which was put up at one 
of the banks and renewed several times before being paid out. The bud- 
get that year was a minimum of $24,000. 

Dr. Whisnant's "Work, Faith, and Prayer" finally prevailed and dedi- 
cation of the church, March 9 - 19, 1944, was a time of much celebra- 
tion. Bishop Walter W. Peele, our first minister, preached the dedicator)^ 
sermon on March 19, 1944, at the 11:00 a.m. worship service and 
climaxed at the evening service when a photostatic copy of the mort- 
gage was burned over a brass bowl belonging to Mrs. W. Reynolds Cuth- 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

bertson, Sr. As the smoke rose, Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Sr., said, "This is 
holy smoke." Many outstanding speakers were invited to participate in 
this celebration including Bishop Clare Purcell and Dr. Peter Marshall. 
Dr. G. Ray Jordan was pastor at this time. 

This is the place to include several excerpts from a paper on 
"The Making and Payment of the Church Debt" written for the 
church archives by Hunter M. Jones. [In the light of today's ( 1983) 
prices, the salary of the pastor during the depression is of interest.] 

Dr. Peele had come to First Methodist Church in 1927 at a salary of 
$7,200.00 per year. In November, 1930 he asked that his salary be re- 
duced to $6,000.00 to help meet the church budget. The following year, 
on his own recommendation, his salary was reduced to $5,000.00 When, 
in 1933, Dr. Peele again suggested that his salary be reduced — this 
time to $4,600.00 — the finance committee did not agree and the pastor's 
salary remained at $5,000.00 yearly during the remainder of his pastor- 
ate and that of Dr. C. C. Weaver. 

Another excerpt: 

In addition to cash contributions to the building fund, some of which 
involved real sacrifice and financial hardship of the members, the finan- 
cial burden was lessened in significant ways by other material gifts 
and donations of services. Some of these are recorded in the minutes. 
Among those so recorded was the gift of the chimes by Frank O. Sherrill. 
He gave these in honor of his father and mother, the Reverend and Mrs. 
C. F. Sherrill.* A bookkeeping machine and a ventilating system were 
given by George and Wilson Stratton. Among the services donated were 
the preparing of the annual audits by Joe Marshall Van Hoy for many 
years and by W. A. Richard for one or more years. Substantial legal 
services were donated by James A. Bell who was Chairman of the Board 
of Trustees and by P. C. Whitlock and D. E. Henderson. 

A paper written by Clara (Mrs, J. Webb) Bost for the church 
archives is also included here: 

The Gold Wedding Ring 

Mrs. C. B. Reeves was a small, soft-spoken, gray haired lady, as deli- 
cate looking as a fine piece of china. She was a widow, and she and 

* For many years the chimes were played every day at 12:00 noon and again at 
5:00 p.m. Then this custom ceased, but now (1983), after being repaired by John 
Rosenblatt, the chimes again are being played daily. 



her two maiden daughters, Bertha and Ethel, would always sit on the 
right side of the church near the "amen" comer. They were always 
there, and they would always put their offering envelopes in the col- 
lection plate each Sunday with their small contributions. They loved 
their church. 

An announcement was made on March 4, 1936 about an anonymous 
gift of $100,000 to our church. We desperately needed to reduce the 
indebtedness on our building and went immediately into a campaign 
to raise another $100,000 from our people to match the anonymous gift. 
It was during the depression and many had lost their jobs, others had 
mortgaged their homes, and some had used funds they had saved for 
their children's education for the church. These were sacrifices of love. 

When she learned about the campaign, Mrs. Reeves came into the 
church oflBce and offered to give the only thing that she had — ^her gold 
wedding ring. Mr. H. B. Simpson, our Business Manager and Treasurer, 
accepted her gift in the same spirit that it was given. She wanted to 
have a part in this, and this was all she had to give. 

Mr. Simpson framed the $8.00 he received from the sale of the ring. 
On the Sunday the $100,000 campaign was presented to the congrega- 
tion, Mr. J. Wilson Smith, teacher of our Men's Bible Class, showed this 
to our people and gave the story of the gfft of the gold wedding ring as 
an example of the love and sacrifice we would need to raise $100,000. 
Needless to say, the campaign was a success and the money was raised. 


Since no complete description of any one of tlie forerunners of 
today's church was left for posterity, there is included here a brief 
description of tlie church as it was in 1948. This is quoted from a 
booklet "The Story of First Methodist Church." 

First Methodist Church 
A Few Facts and Figures 
The First Methodist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina, consists of 
three connecting buildings, occupying a lot fronting 110 feet on North 
Tryon Street, 396 feet on West Eighth Street, and 108 feet on North 
Church Street. The buildings are of re-inforced concrete and steel con- 
struction faced on all sides with blocks of Indiana limestone. The three 
buildings are approximately the same height. The main church build- 
ing occupying two floors and a balcony, the chapel unit, two floors, the 
educational unit, four main floors with two sub-floors. 

* In the church archives there is a very detailed description of First Methodist 
Church. The paper has no date on it but it was probably in the 1940's. 


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There are two large towers in front of the church building, the tallest 
tower containing a set of 20 tubular Deagan chimes. We enter the main 
church building from North Tryon Street, ascend 27 stone steps, and 
enter any one of the three double doors into a vestibule that extends 
entirely across the church building through both towers. In each tower 
is a stairway leading down the stairs. The steps leading up in each tower 
of the vestibule enter into the balcony, which contains three rows of 
benches, ten in the center, eight on eitlier side, seating about 250 people. 

Returning to the vestibule we enter the auditorium through any one 
of the five double doors. The floor plan of the auditorium (sanctuary) 
is cruciform in shape or a modified form of the Latin cross. In the nave 
are tliree rows of 30 benches each, and in each transept is another row 
of six benches each, making 102 benches in the auditorium, 26 in the 
balcony, total 128, and seating capacity of close to 1,500. There are 12 
semi-Gothic columns supporting the ceiling and roof, the ceiling being 
46 feet above the floor. These 12 columns are symbolic of the twelve 
apostles. There are 11 large chandeliers hung from the ceiling contain- 
ing 36 lights each. Around the wall are 18 brackets containing two lights 
each and behind the scroll work in the choir loft are concealed 25 lights, 
and beneath the balcony are five small chandeliers containing six lights 
each. When all lights are burning at night, there are approximately 500 
bulbs lighting the church auditorium. 

There are eleven stained glass windows, three sets of windows of five 
panels each, containing scenes from the life of Christ and symbols, and 
eight windows of three panels each, containing symbols. There is kneel- 
ing space for approximately 50 around the chancel, and on the shelf 
just within the chancel rail are nearly 1,200 perforations in which to 
place empty communion cups. 

The organ is a four manual and pedal Hook and Hastings, with close 
to 3,000 wood and metal pipes, all concealed, also a harp and a set of 20 
Deagan chimes, orchestral and band instruments, with an echo organ 
opening just over the balcony. [Editor's note: A new organ was installed 
in 1967.] 

Just outside the auditorium on the right is the pastor's study. The 
ground floor, or half basement, of this building contains the kitchen, 
fully equipped for serving approximately 300 people at one time, a 
dining room, two Boy Scout rooms, a recreation room and the men's 
Bible classroom, seating something over 300, and a large stage. 

The center unit or chapel building, ground floor, has five classrooms, 
drinking fountain, and two rest rooms for small children. The second 
floor has a chapel with 528 opera chairs, a large stage, and ten colored 
glass windows, each window containing a symbol. In the educational 
unit on the ground floor, are two assembly rooms with 18 individual 
class-rooms. Connected with each are tv\'o large cloak rooms. On the 
second floor are seven classrooms, six oflBces: one is the bishop's ofiBce, 



two for the business manager and his assistant, one for the director of 
young people, one for the assistant pastor, and one for the church 
secretary; also a large lobby. The third floor is a large assembly room, a 
large stage, and nine classrooms, and a couple of large cloak rooms. On 
the fourth floor are two assembly rooms with 24 individual classrooms, 
and two cloak rooms. On each floor is a drinking fountain. . . . 


[From a 1939 newspaper {Charlotte Observer) by Mrs. J. A. Yarbrough] 

Philadelphia has its Independence bell, Russia the largest bell in the 
world, the University of Chicago the second largest, and Charlotte has 
three historic bells, each with an interesting and unique story. 

The one with which this generation is perhaps most familiar now 
hangs in the tower of the educational building of the First Methodist 
Church and every Sunday morning at 9 o'clock and every Wednesday 
evening at 7:30, its tone rings out as a summons to Sundav School and 
to prayer meeting services just as it has intoned the hour for more than 
75 years. 

This old bell was in the Tryon Street Methodist Church which stood 
at the comer of North Tryon and Sixth streets; for many years, it joined 
in tlie regular Sunday morning chorus of church bells on North Tryon 
Street, just prior to the 11 o'clock service. But the two churches, Tryon 
Street and Trinity Methodist, (in 1926) voted to merge and plans were 
drawn for the First Methodist Church. No provision was made for the 
old bell which for so long had called the people to worship. Church 
bells were no longer fashionable. They were relegated to a dim and dis- 
tant past along with rubber-tired buggies, hand-painted parasols, horse- 
drawn street cars and ice cream festivals. 

The preservation of the old bell was due to a beloved physician. Dr. 
William A. Graham, who for years was a familiar figure in hundreds of 
Charlotte homes. When he learned that the bell was to be abandoned, he 
went to Mrs. W. W. Hagood, who was born the year the cornerstone 
of Tryon Street Methodist Church was laid, and, coming to live on 
North Tryon Street in childhood, had grown up with the mellow notes 
of the bell reverberating in her ears. 

"Practically all my life I have heard that bell ring on Sunday morning 
and Sunday night for church," he said. "I've always Hved in this part of 
town, and, while I am not a Methodist, the ringing of the bell has al- 
ways been like the voice of a dear friend. Life would not be the same 
without it. What can be done to save it?" 

Mrs. Hagood advised him to consult with the oflBcials of the newly 
formed church, which he did and secured a promise that the matter 
would be taken under consideration. The building committee was in- 



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formed the bell could be placed in the tower at the rear of the building 
but the most important fact presenting itself was the cost of its moving 
and installation which would be considerable. The congregation had 
assumed a gigantic task in the erection of the magnificent church plant 
and additional expense was out of the question. Unhesitatingly, Dr. 
Graham repHed, "Have the bell installed and I will gladly pay the cost." 
For several years before his death, Dr. Graham was an invahd and, 
lying on his bed of pain within a stone's throw of the church, eagerly 
listened to tlie loved resonant chimes that had meant so much in his life. 
After he passed away, Mrs. Hagood went to Mrs. Graham and told her 
that with her peraiission they would like to toll the bell during the 
funeral service, as it was so indelibly linked with the memory of the 
man who had loved it perhaps even better than any member of the 
church. Only this one time has it soimded a requiem since its removal 
12 years ago to its present place. 


The first reference to a parsonage that has been found is in the 
1855 record book of the church. The Board of Stewards frequently 
met at the parsonage but there is no indication of w^here it was 
located. Also in this book, dated December 6, 1856, this appears: 

It was moved and seconded that Dr. E. H. Andrews purchase for use 
of the parsonage some thirty-five lbs. of New Feathers and also any 
other articles necessary for the Comfort of our Pastor. 

Tryon Street Methodist Church Parsonages (1859-1927): The 
earliest pictures of Tryon Street Chiu-ch are in the church archives. 
The one from The Charlotte Methodist in 1897 looks a little older 
than the one from a booklet put out by Tryon Street Church circa 
1895. Both pictures show that the parsonage next door to the 
church was made of wood and had a wooden picket fence. Later 
(probably when the church was remodeled in 1908), the wooden 
parsonage was torn down and a brick house with an iron fence 
replaced it. 

In 1920 the parsonage next door to the church was rented to 
the city for use by the City-County Health Department and a house 
on North Church Street (where the Frederick Apartment now is) 
was purchased for a parsonage. In the Hght of today's real estate 



values it is interesting to quote the following report that was read 
to the Quarterly Conference on August 23, 1920: 

We, the undersigned committee appointed by Mr. D. H. Anderson, 
Chairman of the Board of Stewards, to make an investigation and re- 
port to this body with regard to the property located at 511 North 
Church Street and known as the J. M. Jones (Jimmy Jones) property, 
beg to report as follows, viz, First: This property, as most of you know, 
is located in one of the best residential sections in the city of Charlotte 
and is within three and one-half blocks of Tryon Street Church, which 
in our opinion is a nice distance for a parsonage to be located. 

Second: The lot appears to be about 50 feet front and 170 feet in 
depth, lies level, is well drained, and is located on the west side of 
North Church Street with the house facing east. 

Third: The house located on the above lot is a frame building with 
a slate roof. It has a hot water heating plant and the first floor has the 
following rooms: reception hall, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, 
pantry, bathroom with lavatory and closet only, latticed porch, also 
basement. The second floor has four good-sized bedrooms, one small 
room, a complete bathroom and closets, which makes a ten room house 
with additional rooms as above mentioned. We find the property both 
exterior and interior to be in good condition and very few if any repairs 
will be necessary. 

Fourth: In our opinion, a conservative value of the lot would be 
$6,000. The house could not be duplicated for less than $15,000 and we 
consider the price of $16,500 to be a very conservative value. We do 
not feel that the church will make any mistake in securing this home 
for their parsonage and recommend that this body recommend the 
proper authorities to purchase this property. 

Trinity Church Parsonages: At one time the parsonage was located 
on Jackson Terrace which was a residential area one block long 
that ran between South Tryon and South Church Streets parallel 
with West Morehead Street. When the churches merged the 
Trinity parsonage was on Dilworth Road. 


When First Church was built Dr. W. W. Peele became its first pas- 
tor and the Trinity parsonage on Dilworth Road became the First 
Church parsonage. Dr. Kenneth Goodson was the last minister to 
live in the Dilworth Road parsonage and the first to Hve in the pres- 
ent parsonage on Colville Road. 

In 1970 the church owned parsonages at 901 Colville Road, 714 


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Scaleybark Road, and 6000 McBride Street.* Now (1983) it has 
two, one on Colville Road and one on Scaleybark Road. The 
latter was built on land that was given by the Henderson fam- 
ily. This land was part of the original "Scaleybark" that was the 
country home of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Henderson after they moved 
from North Tryon Street. 

« « o 

Since 1948 there has been acquisition of more property on Tryon 
Street and on Church Street, and several renovations have taken 
place. A new three manual organ built by M. P. Moller Company 
of Hagerstown, Maryland, was contracted for in 1966 and in- 
stalled in 1967. Ceremonies included an address by Dr. Paul But- 
ler at the morning worship service and a dedicatory concert by Mr. 
George Markey at the evening service. The original chapel with its 
stained glass windows was converted to a multipurpose room 
in 1967 and its seats were given to the Charlotte Rescue Mis- 
sion. It is now called Founders' Hall. 


This is also a good place to say a few words about some of the peo- 
ple who have been mentioned in tliis chapter so far, because they 
were the foundation stones of today's First United Methodist 
Church. Several of today's active church members were asked to 
look over the pages of this manuscript up to this point, and list 
the persons who should be included in this section and the follow- 
ing were mentioned by three or more of those who were asked: 
Much has already been said about Dr. A. M. Whisnant ( 1867- 
1953 ) . According to his daughter, Lola Whisnant MacMillan, the 
four big things in Dr. Whisnant's life were "his wife, his God, his 
farm, and his children— in that order." He lived his religion and a 
part of his income went to the church before anything else was 
considered. He even borrowed to give to the church when it was 
in desperate need in the early years. Dr. Whisnant was a prominent 
eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. He began his practice in Char- 
lotte in 1901 and retired in 1944. He was one of the founders of 
the old Charlotte Sanitorium in 1907. He served for 23 years on 

• A parsonage at 414 Webster Place was sold in 1969 when this McBride Street 
parsonage was purchased. 



the Board of Stewards of Tryon Street Methodist Church and 
an additional 17 years as chairman of the Board of Stewards in 
First Methodist Church. He was indeed a foundation stone of 
First United Methodist Church. 

Jackson Ezekiel David James Nathaniel Sijlvester Willis Edward 
Demosthenes Henderson, better known as "Zeke" was bom in 
1879 in Onslow County but came to Charlotte from New Bern, 
North Carolina. He lived on South Tryon Street close to Trinity 
Church and logically would have joined this church. However, the 
District Superintendent asked him to go to Tryon Street Church 
because that church needed a Sunday School superintendent. He 
was active in the merger of Tryon Street and Trinity churches and 
active in First Church until his death in 1968. The Reverend 
Howard Wilkinson (Associate Pastor of First Church 1942-1947) 
wrote of him: 

"Zeke" was always a stalwart in the educational program of the church, 
and his legal mind solved many a problem we encountered in the day- 
to-day affairs of the church. One of the most folksey persons I have ever 
known, his elevation to the office of United States Attorney and later as 
Federal Judge changed him not one bit. He still kept the common 
touch and teased his friends without mercy, making them feel impor- 
tant by remembering their slips-of-tongue for long periods of time. No 
matter how busy he was, he always had time for his church. 

Mrs. D. E. Henderson (Mattie) was also an active church 
worker. She was president of the Woman's Missionary Society when 
it became the Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

Charles J. ( Charlie ) Henderson and his wife Nita have followed 
in the footsteps of his mother and f atlier. At this time ( 1982 ) Char- 
lie Henderson is Superintendent of the Church School and is a 
member of the Administrative Board of First Church. Like his 
father, Charlie Henderson is a well-known Charlotte attorney. 

James Ardretj Bell ( 1866-1957) was a prominent Charlotte law- 
yer and a long-time active worker in Tryon Street and First Metho- 
dist churches. He was an active participant in the merger of Tryon 
Street and Trinity churches and was the first chairman of the 
Board of Trustees of the newly formed First Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South. 

Mrs. Jessie Spencer Bell was a sister of Mrs. A. M. Whisnant. 
For years she was a Sunday School teacher and pianist in the 


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primary department of Tryon Street Church with Miss SalHe 
Bethune. She was also active in the Woman's Missionary Society. 
After her mother died, Faith Bell partially financed the chapel at 
the Wesley Nursing Center in memory of her mother and in honor 
of her father. 

Judge Jesse Spencer Bell, one of J. A. Bell's sons, was also an 
attorney. He served three terms in the State Senate in which his 
father had also served. He received many honors including several 
LLD degi'ees and the highest award given by the North Carolina 
Bar Association ( the John J. Parker Award for Conspicuous Service 
to Jurisprudence ) . He became President of the North Carolina Bar 
Association and in 1955 was named Charlotte's Man of the Year. 
Spencer Bell's avocation was music and he served as chairman of 
the music committee at First Methodist. He was named to the 
United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and died in 1967 
while serving in this high judicial ofiice. 

One of Faith Bell's earliest memories of the church is when 
Spencer Bell at the age of twelve made a speech. Faith, who was 
four at the time, was so proud of her big brother that she stood up 
on the seat in Tryon Street Church and yelled, "Hi, Jess." When 
every one laughed she was so embarrassed that she then crawled 
under the pew to hide. 

George F. Stratton (1897-1971) was a business, civic, and 
church leader. With his brother Wilson L. Stratton ( 1899-1971 ) he 
owned and operated the Armature Winding Company. He served 
as a member of the Lay Advisory Board of Mercy Hospital for 
22 years, was a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation 
Army in Charlotte, and was on the first Auditorium-Coliseum Au- 
thority. For many years he was tieasurer of the First Church Sun- 
day School, was a member of the Board of Stewards, and was a 
trustee of First Methodist Church. The Reverend Howard Wil- 
kinson said of him: 

George Stratton was seldom in the limelight, but First Church was far 
stronger than it would have been without him. George never cared to 
be recognized but he had a passion to serve. As I look back across the 
years, I am impressed with his quiet devotion to causes which have 
since become popular. For instance, even in the 1940's when most Prot- 
estants were somewhat anti-Catholic, George was busily making friends 
with nuns, priests, and Catholic laymen. That posture is popular now, 



but even when it was not, George simply did what he thought was right. 
He cared very deeply for his church. 

Dr. Kenneth Goodson said that when the church desperately 
needed money he would go to George and George would say, "I 
think I can pay half; let's talk to Wilson." Dr. Goodson would say, 
"Well, I have come to get both halves." Both halves were always 
anonymously given. 

Wilson L. Stratton, co-owner of the Armature Winding Com- 
pany, was a charter member of First Methodist Ghurch and served 
on the Board of Stewards for a number of years. Over a long period 
he was chairman of tlie property maintenance committee. 

Quoting from the resolution from the Administrative Board at 
the time of his death: 

Wilson Stratton was generous with his gifts as well as his talents. He 
frequently, and usually anonymously, gave many items and services to 
the church, . . . He saw what was needed, had it done, and many times 
paid for it himself. He gave scholarship grants to many deserving stu- 
dents. This fine Christian gentleman, who served his fellow man, his 
church, and his Lord in an unassuming way, is sorely missed. 

Both Mary Stratton (Mrs. George F.) and Lura Stratton (Mrs. 
Wilson L. ) have long been active in First Church and at the pres- 
ent time ( 1983 ) are serving on the parsonage committee and on 
the records and history committee. 

The William Ward Hagood family ("Miss Sallie," W. W., Sr. 
and W. W., Jr. ) were long-time pillars of Tryon Street. Miss Sal- 
lie Whisnant was teaching Sunday School before she became 
Mrs. Hagood. She and Mrs. C. C. Kennedy ("Miss Lula") were 
members of Tryon Street Church and were active in organiz- 
ing the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Western North 
Carolina Conference. Miss Sallie was vice-president and held the 
office of district secretary for many years; in fact, she held an oflBce 
for 51 years. In addition to her church work. Miss Sallie was active 
in the work of the Crittenton Home* and the Y.W.C.A. She died 
in 1963 at the age of 103+ . 

* An article in the Charlotte Observer, March 20, 1983, states that Episcopal 
layman Charles Crittenton of New York came to Charlotte in January 1903 and 
meetings were held in Trjon Street Methodist Church. A group of Protestant church- 
women was organized and tlirough their efforts the Charlotte Crittenton Home ( for 
unwed mothers) was opened in 1905. 


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W. W. Hagood, Sr. was a member of the Board of Trustees of 
Tryon Street Church and was active in the merger of Tryon Street 
and Trinity Churches. He died in 1927 and his son WilHam took his 
father's place in working for the church. 

Every Sunday the Hagood family was to be found in the center 
front of the church and now ( 1983 ) William Hagood is still there. 

The A. J. Hagoods left Tryon Street Church when Hawthorne 
Lane Church was built, but their daughter, Julia, went to Trinity 
Church when she married Reynolds Cuthbertson. 

W. Reynolds Cuthbertson had been active in Trinity Church 
for years and was very much involved in the establishment and 
organization of First Church. In the 1930's "Rennie" Cuthbert- 
son headed the Young People's Department of First Church. He 
was chairman of the Board of Stewards, constantly a member of 
tlie Pastoral Relations and Finance Committees, and a trustee. 
He was also active in the Charlotte Y.M.C.A. and in the establish- 
ment of the Methodist Home. The Reverend Howard Wilkinson 
wrote of him: 

Rennie Cuthbertson ( W. Reynolds, Sr. ) would still be working at First 
Church, were it not for a tragic fire. He was one of the youngest of the 
prominent leaders in the 1940's, and he was an aggressive leader when 
he served as Chairman of the Board. 

Rennie knew how to make money. He bought a piece of land for 
$1,750 and sold it for $375,000. While many business men do not bring 
their intelligence with them when they come to church, Rennie applied 
his creative mind to the affairs of First Church with as much diligence 
as he applied it to his business. 

W. Reynolds Cuthbertson, Jr. (also called Rennie) has con- 
tinued his father's work and is today ( 1983 ) chairman of the Ad- 
ministrative Board of First United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. W. S. Stewm-t, Sr., often called "Miss Mattie" or "Sister Mat- 
tie" was a long time leader in the women's work of Tryon Street and 
First Methodist Churches. Mrs. Stewart, her son Sinclair, and his 
wife "Jen" always sat in the center section of the church and now 
(1983 ) Mrs. Stewart's grandson Watson Stewart and his wife Travis 
sit in that same place and both are active in First United Methodist 
Church today. 

Mr. Arthur Wearn served on the Board of Stewards of Tryon 



Street and First Methodist Churches for 61 years. In 1933-1935 
he was mayor of the City of Charlotte. 

"Miss Lillie" Wearn taught in the Primary Department of the 
Sunday School for many years. At every church service the Weams 
were in the right-hand "amen corner" of the First Methodist 
Church. Mrs. Wearn died in 1948 and Mr. Wearn died in 1956 
at the age of 84. 

Junius Amos Russell, often called "Judge" because of liis fifty- 
year association with the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Court's 
OflBce, was the oldest member of the Board of Stewards of First 
Church when he died in his ninetieth year. 

According to the account of his death in the Charlotte Observer, 
". . . the vigor and cheerfulness of his philosophy remained, unim- 
paired, and the 'Grand Old Man' continued to reflect a youthful 
outlook." He was active to the end in Tryon Street and First Meth- 
odist Churches. 

Every Sunday the Russells and Ransons ( Mr. Russell, his daugh- 
ter Lila, and his daughter Alma, her husband Lloyd Ranson and 
their children Russell and Alma Lloyd ) could be found on the right 
hand side of the church near the front. 

Joe McLaughlin was shaking hands with people at the front 
door of Tryon Street Methodist Church when he was a bachelor 
before he married Miss Rosamond Lucas. He continued to greet 
people at the door of First Methodist as long as he lived. 

The McLauglilins and their two children could always be found 
in the center pew near the front of the church on Sunday mornings. 
Mrs. McLaughlin was active in the work of the Missionary Society 
and was the first superintendent of tlie Adult Division on the 
Board of Education. 

Paul Cameron Whitlock (1878-1959), a member of Trinity at 
the time of the merger, was one of the strong leaders who planned 
for First Church and sustained it in its early years when it was 
beset by its depression-born troubles. He was an outstanding lawyer 
and community leader, and was in demand as a humorous after- 
dinner speaker. 

As president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in 1917, he 
developed it into an organization of concern for the whole com- 
munity. He was a member of the Board of Stewards and a trustee 
of the First Metliodist Church. For many consecutive years he 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

headed several important working committees of First Church. 

Louis G. Ratcliffe (1893-1961) came to Charlotte in 1917 and 
opened a florist shop. He was a life-long Methodist and was deeply 
involved in the financial afi^airs of First Methodist Church during 
the depression. 

Someone has described Mr. and Mrs. Leland M. Craig: "they are 
level, hard working, unselfish members of First Methodist." Willie 
and Leland loved tlieir church and served it well. For many years 
Willie was chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee 
and was president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service. 
Willie entertained beautifully in her home and when she was 
guiding social functions at our church. Leland was with Southern 
Engineering Company for 34 years and was active in the Camellia 
Club. He was an artist, using pastels, and his best works were 
portraits of liis good friends. When the sanctuary was redecorated, 
he was in charge of the redecorating using particularly his ex- 
pertise with color. 

There are many other people who should be included as pillars 
of First Methodist Church but space does not permit. Today 
( 1983 ) there are many couples devoted to First Methodist with 
both husband and wife being active participants in the work of 
the church. 


Now, fifty-six years after First United Methodist Church was 
built, the population of Charlotte has increased from approximately 
82,000 to approximately 350,000. There are many large and beauti- 
ful churches in areas that a half century ago were in the newly 
developed suburbs or out in the country. Now, onl)^ five of the 
uptown churches have survived and these are the First Presbyterian 
on West Trade Street, St. Peter's Episcopal and First United Meth- 
odist on North Tryon Street, First United Presbyterian on East 
Seventh Street, and St. Peter's Catholic on South Tryon Street. 

First Baptist Church left uptown in 1972 and moved to a new 
building on South Davidson Street. This Baptist church had begun 
as Beulah Baptist Church in a wooden building on the northwest 
corner of Third and South College Streets on a lot for which the 
church had paid $10.00. In 1856 the Baptists occupied a small brick 
church on the comer of East Seventh and North Brevard Streets. 



Here the congregation consisted of lo wliites and 19 blacks. In 
1884 a brick church was built on North Tryon Street between East 
Sixth and East Seventh Streets and this building was replaced in 
1909 by the beautiful church building tliat is now a part of Spirit 
Square, a community center for the performing arts. 

Instead of the stately houses that lined both sides of North Tryon 
Street there are now motels, branch banks, other businesses, and 
the surrounding neighborhood is fast being built up in condomini- 
ums after having become almost a slum and then a wasteland of 
vacant lots. The R. A. Dunn property on Nortli Tryon Street and 
the J. W. McClung, J. E. Murphy and Wade Harris properties on 
North Church Stieet were purchased by the church and the lots 
are now part of the parking and/or playground facihties of the 

The loss of the so-called "inner city" population was hard on the 
membership of First Church. Of the approximately 2,650 charter 
members of First Church in 1927, 126 are left today and many of 
these are well along in years. It is hoped that the Fourth Ward 
restoration will help to rebuild today's membership which now 
(1983) stands at approximately 1,500. 

The uptown churches cooperate in programs that help in caring 
for "inner-city problems." Among these cooperative programs are 
feeding the "street people" and helping the underprivileged and 
the elderly. The part that First Methodist plays in these philan- 
thropic activities is discussed in Chapter 10. 


For a number of years after 1927, all of the facihties— electrical, 
plumbing, heating, and structural— worked with no failures, and 
only the expected wear-and-tear maintenance was required. 

The first major renovation project came in 1957 when it was ap- 
parent that an air conditioned sanctuary was not a luxury but was 
a necessity expected by the church members. This project ex- 
panded into complete air conditioning of all facilities including 
the educational building and the chapel and dining areas. The re- 

* The Dunn property was purchased in 1953 by Frank Sherrill who held it for 
the church until the church could pay for it. Later on, W. W. Hagood, Jr. and W. 
Reynolds Cuthbertson, Sr. bought the Wade Harris property and held it until 
the church could buy it. In 1980 the McClung house was sold and moved up on 
Tenth Avenue at the comer of Pine Street. 


THE YEARS I927-I983 

decoration and accoustical treatment of the sanctuary were done 
at this same time. 

Next came a new organ in 1966 when it was discovered that it 
was impractical to further repair the existing instrument because 
of its obsolescence and difficulty in finding replacement parts. 

To keep roof leaks from worsening, there was a new hard slate 
replacement of the beautiful but not efficient thick slate roof that 
had been installed when the church was built and was now crum- 
bling faster than replacement slates could be installed. 

Tliree coal-fired boilers with manual control of heat to a given 
area had met the needs of the church up until this time. Now, 
however, the church was changing from a Sunday-only require- 
ment for heat, except for the small office area, to all-week programs 
in many parts of the building. In order to heat the required areas 
of use it was necessary to heat the entire church. A new gas-fired 
boiler was installed. It was automatically controlled and capable 
of being converted to a zoned hot water heating system which 
would allow heat in any area without having to heat adjacent 
spaces. (The zoning and hot water conversion became part of the 
major renovation in 1976-77. ) 

In 1973 it was agreed that facilities needed to be up-dated for ap- 
pearance as well as the required space for church programs 
which were being revised to meet modern needs. Meetings were 
held with all groups to ascertain their needs for space and arrange- 
ments to accommodate their programs. These meetings went on 
until early 1975 when the firm of Ferebee, Walters and Associates, 
Architects /Engineers /Planners was employed to make recom- 
mendations for a renovation program. 

Many meetings were held with all program chairmen and work 
groups and in July, 1976, it was agreed that Blythe and Isenhour 
Company of Charlotte would be the general contractor for tlie 

At the present time ( 1983 ) much of this renovation work has 
been completed including the elevator and the work on the first 
and fourth floors of the educational building, the multi-purpose 
recreation room that was originally the adult Sunday School audi- 
torium, the kitchen, social area, dining room area, and tlie chapel. 

Reynolds Cuthbertson, Jr. and John L. Rosenblatt are co-chair- 
men of the renovation committee. 








y^^ Charlotte's first Sunday School goes back to 
f^'i^^ the year 1825 and, according to an article in 
Mil the Catawba Journal, August 5, 1825, its offi- 



cers were: 
1111 President-D. R. Dunlap 
Vice-president— John Irwin 

Managers: Samuel Henderson 

William Carson 

Samuel McComb 

William Smith 

Green Kendrick 
Secretary and Treasurer— J. H. Norment 

From the names Dunlap and Irwin it can be seen that this was 
a joint effort of Methodists and Presbyterians. 

In 1895 officers of the Sunday School of Tryon Street Methodist 
Church were C. P. Wheeler, superintendent; Arthur H. Wearn, 
secretary; John F. Rudisill, treasurer; and John C. Watson, li- 

At this time the Sunday School teachers were: C. W. Tillett, Ed- 
ward Hooper, J. D. McCall, J. A. Jones, M. C. Mayer, R. N. Little- 
john, Juhan H. Little, Wilham F. Harding, J. A. Bivens, D. H. An- 
derson, E. M. Andrews, W. E. Ardrey, and S. S. Myers. [Editor's 
comment: In those days note that the men teachers and women 
teachers are listed separately.] 

Mrs. C. C. Kennedy, Mrs. E. C. Register, Mrs. W. J. Black, Mrs. 
W. S. Creasy, Mrs. Samuel J. Asbury, Mrs. Rachel Garrett, Mrs. 
H. C. Painter, Mrs. W. S. Stev/art, Mrs. Charles A. Rigler, Mrs. 
R. E. Blakey, Mrs. C. C. Adams, Mrs. C. P. Wheeler, Miss Sallie 
Bethune, Miss Sallie Whisnant, Miss Comie White, Miss Ella 
Dowd, Miss Mattie Dowd, Miss Mary Felder, Miss Eugenia Davis, 
Miss Maggie Trealor, Miss Jessie Spencer, Miss Minnie Cuth- 



bertson, Miss Mamie Arledge, Miss Belle Hall, Miss Hattie Eld- 
ridge, and Miss Laura Wadsworth. [Editor's note: Older mem- 
bers of First United Methodist Church will know that Miss Sallie 
Whisnant became Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Sr. and Miss Jessie Spen- 
cer became Mrs. J. A. Bell.] 

In the First United Methodist Church archives there is a Sunday 
School Record Book for 1902-1903. Mr. Arthur Wearn seemed to be 
secretary of most of the Tryon Street Church organizations in those 
days (probably because of his beautiful Spencerian handwriting). 
However, the records are dijQficult to read because of yellowed 
paper and faded ink and pencil. A typical entry is this one: 

January 4, 1903 

Religious services conducted by M. F. Kirby, Superintendent. 

Opening song Number 6 "Victory Through Grace." 

Officers and teachers present — 30. Absent — 5. 

Scholars present — 128-158. Absent 200-205. Enrolled — 363. 

Scripture Lesson — Acts 16: 22-34. 

Subject of lesson — Paul and Silas at Phillipi. 

School addressed 10 minutes by Superintendent. 

Collection — $3.79. Weather threatening. New Scholars o. Visitors 5. 

Remarks : Rea Hinson and Newcomb Berryhill have both been present 

every Sunday during 1902 and up to present time in Miss Sallie Beth- 

une's class and she is presenting to each boy a nice book. 

Mr. E. Ray Bucher ( 1885-1969) was superintendent of the Sun- 
day School at Trinity Church from 1917-1927 when he became 
superintendent of First Methodist Sunday School continuing until 
1946. He served on the Board of Stewards of First Methodist 
Church for many years. 

Mr. Bucher came to Charlotte in 1905 to work for the Southern 
Power Company (which later became Duke Power Company). 
When he retired from Duke Power in 1955 he was assistant trea- 

No attempt will be made to cover the Sunday School from 1927 
up to the present time but there will be a rather detailed account 
of the Church School of today (1983). Before doing this, how- 
ever, there are two people who "mattered" to First Methodist 
Church for a few years before this time. Both of these people were 
Sunday School teachers and both were connected with the Char- 
lotte television station, WBTV. 



Alan Newcomb, Director of Public Affairs for the Jefferson Stan- 
dard Broadcasting Company, was a well-known TV newscaster and 
was the teacher of the Wilson Smith Bible Class at the time of his 
unexpected death in 1966 at the age of forty-five years. Alan New- 
comb had been a World War II bomber pilot and had spent eight 
months as a prisoner of war. During this time in a prison camp he 
wrote a book entitled Vacation with Pay. 

Quoting from a tribute to Alan Newcomb that was aired on the 
day of his death ( these are Alan Newcomb's own words ) : "I be- 
lieve that feeding, clothing, housing, and transporting the physical 
being are incidental to the purpose of life, and far too much atten- 
tion is paid to outward existence. Whatever human beings we are 
brought into contact with are our main responsibility, . . . The ulti- 
mate, or spiritual significance of existence is to learn a completely 
voluntary and wiUing surrender of our will to that of God— not 
as a theological or ecclesiastical character, but a literal Spiritual 
Father of superior understanding and knowledge to our own." 

Jeanne (Mrs. Alan) Newcomb is still a very active member of 
First United Methodist Church. Their son Bob and his wife, Linda, 
are also active in the work of First Church. 

Betty (Mrs. Turner) Feezor was a teacher in the Young Adult 
Fellowship from June 1956 until September 1958 when the Feezors 
moved tlieir membership to Providence United Methodist Church. 
"The Betty Feezor Show," a show featuring home-making, was 
seen on WBTV for 23 years (1954-1977) and Betty was also 
active in many community organizations and events. Betty said 
she wanted to live her life so that when she was gone "it would 
have mattered." She died February 28, 1978, at the age of fifty- 
three years. 


Some years ago the name Sunday School was officially changed to 
Church School. In reading old Sunday School records in the ar- 
chives it is very noticeable that while classes once were for men 
or women, many of them have been replaced by classes that have 
both men and women. 

In the year 1982 Mr. Charles Henderson and Mrs. Kermit Mc- 
Clure were co-superintendents. Charles Henderson's father, Mr. 



D. E. (Zeke) Henderson was a long-time superintendent at Tryon 
Street. Miss Ann Tyler now serves as superintendent. 

Some of today's classes have a long history and these detailed 
histories can be found in the Records and History Room. Here, only 
a few words can be said about each of these classes. 

Now, there are eight classes in the adult department. Older read- 
ers of tliis history will miss some well-known classes of earlier 
years that have gone out of existence as their members have passed 
on or have become too infirm to come to Sunday School. One ex- 
ample that comes to mind is the Wardin Wesley Class that was 
taught for many years by Mrs. Joseph Wardin and was made up 
of the mothers of many of today's oldest church members. 

Some formerly large classes are now very small for the same rea- 
son—increasing age of their members. Actually, today's Sunday 
School and church membership have both declined since 1927. 
As Charlotte grew and as Fourth Ward changed from a good resi- 
dential section to an area having "winos" and other unsavory char- 
acters in the neighborhood of the church, people became afraid to 
go into the area alone, especially at night. 

Declining membership is not peculiar to First United Methodist 
Church but is a problem for all of the "inner-city" churches. ( Hope- 
fully, tlie church makes up in quahty what it lacks in number. ) 


Wilson Smith Bible Class: In October, 1927, the men's classes of 
Tryon Street and Trinity Churches united to form the Men's Wesley 
Bible Class of First Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. J. 
Wilson Smith was the teacher of this class from its organization 
until his death on October 3, 1952. Peak attendance came in 1930 
when one Sunday there were 233 people present. Over a long 
period of time the average attendance was close to 150. J. Wilson 
Smith (1884-1952) was "an institution" in Charlotte and in the 
Carolinas. He was Interstate Secretary of the YMCA. He came to 
Charlotte in 1920 and taught this Men's Bible Class for 26 years. 
Charlie Flournoy said, "Wilson Smith provided the stimulus of 
example . . ." 

After the death of Mr. Smith, the name of the class was changed 
to the Wilson Smith Bible Class. In the year 1966, another fine 



teacher, Alan H. Newcomb, died at an early age. Presently, the 
teacher of the class is Mr. Sam Hinton. 

This class has furnished many leaders in First United Methodist 
Church and has always been charitably disposed toward any 
project of the church insofar as its manpower and assets would 
permit, with special emphasis on matters pertaining to youth. 

Wesley Fellowship Class: Dr. Joe Milton Van Hoy and J. Webb 
Bost are the teachers of this class and the president is Miss Sarah 
Emory. Organized in 1927, this class was composed of young men 
and women who were eitlier working or attending college. Miss 
Irene Abernethy was the adult adviser. 

Several years later the class merged with a young women's class 
taught by Mrs. Wilson Crowder and then became known as the 
Wesley Fellowship Department. Once the class was for ages 24-30 
but now it is a group without age hmit. 

Over the years, this class has had outstanding teachers. For a 
long period tlie class was taught by Harry P. Harding (1875- 
1959 ) . Dr. Harding came to Charlotte in 1904 as principal of one 
of the two white graded schools and in 1913 became superinten- 
dent of the Charlotte school system for the next thirty-six years. 

The next teacher of this class was Herbert Irwin McDougle 
( 1901-1961 ) . Mr. McDougle was a lawyer and was the first presi- 
dent of the Methodist Home. He served two terms ( 1941-1943 ) 
in the N. C. Legislature as a member of the House of Representa- 
tives and was active as a member of tlie State Commission for the 
Blind. He was an active member of First Church and served on 
tlie Board of Stewards. 

The current teachers, Joe Van Hoy (a prominent smgeon) and 
Webb Bost (Bost Building Equipment Company) have both grown 
up in First Methodist Church, are charter members and are active 
in Sunday School and church. 

The Christian Service Bible Class: This once large class of women 
was taught by Miss Maud McKinnon in Tryon Street Chm-ch. 
"Miss Maud" was Miss Sallie Bethune's niece and they lived 
together. Miss Maud taught Latin in the Charlotte schools and 
taught Sunday School at Tryon Street for many years. When First 
Church was built. Miss Maud became its first Director of Chris- 
tian Education. 

In First Church the class was taught for years by Mrs. J. B. Ivey. 



At present it is a small class whose president is Mrs. A. J. Little. 
The class is now taught by Mrs. Robert White. 

The Wesley Brantley Class: This class of young women was or- 
ganized in 1928 and Mrs. J. E. Brantley was its teacher until her 
death in the late 1930's. The class was then given her name. Over 
the years, as the age of the class members has increased, it has be- 
come a small class. It is taught (1983) by Mrs. R. M. (Louise) 
Hauss and its president is Mrs. Bemice Jones. 

Adult Fellowship Class: The teachers of this class are Janet Rob- 
inson, Jack Gray, Mrs. Charles J. (Nita) Henderson, Mrs. Watson 
( Travis ) Stewart, Ralph Williams, and Curtis Cooper. The presi- 
dency is shared by Ruth and T. Z. Sprott. 

Tliis group was organized in 1946 and for twenty years it went 
by the name of the Young Adult Fellowship. It was formed at the 
suggestion of Mrs. Clovis Chappell, wife of the minister at that 
time, and at the first meeting of this class Mr. D. E. (Zeke) Hender- 
son, who was then superintendent of the Sunday School, taught the 
class. Mrs. Chappell then became the first regular teacher of this 
group of young people ( ages 23-35 ) . 

By 1955, the original membership of 40 had grov^oi to 293; and 
following the assembly period, it divided into three classes for the 
lesson. It was one of these classes, The Round Table, that was in- 
strumental in establishing a nursery for children under two years 
of age so that young couples with small children could attend Sun- 
day school and church. 

In 1955, a new class in this group was known as the Adult Fel- 
lowship with 31 members. Today its membership is 82. 

Covenant Bible Class: In September, 1959, the Wesley Elder 
(which was first taught by Mrs. Guy Elder and later by Mr. Plum- 
mer Stewart) and the Harding Bible class (which had been taught 
for many years by Dr. H. P. Harding) combined to form the 
Covenant Bible Class with Mr. G. B. Harris as its first teacher. 
Mr. Harris taught the class for fifteen years. 

This class is made up of women, and the president is Mrs. Mack 
D. Jordan. Sam Springs is the teacher. 

The Phoenix Forum : This class of men and women was formed 
approximately twenty years ago under the guidance of DeArmon 
Hunter who was then Minister of Education. It is taught by differ- 
ent members of the class and the presidency is now shared by Mrs. 



William (Virginia) Woolard and Mrs, David (Elizabeth) Allen. 

The Upper Room Class: This class is sponsored by young adults 
but is inter-generational and anyone is welcome. Ages range from 
20 to 65. 

This class has a new teacher every few months depending on the 
topic for study. Coordinators for the class at the time this is being 
written ( February, 1982 ) are Bill and Sally Johnson and the teach- 
er at this time is Nita Henderson. 


There are two groups in the Youth Ministry of the Church School 
at First United Methodist Church today. These are: 

The Youth Church School Class: This class is made up of seventh 
through twelfth grade students and here the Director of Educa- 
tion, Chuck Barger, appoints teachers to match the units of study. 
They presently meet in the north side of the fourth floor con- 
venient to the kitchen, where they sometimes prepare spaghetti 

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship: For many years this 
group for young people was known as the Ep worth League. In 
1929 the name was changed to Methodist Youth Fellowsliip and 
when the United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 the name 
became the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). Adult 
counselors meet with the UMYF group on Sunday evenings and 
they supervise trips, retreats, and service projects. In former years 
they have had youth choirs and bell choirs and have given per- 
formances in this country and Europe. The purpose of this group 
has always been to build character and promote Christian Hving. 


There are three classes in this department: The class one and two 
is made up of children in the first and second grades at school and 
is taught by Steve and Janice Johnson. They presently meet on the 
first floor, north side of the education building. 

Class three and four corresponds to these school grades and this 
class is taught by Mrs. Frank K. Haynes assisted by Nancy Gaither. 

"Trudy" Haynes has worked with the young children of First 



Methodist Church to about the same extent that Miss Salhe 
Bethune once worked with their grandparents and great grand- 

Trudy Haynes has gone to Sunday School all of her life. In fact, 
when she was a child she not only went to Sunday School at Tryon 
Street Methodist Church, where her mother was a member but also 
to Sunday School at the First Baptist Church, where her father was 
a member. Older members of the church remember Trudy Haynes 
as Gertrude Dickinson. 

At the age of seventeen she began teaching at Tryon Street when 
the primary department still had Miss Sallie Bethune and "Miss 
Lillie" (Mrs. Arthur H.) Weam as teachers. She has known many 
of today's church leaders since their early days in Sunday School. 
Here is one of her favorite stories: 

One Sunday she took a group of children to visit a nursing home. One 
elderly man said to Tom Cuthbertson, "I know your father. He's in the 
bank." Tom instantly came back with, "No he's not. Today is Sunday 
and he is in the First Methodist Church." 

Another tale about one of the small Cuthbertsons is told by 
Trudy Haynes: When asked if anyone knew what a prophet was, a 
small hand immediately went up. "My daddy knows. He talks a lot 
about profits." 

Class -five and six. For a period of twenty-five years this group 
was taught by Gertrude ( Mrs. Gene ) Williams. It is now taught by 
Charles and Vivian Elliott. In 1982 tliis class began a two-year 
study of the entire Bible. This is the first time an elementary class 
has done this. 


The pre-school department has four classes, according to age 
groups. There are: 

Kindergarten for ages 3, 4, and 5. This is kept by couples on a 
rotation basis. 

Toddlers and the 2-year olds rooms are kept by parents on a 
rotating basis. 

Infant Room: For a long time, this has been coordinated by 
Bettie (Mrs. Nic) Batty with the help of volunteers. 



Helen (Mrs. Michael) Shermetta is the counseling teacher for 
the pre-school students and she is assisted by Rachel Brinkhoff. 

« e « 

Miss Helen Hoyle was superintendent of the primary depart- 
ment when First Church began and was a member of the first 
Board of Education. She worked with the building committee on 
plans for the elementary department of the new church. 

A person who must be mentioned in connection with children's 
work in First Methodist Church is Miss Kate Crowell. She had 
long been active in the church when she became Director of Chil- 
dren's Work (a staff position) in 1949 and remained in that 
position for seventeen years until she retired in 1968. Before taking 
this work at First Methodist she had been head teacher at the 
Charlotte Day Nursery and had had much experience in teaching 
children. She was well-known as a "teacher of teachers of tlie very 
young" and handled district and conference workshops for teach- 
ers of young children. Miss Kate became a member of the Metho- 
dist Home family in 1969. 

Mrs. Shermetta, Mrs. Batty, and Miss Brinkhoff are worthy suc- 
cessors to Miss Kate Crowell. 

» « o 

The Children's Ministry at First Methodist Church includes more 
than church school. There are extended sessions of the church 
school during the worship hours in which special topics such as 
world hunger and Biblical exploration are examined. This time is 
also used for music education. 

First United Methodist Church sponsors numerous children's 
activities such as day camp at Glenmere, special picnic trips, and 
other events. First Church strives to be a special place for children. 








!^^ From its long ago beginnings in England, the 
, |<>w Methodist Church has been interested in mis- 
II II sions. Recall the Wesley s' visit to Georgia in 



M§ Wi The earliest indication of interest in missions 
by the Charlotte Methodists is found in the rec- 

ords of the First Quarterly Conference Meeting for the Charlotte 
Circuit at Sandy Ridge Church on March 26, 1842. ( This is on mi- 
crofilm at the Methodist Center in Charlotte ) : 

. . . We heartily approve of the general plan imposed by the Board of 
Managers at New York, for the permanent support of Missions . . . Each 
Circuit or Station to constitute a Missionary Society Auxiliary to the 
Missionary Society of the South Carolina Conference. . . . 
. . . The preacher in charge to appoint a Committee of females, where 
it is practicable, to procure subscribers of one cent a week for the sup- 
port of missions. . . . 


Before there was a Methodist missionary society in Charlotte there 
was a Ladies' Aid Society in the Methodist Church. This was a 
"Sewing Society" that met once a week to make aprons and other 
articles to be sold for the purpose of making money for the church. 
Ladies' Aid Societies were never nationally organized and their 
functions were finally taken over by the missionary societies. 

According to an article in the church archives that was written 
by Mrs. W. S. Stewart ("Sister Mattie") about 1928: 

An enthusiastic member of this group who came to Charlotte in 1848 
was Mrs. Louise M. Wriston. She Hved to be ninety-three years old and 
for sixty-nine years she was a loyal member of the Methodist Church. 



She was the mother of Mrs. C. C. Kennedy ( better known as Miss Lula 
Kennedy ) * who was another devoted member of the Methodist Church. 
Other members of this early Ladies' Aid Society were Mrs. Dr. Dunlap 
[sic], Mrs. D. H. Byerly, Mrs. Brawley Oates, Mrs, Jonas Rudisill, Mrs. 
Charles Wilson, Mrs. Caroline McGilvary, and Mrs. Dr. Andrews. Dr. 
Andrews' servant, Becky Andrews, carried the aprons in a basket and 
sold them for the poor. 

In 1857 when the Reverend E. J. Meynardie was pastor, a framed 
certificate of Life Membership in the Missionary Society of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, South was given to Mrs. Wriston. 


In 1878 the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South authorized the organization of the Woman's Board 
of Foreign Missions. In 1886 it authorized the Woman's Board of 
Home Missions. These two societies worked separately for twenty- 
five years but in 1910 tliey were reorganized as one Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society. 

According to information that came from Miss Sallie Bethune, 
the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of Tryon Street Methodist 
Church was organized in 1878 with about ten members. Miss Sal- 
lie was its first president and she remembered the following ladies 
as being members: Mrs. Louise M. Wriston, Mrs. Clem Dowd, Mrs. 
Pink C. Wilson, Mrs. Dr. Greene,** Mrs. J. W. Wadsworth, Mrs. 
J. S. Spencer, Mrs. Mary Farrow Asbury, Mrs. D. H. Byerly, and 
Mrs. Jonas Rudisill. 

In 1895 there were several missionary organizations in Tryon 
Street Methodist Church: 

The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, Mrs. W. S. Creasy, Pres- 
ident, 97 members. 

The Parsonage and Home Mission Society, Mrs. G. S. Johnson, 
President, 35 members. 

The Ladies' Aid Society, Mrs. C. Dowd, President, 48 members. 

• Melle Beard Graham (Mrs. Eugene Berrien Graham, Jr.), who was reared by 
Mrs. Kennedy, has given a needlepoint picture of Tryon Street Methodist Church 
to the Archives Room. 

"** Notice that people of Miss Sallie's generation always referred to a doctor's 
wife as "Mrs. Dr." 



The Young Peoples Missionary Society, Mrs. W. S. Stewart, Pres- 
ident, 65 members. 
The Light Bearers, Miss Hattie Eldridge, President, Mrs. C. C. 

Kennedy,* Lady Manager, 92 members. 
Lovers of Jesus, The Reverend W. S. Creasy, Pastor, assisted by 
Mrs. W. S. Creasy, Mrs. C. P. Wheeler, Miss Salhe Bethune, 
and Miss Sallie Whisnant. This society met twice a month. 
Epworth League, Professor J. A. Bivens, President, 75 members. 
This met once a week. 

The minutes of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society for 
1922-1926 tell of Tryon Street happenings during those years. On 
December 3, 1922, there was a meeting to discuss combining the 
Woman's Missionary Society, the Young Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety, and the Business Woman's Missionary Society into one Wom- 
an's Missionary Society made up of circles, each circle being a 
miniature missionary society but having general officers. Mrs. D. E. 
Henderson was the president of this society. Mrs. Mattie Stewart, 
Mrs. Paul Allen, and Miss Blanche Morrow, representing the three 
groups, drafted a constitution which was adopted December 31, 

In November of 1927 tliere was a joint meeting of the Woman's 
Missionary Societies of Tryon Street and Trinity Churches with 
Mrs. H. V. Johnson, president of the Trinity Society, presiding, 
and in December a second joint meeting was held with Mrs. W. D. 
Wilkinson, president of the Tryon Street Society, presiding. 

THE woman's missionary SOCIETY OF 

The first meeting of this society took place on January 9, 1928, 
with the president, Mrs. W. D. Wilkinson, presiding. This society 
had 353 members divided into seventeen circles. The seventeenth 
circle was the Red Cross Circle which met at the Red Cross head- 
quarters where the members spent the entire day in service to the 
Red Cross. 

Presidents of the Woman's Missionary Society of First Methodist 
Church from 1928 to 1940 were: 

* Mrs. Kennedy ("Miss Lula") was not only a tireless church and civic affairs 
worker but she was interested in children. Not having any of their own, she and 
Mr. Kennedy gave a home to and reared a total of eight children. 



Mrs. W. D. Wilkinson 
Mrs. Joseph McLaughlin 
Mrs. J. P. Waggoner 
Mrs. Andrew Smith 

Mrs. J. L. Hoyle 
Mrs. Paul Allen 
Mrs. M. B. Rose 
Mrs. D. E. Henderson 


Unification of the tliree branches of the Methodist Church in 1939 
brought together the women's missionary organizations of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South, and the Methodist Protestant Church. A reorganization of 
these missionary societies in 1940 produced the Woman's Society 
of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service Guild. This guild 
was an organization for business and professional women which 
included in its program all of the work done by the WSCS. It was 
related to tlie WSCS in the local churches through tlie membership 
of its president and treasurer on the WSCS Executive Committee. 
Presidents of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of First 
Methodist Church were: 

Mrs. D. E. Henderson 
Mrs. Munsev Smith 
Mrs. Robert White 
Mrs. Andrew Smith 
Mrs. Wilson Crowder 
Mrs. Allen Kemp 
Mrs. Leslie Earnhardt 
Mrs. L. H. Everitt 

Mrs. Webb Bost 
Mrs. Leland Craig 
Mrs. Charles Eskridge 
Mrs. Hunter Jones 
Mrs. Watson Stewart 
Mrs. H. Eugene Peacock 
Mrs. W. H. Edmondson 
Mrs. Joe M. Van Hoy 

Presidents of tlie Wesleyan Service Cuild at First Methodist 
Church were: 

Miss Jessie Peeler 

Miss Peggy Nance 

Miss Flo-Rov Osborne 

Miss Kate Crowell 

Miss Helen Hoyle ( two times ) 

Miss Anniegra Boyette 

Miss Iva McCarter 

Miss Julia Hays 

Miss Mary Bright 

Miss Mary Wasner 

Mrs. Ethel Fowler 
Mrs. J. L. Hoyle 
Miss Verla Sutton 
Mrs. Florence Cobb 
Mrs. Elsie Rowe 
Miss Pearl Putnam 
Mrs. Vivian Cowan 
Mrs. Edith Jones 
Mrs. Jessie Peeler White 



In 1927 W. A. Wilson, missionary pastor in Okayama, Japan was 
partially supported by First Methodist. As long as she lived, Mrs. 
James A. Bell paid part of the salary of Mary Myers Tabb ( Mrs. 
W. E. Tabb) * who was a missionary to Africa. The Reverend Paul 
W. Yount, Jr., a missionary to Japan in 1948 was also helped. 

A booklet entitled Missions of First Methodist Church ( un-dated 
but obviously in the early 1950's ) says that the following members 
"led the way" in the women's missionary work: Mrs. W. W. Ha- 
good, Sr., Mrs. E. B. Laird, Mrs. G. G. Ray, and Mrs. Mattie H. 

Under "Your Mission Projects" this booklet lists the Cherokee 
Methodist Center in Cherokee, N. C, the Habib Yusufjis in Jabal- 
pur, India, and the Schowengerdts in Korea, as receiving help from 
the church. Miss Evelyn Strader ( see following section ) was listed 
as being supported by tlie Woman's Society of Cliristian Service. 

First Church also aided the Edwin Hackneys in India. In the 
Records and History Room tliere is a large brass urn and a pair of 
brass candlesticks that were given to First Church by the Hack- 
neys who have now returned to tlie local church ministry. 


On January 1, 1973, the Woman's Society of Christian Service and 
the Wesleyan Service Guild became the United Methodist Women. 

The official emblem for the United Metliodist Church combines 
the cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The emblem for 
the United Methodist Women likewise includes the cross and the 
flame. These ancient symbols date back to the days of Christ. The 
shape of the emblem is symbohc. It is fluid and free-flowing, sug- 
gesting change and mobility. Methodist women have a heritage 
of being aware of the times and striving to move with them. 

Space prohibits listing all of the projects to which the "missionary 
society" by any of its three consecutive names has given support. 
At the present time ( 1983 ) these would include missionary support 

* Now Mrs. Fred H. May. 



for Evelyn Strader, pledge to undesignated missions, aid to the 
Charlotte Bethlehem Center, and help with projects in the church 
and in the community. 

Miss Strader is a missionary who is principal of the Metliodist 
High School in Kanpur, India. First Methodist Church has con- 
tributed to her support since 1949 and also helped support Lorena 
Kelly who was missionary to Zaire, Africa, until her recent retire- 

The Betlilehem Center has been in Charlotte since 1940. This is 
an organization for helping the underprivileged, and is aided by 
the women of all of the Charlotte Methodist churches. This aid 
has included financing camperships, "shopping sprees" twice a 
year, and a spring picnic for elderly members at the center. There 
is monthly support for various clubs at the center and First Church 
members have helped with many of the programs including driving 
blind people to the center, assisting with the Meals-on-Wheels pro- 
gram, and buying turkeys and baskets of food for the center at 
Thanksgiving. More about Bethlehem Center will be found on 
page 134. 

Members also do volunteer work at the Wesley Nursing Center, 
including birthday parties for elderly patients. 

In 1980, United Methodist Women of First Church helped with 
a Vietnamese refugee family that was brought to Charlotte under 
the sponsorship of First United Methodist Church. 

Another project is helping with Rebound which formerly had 
the name Christian Rehabilitation Center. Many boxes of per- 
sonal toilet articles have been donated by mission groups. 

In 1983 the United Methodist Women of First United Meth- 
odist Church in Charlotte had 267 members in its eleven mission 

Presidents of United Methodist Women have been: 

1973-1974 Mrs. Sam M. Springs, Jr. 

1975-1976 Mrs. W. Arnold Wood 

1977-1978 Mrs. Bruce T. Cunningham 

1979-1980 Mrs. M. H. White 

1981-1982 Mrs. James T. Johnson 

1983-1984 Mrs. Kermit McClure 


Above, The First Board of Education of First Methodist Church. Reading from left to right: 
Miss Helen Hoyle, Munsey D. Smith, Mrs. Charles C. Ray, John L. Wilkinson, Miss Clara Short 
(now Mrs. J. Webb Bost), Dr. W. W. Peele, D. E. Henderson (chairman), E. R. Bucher (superin- 
tendent of Sunday School), Mrs. W. S. (Mattie) Stewart, J. B. Ivey, Guy O. Bagwell, Dr. Henry P. 
Harding, and Miss Mary Louise Boate (now Mrs. P. R. McCain, Jr.). 

Left, Burning the Mortgage. 
First Methodist Church was 
dedicated March 19, 1944. Mrs. 
W. W. Hagood, Sr., burned a 
photostatic copy of the mort- 
gage at the evening service. 
Reading from left to right: 
Juhan H. Little, Dr. A. M. 
Whisnant, Mrs. Hagood, James 
A. Bell (chairman of the Board 
of Trustees at this time), and 
Dr. G. Ray Jordan, pastor. 

Below, Wardin Wesley Bible Class. This class was organized about 1916 as the Wesley Bible 
Class and was formed as a spin-off from the Star Philathea Class which was taught by Miss Maud 
McKinnon. Mrs. Joseph Wardin was the teacher and when the new church opened in 1927 the 
name of this class of approximately fifty older women became the Wardin Wesley Bible Class. 
Mrs. Wardin is third from left on the front row. Mrs. Floyd (Grace) Bangle, who is first on left in 
second row, was class president for twenty- five years. No longer in existence, this class was pictured 

in the late 1930's or early 1940's. 


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Above, Aerial View of First Methodist Church. 
{Circa 1940) Beginning in the upper left portion 
of the picture the following are clearly discerni- 
ble: the educational building, the chapel building, 
the sanctuary, and the main tower housing the 
chimes. The building measures 335 feet in length 
and its width varies from 70 to 105 feet. 

Right, The Nativity Window. This window is positioned in the north transept of the sanctuary. 

Below, Interior view of sanctuary showing the pulpit area. 

Above, Plaque in the Narthex. First Church prayerfully 

honors the men and women in its membership who served 

in World War II. 

Above, Wilson Smith Bible Class. This picture is not dated but was possibly made during the late 
1940's or early 1950's. J. Wilson Smith, who is seated first row center in the light suit, died 

October 3, 1952. 

Above, Harding Bible Class. This once well-known class no longer exists. Some of its former 

members are now members of the Covenant Class. 

Right, The Reverend and Mrs. Edwin 
Hackney and family, Missionaries to 
India. Ed grew up in First Methodist 
and entered the ministry. After his mar- 
riage, he and his wife, Faye, served 
many years in India where they also 
raised four boys. Below, Group of 
Young People Active in the Church 
1945-1949. Some of this group later 
went into full-time Christian service. 
Miss Marjorie Lutz (now Mrs. John 
Douglas) is seen front row center; Dr. 
Clovis C. Chappell, senior minister, is 
second row, right end; and the Rev- 
erend C. C. Benton, associate minister, 
is second row, left end. 

Left, Miss Evelyn Strader, Missionary 
to India. Miss Strader was supported by 
the Wesleyan Service Guild and Wo- 
man's Society of Christian Service and 
now by United Methodist Women. 


lome nurse 

Above, Girl Scout Troop 64 Merit Badge Display for 
Home Nursing. Curved bar recipients: Alice Scranton, 
Alice Carol Perry, and Ernestine McClure. Taken May 
16, 1952. Right, John K. Slear is shown here in uniform 
of World War I. He and Mrs. Slear (Julia McNinch) were 
counselors in the Junior High Department before going 
into government service. The church has been the recipient 
of a very large legacy due to his generosity. Below, Eagle 
Scouts of Troop 26. Shown are, left to right. Bill Lyles, 
Harvey White, Lloyd Pierce, Jr., and Don Lyles. Taken 
February 9, 1958. 

Above, "Little Mary Sunshine," circa 1970. This musical drama was given by the youth of the 
church under the direction of J. William Stephenson, music director. Center, Sunday School in 
Junior Department, circa 1943. Belcnv, Vacation Church School, 1943. Parents' day in vacation 

church school with the four and five year olds. 

Above, Children's Sermon, 1983. Dr. Harold Bales, senior minister, with children at Sunday 

morning worship service. Center, Vacation Bible School, Primary Department, circa 1950. 

Below, Youth Bell Choir, circa 1968. Left to right, Roy Rogers, Pam Sterling, Maria Guillet, 

Brenda Thomas, Alvin Wright, JefF Bost, Clayton Love and David Baker. 





Left, Signing the Marriage Li- 
cense. Shown in the picture are 
Dr. Lee F. Tuttle, seated, and 
standing, left to right, Hunter M. 
Jones, the Reverend Howard C. 
Wilkinson, and Mack (Hunter 
M., Jr.) Jones, just prior to sign- 
ing the Hcense for Mack's wed- 
ding to Peggy Coppola. 

Right, Fifteenth Wedding Anni- 
versary Celebration, 1983. Dr. and 
Mrs. C. C. Herbert, Jr., at the 
celebration of their fiftieth anni- 
versary. Since his retirement from 
pastorates. Dr. Herbert has served 
on the ministerial staff of First 

Below, The culmination of a First Methodist Church Romance, 1950. Weddings are an important 
ministry of the church. Above we see Charles Henderson with his bride, the former Nita Tillman, 
and his parents, Judge and Mrs. D. E. Henderson. Seated is Charlie's maternal grandmother, Mrs. 


The emphasis on music is second only to the ministerial program of the church. Above, Children's 
recorder class being taught by Mrs. Bruce (Jane) Love. 1970. Center, Ricky Wesson's band in the 
1970's. Below, Youth orchestra in 1930's. First row, left to right, Marie Wilkinson, Virginia Row- 
land, Catherine Armour, Eunice Armour, Dorothy Martin, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Ruth Martin. 
Second row, left to right, Prentice McCall, Monroe Landreth, Isabel McCall, Jack Berger, Mary 
McWhirter, Johnny Long (the famous orchestra leader), and Virginia Bost. 

Above, Needlepoint Altar Cushions. These cushions were dedicated Sunday, June 3, 1979. Colors 
and symbols are taken from the stained glass windows. 

Above left, Easter Cross. This crude cross, constructed from the trunk of the Chrismon tree, is 
hung with a purple drape and a crown of thorns for Good Friday. On Easter morning fresh flowers 
are added by the congregation, transforming the bare cross into a living symbol of the risen Christ. 
Above right, Chrismon Tree, 1973. The tradition of the Chrismon Tree was begun in First Metho- 
dist Church in 1965 by The Woman's Society of Christian Service. Christmas cards with the above 
picture in color were made available to members in 1973. 

Above, Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 1966. Center, Junior Choir Rehearsal, circa 1967. J. William 

Stephenson, minister of music, is shown teaching the choir. Below, Graded Choirs, circa 1954. 

Seen behind the lectern are, left to right. The Reverend Orion Hutchinson, associate minister; 

William B. Thomas, music director; and Richard Van Sciver, organist. 

Above, Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops meeting in First United Methodist Church 
in 1981. Our Bishop L. Scott Allen, extreme right. Beloiv, First Methodist Church Bell Tower. 
This shows a new left rear finial which had been damaged by lightning in 1981 and rebuilt in 1983. 

Above, First United Methodist congregation on steps of Church, 1980. This photograph was taken 
for an informational brochure distributed to residents of Fourth Ward. 

DIST! Left, Preparation of 
food for dinner theater was 
moved to the side yard of the 
church during renovation of 
the kitchen. Left to right: 
Harold Harkey, Bruce Love, 
and Jack Gray. 


Above, Shown on the serving Hne are, left to right: Sue Brown, Jenny Brovvoi, Mrs. Paul (Mary 

Jane) Burnette, and Mrs. A. H. (Mary) Gaze. Above center left, Gongregational luncheon. Above 

center right, Wilson Smith Bible Glass and United Methodist Men have Ladies Night. Above left. 

United Methodist Women unit meeting. Above right. Family Night. 

Reception in Records and History 
Room, Anniversary Sunday, Oc- 
tober 30, 1983. Left, Mrs. Ray- 
mond (Marie) Brietz serving Bill 

Above, Mrs. W. Reynolds Cuth- 
bertson, St., (Julia Hagood) with 
her son, W. Reynolds Cuthbert- 
son, Jr., and his sons, Tom, and 
William R., Ill, called Bill. 

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Above, Dr. and Mrs. Joe (Helen) Van Hoy. Helen 
is chairman of Records and History committee 
and Dr. Joe serves on the committee. They also 
have many other responsibihties in the church. 
Right, Mrs. George F. (Mary) Stratton explains 
display to Mrs. Henry (Sydney) Cowell. 

Dr. William Walter Peele 

Dr. Charles C. Weaver 

Dr. G. Ray Jordan 

Dr. Clovis G. Chappell 

Dr. Lee F. Tuttle 

Dr. W. Kenneth Goodson 

Dr. Philip L. Shore, Jr. 

Dr. H. Eugene Peacock 

Dr. Jacob B. Golden 

Dr. Richard J. Crowder 

Dr. Wallace D. Qiappell 

Dr. Harold K. Bales 




Recall the 1928 First Methodist Church bulletin that shows the or- 
ganization of the new church and note that, with the exception of 
the Director of Rehgious Education and the Church Secretary, 
there are no women mentioned except two women on the Board 
of Education and women as presidents of the missionary societies. 
Now look at the 1982 Officials of the Church and note that women 
today are as active in all departments as are the men. Their field 
of activity is no longer limited to what was once considered women's 
work in the church. 

Many women are active in today's First Church but here only 
a few of those who have held high offices in the church will be men- 

Thelma Lupo ( Mrs. Gordon Lupo 1901-1971) gave many years 
of service as a teacher of children and adults. She served on the 
official board and was the first woman to become superintendent 
of the Sunday School. She was one of the best pubhc speakers in 
tlie church. 

Mary Eskridge King (Mrs. Carl Howie King 1901-1973) was 
elected the first lay delegate to the 1972 General Conference by the 
Western North Carolina Annual Conference which is one of the 
highest honors that a lay person can receive. Under her leadership 
the women of the First Methodist Church moved into the main 
stream of the church. 

Lurlene Earnhardt (Mrs. LesHe Bamhardt) is known through- 
out world Methodism as a leader among Methodist women, and 
she has been honored for distinguished service at a variety of 
levels in the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bamhardt is a Dis- 
tinguished Alumna of Greensboro College and was given a Doctor 
of Humanities degree by Rust College in 1971. WBT named her as 
Church Woman of the Year in i960 and as Woman of the Year in 
1963. She was also listed on Governor Hunt's twenty Outstanding 
Women of North Carolina ( 1977) . 

Juanita (Nita) Tillman Henderson (Mrs. Charles J. Henderson) 
is active in First Church and in the Western North Carolina Con- 
ference organizations. She organized the nursery as a cooperative 



venture of young mothers about 1956 and also teaches in the 
church school. She was the first woman to be chairman of the 
Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church. She has 
also been president of Bethlehem Center, member of the North 
Carolina Methodists' Campus Ministries Council, and now ( 1983 ) 
is chairman of the Western North Carolina Conference Council 
on Ministries whose members include all district superintendents 
and heads of major boards. She is the first woman to hold this office. 


In late 1939 or early 1940, the men of the Wilson Smith Bible Class 
of First Methodist Church organized "The Methodist Men's Club." 
Mr. W. Paul Pike was the first president. Even though this club 
was first conceived in the Men's Bible Class, other men of the 
church were invited to the meetings. Among the early leaders of 
this club were T. W. Aldred, Fred A. Creene, Lewis Hall, John 
Hood, Shirley Smith, Joe Van Hoy, Bill Younts and others cited 

On December 28, 1965, this organization was incorporated as 
the Methodist Men of First Methodist Church of Charlotte, N. C, 
and officially became the organization for all men of the church. 
Mr. WiUiam L. Woolard was the first president of this organization. 
When at a later date the church became the First United Metliodist 
Church the name was changed and became United Methodist Men 
of First United Methodist Chmch. 

This organization meets once a month for nine months, Septem- 
ber through May. Officers are elected for one year terms. They 
range from recent high school graduates to senior citizens. 

The style of the meeting is informal and begins with a fellow- 
ship period followed by a dinner which precedes the program for 
the evening. Programs cover a variety as large as any civic club: 
entertainers, musical programs, politics, crafts, economics, medi- 
cine, religion, community affairs, and many other types of programs. 
There are ladies nights in May and in December. 

There have been many projects such as purchasing a church 
bus in 1966, obtaining audio-visual equipment for the church 
school, and helping with the evangelistic work of the church. 



This group of Methodist men, who contribute to the full cost of 
the meals and who give to worthy projects in First United Metho- 
dist Church, enjoy good Christian fellowship and keep a welcome 
hand out to new men who join the church and to youth who grow 
into manhood. 




Former Activities 


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Both of the churches that merged to form 
^^SfJ^ First Church had active Scout troops. Troop 
Ijll #7 was sponsored by Trinity Church and had 
existed since 1920; it had a lapse, then was 
reorganized in 1926. The reorganization roll 
includes the name of Tom Squires, who was 

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an assistant scoutmaster and is a charter member of First United 
Methodist Church. Others listed also became charter members. 
Troop #26, sponsored by Tryon Street Church, was first chartered 
in 1920. The roster of that date contains the names of a number 
of men who later became charter members of First Church. 

When the two churches merged in 1928, both troops trans- 
ferred to the new church and continued separate identities and par- 
allel programs. Scouting has always been largely a neighborhood 
program. At the time the churches merged, there were many 
families within walking or bicycling distance who had boys of 
scout age. The demand for scout membership was such that in the 
summer of 1928 Troops #7 and #26 were joined by Troop #4 
which had originally been organized in 1918— place unrecorded. 
This designation was assigned to a newly organized troop with 
Howard Carlisle as scoutmaster. Howard had previously been as- 
sistant to Scoutmaster Bryan Wentz of Troop #26. Troop #4's 
charter renewal in 1931 listed George Scranton as scoutmaster. In 
that year Troop #7 was merged into #26 and #4 and the number 
assigned elsewhere. 

1931 was the beginning of a slow process of attrition which re- 
flected the changing character of tlie neighborhood of the church. 
George Scranton continued to lead Troop #4 until 1948 ( seventeen 



years), when it was disbanded and George was asked to organize 
Troop #21 at First A.R.P. Church. Those members who did not go 
to Troop #21 joined Troop #26, which was led by H. Watson Stew- 
art at that time. 

Troop #26 had a continuous existence at Tryon Street Church 
and at First Church from 1920 through 1968, when there were no 
longer enough boys of scout age in the church membership to meet 
a minimum quota for an active troop. 

From 1970 through the spring of 1974, the church sponsored 
Troop #261 for young boys living in the neighborhood and men 
of the church provided leadership for this effort. 

From 1948-1970, Cub Pack #4 was active at First Church. It 
was originated by the initiative of George Scranton and continued 
to serve the eight-tlirough-eleven-year age group of boys for twen- 
ty-two years, most of the time under the direction of Cubmaster 
L. S. "Skinny" Pierce. 

The Boy Scout program of First Church touched upon and posi- 
tively influenced the lives of innumerable boys, and the names of 
many of the leading citizens of Charlotte today can be found on 
the rolls of these troops. They can recall wdth great joy the weekly 
meetings, the overnight hikes to the D. E, Hendersons' home in the 
country, the summer camps, and the inspirational leadership of 
the manv men of First Methodist who devoted much time and 
effort to the scout movement at Eighth and N. Tryon Streets. 

At the present time (1983) there is no scout troop at First 

Members of First United Methodist Church 
Who Have Been Awarded the Silver Beaver 

T. W. Bird (deceased) 1945 

George N. Scranton (deceased) 1948 

L. M. Walker, 1951 

L. S. "Skinny" Pierce (deceased) 1957 

H. Watson Stewart, 1959 

Bishop W. K. Goodson, i960 

W. R. Cuthbertson, Jr., 1965 

J. Fred Vantrease ( deceased ) 1965 

W. Sinclair Stewart ( deceased ) 1969 

B. B. Parker, 1974 



The Silver Beaver is the highest honor the Boy Scout organiza- 
tion can give an adult. George Scranton was actively involved in 
Charlotte scouting over a long period of years, particularly with 
the scout troops of Trinity and then First Methodist. Scouts and 
their parents loved and respected him. He died in 1969 at tlie age 
of 64 years. 

Watson Stewart and Low Walker, both of Troop #26, were 
among the most successful scoutmasters and at one time #26 was 
the largest troop in the council. 

James Fred Vantrease who came to Charlotte in 1945 as Scout 
Executive of the Mecklenburg County Council, Boy Scouts of 
America, was another First Church member who was active in 
scouting in Charlotte. A camp used for junior scout leaders' train- 
ing bore the name Camp Vantrease in his honor. Fred Vantrease 
frequently taught the Wilson Smith Bible Class. He died in 1972. 


Girl Scouting started in the First Methodist Church in the late fall 
of 1946. The following announcement appeared in tlie Church 
Bulletin on January 12, 1947: 

Troop #18, a newly organized troop of girls eleven and twelve years 
of age, meets each Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Its sponsoring 
committee includes: Mrs. AUen Kemp, Mrs. Harry Madden, Mrs. Leslie 
Earnhardt and Miss May Devlin. Mrs. Cecil Duckworth is the leader. 
Registration for membership in this troop closes on January 25, 1947. 
Any girl wishing to join must contact one of the above persons before 
that date. Girl Scouting in First Methodist Church is sponsored by the 
Wesley Fellowship Department, Willard Colby, President. 

Then on January 26, 1947, tliis announcement appeared: 

Brownie Scout Troop #64, a newly organized troop for girls seven, 
eight or nine years of age, will meet Saturday mornings at 10:00 o'clock 
in the Primar)' Department, The troop leaders are: Mrs. Henry Atkison 
and Miss Pauline Hood. Registration for membership in this troop closes 
February 15, 1947. Any girl wishing to join this Brownie Troop may do 
so through her Sunday School teacher or by calling Miss Kitty Wilson, 
Director of Rehgious Education. 

Within a month this Brov^niie Troop had grown so large, it was 
necessary to divide the girls into two troops; tlius Troop # 71 was 



organized, with Mrs. H. L. Riddle, leader, and Miss Mary Belle 
Reid, assistant leader. 

After three years the Brownie Scouts "flew-up" to become Girl 
Scout Troop #64 and Mrs. M. V. (Lily) McClure, leader, and Mrs. 
L. C. ( Charlotte ) Pierce, chairman of the Troop Committee, fol- 
lowed the girls on through senior scouting. The girls advanced in 
scouting skills and were awarded numerous badges as a result of 
their training and work. In 1953, the following girls received the 
Curved Bar award, the highest rank in Girl Scouting and equivalent 
to the eagle rank in Boy Scouting: Alice Scranton, Alice Carol Perry, 
Ernestine McClure, Nancy Hopkins and Marion Pierce. Another 
exciting event was tlie day eight girls visited the home of Juliette 
Low, founder of Girl Scouting, in Savannah, Georgia. They were 
Nancy Bost, Alice Carol Perry, Peggy Malone, Marion Pierce, Imo- 
gene Hill, Ann Palmer, Rebecca Rhyne and Nancy Hopkins. In 
1953, Mrs. M. V. McClure was still leader, Mrs. L. S. Pierce was as- 
sistant leader and Mrs. George Scranton was chairman of the Troop 
Committee. Mrs. G. W. McClung, Mrs. J. C. Rhyne and Mrs. C. D. 
Sain were the committee members. As senior scouts they were pre- 
sented the Wings Badge by airport oflBcials, because of their interest 
in the operations of the airport. Excitement mounted when they 
were given a courtesy ride over tlie city of Charlotte, the first air- 
plane ride for most of the girls. 

Girl Scouting continued to grow and by 1949 there were four 
troops: 18, 64, 71, and 73. By 1961 most of the long faithful leaders 
had become full-time employed and Girl Scouting ceased at First 
Methodist Church, for the present time. 

In the meantime, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. McClure, Mrs Batie (Elsie) 
Blanton and Mrs. Louis Doggett became active leaders in the Char- 
lotte Girl Scout Council. Mrs. L. S. Pierce was elected president of 
the council and served four years. In 1956 the Girl Scout Board hon- 
ored her with a luncheon and awarded her the Thanks Badge for 
distinguished service to Girl Scouting. This was the fourth such 
badge awarded in Charlotte in the twenty years of scouting in 
Charlotte. Mrs. McClure and Mrs. Pierce, gave much of their time 
and effort in behalf of Girl Scouting, both to the church and to the 

In 1972 Girl Scouting again came to First Methodist Church. 
This time three black Girl Scout troops were organized. Junior 



Troop #588 had 23 girls with Mrs. Joann Glenn, leader; Cadet 
Troop #589 had 35 girls with Mrs. Beverly Pagan, leader; Senior 
Troop #590 had 10 girls with Miss Eleanor Davis, leader. 

Troop #589 received the Challenge Social Dependability special 
award. Five girls became program aid girls and received special 
training to work with younger girls. This troop is still involved in 
girl scouting but is sponsored by another church. 

Troop #590 had six girls to take special leadership training and 
several are still active in leadersliip with Girl Scouts. 

In 1977, Mrs. Pierce received a tliirty-year pin for continuous 
membership and service to Girl Scouting. 

First United Methodist Church has been instrumental in guid- 
ing and molding the Hves of many dedicated citizens through Girl 
Scouting by originating and developing many projects through 
the participation of its members and has provided opportunities 
for young girls and adults to express themselves in the Girl Scout 
program. Many of the girls who were Brownie and Girl Scouts at 
First Methodist have become leaders in scouting with Brownies, 
Girl Scouts and Cubs as their cliildren became ehgible for the 
scouting program but at the present time ( 1983 ) there is no Girl 
Scout troop at First United Methodist Church. 


While visiting at Lake Junaluska, Bishop Odd Hagen, Scandinavia, 
and the Reverend Carl H. King, then Secretary of Religious Edu- 
cation in the Western Nortli CaroHna Conference, planned the pro- 
gram of alternating caravans— one year the Western North Carolina 
Conference Caravan, consisting of college students, would go to 
Scandinavia and the next year a group of young people from there 
would come to the Western North Carolina Conference. 

Following World War II, several groups had gone from the North 
Carolina Conference to Austria and elsewhere, but Bishop Hagen 
and Dr. King felt the exchange would be most meaningful. 

In 1955, the Reverend and Mrs. Carl (Mary) King were leaders 
for the first caravan carrying out plans made by Bishop Hagen and 
Dr. King. The group, consisting of 14 young people, including Vir- 
ginia Stratton (Woolard) and Ann McDougle (Beverage) from 




First Church, traveled by boat spending eight weeks in Norway, 
Sweden, and Finland and two weeks touring Germany, France, and 

Thor Hall, Youth Director of the Scandinavian Methodist 
Church, worked out the caravan's itinerary. In Oslo the group 
helped erect a circus tent where revival services were held. Cara- 
van members preached and witnessed. 

The caravan usually divided into four groups, touching as many 
churches and people as possible, mostly staying in homes. While 
in Oneburg, Sweden, where there is a Methodist Assembly, the 
caravans helped build a sea wall. 

The following year, as planned, a group from Scandinavia came 
to tlie Western North Carolina Conference. They were met in 
New York and brought to Camp Tekoa which was headquarters 
during their stay. From Camp Tekoa, they traveled to many 
churches, usually visiting in homes. 

Among those going on the caravans from our church were: 
Garland Young, Maria Guillet (Little), Brenda Thomas (Wheeler), 
Sandra Milliken (Diggers), Judy Howell (Swain), Bruce Cunning- 
ham, Jr., and David O'Brien. 

The caravans to Scandinavia have been very meaningful experi- 
ences to all who have participated and having the caravaners from 
Scandinavia in the church and homes has also meant much to all 
touched by their stay. 

In the beginning the Conference Board of Education sponsored 
the caravans one year and the Board of Missions the next. The Rev- 
erend and Mrs. Walter Miller were leaders of the second caravan. 
At that time Mrs. MiUer was Secretary of the Board of Missions of 
the Western North Carolina Conference. 

The first caravan ( 1955) while going through a Russian military 
camp enroute to Finland had the train windows boarded up to 
prevent their seeing anything. 

When Russell Montf ort returned ( 1955 ) after participating in 
the caravan, his church sent a car to Thor HaU to use in his work as 
Director of ReHgious Education in Scandinavia. Thor later came 
to the Western North Carolina Conference as a Crusade Scholar 
and studied at Duke University. He remained in the conference 
after graduation, becoming a Professor of Education at Duke. 



Thor was a guest in First church for an "International Week- 
end" and was moderator of a panel during the week-end. Presently 
Dr. Hall is at the University of Tennessee. 

The Reverend and Mrs. Giheath Adams were coordinators of a 
caravan several years ago. They took the message to Graid, Fin- 
land, that the Western North Carolina Conference would send the 
Methodist church there $40,000 to help with their church building. 
While in Finland word reached the caravan by phone call that Dr. 
Carl H. King had died. 

Many caravaners have become ministers: Dr. Russell Montfort, 
Dr. Thomas Stockton, the Reverend Reginald Cook, the Reverend 
James Armstrong, the Reverend Garland Young and others. 

The Reverend and Mrs. Ralph Eanes were coordinators for the 
1977 Scandinavian caravan. 


In 1971 a group of 13 young people of First Methodist Church 
decided to "see and be" the church in action during a 24-day work- 
camp stint in Monterrey, Mexico. The Reverend Bill Cole, Minister 
of Religious Education, and Miss Diane Eagle led the youth group 
which included Karen Gray, Delores Scruggs, Roddy Hoover, Jay 
Curlee, Joe Lentz, William Gray, Bobby Henderson, Lee Hayes, 
Eddie Sykes, Winkie Lee, Chip Council, Hank Stewart, and Bill 

After stopping at Methodist churches en route, they arrived at 
the San Martin Mission, where they constructed a one-room addi- 
tion to tlie tiny mission. They assisted with vacation church school 
and served as camp counselors and leaders at the Methodist youth 
camp. Sierra Linda. Back at home. First Church members shared 
in the effort by the purchase of the concrete blocks tliat had been 
used in the work on the mission. 

During their 16-day stay they were guests of the Reverend and 
Mrs. Roger Wolcott and there they met Florenzio Guzman, a young 
Peruvian convert that Wolcott had met at an earlier post. Recog- 
nizing his potential, Wolcott had arranged for him to come to the 
mission and, ultimately, to study at Asbury College, Wilmore, 

In September, en route to Asbury, young Guzman stopped in 



Charlotte for a reunion with the First Church group. He stayed at 
the home of Watson and Travis Stew^art and their son Hank whom 
he had met at the work camp, and ultimately found himself 
"adopted" as a member of the Stewart family. 

The Stewarts and others of First Methodist who contributed to 
his scholarship fund were rewarded as he overcame the language 
barrier to make excellent grades and finally to win a full tuition 
scholarship for the years required for his master's degree in Re- 
ligious Education which he received in 1977. 

Florenzio returned to his native Peru, prepared to teach, preach, 
establish cooperatives to increase earning power of the poor, and 
to spread the gospel. Thus the work camp brought a great bonus to 
many people. 

Current Activities 


A program begun in January, 1983, and called Wednesday Evening 
Fellowship consists of supper followed by Bible study. Various 
committees have their scheduled meetings after the Bible study 


In September, 1975, a core group of interested members of First 
United Methodist Church began planning guidelines for a new 
program. After studying the needs of the church, visiting a program 
in Asheville's Central United Methodist Church, and talking with 
groups in the community, excitement grew about "Thursdays-At- 
First" which would begin on October 16, 1975. The following 
statement of purpose was formulated: 

To provide an opportunity for persons of all ages to relate to each 
other in an atmosphere of love and acceptance, sharing in growth ex- 
perience and being of service to others; and to provide a good, well bal- 
lanced meal at an inexpensive price. 

After almost seven years of learning, growing, and changing, 
"Thursdays-At-First" currently includes: crafts and workshops 



(quilting, woodworking, macrame, small appliance repair, decora- 
tive crafts, sewing crafts); service projects (making lap robes, roll- 
ing bandages, making stuffed toys, making hospital gowns, yarn 
crafts, writing cards to shut-ins, and making banners ) ; and "Experi- 
ences in Learning." There has been an excellent variety of programs 
in this area. Bible studies, craft workshops, a series for parents of 
pre-schoolers, programs on historical landmarks, and a "worry 
workshop" have all been a part of the "Experiences in Learning." 

Meeting each week at the church from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., 
TAF provides a free pre-school nursery and a hot meal which until 
recently was fifty cents but is now $1.00. Two vans pick up persons 
who need transportation. Many people use their talents to make 
items which are then sold to help meet the expenses of the program. 
From 100-150 persons of all denominations join forces each Thurs- 
day to make Thursdays-At-First an exciting happening. 

A typical program of Thursdays-At-First is given here: 

Thurs day s- At-First 
February 4, 1982 

10:00 a.m.-2:oo p.m. Coffee, Conversation, Crafts, and Service Projects. 

10:15-12:15 Drawing Class, Mrs. Libby McWhirter. 

10:15-12:15 Sewing Aids (Getting your spring wardrobe in order), 

Mrs. Evelyn Beiderbecke. 
10:15-12:15 "Managing the Family Circus," Ms. Anda Cochran, Early 

10:15-11:10 Bible Study: "The Book of James," The Rev. E. Wanna- 

maker Hardin, Pastor of Blair Road United Methodist Church. 
11:20-12:15 "Michelangelo— Supreme Genius," Dr. Johnston V. "Pete" 

12:15 Lunch $1.00. 

Pre-school Nursery and Activities 


In the summer of 1978 Barbara (Mrs. R. Pressley) Hoover and 
Mrs. Edyth Lewis met with Wanda Ogden who at that time was 
Director of Christian Education at First Church. Barbara and 
Edyth told Wanda they felt there was a great need for some type 
of organization for older single people because ( 1 ) they quite often 
feel uncomfortable at church functions which are predominantly 



family oriented; (2) there are no organizations in the church for 
this particular category of people; (3) with so many older people 
living alone suitable activities should be found for them, thereby 
giving them the opportunity to enjoy themselves as a group. This 
vv^ould help keep them active and help combat lonehness. 

Wanda agreed to help by furnishing a list of names of older peo- 
ple in the church. These people were contacted and informed of a 
dinner meeting to be held at the S & W Cafeteria on Park Road in 
August, 1978. There was a great response; about 35 people at- 
tended (the exact number was not kept). The group was briefed on 
the purpose of the meeting and was very responsive. It was sug- 
gested they have a dinner meeting once a month. They voted to do 
this on the second Friday in each month. For better than a year 
activities, meetings, and finances were more or less by trial and 
error. At one meeting they voted and named themselves "Single 
and Single Again." 

Early in 1980 six members had a "planning session." They dis- 
cussed membersliip dues, goals, and future programs. Two things 
were accomplished at this meeting: ( 1 ) Annual dues were set at $5 
and each member would be asked to fill out a membership form. 
( 2 ) Membership would be divided by months, and members would 
be responsible for planning the meeting for the month to which 
they were assigned. In this way, all members would get involved 
and bring into the organization their ideas and talents. 

The nominating committee of First Church for 1980 asked 
Edyth Lewis to be coordinator for Single and Single Again. When 
that happened the group really felt it was considered an official 
work area of the church. 

In addition to meeting once a month, the group does many fun 
things, such as: 

Attending: theaters, movies, restaurants, and dinner theaters 
Having picnics, ice cream parties, and cook-outs 
Visiting the Methodist Home and entertaining First 

Church members who are living there 
Making the December meeting extra special for Christmas 
Having dutch-treat dinners after Sunday worship services 
Playing bridge 
Having Thanksgiving dinner together ( for those who were 

not with their families ) 



Taking numerous trips to interesting places such as Old Salem, 
Charleston, and Williamsburg 

The group has lost two beautiful and supportive members 
through death: Frances Adams in 1980 and Evan Dellinger in 
1981. At the present time there are 41 members. 


Glenmere is the church recreation-campsite of First United Meth- 
odist Church. In the late 1940's the youth and other divisions of 
the church school became extremely active in organized camping 
and other outdoor activities. This led to the conclusion, shared by 
a large number of church leaders, that ownership and operation 
of its own facility would strengthen the entire church program. It 
would need to be near enough to Charlotte for easy access, but iso- 
lated enough to provide privacy. 

A campsite committee was appointed and a search begun for a 
site in early 1950. In April of that year the present site was located. 
It was a 145-acre tract of rolling and wooded land, about 15 miles 
from Charlotte and could be purchased at a very favorable price. 
Most of tlie site is in Cabarrus County, the remainder in Mecklen- 
burg. This farmhouse was the home of John Dwight Morrison. 
Morrisons had long Hved in this area which was in the Rocky River 
community where the Reverend Alexander Craighead had arrived 
in 1758 to become the pastor for the Rocky River and Sugar Creek 
Presbyterian Churches. 

No funds were available for this project, so four members of 
the board, headed by H. I. McDougle, a local attorney, purchased 
the property on April 29, 1950, and held it until such time as tlie 
church could acquire it, if the board so decided. 

On December 4, 1950, the oflBcial board approved of a plan to 
develop this recreation-campsite and authorized a special fund- 
raising campaign for this purpose. Following the campaign in 
early 1951, First Church acquired title to the site on May 30th and 
immediately set about to make such improvements as were pos- 
sible v^th available funds. These improvements made possible 
day-camping, picnics and other limited uses, but was far short of 



the total development for full use of the facihty as originally en- 

In 1955 the Boy Scout hut was constructed to fill the needs of 
that very active group in camping and woodcraft training. 

For a period of time the furtlier development of the site was 
deferred as the board established priorities as recommended by the 
planning committee. 

In 1968 funds from the estate of Mrs. Ada Lane Beal became 
available "for the special benefit of children and young people." It 
was decided to use these funds in conjunction with the further 
development of this site under the guidance of professional camp 
planners. Extensive improvements were made in 1971 to reach the 
present state of development. These were done over a six-month 
period and included a dam to form a large lake, the log house was 
rebraced and made structurally sound, a new roof was put on, 
panelling installed in much of the house, new windows, new front 
and back porches, and two large bathrooms. The scout hut got a new 
roof and one hundred new window panes since all of them had been 
broken. Most of the funds for this work came from the Beal estate 
and the chairman of tlie committee was Jack Gilbert, assisted by 
Ralph ("Red") Williams. The lake was affectionately known as 
"Gilbert's Gulch." Jeanne ( Mrs. George ) Scranton had water run 
from the main house to the scout hut in memory of her husband. 
Bill ( William H. ) Thomas, a long-time associate of George Scran- 
ton in scouting, assisted in this project. The scout hut was named 
for Watson Stewart, long-time scoutmaster. 

Following a contest by the Commission on Education for an 
appropriate name, "Glenmere" was selected on June 19, 1973. The 
winning name submitted by Jonathan Golden, son of the senior 
minister, is of Gaellic derivation and means "woodsy lake." The 
entrance is approximately 10.5 miles east of the intersection of 
Albemarle Road and Independence Boulevard, with a large white 
sign on the left of the highway, designed by Walter Glenn. 

Glenmere is used for junior high and senior high weekend retreats 
for First United Methodist as well as other local churches. First 
United Methodist uses the grounds for picnics, vesper services, and 
retreats by groups such as the Council on Ministries. During the 
summer months it is used for day camps of various church groups. 



In recent years repairs and improvements have been made to the 
lodge and grounds. It was finally decided that the seasonal use 
of Glenmere did not justify the year-round maintenance and it was 
sold in January, 1983, to Howell's Child Care, a home for mentally 
retarded children. First Church can still use the camp. 


In 1974 First Methodist Church realized that it was not meeting 
the needs of the mentally retarded and the physically handicapped. 
It was decided that a special class for mentally retarded children 
would be organized. 

The first step was to call on parents of children who needed this 
special class and the next step was to train teachers for this special 
work. Five families responded to the inital letter of invitation, and 
Dr. Wesley Brogan, professor of special education at Greensboro 
College, was secured to train the teachers. This teacher-training 
group included Judith Barlow, Judy and Dick Hargett, Barbara 
Howard, Doris Huckabee, Tim Jordan, Ken McGee, Joan Miles, 
Cindy Raby, Nancy Walkup, and Larry White. The active and 
constant support of Jeanne Newcomb helped the Sunbeams get oflF 
to a good start. Other teachers have been Jean Eagle, Karen Quein, 
and Arnold Walsh. 

In the early days of this class there were thirteen students. Today 
(1983) there are seven students. In the late 1970's Judy and Dick 
Hargett were the coordinators of this class and today Ann Ii-win 
is the coordinator. Sally Johnson is a teacher, Edith Jones helps 
with crafts and Lillian Voigt helps with singing. Nancy Walkup 
is also active with this group. 

This class meets on Sundays from 10:00-12:00 o'clock from 
September through June. Transportation is furnished by the church 
and Kermit McClure has been active in this phase of the work since 
its beginning. Other drivers have been Roy Rogers, David Miles, 
Bob Forest, Ed Quein, and Hoytt Flinchum. Today's drivers are 
Kermit McClure, Joe Eskridge, and Bill Sparger. In July and 
August there are special events such as field trips and picnics. 

Jeanne Newcomb's work with this group in music over the years 
has meant a great deal. The group has sung at church services, has 
appeared with others on WBTV, and received a standing ovation 



when they appeared at a Western North Carolina Conference at 


The Uptown Cooperative Ministries is an organization of uptown 
churches uniting to become "a cohesive, enthusiastic, and informed 
team. UCM's purpose is to act as a catalyst and model for energizing 
congregations toward specific improvements in the quality of life 
in the Inner City of Charlotte." 

At the present time ( 1983 ) UCM membership includes the min- 
isters and at least two lay persons from the following churches: 
First Presbyterian, Fii-st United Presbyterian, Tabernacle ARP, 
First United Methodist, Grace AME Zion, St. Peter's Episcopal, 
Little Rock AME Zion, and First Baptist. Chuck (Charles T. Ill) 
Barger, Peggy (Mrs. Parker) Duncan, Marj (Mrs. Bruce) Cun- 
ningham, and Nancy and Frank Newton are the members from 
First Church; Mrs. Cunningham is the convener. 

The UCM structure includes tliree task forces: Ministers' Group 
(which sponsors the annual uptown pulpit exchange), Older 
Adult Ministries, and Youth Assistance Ministry. Special Interest 
Ministries include the Soup Kitchen at St. Peter's, the Tutorial Pro- 
gram at First United Presbyterian, and Central Piedmont Com- 
munity College ( CPCC ) classes at First United Methodist. 

First Church helps support the youth programs with money and 
volunteers. This is mainly ministry at Earle Village, Piedmont 
Courts, and Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. It helps finan- 
cially with St. Peter's Soup Kitchen, and co-operates in the pulpit 
exchange of ministers. 

The Share n Care Program is in First Methodist Church and has 
existed since February, 1974. Every Tuesday at noon a hot meal is 
served to elderly people and there is also a take-out service to 
shut-ins. Preceding the lunch, is the Share n' Care handbell choir 
practice and the art class taught by CPCC as part of the Share n' 
Care program. Johnny Bradbum did a fine job of teaching the 
art of ringing and his choir has performed in the church. Gil 
Pirovano, presently organist and choir director at First Methodist, 
is now working with this choir. 

The First Church gymnasium is used by the ECHO program. 



This is a ministry to ex-convicts wliich uses rooms at First Presby- 
terian Church. 

First Methodist Church members have participated in the M^inter 
shelter program at the Salvation Army on West Seventh Street. 
From December tlirough February this provides a hot meal and a 
bed for the homeless and is carried out with the help of volunteers 
from many Charlotte churches. 


In 1969, seeking to implement its inner city ministry in its new 
directions program, First Church picked up on eflForts of the Char- 
lotte-Mecklenburg Department of Social Services to establish day 
care centers as aids to mothers of dependent children. 

No longer operating a kindergarten program, the church felt that 
this would be an ideal way to utilize pre-school department space. 
A room was converted into an office and kitchen, completing facili- 
ties to accommodate fifty childi-en. Children were placed, and staflF 
and additional equipment were provided by the Department of 
Social Services with First Church providing the building, play- 
ground, and utilities. The center was staffed by a director, four 
qualified teachers, four assistant teachers, and a cook to provide a 
hot lunch and two snacks. 

There is an on-going staff program, parent involvement, and 
periodic evaluation of each child's progress. The center serves chil- 
dren ages two to six whose mothers quahfy for Social Services aid. 
To do this the mother must be working, continuing her education, 
or physically unable to care for her children. In some instances 
children are received for protective service. 

A new play-yard with new equipment was established in 1981- 
82. In 1981 leaders formed an independent non-profit corporation 
to take over operations, and there have been many compliments on 
the good job that is being done. The day camp is licensed and 

The independence and positive self-image developed in both 
parents and children have made the day care program one of the 
most significant ministries of First United Methodist Church for 
infants to kindergarten age. 



Other Community Interests 


Goodwill Industries (in America since 1895) has been a Home Mis- 
sions project of The Methodist Church, First Methodist Church 
was instrumental in the creation and expansion of Goodwill Indus- 
tries in Charlotte. Records show that Dr. E. H. Neese (then Dis- 
trict Superintendent), the Reverend Joe Caldwell (then pastor of 
Duncan Memorial Methodist Church), and Mr. Charles J. Hender- 
son, attorney, were the official incorporators of the Charlotte Good- 
will Industries back in late 1948 and early 1949. 

A grant from the National Board of Missions was oflFered but not 
used after funding through the Charlotte Community Chest was 
arranged. The first downtown store (now known as the Spirit 
Square Goodwill) had been recently vacated by Winchester Sur- 
gical Supply owned largely by the family of H. Watson Stewart, 
who were members of First Methodist Church. Early presidents 
were Edwin L. Jones, Sr., builder and also treasurer of the World 
Council of Methodism, and Arthur P. Harris, merchant as well as 
district lay leader. 

First Methodist was a supplementary meeting place during the 
years as Fred Sherman, a Methodist, served as executive director, 
and the principal office was on East Sixth Street. 


First United Metliodist Church was the birthplace and headquar- 
ters of the Charlotte branch of the nation's largest and busiest coun- 
seling service. That is the lifeline, the help line, the comfort line for 
thousands of lonely people, su£Fering people, disturbed, and des- 
perate people in Mecklenburg and Union counties, 24 hours a day, 
365 days a year. It is staffed by a paid director, Mrs. Irene Mikoy, a 
secretary, and 600 volunteers of aU faiths tliroughout the city, each 
of whom spends weeks in training before working shifts from two 
to eight hours in telephone counseling. 

CONTACT handles 6,000 calls monthly, more than any other 
crisis counseling service in the United States. In some cases per- 



sonal, face-to-face counseling evolves by appointment. Ten tele- 
phone lines, two to Union County, include rape crisis service, child 
abuse and neglect, suicide line, parents anonymous Une, and re- 
assurance for the elderly. 

CONTACT, Charlotte, was organized by Dr. H. Eugene Pea- 
cock, First Methodist's pastor, in 1969, as a part of the new direc- 
tions and new patterns in ministry policy of the church. A Meth- 
odist Bicentennial grant enabled the hiring of Mrs. Milroy in the 
beginning and the operation was headed by a board of directors 
named by the administrative board of First Church. Later, with 
funding by United Community Services, it became a member of 
that agency with tliree members of First Church serving on the 
board. Other financial help comes from private donations and sup- 
port of several church groups. Now wholly ecumenical, as it was 
meant to be, CONTACT continues to be based at First United 
Methodist Church with telephone and personal counseling facili- 
ties elsewhere. 

CONTACT works closely with the Mental Health Clinic. In ad- 
dition, professional back-ups include numbers of doctors, lawyers, 
psychiatrists, psychologists, and ministers volunteering time and 

The telephone number, widely pubhcized, is 333-6121 for res- 
idents of Mecklenburg County and the numbers for Union County 
are 289-6121 and 624-2044. Counselors are of all ages, 18 to 92. The 
work is quiet. It is confidential. It is of enormous, immeasurable 
benefit to thousands in need. 


Bethlehem Center is a project of the national division of the 
Board of Clobal Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Beth- 
lehem Center in Charlotte is an agency that provides human ser- 
vices to low-income residents in the Southside Park area, nearby 
communities and, in many instances, to the disadvantaged through- 
out Mecklenburg County. Services include all-day and after- 
school day-care, and evening youth programs, week-end meals for 
shut-ins, programs for senior citizens and handicapped people, 
alcohol education and counseling, summer residential camping, and 
the tlirift shop. Project Head Start, a section of which is housed at 
Bethlehem Center, is a pre-school educational program for 400 



three-and-four-year olds in Mecklenburg County. 

First Methodist Church women have been active in support of 
Bethlehem Center since 1940 and details of their support were 
given in the section on United Methodist Women. Nita (Mrs. 
Charles) Henderson served as president of Bethlehem Center 
for several years. The Charlotte Bethlehem Center is located at 
2705 Baltimore Avenue. 


From its beginning, First United Methodist Church has played a 
large part in the life of the Methodist Home for tlie Aged, Inc. 

In the mid 1940's it was a member of First Church, Eugene M. 
Cole, who gave 180 acres on which the Methodist Home was built. 
( Forty-five acres more were acquired later. ) Mr. Cole, of the Cole 
Manufacturing Company, also started the Eugene M. Cole Foun- 
dation for assisting retired ministers of the Western North Caro- 
hna Conference. His brotlier, the Reverend E. O. Cole, was a mem- 
ber of this conference. 

The following members of First Church were on the first Board 
of Managers of the Methodist Home: J. A. Bell, W. R. Cuthbert- 
son, J. B. Ivey, H. I. McDougle, and Frank O. Sherrill. When an 
oflBce was needed to carry on the promotional work of the home, 
J. B. Ivey gave a small space in his store. Later, First Church gave 
office space that was used for two years. When ground was broken 
in the spring of 1947, Mrs. SalHe Hagood dug one of the first shov- 
els full of dirt. 

In the early 1960's, members of First Church including the Ha- 
goods, the Cuthbertsons and the Van Hoys took real leadership 
roles in the planning and building of tlie Wesley Nursing Center. 

Throughout the years First Church members have been both 
donors and occupants of some of the cottages at the Methodist 

B. B. Parker is currently president of the Board of Directors of 
the Methodist Retirement Complex. 

In addition to the above mentioned activities. First United Meth- 
odist Church has a tape ministry and a shut-in visitation program. 
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Snyder, Jr., have successfully headed the shut-in 
program for many years, giving tirelessly of their time and energy. 







y^V Music has always been a tradition in Method- 
W'W ism because of the contributions of John and 
Hii Charles Wesley in the field of h}'Tnnology. The 
II founder of Methodism and his brother wrote 

PAPA 1 r 1 /-ii 1 

||i| many hymns for worship purposes. Charles 
Wesley is said to have written approximately 

5,000 hymns, one of which, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing 
My Great Redeemer's Praise," has been the inspiration for Meth- 
odists to sing the praises of God. 

Music has been important in the tradition of First United Meth- 
odist Church. Through the years there have been some fine musi- 
cians, gifted and trained, who have played a part in the musical 
program of the church. Time, of course, brought changes, but it 
has seemed that when one leader passed from the scene, another 
has arisen and the church has been able to maintain a high level 
of musical attainment. Inspiring, worshipful music has always been 
a part of the order of worship 

George W. Patterson was the first music committee chairman. 
A mixed quartet composed of Earl Rasor, director, Miss Rachel 
Summerow, Miss Grace Kohn, and Mr. William Neal provided the 
music when the church opened October 23, 1927. Eugene Craft 
was the first organist serving the church until 1947 but leaving for 
several periods while studying abroad and traveling. During his 
absence the latter part of 1928 Mrs. J. Dudley Withers played, 
followed by Mrs. W. D. Alexander, Jr. 

The installation of the Hooks and Hastings organ was com- 
pleted in March, 1928. It was a four manual organ consisting of a 
main organ and echo organ with close to 3,000 wood and metal 
pipes, all concealed, also a harp and a set of Deagan chimes, or- 
chestral and band instruments. The total cost including the instal- 
lation was $21,000. Nearly 2,500 people attended the first organ 



concert presented by Harold Gleason of the Eastman School of 
Music at Rochester, N. Y. Every seat was occupied and chairs were 
placed in the aisles for the audience that came to hear the most up- 
to-date organ between Washington and Atlanta. People stood in 
the remaining space around the sanctuary. Mr. Gleason praised the 
ensemble of the organ which he described as "rich and churchly." 

In January, 1930, L. R. Sides, director of music in the public 
schools, began his work with the church as director of the young 
people's choir and orchestra. The young people's choir of 50 
voices sang for the first time Sunday evening, February 16, 1930. 
Women of the church made vestments for the young people. Mr. 
Sides attracted young people to the church to participate in the 
choir and orchestra and the church continued his services as long 
as it was possible to pay him. At one time when the church was 
having financial diflBculties the quartet was given a vacation with- 
out pay and the music was furnished by the young people's choir. 
Also Mr. Sides asked the board for money to purchase music and 
was told by Mr. J. B. Ivey to sing hymns. 

The Charlotte Festival Community Chorus, a group of Char- 
lotte's leading singers, was organized by Mr. Sides to present ora- 
torios such as Handel's "Messiah" and Haydn's "Creation." These 
programs were given in the sanctuary of First Methodist Church 
and were well attended by the public. During the years the facil- 
ities of First Methodist have been used by many musical groups 
from Charlotte and from out of town. The music department of the 
church has always been involved in these presentations. 

Robin S. Kirby, chairman of the music committee in 1934, an- 
nounced that Mr. J. M. Pannetti had been employed as organist 
and director of a chorus choir. Mrs. W. D. Alexander, Jr., was the 
organist he replaced. A volunteer choir was formed but this didn't 
work as they had hoped and it was necessary to go back to a paid 
quartet with additional volunteer singers. It was also felt that a 
full time director was needed but the necessary funds were not 
available. Eugene Craft returned as organist in March, 1936 and 
continued until 1947. 

A study was made of the choir loft and it was felt that by moving 
the organ console to the middle, the director, who in this case was 
serving as organist, could perform more effectively. This was com- 
pleted Febmary 6, 1939, at a cost of $151.00. 



The New Methodist Hymnal, a revision of the old hymnal 
made by a joint commission of bishops, pastors and laymen from 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South and the Methodist Protestant Church, was dedicated in a 
service March 29, 1936, led by Walter Vassar, professor of voice at 
Greensboro College. The Greensboro CoUege Glee Club sang at 
the evening service that Sunday. Victor Templeton served as chair- 
man of the committee to secure money to pay for the new hymn 
books. He was assisted by Miss Irene Abemethy and the Wesley 
Fellowship Department. 

In 1947 the church was able to employ its first full-time minister 
of music. Richard Walter Jenkins filled this position with Mrs. Eva 
Read, organist, and Mrs. Frank M. Little directing the children's 
choirs. When Mrs. Read resigned Miss Judith Autry became or- 

Mr. William B. Thomas was the next full-time minister of music, 
assuming his duties in 1949. Prior to this he had been a tenor in the 
choir while working for Bost Building Equipment Company. Mrs. 
Ralph Short served as organist for a short time and she was fol- 
lowed by Miss Louise Ankeny. A full choir program involving all 
ages was started during this time and Mr. Thomas was assisted by 
Mrs. Jeannette ( Fred W. ) Greene. When Mr. Thomas resigned in 
1952 to continue his study of music at Westminster Choir College, 
Mrs. Greene became the acting minister of music. Mr. Raymond 
Brietz assumed this position in 1953 with Mrs. Greene continuing as 
director of musical education. Miss Louise Ankeny, the organist, be- 
came Mrs. Robert Halley during this year. In 1954 Mr. Thomas 
returned from Westminster Choir College and assumed his duties 
once more as minister of music. Mr. John Morrison served briefly 
as organist followed by Mr. Richard Van Sciver during 1955. 

Mrs. Anita ( John ) Bultman became organist in 1955, remaining 
for ten years. During this time with Mr. Thomas as minister of 
music the volunteer choir began to grow. Many of the major orato- 
rios were presented with outstanding soloists, organ and orchestral 
accompaniment. An operetta group for young people was started to 
stage Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Later other musicals were pre- 
sented. One of the major undertakings was "The King and I" which 
had a cast of 70 and involved twelve famihes— husbands, wives 
and cliildren. 



Mr. Thomas served for fifteen years as director of music, resign- 
ing September 15, 1963, to assume the duties of assistant to the 
Director of Development at Converse College in Spartanburg, 
South Carolina. Dr. Philip L. Shore, Jr. wrote in the church bulletin 
that "Bill had provided a rare order of leadership for the music pro- 
gram of the church and had been an ambassador to the churches in 
the district, as well as a prime contributor to the musical and reh- 
gious life of the entire community." Under his guidance the choirs 
developed a reputation for excellence that had captured the atten- 
tion and the admiration of Methodism across the whole church. 

The next director of music was Gary Johnston, a young man who 
had been aJB51iated with the musical program of the church. He 
served for a year until the arrival of Mr. Joseph William Stephen- 
son, Jr., and his family. He and liis wife, Katie, graduates of West- 
minister Choir College, were a husband-wife team. 

In 1965 an organ committee with J. J. Faulk serving as chairman 
was created to study the need for a new organ in the church. This 
group studied the problems of the organ at First Methodist 
Church, whether it would be feasible to rebuild, and if not, to get 
specifications for a new organ. Mrs. Bultman, organist at this 
time, was very helpful because of her knowledge of the different 
makes of organs and the workings of the organ. In 1966 when Mrs. 
Stephenson became organist, she also gave valuable assistance to 
the committee. The Administrative Board accepted the proposal 
of the Moller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Md., to build a new 
three manual organ at a cost of $88,910 plus cost of necessary 
building changes. It is estimated that replacement cost today 
would be $300,000. 

The new organ was dedicated on September 10, 1967 and that 
evening George Markey, director of the Guilmont Organ School, 
professor of organ at Westminster Choir College, organist and 
choirmaster at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York 
City, gave the dedicatory concert. The Moller organ has 3500 pipes 
aU hand made. Also there are 30 couplers, 41 combination pistons 
operated by remote control mechanism. There is an antiphonal 
division in the balcony which can be played from the main console 
or from a one-manual console in the balcony. 

During the years Bill and Katie Stephenson served the church 
the youth caravan became an annual event. Each summer the 



youth choir traveled north or south stopping along the way to sing. 
The climax of this program was the summer the choir toured Eur- 
ope where they gave programs in England, Wales, France, Swit- 
zerland and Germany. There were money making projects to raise 
money to help finance these trips. Also the bell choir was started 
under Bill Stephenson. The chancel choir continued to present 
major choral works, sometimes joining with other church choirs in 
the presentations. 

After nine years at First Methodist, the Stephensons left in Au- 
gust, 1973, to move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they have 
continued their musical ministry at the First Presbyterian Church. 
Bill and Katie and their five children had endeared themselves to 
the congregation and particularly to the children and youth who 
had learned the joy of music and Christian fellowship under their 

Until the arrival of a new minister of music, the choir was di- 
rected by Mrs. Bruce Love and Raymond Brietz with Miss Susan 
Howe serving as organist. 

First Methodist was fortunate to obtain as minister of music, 
John Wayne Bradburn. Although a native of North Carolina, he and 
his family moved to Charlotte from Worcester, Massachusetts, 
where he was engaged in church music. Johnny not only directed 
the various choirs but served as organist whenever needed. He ar- 
ranged music for different groups and did some composing. His 
wife, Frances, served as an important member of the chancel choir. 
Together, they were involved in all areas of the church program, 
working with the drama groups whenever they were performing. 
The youth caravan continued each summer. In addition to the youth 
bell choir, one was formed for senior citizens who meet at the 
church once a week. They have played for morning worship. 

First Methodist Church has been the recipient of two sets of 
handbells. The first set of Dutch handbells was cast especially for 
the church and the 24 bells were an anonymous gift from a dedi- 
cated family as a tribute to the memory of the head of the family. 
Later, a three octave set of handbells was given as a memorial gift 
by Mr. Albert M. Sieb of The Methodist Home and a member of 
First Methodist. This gift has made it possible for more participa- 
tion in the handbell choirs. 

For several years the church enjoyed the services of Roye Lynn 



Kulick, organist and pianist, who contributed much to the musical 
program. Gilbert C. Pirovano followed her as organist. 

When Johnny Bradbum accepted a church position in Greens- 
boro in February, 1979, Gil Pirovano, organist, became interim 
music director, serving until the arrival of Tom Buchanan in June 
of that year. Tom and his bride moved to Charlotte from Valdosta, 
Georgia. Gil remained as organist while Tom was music director 
and when Tom resigned in September, 1980 Gil took over again 
as interim music director. He was assisted by Barbara Crowder, 
wife of the senior minister. Barbara directed the bell and children's 
choirs and the chancel choir at the 11:00 o'clock service. When 
the Crowders were moved to Gastonia, Gil became director and 
organist and continues in that position today. 

In the fall of 1981 the organ console was moved back to the 
middle of the choir loft and the seating for the choir was changed 
to make it more flexible for performing groups. 


The stained glass windows in First United Methodist Church were 
especially designed for the church in keeping with the Gothic 
architecture. They were designed by Mr. William Woiceski, artist 
and stained glass speciahst with the George Hardy Payne Studios 
in Paterson, New Jersey. This company is the third generation of 
Paynes to be in the stained glass business, having been started in 

The windows were made by the same process as was used origi- 
nally in the ninth and tenth centuries. Each piece of hand-blown 
antique glass is hand-painted and is intermittently stained with 
pure oxide to assure detail and color. Small wires are fused to the 
glass and tied to horizontal bars which are placed at intervals on 
the windows so that the wind pressure will not bend the stained 

Except for replacement of a few broken pieces, no major repairs 
have been made since installation of the windows in 1927-1928. 
After more than a half century of unprotected exposure to weath- 
er, some of the previously mentioned wires attached to the hori- 
zontal bars have broken and the glass is bulging. The estimated 



cost of repairs, cleaning, and covering the windows with lexan for 
protection both against weather and vandaHsm is $41,620. It is 
interesting that the windows originally cost $14,500 and their 
present day replacement cost is estimated to be $113,000. [Edi- 
torial note : The above was condensed from a lengthy article written 
by Mrs. George (Jeanne) Scranton. Now (1983) the windows 
have been cleaned and repaired but the lexan has not yet been 


There are eleven windows in the sanctuary, five on each side and 
one large one at the front of the church. Standing in the pulpit and 
looking toward the balcony, beginning with the first window on 
the left or north side of the building and going clockwise to the 
large window in the balcony, the five windows on the right or south 
side( Eighth Street side) are similar to those on the north side ex- 
cept for the first ones on each side. 

Notice that one design is found in the lower portion of each win- 
dow. This is the Fleur-de-Lis, a conventionafized form of the flower 
that Americans call "iris" or "flag." The three petals in the Fleur- 
de-Lis symbolize the Trinity— One God in Three Persons. This is a 
very old symbol for the Trinity and evidently came into use before 
the third century A.D. because the Three Persons are not shown to 
be equal and the doctrine of their equahty arose at that time. 

First Window on North Side. This is the Nativity Window. The 
Christ child is in the arms of his mother, Mary. The father, Joseph, holds 
a lamp. The lowly birth is depicted by the head of a cow, seen above 
Mary's shoulder. Notice the flowers at Mary's feet. To the right, three 
Wise Men bring their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. At the left, 
the shepherds have come to worship the Christ Child. 

Near the top of the window are three symbols. On the left are the let- 
ters I H S. They are the first letters in the Greek words Ihsius Hominem 
Salvatore — Jesus, savior of mankind. In the center top there is the Pas- 
sion Cross. This is recognized by the points on the ends reminding us 
of Christ's suffering on the cross. On tJie right are the letters X and P. 
These are the first letters of the Greek word XPICTOC which also means 
Christ. X is the Chi and P is the Rho that are frequently seen in the form 
of a cross. 

Second Window on North Side. On the left side, near the top, are 



the letters O and W, the Greek letters for Alpha and Omega. Sometimes 
the Omega is written as an inverted U. We get the meaning of these two 
words from Revelations 1:8, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning 
and ending, saith the Lord." These letters are shown in each of the win- 
dows in the sanctuary. 

In the center, at the top, is an open book. This symbolizes God's Word 
which is accessible to almost everyone in the world because of its many 
translations. It is also a symbol of Protestantism because this open book 
represents the Holy Bible. 

The lower center motif is the Chalice with Host. This represents the 
cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. The Host, or conse- 
crated bread, may be seen rising from the cup with the letters IHC on it. 
These represent the Sacrament of Holy Communion according to Mat- 
thew 26:26, ". . . take eat; this is my body." When the cup and bread 
are shown together, they have a special significance and refer to the 
crucifixion of Christ and the sacrifice he made for all people. 

The Third Window on North Side. The third window has a slightly 
different type of Chalice. It is known as the Open Chalice. In the lower 
center motif is an open book with the words "Holy Bible." These two 
symbolize Communion and the Word of God. Also shown is the Alpha 
and Omega symbol indicating that Christ is eternal. 

The Fourth Window on North Side. At the center top of the fourth 
window there is a Sheaf of Wheat which symbolizes the bread of the 
Last Supper and also God's providence in giving mankind the harvest 
of grain. Below the sheaf of wheat is the Alpha and Omega symbol. 

In the lower motif of this window there is a fruit tree with a coiled 
serpent. This symbolizes the temptation and fall of mankind. 

The Fifth Window on North Side. At the center top of the fifth 
window is a Crown. This represents the Kingship of Christ. It is a 
symbol of Christ's kingly ofiBce and the fact that there is eternal life 
through him. It has been a symbol of authority and royalty for thou- 
sands of years. We again see the Alpha and Omega. 

In the lower center motif is the Lamp of Knowledge with a flame. 
This represents wisdom coming from the Word of God. In Psalm 119: 
105 we find, "Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." In 
Jesus' parable of the wise and foolish virgins, Matthew 25:4, ". . . but 
the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps." 

The Large Window Across the Front of the Church. The large win- 
dow in the balcony has five panels and reaches from the floor to the 
ceiling. According to Mr. W. W. Hagood, Jr., who was a member of the 
church building committee, the subject of the window is taken from 
Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest." There are those who think it shows Jesus' heal- 
ing ministry. It could be either. Note the man with the crutch, kneeling 
at Jesus' feet. On the right, a woman carries a child in her arms and a 



man with a troubled face is kneeling, while on the left of Jesus a woman 
brings a young person to him. Notice, also, the flowers at their feet. 

At the center top is a descending Dove with extended wings. This is 
the oldest and most authentic symbol of the Holy Spirit. It comes from 
the baptism of Jesus in John i :32. John said "I saw the Spirit descending 
from Heaven like a dove and it abode upon him." The Dove points 
down which indicates that God comes down to his children. 

Just below, on the left, is a Torch. It, too, is a very old symbol. We 
associate the Torch with the Garden of Gethsemane. In John 18:3 it 
says, "Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the 
Chief Priests and Pharisees went with lanterns, torches, and weapons, 
to betray Christ." Earlier, in Greece, the Torch was carried in relay 
races and as one runner handed it to another, Christianity was handed 
from generation to generation, representing Christian witness. 

At the right of the Torch is a Scroll. The Jewish people called it the 
Torah because it contained the laws of God in the first five books of the 
Bible. The Torah or Scroll is sacred to the Jewish people. 

Windows on the South (Eighth Street) Side of the Sanctuary. Still 
standing in the pulpit, facing the balcony, the first window to the right 
(Eighth Street side of the church) is different from the Nativity Win- 
dow that is the first window on the north side. The remaining four 
windows on the south side are similar to the windows on tlie north side. 

The first window to the right shows a picture of Jesus and the children. 
In the center panel Jesus is seen holding a child in his arms. A boy on 
the left and a girl on the right bring flowers to Jesus. Notice also the 
flowers at their feet. This picture reminds us of Luke 18:16 when Jesus 
said, "Let the children come to me and forbid them not, for of such 
is the Kingdom of God." The symbol at the top left is the Crown of 
Kingship, the center is a Sheaf of Wheat, and on the right is an Open 

Visitors to the sanctuary in the afternoon should look at the win- 
dows on the Eighth Street side to view the beauty and magnificence 
made visible by the sun shining through. 


These windows are diflFerent in design from those in the sanctuary. 
They are all in an oblong pattern, in various light colored tints. In 
the center of each is a bordered medallion with one symbol. Some 
symbols are the same ones that are used in the sanctuary windows 
and the meaning of these symbols has already been given. 

Going into Founders' Hall and facing west ( toward the Educa- 
tion Building which faces North Church Street ) : 



First Window on the North Side. The symbol in this window is an 
Open Bible. We are invited to read God's Word and find help in under- 
standing its meaning. 

Second Window on the North Side. Here the symbol is the Lily. 
It is a symbol of Easter. A brown lily bulb, seemingly without life, is 
planted and from it comes a beautiful white flower. I Corinthians 15: 
42 says, "So it is with the resurrection of the dead." 

Third Window on the North Side. In this window the symbol is the 
Harp which represents music, praise, and worship. 

Fourth Window on the North Side. The Crown used together with 
a Latin Cross symbolizes Christ's death and sacrifice on the Cross and 
speaks of his victory over death and eternal life for his faithful followers. 

Fifth Window on the North Side. This window has the Alpha and 
Omega symbol signifying the timelessness of Christ. 

First Window on the South Side. This window displays the Lamp 
of Knowledge. 

Second Window on the South Side. The Tree of Life and the Ser- 
pent, when used together represent the temptation and fall of Mankind. 

Third Window on the South Side. Here is found the Agnus Dei, with 
the Book of Seven Seals and the Banner of Victory. When the Lamb is 
reclining it represents suffering and when it is standing it represents 
victory. The Book of the Seven Seals represents the Judgment of the 
Age, die time when God will judge all people according to their works. 

Fourth Window on the South Side. The anchor in this window rep- 
resents Christian Hope. The anchor as a symbol of hope was used by 
the early Christians. 

Fifth Window on the South Side. The fifth window has an ornate 
Chi Rho which you recall are the first two letters of the Greek word 
XPICTOC which also means Christ. 

Today, these v^^indows have a protective screen over them, since 
Founders' Hall is a multi-purpose room, including a gym, instead 
of its original use as an assembly hall. 

In 1982 the stained glass w^indows were cleaned and repaired 
and, when the money becomes available, they will be covered 
with the unbreakable, non-yellowing protective material ( lexan ) 
that is now being used to reinforce valuable stained glass windows. 


There is other symbolism in the church in addition to that used 
in the stained glass windows. Some of these other symbols are 
used in the needlepoint kneelers around the communion rail and 



are described in this section. Description of the symbols that have 
aheady been discussed in the section on the stained glass windows 
will not be repeated here. 

The committee for the altar cushions, co-chaired by Mrs. Victor 
B. Templeton and Mrs. Grady G. Thomas, began work February i, 


The cushions were designed by Mrs. Avis Gallagher of Greens- 
boro, who was at that time the only certified ecclesiastical designer 
in the South. Before designing the cushions, Mrs. Gallagher 
brought swatches of many colors of wool, and that used in the 
cushions matches the colors in the stained glass windows in the 
sanctuary. Mrs. Gallagher died before the kneelers were com- 

The cushions were "worked" by forty-four women of the church. 
This work was begun February 8, 1978, and the completed cushions 
were dedicated June 3, 1979. It is estimated that 10,000 work- 
hours were required in completing these cushions. 

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There are 13 cushions arranged as above. Numbers 1 and 12 
have seven crosses and four symbols; numbers 2 and 11 have six 
crosses and three symbols; numbers 3 through 10 have five crosses 
and three or two symbols. Number 13 is a wedding cushion having 
five crosses and five symbols. 

All crosses are worked in blue and the background of each 
cushion is blue with a continuous pattern of small colored diamonds. 
The diagonal background reflects the pattern and colors of the 
stained glass windows. On the altar side of each cushion there is 
worked the name or names the cushion honors and the initials of 
the women who worked on that cushion. 

Cushion Number 1. Cushion number 1 was given in honor of the 
fiftieth anniversary of the First United Methodist Church. Its four 
symbols are the Crown of Thorns, representing the suffering of Jesus; 



the Anemone, a flower of Palestine which was one of the "hhes of the 
field" referred to by Jesus; the Crown; and the Primrose which repre- 
sents the coming of the Messiah. 

Cushion Number 2. This cushion contains an Open Bible, Lilies, and 
a Fleur-de-Lis, It was given in memory of Kate Stratton Smith. 

Cushion Number 3. The symbols in this cushion are the Christmas 
Rose and the Shell. Many early pictures show John the Baptist pouring 
water from a scallop shell on to the head of Jesus when he was being 
baptized. Thus the shell has become a symbol of baptism throughout 
the world. This cushion was given in memory of Ernest L. Cashion, 
Frank H. Mitchell, Victor B. Templeton, and W. Arnold Wood. 

Cushion Number 4. This cushion contains Lilies, the Lamp of 
Knowledge, and a Fleur-de-Lis. It was given in memory of Virginia Os- 
borne Parker. 

Cushion Number 5. Cushion number 5 contains the symbols Alpha 
and Omega, and the Primrose. It was given in memory of the Reverend 
James Thomas Flournoy, Nettie W. Floumoy, J. Frederick Long, and 
Sevil M. Long. 

Cushion Number 6. This cushion contains the Chalice, Lilies, and 
Grapes. The grape symbol is not found in the stained glass windows but 
is on the scroll work around the arches of the choir loft and the grill 
work around the organ. The grapevine and bunch of grapes represent 
the Eucharist. This cushion was given in memory of James Calvin 
Houser, Tempie EHzabeth Houser, Robert Milton Conder, and Sarah 
Anne Conder. 

Cushion Number 7. This cushion contains the Sheaf of Wheat, Lilies, 
and the Flame, which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. This cushion 
was given in honor of Dr. Jacob B. Golden and the Reverend James T. 

Cushion Number 8. This contains the Christmas Rose and the Ship. 
The Ship was used by the early Christian fathers as a symbol of the 
church. This cushion was given in honor of Sara Kendall Greene and 
in memory of Fred Adams Greene. 

Cushion Number 9. This cushion contains the Primrose, the De- 
scending Dove, and Lilies. It was given in memory of Wilson L. Stratton. 

Cushion Number 10. This cushion contains the Anchor and the 
Anemone. It was given in memory of Joseph L. McEwen and Lilhe 
Davis Morse. 

Cushion Number 11. This contains the Lamb, which has become a 
widely used symbol representing Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death 
upon the cross. Lilies and Triangles which represent the Trinity. This 
cushion was given in memory of Margaret Travis Kemp and James 
Winston Davis. 

Cushion Number 12. Symbols in this cushion are: The Christmas 
Rose which blooms in December and symbolizes the birth of our Lord; 



the Fish which is probably one of the oldest of the Christian symbols 
used by the early Christians as a secret sign of their loyalty to Jesus; the 
Primrose; and the Tree of Life which represents the genealogy of Jesus. 
This cushion was given in memory of Alan H. Newcomb. 

Cushion Number i^. This wedding cushion has five gold crosses 
instead of the blue crosses that are in all of the other cushions. It has two 
gold wedding rings signifying Christian marriage, and three carnations, 
this flower being the wedding flower. It is one of the flowers of Palestine 
sho^vn in one of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary. This wed- 
ding cushion was given in memory of Grady G. Thomas and Karen 
Elizabeth Beard. 


First Methodist's acolyte program was begun in the late 1960's 
under the direction of the minister of music, J. William Stephen- 
son. An acolyte mother had charge of the youngsters, and for 
several years this responsibility fell to Helen (Mrs. Michael) 

Originally, two boys from fourth, fifth, and sixth grades served 
as acolytes, w^ith their names appearing in the church bulletin. 
By the mid '70's seventh graders could also serve, and about this 
same time girls began to participate. 

The acolyte duties consist of lighting the altar candles at the 
beginning of the service and extinguishing them at the close. At 
special musical or dramatic services, other duties are sometimes 


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Barbara (Mrs. Pressley) Hoover remembers that William Gray 
and Roddy Hoover were the first acolytes at First Methodist. This 
was in 1965 w^hen each was 10 or 11 years old. At that time, it was 
the custom for the acolytes, choir, and ministers to process down the 
aisles. One Sunday the staffs to light the candles were locked in a 
closet and no one had the key. The boys carried candles as substi- 
tutes. When the service was over, the boys went up and were at- 
tempting to blow out the candles. William was very short at this 
time and could not extinguish his. Therefore, he wet his fingers and 
snuffed out the candles. As a result, his fingers were burned. Dr. 
Eugene Peacock was closing the service with dignity, but watching 
these boys caused him to lose his usual dignified demeanor. 




The Chrismon tree has been a part of the celebration of the Advent 
season since 1965. A large 15 to 20 foot balsam or fir from the North 
Carolina mountains was erected at one side of the chancel and 
decorated with "Chrismons" and tiny white Ughts. The word "Chris- 
mon" is coined from "Christ" plus "monogram" and Chrismons are 
symbols telling the story of tlie love of God in Christ Jesus. All 
Chrismons are made in combinations of white and gold, referring 
respectively to the purity and majesty of Christ. 

The Chrismons have been made through the years by members 
of the Woman's Society of Christian Service under the direction of 
Lois (Mrs. Charles) Eskridge and Helen (Mrs. Joe M.) Van Hoy. 
They have met many times in workshops and made the ornaments 
from blends of old jewelry and new beads. 

Following Advent, the period including the four Sundays just 
before Christmas, the tree is stripped of its branches, the trunk 
cut into two parts and lashed together to form a crude cross for 
use in the sanctuary during the Lenten season. During this time 
various symbols of Christ's suflFering are added to the cross, one 
on each Sunday: a purple cloth, crown of thorns, palms, etc. 

On Easter Sunday church members are asked to bring hving 
flowers and greenery and place them on the cross preceding the 
service, transforming the drab cross to a beautiful reminder of our 
Lord's triumph over death. 

In 1981 a local fire department ruling prohibited the use of cut 
trees in public places, so, instead of one large tree, two smaller liv- 
ing trees, rooted in tubs of soil, were used, one on each side of the 
sanctuary and decorated with Chrismons and Hghts. 


There is a plaque in the church narthex that "prayerfully remem- 
bers those of our members in the military service of our coun- 
try." Of the 305 names on this plaque those killed in action were: 
J. Edwin Ault, James W. Davis, Yates Edgerton, Jr., J. C. Rhyne, 
Jr., Raleigh Shoemaker, and Robert R. Teeter. 



In 1980 the Records and History Committee (whose members are 
hsted on page 183 ) reaUzed that a display room and a work room 
were necessary. Two rooms on the third floor were made avail- 
able and, with the financial support of Mr. A. J. Little, were re- 
modeled for this purpose. Jean ( Mrs. John K. ) Gilbert is in charge 
of the display room. Jeanne ( Mrs. George N. ) Scranton is in charge 
of files and archival material in the work room. 


In 1956, through the joint efforts of Church World Service and the 
Woman's Society of Christian Service at First Methodist Church, 
Nicolai Munteanu and his family arrived in Charlotte. Eight years 
before, he had been in a Rumanian jail accused of anti-Communist 
activities, but had escaped via Yugoslavia. Both Mr. Munteanu 
and his German wife are now members of First Methodist. 

In 1979 Alphonse and Angelique Luzolo from Zaire in Africa 
joined First Methodist Church when he was a student at UNCC 
working on a master's degree in business. When his father died 
in 1980, his mother, Mrs. Assanath Kande, sent a beautiful brass 
communion set as a memorial to her husband. This set is used in 
the chapel and- when communion is taken to shut-ins. 

In 1980 Ra Van Tran and his son, Hai, came to First Church from 
Vietnam. They were sponsored by First Methodist Church and 
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Burchett deserve credit for their help with 
this project. The Van Trans are now First Church members. 


Since about 1975, members of First United Methodist Church 
have been repeatedly asked by the Records and History Committee 
to write down events that they remember about their years in the 
church. This section is made up of excei-pts from the comparatively 
few responses that were turned in to the committee. All memories 
in this history came largely from older members of the church and 
lack of space prevents inclusion in their entirety. None of these 



memories is documented so it is like one of the histories of Char- 
lotte (J. B. Alexander, M.D. ) : fun to read but it may or may not 
be true. 

Sam M. Springs, Jr., entered the picture at First United Methodist 
Church thirty-six years ago and during this time much change has 
taken place. 

Coming to Sunday School each week meant a space by the curb on 
Eighth Street at the side door where parking was prohibited so cars 
could pull up to the curb and discharge passengers into the waiting 
hands of Mr. A. W. Ferguson and Mr. Munsey Smith, who opened the 
car doors and assisted people out and saw them firmly planted on the 
sidewalk so they could close the car doors and send the driver on in 
search of a parking place as another car pulled into the curb to unload . . . 
As the people moved toward the building and reached the door, they 
were met and greeted by the outstretched hand of Mr. Joe McLaughlin 
who remembered them all and knew the names of most. His greatest 
delight came from the little ones into whose hands he often thrust a 
piece of candy when they least expected it. . . . God used these three 
men in this special way which added a unique dimension to the ex- 
perience of all who shared it. 

Not too many years ago, a goodly number of Sunday School classes 
had a common assembly, frequently referred to as "opening exercises," 
where several classes, usually adult, came together to sing, hear scrip- 
ture and meditation, make announcements, etc. This preceded the class 
assembly . . . and made people be on time for class. 

There was a time when most Sunday School classes were either men 
or women. Men seemed better satisfied with one large class while the 
women enjoyed several smaller classes. . . . Another item on yesterday's 
scene which is about gone is 'fastened-down seats' of the opera-type 
variety in classrooms — long rows of seats joined side to side and fas- 
tened to the floors with screws. They resembled a regiment of troops in 
formation, all facing the front at the same angle. . . . The changing 
scene eliminated lots of these and replaced them with chairs. 

Alma Lloyd Ranson (Mrs. John A.) Ryan has lived in Grand Rap- 
ids, Michigan, for a number of years but has vivid memories of 
growing up in First Church. She writes: 

When I think of First Methodist on Sunday mornings in the early years, 
my mind's eye pictures the center pews peopled with the Hagoods, 
Iveys, McLaughlins, Andrew Smiths, Cuthbertsons, Bells, Hardings, 
and Whisnants. Surrounding my own RusseU and Ranson family on the 



right side of the church were the Hendersons, Van Hoys, Phifers, Swin- 
neys, Riglers, Strattons, Steeles, Kirbys, Joneses, and Jordans. The 
faith and spirit of these dear and devoted members have permeated 
the sanctuary. 

Lloyd Ranson, my father, served the church with special dedication 
on the communion committee for many years and Alma Russell Ranson 
( my mother ) embroidered a beautiful cloth for use on the communion 
table. She also served as treasurer of the Women's Missionary Society 
for a long time. I can see her now, counting money and keeping records 
on our dining room table. 

A pet project of my father's was called "The Shoe String Club." In his 
work as attendance officer for the Charlotte school system, he found 
that many children were absent because they had no shoes. Periodically, 
he gathered contributions from the members of the Wilson Smith Bible 
Class to make needed repairs or buy new shoes to enable the absentees 
to return to school. 

An important part of my rehgious experience was singing soprano 
standing in church next to my grandfather's booming bass. To this day, 
when stirring old hymns are being sung, I feel his presence beside me. 

As a teenager, I sensed the fear and insecurity felt by my mother and 
Aunt Lila when my grandfather (J. A. Russell) was one of the members 
of the Board of Stewards who mortgaged his home as collateral for 
necessary loans to meet the new First Church payments. 

I thank God for the fine example set by my family in making First 
Methodist Church our church home and for its influence on my life. 

Charles J. Henderson: 

I attended Tryon Street from birth in 1920 until the merger in 1927 and 
I joined First Methodist during its first year. That makes me a charter 
member of the Sunday School but not of the church. I beHeve that I was 
baptized at the same time that I joined the church. 

I met my wife in First Methodist, I gave her an engagement ring in 
the chapel area, and we were married in the sanctuary. All four of our 
children were raised, baptized, and joined this church. 

My father died after a leadership role in the church and he was buried 
from the church after Dr. Gene Peacock and the Reverend Russ Burson 
conducted the funeral. My younger brother and sister were each mar- 
ried in First Church. My younger brother's name is John Wesley. 

I remember a lot of Sunday School teachers including: Mrs. Arthur 
Weam, Mrs. Frank Haynes, Mrs. J. B. Ivey, Mrs. Roy Saunders, Mrs. 
Clovis Chappell, Mrs. Mae Tuttle, "Miss SaHie" Hagood, Ben Betts, 
J. Wilson Smith and H. I. McDougle. Each was unique; all were dedi- 
cated and capable. 



"Miss Sallie" Hagood forced (maybe encouraged would be a better 
word) us to memorize selections of scripture. She had great organiza- 
tion to her teaching. She taught me, both of my brothers, and my sister. 
About this time I recall thinking that J. B. Ivey was the "best" Chris- 
tian that I knew. He was gentle, happy, and he always had something 
to catch our attention — tricks and trinkets. 

When my older daughter was in serious condition with Rocky Moun- 
tain Spotted Fever, Dr. Ken Goodson came up to me in Charlotte Me- 
morial Hospital and said, 'Let's you and me take a walk' and we went 
to the Memorial Chapel where he got on his knees and taught me about 
talking man-to-man with God about our dependence on him. 

Dr. Jimmy Huggin was our first associate pastor. I will always re- 
member his special attention to me when I was about ten years old 
and he and I joined some others on a possum hunt. 

I can never forget the scenes when we have met at the altar for 
communion, for baptisms, for weddings, and funerals. God lives in my 
heart and in the building at Eighth and Tryon Streets. 

Many First Church families have sought the security of the balcony 
during the years with young children in the family. Squirming children 
didn't seem so conspicuous up there and, besides, one could see the 
members of tlie choir as they squirmed. 

Political Opposites: In the early days, two strong leaders were J. 
Marshall Van Hoy, an accountant with a strong love for scouting, and 
Louis G. Ratcliffe, a florist and an active member of the Men's Bible 
Class. These men worked side by side on church financial matters but 
in their civic life their interest in finance was quite contrasting: Van 
Hoy was treasurer of Mecklenburg Republicans; Ratcliffe was treasurer 
of Mecklenburg Democrats. 

Charlie Henderson also remembers: 

Steve Bost, about six (white robed and solemn) and his father Carlton 
Bost were participating in the annual Christmas pageant and white 
gift service at First Church. The tableau consisted of a rough manger 
with some straw and a hidden light bulb casting radiance about kneel- 
ing Mary's face. Various wise men and shepherds such as Carlton were 
spread out looking towards the Christ Child's bed. The little angels 
such as Steve were scattered between the adults and the manger. 

Those of us near the front of the congregation heard Carlton's whis- 
per, "Steve, go over and look at the Baby Jesus." Steve looked about, un- 
sure of his instructions. Again, "Steve, Steve. Go look at the baby Jesus." 
Steve's little face brightened, he nodded and quickly moved to the 
manger side . . . peering down ... he looked puzzled, looked again and 



then in a loud whisper directed at his Dad but audible across the entire 
Sunday evening audience, "there ain't no baby jesus in there!" 

Virginia Hall (Mrs. L. M.) Walker: 

I remember when I was in the Junior Department how excited we chil- 
dren became when it was announced by our superintendent that the 
Sneed Ogburns, missionaries to Japan, would be coming home and 
Lanier, their son, would be visiting our department. Back then, mis- 
sionaries came home every seven years and this was to be our first ac- 
quaintance with the family in First Church. Great preparation was made 
for Lanier's visit. On the appointed day of arrival, I recall being surprised 
that the little boy who had spent all of his Hfe in Japan looked so much 
like the rest of us. 

I remember when Mrs. A. W. Smith came to my mother, Mrs. N. E. 
Hall, and asked her if she would hand hemstitch a communion cloth for 
First Church if the Board of Stewards would buy the linen ... it was ten 
yards around that cloth and mother hemmed, and pulled threads, and 
hemstitched for what seemed an eternity. . . . 

I remember when we would expect about thirty people for Sunday 
night supper and young people's meetings. The older girls took turns 
fixing supper from the $3.00 collected the previous Sunday at ten cents 
a plate. Needless to say, a little help was necessary from mother's pantry. 
At the evening service, we all filed down the aisle and strung out across 
an entire bench to hear Dr. Weaver preach. After the service, we usually 
went to Hoods', Canipes', or Halls' for fun and games and refreshments. 
Sunday night was the highlight of our week! 

I remember when First Church gave a reception for its assistant 
minister, Howard Wilkinson, and his bride. It was raining so hard that I 
got soaked to the skin before I could get from the car to the door on 
Eighth Street and my dress drew up tunic length in the same time span. 
I went back to the car, donned my husband's black rubber raincoat, and 
went through the reception line. No one noticed except Dr. E. H. Black- 
ard who was then district superintendent and in the receiving line. He 
convulsed with laughter when he saw me. 

[Virginia is the youngest charter member of First Methodist. She 
joined the church at the age of five years.] 

F. W. Dowd Bangle ( whose memories of Tryon Street Church are 
in chapter 6) remembers First Church: 

When the Reverend James G. Huggin, Jr., was assistant pastor to Dr. 
W. W. Peele at First Church, Mr. John L. Wilkinson, Sr., who was presi- 
dent of the Carolina Transfer and Storage Company, was my church 



school teacher. We all loved him dearly. I believe I would have done 
anything Mr. Wilkinson asked me to do. 

Jim Huggin, John Wilkinson, and our class of boys on one occasion 
went possum hunting one night. I forget the location; maybe it was at 
'Scaleybark', the farm of Judge D. E. Henderson. It was my first experi- 
ence on a possum hunt. Someone gave me one of the lanterns to carry . . . 
in the excitement I held the lantern too close to the seat of my trousers 
and nearly caught them on fire I shall never forget tliat possum hunt. 

Johnny Long was my first year room-mate at Duke University. . . . 
In his childhood the fingers on his right hand had been damaged by the 
bite of a hog when he was feeding the hogs on his parents' farm one 
day. He had the dream of becoming a violinist. Nan Gordon Hood taught 
him to play the violin with his left hand and he became one of the best 
known left-handed violinists of his day. Johnny Long's orchestra was 
known all over the country. . . . One of the saddest things I ever had to 
do was to help Jake Golden conduct the funeral of Johnny. 

Dowd continues with a few words about some of his friends in 
First Church when he was growing up. Men that he mentions are 
Webb and Carlton Bost, John Hood, Frankland and Sammy Bell, 
Pete MuUis, G. F. Bost, David Henderson, Joe Van Hoy, T. Ed. and 
Faison Pickard, Harry Nabors, J. P. Waggoner, Jr., Lewis Hall, 
Edison Stewart, Albert Guillet, Monroe Landreth and Walter 

Ethel (Mrs. John C.) Rhyne remembers: 

Prayer meetings in the early years of First Methodist Church were held 
each Wednesday evening at 7:30 or 8 o'clock in the chapel of the 
church. They were well attended and were planned and conducted by 
Dr. W. W. Peele, our minister. 

The meetings consisted of a song service, prayer, scripture reading 
and a meditation by Dr. Peele. Occasionally, Dr. Peele would ask in- 
dividuals to take part too. Sometimes he would have personal testimoni- 
als, such as were used in the early church by John Wesley and others. 
Many participated, especially Mr. Arthur Weam. 

The prayer meetings were very informal, but most inspiring, and 
never more than forty -five minutes or an hour long. 

Hoioard C. Wilkinson, Associate Minister (January 1942-October 

Judge David E. Henderson — best known to his many friends as 
"Zeke" — was fond of attending the conference meetings that were held 



frequently at First Methodist Church in Charlotte. During his retire- 
ment years, he would be at the church to welcome the first attender 
and would remain until the last, visiting with his ministerial and lay 
friends from across the conference. 

At one such conference meeting held several years before his death, 
the Judge was spotted by this former associate minister during a morn- 
ing recess, and he urged him to accept an invitation to lunch. Zeke said 
he'd be dehghted to join me for lunch, but the lunch would be at his 
expense, I rephed that we would see about this matter, but in any case 
we'd have a meal together as soon as the morning session broke. 

Accordingly, we got in my car and drove out to the old Boar's Head 
eating place on Morehead Street. All the way from the church to the 
restaurant we debated who was going to pay the bill. I claimed that I 
had invited him, that he had picked up the tab for the last dozen 
lunches, and it clearly was my time to pay. He resorted to legal termi- 
nology to indicate that Methodist preachers' money wasn't legal tender 
in Charlotte. So it went, on and on. 

Neither of us could persuade the other by argument, so that it came 
down to being a tactical matter of seeing who could influence the 
waitress to give him the check. Being the younger of the two, I out- 
maneuvered the Judge, for once, and actually grasped the luncheon 
check when the waitress brought it to the table. 

Brother Zeke obviously was sorely disappointed, and genuine pain 
clearly showed beneath his bushy eyebrows. He not only had wanted 
to treat his former-pastor friend, but he had also tried to out-wit me to 
accomplish this and had failed — so it appeared. He strolled to the door 
a defeated man, while the victor confidently moved to the cash register, 
check in hand. 

Taking my wallet out of my hip pocket, I opened it and at that mo- 
ment suddenly remembered that my lovely wife had asked me for the 
only twenty-dollar bill I had in it that very morning, and although I 
had intended going by the bank on my way out of town, I had forgotten 
to do so. Thus in one awful moment, there I stood at the cash register, 
absolutely penniless. Brother Zeke cast a glance toward me just as the 
realization of all this was finding its way quickly to my countenance. 
Looking first at my flushed face and next at my empty wallet, the Judge 
grasped the situation immediately, needing no verbal explanation. 

The instantaneous outburst of laughter which followed let me know 
that I had unwittingly provided my judicial friend with the very best 
joke, among many, which he would ever get on his preacher in this 
mortal life. Zeke haw-hawed so hard he could scarcely wiggle his wallet 
out of his pocket. The startled waitress came over to see if she had 
made a mistake. The concerned manager asked if something was wrong. 
Several of the other customers could not contain their curiosit}' about 
the cause of the sudden merriment. Poor Zeke! He was laughing so hard 



that he couldn't tell them what it was all about. It was up to me to con- 

The next several times I saw my old friend, he would break out in 
laughter at the first sight of me, and asked if he could loan me some 
money — which, seriously, he would always have counted it a high 
privilege to do. 

Orion N. Hutchinson, Jr. (former Associate Pastor) : 

As a young preacher I came to First Church with a profound sense of 
awe. . . . My entrance into the life of First Church came fast and heavy. 
I preached on the Conference Sunday on which I was appointed to the 
church. The night before, our daughter had been bom in Presbyterian 

We recall an outstanding children's program led by Miss Kate Cro- 
well, to whom we and our children will always be indebted for wisdom 
and inspiration in early formative years. 

I recall pleasant associations with the staff and learning for the first 
time how a large church operates (for better or worse). My whole 
future ministry was informed and my administrative and pastoral 
abilities enhanced by the chance to serve as a part of the administrative 
pastoral team at First Church. The ministers with whom I worked, Lee 
Tuttle and Ken Goodson, provided friendship as well as guidance. Each 
in his own unique way demonstrated types of ministry from which I 
learned much. 

I think of stalwart individuals such as J. B. Ivey, D. E. Henderson, A. 
M. Whisnant and Arthur H. Wearn, who served well their day and 
generations to come by preserving both the facihties and the program 
of the church. 

Humourously, I remember Charlie Flournoy telling me once that 
I 'shook hands like a fish,' and forever changed my handshake. I remem- 
ber Lee Tuttle's sermon notes falling from the pulpit under the pulpit 
chair to be fished out by me on my knees. Other memories include 
watching Christmas parades on the front steps of the church with our 
children, and hiding in one of the church offices to try to catch a thief 
who was stealing from our petty cash fund. 

When I think of First Church, I think of a strategic witness in a down- 
town area which forever convinced me of the essential value of a down- 
town Methodist Church. I went through skeptical moments while serv- 
ing there as to its value, knowing that you had to do everything twice 
as well, and twice as hard, to get half the results, yet I know that First 
Church contributes far more than the records indicate. . . . 

There are many people in First Church who remember the cross 
in Tryon Street Church and many who missed it when First 



Church was built. According to Barbara Hoover, sometime in the 
1940's Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Houston gave First Church a Hghted 
cross. Charlie Henderson says that one of the moving experiences 
in the years when the Reverend Philip Shore was pastor was when 
evening worship was concluded with the darkening of all the hghts 
in the sanctuary except this lighted cross. Then, while words of 
assurance were given, church members who wished would come 
to the altar rail as in communion and pray for any special concerns. 
When Clara and Webb Bost were married in the sanctuary in 1941 
they requested that the cross be lighted. 

During redecoration of the sanctuary in the pastorate of Dr. Pea- 
cock, the cross was broken. It is believed that Mrs. Houston had 
the lighted cross replaced by the beautiful brass cross that is 
above the choir loft today in memory of her husband. A smaller 
brass cross on the chancel table was given by Thomas W. Bird in 
memory of his wife. 

The large brass cross above the choir loft is a Budded Cross 
and the smaller brass cross is a Calvary Cross. On the Budded Cross 
the three "buds" represent the Trinity and on the Calvary ( often 
called an Altar Cross) the Trinity is represented by the three steps. 


In 1977 questionnaires were sent to all members of First United 
Methodist Church and to all former members who were charter 
members. 165 replies were returned with 102 of these being from 
charter members. Monroe M. Landreth, Jr.,* summarized these 
and excerpts from his summary are given here: 

Many Sunday School teachers were remembered. The most frequently 
mentioned included the following: J. Wilson Smith, Mrs. Wilson 
Crowder, Mrs. W. W. Hagood, Sr., John L. Wilkinson, J. B. Ivey, Mrs. 
J. B. Ivey, Miss Maud McKinnon, Plummer Stewart, H. I. McDougle, 
Miss Sallie Bethune, Mrs. C. C. Weaver, Miss Kate Crowell, Harry P. 
Harding, Webb Bost, Mrs. Ralph Rone, Miss Irene Abernethy, Guy O. 
Bagwell, Dr. Joe Van Hoy, G. B. Harris, Alan Newcomb, Mrs. W. T. 
Shore, Mrs. L. W. Petrie, Mrs. Mary Wardin, Mrs. J. E. Brantley, 

* Monroe Landreth was a faithful member of First Church from childhood until 
his death in 1982. He was a valuable member of the Records and History committee. 



W. Reynolds Cuthbertson, Mrs. R. E. Evans, Mrs. Gertrude Haynes, 
Louis G. Ratcliffe, Mrs. Gordon Lupo, Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Whitmore, 
Miss Rosabel Mcintosh, Mrs. Emily Bell, Mrs. Betty Feezor, Miss 
Mary Bowers McKorell, and many others. 

One person remembered that "Dr. Clovis Chappell, the minister who 
oflBciated at my wedding, was thirty minutes late due to his wife being 
held up in a visit during the rain. She could not get out because it was 
raining so hard." 

Answers to the question asking for the topic of a sermon that was 
most impressive showed that "How Great Thy Art" by Dr. Kenneth 
Goodson, assisted by the choir, led the list. Others that were mentioned 
included: "Tap Roots" by the Reverend Howard Wilkinson; "Hitch 
Your Wagon to a Star" by Dr. Peele; "How to Win a Race," and "So You 
Want Your Church to be Great" by Dr. Peacock; and "How God Found 
Man" by Dr. Shore. 

Some answers shared some treasured memories of people and of 
church activities: Mrs. Floyd Bangle, Mrs. J. H. Bost, and many others. 
. . . Boy Scouts under the leadership of Bryan Wentz and Watson 

Some had memories of White Gift Services at Christmas, the choir, 
the organ, the orchestra, and many other events. 

The worship service came first in answers to the question of what 
particular program in the church meant most to you. It was followed 
by Sunday School and many other activities were mentioned. 

The last question on this questionnaire asked, "What is your dream for 
the future of our church?" Space does not permit mention of all of 
these but tliey will be found in the archives of the church. Actually, 
one of the answers to this question well expresses all of the others : "That 
it may continue as a great church 'in the city' providing meaningful 
Sunday morning worship services as it has done in the past, and that 
it can continue to provide Christian training for its young people and 
great Christian fellowship for its members, especially the wonderful 
ministry it is now providing for the aging." 

Throughout most answers to this question was the theme of a great 
uptown church in the heart of the city with its church work and in- 
fluence; the church serving all people. 


Dr. Walter W. Peele (Minister, 1927-1936) : The first minister of 
the new First Methodist Church has been described as a gentle- 
man, an humble man and a true Christian. Under his strong lead- 



ership, Tryon Street and Trinity churches became one church. He 
was articulate and warm and "you had a good feeling just being 
around him." His sermons were easy to follow. [Editorial com- 
ment—Even I could follow them because they were so beautifully 

Anne Batten remembers a story tliat Dr. Peele told more than 
once from the pulpit: The story was about the httle ermine, whose 
only safety is in a dirty hollow log and rather than soil its pure 
white coat will turn and fight a pursuing enemy. 

Dr. Peele was at First Church in "the best of times and the worst 
of times." Best because of everyone's enthusiasm for the beautiful 
new church and worst because of almost insurmountable financial 
problems during the depression. 

After leaving First Church, Dr. Peele became Bishop Peele in 

Dr. Charles C. Weaver (Minister, 1936-1940): Dr. Weaver had 
the diflicult job of following the beloved Dr. Peele. It is interesting 
that Dr. Weaver came from a nine year pastorate in Centenary 
Methodist Church in Winston-Salem just as Dr. Peele had been at 
First Church for nine years. Dr. Weaver is remembered for his pas- 
toral care to the church members, spending much of his time in 
visitation. Mrs. Weaver was active in the work of tlie Women's Mis- 
sionary Society, the Sunday school, and in the organization of 
Bethlehem Center in Charlotte. 

Dr. G. Ray Jordan (Minister, 1940-1945): Dr. Jordan had been 
pastor at Dilworth Methodist Church in the late 1920's before 
coming to First Methodist in 1940. He was a strong believer in a 
very formal worship hour on Sunday morning and his sermons 
"will always be remembered by those who heard tliem." He later 
became professor of Homiletics at Emory University and published 
many books. 

Mrs. Jordan, Carohne, "a perfect minister's wife," was active in 
all areas of church life and was responsible for the formation of 
night circles in the Women's Society of Christian Service. 

Dr. Clovis G. Chappell (Minister, 1945-1949): Dorothy Brandes 
( Mrs. Mack) Powers says, "He was fun to hsten to and his sermons 



always could bring laughter one minute and deep thought the 
next." Anne Batten remembers that he always wished everyone 
a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" at the Easter service 
because he said he was sure that he wouldn't see some of the con- 
gregation in church again before the next Easter Sunday. Fay 
Springs remembers one of his stories: 

Dr. Chappell was asked by a person, seeking to engage in a theological 
discourse, if it were right or wrong for women to wear make-up. His 
answer was, "whether it is a bam or a woman, if they need it, a good 
coat of paint won't hurt either one." 

Fay also says, "When he preached, everyone listened— he told the 
congregation to listen and it did." Charles Henderson remembers 
that Dr. Chappell ended strong phrases with a pause for emphasis 
and a snappy "ah— men." 

Mrs. Chappell, Cecil, was instrumental in organizing the first 
young adult group and taught in it as long as the Chappells were 
at First Methodist. 

Dr. Clovis Chappell was not only a good preacher but was a 
prolific writer. Dr. Wallace D. Chappell ( Senior Minister of First 
Church in 1982 at the time this is being written) has written a 
biography of his uncle entitled "Clovis Chappell: Preacher of the 
Word." At the risk of saying too much about Dr. Clovis Chappell in 
comparison with the short paragraphs on the other former minis- 
ters, two excerpts from this biography are included here. 

Once he (Dr. Clovis Chappell) and Clarence Darrow were speaking 
together on the same platform. Darrow's subject was "Why I Am an 
Agnostic." My uncle's subject was "Why I Am a Christian." 

The esteemed lawyer made much of Old Testament literalism. "The 
idea of Balaam's ass speaking," he sneered — "how ridiculous!' 

When my uncle's time came, he said with sugary sarcasm, "I do not see 
why my learned lawyer friend should think it an amazing occurrence 
for Balaam's ass to speak. There are a lot of twentieth century asses who 
do quite a bit of talking." 

Another excerpt- 
Finally, if counseling is to be a spiritual ministry, it must be offered 



with frankness. . . . Once, in his later years, I thought my uncle was too 

A lady in his hometown requested that he give her a counseling 
period. When he arrived at her front door, he felt that she was not prop- 
erly attired. 

"Come in. Dr. Chappell," she entreated. 

"No!" was his response. "I will wait here at the door until you put 
some clothes on." 

I said to another minister that I could not have been that frank. "No," 
was his answer, "but neither are you eighty years old." He definitely had 
a point. 

Dr. Lee F. Tuttle (Minister, 1949-1956) : Lee Tuttle was known as 
"Red" when he starred on Duke University's football team. He was a 
good man and his quiet reserve was a decided contrast to the for- 
mer pastor. He gave organized "intelligent sermons" and "his wife 
had the prettiest hats in the church." It was rumored that he gave 
her his honorariums to buy her hats. Mrs. Tuttle, Mae, was an ex- 
cellent teacher of Young Adults. 

Lee and Mae Tuttle shared their Lake Junaluska home with 
young couples getting married. Both Dr. John and Marjorie ( Lutz ) 
Douglas and Charles and Nita (Tillman) Henderson were invited 
and went back to "Tut-Hill" for their 25th wedding anniversaries. 

In recent years Mae Tuttle has had the exclusive distributorship 
of John Wesley Wedgewood china. 

Dr. W. Kenneth Goodson ( Minister, 1956-1961 ) : Another one of 
our pastors who became a bishop after leaving First Church was 
Ken Goodson. He had been brought up in a railroading family in 
Salisbury and was interested in railroading, sports, masonic organi- 
zations, and civic clubs. He had a photographic memory and could 
tell people where they had sat in church on a given Sunday. 

Dr. Goodson was a man of charm and warmth who was inter- 
ested in everything about the church family. He was a great asset 
to First Church and was in great demand as a public speaker. His 
wiie, Martha, was always present and was most supportive of his 
work. She was active in every phase of the women's work. 

This letter that outgoing Dr. Goodson wrote to incoming Dr. 
Shore (Church Bulletin June 18, 1961) should not be buried in 
the church archives. 



The Reverend P. L. Shore Jr. 
Box 307 

Lexington, North CaroHna 
My dear Phil: 

The Annual Conference has come and gone. As a result of its sessions, 
both of us are moving. Let me write to welcome you as the minister of 
First Church, Charlotte. Let me say first of all how pleased I am that you 
are coming. No Methodist preacher picks his successor, but the bonds 
of our fraternity are so close that each of us is interested in the one who 
follows him. Our friendship — yours and mine — has been so close across 
the years that it is with real personal pleasure that I welcome you to 
First Church. 

You are coming to a great church. It is the union of two downtown 
churches in Charlotte of a generation ago. Threads of devotion to those 
two churches are woven with real finesse into the fabric of First Church. 
The putting together of First Church is a story in churchmanship that is 
not often duplicated. At the heights of this union came the depression 
and an almost unparalleled struggle faced this congregation. For fifteen 
years there was written as fine a story in sacrificial churchmanship as I 
believe American Methodism has ever known. The greatness of this has 
flavored the magnitude of this church's dedication. 

First Church is a downtown church, and you will be told many things 
about the problems of a downtown church — but do not beUeve that all 
about it is a problem. Let me tell you about the greatness of a down- 
town church, for it has more greatness than it has problems. The de- 
nomination in this city will look to you and your church for leadership. 
You will have people from everywhere in your congregation, and visitors 
by the scores from across America will drop in for your Sunday service. 
The whole city will comprise your parish, and your people will come 
from across the town. Here, where the crowded ways of life cross in our 
largest city, you may sound your voice like a messenger from God, as you 
proclaim the great, good news of the Gospel. 

You are coming into the warmest church that I have ever known. In 
some respects it is the biggest country church I ever saw. You will find 
dedication and consecration, the like of which you have never seen. You 
will find a sense of loyalty to the Church that is almost fanatical. You will 
find some "old-time Methodists" who have been in this Church across the 
years and who love it dearly. You will find hundreds of new people who 
have moved in and are moving in to take their place in the community 
and in the Church. You will find a wonderful Church staff, ready to 
work with you at every turn. You will find an OjBBcial Board to work by 
your side. You will find the Church organized with capable committees 
and commissions. Above all, you will find a sense of devotion to Jesus 
Christ and to the Church. You are in for the making of some personal 
friends that will enrich your life forever. There wUl be times of dis- 



couragement, for the work here is hard. But there will be many, many 
hours of real joy, for the work here is compensating and rewarding. This 
is a great church. It has a great history. It has an unlimited future. I have 
worked in it and loved it. I have been made physically tired by its de- 
mands many times, but I have been spiritually refreshed by the warmth 
of a congregation that has been without equal in my lifetime. I leave 
them widi real feeling in my heart. But this is the Methodist Church, 
and as I go, you come. They will receive you gladly and prayerfully as 
you begin your ministry among them. I am glad tliat you are coming to 
share the greatness of this Church and to make it greater. I also am glad 
that they are going to have the opportunity of knowing and participating 
in the ministry of so fine a man as I know you to be. 

Your brother in Christ, 
Kenneth Goodson 

Dr. Philip L. Shore, Jr. (Minister, 1961-1965): To follow a man 
like "Ken Goodson" was hard and Dr. Shore's quiet manner was 
different from Dr. Goodson's outgoing personality. 

Phil Shore was the son of a Methodist minister and had lived in 
Charlotte during his senior year at Central High School. He was a 
Phi Beta Kappa product of Duke University and of the Duke Uni- 
versity Divinity School. His Doctor of Divinity degree was con- 
ferred by High Point College in 1962. His wife, Mary Anna, was a 
sweet and lovely person, always supportive in every phase of the 
church including visitation. 

After leaving First Church he became a District Superintendent 
with great success. 

Dr. H. Eugene Peacock (Minister, 1965-1972): During his seven 
years at First Church, Dr. Peacock led the change of direction of 
the church from being a "cathedral church" to becoming a "service 
church." He was active in the organization of the telephone coun- 
sehng service (CONTACT) in Charlotte. Dr. Peacock was a good 
preacher and his wife, Dorothy, was involved in all areas of the 
Sunday School and church, including the presidency of the Wom- 
an's Society of Christian Service. 

This is the place to say something about Willie ( Mrs. Brooks ) 
Elixson who was secretary to the ministers at First Church for 
twenty-one years— Dr. Clovis Chappell, Dr. Lee F. Tuttle, Dr. Ken- 
neth Goodson, Dr. Philip Shore and Dr. H. Eugene Peacock. Wil- 
lie Elixson not only knew the church membersliip but she had all 



of the information about the church at her finger tips. Dr. Clovis 
Chappell said that in all of his ministry Willie Elixson was the 
best secretary that he ever had. She died in 1969. 

Her outstanding contributions were recognized when she was 
awarded a Life Membership by the Church Women United. 

Dr. Jacob B. Golden (Minister, 1972-1978) : Described as a down- 
to-earth and compassionate person who was sensitive to people's 
needs, "J^^^^ Golden helped people anywhere and everywhere." 
During his stay, the renovation program, Thursdays-at-First, the 
Sunbeam Class for retarded children, and the needlepoint kneelers 
in the sanctuary were all begun. 

According to Charlie Henderson, "J^^^ was a tremendous singer 
but he pretended to be bashful with his talent." He was a former 
soloist with the Duke University Glee Club. His sweet daughter 
Anne was the initial member of the Sunbeam class and both of the 
Golden sons are now Methodist ministers. His wife, Jane, was 
witty and clever, a charming hostess in the parsonage and a perfect 
example of a minister's wife. 

Dr. Richard J. Crowder (Minister, 1978-1981): Dick Crowder 
came from a large family whose father's death left his mother with 
great responsibility. The very tall Dick excelled as a basketball 
player and at Duke University he was center on a nationally 
ranked team. 

Mrs. Crowder, Barbara, was active in the church as a Sunday 
School teacher and as a leader in church music. The older daugh- 
ter graduated from the Duke Divinity School and the younger 
daughter is a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Car- 
olina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Crowder was at First Church only three years and this was 
during a very difficult personal time when his son was seriously 
injured in a near-fatal automobile accident. Dr. Crowder was 
a good Christian and was a person who had a real interest in the 
members of the congregation. His sermons reflected deep thought 
and sincerity and his book of sermons reflects his anguish over 
Rick's injury and slow struggle towards rehabilitation. 

Dr. Wallace D. Chappell (Minister, 1981-1983): This nephew of 
Dr. Clovis Chappell is the present ( 1983 ) pastor of First Church 



and in a few short months has endeared himself to the congrega- 
tion. He is a warm and caring minister and his sermons are excel- 
lent. He is interested in working directly with people and in coun- 
sehng. In 1983 he is leaving First Church in order to devote his 
time to evangehstic work. His wife, Mary Frances, was chairman 
of a mission group and gave excellent programs. 



For a number of years, First United Methodist Church has pub- 
Hshed The First Epistle, a weekly bulletin. This afterword con- 
sists of excerpts from the May 19 and May 24, 1983, issues. 

Helios and Goodbyes 

The United Methodist Church is known for its itinerant system, 

a system in which ministers move into a church situation where 

their talents and abilities match the church's needs. This system 

keeps ministers challenged and local churches vital and aUve. 

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First Church is saying "goodbye" to two ministers and "hello" 
to two more. 

Dr. Wallace Chappell will be leaving for Nashville, Tennessee, 
where he will be Director of Evangelism Ministries on the Board 
of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. The Chappells' 
address in Nashville will be 4100 Crestridge Drive, Nashville, 
Tennessee 37204. 

The Reverend Herbert Blackmon will be retiring from full-time 
ministry. Herb is looking forward to a retirement of relaxing, 
gardening, and working with his sons. 

o « « 

The United Methodist itinerant system has worked to perfection 
in the appointments of Dr. Harold K. Bales and the Reverend Wil- 
liam C. Robinson to First Church. 

Dr. Bales is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He received a 
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College, a 
Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt Uni- 

Dr. Bales has served several churches in the Holston Conference. 
In 1969 he joined The Methodist Board of EvangeHsm as the As- 
sociate Editor of Tidings, a publication of resources for evangelism. 
In 1972 he became a staflF member of The United Methodist Board 
of Discipleship where he served as Director of Publishing Services 
(1972-75) and Director of Evangehsm Development (1975-81). 
In 1981 Dr. Bales was selected to serve as Executive Director of 
"The Chm-ch's Presence at the 1982 World's Fair." This project was 
a ministry of thirteen Protestant denominations, the Creek Ortho- 



dox Church and the Roman CathoHc Church. This multisensory 
exhibit was witnessed by over 800,000 people. 

Dr. Bales is a frequent lecturer and speaks on evangeHsm at 
schools and conferences all over the nation. He has served as a con- 
sultant on evangelism strategies throughout the United States, 
Australia, Great Britain, Brazil and Central America. He is the 
author of numerous books and pamphlets. 

Dr. Bales comes to us from Kingsport, Tennessee where he was 
the Minister of Disciplesliip at First Broad Street United Metho- 
dist Church. He is married to Judy Byrd Bales and they have three 
children: Janice, who was married in the spring; David, a rising 
sophomore in college; and Phihp who is thirteen years old. The 
Bales will be moving to Charlotte the last of June and will be with 
us on Sunday, July 3. A reception to meet the family will be held 
after worship. 

Our new parish minister will be the Reverend WiUiam C. ( Bill ) 
Robinson. He is a native of Clinton, North Carolina, and is a grad- 
uate of East Carolina University and Duke Divinity School. He 
worked for two years with the Department of Corrections as a 
Rehabihtation Counselor. Bill is a Certified Clinical Chaplain and 
served a Chaplain Internship at Duke University Medical Center. 
He recendy completed a three-year training program in Pastoral 
Counseling at the Presbyterian Family Life Center in Charlotte and 
was certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors 
in October of 1982. 

Bill Robinson served two years as the associate minister at First 
United Methodist Church in Asheboro and five years as pastor at 
First Street United Methodist Church in Albemarle. His most 
recent appointment was to Central United Methodist Chm-ch in 
Monroe where he served as an associate for two years. 

Bill and his wife, Mary, have two sons, David who is nine, and 
Brian who is seven. 

Dr. Chesley C. Herbert, Jr., retired former minister of Myers 
Park United Methodist Church and administrative assistant to 
Bishop Earl G. Hunt, has been associate minister for visitation at 
First United Methodist since 1973, and is greatly admired and be- 
loved. His wife, Libba, has been active in the United Methodist 
Women and has generously shared her musical talent. She has been 
most supportive in the local church as well as throughout the 




As I BEGIN MY SERVICE as senior minister here at First Church, I 
plant one foot finnly on the rich tradition of this great church. I 
beheve tradition is to the church what memory is to the individual. 
If we do not have a sense of history, tradition, and memory, we will 
not know who we are! 

My otlier foot I plant firmly in the present. First Church is an 
active, living, growing organism. It is anything but a relic of the 
past! Day by day the members and staff of this congregation pour 
their energies and resources into ministry in this community. 

Thus, with one foot on the shoulder of tlie past and one foot on 
on the shoulder of the present, I am able to see farther into the First 
Church of the future. This afterword is transformed into a vision 
of what our church will be afterward! After a glorious past and an 
achieving present, we look to a challenging future. A distinguish- 
ing feature of the church through the ages has been that each time 
an epilogue has been written, the renewing power of God has 
transformed that epilogue into a prologue for a new future! 

Any afterword about this congregation's past would have to be 
replete with references to the great leadership the church has en- 
joyed through the years. Some of the towering clergymen of twen- 
tieth century Methodism have served here. Lay leadership has also 
been extraordinary and continues to be so. For instance, four mem- 
bers of First Church have been chosen by the Western North Caro- 
hna Annual Conference to be delegates to the 1984 General and 
Jurisdictional Conferences— a remarkable development indeed. 
Therefore, when an afterword about the past is given, one hastens 
to add that afterward the trend continues! 

The single word that dominates my thinking as I reflect on the 
past, immerse myself in tlie present, and look to the future is "sanc- 
tuary." Of course, the physical facihty which has become a Char- 
lotte landmark is the first image that comes to mind. "You have the 
most beautiful sanctuary," is a comment often heard in remarks 
about First Church. It is true that the place where we worship is a 
sanctuary of exceptional beauty and majesty. 

There are other ways of thinking of sanctuary, however, tliat 



are deeply rooted in the history of the Christian church. Perhaps 
you have had the opportunity to visit a great cathedral and notice 
how people not only enter to pray and worship, but also to find 
refuge and assistance in times of emergency. This, too, is a function 
of First Church! We minister daily to the hungry, the homeless, 
and the desperate here in the center of Charlotte where we stand 
as a sanctuary for people of every station in Hfe. Rich and poor 
find refuge here. 

When I am asked to describe First Church today and for the fu- 
ture, I often respond: "We are a combination cathedral and urban 
rescue mission!" I am proud to be a part of such an endeavor. We 
are indeed a sanctuary in the richest sense of the word and I be- 
heve we are in accord with God's will for us in this effort. On Sun- 
day morning when I look into the faces of the First Church folk I 
thank God for the devotion of these champions for Christ in the 
center of this great city! 

Harold K. Bales 




1814 Dr. David R. Dunlap comes to Charlotte to live. 

1818 First Methodist "class" organized. 

1819- Building of community church that was used by all denomina- 
1823 tions until taken over by the Presbyterians in 1835. 

1822 Quarterly Conference appointed trustees to build a Methodist 

1825 Charlotte's first Sunday School. 

1828 or A group left the Methodist Episcopal Church and formed the 
1830 Methodist Protestant Church. 

1832 Generally accepted date for the first Methodist church on the 
northeast corner of North College and East Seventh Streets. 

1859 Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South built on the 
southwest comer of North Tryon and West Sixth Streets. 

1865 Formation of Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 

1878 Woman's Missionary Society of Tryon Street Methodist or- 

1884 New front built on Tryon Street Methodist. 

1891 Rebuilding of main part of Tryon Street Methodist. 

1896 Organization of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 

1898 Cornerstone of Trinity laid. 

1908 Refurbishing of Tryon Street Methodist. 

1921 First discussion of reuniting Tryon Street and Trinity churches. 

1926 Merging of Tryon Street and Trinity. 

1927 Building of First Methodist Church on the northwest comer 
of North Tryon and West Eighth streets. 

1928 Sanctuary of the new church first used March 11, 1928. 

1929 With the crash of the stock market on October 29, 1929, the 
"Great Depression" began. 

1930 In December of 1930 twenty-two charter members endorsed a 
large mortgage in order to save First Methodist Church. 

1933 Many banks closed on March 5. 

1934 D. E. Henderson persuaded Massachusetts Mutual Life In- 
surance Company to reduce the mortgage interest rate from 
5^4% to 3%. 

Doris Duke honors her father's oral pledge to give the church 
1939 Methodist Episcopal Church, Methodist Protestant Church and 
Methodist Episcopal Church, South came back together to 
form The Methodist Church. 



1944 The mortgage was burned March 19, 1944. 

1957 Major renovation of First Methodist Church begins. 

1966 New organ contracted for. 

1968 The Methodist Church and EvangeHcal United Brethren com- 
bined to form today's United Methodist Church. 

1983 The renovation mortgage was binned on November 20, 1983, 
using the same brass bowl which was used in 1944. 




John Watts and J. J. Allison 1833 
Tracy R. Wall and 

Daniel J. Allen 1834 

Jacob Ozier and 

W. J. Jackson 1835 

J. G. Postelle and 

W. R. Smith 1836 

T. M. Smith and J. R. Kisten 1837 
W. Harrison and 

Mark Russell 1838 

J. H. Bradley and 

Martin Eddy 1840 

P. G. Bowman and 

Campbell Smitli 1840 

In 1840 Charlotte was made a station. Hitherto, it had been included 
in a circuit but since 1833 the junior preacher of the circuit had been 
stationed in Charlotte. 

W. B. Bamett 


Reuben Tucker 


Hartwell Tucker and 

Zacheus Dowling 


Jacob HiU 


T. A. Roseman 


Jeremiah Freeman 


Daniel Asbury 


Elisha Askew 


D. F. Christenbury 


Daniel F. Waid 


Benjamin Bell 


Absolom Brown 


John J. Richardson 


A. B. McGilvary 
Colin Murchison 
C. M. Pritchard 
W. P. Mangum 
Wm. Barringer 
P. A. WilHams 
J. J. Fleming 
A. G. Stacy 
J. W. Miller 
John N. Pickett 
James Stacy 

E. J. Meynardie 
This was when 

Church was built. 
J. F. Miller 

F. M. Kennedy 
Dennis J. Simmons 
J. H. Pritchard 





Tryon Street 


James Stacy 

W. C. Power and 

C. E. Long 
W. C. North 
E. J. Meynardie 

E. W. Thompson 
A. V. Mangum 
L. S. Burkhead 
P. J. Garroway 
A. A. Boshamer 
J. T. Bagwell 

F. D. Swindell 
Solomon Pool 
W. S. Creasy 
W. W. Bays 

H. F. Chrietzberg 
T. F. Marr 
H. K. Boyer 






H. Detwiler 1909 

L. E. Bamhardt 



T. Rowe 1910-1912 

H. G. Hardin 



K. McLarty 1913-1915 

J. H. Bamhardt 



L. Bain 1916 

A. L. Stanford 




B. Turrentine 1896-1897 

T. F. Marr 


Frank Siler 1898-1901 

J. W. Moore 



H. Detwiler 1902-1903 

W. A. Jenkins 



T. Durham 1904-1905 

J. E. Abernethy 



L. Bain 1908-1909 

A. D. Wilcox 



W. Plyler 1910-1911 


W. W. Peele 


C. C. Weaver 


G. Ray Jordan 


Clovis G, Chappell 


Lee F. Turtle 


W. Kenneth Goodson 


Philip L. Shore, Jr. 


H. Eugene Peacock 


Jacob B. Golden 


Richard J. Crowder 


Wallace D. Chappell 


Harold K. Bales 





In addition to senior ministers of First Church who have since become 
bishops (Dr. Peele and Dr. Goodson), the following played vital roles 
in the planning, development and life of First United Methodist Church: 

Planning Period: Bishop U. V. Darlington, 1918-1921, presiding 
at the Nov. 20, 1918 Western North Carolina Conference held at Try on 
Street; Bishop Collins Denny, 1922-25. 

Achievement and Crisis Period: Bishop Edwin D. Mouzon, 1926- 
33, years in which the merger was completed, First Church was built 
and, with world-wide depression, faced its most desperate days. Bishop 
Mouzon presided over the 1933 annual conference held at First Church. 

Days of Struggle: Bishop Paul B. Kern, 1934-37 ^^^ Bishop Clare 
PurceU, 1938-48. The struggle for survival, escape from deep debt and 
problems of World War II culminated with Bishop Purcell's presiding 
at the March 19, 1944, mortgage burning and church dedication and the 
war's end in 1945. Annual Conferences were held in 1938 and 1942 at 
First Church. 

New Growth: Bishop Costen J. Harrell, 1948-55, presided at the 
1952 annual conference at First Church. Bishop Nolan B. Harmon 
served from 1956 through 1964. 

Role Change From Cathedral Church to Service Church: Bishop 
Earl G. Hunt, Jr., established an independent office for the bishop 
first at the Cole Building and in 1976 at the new Methodist Center 
adjacent to The Methodist Home. Since September, 1976, Bishop L. 
Scott Allen has served our conference with dedication, integrity, and 




James G. Huggin (deceased) 1929-1930* 

W. L. SherriU (deceased) 1930-1933 

Lester S. Furr (deceased) 1938-1939 

J. Claude Evans 1939-1940 

Howard C. Wilkinson 1942-1947 

C. C. Benton ( deceased) 1947-1949 

J, Bernard Hurley 1949-1951 

Paul W. Yount, Jr. 1951-1952 

Glenn R. McCuUy (deceased) 1952-1954 
Orion N. Hutchinson 1954-1957 

Loy D. Thompson (deceased) 1954-1961 

H. Glenn Lanier (deceased) 1957-1960 

Russell N. Burson 1960-1963 

WiUiam T. Ratchf ord ( deceased ) 1963-1966 
Daniel T. Earnhardt 1966-1968 

John James Miller 1968-1972 

Michael R. Howard 1972-1975 

Chesley C. Herbert, Jr. 1973- 

James T. Trollinger 1975-1979 

Herbert E. Blackmon 1979-1983 

William C. Robinson 1983- 

* In 1928 Dr. W. W. Peele, who was First Methodist's pastor at that time, 
hired James G. Huggin (a young minister just out of Duke University) as his 
associate and personally paid him $ioo a month out of his (Dr. Peele's) $7,500 

annual salary. The Peeles also shared the parsonage with him. Later on, because 
of the frail health of Mrs. Peele, the Peeles hved at the Selwyn Hotel on the comer of 
Trade and Church Streets. 




Miss Maud McKinnon (deceased) 

Miss Helen Gage 1941-1942 

Miss Lilla Mills 1942-1945 

Miss Kitty Wilson 1946-1947 

Miss Marjorie Lutz 1947-1952 

Miss Mary Ellen Harrell 1952-1955 

The Reverend Wilson Walker 1956-1959 

The Reverend Kenneth A. Horn 1959-1961 

The Reverend P. DeArmon Hunter 1961-1965 

The Reverend G. Roland Mullinix 1965-1966 

The Reverend Melvin D. Mcintosh 1966-1968 

The Reverend William H. Cole 1968-1972 
The Reverend Thomas E. Raper (Redmond) 1972-1973 

Mrs. Joan ( David ) Miles 1973-1976 

Miss Wanda Ogden 1976-1979 

Charles Thomas ( Chuck ) Barger, III 1979- 




The Reverend and Mrs. N. Sneed Ogbum 

The Reverend Dwight B. MulKs 

The Reverend F. W. Dowd Bangle 

The Reverend Douglas Corriher 

The Reverend James G. WTiite, Jr. 

The Reverend H. Claude Young, Jr. 

The Reverend C. Garland Young 

The Reverend and Mrs. Edwin A. Hackney 

The Reverend John E. Hawkins 

The Reverend L. H. Lawing, Jr. 

The Reverend John F. Spillman, Jr. 

Mr. Fred M. Armstrong 

Miss Gene Tomlinson 

Miss Aim Lynne WofiFord 

Miss Barbara Cox 

Miss Jewel Lineberger 

Miss Carol Clodfelter 

Miss Gloria Coltharp 

The Reverend Linda Holder 

The Reverend Perry Miller 

The Reverend Jacob B. Golden, Jr. 

The Reverend Harold Eugene Peacock, Jr. 

The Reverend Jonathan Lohr Golden 

Miss Sybil Hurley 




Dr. A. M. Whisnant 1927-1945 

J. Wilson Smith 1945-1947 

W. R. Cuthbertson, Sr. 1947-1951 

Gordon M. Lupo i95i-i953 

Hunter M. Jones 1953-1955 

W. P. Pil<e 1955-1957 

W. E. Jordan 1957-1959 

E. Raymond Brietz 1959-1961 

Thomas W. Bird 1961-1963 

E. M. Beaver 1963-1965 

Charles J. Henderson 1965-1966 

Grady G. Thomas 1966-1968 

Frank M. Little 1968-1969 

James H. Luther 1969-1970 

B. B. Parker 1970-1972 

J. Webb Bost 1972-1974 

Charles W. Eskridge 1975-197^ 

John K. Gilbert, Jr. 1977-1978 
Mrs. Charles (Nita) Henderson 1978-1980 

Fred E. Smith 1981-1982 

W. Reynolds Cuthbertson, Jr. 1982- 






W. R. Cuthbertson, Jr. 


B. B. Parker 


Jenny Brown 

Membership— Administrative Board 

Associate Pastor(s) 
Lay Leader 
Lay Members 

(Annual Conference) 
Chairperson— Trustees 
Chairperson— Finance 
Chairperson— StaflF-Parish 
Secretary— Nominations 

Financial Secretary/ 

Christian Educator 
Director of Music 
Chairperson— Council on 

Work Area Chairpersons 

CLASS OF 1983 

Mrs. W. R. (Margaret) 

Jenny L. Brown 

Mattie Sue Brown 

Mrs. Leslie (Lurlene) 

Julius W. Cooley 

Bill Dellinger 

Eccles Elliott 

Charles W. Eskridge 

Charles Henderson 

Mrs. J. Sam (Elizabeth) 

Himter M. Jones 

Mrs. Alan (Jeanne) New- 

Mrs. Hazel Pope 

Emerson Sharpe 

Shirley Smith 

Wayland Stuart 

R. Larry Vessell 

Mrs. Crystal Walton 

Martha F. (Marty) Washam 

Howard E. Whitehead 

Age-Level Coordinators 
Family Life Coordinators 
Superintendent— Church 

Coordinator— Communica- 
President— UM Women 
President— UM Men 


CLASS OF 1984 

George E. Barber, Jr. 

Robert M. Barker 

Charlotte M. Cheney 

George Elliott 

Mrs. Charles (Nita) Hen- 

Tony Hodge 

T. Steve Johnson 

Harvey Larson 

James MahaflFee 

Dale Merrell 

Eric Protz 

John Rudisill 

Mrs. John (Bufi) Rudisill 

T. Z. Sprott, Jr. 

H. Watson Stewart, Jr. 

Mrs. Joe M. (Helen) Van 

David A. Voigt 

Harry Welch, Jr. 

Mrs. W. A. (Carmen) Wil- 

PhilHp Wright 

CLASS OF 1985 

Joe Beiderbecke 

Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) 

Webb Bost 

Al Gaze 

Mrs. Eccles (Bea) Elliott 

Mrs. Charles (Lois) Esk- 

Mrs. Jack (Jean) Gilbert 

Fred Glisson 

Al Guillet 

John Kibler 

Earl King 

Joe Lentz, Sr. 

Jas. C. McLauchlin 

Mrs. Jas. (Fran) Mc- 

John Rosenblatt 

Mrs. Frances W. Sullivan 

Dr. Joe M. Van Hoy 

Jim Wesson 

Jim Wilkerson 

Ralph Williams 





1983 1984 

Jack T. Gray, Chairperson Bruce Cunningham 
Mrs. Charles (Nita) Hen- Mrs. Laney (Lois) Fun- 

derson derburk 

Mrs. R. P. (Barbara) Hoover Sam Springs, Jr. 
B. B. Parker 

Steve Johnson 
Emerson Sharpe 
Ralph WiUiams 

Dr. Wallace Chappell/ 

Dr. Harold K. Bales, 

Raymond Brietz 
Brett Flinchvun 
Jack Gilbert 

Charles Elliott 
Watson Stewart 
Mrs. W. L. (Ginny) 


Mrs. Sylvia Eagle 
Charles Henderson 
E2xa V. Moss, Jr. 
Sam Springs, Jr. 

Ray Parker, Chairperson 
John Rudisill 
Dr. Joe M. Van Hoy 
Howard Whitehead 

Lay Leader 
B. B. Parker 



Mrs. R. S. (Frankie) Dar- 

Eccles Elliott 

Mrs. Fred (Causes) Smith 



Mrs. Leslie (Lurlene) 

Mrs. Charles (Nita) Hen- 

Sam Springs, Jr. 

1984 1985 

Fred Smith, Chairperson Raymond Brietz 
John Rosenblatt Jack Gilbert 

Mrs. Arnold (Nancy) Walsh Tom Tilhnan 



Prescott (Buck) Little 
John Sofley/Mrs. Jack 
(Betty Jeanne) Gray 
T. Z. Sprott, Jr. 
Fred Stallings 

Robert M. Barker 
Bill Johnson 
H. Watson Stewart, Jr. 

Mrs. Grady (Georgelyn) 


Lay Members of 

Annual Conference 

Sam Hinton 

B. B. Parker 

Fred Smith 


Mrs. Parker (Peggy) Duncan 

Mrs. Pressley (Barbara) 

Raymond Parker 

Certified Lay Speakers 
Mrs. L. E. (Lurlene) 

E. Raymond Brietz 
Parker Duncan 
Charles Henderson 
Sam Springs, Jr. 
Mrs. Watson (Travis) 



Ministers: Dr. Wallace D. Chappell/ 
Dr. Harold K. Bales, Rev. Herbert E. 
Blackmon/The Rev. Wm. C. Robin- 
son/Dr. C. C. Herbert, Jr 

Financial Secretary and Treasurer: Mrs. 

Heywood (Betty) Weeks 
Secretaries: Mrs. Lou Dickson, Mrs. Don 

(Kathryn) Winecoff 

Director of Music and Organist: Gil Piro- Kitchen Manager: Mrs. Lurella Clinton 

vano Custodians: Monroe McGriff, JuUus Max- 

Christian Educator: Charles T. Barger, well 
in (Chuck) 




Chairperson: Sam Hinton 
Vice-Chairperson: Sam Springs, Jr. 
Secretary: Mrs. Kermit (Ginger) Mc- 

Assistant Secretary: Mrs. David (Cath- 
erine) Mitchell 
Conference Chairperson (Ex officio): 
Mrs. Charles (Nita) Henderson 

Work Area Chairpersons 
Education: Mrs. Ann Irwin 
Worship: Mrs. J. W. (Alice Arm) Cvirlee 
Membership and Evangelism: Mr. and 

Mrs. Sam (Fay) Springs, Jr. 
Communication: Mark Zahnd 
Ecumenical Affairs: Mr. and Mrs. Frank 

(Nancy) Newton, Jr. 
Global Ministries: Mrs. F. H. (Helen) 

Mitchell; Mrs. V. B. (Stelle) Templeton 
Social Concerns— Refugees: 

Mr. and Mrs. Carlton (Lois) Burchett 
Social Concerns— Crisis Assistance and 

Show Biz: Mr. and Mrs. Alan (Sherry) 

Strickland; Mr. and Mrs. E. W. 

(Rae) Johnson 
Stewardship: Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Sarah) 



Preschool Children: Mrs. Tom (Jackie) 

Elementary Children: Mr. and Mrs. T. 

Steve (Janice) Johnson 
Youth: Parker Duncan 
Young Adults: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin 

(Sharon) King; Mr. and Mrs. David 

(Catherine) Mitchell 
Adults: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest (Virginia) 

Church School Superintendent: Aim 

Wednesday Evening Fellowship: Mrs. 

Leslie (Lurlene) Bamhardt 
United Methodist Bicentennial Commit- 
tee: Mrs. Jack (Jean) Gilbert; Mrs. 

Alan (Jeanne) Newcomb; Mrs. Robert 

(Linda) Newcomb, Ex-Officio 
Family Life: Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell 

(Linda) Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Robert 

(Jean) Eagle 
Thursdays-at-First: Mrs. Robert (Linda) 


Special Ministries: Mrs. Bill (Sally) John- 
son, Ms. Fran SuUivan 

Drama: Jim Thurman and Bruce Cun- 

Single/Single Again: Mrs. Edyth Lewis 

Lay Leader: B. B. Parker 

Chairman, Administrative Board: W. R. 
Cuthbertson, Jr. 

President, United Methodist Women: 
Mrs. Kermit (Ginger) McClure 

President, United Methodist Men: Bill 

Work Areas 

1. Education 

a. Mrs. Aim Irwin, Chairperson 

b. Members-at-large: 

Mr. and Mrs. David (Pan) Allen 
Mrs. Richard (Frankie) Darlington 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Jean) Eagle 
Joe Eskridge 
Mr. and Mrs. Hoytt (Laura) Flinch- 

Mrs. John (Lib) Noles 

2. Worship 

a. Mrs. J. W. (Alice Ann) Curlee 


b. Members-at-large: 
Ms. Carol Bransford 
Mrs. Bruce (Jane) Love 
Mrs. Sam (Virginia) Mauney 
Mrs. Alan (Jeanne) Newcomb 

Mr. and Mrs. Victor (Wanda) Stack 
Mr. and Mrs. Philhp (Linda) Wright 

c. Altar Guild: 

Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) Cashion 
Mrs. B. D. (Lucretia) Thurman 
Mrs. Arnold (Nancy) Walsh 

d. Greeters: Mrs. Charles (Lois) Esk- 

ridge; Mrs. Arnold (Nancy) Walsh 

e. Ushers: 
Virgil Hurley 
Larry Vessel! 

f. Communion Stewards: 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Frances) King 

g. Acolytes: Mrs. Crystal Walton 
h. Chrismon Tree: 

Mrs. Charles (Lois) Eskridge 
Mrs. Jack (Jean) Gilbert 
Monroe McGriff 
Mrs. Joe M. (Helen) Van Hoy 



, Membership and Evangelism 

a. Mr. and Mrs. Sam (Fay) Springs, 

Jr., Chairpersons 

b. Members-at-large: 
Rick Darlington 

Mr. and Mrs. Eccles (Bea) Elliott 
Mr. and Mrs. Bud (Rae) Johnson 

Mrs. Frank (Helen) Mitchell 
Mr. and Mrs. Ed (Sue) Myrick 
Mrs. Fred (Canses) Smith 
Special Visitation Program 

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. (Jessie) Snyder, 

Wednesday Evening 


Mrs. Leslie (Lurlene) Bam- 
hardt, Coordinator 

Chuck Barger 

Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) Beider- 

Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) 

Charlotte Cheney 

Dr. Wallace Chappell 

Mrs. Parker (Peggy) Dun- 

Parker Dimcan 

Mrs. Ann Irwin 

Mrs. James T. (Virginia) 

T. Steve Johnson 

Mrs. Kermit C. (Ginger) 

Mrs. David (Jinny) Mitchell 

Mrs. Frank (Helen) MitcheD 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed (Sue) My- 

Frank Newton, Jr. 

B. B. Parker 

Mrs. H. Watson (Travis) 

Mrs. Victor (Stelle) Temple- 

Mrs. Grady (Georgelyn) 

Tom Tillman 

Ann Tyler 

Mrs. Heywood (Betty) 

Food Services 
Mrs. Parker (Peggy) Dun- 
can, Chairperson 


Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) 
Cashion, Vice-Chairper- 

Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) Beider- 

Mary Jane Bumette 

Mitchell Davis 

Charles Eskridge 

Mrs. Robert (Linda) New^- 

Mrs. Euel (Dora) Sutton 


Mrs. E. Raymond Brietz, 

Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) 

Mrs. Frank (Helen) Mitchell 
Fred Smith 
Mrs. George F. (Mary) 

Mrs. Wilson L. (Lura) 

Mrs. Victor (Stelle) Tem- 



Larry Vessell, Chairperson 

Chuck Barger 

Rev. Herb Blackmon 

Johnny H in ton 

Sam Hinton 

Joe Lentz, Sr. 

kermit McClure 


Madlean Rogers, Chair- 
Chuck Barger 

Dr. Wallace Chappell/ 
Harold K. Bales 

Charles Eskridge 

Mrs. Alan (Jeanne) New- 

Shirley Smith 

Mrs. Charles (Nancy) Walk- 

Good Literature 
Mrs. George N. (Jeanne) 

Records and History 
Mrs. Joe M. (Helen) Van 

Hoy, Chairperson 
Anne J. Batten 
Mrs. E. Raymond (Marie) 

Mariam Campbell 
Charlie M. Floumoy 
Mrs. Jack (Jean) Gilbert 
Charles Henderson 
Mrs. A. L. (Belle) HoweU 
Mrs. Joe (Mildred) McEwen 
Frank Newton, Jr. 
Mrs. F. O. (Wincy) Porter 
Mrs. M. H. (Dorothy) Pow- 
Mrs. George N. (Jeanne) 

Scranton, Archivist 
Mrs. George F. (Mary) 

Mrs. Wilson L. (Lura) Strat- 
Dr. Joe M. Van Hoy 
Mrs. L. M. (Virginia) 

Special Visitation Program 
Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Jessie) 




Ackley, Mrs. A. E. (Venetia) 
Adkins, Joe W. 
Adkins, Mrs. John J. (Flossie) 
Adkins, Mr./Mrs. W. Royall (Margaret) 
Aiken, Mrs. Frances 
Albright, Mrs. James C. (Ruth) 
Aldred, Torrence W., Jr. 
Alexander, Mr./Mrs. J. Grier (Addie 

Alexander, Mrs. W. Ross (Constance) 
Allen, Mr./Mrs. David H. (Elizabeth) 
Allen, Mrs. S. E. (Frieda Ann) 
Anderson, Mrs. Charles M. (Clyde S.) 
Anderson, Mr./Mrs. Jack C. (Jean) 
Anderson, Mrs. M. C. (Bessie Gay) 
Andrews, Mrs. Cecelia 
Andrews, Rosalie 

Armstrong, Mr./Mrs. Fred D. (Dora) 
Austin, Mrs. Ollievee C. 
Auten, Martha D. 

Aycock, Mr./Mrs. Richard N. (Mildred) 
Baird, Warren H. 
Baker, Mrs. George A. (Mildred) 
Baker, Mrs. Glenda L. 
Baker, Mr./Mrs. Mack, Jr. (Ruth) 
Baker, Mrs. Wilham L., Ill (Sally S.) 
Bales, David 

Bales, Mrs. Harold K. (Judy) 
Bales, Phillip 

Baldwin, Mr./Mrs. Dwight (Vickie) 
Barber, Mrs. Curtis (Morie) 
Barber, Mr./Mrs. George E., Jr. 

Barger, Charles T., Ill 
Barker, Mrs. David M. (Anne H.) 
Barker, Mr./Mrs. Robert M. (Mary) 
Barlow, Mrs. Judith A. 
Barlow, Katherine 
Barlow, Ken 
Barnes, Mark 

Bamett, Mr./Mrs. William S. (Mae) 
Bamhardt, Mrs. Leslie E. (Lurlene) 
Barrett, Mrs. R. E. (Olivet) 
Barrier, Mrs. Helen 
Barrier, William Ray 
Barringer, J. V., Jr. 
Barrington, Leone 
Barrington, Mrs. W. D. (Bessie) 

Batten, Anne J. 

Batten, Mrs. John C. (Grace) 

Batty, Mr./Mrs. Nic W. (Bettie) 

Baucom, Mr./Mrs. Don (Joy) 

Baucom, Don C, Jr. 

Baucom, Monica 

Baucom, Mr./Mrs. WiUiam M. (Nell) 

Baxley, Mrs. Carrie Clark 

Beachum, Florence M. 

Beam, Blake 

Beiderbecke, Bruce 

Beiderbecke, Mr./Mrs. Joe (Evelyn) 

Bell, Mrs. W. Frankland (Frances) 

Bell, Mr./Mrs. WiUiam M., Jr. (Mabel) 

Belliveau, Mr./Mrs. B. Nalle, Sr. 

(Mary Frances) 
Berrier, Mr./Mrs. Matt L. (Connie R.) 
Backmon, Larry R. 
Blackmon, Mr./Mrs. Ronald (Debbie) 
Blair, Margaret L. 
Blanton, Mrs. Batie S. (Elsie) 
Bodiford, Mrs. F. L. (Ahna) 
Boggs, Aaron D., Jr. 
Bolin, R. Jeanette 
Bond, Scott 
Bost, A. M., Jr. 
Bost, A. M., Ill (Buddy) 
Bost, Mrs. Buford (Gladys) 
Bost, Mr./Mrs. J. Webb (Clara) 
Bowers, Mrs. Ada-Norton 
Bradshaw, William W. 
Bradsher, Mr./Mrs. Howard (Mabel) 
Brandes, Mrs. James (Nelle) 
Brannan, Mrs. J. L. (Josie) 
Brantley, Annie Bell 
Brantley, Queen 
Bratton, Johnsie 

Brazelton, Mr./Mrs. Homer R. (Louise) 
Brewster, Mr./Mrs. Jim H. (Susan) 
Bridgers, Lanetta 

Brietz, Mr./Mrs. E. Raymond (Marie) 
Bright, Mrs. Mary E. 
Bright, Mary Haley 
Brinkhoff, Mrs. Joseph 
Brinkhoff, Rachel 
Briscoe, Frank W. 
Briscoe, Mrs. W. G. (Doris) 
Briscoe, W. Gordon, Jr. 



Broadway, Alton 

Broadway, Dale 

Broadway, Mrs. Mary Lee 

Broadway, Scott 

Brooks, Mrs. J. W. (Margaret) 

Brooks, Mrs. Kinney Paul (Nancy 

Louise D.) 
Broome, Wanda 

Broome, Mr. /Mrs. W. D., Jr. (Ethel) 
Brosius, Mrs. M. B. (Laura) 
Brown, Mrs. Clyde E. (Ellis) 
Brown, Jenny Lind 
Brown, John M. 
Brown, Mary Sue 
Brown, Mattie Sue 
Brown, Mrs. Samuel R. (Frances) 
Browning, Mrs. J. E. (Corrine) 
Bryant, Mrs. Ralston 
Buckley, Larry 
Buckley, Larry, Jr. 
Buckley, Robin 

Burchett, Mr. /Mrs. Carlton (Lois) 
Burchett, Chris 
Burchett, Dean 

Biurchett, Mr./Mrs. John B., Jr. (Lee) 
Bumette, Mrs. Mary Jane 
Burroughs, Mrs. Tony L. (Cynthia) 
Burton, James 
Butler, Mrs. L. J. (Audrey) 
Butler, Mrs. Martha Irwin 
Campbell, Mariam L. 
Campbell, Mrs. WiUiam T. (Annie) 
Canipe, Mr./Mrs. J. Franklin (Dot) 
Cannon, Mrs. John B. (Mary) 
Carhsle, Mr./Mrs. Howard B. (Virginia) 
Cashion, Mrs. Ernest (Margaret) 
Cato, Mrs. Thornwell H. (Edna) 
Caze, Mr./Mrs. Al H. (Mary) 
Chapman, Mrs. W. K. (Julie) 
Charles, Mrs. Jim (Brenda) 
Cheney, Charlotte 

Childers, Mr./Mrs. William D. (Lou) 
Christianson, Mrs. C. J. (IsabeUe) 
Clark, James C, Jr. 
Clark, Mrs. James C, Sr. (Mary) 
Clark, Nera Belle 
Clark, S. Hill 
Clark, Marion E. 

Clark, Mr./Mrs. T. Jack (Dorothy) 
Clark, W. Murray 
Clodfelter, Mrs. R. B. (Beulah M.) 
Cobb, A. A. 
Cobb, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Cobb, Mrs. Florence 
Cobb, Mrs. W. Glenn (Peggy) 
Coker, John E., Jr. 
Coldren, Mrs. R. B. (Marie) 

Cole, Mr./Mrs. John W. 

Cole, Mrs. Kathy W. 

Cole, Kevin 

Collins, Mr./Mrs. Barry (Nancy) 

Coltharp, Lewis M. 

Conder, Mr./Mrs. R. Murphy, Jr. 

Conder, Mr./Mrs. Ted L., Jr. 

(Gwendolyn L.) 
Conley, Mrs. Eula 
Connelly, Mr./Mrs. Everett (Zettie) 
Cook, Cordey 

Cooley, Mr./Mrs. J. W. (Lois) 
Cooper, Mr./Mrs. Curtis M. (Dorothy) 
Cooper, Michael 

Corbett, Mrs. Charles M., Jr. (Harriett) 
Corder, Mrs. Curtis F. 
Corder, Curtis S., Jr. 
Corder, Curtis S., Sr. 
Corder, Robert J. 
Council, Cecil K. 
Cowan, Mrs. W. K. (Vivian) 
Cowell, Mr./Mrs. Henry S., Jr. 

Craig, Catherine Leland 
Craig, Mr./Mrs. W. Franklin 
Cranford, Mr./Mrs. Eugene (Helen) 
Creel, Mr./Mrs. E. M. 
Cross, Mrs. Howard D. (Pam S.) 
Crow, Charles 
Crowell, Kate 
Crowell. Mrs. Winifred 
Cudd, Dermis 

Cuff, Mr./Mrs. Robert (Jean) 
Gulp, Katie Denise 
Curmingham, Mr./Mrs. Bruce (Marj) 
Curlee, Elizabeth 

Curlee, Mr./Mrs. J. Walter (Ahce Ann) 
Curlee, Mary Ann 
Cuthbertson, Carol 
Cuthbertson, EUen 
Cuthbertson, Thomas 
Cuthbertson, Mrs. W. R., Sr. (Julia) 
Cuthbertson, Mr./Mrs. W. Reimie, Jr. 

Cuthbertson, Wm. R., HI (Bill) 
Darlington, Mr./Mrs. Richard, Jr. 

Darlington, Richard, HI 
Darlington, Scott 
Dasher, Mr./Mrs. Juhan (Florine) 
Davis, Mrs. Diane Curlee 
Davis, James W., Jr. 
Davis, Judy 
Davis, Mrs. Lucille 
Davis, Margaret M. 
Davis, Mrs. Marie 



Davis, Mr./Mrs. Mitchell (Linda) 

Davis, Patricia 

DeFravio, Mrs. Joseph P. (Hazel) 

DeLamar, Mrs. Margaret P. 

DeLaney, Mrs. Kevin (Debby Love) 

DeUinger, Mrs. S. W., Sr. (Dora) 

Dellinger, S. W., Jr. 

Dennis, Mrs. E. Leroy (Marguerite) 

Denton, Mr./Mrs. Arthur Michael 

DePasquale, Mrs. Anita 
DeWeese, Mrs. H. Wayne (Rhoda) 
DeWese, Mr./Mrs. C. O. (Virginia) 
Dickerson, Mr./Mrs. C. E. (Beatie) 
Dickey, Phyllis 
Dickinson, Donna 
Dickinson, Mr./Mrs. W. S. 
Dickson, Mr./Mrs. Fred B. 
Dillard, Mrs. Morene L. 
Dispennette, Mrs. John S. (Millie B.) 
Dixon, Mr./Mrs. Charles W. (Sharon) 
Donovan, Mrs. Michael (Brenda) 
Dorin, Mrs. Dennis (JoAnn) 
Drum, Mr./Mrs. Garvin L. 
Dimcan, Mr./Mrs. Parker (Peggy) 
Duncan, Stephen 
Dunn, Mrs. D. O. (Ahce) 
Eagle, Je£E 

Eagle, Mr./Mrs. Robert L. (Jean) 
Eagle, Mrs. Syhda 
Easterling, Dennis W. 
Easterling, Mrs. James E. (ComeUa) 
Edgerton, Mrs. Minnie L. 
Edwards, Mrs. Jones B. (Maebelle) 
Edwards, Mrs. Keimeth (GabrieUa M.) 
Edwards, Marcellus B., Jr. 
Efird, Jo Anne 
Egerton, MoUie 

Ekstrom, Mrs. Arthur (Mary Elizabeth) 
Ehxson, Mrs. B. F. (Marvin) 
Eller, Mrs. Charles F. (June R.) 
Elliott, Carol 

Elliott, Mr./Mrs. Charles E. (Vivian) 
EUiott, Mr./Mrs. Eccles (Bea) 
Elhott, Mr./Mrs. George (Virginia) 
EUiott, Mrs. J. Flynn (Jean) 
Elhott, Robert 
Emorv, Sarah A. 
Entrekin, Mrs. H. H. (Flo) 
Eskridge, Mr./Mrs. Charles W. (Lois) 
Eskridge, Mr./Mrs. W. Joe (Janice) 
Esmat, Mrs. Sherif E. (Kathryn J.) 
Everitt, L. H. 
Evett, Dr. /Mrs. Jack (Linda) 
Faison, Mr./Mrs. John H., Ill 
Fasnacht, Mrs. L. A. (Marie) 
Faulkner, Mr./Mrs. James A. (Janet) 

Ferguson, Mrs. Era R, 

Finley, John R. 

Flinchum, Mr./Mrs. A. Hoytt (Laura) 

FHnchum, Brett 

Floumoy, Mr./Mrs. Charhe M. (Agnes) 

Foard, Larry 

Foley, Mrs, J. Lee (Anne W.) 

Folger, Mrs. R. S. (Mary E.) 

Forest, Dan 

Forest, Greg 

Forrester, Mr./Mrs. Hollis M. 

Fowler, BiUie Jean 
Fowler, Mrs. Homer V. (Ethel) 
Fowler, Mr./Mrs. John H. (Gladys) 
Fowler, Linda 
Fowler, Mr./Mrs. WiUiam W. (Betty 

Fox, Mr./Mrs. Charles S. (Ruby) 
Frederick, Mrs. John N. 
Freeman, Mrs. James (Jearme W.) 
Friesen, Mr./Mrs. Albert A. (Roberta) 
Gaither, Nancy 

Galloway, Mrs. Roger A. (Zula) 
Garner, Mrs. E. P. (Polly) 
Gary, Kays 

George, Mr./Mrs. Ray (Janice) 
Gibbs, Mr./Mrs. C. W. 
Gilbert, David 
Gilbert, Gary M. 

Gilbert, Mr./Mrs. John K., Jr. (Jean) 
Gill, Mrs. Mae C. 
Ginader, Mr./Mrs. W. J. 
Glenn, Mrs. Walter (Ella) 
Ghsson, Mr./Mrs. Fred M. (Tee) 
Godfrey, Mr./Mrs. Earl D. 
Gordon, Mr./Mrs. L. W., Jr. (Margaret) 
Gossett, Star 
Gouge, Tim 

Grantham, Mr./Mrs. David B. (Mary) 
Gray, AUson Leigh 

Gray, Mr./Mrs. Jack T. (Betty Jeaime) 
Green, Mrs. John L. (Carrie) 
Greene, Mrs. Fred A. (Sara) 
Griffith, Bill 

Griffiths, Mr./Mrs. Lewis (Esther) 
Groover, Barney 
Grundman, Mrs. Dolores 
Guillet, Mr./Mrs. Albert, Jr. (Margaret) 
Gmrley, Mrs. Susan H. 
Gwinn, Joe 

Hagood, Mr./Mrs. WiUiam W., Jr. 
Hahn, George D. 
Hahn, George David, Jr. 
HaU, Mr./Mrs. George R. (Ruby) 
HaU, Michael JeflF 
HaU, Mrs. N. Lewis (Marjorie) 



Hall, Mrs. Norman E. (Beth) 

HaU, Wilkes S. 

Hamrick, Patricia Sue 

Hannan, Mr. /Mrs. Aldus 

Hardin, Mr./ Mrs. J. O. 

Hardy, Frank C. 

Hargett, Mrs. Florence B. 

Hargette, Ruth 

Hargrove, Bruce A. 

Hargrove, Richard S., Jr. 

Harkey, Betsy 

Harkey, Mr. /Mrs. Harold (Edna) 

Harrelson, Dr. Henry 

Harrelson, Mrs. Margaret 

Harrelson, Sharon K. 

Harrelson, WilUe (Miss) 

Harrill, Mrs. Pauhne 

Harris, Elizabeth 

Harris, Mrs. Leta B. 

Hart, Mrs. Catherine B. (Kay) 

Hart, James L. 

Hart, Mr./Mrs. O. K. 

Hart, Mr./Mrs. Wilbur L. (Darise) 

Hartsell, Mitchell Palmer, Jr. 

Haskins, Mrs. C. E. 

Hauss, Rev./ Mrs. R. M. (Louise) 

Hayes, Mr./Mrs. Frank M. (Judy) 

Hayes, Lee 

Hayes, Mr./Mrs. Luther P. (Buddy & 

Hayes, Tony 

Haynes, Mrs. F. K. (Gertrude) 
Haynes, Mrs. Jeffrey (Rebecca R.) 
Heald, Phil 

Heath, Mr./Mrs. E. J. (Ellen) 
Heinen, Mrs. E. D., Jr. (Rosemary H.) 
Helms, Mr./Mrs. Amon W. (Joan) 
Helms, Glermie 

Henderson, Mr./Mrs. Charles J. (Nita) 
Henderson, Mrs. Gene (JuBa S.) 
Henderson, James H. 
Henderson, Robert E. 
Henkel, Mr./Mrs. Eugene L. (EHza- 

Herbst, Mrs. John (Faith) 
Hill, Mrs. Evelyn 
Hill, Mrs. Raymond F. (Lula) 
Hill, Miss Rubye J. 
Hiner, Mrs. Evelyn 
Hinson, Addie 
Hinson, Mrs. Rea (Martha) 
Hinton, John C. 
Hinton, Mr./Mrs. J. Sam (Lib) 
Hinton, Sandra 

Hodge, Mr./Mrs. Tony D. (OUvia) 
H olden, Ben 
Holder, Mrs. Aime F. 

Holland, Mrs. Sarah T. 

Hollars, John 

Hollars, Lillian 

Holt, Mr./Mrs. R. Elbert (Jan) 

Holtzclaw, Mrs. Alma 

Holtzclaw, Grover B., Jr. 

Holtzclaw, G. B., HI 

Honeycutt, Mr./Mrs. Thomas (Made) 

Hood, Mrs. John H. (Jennie) 

Hood, Pauline 

Hopper, Mrs W. E. (Mary) 

Home, Mrs. Wilham A. 

Houck, Mrs. Herman H. (Nelle) 

Houston, Mrs. Jack (Helena) 

Houston, L. E., Sr. 

Houston, W. A. 

Howard, M. Ross, Jr. 

Howell, Mr./Mrs. Aubrey L. (Belle) 

Howie, Mr./Mrs. Heath B. 

Howie, Heath B., Jr. 

Hoyle, Mrs. G. D. (Beulah) 

Hoyle, Dr. /Mrs. Hughes B., Jr. 

Huckabee, Mary Ellen 
Huckabee, Mr./Mrs. Robert (Doris) 
Hull, Mrs. Karla Little 
Hults, Mrs. Arthur N. (Neva) 
Humphries, Mr./Mrs. James (Edith) 
Hunter, Mrs. Eugene (Norma) 
Hunter, Fred W. 
Huntley, Debra 
Hurley, George K. 
Hurley, Mr./Mrs. Virgil (Betty) 
Ingold, Mr./Mrs. Edwin (Mildred) 
Ingold, Ricky 
Irwin, Mrs. Ann 
Irwin, Doug 
Irwin, Michael A. 
Jackson, Ernest, Jr. 
Jacobs, Mrs. Sam (Hazeline) 
James, Mr./Mrs. Steven (Tommi) 
Jeffreys, Mrs. Eugene S. (Virginia) 
Jenkins, Mrs. James M. (Melanie M.) 
Jeimings, Mrs. Elva Noggle 
Jeter, Mrs. G. H. (Genie) 
Johnson, Mr./Mrs. Ewel W. (Bud & 

Johnson, Mrs. Irwin E. (Elsie) 
Johnson, Mr./Mrs. James T. (Virginia) 
Johnson, Mrs. R. M. (Cloe) 
Johnson, Mr./Mrs. T. Steve (Janice) 
Johnson, Mr./Mrs. William R. (Sally) 
Jones, Mrs. Bernice Foust 
Jones, Howard 

Jones, Mr./Mrs. Hunter M. (Mattie) 
Jones, Mrs. James W. (Edith) 
Jones, Mrs. Terry (Ann K.) 



Jones, Mrs. Tommi Long 

Jordan, Mrs. J. R. (Ruth L.) 

Jordan, Mrs. M. D. (Louise) 

Julian, Mr./Mrs. Lloyd P. (Louise) 

Kanupke, Mrs. Charles (BiUie) 

Karr, Mrs. Anne 

Keller, Mrs. Jean 

Kelly, Mrs. A. B. (Mary C.) 

Kelly, James Franklin 

Kemp, Allen W. 

Kemp, Mrs. Clyde H. (Virginia F.) 

Kendall, Mary Douglas 

Kerr, Mr./Mrs. R. E. (Ruby) 

Kerr, Mr./Mrs. W. E. 

Kibler, Mr./Mrs. John (Diane E.) 

King, Mr./Mrs. A. Earl, Jr. (Frances) 

King, Mrs. J. Clayton (Ethel) 

King, Mrs. J. Lynwood (Marguerite T.) 

King, Mr./Mrs. Kevin (Sharon) 

King, Margaret 

King, Ralph, Zack, Jr. 

King, Mr./Mrs. W. E. (Myrtle) 

Kinsey, Mr./Mrs. Chauncy C. 

Kirby, Mrs. Robin (Nancy) 

Kiser, David L. 

Kiser, Mark 

Kiser, Mrs. Marvin (Mickey) 

Kistler, Mr./Mrs. Henry 

Kreuzweiser, Henry 

Kreuzweiser, Mark 

Kimipe, Mr./Mrs. Carlos 

Kumpe, Mrs. J. E. (Lily) 

Lanier, Mrs. L L. (Edna) 

Larson, Mr./Mrs. Harvey G. (Eunice T.) 

Latham, Mrs. E. U. (Ella) 

Lawing, Mrs. J. Vernon (Flora) 

Lazenby, Mrs. R. P. (Mamie) 

Lechner, Mr./Mrs. Walter E. (Mildred) 

Lehman, Mrs. D. A. (Dorothy) 

Lentz, Elaine 

Lentz, Mr./Mrs. Joseph E. (Loretta) 

Lentz, Mr./Mrs. Joseph E., Jr. (Rebecca 

Leonard, Peggy 
Leopard, James B. 

Lewis, Mr./Mrs. Charles Vance (Julie J.) 
Lewis, Mrs. Edyth 
Lewis, Mr./Mrs. Ira O. (Gray) 
Lineberger, LilHan 
Lineberger, Martha 
Link, Mrs. E. Malcolm (Ruth) 
Link, Noel F. 
Linker, Mrs. Harry Shore 
Linker, Larry 
Little, Mrs. A. J. (Mary) 
Little, Mrs. Dorothy 
Little, Mr./Mrs. Frank M. (Sarah) 

Little, Mr./Mrs. Prescott (Buck & 

Maria G.) 
Livingston, Mrs. Helen G. 
Livingston, John Wesley 
Long, Mrs. Hazel F. (Nancy) 
Love, Allyson 

Love, Mr./Mrs. Bruce A. (Jane) 
Love, Mrs. Clayton C. (Mearle) 
Love, Clayton C., Jr. 
Lowe, Mrs. Grey (Margaret) 
Lowe, Grey, Jr. 
Lupo, Barbara 
Lupo, Wilham S. 
Luther, James H., Jr. 
Lyle, Mrs. Bobbie 
Magness, Mr./Mrs. Ernest R., Jr. 
Magness, Ernest R., Ill 
Mahaffee, Mr./Mrs. James S., Jr. 

Mahaffee, James, III 
Major, Edward 
Marko, Mrs. William (Anne) 
Marshall, Alene 
Martin, Elizabeth 
Martin, Mr./Mrs. George R. 
Martin, Mrs. O. Lewis, Jr., (Willie 

Martin, Mrs. Paul A. (Ethel Leone) 
Martino, Mrs. Thelma 
Maston, Gary 

Maston, Mr./Mrs. Jennings W. 
Mattox, Mrs. Jessie 
Mauney, Mrs. Samuel H. (Virginia) 
May, Mrs. Mary 
McCall, Dr./Mrs. Johnston V. (Pete & 

McCall, Mr./Mrs. Robert N. 
McClanahan, Mrs. Steven (Lisa H.) 
McClellan, Mrs. R. B. 
McClure, James K. 

McClure, Mr./Mrs. Kermit C. (Ginger) 
McClure, Mr./Mrs. Major V. (Lilly) 
McClure, Paul 
McConnel, Mrs. Maud 
McCorkle, Henrietta 
McDaniel, Mr./Mrs. Homer C. (Eva) 
McEwen, Mrs. Joe L. (Mildred) 
McGee, Mrs. Clyde C. (Leah) 
McGinn, Mrs. Sam B. (Gertrude) 
McGinn, Mrs. W. E. 
McGinnis, Mary Elizabeth 
Mcllwain, Mrs. Louis Q. (Marlena) 
McKenzie, Mrs. Douglas (Mary Ann) 
McLamb, Mar)' Anne 
McLauchlin, Mr./Mrs. James C. (Fran) 
McLauchlin, Ronald 
McLaurin, Inez 



McLeod, Mrs. E. P. 
McNeill, Mrs. John M. (Barbara) 
McQiiinn, Mrs. L. E. (Mary) 
McRae, Mr./Mrs. Walter E., Jr. (Nell) 
Mealy, Mrs. Mary Butcher 
Megginson, Mr./Mrs. Billy M. (Diana) 
Megginson, Keith 
Merrell, Dale 

Merritt, Mrs. James L. (Joyce) 
Merritt, Mrs. Lessie B. 
Miller, Charles (Chuck) 
Miller, Mr./Mrs. Harris D. (Catherine) 
MiUer, Mrs. J. L. 

Miller, Mr./Mrs. Richard C. (Sara) 
Miller, Mrs. Smith (Dorothy) 
Millikin, Mr./Mrs. Everett (Mary) 
Milhier, Mrs. Pr)or R., Ill (Polly) 
Mills, Mrs. G. Monte (Jean) 
Mitchell, Ann 

Mitchell, Mr./Mrs. David T. A. (Cath- 
Mitchell, Mr./Mrs. David W. (Jinny) 
Mitchell, Mrs. Frank H. (Helen) 
Mitchell, Mr./Mrs. William S. 
Monroe, Joseph A. 
Moore, Mrs. A. Crawford 
Moore, Betty Jane 
Morgan, Lucy 

Morlock, Mr./Mrs. Charles M. (Susie) 
Morlock, Helen 
Morris, Doima 
Morris, Mr./Mrs. Ward D. 
Moss, Mr. Ezra Vernon, Jr. 
Munteanu, Nicolai 
Munteanu, Mrs. Nicolai (Helena) 
Myrick, Alex 

Myrick, Mr./Mrs. Ed (Sue) 
Nabors, Eleanor 
Nabors, Mrs. Eunice Armour 
Nalley, Greg 

Nalley, Mr./Mrs. W. Tom (Mary) 
Nanney, Mr./Mrs. Glenn (Nancy) 
Neal, Mrs. George C. (Foimie) 
Nelson, Mrs. Virgil G. (Hortense) 
Newcomb, Mrs. Alan (Jeanne) 
Newcomb, Mr./Mrs. Robert T. (Linda) 
Newnam, Mr./Mrs. John A. (Judith) 
Newton, Mr./Mrs. Frank, Jr. (Nancy) 
Newton, Mr./Mrs. Frank C., Sr. (Helen) 
Newton, Frank, HI 
Nicholson, Mrs. Jennie 
Nicholson, Virginia 
Noble, Herman 

Noble, Mrs. L. Herman (Hattie) 
Noggle, Mr./Mrs. J. B., Jr. 
Noles, Jill 
Noles, Mr./Mrs. John R. (Lib) 

Norman, Mrs. C. H., Sr. 

Nzanga, Umba 

Oakley, Mr./Mrs. J. Wayne (Linda) 

Osborne, Miss Flo Roy 

Osborne, Mrs. Marian R. 

Osborne, Mike 

Osborne, Mrs. Susan 

Overman, Mr./Mrs. Charles E. (Nancy) 

Owens, Esther Louise 

Owens, Mrs. R. Meade (Lorraine) 

Padgett, Mrs. Barbara 

Padgett, R. Allen, Jr. 

Padgett, Mr. Roy A., Sr. 

Parker, B. B. 

Parker, Mr./Mrs. Ehner J. (Mary) 

Parker, Mr./Mrs. Raymond E. (Mary) 

Parris, Mr./Mrs. J. W. (Ruth) 

Pawson, Mrs. Frank (Mary) 

Peacock, Mrs. Lalhe A. 

Pearson, Mr./Mrs. Curtis L. (Maxine) 

Perry, Ralph 

Peterson, Mr./Mrs. David C. (Diane) 

Peterson, Susan 

Phagan, Mrs. Reuben C. (Beth L) 

Phifer, Mrs. Lester (Nellie) 

Pickard, T. E., Jr. 

Pierce, Mrs. Lloyd S. (Charlotte) 

Pierce, Lloyd S., Jr. 

Place, Mr./Mrs. Jeff (Mary) 

Plyler, Mrs Sue B. 

Poe, Mr./Mrs. Cecil E. (Frances) 

Poe, Phillip 

Pope, Mrs. Hazel 

Porter, Mrs. F. O. (Wincy) 

Posey, Woodfin (Miss) 

Powers, Mr./Mrs. M. H. (Dorothy) 

Powers, Willard (Miss) 

Pressgrove, Mrs. Fletcher (Jewel) 

Pressley, Mrs. Martha N. 

Price, Mrs. Smith (Edith) 

Prim, Mrs. Herman F. (Lois) 

Proctor, Jan 

Proctor, Mr./Mrs. W. V. (Betty) 

Protz, Eric 

Protz, Julie 

Protz, Mr./Mrs. W. H. (Lucille) 

Puett, Annie 

Purut, Jay 

Putnam, Effie 

Quein, Mr./Mrs. Edward B. (Karen) 

Randolph, Mr./Mrs. Frederic T. (Carol) 

Rankin, Mrs. R. P., Sr. (Ina N.) 

Reed, Mrs. Grace 

Rehder, Mrs. Maureen B. 

Reynolds, Mrs. Earl O. (Catherine) 

Rhyne, Gaynelle 

Rhyne, Mrs. John C. (Ethel) 



Richardson, Mr./Mrs. John A. (Nancy) 

Richardson, Joni 

Richardson, Tim 

Rivers, Mrs. Warren (Barbara H.) 

Roberts, Claude 

Roberts, Mr./Mrs. Jerry H., Jr. 

Robinson, Mrs. Craig (Julia L.) 

Robinson, Mrs. J. Montgomery (Lib) 

Robinson, Mr./Mrs. Robert G. (Mary) 

Robinson, Mrs. WiUiam C. (Mary) 

Rogers, Frank P. 

Rogers, Madlean V. 

Rone, Mrs. J. Ralph (Ethel) 

Rosenblatt, Mr./Mrs. John L. (Mar- 

Rucker, Mr./Mrs. W. M. (Willa) 

RudisiU, Jeffrey 

Rudisill, Mr./Mrs. John (Bufi) 

Rumph, Mrs. Charles W. (Mary) 

Ruple, Mrs. Jo Worley 

Satterfield, Mrs. McSwain (JuHa) 

Schad, Mrs. Martin 

Scott, Mrs. Glenn A. (Donna H.) 

Scranton, Mrs. George N. (Jeanne) 

Scruggs, Pamela Jean 

Sease, Mrs. James S. (Mary) 

Sease, Mary Elizabeth 

Sellers, Mrs. Sue 

Sharpe, Mr./Mrs. Emerson (Peggy) 

Shaw, Mr./Mrs. John O. (Ruth) 

Shelor, Arnold J. 

Shelor, Mr./Mrs. Roger A. (Shirley) 

Shelton, Mrs. W. B. 

Shepherd, OIlie 

Shepherd, Vance P. 

Shermetta, Mrs. Michael (Helen) 

Shermetta, Michael 

Shields, Mrs. James R. (Adele) 

Shirey, Mr./Mrs. Doug (Jo Ann) 

Shirey, Mr./Mrs. James B. 

Shirey, Stuart 

Shore, Harriet Ann 

Short, Mrs. John D., Jr. (Ruth) 

Shorter, Mr./Mrs. Shelton L. (Aimie) 

Shorter, Shelton Legrand 

Shreve, Frances E. 

Shroyer, Mrs. Karen G. 

Sieger, Mr./Mrs. Lyle R. (Eloise) 

Sigmon, Mr./Mrs. Glenn (Allene) 

Simmons, Mrs. Joyce B. 

Simpson, Mr./Mrs. Clarence W. (Lucy) 

Simpson, Mrs. T. B. 

Sloop, Mrs. W. W. (Ethel) 

Sluder, James M. 

Smallwood, Mrs. Connie B. 

Smallwood, Roland D. 

Smathers, Mr./Mrs. John C. 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. Ed (Karen) 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. Fred E., Jr. (Canses) 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. Guy C. (Anne) 

Smith, Lauren 

Smith, Michael 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. Shirley (Nita) 

Snipes, Sheila 

Snyder, Mrs. Louis F. (Dorothy) 

Snyder, Mr./Mrs. Robert L., Jr. (Jessie) 

Sparger, William A., Jr. 

Spearman, Rosa 

Spilhnan, Mrs. J. P. (WilHe) 

Spinks, Mr./Mrs. Al (Inez) 

Sprehe, Mr./Mrs. Dean (Vivian) 

Springs, Mr./Mrs. Sam M., Jr. (Fay) 

Sprinkle, Mrs. Mary 

Sprott, Mr./Mrs. T. Z., Jr. (Ruth) 

Squires, Mike 

Squires, Thomas C. 

Stack, Mr./Mrs. Victor G. (Wanda) 

Stackhouse, E. M. 

StaUings, Andrew^ L. 

Stallings, Mr./Mrs. Fred D. (Aima 

Stalvey, Mr./Mrs. Ralph W. (Charlotte) 
Stalvey, Scott 

Stamey, Mrs. William L. (Mary) 
Steele, Linda 

Steele, Mr./Mrs. Richard (Lorraine) 
Steele, Robin 

Stephens, Mr./Mrs. John (Viola) 
Sterling, Mr./Mrs. Richard (Bert) 
Stewart, Mr./Mrs. H. Watson, Jr. 

Stewart, Mr./Mrs. H. Watson, Sr. 

( Travis) 
Stewart, Mrs. Mae Fallin 
Stewart, Melissa 
Stewart, Witt 

Stewart, Mrs. W. Sinclair (Jennie) 
Stiles, Mrs. James (Beth B.) 
Stone, Hortense 
Stough, Betty 

Stratton, Mrs. George F. (Mary) 
Stratton, Mrs. Wilson L. (Liura) 
Strawn, Mr./Mrs. J. Ray (Ethel) 
Strickland, Mr./Mrs. Alan (Sherry) 
Strickland, Mrs. Ella 
Strickland, Madeline 
Stuart, Mr./Mrs. C. Wayland (Martha) 
Stuart, Susan 
Sulhvan, David 
Sullivan, Mrs. Fran W. 
Sullivan, Robert D. 



Suttle, Mrs. George W. (Helen) 

Sutton, Mr. /Mrs. Eugene H. (Gwyn) 

Sutton, Jerry L. 

Sutton, Mrs. H. N. (Odessa) 

Sutton, Mrs. J. A. 

Swanner, Ann 

Sweezy, William E. 

Tadros, Mr. /Mrs. Alfred (Nargis) 

Tallman, Mr. /Mrs. Ranford P., Jr. 

Teal, Lola B. 
Teeter, James Madison 
Templeton, Mrs. Victor B. (Estelle) 
Thach, Mr. /Mrs. Ny (Van Yaung) 
Thach, Neary Phal 
Thach, Pysith 
Thach, Pysey 
Thach, Sopheap 
Thomas, Mrs. Addie B. 
Thomas, Caroline 

Thomas, Mrs. Grady G. (Georgelyn) 
Thomas, Walter 

Thomas, Mrs. William H. (Frances) 
Thomason, Lalla May 
Thompson, Mr./Mrs. Bruce D. (Jo) 
Thompson, Mrs. Clarence P. (Mabel) 
Thompson, Mr./Mrs. Claude H. 

Thompson, Mr./Mrs. Davis L. (Elsie) 
Thompson, Davy 
Thompson, Donald K. 
Thompson, Frances Ann 
Thompson, Robert B. 
Thompson, Mr./Mrs. William C. 
Thompson, Mr./Mrs. William L. (Inos) 
Thornton, Mrs. A. W. (Louise) 
Thornton, Mr./Mrs. W. D. (Lilhan) 
Thrower, Mary Ann 
Thurman, Mrs. B. D. (Lucretia) 
Thurman, Mr./Mrs. James B. (Cynthia) 
Tillman, Mr./Mrs. Thomas A. (Jackie) 
Tipton, Mr./Mrs. W. R. (Betty) 
TomUnson, Lela Mae 
Torrence, Albert N. 
Torrence, Mrs. R. F. 
Torrence, Rupert F., Jr. 
Tran, Hai Van 
Tran, Ra Van 

Truslow, Mr./Mrs. W. M (Irene) 
Tucker, Mr./Mrs. G. Alvin (Bertha) 
Tucker, Barbara Jean 
Tucker, Mrs. Opal Kimel 
Turner, Mrs. Mabel C. 
Tyler, Ann 
Vance, Betty J. 
Van Hoy, Dr. /Mrs. Joe M. (Helen) 

Vessell, Mrs. L. H. (Mildred) 

Vessell, R. Larry 

Vogel, Mr./Mrs. Harry (Ruth) 

Voigt, Cindy 

Voigt, Mr./Mrs. David (Lillian) 

Wade, Mr./Mrs. E. E., Jr. (Virginia) 

WafFord, Mrs. W. L. ( Helen) 

Wafford, Mr./Mrs. Wm. L., Jr. (Maxine) 

Waggoner, Sara 

Walker, Mr./Mrs. C. M. (Bessie) 

Walker, Mr./Mrs. Hugh G., Jr. 

Walker, Mr./Mrs. Lorenzo M. (Virginia) 

Walkup, Mr./Mrs. Charles (Nancy) 

Wallace, Mrs. Belle 

Wallace, Mr./Mrs. Dan T. (Ann) 

Wallace, Kitty 

Walsh, Mrs. Arnold (Nancy) 

Walton, Mrs. Crystal 

Ward, Mrs. James S. (Vera) 

Ware, Gertie 

Ware, May 

Warren, Jerome 

Washam, Mr./Mrs. Carl B. (Stella) 

Washam, Martha Frances (Marty) 

Waters, Mrs. Richard (DeAnne) 

Watson, Mrs. Myra 

Watts, Mr./Mrs. Troy F. (Rachel) 

Waugh, Dr. Ed 

Webb, Mrs. C. R. (Fannie) 

Weeks, Mrs. R. Heywood (Betty) 

Welch, Ann 

Welch, Mr./Mrs. Harry L., Sr. (Evelyn) 

Wesson, Mr./Mrs. James O., Sr. 

Whisnant, Mr./Mrs. L M. (Sara) 

White, Mrs. E. C. (Hannah) 

White, Mr./Mrs. Gordon N. (Katherine) 

White, Mrs. James G. (Frances) 

White, M. H. 

White, Mrs. Mack W. (Polly) 

White, Mrs. Robert F. (Frances) 

Whitehead, Mr./Mrs. Howard (Barbara) 

Whitehead, Kent 

Whitehead, Sue Ellen 

Whitehead, Thomas Scott 

Whitley, Mrs. Charles D., Jr. (Delores) 

Whitlow, Mrs. Annette Owens 

Whitmore, Mrs. Harry L. (Mary) 

Wiggins, Mrs. Leonard S. (Mary) 

Wilkerson, Mr./Mrs. James P. 

Wilkinson, Mr./Mrs. Bruce C. (Chris- 

Wilkinson, Mark 

Williams, Mr./Mrs. B. F. (Dorothy) 

Williams, Mrs. Gene (Gertrude) 



Williams, Hilary 

Williams, Kenneth 

Williams, Larry 

Williams, Mrs. Ollie 

Williams, Mr./Mrs. Ralph B. (Marion) 

Williams, Ricky 

Williams, Mr./Mrs. W. A. (Carmen) 

WilHamson, Mr./Mrs. Julius L. (Sara) 

Williamson, Mrs. T. D. 

Williamson, Mr./Mrs. Wilbum (Sadie) 

Wilson, Mr./Mrs. Arnold (June) 

Wilson, Azalea 

Wilson, Mrs. Bill (Adrian G.) 

Wilson, Mrs. F. J. 

Wing, Maylar 

Wing, Dr. Richard L. 

Wing, Steve 

Wingate, Mrs. O. K. (Grace) 

Wood, Mrs. Fred P. (Mary) 

Woodruff, David A. 

Woolard, Margaret Anne 

Woolard, William L., Jr. 
Woolard, Mr./Mrs. William L., Sr. 

Worth, Mrs. Thomas J. (Leslie S.) 
Wright, Alvin 

Wright, Mrs. Douglas B. (Anna Luree) 
Wright, Mrs. Ed (LauRea) 
Wright, Mr./Mrs. Edgar A. (Sybil) 
Wright, Mr./Mrs. PhiUip H. (Linda) 
Yarbrough, Bonnie 
Yarbrough, Mr./Mrs. L. G. (Dell) 
Yates, E. P. 

Yelton, Mr./Mrs. Robert (Ann) 
Young, Dorothy 
Young, Mrs. E. Tyler (Ann) 
Young, Francis B. 

Young, Mr./Mrs. H. Claude (Maxine) 
Young, Stephen Tyler 
Younts, Mr./Mrs. R. William, Jr. 

(Georgia Ann) 
Zahnd, Mr./Mrs. Mark R. (Gail) 


Abemethy, Bradley C. 

Aderholt, Mrs. Gary 

Adkins, Fred Marion 

Alvarez, Mrs. Walter 

Armour, Walter 

Arrington, Charles Mason 

Baker, Mr./Mrs. Harold E. 

Baker, Mrs. Herbert 

Baldwin, Mrs. Chas. Frank 

Barrington, Hugh 

Beiderbecke, Tommy 

Bell, Mr./Mrs. Charles M. (Barbara J.) 

Bell, Faith 

Bennick, Mrs. E. R. (Margaret) 

Benos, Mrs. D. J. (Debbie L.) 

Beyfiegel, Mrs. Charles (Katie) 

Blackmon, Mrs. Maria R. 

Blackmon, Rachael Lynn 

Blalock, Mr./Mrs. Robert S. 

Blanton, Jerry Hill 

Bradsher, Patricia Ann 

Bransford, Mr./Mrs. Stephen (Carol) 

Bridgman, Mr./Mrs. Robert L. 

Bridgman, Robert L., II 

Bridgman, Randall Elliott 

Brooks, Charles Vernon 

Brooks, Mitzi 

Broome, William Albert 

Burchett, Alain H. 

Burris, Mr./Mrs. Vallon L. (Phyllis) 

Burris, Vallon L., Jr. 

Burris, Mark 

Burris, Marianne 

Caldwell, J. D. 

Caldwell, Mr./Mrs. Larry 

Canipe, John Frankhn, Jr. 

Capel, William Robert 

Carter, Mrs. Michael (Faye) 

Causey, Mrs. J. W. 

Chappell, Mrs. Wallace D. 

Cheshire, Brenda Kay 

Cheshire, William 

Cobb, R. Frank, Sr. 

Coltrane, Mrs. Joseph M., Jr. 

Cooley, Thomas Melton 

Couch, Mrs. W. O. 

Cowell, Henry S., Ill 

Groom, Mrs. Wm. G. (Rebecca) 

Cuff, Brian 

Cunningham, Bruce Tracy, Jr. 

Davis, Mr./Mrs. CM, Jr' (Beth) 

Davis, Connie Elizabeth 

Davis, Miss Editli 

Diestler, Mrs. Richard A. (Isabella) 

Dillard, A. Frank 

Doran, Mrs. Alwina B. 

Dougherty, Mrs. Patrick T. (Patty) 

DuMonteer, Mrs. David J. (Sue) 



Early, John 

Eason, Mr. /Mrs. LaWayne 

Elixson, J. B. 

Engstrom, Mrs. David (Mindy) 

Entrekin, Jimmy 

Evans, Mrs. J. D. (Cheryl) 

Faison, John Howard, IV 

Fant, Mrs. G. A. 

Fields, Mrs. Alberta 

Ford, Laurie Loraine 

Forrest, Robert L. 

Fowler, John Henry, Jr. 

Franklin, Mr./Mrs. Tim K. (Cathy) 

Geist, Mrs. John (Bonnie H.) 

Ginader, Stephen Jonathan 

Godfrey, Frances Erlene 

Goudey, Ronald 

Grad, Mrs. H. G. 

Green, Francis Marion 

Grentner, Mrs. G. E. 

Grundman, Calvin Ray 

Hall, Mrs. J. K. (Nell) 

Hall, Mrs. James R. (Mary Ann) 

Hanner, Mrs. George K. (Clara) 

Hargrove, Lynn 

Hargrove, Mr./Mrs. Richard S. 

Hart, William Howard 

Hayes, Elizabeth Anne 

Haynes, Leigh 

Haynes, Lynn 

Henderson, Robert G. 

Hendrix, Mr./Mrs. J. F. (Ruth) 

Hewitt, Mrs. Melvin R. (Nancy) 

Holbrook, Adney B. 

Holmes, Hugh Thomas 

Hopper, Edward 

Howard, Elizabeth 

Howard, Gayle R. 

Howard, Sylvia Diane 

Hoyle, Hughes B., HI 

Hurt, Mr./Mrs. Arnold W. 

James, Mr./Mrs. R. David (Bevlia) 

Johnson, Johnny Wayne 

Johnson, Mrs. Johnny (Imogene) 

Johnson, Mrs. Nels G. (Judy) 

Johnson, Mrs. Michael J. (Hilary) 

Keasler, Mrs. W. D. 

Kerr, Robert E., Jr. 

King, Mrs. Harry B. (Annie K.) 

Klugh, Mrs. William (Christine) 

Lawrence, Mrs. Jim (Genie) 

Lechner, Paula Ann 

Leonard, Mr./Mrs. James D. 

Leath, Reid 

Ledford, Mrs. R. H. 

Lee, Mr./Mrs. Mike (Doris) 

Lindsay, Mrs. Robert (Donna) 

Love, Mrs. Nonus Freedland (Mary) 

Lowman, Deborah 

Luzolo, Alphonse 

Lyle, Cynthia 

Lynch, Mrs. Peggy 

McCormick, Mrs. Wm. J., Jr. 

McCuUey, Mrs. Ima 

McMillan, Harriett 

Mahaffey, Pauline 

Mankinen, Mr./Mrs. Rich (Peggy) 

Manson, Dorothy Louise 

Martin, Wm. W., Jr. 

Mauney, Mr./Mrs. Harry B. 

Mauney, Laura 

Mealy, Glenn E. 

Meyer, Mr./Mrs. Thomas L. (Thelma) 

Meyer, Katherine 

Midyette, Mr./Mrs. Hugh T. 

Miles, Mrs. Gary (Alice B.) 

Miller, Mrs. Charles P. (Alice) 

Miller, Charles P., Jr. 

Miller, Richard Scott 

Millner, Paul Pratt 

Mills, Chester 

Mills, James Arthur 

Mincy, Mrs. Russell (Madeline B.) 

Montgomery, Mr./Mrs. Jack B. 

Morgan, Mr./Mrs. Craig R. (Karen G.) 

Morgan, James A. 

Mullis, Mrs. Randy E. (Robin G.) 

Nabors, Harry M., Jr. 

Nance, James Henry 

Neibur, Mrs. Cathy D. 

Noland, Dr. W. E. 

Nycum, Richard Michael 

Gates, Mrs. William R. 

O'Brien, David 

Outlaw, Annis 

Outlaw, Mr./Mrs. Stanley C. (Kathleen) 

Overcarsh, Mrs. B. J., Jr. (Mildred) 

Overcash, Mr./Mrs. Lloyd W. 

Overcash, Barbara 

Overcash, Richard 

Pendleton, Frances 

Person, Mrs David (Judy F.) 

Peterson, Mrs. John T. (Nancy N.) 

Petrie, James Lewis 

Pickard, Ruth Ann 

Pickard, William D. 

Place-Beary, Mrs. Elizabeth 

Place, J. Wayne 

Pollock, Mrs. Miles Steven (Elizabeth) 

Poole, Mrs. James L. (Barbara Y.) 

Ramdin, Mrs. Clement S. (Donna B.) 

Rankin, Mrs. Samuel, IH (Candace C.) 

Rawleigh, Mrs. Michael (Dianna D.) 

Ray, Lois Neal 



Ray, Max Henry 

Reddeck, Alec 

Reid, Mrs. B. H. 

Reid, J. R. 

Ritterskamp, Mrs. Eleanor 

Roach, Mrs. Donald (Betty) 

Roberts, Margaret 

Robbins, Lilla Beatrice 

Robinson, Robert G., Jr. 

Rachett, Mrs. G. W. 

Rosenblatt, Edith Ashley 

Rosford, Lyndon W. 

Salmon, Mrs. Marion L. (Cathy) 

Sanders, Mike 

Scare, Robert 

Sells, Mrs. Edward (Glynn) 

Sharpe, Emerson E., Jr. 

Sharpe, Sarah Diane 

Shaw, Sue Jacquehne 

Simpson, Mrs. J. Richard 

Sing, Mr. /Mrs. William P. (Linda) 

Skakal, Peggy Wanda Ann Lohr 

Sloop, Mrs. Walter Stephen (Carol Ann) 

Smidi, Mrs. Billie (Geniveve) 

Smith, Mrs. Billy H. (Jacqueline) 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. C. Ralph (Margie) 

Smith, Mrs. Joanne 

Smith, Loretha 

Smith, Mr./Mrs. Willard H., Jr. 

Southerland, Mrs. C. P. 

Snead, Aim 

Sprinkle, Mrs. Mary 

Stackhouse, Mrs. J. P., Sr. 

Stackhouse, J. Philip 

Stacy, William R. 

Stone, Mrs. Bruce 

Stoneburner, Mrs. Richard 

Suther, Elizabeth 

Suther, Fred L., Jr. 

Swenney, Mrs. Betty Hendrix 

Taylor, Mr./Mrs. Larry C. 

Taylor, Ronnie Carlyle, Jr. 

Thompson, Nancy Carol 

Thornton, Franklin Delano 

Thornton, Donald 

Tompkins, Mrs. E. F. (Judith H.) 

Torrence, Lloyd Clifford, Jr. 

Trachy, Mrs. Paul (Catherine) 

Tunstall, Mrs. Reid (Pier P.) 

Velasquez, Mr./Mrs, Ross (Georgia) 

Vessell, Lanny H. 

Wacaster, Mrs. Katherine B. 

Warren, Mrs. Norman D. (Joann S.) 

Weber, Mr./Mrs. Don R. 

Webb, Mrs. Robert M. 

Welch, Michael 

Wesson, Richard Glenn 

Wheeler, Mrs. James E. (Brenda T.) 

White, Mr./Mrs. J. P. (Mary L.) 

White, James Philip, Jr. 

WTiite, Lawrence H. 

Williams, Mrs. Ann W. 

Williams, Jerry, Jr. 

Williams, Ronald Lee 

Wright, Elizabeth L. 

Wright, Mrs. W. J. B, 




Over the years bequests have been received from the estates of the 
following members and friends: 

1940 Marie Badger Gobel (Mrs. Peter Gobel) 
1948 Miss Bessie Rigler 
1958 Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Davidson 
1961 Charles E. Bradshaw 

Ouida Moore Saunders (Mrs. Roy E. Saunders) 

Mrs. L. W. Petrie 

1964 E. Percy Gamer 

Margaret Wilkinson Cochrane (Mrs. W. F. Cochrane) 

1965 Thomas W. Bird 

1968 Ada Mae Lane Beal (Mrs. Joe Beal) 

1969 Beulah McFadden Ross (Mrs. W. G. Ross) 
Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Bucher 

R. Warner Jones 

1970 Louise S. Jones (Mrs. R. Warner Jones) 
D. E. Henderson 

1971 Miss Alice Leak Little 
Miss Sadie Bundy 

1972 Miss Lila Little 

1972 Clemmie Mills McKee (Mrs. Earl McKee) 
William E. Lineberger 

Ada Heath Montgomery (Mrs. J. C. Montgomery) 

1973 Minnie White McMillan (Mrs. John A. McMillan) 

1974 Miss Willye Summerow 

Gertrude Barbee Simpson ( Mrs. W. H. Simpson) 

1975 Mrs. B. F. Houston 
Robert H. Petrie 

Annie Webb Bost (Mrs. James H. Bost) 

1976 Miss Pearl Vaughn 

Flora L. Swinney ( Mrs. C. R. Swinney ) 

1977 Miss Mattie McNinch 

1979 Mattie Jenkins Henderson (Mrs. D. E. Henderson) 

1980 Maudine Lancaster Pike (Mrs. W. P. Pike) 

1981 Lorena M. Bivens ( Mrs. S. B. Bivens ) 

At time of pubHcation the estate of John K. Slear of Charlotte had 
just been settled and that of Calvin M. Little of Mount Gilead, North 
Carolina ( never a member of this church) was being settled. It is an- 
ticipated that over $400,000 will be received as a result of their generous 







This Indentur made the 5 day of Jan. A D 1833 between W W Long, 
Henry Own, Jno M Slaughter, B Gates, & Patrick Harty, Commissions 
of the town of Charlott of the County of McKlenburg & State of N 
Carolin of the one part & Samuel Taylor dec ( ?) David R. Dunlap David 
Kenther B Gates & Jams T Asbury Trustees of the Meth (?) of the 
Episcopel Church in Charlott County & State aforsd of the other part 
Witness that the Sd W W Long Henry Gwns John M Slaugher B Gates 
& Patrick Harty Commissioners as afore Sd for & in consideration of 
the sum of 10 Dollars to them in hand paid by th Sd Samuel Talor D R 
Dunlap D ( ? ) B Gates J T Asbury Trustees as afore Sd the recept where- 
of th Sd W W Long Henry Gwns Jams M Slaughter B Gates & Patrick 
Harty Comisions as afore Sd Do hereby acknowledg hath given granted 
bargained Sold aliened & confirmed & by thes presents doth give grant 
bargain Sell aHen & confirm unto th Sd Samuel Talor & others Trustees 
of M E Church & their succesors forever all that tract piece or parcel of 
land situat lying & being in the County afore Sd & towTi of Charlott & 
known on the Plan of Sd town by lotts No 358 & 360 being one front ( ? ) 
and one back lott Beginning at a Stake the West comer of th 53 square 
& on Collage & 7 Streets & runs on Sd 7 Streat 6 po to a stak now Miles 
Hills comer then parllel with th Coleage Street 24 po to 8th Street then 
with Sd 8 Streat 6 po to a stak on Coleage Streat then 24 po to th be- 
ginning containing 144 square Poles & also all the woods ways waters 
& courses & all & every the apertenance thereto belonging or in any wise 
apertaining & the reversions & remainders rents issues & profits of 
the afore Sd & premises & ever part thereof & all the estate right titel 
intrest clames property & demand whatsoever of the Sd W W Long 
& the other Commisoners as afore Sd of in & to the land & premeses 
granted to hav & to hole the aforesd land & premeses with the ap- 
pertenance unto the Sd Samuel Tator & other Trusters of Methidist 
Episcaple Church & ther sucssesors & assigns to the proper use & behoof 
of th Sd Treasure & ther sucessors & the use of the Methisodist Episcaple 
Church in Charlott forevre & the Sd W W Long & others Comisioners 
as afore Sd for themselves & for ther sucsesors the afore Sd lands & 
premises & every part thereof against them & their heirs & against th 
clames of all & every other person whatsoever to the Sd Samuel Talor 



& Other Trustees & the sucssesors & asigns shall & will forever defend by 
these presants as far as authorised as Comissioners of Sd town 

In Testimony whereof th Sd W W Long Henry Owns John M Slaugh- 
ter B Oates & Patrick Harty as Comisioners hav hear unto set ther 
hands & affix the seals the day & year first above written 

WW Long (Seal) 
test Stephen Fox Henry E Ownes ( Seal) 

Patrick Harty (Seal) 

Barly Oates (Seal) 

John M Slaughter (Seal) 

Mecklinburg County Feb term 1834 I certify that of the within deed is 

duly proved in open Court by Stephen Fox a subscribing witness & 

recorded lett it be regesterd April 2 1834 

B Oates Clk 




THIS DEED, made this the 15th day of June, 1925, by W. H. Twitty, 
Commissioner, under a judgment of the Superior Court of Mecklen- 
burg County, June Term, 1925, in the civil action entitled "Mrs. Lalla 
O. Bethell, and others, vs. Vera Webb Oates, party of the first part, 
and A. M. Whisnant, W. D. Wilkinson, J. A. Russell, J. A. Bell, J. J. 
Akers, J. D. McCall, R. T. Ferguson, A. H. Wear and W. W. Hagood, 
Trustees of Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Char- 
lotte, N. C, of the Western North Carolina Conference, parties of the 
second part, WITNESSETH :- 

THAT WHEREAS, said W. H. Twitty, Commissioner, appointed by 
an order of said Court, to sell the lands hereinafter described, did report 
to said Court, at the June term, 1925, that the Board of Stewards of 
Tryon Street Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Char- 
lotte, N. C, in behalf of the Trustees of said Church, under date of May 
28th, 1925, had made an offer, in writing, to purchase the lands herein- 
after described, at private sale, at the price of One Hundred Forty 
Thousand ($140,000.00) Dollars, Forty Thousand ($40,000.00) Dollars 
thereof to be paid in cash, and the remainder to be paid on April 20th, 
1926, deferred payments to bear interest at the rate of six (6%) per 
cent, per annum, and to be secured by a deed of trust on said lands; 
paving assessments accuring after said date, and taxes for the year 1925 
to be assumed by the purchaser, which said offer made by said Stew- 
ards was duly ratified and approved by the Quarterly Conference of 
said Church and said Trustees authorized to purchase said lot. 



AND WHEREAS, upon the report of said Commissioner being heard, 
it was ordered by the Court that the lands described in the complaint in 
said cause, and hereinafter described, be sold to the parties of the second 
part herein, at the price and on the terms hereinbefore set forth; and 
the said W. H. Twitty, Commissioner as aforesaid, was ordered by the 
judgment of said Court, upon payment to him by the parties of the 
second part herein, of the sum of Forty Thousand ($40,000.00) Dollars, 
and the execution and deHvery to him by said parties of the second 
part herein, of a note or bond in the sum of One Hundred Thousand 
($100,000.00) Dollars, due and payable on the 20th day of April, 1926, 
bearing interest at the rate of six (6%) per cent, per annum, and the 
execution and delivery of a deed of trust on the lands hereinafter de- 
scribed, securing the payment of said note or bond, to execute and 
dehver to said parties of the second part a deed conveying to them, in 
fee simple, the lands described in said complaint, and hereinafter 

AND WHEREAS, said parties of the second part have paid to said 
W. H. Twitty, Commissioner as aforesaid, the sum of Forty Thousand 
( $40,000.00) Dollars, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and 
have executed and dehvered to him, their note or bond in the sum of 
One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars, due and payable on the 
20th day of April, 1926, bearing interest at the rate of six (6%) per cent, 
per annum, and have executed and dehvered to H. N. Pharr, Trustee, 
a deed of trust on the lands hereinafter described, securing the payment 
of said note on bond: 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the payment of said sum 
of Forty Thousand ($40,000.00) Dollars, and the execution and deliv- 
ery of the note or bond, and the deed of trust above referred to, said 
W. H. Twitty, Commissioner as aforesaid, has granted, bargained, sold 
and conveyed and does hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto 
said parties of the second part, their successors and assigns, all that cer- 
tain lot or parcel of land situated, lying and being in the City of Char- 
lotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and being more particu- 
larly described as follows: 

Situated in Square No. 49 of said City of Charlotte, as shown on Beers' 
and Butler's maps of said City, and bounded and described as follows: 
BEGINNING at the north corner made by the intersection of North 
Tryon Street, and West Eighth Street, and runs thence in a northeasterly 
direction with North Tryon Street, 110 feet to the comer of the lot of 
R. A. Dunn; thence running in a northwesterly direction, almost, but not 
quite, parallel with West Eighth Street, running first with the line of 
die lot of R. A. Dunn, and then with the line of the lot of J. W. McClung 
about 396 feet to North Church Street; thence with North Church Street 
in a southwesterly direction, 108 feet to the east comer made by the 
intersection of West Eighth Street and North Church Street; thence 
with West Eighth Street, about 396 feet to the beginning comer. 



Being the same lot of land conveyed to Mrs. Ella B. Oates, now de- 
ceased, by John J. Blackwood and wife, by deed registered in the OflBce 
of the Register of Deeds for Mecklenburg County, in Book 19, page 260, 
to which deed reference is hereby made. 

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD said lot of land, with all privileges and 
appurtenances thereto belonging, to them, said parties of the second 
part, their successors and assigns forever, in as full and ample manner 
as said W, H. Twitty, Commissioner as aforesaid, is authorized and 
empowered to convey the same. The parties of the second part to pay 
all taxes for years 1925, and all street assessments not yet due. 

IN WITNESS WHEROF, said W. H. Twitty, Commissioner of afore- 
said, has hereunto set his hand and seal, this the 15" day of June, 1925. 

WITNESS: N. H. Pharr 

Neal Y. Pharr 


W. H. Twitty, Commissioner ( Seal) 

The execution of the foregoing instrument was this day duly proved 
before me by the oath and examination of the subscribing witness there- 
to. Let the same with this certificate be registered. This 19 day of 
June, 1925. 

Mary S. Poythress, Deputy Clerk Superior Court 

FILED JUNE 19, 1925 RECORDED JUNE 20, 1925 

at 11 : 15 o'clock A. M. at 7:45 o'clock A. M. 

Amount U. S. Internal Revenue War Tax Paid $140.00. 




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Abemethy, Irene, 104, 158 
Acolytes, 148 
Adams, Mrs. C. C, 100 
Adams, Frances, 128 
Adams, The Rev. and Mrs. Gilreath, 124 
Administrative Board Chairmen (1927- 
1982), 179 

Administrative Board, Committees of 

(1983), 181 
Administrative Board, Membership of 

(1983), 180 
Administrative Board, OflBcers of (1983), 


Adult Department of Church School, 103 

Adult Fellowship Class, 105 

Albright, Thelma, 54 

Aldersgate Street, 5 

Aldred, T. W., 116 

Alexander, Dr. J. B., 10, 22, 151 

Alexander, Mrs. W. D., Jr., 136, 137 

Allen, David J., 19 

Allen, Mrs. David (Ehzabeth), 106 

Allen, Mrs. Paul, 111 

Anderson, D. H., 47, 54, 90, 100 

Anderson, Mrs. David H., 49 

Andrews, Becky, no 

Andrews, E. M., 100 

Andrews, Mrs. Dr., 110 

Ankeny, Louise, 138 

Annesley, Samuel, 2 

Annesley, Susannah, 2 

Ardrey, W. E., 100 

Arledge, Miss Mamie, 101 

Armstrong, The Rev. James, 124 

Asbury, Francis, 6, 7, 

Asbury, Louis, 32, 47 

Asbury, Mrs. Mary Farrow, 110 

Asbury, OlUe F., 46 

Asbury, Mrs. Samuel J., 100 

Ashcraft, Bill, 124 

Associate Ministers of First United 

Methodist Church, 176 
Atkison, Mrs. Henry, 120 
Ault, J. Edwin, 149 
Austin, Kenneth, ix 
Autry, Judith, 138 

Bagwell, Guy O., 158 

Bagwell, J. T., 29 

Bain, Dr. E. L., 54, 174 

Bales, Dr. Harold K., 167, 168, 170, 174 

Bales, Mrs. Harold K. (Judy Byrd), 168 

Bales, Janice, David and Philip, 168 

Bangle, Mrs. Floyd, 159 

Bangle, The Rev. F. W. Dowd, 52, 154, 

Barger, Chuck (Charles T. HI), 106, 131, 

177, 181, 183 
Barlow, Judith, 130 
Barnett, William B., 10, 11, 16 
Barnhardt, Lurlene (Mrs. Leshe), x, 115, 

Batten, Anne J., ix, 52, 160, 161 
Batty, Bettie (Mrs. Nic), 107, 108 
Beal, Mrs. Joe (Ada Mae Lane), 129, 195 
Beard, Karen Elizabeth, 148 
Beaver, E. M., 179 
Beiderbecke, Mrs. Evelyn, 126 
Bell, church, 48, 88 
Bell, Mrs. Emily, 159 
Bell, Faith, 93 
Bell, Frankland, 155 
Bell, James Ardrey, 55, 58, 59, 80, 83, 85, 

92, 135 
Bell, Mrs. James A., 49, 92, 101, 113 
Bell, Judge Jesse Spencer, 93 
Bell, Sammy, 155 
Bells, old bells of Charlotte, 26 
Belmont Park Methodist Church, 56 
Benton, The Rev. C. C, 176 
Berryhill, Newcomb, 101 
Bethlehem Center, 114, 134, 135 
Bethune, Miss Sallie, 29, 47, 49, 53, 93, 

100, 101, 104, 107, no, 111, 158 
Betts, Ben, 152 
Beulah Baptist Church, 97 
Beverage, Ann McDougle, 122 
Biggers, Sandra Milliken, 123 
Bird, Thomas W., 119, 158, 179, 195 
Bishops, 175 
Bivens, J. A., 100, 111 
Bivens, Mrs. S. B. (Lorena), 195 
Black, Mrs. W. J., 100 
Blackard, Dr. E. H., 154 



Blackmon, The Rev. Herbert, 167, 176 

Blair, Margaret, 51 

Blair, R. K., 51 

Blakey, Mrs. R. E., 100 

Blanton, Mrs. Batie (Elsie), 121 

Board of Stewards, Chairmen of (1927- 

1982), 179 
Boone Methodist Church, 49 
Bost, Carlton, 153, 155 
Bost, G. F., 155 

Bost, Mrs. J. H. (Annie Webb), 159, 195 
Bost, J. Webb, ix, x, 48, 104, 155, 158, 


Bost, Mrs. J. Webb (Clara), ix, x, 85, 158 

Bost, Nancy, 121 

Bost, Steve, 153 

Boy Scout Hut, 129 

Boy Scouts, 118-120 

Boyd, J. B., 56 

Boyer, Dr. H. K., 47, 55 

Bradburn, Frances, 140 

Bradburn, Johnny, 131, 140, 141 

Bradford, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil, 32 

Bradshaw, Charles E., 195 

Brantley, Mrs. J. E., 105, 158 

Brem, Colonel T, H., 21 

Brem, Walter, 49 

Brietz, E. Raymond, ix, 138, 140, 179 

Brietz, Mrs. E. Raymond (Marie Wilkin- 
son), ix, X, 51 

"Bright Jewels," 31 

Brinkoff, Rachel, 108 

Brogan, Dr. Wesley, 130 

Brown, M. Sue, x 

Brown, Peter Marshall, home of, 22 

Brownie Scout Troop, 120 

Buchanan, Tom, 141 

Bucher, E. Ray, 57, 58, 59, 80, 84, 101, 

Bucher, Mrs. E. R., 195 
Buck Hill Church, 11, 15 
Building of First Methodist Episcopal 

Church, South (1927-1928), 58 
Bultman, Mrs. John, 138, 139 
Bumgarner, G. W., 18 
Bundy, Sadie, 195 
Burchett, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton, 150 
Burson, The Rev. Russell, 152, 176 
Business Woman's Missionary Society, 

Buder, Dr. Paul, 91 
Butt, Arthur, 50, 51 
Butt, The Rev. John F., 50 
Byerly, Mrs. D. H., 110 

Caldwell, The Rev. Joe, 133 
Caldwell, The Rev. Samuel Craighead, 

Calvary Methodist Church, 28, 33, 50, 56 
Camp Greene, 54 
Camp Sierra Linda, 124 
Camp Tekoa, 123 
Camp Vantrease, 120 
Canipe, Walter, 155 
Carlisle, Howard, 118 
Carson, Wilham, 100 
Cashion, Ernest L., 147 
Catawba Journal, 19, 100 
Caudle, L. L., 56 

Central Avenue Methodist Church, 56 
Chadwick Methodist Church, 56 
Challenge Social Dependability, special 

award, 122 
Chappell, Dr. Clovis G., 159, i6o, 164, 

165, 174 
Chappell, Mrs. Clovis G. (Cecil), 105, 

152, 161 
Chappell, Dr. Wallace D., 161, 165, 167, 

Chappell, Mrs. Wallace D. (Mary Fran- 
ces), 166 
Charlotte Chronicle, 24, 31 
Charlotte Daily Observer, 1873, 26 
Charlotte Festival Community Chorus, 

Charlotte Methodist, The, 89 
Charlotte News, The, 1908, 45 
Charlotte, town of, 18, 30 
Charter Members of First Methodist 

Episcopal Church, South (1927), 61- 


Cherokee Methodist Center, 113 

Chiang Kai-shek, Madame, 30 

Children's Ministry, 108 

Chimes, 85, 87, 136 

Choir, Bell, 131, 140 

Choir, Chancel, 140 

Choir, Youth, 140 

Chrismon tree, 149 

Christian Service Bible Class, 104 

Church School, 102 

Circles, 111 

Clark, Walter, 49, 58 

Cochran, Ms. Anda, 126 

Cochrane, Mrs. W. F. (Margaret Wilkin- 
son), 195 

Coke, Dr. Thomas, 6 

Colby, Willard, 120 

Cole, The Rev. William H. (Bill), 124, 

Cole Building, 175 



Cole, E. A., 56 

Cole, Eugene M., 135 

Cole, The Rev. E. O., 135 

Cole Memorial Methodist Church, 56 

Committees, Administrative (1983), 181 

Committees, Optional, 183 

Communion cups, individual (1895), 48 

Communion service, 1921, 49 

Conder, Robert Milton, 147 

Conder, Sarah Anne, 147 

Connelly, Miss Bessie, 52 

CONTACT, 133, 134, 164 

Conversion of Charles and John Wesley, 

Cook, The Rev. Reginald, 124 
Cooper, Curtis, 105 
Council, Chip, 124 
Council on Ministries (1983), 182 
Covenant Bible Class, 105 
CPCC Classes at First United Methodist 

Church, 131 
Craft, Eugene, 136, 137 
Craig, Leland M., 97 
Craig, Mrs. Leland M. (Willie), 97 
Craighead, The Rev. Alexander, 9, 128 
Creasy, Dr. W. S., 11, 33, 48, m 
Creasy, Mrs. W. S., 100, 110 
Crittenton Home, 94 
Cross, Altar, 158 
Cross, Budded, 158 
Cross, Calvary, 158 
Cross, in Tryon Street Methodist, 53 
Crowder, Dr. Richard J., 165, 174 
Crow^der, Mrs. Richard J. (Barbara), 141, 

Crovi'der, Rick, 165 
Crovv'der, Mrs. Wilson, 51, 104, 158 
Crowell, Kate, 108, 157, 158 
Cunningham, Bruce, Jr., 123 
Cunningham, Mrs. Bruce (Marjorie), ix, 

Curlee, Jay, 124 
Curved Bar Avi'ard, 121 
Cuthbertson, Miss Minnie, 100 
Cuthbertson, Tom, 107 
Cuthbertson, W. Reynolds (Rennie), Sr., 

80, 95, 98, 135, 159, 179 
Cuthbertson, Mrs. W. Reynolds, Sr. 

(Julia Hagood), 84, 95 
Cuthbertson, W. Reynolds (Rennie), Jr., 

95, 99, 119, 179 

Dancing, 29 
Darrow, Clarence, 161 
Davidson, Walter H., 80, 195 
Davidson, Mrs. Walter H., 195 

Davis, Miss Eleanor, 122 

Davis, Miss Eugenia, 100 

Davis, James W., 149 

Davis, James Winston, 147 

Davis, The Rev. W. C, 14 

Day Care Center, 132 

Dellinger, Evan, 128 

Depression, beginning of, 79 

Devlin, Miss May, 120 

Dilworth Methodist Church, 50, 56, 59 

Directors of Christian Education, First 

Methodist Church, 1927-1983, 177 
Doggett, Mrs. Louis, 121 
Douglas, Dr. John, 162 
Douglas, Mrs. John (Marjorie Lutz), ix, 

162, 177 
Dowd, Mrs. Clem, 110 
Dowd, Miss Ella, 100 
Dowd, Miss Mattie, 100 
Duckworth, Mrs. Cecil, 120 
Duke, Doris, 57, 82 
Duke, James B., 57, 79 
Duncan Memorial Methodist Church, 56 
Duncan, Mrs. Parker (Peggy), ix, 131 
Dunlap, Dr. David R., 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 

21, 22, 23, 100 
Dunlap, Mrs. D. R., 110 
Dunlap, Dr. David R. and family, 21 
Dunn, R. A., house, 98 

Eagle, Diane, 124 

Eagle, Jean, 130 

Eanes, The Rev. and Mrs. Ralph, 124 

Earnhardt, The Rev. Daniel T., 176 

ECHO program, 131 

Edgerton, Yates, Jr., 149 

Elder, Mrs. Guy, 105 

Eldridge, Miss Hattie, 101, 111 

Elementary Department of the Church 

School, io6 
Elixon, Mrs. Brooks (Willie), 164 
Elhott, Charles E. and Vivian, 107 
EUiott, Dr. J. A., 58, 59, 80 
Emblem of First United Methodist 

Church, 113 
Emory, Sarah, 104 
Epworth League, 106, 111 
Epworth parsonage, 3 
Eskridge, Charles W., 179 
Eskridge, Joe, 130 
Eskridge, Lois (Mrs. Charles), 149 
Eugene M. Cole Foundation, 135 
Evangelical United Brethren, 8 
Evans, The Rev. J. Claude, 176 



Evans, Mrs. R. E., 159 
Expelling of church members, 28 

Faulk, J. J., 139 

Feezor, Betty (Mrs. Tinmer), 102, 159 

Felder, Miss Mary, 100 

Ferguson, A. W., 151 

Fincher, Wilham, 14 

First Baptist Church, 97, 131 

First Epistle, The, 167 

First Methodist Episcopal Church, South 
1927-1939, 56; building of, 58; bul- 
letin (1928), 60, 61; charter members 
(1927), 61-79; financial difficulties of, 
79; physical description of, 86 

First Methodist Episcopal Church, 
1939-1968, 56 

First Presbyterian Church, 97, 131 

First United Methodist Chiurch, 1968- 

1983, 56, 175 
First United Presbyterian Church, 24, 

97, 131 
Flinchum, Hoytt, 130 
Floumoy, Charhe F., ix, 103, 157 
Floumoy, The Rev. James Thomas, 147 
Floumoy, Nettie W., 147 
Forest, Bob, 130 
Founders' Hall, 59, 91, 145 
"Foundry, The," 6 
Full-time Christian Service, 178 
Furr, The Rev. Lester S., 176 

Gage, Helen, 177 

Gaither, Nancy, 106 

Gallagher, Mrs. Avis, 146 

Garner, E. Percy, 195 

Garrett, Mrs. Rachel, 100 

Garrison, Lilhan Boyer (Mrs. W. Reid), 55 

Gary, Kays, ix 

Gilbert, John K., Jr., 129, 179 

Gilbert, Mrs. John K., Jr. (Jean), x, 150 

Gilbert's Gulch, 129 

Girl Scouts, 120-122 

Gleason, Harold, 59, 137 

Glenmere, io8, 128 

Glenn, Mrs. Joann, 122 

Gobel, Marie Badger (Mrs. Peter), 195 

Gold Wedding Ring, the, 85 

Golden, Anne, 165 

Golden, Dr. Jacob B., viii, ix, 1, 147, 155, 

165, 174 
Golden, Mrs. Jacob (Jane), 165 
Golden, Jacob B., Jr., 178 
Golden, Jonathan, 129, 178 
"Golden Text," 54 

Goodson, Bishop Kenneth, 90, 94, 119, 
153, 157, 159, 162-164, 174 

Goodson, Mrs. Kenneth (Martha), 162 

Goodwill Industries, 133 

Grace AME Zion Church, 131 

Graham, Melle Beard (Mrs. E. Berrian, 
Jr.), 110 

Graham, Dr. William A., 88 

Gray, Jack, 105 

Gray, Karen, 124 

Gray, WiUiam, 124, 148 

Green, Miss Kate, 52 

Greene, Mrs. Dr., 110 

Greene, Fred Adams, 116, 147 

Greene, Mrs. Fred A. (Sara Kendall), 

Greene, Mrs. Fred W., 138 
Greensboro College Glee Club, 138 
Grice, Keely, 58, 80 
Guillet, Albert, 155 
Guzman, Florenzio, 124 

Habib Yusufjis, the, 113 

Hackneys, the Edwin, 113 

Hagen, Bishop Odd, 122 

Hagood, Mr. & Mrs. A. J., 95 

Hagood, W. W., Sr., 58, 59, 94, 95 

Hagood, Mrs. W. W., Sr. (Miss Salhe), 
84, 88, 94, 101, 113, 135, 152, 153, 

Hagood, W. W., Jr., 59, 80, 94, 95, 98 

Hall, Miss Belle, 101 

Hall, Lewis, 116, 155 

Hall, Mrs. N. E., 154 

Hall, Thor, 123, 124 

Halley, Mrs. Robert, 138 

Handbell Choir, 131 

Handbells, 140 

Hardin, The Rev. E. Wannamaker, 126 

Harding Bible Class, 105 

Harding, Dr. Harry P., 104, 105, 158 

Harding, William F., 100 

Hargett, Judy and Dick, 130 

Harrell, Mary Ellen, 177 

Harris, Arthur P., 133 

Harris, G. B., 105, 158 

Harris, Wade, house, 98 

Harrison Methodist Church, 9 

Harrison, The Rev. Samuel, 15 

Hart, G. W., 80 

Hauss, Mrs. R. M. (Louise), 105 

Hawthorne Lane Methodist Church, 56 

Hayes, Lee, 124 

Haynes, Mrs. Frank K. (Gertrude Dick- 
inson, "Trudy"), 106, 107, 152, 159 



Heath, B. D., 47, 56 

Henderson, Bobby, 124 

Henderson, Charles, J., ix, 29, 92, 102, 

133, 152, 153, 158, 161, 162, 165, 179 
Henderson, Mrs. Charles J. (Nita), 92, 

105, 106, 115, 135, 162, 179 
Henderson, D. E. (Zeke), 52, 57, 82, 85, 

91, 92, 103, 105, 119, 155, 157, 195 
Henderson, Mrs. D. E. (Mattie), 92, 111, 

Henderson, David, 155 
Henderson, Sam'l, 100 
Herbert, Dr. C. C, Jr., 168, 176 
Herbert, Mrs. C. C. (Libba), 168 
Hill, Imogene, 121 
Hinson, Rae, 101 
Hinton, Sam, 104 
Holton, Mrs. Rachel, 19 
Holton, Thomas J., 19 
"Holy Club," 1 
Hood, Harrison, 10 
Hood, John, 116, 155 
Hood, Nan Gordon, 155 
Hood, Miss Pauline, 120 
Hooper, Edward, 100 
Hoover, Barbara (Mrs. R. Pressley), ix, 

126, 148 
Hoover, Roddy, 124, 148 
Hopkey, Sophia, 5 
Hopkins, Nancy, 121 
Horn, The Rev. Kenneth, 177 
Houser, James Calvin, 147 
Houser, Tempie Elizabeth, 147 
Houston, Ben F., 157 
Houston, Mrs. Ben F., 157, 195 
Howard, Barbara, 130 
Howard, The Rev. Michael R., 176 
Howe, Miss Susan, 140 
Howell, Mary Belle Petrie (Mrs. Aubrey 

L.), X, 51 
Howell's Child Care, 130 
Hoyle, Helen, 108 
Huckabee, Doris, 130 
Huggin, The Rev. James C, Jr., 153, 

154> 155, 176 
Hunter, The Rev. DeArmon, 105, 177 
Hurley, The Rev. J. Bernard, 176 
Hurley, Virgil, x 

Hutchinson, The Rev. Orion N., 157, 176 
Huyck, David T., 47 
Hymnal, the New Methodist, 138 
Hyndman, W. J., 47 

Irwin, Mrs. Ann, 130 
Irwin, John, 100 

Ivey, J. B., 55, 56, 57, 80, 13s, 137, 153, 

157, 158 
Ivey, Mrs. J. B., 104, 152, 158 

Jackson, The Rev. Jonathan, 14 
Jenkins, The Rev. James, 10, 13 
Jenkins, Richard Walter, 138 
Johnson, Mrs. G. S., 110 
Johnson, Mrs. H. V., in 
Johnson, Steve and Janet, 106 
Johnson, William R., 106 
Johnson, Mrs. William R. (Sally), 106, 

Johnston, Gary, 139 
Jonathan, James David, 10 
Jones, Mrs. Bemice, 105 
Jones, Miss Edith, 130 
Jones, Edvrai L., Sr., 133 
Jones, Hunter M., ix, 85, 179 
Jones, J. A., 51, 52, 83, 100 
Jones, J. M. (Jimmy), 90 
Jones, R. Warner, 195 
Jones, Mrs. R. Warner (Louise S.), 195 
Jordan, Dr. G. Ray, 85, 160, 174 
Jordan, Mrs. G. Ray (Caroline), 160 
Jordan, Mrs. Mack D., 105 
Jordan, Tim, 130 
Jordan, W. E., 179 

Kande, Mrs. Assanath, 150 

Kelly, Lorena, 114 

Kemp, Mrs. Allen, 120 

Kemp, Margaret Travis, 147 

Kendrick, Green, 100 

Kennedy, "Miss Lula" (Mrs. C. C), 94, 

100, 110, 111 
King, Mary Eskridge (Mrs. Carl), 115, 

King, The Reverend Carl H., 122, 124 
Kirby, M. F., 55, 101 
Kirby, R. S., 80, 137 
Kirkham, Mr., 1 
Kohn, Miss Grace, 136 
Kuhck, Roye Lynn, 140 

Ladies Aid Society, 109, no 

Laird, Mrs. E. B., 50, 52, 113 

Lakewood Park, 52 

Landreth, Monroe M., Jr., ix, 155, 158 

Lanier, The Rev. H. Glenn, 176 

Lee, Winkie, 124 

Lentz, Joe, 124 

Lewis, Mrs. Edyth, ix, 126 

"Light Bearers, The," 54, 111 

Lillard, T. J., 59 

Lineberger, Wilham E., 195 



Litaker, Ella Ivey (Mrs. Oliver M.), 55 

Little, A. J., 150 

Little, Mrs. A. J., 105 

Little, Alice Leak, 195 

Little, Calvin M., 195 

Little, Frank M., 179 

Little, Mrs. Frank M., 138 

Little, Julian H., 58, 59, 80, 100 

Little, Lila, 195 

Little, Maria GuiUet, 123 

Little Rock AME Zion Church, 131 

Littlejohn, R. N., 100 

Living Pictures, 53 

Long, C. E., 27 

Long, J. Frederick, 147 

Long, Johnny, 155 

Long, Sevil M., 147 

Love, Mrs. Bruce, 140 

"Lovers of Jesus," 31, 111 

Low, Juliette, 121 

Lucas, J. P., 57 

Lupo, Barbara, ix 

Lupo, Gordon, 159, 179 

Lupo, Mrs. Gordon (Thelma), 115 

Luther, James H., 179 

Luzolo, Alphonse and Angehque, 150 

MacMillan, Lola Whisnant, 91 

Madden, Mrs. Harry (Elfrieda), 120 

Malone, Peggy, 121 

Markey, George, 91, 139 

Marr, Dr. T. F., 19, 47 

MarshaU, Dr. Peter, 85 

Martin, Mrs., 15 

Martin, The Reverend Williain, 11, 15 

May, Mrs. Fred H., 113 

Mayer, M. C, 100 

McAden, The Reverend Hugh, 9 

McCall, J. D., 56, 100 

McCall, Dr. Johnston V. (Pete), 126 

McCausland, Mrs. J. N. (Ila), 55 

McClung, Mrs. G. W., 121 

McClung, J. W., house, 98 

McClure, Ernestine, 121 

McCIure, Kermit, 130 

McClure, Mrs. Kermit (Ginger), 102 

McClure, Mrs. M. V., 121 

McComb, Samuel, 100 

McCulley, The Rev. Glenn R., 176 

McDougle, Herbert Irwin, 104, 128, 

i35> 152, 158 
McEwen, Joseph L., 147 
McEwen, Mildred Morse (Mrs. J. L.), ix, 


McGee, Ken, 130 

McGilvary, Mrs. Caroline, 110 

Mcintosh, The Rev. Melvin D., 177 

Mcintosh, Rosabel, 159 

McKee, Mrs. Earl (Clemmie Mills), 195 

McKenzie, Doctor, 14 

McKinnon, Miss Maud, 104, 158, 177 

McKorell, Mary Bowers, 159 

McLaughlin, Miss Daisy (Mrs. C. S.), 53 

McLaughlin, Joseph (Joe), 96, 151 

McLaughlin, Rosamond Lucas (Mrs. 

Joseph), 52, 96 
McMillan, Mrs. John A. (Minnie White), 

McNinch, Miss Mattie, 195 
McWhirter, Mrs. Libby, 126 
Meals-on-Wheels program, 114 
Mementos of Tryon Street and Trinity, 

Methodist Churches, 48 
Memorial Book, ix 
Merger of Tryon Street and Trinity 

Churches, 58 
Methodism, Birth of American, 7 
Methodist Center, 175 
Methodist Church, 8 
Methodist Chiurch, earhest in Charlotte, 

Methodist Conference, the first, 6-7 
Methodist Episcopal Church, The, 7, 

Methodist Episcopal Chiu-ch, South, 8, 

Methodist Home, The, 135, 175 
Methodist Movement, 1 
Methodist Protestant Church, 7, 138 
Methodist sermon, the first, 9 
Methodist Societies, 6 
Methodist Street, 19 
Methodist Youth Fellowship, 106 
Meynardie, The Rev. E. J., 110 
Miles, David, 130 

Miles, Mrs. David (Joan), ix, 130, 177 
Miller, The Rev. John James, 176 
Miller, The Rev. and Mrs. Walter, 123 
Mills, Daniel, 10 
Mills, James David Jonathan, 10 
Mills, Lilla, 177 
Milroy, Mrs. Irene, 133, 134 
Miner's and Farmer's Journal, 18 
Ministers (Associate) of First United 

Methodist Church, 176 
Minister's Group, 131 
Ministers (Senior) of First Methodist 

Church 1927-1983, 174 
Mission to Mexico, 124 



Missionaries, supported by First Metho- 
dist Church, 113 

Missiotis of First Methodist Church, 1 13 

Mitchell, Frank H., 147 

Montfort, Russell, 123, 124 

Montgomery, Mrs. J. C. (Ada Heath), 

Moravians, 4 

Morgan, Mr., 1 

Morrison, John, 138 

Morrison, John Dwight, 128 

Morrow, Miss Blanche, 111 

Morse, Mrs. W. M. (Lillie Davis), 53, 

Mortgage, burning of, 84; church mem- 
bers who endorsed, 80 

Mouzon, Bishop Edwin D., 58, 59 

Mulhnix, The Rev. G. Roland, 177 

MuUis, Pete, 155 

Munteanu, Nicolai, 150 

Murphy, J. E., house, 98 

Murray, Mrs. Grace, 6 

Myers Park Methodist Church, 59 

Myers, S. S., 100 

Nabors, Harry, 155 

Neal, William, 136 

Needlepoint Altar Cushions, 145, 165 

Neese, Dr. E. H., 133 

Newcomb, Alan H., 102, 104, 148, 158 

Newcomb, Mrs. Alan (Jeanne), ix, 102, 

Newcomb, Robert T. (Bob) and Linda, 

Newton, Nancy and Frank, 131 
Norment, J. H., 100 
North Carolina Whig, The, 20, 26 

Oates, Brawley, 22 

Gates, Mrs. Brawley, 21, 110 

Oates home, 58 

Oates lot, 197 

O'Brien, David, 123 

OflBcials of First United Methodist 

Church 1983, 180 
Ogburn, Lanier, 154 
Ogburn, Sneed, 154 
Ogden, Wanda, 126, 177 
Older Adult Ministries, 131 
Organ, First Methodist Church, 87, 99, 

136, 139 
Organ, Tryon Street Methodist Church, 

Orphan House, Wesleys, 6 

Pagan, Mrs. Beverly, 122 

Painter, Mrs. H. C, 100 

Palmer, Ann, 121 

Pannetti, J. M., 137 

Parker, B. B., 119, 135, 179 

Parker, Virginia Osborne, 147 

Parsonage and Home Mission Society, 

Parsonages, 90 

Part-time Christian Service, 178 
Pastors of Trinity Methodist Church, 

Pastors of Tryon Street Methodist 
Church and its Antecedents, 1815- 

1927, 173 
Patterson, George W., 58, 80, 136 
Peacock, Dr. H. Eugene, 134, 148, 152, 

158, 159, 164, 174 
Peacock, Mrs. H. Eugene (Dorothy), 164 
Peele, Bishop W. W., 59, 84, 85, 90, 154, 

155, 159, 160, 174 
Perry, Alice Carol, 121 
Petrie, Mrs. L. W., 158, 195 
Petrie, Robert H., 195 
Phoenix Forum, The, 105 
Pickard, Faison, 155 
Pickard, T. Ed, 155 
Pickens, Mrs. 1. W., 51 
Pierce, Cubmaster L. S. (Skinny), 119 
Pierce, Mrs. L. S., 121, 122 
Pierce, Marian, 121 
Pike, W. Paul, 116, 179 
Pike, Mrs. W. P. (Maudine Lancaster), 

Pirovano, Gilbert C, 131, 141 
Plaque in Church Narthex, mihtary 

service, 149 
Pool, The Rev. Solomon, 31 
Porter, Mrs. Frank O. (Wincy), x 
Power, W. C, 27 

Powers, Mrs. Mack H. (Dorothy), x, 160 
Pre-School Department, 107 
Presson, Mrs. Sam, 51 
Project Head Start, 134 
Providence Presbyterian Church, 11 
Purcell, Bishop Clare, 85 

Quein, Ed, 130 
Quein, Karen, 130 
Questioimaires, 158 

Raby, Cindy, 130 

Ranson, Lloyd, 96, 152 

Ranson, Mrs. Lloyd (Alma Russell), 96, 




Raper, The Rev. Thomas E., 177 

Rasor, Earl, 136 

RatclifFe, Louis G., 80, 82, 97, 153, 159 

Ratchford, The Rev. William T., 176 

Ray, Mrs. G. G., 113 

Ray, Dr. H. F., ^7 

Read, Mrs. Eva, 138 

Rebound, 114 

Records and History Committee, ix, 150 

Records and History Rooms, 150 

Records: early records in archives, 27, 

Reeves, Mrs. C. B., 85 

Register, Dr. E. C., 54, 55 

Register, "Sister" (Mrs. E. C.), 51, 54, 
55, 100 

Reid, Miss Mary Belle, 121 

Renovations, 98 

Rhyne, J. C., Jr., 149 

Rhyne, Mrs. John C. (Ethel), x, 51, 121, 

Rhyne, Rebecca, 121 

Richard, W. A., 85 

Riddle, Mrs. H. L., 121 

Rigler, Miss Bessie, 195 

Rigler, Mrs. Charles A., 100 

Ritdi, Marvin L., 54 

Robinson, David and Brian, 168 

Robinson, Janet, 105 

Robinson, The Rev. William C, 167, 
168, 176 

Robinson, Mrs. William C. (Mary), 168 

Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 9 

Rogers, Roy, 130 

Rolls of Church Members: Charter 
Members of First Methodist in 1928, 
61-79; First United Methodist, 1983, 
184-194; Tryon Street, 1859, 25; Try- 
on Street, 1890's, 33-40; Tryon Street 
members transferring to Trinity in 
1896, 41 

Rone, Mrs. Ralph, 158 

Rosenblatt, John L., x, 85, 99 

Ross, Beulah McFadden (Mrs. W. G.), 

Round Table, The, 105 
RudisUl, John F., 100 
Rudisill, Mrs. Jonas, 110 
Russell, J. A., 54, 58, 59, 80, 96, 152 
Russell, Lila, 96, 152 
Ryan, Alma Lloyd Ranson (Mrs. John 

A.), 96 

Sain, Mrs. C. D., 121 

Salvation Army, winter shelter program, 

Saunders, Mrs. Roy (Ouida Moore), 152 
"Scaleybark," 155 
Scandinavian Caravans, 122 
Schowengerdts, the, 113 
Scranton, Alice, 121 
Scranton, George, n8, 119, 120, 129 
Scranton, Mrs. George N. (Jeanne), ix, 

X, 42, 121, 129, 142, 150 
Scruggs, Delores, 124 
Share n' Care Program, 131 
Sherman, Fred, 133 
Shermetta, Mrs. Michael (Helen), 108, 

Sherrill, The Rev. and Mrs. C. F., 85 
Sherrill, Frank O., 80, 85, 98, 135 
Sherrill, The Rev. W. L., 176 
Shoe String Club, 152 
Shoemaker, Raleigh, 149 
Shore, Dr. Philip L., Jr., 139, 158, 159, 

162, 164, 174 
Shore, Mrs. Philip L., Jr. (Mary Anna), 

Shore, Mrs. W. T., 158 
Short, Mrs, Ralph, 138 
Shut-in Visitation program, 135 
Sides, L. R., 137 
Sieb, Albert M., 140 
Silver Beaver Award, 119, 120 
Simpson, Gertrude Barbee (Mrs. W. H.), 

Simpson, Henry B., x, 59, 81, 84, 86 
Single-Single Again, 126 
Slear, John K., 195 
Smith, Andrew W., 80 
Smith, Mrs. Andrew (Mabel), x, 154 
Smith, Fred E., 179 
Smith, Mrs. Fred E. (Causes), x 
Smith, J. WUson, 83, 86, 103, 152, 158, 

Smith, Kate Stratton, 147 
Smith, Munsey D., 58, 80, 151 
Smith, Shirley, 116 
Smith, William, 100 
Snyder, J. L., 56 

Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. R. L., Jr., 135 
Soong, Charles J., 30 
Soup Kitchen at St. Peter's Episcopal 

Church, 131 
Sparger, Bill, 130 
Special Interest Ministries, 131 
Spencer, Mrs. J. S., 110 
Spencer, Miss Jessie, 100 



Spencer Memorial Methodist Church, 56 

Spirit Square, g8 

Springs, Sam M., Jr., x, 105, 151 

Springs, Mrs. Sam M., Jr. (Fay), x, 161 

Sprinkle, "Aunt Duck," 51 

Sprott, Ruth and T. Z., 105 

Squires, Tom, 118 

St. Peter's Catholic Church, 97 

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 32, 97, 131 

Staff of First United Methodist Church 
(1983), i8i 

Stained Glass Windows, 87, 141; in 
Founder's Hall, 144; in the Sanctu- 
ary, 142 

Stallings, Fred, x 

Stallings, Mrs. Fred D. (Anna Clark), x 

Stanford, Dr. A. L., 59 

Stephenson, Mrs. J. W., Jr. (Katie), 139, 

Stephenson, J. William, Jr., 139, 140, 148 

Stewart, Edison, 155 

Stewart, H. Watson, 95, 119, 120, 125, 
129, 133, 158 

Stewart, Mrs. H. Watson (Travis), x, 95, 

Stewart, Hank, 124, 125 

Stewart, Plummer, 105, 158 

Stewart, Mrs. W. S., Sr. ("Sister Mat- 
tie"), 53, 95> 100, 109, 111, 113 

Stewart, W. Sinclair, 80, 95, 119 

Stewart, Mrs. W. Sinclair (Jen), 95 

Stockton, Dr. Thomas, 124 

Stone, C. S., 56 

Stone, Hortense, x 

Strader, Evelyn, 113, 114 

Stratton, George F., 85, 93 

Stratton, Mrs. George F. (Mary), x, 94 

Stratton, Wilson L., 32, 85, 93, 94, 147 

Stratton, Mrs. Wilson L. (Lura), x, 32, 

Strong, Dr. Charles M., 22 
Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, 9 
Summerow, Rachel, 136 
Summerow, Miss Willye, 195 
Sunbeams, The, 130, 165 
Sunday School, 100 
Swain, Judy Howell, 123 
Swinney, Flora L. (Mrs. C. R.), 195 
Sykes, Eddie, 124 

Tabb, Mrs. W. E., 113 
Tabernacle ARP Church, 131 
Tanner, Mrs. S. B., 49 
Tape Ministry, 135 
Teeter, Robert R., 149 

Templeton, Victor B., 138, 147 

Templeton, Mrs. Victor B. (Stelle), x, 

Terry, The Rev. William, 14 

Thanks Badge, 121 

Thomas, Grady G., 148, 179 

Thomas, Mrs. Grady G. (Georgelyn), ix, 

Thomas, W. J., 80 

Thomas, William B., 138, 139 

Thomas, William H. (Bill), 129 

Thompson, The Rev. Loy D., 176 

Thursdays-At-First, 125, 165 

Tillett, C. W., Sr., 54, 100 

Torrence, Albert Newton, 52 

Trealor, Miss Maggie, 100 

Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South, ix, 41; cornerstone, 43, 44; 
members transferring from Tryoa 
Street to Trinity in 1896, 41 

Trinity United Methodist Church, 11, 12 

Trollinger, The Rev. James T., 147, 176 

Trustees, 1822, 19 

Trustees, First United Methodist Church 
1983, i8i 

Trustees, Tryon Street Church, 1866, 28 

Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South, ix, 32; cornerstone, 
24, 31; list (partial) of members in 
1859, 25; membership, 27, 33-40; re- 
building in 1891, 30; refurbishing of, 
in 1908, 45 

Tucker, Mae, x 

Tutorial Program, 131 

Tuttle, Dr. Lee F., 157, 162, 164, 174 

Tuttle, Mrs. Lee F. (Mae), 152, 162 

Tyler, Miss Aim, 103 

United Methodist Church, 7 

United Methodist Churches in Charlotte, 

United Methodist Men, 116 

United Methodist Women, 109; presi- 
dents of, 114 

United Methodist Youth Fellowship, 106 

Upper Room Class, 106 

Uptown Cooperative Ministries, 131 

Van Hoy, Joe Marshall, 85, 153 

Van Hoy, Dr. Joe Milton, x, 51, 104, 116, 

135, 155, 158 
Van Hoy, Mrs. Joe M. (Helen), ix, x, 135, 

Van Sciver, Richard, 138 
Van Tran, Hai, 150 



Van Tran, Ra, 150 
Vantrease, J. Fred, 119, 120 
Vassar, Walter, 138 
Vaughn, Miss Pearl, 195 
Vazeille, Mrs., 6 
Vietnamese refugees, 114 
Visitor, The, 52, 53 
Voigt, Mrs. Lillian, 130 

Wadsworth, Mrs. John W., 48, 110 

Wadsworth, Miss Laura, 101 

Waggoner, J. P., Jr., 155 

Walker, L. M., 119, 120 

Walker, Mrs. L. M. (Virginia Hall), ix, 


Walker, The Rev. Wilson, 177 

Walkup, Mrs. Charles (Nancy), x, 130 

Walsh, Arnold, 130 

Wardin, Mrs. Joseph, 158 

Wardin Wesley Bible Class, 103 

Washam, Martha F. (Marty), ix 

Washburn, F. H., 56, 57 

Watson, John C, 100 

Wearn, Arthur H., 42, 58, 59, 80, 96, 
100, 101, 155, 157 

Wearn, Miss Lillie (Mrs. Arthur H.), 
52, 53, 96, 107, 152 

Weaver, Dr. Charles C, 85, 154, 158, 
160, 174 

Weaver, Mrs. C. C, 160 

Wednesday Evening Fellowship, 125 

Wentz, Bryan, 118, 159 

Wesley, Bartholomew, 2 

Wesley Brantley Class, 105 

Wesley, Charles, 1, 3, 4, 7 

Wesley children, education of, 3 

Wesley Elder Bible Class, 105 

Wesley Fellowship Class, 104 

Wesley Fellowship Department, 120, 138 

Wesley Heights Methodist Church, 56 

Wesley, John, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 155 

Wesley Nursing Center, 114, 135 

Wesley, Samuel, 2, 3 

Wesleyan Service Guild, 112, 113; presi- 
dents of, 112 

Western Democrat, 24, 26 

Westley, John, 2 

Wheeler, Brenda Thomas, 123 

Wheeler, C. P., 100 

Wheeler, Mrs. C. P., 100, 111 

Whisnant, Dr. A. M., 58, 59, 80, 81, 84, 
91, 157, 179 

Whisnant, Hope Spencer (Mrs. A. M.), 

49, 92 
Whisnant, Miss SaUie, 94, 100, 111 

White, Miss Connie, 31, 100 

White Gift Service, 159 

White, Larry, 130 

White, Mrs. Miles H. (Jessie), x, 112 

White, Mrs. Robert, 105 

Whitefield, George, 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 

Whitlock, Paul C, 58, 59, 80, 85, 96 

Whitmore, Harry L., 159 

Wilcox, The Rev. A. D., 59 

Wilcox, Dr. Ward, 52 

Wilkinson, Dr. Howard, x, 92, 93, 95, 

154, 155, 159, 176 
Wilkinson, John L., Sr., 154, 155, 158 
Wilkinson, W. D., 48 
Wilkinson, Mrs. W. D., 111 
Williams, Elizabeth, 26 
Williams, Gertrude (Mrs. Gene), 107 
Williams, Ralph ("Red"), 105, 129 
Wilson, Mrs. Charles, 110 
Wilson, Miss Kitty, 120, 177 
Wilson, Mrs. Pink C, 110 
Wilson Smith Men's Bible Class, 103, 

Wilson, W. A., 113 
Wings Badge, 121 
Withers, Mrs. J. Dudley, 136 
Wolcott, The Rev. and Mrs. Roger, 124 
Woman's Board of Foreign Missions, 110 
Woman's Board of Home Missions, 110 
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, 

110, 111 
Woman's Missionary Society, 110, ill 
Woman's Society of Christian Service, 

presidents of, 112 
Wood, W. Arnold, 147 
Woolard, William L., 116 
Woolard, Mrs. William (Virginia), 106, 

Wriston, Mrs. Louise M., 109 

Yarbrough, Mrs. J. A., 27 

Yokely, Mary Gilmer Weatherly (Mrs. 

Oscar), 55 
Young, The Rev. Garland, 123, 124, 178 
Young, The Rev. H. Claude, Jr., 178 
Young People's Missionary Society, 111 
Young People's Weekly, 53 
Young Woman's Missionary Society, 111 
Yount, The Rev. Paul W., Jr., 113, 176 
Younts, Bill, 116 
Youth Assistance Ministry, 131 
Youth Church School Class, 106 
Youth Department of Church School, 

Yusufjis, Habib, 113 



We wish it were possible to thank in print all who contributed to this 
book. We do remember a few to whom our thanks should, indeed must, 
be expressed here. 

Martha F. ( Marty ) Washam has exceeded all expectations in produc- 
ing the art work and graphics for this book. She has been imbued with the 
same dedication for First Methodist Church which her charter-member 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Washam, have exhibited through the years. 
For her creativity, her style, her expertise and her zeal, we are most 

To Mrs. Joe Van Hoy (Helen), our general chairman, we express ap- 
preciation for all the planning, the prodding, and the early and late 
phone calls. Without her perseverance and dedication to the cause, this 
book would not be a realization. 

To book sub-committee chairman, Charles J. Henderson, we express 
gratitude for his valuable time, direction, and interest throughout the 
entire project, for his handling of the contract agreement with the 
printer, and for liis unique ability to "shore us up" and lend specific aid 
when needed. He missed charter member status by only a few months, 
but has always surpassed many charter members in his love for his 
church and his interest in preservation of its history. 

And last, but certainly not least, we are eternally grateful to William E. 
Loftin of Heritage Printers, Inc., and his staff for their infinite patience 
and assistance as they have guided an ignorant and inexperienced 
committee in all phases of book publishing. 

ft « » 

The writing has stopped. The presses have started. There is no 'last 
page" or "last word" because First United Methodist Church is the body 
of the LIVING CHRIST and will eternally live. Christ will not fail and in 
His hands our church will continue to win victories, amen. 


Mildred Morse McEwen was the daughter of professional photogra- 
pher, W. M, Morse, and his wife, Lilhe Davis Morse, and was bom in 
1901 when the family resided at 605 North Poplar Street in the heart of 
Fourth Ward. Like others of that era and community, it was their custom 
to walk everywhere— to school, to work, to visit relatives and friends, 
and also to church. It was natural, therefore, that young Mildred and 
her family walked to their nearby church, Tryon Street Methodist. 
With the merger of Tryon Street and Trinity, she and her parents be- 
came charter members of First Methodist Church and her membership 
has been continuous since that time. 

Dr. McEwen graduated from Queens College and obtained her M.A. 
degree in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
In 1929 she married a fellow chemist, Joseph L. McEwen, who died in 
1941. Being the true scholar that she was, and still is. Dr. McEwen took 
a leave of absence from teaching at Queens college and spent three years 
in Chapel Hill earning her Ph.D. from the University and doing research 
in chemistry. She returned to a professorship at Queens and retired in 
1971, having spent forty-seven years teaching several generations of 
students who remember her affectionately as "Dr. Mac." She was hon- 
ored by Queens College with: the Distinguished Teaching Award, 
1959-60; the Outstanding Alumna Award in 1980; and the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award in 1981. 

Dr. McEwen had just completed writing Queens College Yesterday 
and Today when our committee approached her with the request that 
she take over our stalled project. After her serious reservations had been 
dispelled by the committee, she consented to donate her broad knowl- 
edge and talents to achieve the goal. She has written with the vigor and 
alertness of a person half her age and has brought a wealth of warmth 
and readability to the book. Seeing her and her two dog companions in 
their four-wheel- drive Jeep causes one to marvel at her pep. 

Her keen interest and great love of Charlotte, of Fourth Ward, and 
of her Methodist church are evidenced in her writing. Charlotte Meth- 
odists, and most especially the Records and History committee of First 
United Methodist Church, are indebted to her for this account of their 

Today, she continues her contribution to community heritage by writ- 
ing "Growing Up in Fourth Ward," which she hopes to publish soon. 

Mildred Morse 
circa 1906 


OCT 1 4. 


DEMCO 38-297 




Preaching was held in the Court House until the Community Church was built. We know 
there was one "in building" in 1819. | I 

The Community Church was on West Trade Street between North Church and NottKr 
Poplar Streets. Because of financial difficulties, John Irwin purchased the property and 
building for the Presbyterians. Other denominations returned to the Court House foe 
preaching until they built their own churches. 










Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South 
was organized and built 1895-1896, at the 
Southeast comer of East Second and South 
Tryon Streets. 



















Dr. David R. Dunlap "lived in the densest part 
of town:' Maps and deeds indicate it was on the 
northerly side of East Trade Street about 600 
feet eastwardly of the railroad tracks. 











The First United Methodist Church was built 
at the northeast comer of West Eighth and 
North Tryon Streets in 1926-27. Bishop Edwin 
D. Mouzon officially united Tryon Street and 
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Churches, South, 
to become The First Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South of Charlotte, North Carolina, 
on October 28, 1927. He preached the first 
sermon at 11:00 A.M. on October 30, 1927. 
In 1939 the name was changed to The Meth- 
odist Church and in 1969 it became The 
United Methodist Church. 

Tryon Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South was built in 1859, rebuilt in 1891, at the 
Southwest comer of North Tryon and West 
Sixth Streets. 




John Wesley organized Methodist Societies, larger groups, Meth- 
odist Classes, smaller groups. These Societies became Churches 
after the Christmas Conference in December 1784. The first 
Methodist Class was organized in Charlotte, N.C. in 1818 with 
seven present, 2 men and 5 women. Dr. Dunlap was elected Class 

i I </i 








The first Methodist Episcopal Church was 
built at the Northeast Comer of East Seventh 
and North College Streets. Deed dated 1833. 
It was built several years prior to the deed 
date. Became Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South in 1844 because of the Slavery issue. 
1859 this church and property were given to 
the Black members, who "expressed a desire 
to worship separately!' 






North Carolina