Sunday, July 03, 2016

Soda Lake Baptist Association

The Soda Lake Baptist Association was organized as the Eastern Missionary Baptist Association in 1847 in Harrison County, Texas -- the result of a split in the Sabine Baptist Association over mission ideas and methods. Though there are no Rusk County churches currently in the association, one of the original four founding churches was the Baptist Church in Henderson in Rusk County.

* "Samuel Herrin" in the J. B. Link article should be "Lemuel Herrin".

Saturday, May 28, 2016

L. L. Pruitt

Services for Rev. L. L. Pruitt, 94, of Henderson, will be held Tuesday, July 9, 1991 2 p.m. at West Main Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Stone, Duane Pringle and Raymond Bugg officiating. Interment will be in Long (sic) Star Cemetery, Nacogdoches, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Rev. Pruitt died Sunday, July 7, 1991, at 8:35 in a Henderson nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1896 in Laneville. He attended Jacksonville Baptist College, was a member and 65-year minister of Baptist churches. Rev. Pruitt founded the West Main Baptist Church and pastored there for 12 years. He also pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana for 55 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Maggie Pruitt, who died Aug. 23, 1980. They were married for 60 years.

Excerpt from Henderson Daily News, July 8, 1991

* West Main Baptist Church was organized circa 1945

Sunday, May 01, 2016

First Baptist, Henderson

According to its historical marker, First Baptist Church in Henderson: 
Begun in 1845 by the Rev. Lemuel Herrin (d. 1852), pioneer missionary Baptist minister from Tennessee, this church was reorganized in 1850 by Elders John B. Renfro and J. O. Walker, and the Rev. Jesse Witt, who served as the first pastor. Total membership in 1850 was 21. In its early years, the fellowship shared a meeting place with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The present church building was dedicated April 25, 1954. At least three other congregations have been sponsored by this one. The membership has grown steadily in recent years to the current (1976) total of over 1800.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Forty year church anniversary

The Old Prospect Baptist Church, meeting on County Road 3197, about 5 miles south of Mt. Enterprise, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on Sunday October 5, 2014. Morning services will start at 10 a.m., with dinner on the grounds following. Afternoon services will resume about 1:15 p.m. The church was constituted on October 6, 1974 when 44 members of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Mt. Enterprise called for their letters and went into an organization. All current and former members are urged to attend, as well as their families and friends. Everybody welcome.

Directions to the meeting location may be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Mt. Carmel member updates

Pernilie Jane Lyles
Pernilie Jane Guinn married Jasper Edge in January of 1860. Jasper Edge died in Rondo Arkansas in 1862. In September 1867 she married Zachary Taylor Lyles, son of Berry B. Lyles. The marriage was performed in Rusk County, Texas by Elder W. M. Sparkman.

William Moses Sparkman

According to Carla Brown on Find-a-Grave, William Moses Sparkman is buried at the Chalk Mountain Cemetery in Somervell County, Texas. Somervell County is to the west of Tarrant and Johnson counties. Some will recognize its county seat -- Glen Rose, Texas.

China Elizabeth Buckner Sparkman [Green]

After the death of William Moses Sparkman, China Elizabeth married Joseph M. Green in 1880. They had 3 children. She died in 1921. They are buried at the Pecan Wells Cemetery in Hamilton County, Texas.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Baptist historical markers in Rusk County

I have found at least a dozen Baptist churches in Rusk County have historical markers:

Antioch (Baptist Church and Community)
Arlam Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Henderson
Forest Home Baptist Church
Liberty Missionary Baptist Church
Mission Springs Baptist Church
New Prospect Baptist Church & Cemetery
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Sardis Baptist Church
Smyrna Baptist Church
Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church
Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery

In addition, the Campground Cemetery marker mentions that the "Mt. Zion Baptist Association, composed of thirteen area Baptist churches, was organized on this property in 1857" and the Redland Church marker mentions Smyrna Baptist Church.

The information on these markers can be found by searching the Texas Historical Commission historical marker atlas.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Providence Baptist, Crim's Chapel

A brief history of Providence Baptist Church in Rusk County, from the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Silsbee web site.

History of Providence Baptist Church, Henderson, Texas 
(Crim's Chapel Community, Rusk County, Texas) 
(A History by Flora Roman Kirksey, the oldest surviving member born March 3, 1909, went to be with our Lord at 101 years of age on February 4, 2011) 

Providence Baptist Church of Crim's Chapel, Rusk County, Texas was organized the second Sunday in January 1875 with a membership of twelve, composed of four men and eight women. Services were held in the school building during the early period of its organization. Some years later a church building was erected approximately one hundred yards south of the present building. During the 1880's this building was destroyed by a storm but rebuilt on the same site. 

Names of the twelve original members : Elliot Barton and wife, Mary Barton; W.P. Bassett and wife, Mendocia Basset; E.P.. Spivey and wife, Mary Spivey; Elizia Gibson; Maria Gibson; America (Crim) Honeycutt; Elsa Irwin; Mary Standard and C.A. Todd. 

During the first six months of 1901 when many Baptist churches were being allied with the Southern Baptist Association (Convention) the issue came before the Providence Baptist Church with part of the members being in favor of the alliance an another part being bitterly opposed to it. The disagreement came to a climax in the summer of 1901. By a small majority those favoring the alliance voted to join the Southern Baptist Association. The opposing members withdrew and reorganized into a separate church to be known as Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Services were held in the school building until a church could be built. It was finished and dedicated in April 1902. 

Elder C. T. Sanders was first pastor of the new church. Next came F. W. Capps, who pastored the church from 1902 to 1905. The church then called T. H. Irwin, a young minister and native of the community. He served the church as its pastor for sixteen years, resigning in 1921. Succeeding Brother Irwin was Elder C. P. Spivey who began his ministry with the church in January 1922, a position he held until 1942 when he was forced to resign because of ill health. Upon the retirement of Brother Spivey, Elder John W. Reynolds was serving as interim pastor, later being called full time by the church. (Under the pastorate of Elder Reynolds the Grace Baptist Church, now the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silsbee, Texas was organized). After serving the church as its pastor for thirty two years he was forced to retire because of ill health and age made it impossible for him to carry on in that capacity. 

Elder Steve Fulton was called by the members in October 1974 and is currently serving the church as pastor. Deacons of the church at this time are: L. G. Holland, L.O. Cole, Troy Irwin, Wayland Irwin, Prentiss Irwin, Mark McMahon, and Carleton Cole. Wayland Irwin is church clerk, also Sunday School superintendent. 

The history of this church is significant as it is part of the history of Rusk County. It is the church that Flora Kirksey has attended for sixty eight years and still does. Today it is a small country church with an average attendance of 60 to 75 people, and it is some kind of a record that the church has had only three pastors since 1922. Seventy-six years and going strong.

[Note: I believe that C. T. Sanders is probably Christopher Thompson Sanders and that T. H. Irwin is probably Tilden Hendrix Irwin. C. P. Spivey does not appear to related to Elisha Perryman Spivey who organized the church.]