DOUGLAS BRANCH CHURCH RECORDS CONTINUED

 Volume 3

Church Minutes
September 1914 - December 1946

 

Brief History of Douglas Branch Baptist Church

by Mrs. H. S. McCall,

April 1938

 

PERFECT

 

CHURCH RECORD

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W. L. MUSICK

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SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD,

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION,

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

CHURCH COVENANT.

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.

This is the Church Covenant taken from Pendleton's "Church Manual."

 

DECLARATION OF FAITH.

I. Of the Scriptures.

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

II. Of  the True God.

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons:the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. Of the Fall of Man.

We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

IV. Of the Way of Salvation.

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

V. Of Justification.

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

VI. Of the Freeness of Salvation.

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

VII. Of Grace in Regeneration.

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

VIII. Of Repentance and Faith.

We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

IX. Of God's Purpose of Grace.

We believe that Election is the external purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active initiation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

X. Of Sanctification.

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

XI. Of the Perseverance of Saints.

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XII. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel.

We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

XIII. Of a Gospel Church.

We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only scriptural offices are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.

XIV.Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

XV. Of the Christian Sabbath.

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

XVI. Of Civil Government.

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of kings of the earth.

XVII.Of the Righteous and the Wicked.

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

XVIII.Of the World to Come.

We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

This Declaration of Faith is by J. Newton Brown, D.D., editor of Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.
RULES OF ORDER.
 

I.The pastor, or in his absence any member appointed, shall act as Moderator of all business meetings of the Church.

II. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to keep order; and in case the Church is equally divided on any question, he shall give the casting vote

III. The meeting shall be opened and closed with prayer.

IV. The order of business shall be:

1. Reading of minutes of previous meeting.

2. The reception of members by experience or letter.

3. Granting of letters of dismission.

4. Reports of committees.

5. Unfinished business.

6.New or miscellaneous business.

V. A motion before the Church must be disposed of before another motion can be entertained, unless the motion be to amend, postpone, or adjourn, or call for the previous question.

VI. The moderator may speak on any question by calling on any brother to preside in his place.

VII.Every member who speaks shall rise and first address the Moderator.

VIII.The Church in conference shall entertain no proposition for discussion which has not been presented on motion of one member and seconded by another.

IX.On any point of order a member may appeal from the Moderator to the Church, whose decision shall be final.

X.All questions, except that on reception of members, shall be decided by the vote of a majority.

(Note: Pages were printed with 12 column headers. Only the columns with entries are listed here. Each page has a large "Out of Date" entry.  Some pages have "letters" overlaid.)

 

 

Alphabetical and Number Index to Enrollment Book.

Membership Number

Name Address Letter (date) Erasure (date) Death (date)
 

Male Members

1 Mills A. Burke        
2

F. W. Burke

       
3

A. M. Burke

       
4

Abram Burke

       
5

Cornelius Burke

       
6

Arthur Burke

       
7

Arthur Burke, Jr.

 
8

Ottis Burke

       
9

Crawford Burke

       
10

Calvin Burke

       
11

S. E. Bolton

       
12

John Bolton

       
13

Thos Cail

       
14

Ashton Cail

       
15

Willie Cail

       
16

George Cail

       
17

J. A. Dixon

Oliver, GA 1910    
18 Sam Dixon        
19 Mitchell Daughtry        
20 Charley Daughtry   Sept 22 1937    
21 James Evans
22 Sterling Evans        
23 S. D. LEE        
24 Ernest LEE        
25 Clarence LEE        
26 Hobby LEE        
27 Grady LEE   1928    
28 Martin LARISCY        
29 John MOCK        
30 Rev H. S. MCCALL   May 1923    
31 Sterling MCCALL    1920    
32 George MCALL        
33  L. W. Parker        
34 Cornelius Somers        
35 Mike Somers        
36 Henry SMITH        
37 John W. SMITH        

38

Hamilton SMITH        
39 E. J. SMITH        
40 Leslie SMITH        
41 Reuben Zeigler        
42 Paul Zeigler        
43 Herschel Zeigler        
44 Jack Burke        
45 Clifford Bolton        
46 John C. MCCALL   Sept 1923    
47 C. H. BLACKBURN   1933    
48 William Parker        
49 James Evans, Jr        
50 CharlieEvans        
51 Ralph Evans
52 Bartow Joyner        
53 Huel Joyner        
54 Romie Bragg        
55 Elrich Zeigler        
  Cecil Bolton   1933    
  Earnest Dixon        
  Sollie Cail                                   
 

G. W. MOCK

       
  F. W. MCELVEY        
 

Mike Somers

  1926    
  Harvey Zeigler                                           1926    
  Son LANDING        
  Reginald BRINSON        
Membership Number Name Address Letter (date) Erasure (date) Death (date)
Females
1 Mary Burke
2 Fannie Burke
3 Martha Burke        
4 Susan Burke        
5 Eva Burke        
6 Bessie Burke        
7 Sallie Burke        
8 Rita Burke        
9 Claudie Burke        
10 Carrie Lee BARBER        
11 Lula Bolton        
12 Addella Bolton        
13 Annie Bolton        
14 Bolton Cassie Bolton      
15 Lessie Bolton        
16 Lela BLACKBURN        
17 Lessie Bolton Louvida BLACKBURN
18 Annie Cail        
19 Rachel Cail        
  Nita Cail        
21 Betty Evans Rachel Cail     Died April 25th 1915
22 Helen Evans        
23 Alice Evans   April 25th 1915 August 26, 1922  
24 Jennie LEE
25 Amber LEE        
26 Mollie LEE        
27 Elisabeth LEE        
28 Bessie LARISCEY        
29 Florence MOCK
30 Eva MOCK Bessie LARISCEY      
31 Jane Burke        

32

Dahlia MCCALL        
33 Christine MCCALL          

34

Miriam MCCALL        
35  Dahlia MCCALL Laura MCELVY      
36 Christine MCCALL  Ella OPIE      
37 Miriam MCCALL Annie Parker      
38 Laura MCELVY    Ola Parker      
39  Ella OPIE Cynthia Parker      
40 Mrs. Neal Somers
41 Ola Parker Mrs. Mike Somers      
42 Mrs. Lena Somers Mrs. Neal Somers           9-4-15    
43 Mrs. Lena Somers Mary SMITH      
44 Florence Zeigler        
45 Tempia Zeigler        
46 Ruby Zeigler        
47 Lina Zeigler        
48 Tempia Zeigler Mary Zeigler      
49 Ruby Zeigler Floy Zeigler FRAZIER      
50 Lina Zeigler Mrs. Herschel Zeigler      
51 Mary Zeigler Ernestine MCCALL      
52 Floy Zeigler FRAZIER Ree Zeigler
53 Mrs. Herschel Zeigler Idell Burke      
54 Ernestine MCCALL Essie Bolton      
55 Ree Zeigler Ollie Bolton      
56 Essie Myra Parker        
57 Eloise Parker        
58 May MOCK        
59 Eloise Zeigler        
60 Alma Dixon       d
Eloise Zeigler 1934
61 Ruth Dixon       D
62 Annabel Dixon       d
63 Florrie Parker       d
Estelle Zeigler
  Elmer Parker        
  Estelle Zeigler        
Lura Evans
  Juanita Evans        
  Grace Evans        
  Lura Evans        
  Zelma Parker        
  Juanita Evans        
  Mrs. Crawford Boyd        
Rita LEE
  Claudia LEE        
  Leila FREEMAN        
  Ollie Bolton   1937    
  Dahlia Cail        
   LANIER        
  Lois Cail        
  COLLI        
  Dahlia Cail        
  Nita Cail        
  Rachel Cail        
  AlmaDixon        
  Ruth Dixon(struck thru)  X      
  Mrs. Sam Dixon        
  Mary Cail        
  BURNS        
 

Jane Burke

       
Cornelia Cail
  Mary Cail        
  Helen Evans        
  Lura Evans        
  Jua Cornelia Cail        
Grace Evans
  LouLura Evans BLACKBURN        
  Juanita Evans        
  Jennie LEE   Sept 1926    
Amber LEE    1933
  Mollie LEE        
Bessie LARISCY
  Florence MOCK   1934    
  Eva MOCK WILLIAMS        
  Dahlia MCCALL        
  Bessie LARISCY        
  Laura MCELVEY        
  Bessie NEIDLINGER        
  Lucile MCCALL   Mar 1927    
May MOCK SMITH
  Ernestine MCCALL        
  Laura MCELVEY   Feb 1928    
  Ella OPIE        
  Ola Parker        
  Eliza Somers        
  Eloise Parker Zeigler        
  Ernestine MCCALL        
  Ella OPIE        
  Eliza Somers        
  Mildred Parker        
  Florrie Parker (struck thru) Dead     X(date)
  Florence Zeigler        
  Tempie Zeigler   Aug 1927    
Florrie Parker (struck
 

Lina THOMAS          

       
  Lola Zeigler (struck thru)   1926    
  Ree Sharpe        
  Tempie Zeigler   1933    
  Eloise Zeigler (struck thru)   1926    
  Estelle Zeigler BUTLER        
  EmRee Sharpe Dead     1926
  Eloise Zeigler        
  Nora Wyant        
  Lucy Zeigler        
  Audrey Zeigler        
  Louise Somers Lewis        
  Lilla Waters        
  Rachel Cail        
  Mrs. Crawford Boyd X      
  Lucy Zeigler        
  Audrey Zeigler        
  Zelma Parker        
  Carrie M. Joyner        
  Lilla Waters        
  Rachel Cail        
  Lola Bragg        
  Zelma Parker    July    
RESIDENT MEMBERS
1 M. A. Burke Deceased      3-29-32
2 Mrs. M. A. Burke       1934
3 Miss Eva Burke        
4 F. W. Burke Deceased     1934
5 Mrs. F. W. Burke        
6 Adolfus M. Burke "     4-8-34  
7 Mrs. Adolfus M. Burke        
8 Cornelius Burke Mrs. F. W. Burke 1934 Adolfus M. Burke  
9  Arthur Burke Sr        
10 Ottis Burke        
11 Crawford Burke        
12 Bolton Mrs. John Bolton      
  Cornelius Burke        
14 Clifford Bolton        
15 Cecil Bolton  Deceased May 27, 1936    
16 Miss Essie Bolton        
17 Mrs. John Bolton Miss Docia Bolton      
18 Miss Eunice Bolton Mrs. FAIL X      
19 Ashton Cail        
20 Willie Cail Deceased      
  Miss Essie Bolton 7-14-1935      
  Mrs. Willie Cail 1941      
22 Ashton Cail Miss Dahlia Cail (lined thru)
23 Willie Cail  George Cail Joined Methodist Church
 McBride 1946
   
24 Sam Deceased  6-23-1933    
  Charlie Daughtry        
  George Cail eased Sept 22 '37    
26 Miss Mary Daughtry        
27 Jim Evans        
28 Mrs. Jim Evans Deceased Jan 20, 1933    
29 Miss Laura Evans   1940    
30 Miss Mary Daughtry Miss Elizabeth Evans     Mrs. Donald Jamerson
31 Ralph Evans        
32 Sterling Evans Lola Bragg July 1941    
(Note:  printed form filled out requesting membership transfer)

The Jackson Hill Baptist Church, of Atlanta GA to the Douglas Branch Baptist Church of Ogeechee GA

This is to Certify, That Mrs. Mason T. Burke is a member of this church in regular standing; and, in compliance with your

request is given this letter cordially recommending  her  to your fellowship.

            By order of the church March 26 1931

                        /s/ M. E. SENTELL Church Clerk

BAKER DRY GOODS COMPANY

Dry Goods *** Groceries *** Shoes

Men's and Women's Ready*To*Wear

ESTILL, S.C.

    M. E. SENTELL;     Sept. 25/34

     Pastor, Douglas Branch Baptist Church.

            Ogeechee Ga.

Dear Brother

            Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Lee have come under the watch care of our Church and ask that their Church letters be gotten so that they may unite with us.

Kindly have same forwarded to The Lawtonville Baptist Church, Estill, S.C.

% of W. W. Baker Church Cl

Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Lee

Thanking you in advance, I am

                                                Yours Respectfully

                                                /s/ W. W. Baker    Clerk

      W.

(Handwritten)

Scarboro Baptist Church

This is to certify that Bro James ZEGLER is a member of our chW. W. Bakerl fellowship at his own request ask for a letter of dismison from us to unite with another church of the same faith and order this letter granted by order of conference

Sept 1930.

/s/        H. S. MCCALL Mod

            L. T. CLIFTON C.C.

   McDonald Baptist Church

This is to certify that Sister Norma Lee Zeigler is a member of our church in full fellowship and good standing, and by her request is hereby dismissed from us, when - joined to another church of like faith

Conference

JulL. T. CLIFTON C.C.

                                    /s/ W. J. CARSWELL Mod

                                    H. M. Waters Clk

Membership Number Name Address Letter (date) Erasure (date) Death (date)
33 Mrs. Sterling Evans        
34 Miss Juanita Evans NEWTON      

35                   

Miss Grace Evans              Zeigler

36

Earnest LEE        
37 Mrs. Earnest LEE             Granted letter 8/4/40    
38 Mrs. Brantly LEE   Granted letter Jul '32    
           
           

39                    H. S. MCCALL

40                    Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

41                    L. W. Parker

42                    Mrs. L. W. Parker

43                    Miss Mildred Parker

44                    Miss Zelma Parker

45                    Winfred Parker     Deceased                              &nbJul '32p;            Dec 25 '36

46                    Neal SUMMERS      Deceased                         &nbsL. W. Parkerp;                Aug 14 193747                    Mrs. Neal SUMMERS

48                    LoyMiss Zelma Parker:p>

49                    Reuben ZWinfred Parker:p>

50                    Mrs. Reuben Zeigler                             &Dec 25nbsp;                         June '44

51                    Miss Estelle Zeigler         BUTLER

52  &nAug 14bsp;                Elrich Zeigler

53                    Hull     JOINER         Granted letter

54                    Burton JOINER (lined thru)

55  &nbsMrs. Reuben Zeigler;              Miss Agnes JOINER  Mrs.McKinley Daughtry Aug '44

56            &Miss Estelle Zeiglersp;    Mrs. Romie NEIDLINGER

57                    Carson NEIDLINGER

58                    Brinson NEIDLINGER Granted letter        Aug '45

59                    Mrs. Burnice BARBER

60                    Mrs. Ernest BLACKBURN                                                              '45

Mrs.McKinley Daughtryb style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>61  &Aug '44bsp;                Miss Laura McElvy  Deceased &nMrs. Romie NEIDLINGER;                                            2-26-32

62          &Brinson NEIDLINGER Grantedsp;     F. H. MCELVY

63                    Alvin BLACKBURN            

64                    Joe BLACKBURN

65               &nLaura McElvybsp;  Mason Burke

66                    Mrs. Mason Burke

67                    Thomas Burke        Granted letter            1936F. H. MCELVYp>

68                    Mrs. George THOMAS                                Aug '43

69                    Mrs. Mims Sharpe Granted letter            1933

70                    Cecil Evans

71                    Charlie Evans

72                    Linton Evans

73                    Winifred Evans       Granted letter            '40

74                    Ollie SMITH

75                    Willie SMITH

76                    Rosa Lee WILLIAMS

Membership                              Name                                  Address Letter                      Death                  

   Number                                                                                                                                     (date)                        (date)             

 

77                    Alice    WILLIAMS

78                    Mark WILLIAMS                 D                                             1931

79                    Mrs. Ethel MOCK                          &(date)nbsp;            8 '41

80                    Mary SMITH                                                            July 1938

81                    Elizabeth SMITH       DOYLE

82                    Elise Bragg

83                    Claudie Bragg

                        James Zeigler       Deceased                                            Sept 1938

by ltr 1933      Mrs. James Zeigler

                        Arnita  BLACKBURN

                        Irma Evans              Granted letter            '43

                        Helen HORNE           Granted letter            Aug '45

                        Annie Leon WILSON

   &nbby ltr 1933bsp;                  Mrs. Tom DAUGTRY

                        Mrs. Mildred Bolton

                        John Willie Bragg

                        Mrs. Sollie Cail

                        Thomas Daughtry

                        Evelyn Bragg

                        C. R. MOCK

                        Sallie Mae COLLINS    Granted letter        2 '39

                  &nSollie Cailnbsp;   Mrs. C. R. MOCK

                 &nbThomas Daughtry    Eloise MOCK

                        Reba MOCK                   Granted letter     

                        Marjorie SMITH

                        Orolease BRUNSON

                        Grace MOCK

                        C. R. MOCK Jr

                        Mary F. THOMAS (lined thru)

                        Elmira WILLIS

                        Kathaleen WILLIS

by ltr May 2,'37  Harris Zeigler

by ltr May 2, '37  Mrs. Harris Zeigler

by ltr July 1937 Evelyn EASTMEAD   Granted letter            1941

                        Edward EASTMEAD

                        Doris Cail

           &nbsHarris Zeigler          Miss Ola Ree WILSON  Granted letter      Nov '43

     &nbMrs. Harris Zeiglerp;               Miss Laurie DOYLE       Granted letter&by ltr July 1937;   8 '39

                        Elise Burke                    Granted letter

                        Leslie CDoris Cail>

                        MissMiss OlaiaRee WILSON:p>

                        J. T. DICKEY

                        Mrs. J. T. DICKEY

                        F. L. DICKEY

Membership                              Name                                  Address                   Letter                      Death     &nbsJ. T./span>           

   Number                                                                                                                                     (date)                        (date)             

 

                        John R. Evans

                        Mrs. J. R. MOCK

                        William Cail

                        Ch(date)e Zeigler

                        Leonard COLLINS

                        Thomas COLLINS

                        Enoch BLACKBURN

                        Charity BLACKBURN         Bragg          July 6 '47

                        Lorraine Daughtry

 

 

Resident Members (1931) 

                        George Daughtry

                        Margaret Daughtry

                        Ira Zeigler

                        Windell Zeigler

                        George Cail, Jr.

                        Warren WILLIS

                        Evelyn BRUNSON

                        Dorise Daughtry

by ltr July 1941 Miss Nellie MCKINNY  Mrs. Jim EDENFIELD

Baptized Jul 1941 John Winman MCKINNY

  "        "          Robert MCKINNY

  "        "          Thomas DICKEY

                        George THOMAS Jr                                     '45

&nbspMrs. Jim EDENFIELD;                    Mrs. Lucy Zeigler

Membership #109 Mrs. Audery Zeigler        MORGAN

Baptized July 1943 Pvt David E. Bragg                                                          Aug 2 '44

"          "          George Bragg

"          "          Opaline Daughtry

by ltr July '43   &nbspMrs. Audery ZeiglerG

"          "      &nbsPvt David E.p; Mrs. Rufus Bragg

 

 

Sep. 1943 Membership to 1946

Baptized July 1944 James CORDING

"          &Opaline Daughtrye='mso-tab-count:1'>            Olive CORDING

"          "            Jimmie CORDING

"          "            John Henry WILSON

"          "            Jake Somers

"          "             Sarah EDENFIELD                                    '45

by ltr July 1944     Mrs. Dora BRIGDON

Baptized July 6 1945  DeWeese ZEAGLER

"          "            WJake SomersER

Membership                                                                Address                             &nDora BRIGDON         Death                  

   Number                                                               &nbsWinona ZEAGLER                                                                   (date)                        (date)             

Baptized July 6 1945 Jacqueline HAGAN

"          "            Almarita HAGAN

"          "            Donald HAGAN

"          "   &n(date)bsp;       Mrs. Delphine WILSON

"          "            J. D. MCKINNEY

"            Robert SMITH

July 6 '45       Mrs. May Mock SMITH

Baptized '44            Claude W. Parker     Mrs. Delphine WILSONspan>Granted letter  Nov 1945

"          '46         Earline FAIL

"          "            Cecilia DOYLE

"          "            Raymond Bolton

"          "            BobbiClaude W. Parker Bolton

"          "            Bernard HYERSby ltr July '47          Mrs. Loyd Somers

Baptized '47             L. J. Somers


(Note:  These Enrollment Book forms were filled out and all dated April 3, 1931)

1          M A. Burke            , Ogeechee, Ga, received by Baptism

          Mrs. M. A. Burke

3          Miss Eva Burke

4          F. W. Burke

5          Mrs. F. W. Burke

6          Adolfus M. Burke

7          Mrs. Adolfus M. Burke

8          Cornelius Burke

9          Arthur Burke Jr

10        Ottis Burke

11        Crawford Burke

12Bolton

13        Mrs. John Bolton

14        Clifford Bolton

15        Cecil Bolton

16 &Ottis Burke     Miss Essie Bolton

17        Miss Docia Bolton

18        Miss Eunice Bolton

19        Ashtin Cail

20        Willie Cail

21        Mrs. Willie Cail

22        Miss Dahlia Cail

23     &nbspMiss Essie Boltonorge Cail

24      &nbspMiss Docia BoltonDixon

25        Charlie Daughtry

26        Miss Mary Daughtry

27        Jim Evans

28        Mrs. Jim Evans

29        Miss Lura Evans

30        Miss Elizabeth Evans

31        Ralph Evans

32      &nCharlie Daughtryling Evans

33      &nbsMiss Mary Daughtryrling Evans

34        Miss Juanita Evans

35        Miss Grace Evans

36    &nbsMiss Lura EvansEarnest LEE

37        Mrs. Earnest LEE

38        Mrs. Brantley LEE

39        H. S. MCCALL

40        Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

41     &nbsMiss Juanita Evans W. Parker

42        Mrs. L. W. Parker

43        Miss Mildred Parker

44        Miss Zelma Parker

45     Mrs. Brantley LEEan>Winfred Parker

46     &nbH. S. MCCALLspan>Neal SOMMERS

47     &nbMrs. H. S. MCCALLMrs. Neal SOMMERS

48     &nbL. W. Parkerspan>Loyd SOMMERS

49     &nbMrs. L. W. ParkerReuben Zeigler

50        Mrs. Reuben Zeigler

51      Miss Zelma Parkers Estelle Zeigler

52     &nbWinfred Parkeran>Elrich Zeigler

53     &nbNeal SOMMERSspan>Huel Joyner

54     &nbsMrs. Neal SOMMERSiss Agnes Joyner

55     &nbsLoyd SOMMERSpan>Mrs. Romie NEIDLINGER

56    &Reuben Zeiglersp; Carson NEIDLINGER

57        Brince NEIDLINGER

58        Mrs. Burie BARBER

59        Mrs. Earnest BLACKBURN

60        Miss Laura MCELVY             &nbsMiss Agnes Joynersp;      lost by death

6162        Alvin BLACKBURN

63        Joe BLACKBURN

Mrs. Burie BARBERmal style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:-.5in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.5in'>64        Mason Burke

65        Mrs. Mason Burke

66        Thomas Burke

6768        Mrs. Mims Sharpe


Minutes

                       

Douglas Branch Church            Aug Conference 1914.

After preaching by Bro. A. T. Cline Conference was opened ready for business.  Held an election

for Pastor for the church.  Bro. A. T. Cline was unanimously elected.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Arthur Burke, Clk pro tem

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Douglas Branch Church

                        September Conference 1914

After preaching by pastor Conference was opened in form.  Read and adopted.  Elected

delegates to the association at MillenGeorgia.

viz

Rev. H. S. MCCALL

M. A. Burke

F. W. Burke

A. M. Burke

W. D. LEE

Reuben Zeigler

JohnBolton

Conference closed in form.                               A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                       &Rev. H. S. MCCALL      Abram Burke, Clk

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                 &W. D. LEEp;     October term 1914

After preaching by Pastor, Conference waReuben Zeiglerual form.  Read and adopted minutes of the September term.

Resolved that the church roll be revised and a plan be devised by which to collect funds for church expenses.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        November term 1914

After preaching by pastor, Conference opened in usual form.  Read and adopted the minutes of the October term.  Called church roll and defered revission of same until December meeting.  Bro. J. A. Dixon asked for a letter of dismission and it was granted.  Conference closed in form.                                                                   A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                &nbAbram Burke, Clknbsp;    Abram Burke, Clk

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                        December term 1914

After preaching by pastor Conference was announced ready for business.  Read an adopted the minutes of the November term.&Called church roll and defered revission of same until December meeting.o-spacerun:yes'>  Conference closeBro. J. A. Dixon asked for a letter of1'dismission and it was granted.;                                                     A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        January term 1915

After preaching by pastor Conference was opened by usual form.  Read an adopted the minutes of the December term.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                               Abram Burke, Clkp;                      Abram Burke, Clk

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                        February 1915             blank

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                        March                          blank

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                        April                             blank

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  &nbAbram Burke, Clknbsp;                  May term 1915

After preaching by pastor Conference was announced ready for business.  Resolved that an Obituary be prepared on the death of our departed Sister Aunt Betty Evans.  Committee appointed Pastor A. T. CLINE and wife, Sisters Eva Burke, W. D. LEE, and Tempie Zeigler.  Also a page in our church book be dedicated to her memory.  Conf. closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        June term 1915

  Read and adopted the minutes of May term. Conf. closed the report of the Committee on obituary of Aunt Betty Evans and the same was adopted.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        July term 1915

After preaching by pastor, Conference was opened and ready for business.  Read and adopted the minutes of June term.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

N. B.

Our meeting was continued for a few days.  Our pastor being assisted by Rev. R. L. Bolton

our meeting was good.  Much interest manifested and we trust permanent results accomplished. 

Eight persons were baptized and received in full fellowship with the church for which we Thank

God.                                                                A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        August 1915                 blank

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                        September term 1915

After preaching by pastor Conference was opened.  Read and adopted the minutes by the last Conference.  Sister Lena Somers was granted a letter of dismission from our church.  Elected messengers and sent to the Association atSylvania.  viz.

Rev H. S. MCCALL

M. A. Burke

F. W. Burke

H. M. Burke

W. D. LEE

Reuben Zeigler

Rev. A. T. CLINE unanimously chosen pastor for the ensueing year.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        October term 1915

After preaching by our pastor Conference was announced ready for business.  Read and adopted the minutes of September term.  Sister Mattie BROWN was dismissed from our church by letter.  On suggestion better plans were adopted for raising funds for various purposes, church, missions, Orphan homes, and C. Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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No entries between October 1915 and March 1916

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                        March term 1916

After devotional services Conference was called. Read and confirmed the minutes of February term.  On motion of Bro. Arthur Burke the fencing of our cemetary was taken up.  A goodly number of our people were present - Baptist, Methodist and community generally.  The subject was discussed harmoniously from various stand points, as to the size, manner and style of said fence.  On suggestion of our pastor, a committee was named to go into all the details, get prices of material, brick, wire, lime, etc., and estimated cost of building fence and submit same to next meeting.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        July term 1916

After devotional exercises Conference was announced opened.  Read and approved minutes of last meeting.  No important business.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        October term 1916

After services Conference was announce ready for business.  Rev. A. T. CLINE was unanimously chosen as his own successor as pastor of our church for the succeeding year.  Elected delegates to the Association to convene withNorth Newington Church.  Bros. A. M. Burke, F. W. Burke, M. A. Burke, W. D. LEE, J. H. Evans.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        April Term 1917          

Our people met as usual for worship.  We had good music and a very interesting and instructive sermon by our pastor.  Conference opened.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  Conference closed in form.                                   A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        May term 1917

After devotional exercises the church met in Conference.  Read and received the minutes of last meeting.  Bro. Arthur Burke, chairman of fence committee, read a part of their report which was very satisfactory indeed.  Conference closed.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        June term 1917

After devotional exercises good music and preaching, Conference was announced ready for business.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  The faithful building committee was asked to have cemetery fence painted and then make a full report of the whole.  Conference then closed.                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        July term 1917

After devotional exercises Conference opened.  Read and received the minutes of last meeting.  On application five of our members were granted letters of dismission to join other churches of the same order.  Conference closed.             A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        Abram Burke, Clk

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                        August term 1917

Conference opened as usual.  Our protracted meeting was held in July.  The pastor was assisted by Bro. FUGATE who did the work well, preaching very able and instructive sermons.  The church was revived, the community blessed, our pastor encouraged.  On the whole, we trust much good was done.  Four precious children were buried in Christ in baptism - for which we thank God.  Rev. F. H. MCELVEY was received in the church by letter from theEast Baptist Church,Louisville, Ky.

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                        September term 1917

After preaching by our pastor Conference was announced open and ready for business.  Read and adopted minutes of August term.  Bro. A. T. CLINE was unanimously elected as pastor for the ensueing year.  The following were elected as delegates to Association - Ref. H. S. MCCALL, F. H. MCELVY, A.M. Burke, Mills A. Burke, S. E. Bolton, Reubin Zeigler, Alternates Sterling and James Evans.  Conference then closed in form.

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                        August term 1919

Conference was opened ready for business.  On account of the continued ill-health of our faithful Clerk, Bro. Abram Burke, J. H. Evans was elected Assistant Clerk.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.              A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Asst Clerk

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                        September term 1919

After services by the pastor Conference convened.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  Rev. A. T. CLINE was called as pastor for the ensueing year, but gave us no definite answer.  The following messengers were elected to attend the Association which convenes at Bay Branch.

Bros. A. M. Burke, M. A. Burke, F. W. Burke, W. D. LEE, J. H. Evans, Rev. H. S. MCCALL, F. H. MCELVY.  There being no further business, Conference closed.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Asst Clerk

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                        October term 1919

After services conducted by our pastor, Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Rev. A. T. CLINE accepted this charge for the next year.  There being no further business, Conference then adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Asst Clerk

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                        November term 1919

Church services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. T. CLINE, after which Conference was held.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.  There was no business brought before the body so Conference adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Asst Clerk

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                        December term 1919

Conference was called to order after religious services.  A committee composed of Rev. H. S. MCCALL, F. W. Burke and J. H. Evans was appointed to draw up a memorial to the memory of our Clerk, Bro. Abram Burke.  J. H. Evans was appointed to the place made vacant by this death.  Conference then closed.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Asst Clerk

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                        January term 1920

After preaching by the pastor, A. T. CLINE, Conference was held.  Minutes of previous meeting were read by H. S. MCCALL, Clerk pro tem, and adopted.  Resolution drafted in memory of Bro. Abram Burke were read and adopted.  A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Jane Burke to unite with another church of the same Faith.  Appointed delegates to general meeting at McDonald, H. S. MCCALL, Reuben Zeigler, A.M. Burke.        

Bro. M. A. Burke reported that the matter concerning the land papers of the church was satisfactorily arranged and everything was in shape to grant a deed to the school at Douglas Branch.  The trustees were authorized to give the deed to the school.  Adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        H. S. MCCALL, Clk pro tem

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                        February term 1920                  No Conference held.

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                        March term 1920

After religious services by the pastor, Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of February term.  No business was brought before the body, therefore it adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        May term 1920

Conference was called to order after religious services.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A motion was made to help defray the expenses of Bro. CLINE's trip to the Southern Baptist Convention atWashington.  This was unanimously adopted.  Miss Eva Burke was also elected a delegate to the Convention.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        June                             No conference.

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                        July                              No conference

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                        August term 1920

After preaching, Conference met.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.   Mrs. Reuben Zeigler and M. A. Burke were appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions to help place a memorial window in Wades Church for Rev. J. M. CROSE, our former pastor.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        September term 1920

After religious services Conference convened.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Mrs. Bessie Burke NEIDLINGER asked for and was given a letter of dismission from this church.  Conference then adjourned until Sunday P.M. when it convened and unanimously elected Bro. A. T. CLINE as our pastor for the coming year.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        October term 1920

After services, Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Sterling MCCALL was granted a letter of dismission to unite with theSylvania Baptist Church.  The following brethren were appointed delegates to the Association atJackson.  F. W. Burke, J. H. Evans,I. M. Burke, Reuben Zeigler, H. S. MCCALL, F. H. MCELVEY.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        November term 1920

After preaching, Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Rev. A. T. CLINE resigned as our pastor, and was relieved much to our regret.  No further business being brought forward Conference adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        December term 1920

After services by Rev. A. T. CLINE who preached for us since we have not secured a pastor, Conference convened.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There was no business.  Conference closed.                                            A. T. CLINE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        January term 1921

After an interesting sermon by Bro. Andrew CARAKER, Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business the body adjourned.

                                                                        A. T. CARAKER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        February term 1921

After preaching by Bro. CARAKER Conference was called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Resolved that a letter of thanks be sent to Mrs. Eula Burke for the "Individual Communion Service" given by her to the church as a memorial to Bro. Abram Burke.  Conference adjourned till Sunday morning to await the report from the committee on securing a pastor, at which time Bro. CARAKER was elected for this year.

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                        March term 1921

As had been decided Conference met before instead of after religious services as had been the custom heretofore.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business, Conference adjourned.                                     A. T. CARAKER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clerk

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                        April term 1921

Conference was called to order by the pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  No business was brought up so Conference adjourned.

                                                                        ANDREW CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        May term 1921

Conference was called to order by the pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  No business.  Conference closed.                        ANDREW CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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            June term 1921

Conference was called to order by pastor.   Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A motion was made and carried to purchase 75 new song books.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.                         A. T. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        July term 1921

Conference was opened and ready for business.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  Conference closed in form.                                   A. T. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

N. B.  This being the week of our protracted meetings Services were continued during the following week.  The pastor was assisted by Rev. J. E. HALL of Wadley.  The meetings were good and much interest manifested.  Eight persons were received into the church.

                                                                        A. T. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

-(Note:  June and July, Moderator Caraker shown as "A.T.", August on is listed as "T. A.")

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                        August 1921

Conference called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business, the body adjourned.        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        September 1921

Conference was called to order by pastor.  Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.  This being our regular time to elect a pastor, Rev. Andrew CARAKER, who has served us faithfully and well for the past year, was elected for the coming year.  Bro. Floyd Burke and Sister Sallie Burke CATES were granted letters of dismission.   The following delegates were appointed to the Association - Bros. Reuben Zeigler, A. M. Burke, J. H. Evans.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        October 1, 1921

Conference called to order by Moderator.  Minutes read and adopted.  A committee of W. S. Evans, M. A. Burke was appointed to look after and have painted the cemetary fence.  Conference closed.                                              T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        November 6, 1921

Conference called to order.  Read and adopted minutes of Oct. term.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        December 3, 1921

Preceding religious services, Conference was held.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  No business being brought up, Conference adjourned.

            T. A. CARAKER, Mod                       J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        January 1, 1922

Preceding religious services, Conference was called to order by Pastor.  Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.  There being no business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        February 1922

Conference called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting. The body then adjourned.                                              T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        March 1922

Conference called to order by Pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no further business, the body adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        April 1, 1922

Conference called to order by pastor and announced ready for business.  Minutes read and adopted.  A day was appointed to paint the cemetary fence.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        July 1922

Before preaching Conference convened.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  This was the week of our annual Revival.  The pastor was ably assisted by Rev. R. W. SELMAM.  The services were both enjoyable and profitable.  There were two additions by letter.  No business was brought up so Conference adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        August 5, 1922

Conference opened in usual form.  Read and adopted minutes of preceding meeting.  In the absence of the pastor, Bro. King Evans filled the pulpit, and delivered an able sermon.  There being no business, adjournment was announced.

                                                                        F. W. Burke, Mod pro tem

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Sept 2, 1922

Conference was called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business, the meeting adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Nov 6, 1922

Conference was called to order by Pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A committee was appointed to solicit funds for Bro. Lamar PIERCE, a needy Baptist student-minister.  $17.50 were raised and sent to him.  As there was no other business, the body closed.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        December 1922

Before religious services Conference was held.  It was called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business, the meeting closed in usual form.                                                                     T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        January 6, 1923

Conference was called to order by pastor.  No minutes were read.  Mrs. Wesley Bolton was given a letter of dismission to unite with another church of the same faith and order.  There being no other business the meeting closed.                    T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        March 1923

Conference called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  No business. Conference adjourned.                 T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        May 1923

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Reports were read from Douglas Branch W.M.W.S. and Harwell B.Y.P.W.  A motion was made and carried to have Sunday School at4:30 p.m. on first Sundays and to discontinue services on Sunday nights.  The body adjourned in order.                                  T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        June 1923

Douglas Branch Baptist Church met in Conference on above mentioned date.  There being no minutes we proceeded without them.  The committee appointed to raise the balance on carpet reported that some chickens had been donated and sold for $17, leaving a balance of 23.56.

Treasurer report made and accepted.

Adjourned in order.                                          T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        H. S. MCCALL, Clk pro. tem.

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                        July 1923

Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted last meeting's minutes.  Tomorrow, Sunday, our annual revival services begin.  We hope for God's richest blessings during this meeting.  Conference adjourned.                                   T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        August 1923

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A report from Harwell B.Y.P.W. was read.  This being all the business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        H. S. MCCALL, Mod pro tem

                                                                        W. S. Evans, Clk pro tem

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                        September 1923

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  This being the regular time to elect a pastor Rev. T. A. CARAKER, our present beloved pastor, was unanimously re-elected and accepted.  He is doing a glorious work among us, especially with the children.  There was a report from the treasurer.  The body then adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        November 1923

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  W. S. Evans and A. M. Burke appointed to provide wood for the church during the winter.  J. H. Evans was appointed a key-man as local representative of church to cooperate with Executive Board.  As there was no other business the body adjourned.              Pastor $33.00

                                    T. A. CARAKER, Mod                 Campaign 35.77

                                    J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        December 1923

Conference called to order by pastor. Read and adopted minutes.  Miss Lina Zeigler was appointed as Teacher in the Stewardship and Mission Class.  No further business being on hand there was a motion to adjourn.                    T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor  28.50

Campaign 8.75

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                        January 1924

Conference opened by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A report from the Treasurer, the W.M.S. and Sunbeams was read.  This being the only business, the meeting closed.                                                               T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $23.00

Campaign 1.25

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                        February 1924

Meeting opened in usual form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Treasurer's report read and adopted.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $48.50

Campaign 14.75

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                        March 1924

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Letter of dismission granted to Mrs. Georgia Lee ADAMS.  A report from Treasurer read and adopted.  Also a report from B.Y.P.W. and W.M.S.  There being no other business the meeting closed.

                                                                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.25

Campaign 9.50

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                        April 1924

Conference called to order by Pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A report read from the following - B.Y.P.W., W.M.S., and Sunbeams, also Treasurer.  This being all the business, the body adjourned.                             T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Campaign $44.00

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May Campaign $17.20

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                        Sat. July 1924

Conference opened in usual form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Conference adjourned. 

Sunday morning.

Church called in Conference to elect a pastor to succeed Rev. T. A. CARAKER who resigned.  Rev. Ralph MOORE was elected.                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $32.50

Campaign $10.10

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                        September 1924

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Following delegates elected to attend Association - J. H. Evans, Reuben Zeigler, F. W. Burke, H. S. MCCALL.  Conference closed.                        T. A. CARAKER, Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Oct term 1924

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.

A report to the Association read and approved.  A report from W..M.S. and Treasurer read. 

On Sunday morning Church called in Conference to consider a letter from our former pastor Rev. T. A. CARAKER to assist in our next protracted services and he was chosen.  Conference closed.                                                                      Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Nov 1924

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A committee appointed to launch the 1925 Program as follows - J. H. Evans - Key-Man - F. W. Burke -Represent Church - one from Sunday School, B.Y.P.U. and W.M.S. to be appointed.  Conference closed.                                                                    Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Dec term 1924

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.   There being no business Conference closed.                               Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        January 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  New business was called for.  Had report from B.Y.P.U., W.M.W. and Treasurer.  Mrs. Annie-Belle Dixon PINKSTON asked for letter and it was granted.

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                        March 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no business, Conference closed.                               Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        April 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  No business.  Meeting closed.                                                             Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $34.00

Cooperative 1.25

F. W. Burke 1.00

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                        May 1925

Conference opened.  No minutes.  A committee of one - Mr. Wright Burke reported the lumber on the ground and ready to build the church yard fence.   This being all the business, Conference adjourned.                                 Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $25.07

Cooper. Program. 22.50

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                        June 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Several committees were appointed.                                Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $28.70

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                        July 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  Also report from B.Y.P.U. and W.M.S.  There being no further business, the meeting closed.

                                                                        Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        August 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A report from Treasurer read and approved.  Rev. Ralph MOORE was elected pastor for another year.  Meeting closed.                                                               Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $24.20

Missions $5.00

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                        Sept term 1925

Conference held on Sunday morning.  Rev. Ralph MOORE resigned as pastor and Rev. Gower LATIMER was elected to take his place for the next year, and later accepted.  There were also a report from Treasurer and a roll call of church members.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.                               Ralph MOORE, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $33.00

C. Program $1.00

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                        Oct 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Read and approved letter to Association, also report from B.Y.P.U. and W.M.S. and Sunday School.  A letter of dismission was granted to Miss Mary Zeigler to unite with another church of the same faith and order.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00

Missions 1.00

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                        Nov 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  The piano was accepted for the church from Bro. Wright Burke.  A committee composed of J. H. Evans and others was appointed to raise the balance due on same.  Conference closed.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Dec 1925

Conference opened in form.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Conference was called Sunday morning to consider asking Bro. Ralph MOORE to assist in revival meeting in July.  Clerk was instructed to write him concerning this matter.  Conference closed.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Jan 1926

No minutes.  Pastor Salary $25.00

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                        Feb 1926

Following preaching Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There being no other business Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        Mar 1926

Conference opened for business.  When minutes and treasurer's report had been read, the meeting closed.                                                                     Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        April 1926

Following preaching services Conference opened ready for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  By a unanimous vote this Church will entertain the Sunday School Convention on Thursday before the first Sunday in July.  Conference closed.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        May term - 1926

Meeting called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  No business being brought up, the meeting closed. Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00

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                        June, 1926

Following preaching, Conference was held.  Minutes of previous meeting adopted.  There being no business.  Conference then adjourned.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $35.50

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                        July 1926

Conference opened for business.  Read - adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Approved election of officers for the B.Y.P.U.  Accepted the report of Treasurer.  Conference closed.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00

Bro.MOORE $50.00 

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                        August 5, 1926

On this date the church met in a conference called for the purpose of calling a pastor for the coming year.  Rev. T. A. CARACHER was unanimously.

                                                                        Rev. H. S. MCCALL, Mod pro tem

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                        August 15, 1926

On this date the church met in a conference called for the purpose of granting a letter of dismission to Mrs. Horace Wyant who wished to unite with Wades Church.  The letter was granted.                                                     T. W. Burke, Deacon, Mod. pro. tem.

                                                                        Mrs. H. S. MCCALL Clerk pro. tem.

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                        September 1926

After preaching by pastor conference opened for business.  Read & adopted minutes of Aug term.  On Sunday following a short conference was called for granting Mrs. W. D. LEE a letter of dismission to unite with another church of the same faith & order.

                                                                        Gower LATIMER, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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Pastors salary for October $30.00

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                        November term 1926

After preaching by pastor conference was opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of September meeting.  By motion and second a committee being appointed composing F. W. Burke, Reuben Zeigler, and J. H. Evans to inspect the cemetery in reference to painting and report to next conference.                               C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        January term 1927

After preaching by pastor conference was opened for business.  No minutes of previous meeting.  Mrs. H. S. McCall made a report of the provisions and money sent from this church to our Orphans Home being a total of $40.  Conference then closed.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        February term 1927.

Conference called in session by Pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  By motion and second there will be a collection before preaching for missions.  Also by unanimous vote a Committee was appointed to see every family in the church and urge that the Christian Index be placed in every home.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

Pastor $30.00                                                  J. H. Evans, Clk

Missions $2.20

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                        March term 1927

Conference opened by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A letter of dismission was granted to Mr. & Mrs. George MCCALL.  A committee composed of F. W. Burke, Reuben Zeigler, and J. H. Evans was appointed to have the church building painted, between now and October.  Conference then adjourned.

Pastor $30.00                                                  C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

Missions $7.00                                     J. H. Evans, Clk      

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                        April term 1927

Immediately preceding preaching, Conference was held.  Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.  A committee of F. W. Burke, Reuben Zeigler, and J. H. Evans was appointed to have the church painted.  There being no other business Conference Closed.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00              Missions $4.60

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                        May term 1927

Following preaching by the pastor Conference was called.  Minutes of April term were read and adopted.  The committee appointed to have the Cemetary fence painted reported that it had been done.  No other business being brought up Conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00              Hospital $6.70

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No Minutes for June term 1927.

Pastor $30.00              Missions $5.00

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                        July term 1927

After preaching by pastor Conference opened for business.  The following reports read and accepted:  B.Y.P.U., W.M.S., and Treasurer.  Committee appointed to see about painting church reported the work finished.  Meeting then closed in order.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $25.50              Missions $5.93

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                        August term 1927

After religious services Conference convened.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A letter of dismission was called for and granted to Mrs. Tempie BOYKIN.  There being no other business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $30.00              Missions $2.66

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                        September term 1927

After preaching Conference was called in session.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A committee composed of J. H. Evans, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL & Mary Zeigler to see the members and solicit funds to  pay for painting church house.  Delegates to the Association were as follows:  J. H. Evans, W. S. Evans, and F. W. Burke.  Conference closed in form.                                     C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

A short session was held Sunday morning to call a pastor Rev. C. S. PRICKETT.

Pastor $31.50              Missions $5.09

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                        October Term 1927

After preaching by the pastor Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Associational letter read and adopted.  There being no other business conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $29.00              Missions $5.00

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                        November Term 1927

After preaching by pastor Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting. Treasurers report read and approved.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

Pastor $26.50              Missions $2.91

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                        January 1928

No minutes.

Pastor $27.00              Missions $2.97

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                        April term 1928

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                        May Term 1928

Conference opened for business.  There was no minutes of previous meeting.  Treasurers report read and approved.  There being no business Conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        June Term 1928

Conference opened for business. Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A motion was carried that we cut off and arrange more comfortable seats for the choir.  Conference closed in form.                                                                      C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        July Term 1928

Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Letters of dismission granted to Mrs. D. E. KIRKLAND and Miss Lessie Bolton.  There being no other business conference closed.                            C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        August Term 1928

Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A letter of dismission was granted to Dr. H. C. LEE and one to Mrs. Oscar Daughtry.  There being no other business, conference closed in form.

                                                                        C. S. PRICKETT, Mod.

                                                                        J. H. Evans, Clk

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                        October Term 1928

Conference opened for business.  No minutes.  No unfinished business.  M. A. Burke, F. W. Burke, and Reuben Zeigler were appointed as delegates to the association.  A. M. Burke, J. H. Evans, W. S. Evans alternates.  Conference closed in form.

                                                                        G. A. SMITH Mod

                                                                        J. H.  Evans, Clk

Pastor $56.00              Missions $4.21

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                        November Term 1928

Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  A committee composed of F. W. Burke, A. M. Burke, & J. H. Evans was appointed to ask the Board of Education to deed the school house and lot back to the Church.  Same being granted by Board.  There being no other business Conference closed.

                                                                        J. A. ESTES Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

Pastor $25.00              Missions $2.61

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                        February 1929

Pastor $25.50              Missions $3.45

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                        March 1929

Conference was held Sunday morning immediately following preaching services.  There were no minutes of last meeting.  It was decided that Rev. Ralph MOORE would be invited to help in the protracted meetings to be held in July.  This being all the business Conference adjourned.

                                                                        J. A. ESTES Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

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                        April Term 1929

Conference opened for business.  Read and adopted minutes of last meeting.  Treasurers report read and adopted.  There being no other business Conference closed in form.

                                                                        J. A. ESTES Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

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                        May Term 1929

Conference was called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Bro. M. A. Burke tended his resignation as treasurer, but the church refused to accept it and insisted that he continue in this office.  There being no other business Conference closed.

                                                                        J. A. ESTES Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

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                        June Term 1929

Conference called to order by moderator.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  There was no business so the meeting adjourned.

                                                                        I. K. BARETT Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

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                        July Term 1929

Conference called to order by pastor.  Read and adopted minutes of previous meeting.  Treasurers report read and approved.  There being no other business Conference adjourned.

                                                                        J. A. ESTES Mod

                                                                        J. H. Evans Clk

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Pastors salary for January 1930 $24.00

Missions $3.40

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Pastors salary for February 1930 $20.65

Missions $2.26

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Pastors salary for July (no entry)

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                        September Term 1930

Conference opened for business.  There were no minutes of the previous meeting and no old business.  D. W. EDWARDS of Mercer University preached for us.  He was unanimously called as pastor of the church but could not accept.   W. S. Evans was chosen Assistant Clerk of the church.  There being no further business, Conference adjourned.

                                                                        D. W. EDWARDS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Asst. Clk.

Pastor $25.00              Missions $1.68

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                        October Term 1930

Church met in conference to transact the business of the church.  Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.  Appointed delegates to Association.  Rev. L. L. BATTS preached for us on Saturday and Sunday.  Treasurers report.  There being no other business Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. L. L. BATTS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Asst Clk

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                        December Term 1930

Conference opened for business.  Clerk absent.  No minutes read.  No unfinished business.  Was decided for collection on following Sunday to go to Orphans Home.  No other business.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        G. D. PERDUE Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk.

Pastor $25.00, Missions $4.80

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                        January Term

Conference opened for business.  Report of Orphans Home car.  Annual report of B.Y.P.U. Treasurers report.  Business on following Sunday of calling a pastor to serve us for this year.  Rev. Mack M. GOSS was unanimously elected and later accepted.  No other business.  Conference adjourned.                               Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk.

Pastor $25.00              Missions $1.93

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                        March Term 1931

Conference ofDouglas Branch Church met after preaching by the pastor.  There being no unfinished business, new business was taken up.  It was decided to have a Sunday School enlargement campaign and study course conducted by our pastor.  This was to begin on Monday after the second Sunday in March.

The treasurers report was $23.35 for pastors salary and $2.06 for Missions.

                                                                        Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk.

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                        April Term 1931

The April meeting of the Conference met after preaching by the pastor.  No old business was taken up.  The election for officers and teachers for S.S. for the year as follows:

Supt - F. W. Burke

Asst Supt. - Elrich Zeigler

Gen. Sec. - Estelle Zeigler

Adult Class - Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

Young People - Mrs. W. S. Evans

Int. Boys - W. S. Evans

Int Girls - Miss Eva Burke

Jr. Boys - Mrs. Mason Burke

Jr. Girls - Mrs. Allen EDEDFIELD

Primary - Mrs. F. W. Burke

Beginners - Miss Juanita Evans

Cradle Roll - Mrs. Reuben Zeigler

Home Dept - F. H. MCELVY.

Treasurer's report - $25 for pastor, $4.51 for missions.

No other business.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk.

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                        May Term 1931

Conference opened in usual form after sermon by pastor.  Minutes of previous meeting were read and adopted.  There being no further business, Conference closed in proper form.

Pastors salary - $25

Missions $5.49

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk.

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                        June Term 1931

The conference met after preaching on Saturday for the purpose of transacting the business of the Church.  No old or unfinished business.  Minutes of last meeting read and adopted.

Pastor's salary - $24.50

Missions             $ 2.28

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk.

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                        July Term 1931

After preaching by the Pastor Conference opened in usual form.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  This was the beginning of our protracted hour.  Pastor was assisted by Ref. C. C. BUCKALEW of Atlanta Ga.  There was four candidates for Baptism.  The members also raised $40.00 for Brother BUCKALEW.

Pastors Salary $25.00

Mission            $ 3.65

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

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                        August Term 1931

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order and minutes of the previous meeting was read.  There being no unfinished new business was taken up and we decided to have baptism Sunday morning.  The candidates were Linton Evans, Winifred Evans, Ollie SMITH, Willie SMITH.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastors Salary $24.00              Mission $2.20

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                        September Term 1931

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  There being no unfinished business of electing delegates to the association was taken up and the following members was appointed Bro. F. W. Burke, Bro. A. M. Burke,  Bro. Reuben Zeigler.  We also called our Pastor for year.  He accepted the call.

Pastors Salary $24.00              Mission $1.54

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

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                        October Term.

After preaching by pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of previous meeting was read and adopted.  There was no unfinished business. 

New business was taken up.

A committee was appointed to take an Every Member Canvass.  Viz -

            Rev. Mack M. GOSS

            W. S. Evans

            F. W. Burke

            Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

            Lura Evans

            Elrich Zeigler

            Mrs. W. S. Evans

Conference closed in form.                               Rev. Mack M. GOSS Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk

Pastor's salary $21.75              Missions $2.00

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        November Term 1931

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read and adopted.  Being no old or unfinished business new business was taken up.  The church agreed to take collection on Sunday for Associational expenses and any over to go to help pay on a car for Miss Christine GARNETT and we granted letters of dismission to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Boyd.  We also decided to adopt the L. P. GLOSS grading system.  Conference closed in proper form.                                                         Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

for Pastor $24.50                     Mission $1.50

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        December Term 1931

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  Being no unfinished business new business was taken up.  After considerable discussion we decided to take our every member canvass for church expenses and missions.  Conference closed in proper form.                    Rev. M. M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clk

Pastor Salary $25.00                Missions $6.40

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        Jan Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No old business.  New business was taken up.  Conference voted to pay freight on provision that was sent to Orphans home.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.                                                                       Rev. M. M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastor $23.65                          Mission $2.11

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        Feb Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  No minutes of the Previous meeting.  No new or unfinished business.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastor $25.00                          Mission $4.55

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        March Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished or new business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        April Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business.  The business of electing a Treasurer was taken.  The Church noted on resolutions of Brother M. A. Burke death being sent to the Index recorded in the Church minutes and a copy sent to the family.

                                                                        Rev. M. M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastor $22.00                          Mission $1.50

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        May Term 1932

After preaching by Brother HEARD, a visiting Pastor, conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.  No unfinished business or new business.  Conference closed in usual form.                       Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastors Salery $20.72              Missions          $ 3.31

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        June Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was call to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  No unfinished business new business was taken up.  The following committee was appointed to collect money to have the cemetery painted.

MRS. H. S. MCCALL

Juanita Evans

Elrich Zeigler

W. S. Evans

Mrs. W. S. Evans

Mrs. Rachael Cail

Mrs. Reuben Zeigler

Mr. F. W. Burke

No other business Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

Pastors Salary $21.00             

Missions          $ 2.00

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        July Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business new business was taken up.  After some discussion the Church voted that Sundays collections to be applied to the emergency fund.  Mrs. Sterling MCCALL gave the congregation a talk on the conditions inCuba.  This was the beginning of our annual protracted meeting.  Our Pastor was assisted in the meeting by Brother L. B. KNIGHT who preached some very interesting sermons.  There was seven additions to the Church.  Mr. Jack Burke by letter and the following candidates for Baptism.

Mrs. Ethel MOCK

Miss Marjorie SMITH (Not Baptized)

Miss Mary SMITH

Miss Elizabeth SMITH

Miss Elise Bragg

Miss Claudia Bragg

For assisting Pastor $25.00

our Pastor $20.05

Missions $5.56

Conference closed in usual form.                       Rev. Mack M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        August Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  The minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business or new business.  Conference closed in proper form.  Collected for Pastor $18.75

                             Missions $ 2.07

                                                                        Rev. M. M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clerk

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        September Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  No unfinished business.  New business was taken.  The business of calling a Pastor was discussed and after considerable discussion conference adjourned and we met again the following Sunday and called Brother Loyd GARLAND.

                                                                        Rev. M. M. GOSS Moderator.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clk

Pastor $39.25              Mission $2.21

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        October Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business.  The business of electing delegates to the Middle Association was taken and the following Brethren was appointed.  F. W. Burke, A. M. Burke, Reuben Zeigler.  After considerable discussion of the Church affairs conference closed in usual form.                                                  Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Assistant Clk

Pastor Salary  $20.00

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        November Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor conference was call to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  The unfinished business of calling our Pastor was taken up and after considerable discussion we finished this part of the business.  Then the following committee was appointed to make our every member canvass.  Viz.

W. S. Evans

Mrs. W. S. Evans

Mrs. Reuben Zeigler

Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

A. M. Burke

F. W. Burke

Rev F. H. MCELVY

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Moderator.

Pastor Salary  $20.00                                       W. S. Evans Assistant Clk

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        December Term 1932

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  The unfinished business of collecting money to buy paint and to paint the cemetery was taken up and we voted to collect balance of money subscribed  and order the paint at once.  The committee appointed to make an every member canvass made their report.  New business was then taken up & the church voted to use the envelope system in making contributions and we appointed a committee to collect provisions for the Orphans Home.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

Pastor Salary  $20.00                                       W. S. Evans Assistant Clk

Missions $5.85

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        Jany Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor conference was call to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted.  A report was made that the paint to paint the cemetery fence had been received and we met on Jan the 10th to paint the fence but on account of unfavorable weather conditions we decided to wait until a later date.  Our Pastor had received the envelopes that he ordered for the church members to use in making their contributions and W. S. Evans was appointed to distribute them.  No further Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

Pastor Salary  $20.00                                       W. S. Evans Clk

Missions $3.21

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        February Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor conference was call to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business.  New business was taken up and a duplicate letter was granted to J. C. MCCALL to unite with another church of the same faith and order.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

Pastor Salary  $26.25                                       W. S. Evans Clk

Missions $3.90

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        March Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was call to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  No unfinished business.  New business was taken up and engaging a Pastor to assist in the protracted meeting was dicussed and we voted for the Pastor to secure one at once.  No further business.   Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Pastor Salary $20.00

Missions $3.18

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        April Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  No unfinished business.  New business was taken up and painting the cemetery fence was discussed but we decided to wait untill a later date.  Our Pastor announced that he had secured Rev. W. L. MOORE to assist in the protracted meeting beginning the 1st week in July.  No further business.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Pastor Salary $20.00

Missions $4.55

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No Conference in June or May Term

Pastor Salary $20.00

Missions $3.88

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No minutes of June Term

Pastors $21.06

Missions $4.00

Collection for assisting Pastor Rev W. L. MOORE $31.66

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        September Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  No preaching or minutes of the previous meeting day.  No unfinished business.  New business was taken up and a letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Ree Zeigler Sharpe.  Our Pastor suggested that we elect the officers of the Church annually and after some discussion we decided to wait until the next meeting day to decide on same.  We also called Brother Loyd GARLAND to serve the Church as Pastor for another year and he accepted the call.  No further business.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Pastors collection $31.13

Missions $10.00

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                        Douglas Branch Church

                        October Term 1933

After preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  The unfinished business of electing the Church Officers annually was taken up and conference voted to elect them accordingly and a committee was appointed to nominate two or more Deacons.  Conference voted to take $2.00 of Sunday's collection to help pay the associational expenses and balance to go to the Arnett Memorial fund.  Conference voted to have Preaching service on 1st Sunday nights and the following Delegates was elected to send to the association.  Mr. F. W. Burke, Mr. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler.  Alternates Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. R. J. NEIDLINGER.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Moderator

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk

For Pastor  $23.75

to association $2.00

Arnett Memorial fund $3.60

Nov for Pastor $23.95

Missions $7.85

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Douglas Branch Church

Dec Term

After Preaching by the Pastor, Conference was called to order.  No minutes of the previous  meetings, old or unfinished business taken up and a final report from the committee that was appointed Elect Deacons was made and J. H. Evans & W. S. Evans was elected Sr. Deacons and Thomas Burke, Alvin BLACKBURN, Elrich Zeigler, Ralph Evans, & Cecil Evans was elected Jr. Deacons.  After some discussion of the Church business Conference closed in usual form.                                                     Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

W. S. Evans Clk

Pastors Salary $30.20

Missions $8.45

Douglas Branch Church
January Term 1934
After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous meeting was read and adopted. An annual report of the organization of the Church was read. The Pastor called for a report on provisions collected for the Orphans Home was incomplete at that time after some discussion on to business of the Church conference. Closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND, Mod
Collection for Pastor $15.20 W. S. Evans Clk
Missions $7.00
Orphans Home $38.50
Freight on same $2.54
 
 Douglas Branch Church
Feb Term 1934
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous meeting was read and adopted. No unfinished business. New business was taken up and Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. G. N. THOMAS and W. S. Evans was appointed as a committee to write Resolutions of the Death of Brother F. W. Burke. On Friday night before the 1st Sunday, J. H. & W. S. Evans was ordained Sr. Deacons. Brother H. S. MCCALL preached the Ordination Sermon and other Pastors assisting in the service were Rev. Loyd GARLAND, Rev. L. P. GLASS, Rev. F. H. MCELVY, Rev. G. M. LEVERETTE and Rev. W. J. CARSWELL and also the followering Deacons J. H. Waters, J. R. COOPER, A. M. BREWER, R. Zeigler, and the following Jr. Deacons were introduced to the congregation Elrich Zeigler, Alvin BLACKBURN, Thomas Burke, Ralph Evans, Cecil Evans. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
Pastor Salary $21.00 W. S. Evans Clk
Missions $7.45
 
Douglas Branch Church
March Term 1934
After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous meeting read and some amendments recommended. Old or unfinished business was taken up and a report was called for from the committee that was appointed to write Resolutions of the Death of Brother F. W. Burke which had not been attended to. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
Pastor Salary $22.50 W. S. Evans Clerk
Missions $5.20
 
Douglas Branch Church
April Term 1934
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted. Old or unfinished business was taken up and the Resolutions of the Death of Brother F. W. Burke was read by Mrs. G. N. THOMAS. Then new business was taken up & it was suggested that our Pastor secure help to assist him in the Revival meeting to be held in July. After some discussion on same conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
Pastor Salary $20.05 W. S. Evans Clk
Missions $4.74
 
Pastor Salary for June $20.90
Missions $2.25
 
Douglas Branch Church
July Term 1934
After a week of community Prayer Meeting our Revival Meeting began on the 1st Sunday in July with our Pastor conducting the meeting. There were nine new members added to the Church roll
Mrs. C. R. MOCK by letter
Mr. C. R. MOCK
Miss Relia MOCK
Miss Eloise MOCK
Miss Sallie Mae CALHOUN
Miss Evelyn Bragg
Miss Oralese BRUNSON
Mr. Thomas Daughtry
Miss Marjorie SMITH all by Baptism.
And on the 2nd Sunday in July Conference was called to order and letters of Dismission was Granted to Mrs. Florence Dixon MOCK and Mrs. Alma Dixon SEASE. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
J. H. Evans Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
Pastors salary $22.75
Collection for Pastor During Revival $21.50
Missions $6.90
 

 Douglas Branch Church

                        Aug Term 1934

After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  A report of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  No old or unfinished business.  New business was taken up and after some discussion on remodeling the School House for a Church J. H. Evans & M. T. Burke was appointed as a committee to look after same.  Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. R.J. NEIDLINGER, Mrs. J. J. MOCK & W. S. Evans was appointed as a committee to revise the Church record Book.  There was some discussion concerning abolishing Saturday's meeting which was postponed until first Sat in Sept for a final decision and Mrs. Floy Cail SHUMAN was granted a letter of dismission to unite with Double Heads Baptist Church.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Collection for Pastor $19.50

Missions $6.00

 

(The following loose notes were probably used to write the Minutes.)

Old Business] about Church Book.  AlsoChurch Building.  Sat. Service will be discontinued but to have business last Sunday in each quarter at the close of Sun. mornings serv.

New Business.  Write a letter of thanks to Wades.  Delegates to Assoc.  Mr. R. Zeigler, W. S. Evans, Mr. Charlie MOCK.

 

                        Douglas Branch Church

                        September Term 1934

After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  Old business was taken up that of revising the Church Membership book.  Also discussed remodeling the School House for a Church.  New business was taken up and conference voted to discontinue Saturday service and to have conference every three month except when to have a call conference and on the 1st Sunday night in Nov we had a call conference to fix the Church Budget.  Pastor Salary was fixed at $240.00, Incidentals $25.00, Missions $60.00, 100000 Club $12.00.  Mrs. H. S. MCCALL was appointed to write letter of thanks to the people of Wades Church Fold for gift of Song Books to Douglas Branch.  Delegates elected to send to the association was as follows.  Mr. Reuben Zeigler, C. R. MOCK & W. S. Evans and letter of dismission was granted to Mr. & Mrs. W. C. LEE.  No further business, conference closed in proper form.

Pastor Salary Sept $21.30

Missions $8.00

Pastor Salary Oct $23.05

Missions $2.66

Arnett Loan fund $2.00

Associational minutes $2.00

Pastor Salary Nov $20.50

Missions $10.93

 

 Douglas Branch Church

                        December Term 1934

After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order.  Minutes of the Previous meeting was read & adopted.  Old or unfinished business was taken that of the Church budget for the followering year.  After some discussion was adopted.  Plans for an every canvass was discussed and we also appointed a committee to cut logs to have lumber sawed to help build a Baby Cottage at the Orphans Home and committee was appointed to collect provisions for the Orphans Home.  And Mrs. C. R. MOCK was voted into the full fellowship of the Church.  A letter of dismission was granted to Huel Joyner.  Also a report was read on cost of repairing School House for a Church.  No further business.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Pastor Salary Dec $18.30

Missions Dec $3.50

Pastor Salary Jan $21.75

Missions Jan $2.31

Pastor Salary Feb $20.70

Incidentals $3.79

Provisions Orphan Home $24.10

Lumber for Orphan Home $54.00

 

 Douglas Branch Church

                        2nd Quarterly Conference 1935

After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read and adopted.  Old or unfinish business was taken up and a list of the members that would contribute money or plant a plot of Ground to Repair School House for a Church was taken.  New business was then taken up and letters of dismission was granted to Mrs. Floyd Cail, Mrs. Paul SMITH, and Miss Marjorie SMITH and plans for the Revival Meeting was discussed and we decided to let our Pastor secure help to assist him.  We also changed our communion date so it would not conflict with the quarterly reports.  No further business.  Conference closed in proper form.

                                                                        Rev Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk

Treasurer Report

Pastor Salary March $20.80

                      April   $20.75

                       May   $21.95

                      June    $18.25

Missions      March   $ 4.70

                     April     $3.16

                     May      $4.22

                     June      $2.91

 

Douglas Branch Church

                        3d Quarterly Conference of July, August & September 1935

After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous meeting was read & adopted.  No old or unfinished business.  New was taken up and plans to conduct our revival were discussed and leaders were appointed to conduct the prayer meetings during the revival.  Rev. Robert Bale assisted our Pastor in the Revival and preached some very interesting Sermons.  There was three additions by baptism .  We also had a call conference the 1st Sunday in September and discussed conducting a Sunday School enlargement campaign.  We also called our Pastor to serve us another year and he accepted.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev Loyd Garland Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clerk

Pastor Salary

July                  $27.05

Aug                  $18.50

Sept                 $20.55

Assisting Pastor in Revival 30.00

Missions

July                  $7.58

Aug                  $2.00

Sept                 $3.28

 

     Douglas Branch Church

                        Jan 5 - 36

                        4th Quarterly conference of 1935

After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to Order.  Minutes of the previous meeting read & adopted.  Old business was taken up that of the Church building & C. W. Parker, W. S. Evans, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. G. N. THOMAS & Mrs. F. W. Burke was appointed Building Committee with full power to act when necessary to conduct business.  Building ofChurch and conducting Sunday School Enlargement Campaign was discussed and names of contributors to Church building Fund were taken and money subscribed to pay for S.S. campaign.  No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev Loyd Garland Mod.

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

Pastor Salary

Oct 1935                     $20.30

Nov                             $20.55

Dec                              $20.30

Oct Associational Minutes $2.00

Arnett Student              $1.89

Nov Cooperative Program $1.47

100000 Club                $1.37

B.P.I.                           $5.00

Orphans Home     16 cents

Dec Cooperative Program $1.45

100000 Club                     67 cents

Orphans Home                 16 cents

 
No minutes 2nd quarterly
 

3rd Quarterly Conference ofDouglas Branch Church 1936

Before Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to Order and business of the Church building was discussed and our Revival meeting which was to begin in July was discussed and the Church in conference voted to give our Pastor authority to secure help to assist him in the revival meeting.  At a call conference during S.S. Study Course the Church elected officers and Teachers for the next year.

J. H. Evans Supt.

Miss LINA assistant Supt.

Teachers as follows

Mrs. H. S. MCCALL Adult

Mrs. W. S. Evans Young People

R. Z. NEIDLINGER Intermediate

Winnie Evans Jr.

Grace Evans Primary

Miss Mildred Parker beginners

No further business.  Conference closed in usual form.

                                                                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

 

4th Quarterly Conference ofDouglas Branch Church for July, Aug & Sept 1936

After Preaching by Pastor conference was called.  Minutes of the previous quarter was read & adopted.  We held our Revival meeting during the 1st week in July with Brother T. R. HARVILL of Millen assisting our Pastor.  There were two additions to the church by baptism viz. Miss Elmira WILLIS & Miss Cathaleen WILLIS.  We had call conferences when ever necessary to dis plans for theChurch Building.                        Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod

                                                                        W. S. Evans Clk

 
(The following items are filmed against the pages of the minutes.)
Letter on letterhead of The Executive Board, Georgia Baptist Convention,Atlanta, Georgia, dated February 13, 1935
 
Dear Brother Treasurer:
 
You are cordially invited to attend the afternoon and evening sessions of one of the approaching one-day Regional Conferences on Evangelism and Stewardship, and you are earnestly requested to secure the attendance of other laymen from your church. I hope you will study and keep for future reference the enclosed schedule of these meetings. Note especially the list of strong speakers and leaders.
 
These meetings, which will deal with two of the vital things of Christian experience and life, will be of interest and profit to laymen everywhere and it is hoped that you and other men of your church will attend. Others beside pastors and laymen are also cordially invited to share the blessings and benefits of these conferences. The meetings are well distributed throughout the state and in fairly easy reach of every section, which should make it possible for every church to be represented.
 
You are earnestly requested to read the second enclosure which this letter contains. I refer to the blue sheet carrying statement of receipts for January and an important announcement regarding a change of plans with reference to the publication of the monthly honor roll of contributing churches. The full cooperation of every church and treasurer is vitally important in the task of maintaining regular and generous support of the Cooperative Program, which is the heart of all our work.
 
I hope to meet you at one of the conferences.
 
Cordially yours,

/s/

JAMES W. MERRITT,
Executive Secretary-Treasurer.
 
SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCES ON EVANGELISM AND STEWARDSHIP
(Prayer, Open Discussion, Information, Inspiration, Fellowship)
Date Place of Meeting Pastor -Host
February 25th Americus - First Church O. M. Seigler
February 26th Thomasville - First Church  T. F. Callaway
February 27th Baxley - First Church  W. B. Feagins
February 28th Statesboro - First Church C. M. Coalson
March 1st Macon - Vineville Church J. E. Sammon
March 4th Toccoa - First Church A. T. Cline
March 5th Washington - First Church W. T. Evans
March 6th Covington - First Church  J. Walker Combs
March 7th LaGrange - First Church Willis E. Howard
March 8th Rome - First Church  Bunyan Stephens
DAILY SCHEDULE
10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Morning Session for Pastors
1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Pastors' Lunch
2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Afternoon Session for Pastors, Laymen and others
7:30 P.M. Evening Session for Laymen and others
In each case the time used, eastern or central, will conform to that which prevails in meeting place.
Morning sessions primarily for pastors. Lunch will be served at the churches to visiting pastors.
Afternoon sessions for laymen and pastors.
Evening sessions primarily for laymen. Others are cordially invited to the afternoon and evening sessions.
 
Assisting in the February 25th-March 1st conferences will be T. F. Callaway, President of the Georgia Baptist Convention; J. B. Lawrence, Executive Secretary of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention; J. T. Henderson, Secretary of the Baptist Brotherhood of the South; and others.
 
Assisting in the March 4th-March 8th conferences will be Ellis A. Fuller, Pastor First Church, Atlanta, T. P. Callaway, J. B. Lawrence, and others.
 
Already there are indications that the conferences this year will be even greater than the successful ones held last year. The attendance aim is, every pastor in Georgia attending a conference and every church represented by one or more laymen.
 
NEW PLAN FOR HONOR ROLL OF CHURCHES CONTRIBUTING MONTHLY
 
For several years it has been the custom to publish monthly in the Christian Index an Honor Roll of churches making gifts during the preceding month to the Cooperative Program and its causes.

This year a new plan will be followed. The publication of the monthly honor roll will be omitted but the detailed publication of the receipts by churches and associations each quarter will be continued, and the names of the churches contributing monthly will be starred to indicate this fact. In other words, when a quarter's receipts are published full recognition will be given in the above described manner to the churches which have forwarded gifts to the State Office within each of the three months of the preceding quarter.

This slight change in procedure does not in any way alter or decrease the value of regular, systematic monthly contributions by the churches to the Cooperative Program. Indeed it is hoped and believed that the number of churches adopting the valuable plan of forwarding their gifts regularly each month will increase. The value of this plan to our missionary, benevolent and educational causes cannot be overestimated. 
 
COMPARATIVE RECORD OF RECEIPTS FOR JANUARY 1934 AND 1935
Gain in Undesignated Cooperative Program Gifts
Marks Record of First Month in New Year.
 
The record of receipts for January, 1935, while showing a decrease in total as a result of a decrease in contributions to miscellaneous items, is nevertheless encouraging in that undesignated Cooperative Program gifts registered a gain as compared with the record for January, 1934. Designated gifts also registered a small gain in January of this year as compared with the corresponding month of 1934.
 
The slow but steady increase in undesignated gifts gives convincing evidence of the fact that our people and our churches are more and more realizing the importance of the Cooperative Program and its central place in the work of our denomination.
 
We need to keep before us the fact that our State Convention, in adopting a budget for 1935, comprehended an increase of approximately $35,000.00 in undesignated Cooperative Program gifts. This will call for a steady, month by month, increase in Program gifts if we are to provide the assured support to the missionary, benevolent and educational causes included in the program.
 
The task immediately ahead is to lift the level of Program gifts in February and to an even greater degree than in January. With the cooperation of all this can easily be accomplished and the success of 1935's work indicated early in the year.
The detailed record of gifts for January 1934 and 1935 is as follows:
Program  Cooperative  Designated Miscellaneous   TOTALS
January, 1934 $10,238.64 $3,368.09  $12,257.67  $25,864.40
January 1935 10,316.51    3,682.03 4,001.35 17,999.89
The Difference  $       77.87  $    313.94 $   8,256.32 $ 7,864.51
  (Increase)  (Increase)   (Decrease)   (Decrease)
 
Douglas Branch Church Quarterly Conference of Oct Nov & Dec 1936
After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of the Previous quarter was read & adopted. New business was taken up that of Electing the Followering Messengers to the Association to be held at Red Bluff Church.
Rev. H. S. MCCALL
Mr. Reuben Zeigler
Elrich Zeigler
Grace Evans
Mrs. W. S. Evans
The Church also voted to discontinue the Incidental collection. Then old business was taken up and the Church voted to sell the old Church building to the Highest bidder. In Nov. a  committee was appointed to make an every member canvass to try to create more interest in the members to go to church. The church also voted to give Bessie Tift & B.P.I. 5 percent of the monthly collection. In Dec Mr. C. R. MOCK, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler & W. S. Evans was appointed to collect provisions for the Orphans Home and the Building committee called a meeting to make plans to finish ourChurch Building. Mrs. Reuben Zeigler & Mrs. W. S. Evans was appointed to help our Pastor in arranging the dedication Service. No further business. Conference closed in regular form.
Rev Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Report of Douglas Branch Church
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous quarter was read & adopted. Old business was taken up and the building committee was instructed to borrow money to proceed with the building in Feb. conference. Money was subscribed to finish paying for the paint & painting of the Church. In March a letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Ollie Bolton FAIL. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Douglas Branch Church
Quarterly Conference of the Months of Oct Nov & Dec 1937
After Preaching by Rev. Walter MOORE ofHavana Cuba conference was called to order. No minutes of the Previous quarter. The Associational letter was read. Old business was taken up and the committee appointed to get prices on corn made a report. Painting the Church floor was discussed and committee was appointed to attend to same. New business was taken up and messengers were elected to send to the association namely
Mr & Mrs. Reuben Zeigler
Mrs H. S. MCCALL
Mrs. W. S. Evans
1st Sunday in Nov. the Church in Conference voted to paint one of the S.S. Rooms for a test to try to arrive at a conclusion as to what was best to do about Painting the Church Floor and we also called our Pastor to serve us for another year.
1st Sunday in Dec. Cecil Evans, Lester COLLINS, and Elrich Zeigler was appointed to collect Provisions for the Orphans Home and our Pastor was appointed by the Church in Conference to Purchase Paint to Paint the Church Floor & Seats. No further business. Conference closed in Proper Form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clerk
 
 Douglas Branch Church
Quarterly Conference for Jan. Feb. & Mar. 1938
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the Previous meeting read & adopted. Old or unfinished business was taken that of Painting the Church floor discussed and Job given to C. W. Burke who did a very nice Job. New business was taken up and L. W. Parker, W. S. Evans, & Mrs. Mason Burke was appointed as a committee to appoint a committee to make an every member canvass. The committee was Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. Romie NEIDLINGER, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, & Mrs. W. S. Evans. No further business. Closed in proper form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference of Douglas Branch for the months of April May & June 1938
After Preaching by Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of the Previous quarter was read & adopted. Report of the different organizations of the Church Treasurers report. W. S. Evans & Mason T. Burke elected Church Trustees to make sufficient number to make Legal so papers could be Granted to the Church property. The Church in Conference voted to give our Pastor authority to secure help to assist him in the Revival Meeting. We voted to sell the trees on the Church property to buy song books for the Church. On the 1st Sunday in June Mrs. E. C. SCOTT was Granted a Letter of Dismission from our Church to unite with another Church of the same Faith and Order. Report of planting Potatoes for the Orphans Home. Plans were discussed for the B.T.U. convention that was held June the 10th and a day was appointed to clean up the Cemetery. No further business. Conference closed in proper form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference ofDouglas Branch Church for Jan. Feb. & Mar. 1939
After Preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of the Previous quarter was read and adopted. Old or unfinished business taken up and cutting road in front of the Church was discussed.
W. S. Evans, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. F. W. Burke was appointed as a committee to make an every canvass.
Mr. L. W. Parker appointed to make a canvass on Plant a plot plan.
At Call Conference in Feb. Mrs. Will CALHOUN and Miss Sallie Mae CALHOUN was granted letters of Dismission to unite with another church of same Faith and order. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference ofDouglas Branch Church for April May and June 1939
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the Previous quarter was read and adopted.
Report of the different organizations of the Church
Treasurer report.
Mrs. B. B. BARBER
Mr. C. W. Parker
Mr. L. W. Parker
was appointed as a committee to investigate cost of having Electric Lights installed in the Church. Our Pastor was given authority to get some one to assist him in revival meeting. No further business. Conference closed in proper form.
Rev Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference ofDouglas Branch Church for July August and September 1939
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous quarter was read & adopted. Report of the different Organizations of the Church. Treasurers report. No old or unfinished business. New business was taken up. The Church in Conference voted to for money to be taken from the Church Fund to pay expense ofBible School. At a call conference in August Miss Laurie DOYLE was granted a letter of Dismission from our Church to unite with another Church of the same Faith and Order. No Further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference of Douglas Branch Church for the months of Oct. Nov. Dec.
After preaching by the Pastor conference was called to order. Minutes of previous quarter was read and adopted. Reports of the different organizations of the Church. Treasurers Report. Old business. Committee reported on road leading up to the church. New business was taken up. That of electing Delegates to the Association.
Mrs. W. S. Evans.
L. W. COLLINS.
Mrs. E. V. LEE.
Mrs. H. S. MCCALL.
A committee was appointed to collect for the ARNETT Memo. Students Loan Fund. We call Brother Loyd GARLAND to serve as Pastor for another year.
At a Call Conference in Dec. Brother GARLAND resigned after more than 7 years of faithful service to take up work in another field. A committee appointed to secure a preacher to preach for us the following 1st Sun. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. Loyd GARLAND Mod
W. S. Evans Clerk
 
Quarterly Conference of Douglas Branch Church for the months of April May & June 1941
After Preaching by the Pastor Conference was called to order. Minutes of the previous quarter was read & adopted. Reports of the different organizations of the Church. No old or unfinished business. New business was taken up that of theVacation Bible School and Mrs. W. S. Evans and J. H. Evans was appointed as a Committee on same.
At a Call Conference Mrs. Frank FULGHUM was granted a letter of dismission to unite with theWadley Baptist Church.
Treasurers Report. No further business. Conference closed in usual form.
Rev. J. D. MOSTELLER Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Quarterly Conference of Douglas Branch for the Months of July Aug. & Sept. 1941
Our Regular quarterly Conference was held the 1st Sunday in Aug with the following business transacted.
Minutes and Reports of the organization of the Church was read & reported and adopted.
No old or unfinished business.
New business was taken up. A letter of Dismission was Granted to Mrs. Ethel MOCK.
And Committee was appointed to nominate a Pastor and Officers for the organizations of the Church for the following year -
which was approved by the Church in Conference on the 1st Sunday in Sept.
No further business. Conference close in proper form.
Rev. J. D. MOSTELLER Mod
W. S. Evans Clk
 
Douglas Branch Church
October 5, 1941
After preaching by our pastor Rev. J. D. MOSTELLER, the church met in Conference.
Minutes of the previous conference were read and adopted.
Treasurer's report was read and approved.
Annual letter to the Association, which was to meet in its centennial session atNew Providence Church, was read and approved. The following messengers were appointed to the association: Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Evans, Rev. and Mrs. H. S. MCCALL.
Rev. J. D. MOSTELLER was called to serve the church as pastor. He accepted, but later resigned.
Rev. J. D. MOSTELLER, Mod
F. H. MCELVY Clk
 

Douglas Branch Church, Dec. 7 1941

After preaching by Rev. Harold GREEN, the church met in conference.  Minutes read and adopted.

A letter of dismission was granted to Miss Elise Burke.

                                                                        Rev. Harold Green, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Jan. 1, 1942.

Some of the members met at the church for prayer.

 
(The following are copies of published articles which are copied in this area of the microfilm.)
A Brief History of Douglas Branch Church
Written by Mrs. H. S. McCall
In June 1850 a group of our forefathers met together under some hickory trees on theOld Louisville Road, where it crosses Douglas Branch near Barber's Bluff on theOgeechee River, for the purpose of worshiping God. There the Rev W S Moore, with Bible in hand, preached to these earnest pioneer Baptists. From that time on, he preached there on the first Sunday in each month, receiving and baptizing believers until a sufficient number had been baptized to constitute a church. OnNov. 2nd, 1851, Rev. W. S. Moore associated with himself the following named ministers, Revs. Samuel Simmons, Robert Donalson and G L Jackson, these composing the presbytery that constituted Douglas Branch Baptist church. Following are the charter members: David Burke, William Cail, Moses Thompson, John Lee, John D. Mock, Simeon Burke, Annie Burke, Mary Lee, Mary Jeffers, Elvira Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Sara Dixon, Honor Cail, Mary and Susan Mincey. Also Milly, a colored woman belonging to David Burke.
From that day till this, the regular church services have been held on the first Sunday of each month. They were also held on the Saturday before, until 1934, when the Saturday services were discontinued and Sunday night services begun. In 1875 a letter was read in conference from Big Buckhead asking the church to change its day of meeting. It refused.
James P. Thompson and James Wilson were the first deacons. David Burke the first clerk and Simeon Burke the first treasurer. David Burke filled the office until his death. His son, Abram Burke was later chosen clerk and served until his death. Simeon Burke was treasurer as long as he lived, and was succeeded b his son M. A. Burke, who served until his death. His daughter, Miss Eva, has been treasurer of the W. M.S. since its organization.
The minutes do not record the time the first church house was built. In 1851 the church ordained as a minister of the gospel, Rev David Little, and in 1852, Rev Wm W Lee and he was then called by the church to serve jointly with W S Moore as pastor. The same year the church joined the Middle Association.
Some of the old family names of members in those early years are Lee,Wilson, Thompson, Burke, Cail, Mock,Dixon, Barber, Daughtry, Jeffers, Brinson,Newton, Evans. Parkers and Zeiglers came later. The majority of our most faithful members now are descendants of these.
John R. Evans moved to this section and joined the church, along with some members of his family in 1859. His grandson, W. S. Evans, is treasurer of the church and his great grandson, John R. Evans IV is president of the Sunbeam band.
In 1860, the beginning year of the War Between the States, a revival meeting was held, continuing twelve days, and resulting in the addition of 60 members, 47 white and 13 colored. Nearly all by baptism. Soon after, the Sunday school was re-organized, and the next year G. L. Jackson was asked to preach on the third Sunday, in addition to the regular 1st Sunday services. Also a prayer meeting was begun, which met every Thursday afternoon at4 o'clock.
In 1862 the church cooperated with the Sylvania Baptist church in raising funds with which to send books and tracts to our soldiers on the sea-coast.
Following is an example of the carefulness of the church about the reputation of its members. In 1865, a committee composed of William Cail, Wm. Newton and Thomas Barber, was requested by the church to inquire into any bad report that might e made against any of its members.
In 1866 the colored members began to have their conferences separate from, and immediately following the conference of the white brethren. It was presided over by the pastor of the church, with the deacons present. This custom was discontinued two years later.
Quite frequently, along in those years, members were brought up in conference for unchristian conduct. Almost every time they would make acknowledgements to the church, ask forgiveness, and it was granted.
The first day of January, 1876, was observed as a day of fasting and prayer, as recommended by the Association.
In Nov. 1878, during the pastorate of Rev. W. C. McCall, a building committee composed of Simeon Burke, John R. Evans, Abram Burke and Wm. Newton was appointed to look after the erection of a new building. That is the one that was recently vacated by the church, and is several miles distant from the original church building. The minutes do not tell the date it was finished. Soon after moving into the new house, the church bought its first organ. That house was ceiled in 1885.
We do not have the church minutes from 1887 till 1914, but obtained some information of those years from the file of associational minutes.
In 1908 the W.M.S. was organized. It now has the same president and treasurer as it did then. These have served continuously. Four of the charter members are members now. These are Mrs. F. W. Burke, Miss Eva Burke, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler and Mrs. H. S. McCall.
The same year the Sunbeam Band was organized at Harwell School House, and was later brought to the church.
In 1916 the B.Y.P.U. was organized at Harwell School House because more young people were in that neighborhood. It succeeded splendidly there for several years, and was re-organized at Douglas Branch in 1926. In 1917 the Cemetery was built. This was during the pastorate of Rev. A. T. Cline.
In 1921 Mrs. Abram Burke presented to the church an individual communion set as a memorial to her husband.
In Sept., 1932 Rev. Lloyd Garland was called to the pastorate of the church, and we have been fortunate in keeping him up until the present time.
In 1934 the members had a good amount of lumber sawed, from their own trees, to send to the Orphans Home, to help in the erection of a baby cottage. Ever since the Orphans Home Car of provisions has been going from the Middle Association, each winter, Douglas Branch has given a substantial supply.
In 1936 a building committee was appointed to go forward with the remodeling of the present church-house, which was at that time a school building, not in use, and the property of the church. Names of the committee are C. W. Parker, W. S. Evans, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. F. W. Burke, Mrs. G. N. Thomas and Mrs. H. S. McCall.
The whole church co-operated harmoniously, and wholeheartedly in this work, encouraged stimulated and assisted by the pastor, Rev. Lloyd Garland. It is due to his earnest determination that we should have an adequate church home, and that we are ready to dedicate this building today.
The present trustees, of the church are J. H. Evans, W. S. Evans, and Mason Burke.
The church, since its organization in 1851, has had many pastors. The changes were not frequent until after the resignation of Rev. A. T. Cline in 1920. Since then, and until 1932, Mercer students served the church as pastors continuously and satisfactorily. It was with regret that we accepted the resignation of each one. Some of these Mercer students are now serving large churches in this and other states. The pastors of this church, in their order of service, are as follows: W. S. Moore, W. W. Lee, Samuel Simmons, G. L. Jackson, H. G. Edenfield, J. M. Cross, W. C. McCall, H. G. Edenfield (2nd time), H. J. Arnett, H. G. Edenfield (3rd time), H. J. Arnett (2nd time), D. S. Edenfield, H. S. McCall, J. M. Cross (2nd time), A. T. Cline, T. A. Caraker, Ralph Moore, Gower Latimer, C. S. Prickett, J. A. Estes, Gilbertt Griffin, Mack M. Goss and Lloyd Garland.
It would be impossible to record the faithful, service of hosts of past and present members of this church, who loved it then and love it now, next to their own homes. Many of us remember with grateful hearts the beautiful voice of Mr. Abram Burke, and his gladness to use it in singing praises to our Savior.
We acknowledge with gratitude the untiring, loving service of Mr. F. W. Burke, who, in speaking of the church, would often say, "This is home". It was he who set out the oaks around former and present church houses.
His brother Mr. Adolphus Burke was another faithful one.
We are remembering the unfailing punctuality and generosity of Mr. Reuben Zeigler, who still blesses us with his presence. There are many others, that all of you are thinking of, whose deeds in behalf of the church will be on the book of the Recording Angel in Heaven. For all of this "roll call of the faithful" we thank God and take courage.
April 19, 1938.
 
(Following is a handwritten history; there are several (nearly identical) copies in different handwriting.)
Screven County Georgia
Sep 5th 1915
On the first Sunday in June 1850 Our Forefathers met together on the Old Louisville Road, where it crosses Douglas Branch near Barber's Bluff under the shade of some Hickory trees with Rev W S Moore (the Grandfather of Mrs. Mattie Burns and Rufus Hunter), with Bible in hand he preached then and from time to time on the first Sunday in each month, receiving and baptizing believers until a sufficient number had been acquired to constitute The Baptist church. On the 2nd day of November 1851 Rev. W. S. Moore associated with himself the following name ministers Revs. Samuel Simmons, Robert Donaldson & G L Jackson and formed themselves into a presbytery to constitute The Baptist Church at Douglas Branch with the following charter members. Following are the charter members.
David Burke
Annie Burk
Simeon Burke
Mary A Lee
Moses M. Thompson
Mary A Jeffers
William Cail
Elvira Thompson
John Lee
Margaret A Thompson
John D Mock
SarahDixon
Honor Cail
Susan Mincey
Mary Mincey

Milly, also a negro woman, the slave of David Burke. 

My dear people, I would say right here, all those mentioned above and a great many of their descendants have gone home. Be ye also ready.
Our church as met for worship regularly on the first Sunday in each month without change for 64 years and had protracted meeting on first Sunday in July each year. 
First officers of the church are as follows. 
Our dearly beloved W. S. Moore was the first pastor and did his work well and faithfully.
James P. Thompson and James Wilson were Deacons. 
David Burke clerk.
Simeon Burke Treasurer and filled said office all his life and did the work well and at his death let the mantle fall on his son Mills A. Burke, and still the good work goes on.
On the 4th day of January 1852 Wm. W. Lee was ordained as a minister of the gospel and he and Bro. Moore were unanimously chosen to serve jointly as Pastors of The Church.
I mention some of the old family names of our church as follows. Lees,Wilsons, Thompsons, Mocks, Cails, Barbers, Daughtrys, Brinsons, Evans,Newtons, and others.
I cannot leave out our lamented Brother Jno. R. Evans Sr who with his dear family came to our community in the year 1859 and united with our church by letter and served as clerk and then as Deacon the balance of his life and was a regular attendant and always carried one of his little girls with him to play the organ while he sang Will You Meet Me at The Fountain and my Dear friends we should be asking each other that question right now. We have often heard our Dear old Mothers speak of the good old days gone by and the precious old songs sung.
Then on the last Memorial day, the 26 of April, we laid to rest our oldest member Dear Aunt Betty Evans relict of our lamented John R. Evans Sr. She left as her representative her Baby child Sister H. S. McCall who is a faithful and useful member. She is our very efficient leader in music and takes great interest in missions church work and every thing that is good.
May god bless us all and may we live christian lives and be prepared to meet all the good who have gone before and dwell with Jesus our Lord ever more is our prayer. 
 
(published article)
 DEATH OF MR. F. W. Burke
Mr. Francis Wright Burke, one of Screven most popular and outstanding citizens, died at his home near Rocky Ford last night from an attack of pneumonia. He was eighty-three years old all of which was spent in the community in which he died. He was honored by all who knew him for being an honest, industrious and up-right man.
Mr. Burke is survived by his widow Mrs. Susan Parker Burke, one son, Mr. Thomas J. Burke, one daughter, Mrs. L. W. Parker, one sister, Mrs. Ella Opie, one brother, Mr. A. M. Burke, and several grandchildren.
He will buried at Douglas Branch church tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 o'clock and if the weather is good it will be one of the largest funerals ever held in this county as he has a host of relatives and friends who will want to pay him the last tribute of respect.
He was a successful farmer and business man who was fair in all his transactions and his property was accumulated by the "sweat of his face" and on the farm on which he lived and died. He was a faithful and consistent member of Douglas Branch church and was always constant in attendance upon its services. His life was long and useful, and he will go in the history of his country as a patriarch and a patriot.
 
"Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer,
Heav'n's eternal days before,
God's own hand shall guide there.
Death has closed thy earthly mission,
Swift has passed thy pilgrim days,
Hope has changed to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise."
 

Douglas Branch Church Jan. 4, 1942

After preaching by Rev. Harold W. GREEN, the church met in conference.  Minutes of the previous conference were read and adopted.

The following reports, for the year 1941, were read and approved:

Reports of treasurer, B.T.U. President, Sunday School Supt., W.M.S. and S.B. president, and key man for the Orphans' Home.

Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Harold W. GREEN Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, March 7, '42

After preaching by Rev. Edward J. LEE, Jr. the church held conference.

Minutes of the previous conference were read and adopted.

The church called as pastor Rev. Edward J. LEE, Jr., who accepted the church later.

                                                                        H. S. MCCALL, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Apr. 5, 1942

After preaching by our pastor, conference was held.  Minutes adopted.

Reports were read as follows:

Report of treasurer, S. S. Supt., B.T.U. president, W.M.S. and Sunbeam presidents.

Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Jr. Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, May 3, 1942

After preaching by our pastor, conference was held.

The church decided that our pastor would select his helper in our revival meeting which was to be held in July.

Conference was closed.                                    Edward J. LEE, Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, June 1, 1942

After preaching by our pastor, a short conference was held, and the church decided to clean up the cemetery on July 2.             Edward J. LEE, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 
Note:  Beginning the first Sunday in July, our annual revival meeting was held atDouglas Branch Church.  The pastor, Rev. Edward J. LEE, Jr., was ably assisted by Rev. Mahlon KIRKLAND.  We believe that much good was accomplished in the community though there were no additions to the church.
 
There was no more conference held until October 1942.
 

Douglas Branch Church, Oct 4, 1942

            After preaching by our pastor, the church met in conference, and the following business was conducted.

            Minutes of the previous conference was read and adopted.

            The associational letter was read and approved.

            Treasurer's report was read and approved.

            Messengers to the Association, which was to meet withMiddleground Church, were chosen as follows:  Mrs. W. S. Evans, Mrs. F. W. Burke,  Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Miss Eva Burke, Alternates - J. H. Evans, W. S. Evans, L. W.  Parker, and Harris Zeigler.

            It was decided to have the cleaning up of the cemetery on the usual date, Thursday before the first Sunday in November.

            The present pastor, Rev. Edward J. LEE, Jr. was unanimously and heartily called to serve the church for another year.

            Conference was closed with prayer by the pastor.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Jr.  Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Dec 6, 1942

            After preaching by our pastor, the church met in conference and conducted the following business:

            Minutes of the previous conference were read and approved.

            A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Irma Evans SPEARMAN, who wished to join theFirst Church,Atlanta.

            It was decided that each first Sunday night's offering would be given to the Georgia Baptist Orphan's Home.

            The church decided to meet in conference monthly instead of quarterly.

            Those selected to collect supplies for the Orphans' Home were the same as last year, W. S. Evans, Leslie COLLINS, and Elrich Zeigler.

            It was decided to celebrate the Lord's Supper quarterly.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Jr. Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Jan 3, '43

            After preaching by our pastor, the church met in conference, and the following business was conducted:  The 1942 annual reports of all the organizations of the church were read and accepted.  Also the report of the treasurer, and of the Orphans' HomeKey Man.

            Conference was dismissed with prayer.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

                        Douglas Branch Church, Feb 7, '43

            After preaching by our pastor, conference was opened.  There being no business, conference adjourned.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Mar. 7, 1943

            After preaching by our supply pastor, the church met in conference.  Minutes of the previous conference were read and approved.

            Treasurer's report was read and approved.

            The following committee was appointed to revise the church roll.  The committee was as follows:  Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mrs. F. W. Burke, and W. S. Evans.

            Conference adjourned.

                                                                        James FRANKLIN, Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Apr. 4, '43

            After preaching by our pastor, conference was opened.

            Minutes of last session were read and adopted.

            Mr. L. W. Parker was appointed to report on the condition of the cemetery fence, and the amount of paint needed to paint it, also to try to secure someone to do the job.

            Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church May 2, 1943

            After preaching by our pastor, conference was called to order.  Minutes of last session were read and adopted.

            The committee on revising the church roll reported that, after going over the roll carefully, it was found that the church had 107 members.

            The pastor was requested to select someone to assist him in our coming revival meeting.

            Dismissed with prayer.              Edward J. LEE, Moderator     

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, June 6, 1943

            After preaching by our pastor, conference was called to order.

            It was decided that July 1 would be the day to clean up the cemetery.  Mrs. H. S. MCCALL was requested to notify those who had loved ones buried there, which she did later, and there was a fine attendance of helpers on July 1st to work on the cemetery.

            Conference adjourned.             Edward J. Lee, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, July 4, 1943

After preaching by the pastor, conference was called to order.

Minutes of the previous conference were read and adopted.

There being no business, conference closed.

                                                                        Edward J. Lee, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

Note - The week following, revival services were held, Rev. K. I. Evans very ably and acceptably assisting the pastor.  Those joining the church on profession of faith in Christ were David Bragg, George Bragg, and Opaline Daughtry.  Those joining by letter were Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Bragg.

 

Douglas Branch Church, Aug 1, '43

            After preaching by Rev. Robert Green, supply, conference convened.

            Report on a bid to paint the cemetery fence was accepted.

            A church letter was granted to Mrs. Geo. N. THOMAS, on her request to join Little Horse Creek Baptist Church.

            Conference adjourned.             Robert GREEN, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Sep 5, '43

            After preaching by our pastor, conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous conference were read and adopted.

            It was decided that the committee on painting of the cemetery fence should be continued until a suitable time to have the work done.

            The pastor resigned the care of the church, on account of going to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary atLouisville,Ky.  The church accepted his resignation, though all regretted having to give him up.

            Conference closed with prayer for the pastor.

                                                                        Edward J. LEE, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Oct 3, 1943

            After preaching by Rev. Walter T. OMAN, conference was called to order.  Rev. OMAN was elected moderator.  Minutes of former session read and adopted.  Report of treasurer was received.  The associational letter was read and adopted.  Messengers to the association were appointed as follows:  Mrs. W. S. Evans, Mrs. Eva Burke, Mrs. Reuben Zeigler, Mr. Leonard Parker.  Alternates were Mrs. Sue Burke, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mr. W. S. Evans, Mr. Reuben Zeigler.

            The committee on painting the cemetery fence reported ready for work.

            Conference adjourned.             Rev. Walter T. OMAN, Mod.                                                                                                  F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

Note - At the evening service that night Rev. Walter T. OMAN was called as pastor of the church.  He accepted the call.

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Nov 7, '43

After preaching by our pastor conference was called to order.

Minutes of last conference were read and approved.

Report of the treasurer was received.

A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Ola Ree WILSON.

Conference adjourned.                         Rev. Walter T. OMAN, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Dec. 6, 1943

            After preaching by the supply pastor, Rev. Charles Evans, conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous conference were read and approved.

            Report on painting the cemetery fence was read and approved.  The work being finished, the committee was discharged.

            The following committee was appointed to collect the produce for the Orphans' Home:  H. S. MCCALL, Leslie COLLINS, Elrich Zeigler.

            Conference adjourned.             Rev. Charles Evans, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk 

 

 Jan. 2, 1944.  Douglas Branch Church

There was no conference.  Preaching by the pastor, Rev. Walter T. Oman.

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Feb 6, 1944

After preaching by our pastor, conference was called to order.

Minutes of last conference read and adopted.

Treasurer's report read and received.

The church decided to observe the Lord's Supper the first Sunday in each quarter, January, April, July, and October.

Our pastor offered his resignation which was received with regret.

                                                                        Rev. Walter T. OMAN, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

  Douglas Branch Church, March 4, '44

After opening exercises, conference was called to order by the visiting preacher, Rev. Clarence G. WARD.      

Minutes of last conference were read and approved.  Report of the treasurer accepted.

Rev. WARD was called as pastor, but later resigned because of ill health.                                                                                                          Rev. Clarence G. WARD, Mod.                                                                                               F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Apr 2, '44

After the opening service, conference was called and Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, the visiting minister, was asked to act as moderator.

Minutes of last conference were read and adopted.

Treasurer's report received.

Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS was called as pastor and accepted the call.

Conference adjourned.                         Rev. M .G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, May 4, '44

After the opening service, conference was called to order by the pastor.

A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Ruby Zeigler HORNE.

Rev. H. S. MCCALL was appointed a committee of one to handle the Mercer endowment fund.

The minutes were read and approved.  Treasurer's report received.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, June 7, 1944

After opening service, conference was called to order by the pastor.

Minutes of previous conference were read and adopted.

Treasurer's report received.

Report on committee on Mercer endowment received.

A letter of dismission was given to H. D. LEE.

Conference adjourned.                         Rev. M G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, July 2, 1944

After opening service, conference was called to order by the pastor.  Minutes were read and approved.  Report of treasurer received.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

Note.  The following week a revival was ably conducted by the pastor.  There were six additions by baptism and one by letter. Those joining on a profession of faith were James CORDING, Olive CORDING, Jimmie CORDING, Sarah EDENFIELD, John Henry WILSON, Jake Somers.  The one joining by letter was Mrs. Dora RIGDON.

 

  Douglas Branch Church, Aug 6, 1944

After the opening service, conference was called to order by the pastor.  Minutes were read and approved.  Treasurer's report was received.  A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Agnes Joyner Daughtry.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Sep 3, 1944

After devotional service conducted by our pastor, conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous conference were read and approved.  Treasurer's report received.  Conference was dismissed.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Oct 5, 1944

After the opening devotional conducted by our pastor, conference was called to order and the following business was transacted:  Minutes of last conference and the treasurer's report were read and approved. 

The church letter to the Association was read and approved.  The following messengers to the Association were selected:

Mrs. F. W. Burke, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Bragg, Miss Nellie EDENFIELD, Mr. L. W. Parker.       

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Nov 5, 1944

After devotional conducted by our pastor, conference was called to order.  Minutes of the previous conference and the treasurer's report were read and adopted.  Conference was dismissed.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Jan 7, 1945

After conducting the opening devotional, the pastor called the conference to order.  Minutes of last conference and treasurer's report were read and adopted.  Conference adjourned.

 

                        Douglas Branch Church, Feb 4, '45

After the opening devotional, conducted by our pastor, he called to order the conference.  The minutes of the previous conference and the treasurer's report were read and adopted.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

At this meeting also, a letter was granted to J. H. Evans, Jr., to join a church of the same faith and order.

 

Douglas Branch Church, Mar 4, 1945

After the opening devotional, conducted by our pastor, he called to order the conference.  Minutes of the last conference were read and adopted.  Treasurer's report received.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Apr 1, '45

After the opening devotional, our pastor called conference to order.  Minutes of last conference were adopted.  Treasurer's report approved.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

     Douglas Branch Church, May 6, '45

After the opening devotional, our pastor called to order the conference.  Minutes of last sessions were read and adopted.  Treasurer's report was approved.  Conference was dismissed.                                                   Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, June 3, 1945

After the opening devotional, our pastor called conference to order.  The reading of the previous minutes and treasurer's report were approved.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

   Douglas Branch Church, July 1, 1945

After conducting the opening devotional, our pastor called to order the conference.  The minutes of the previous session were read and adopted.  Treasurer's report received.  Conference was dismissed.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church

The week following the 1st Sunday in July 1945, our revival meeting was held.  Rev. J. J. CATLETT did the preaching, and our pastor, Rev. M. G. Williams led the singing.  The sermons were of a high order, and were most helpful to the church members as well as others.  Those uniting with the church by baptism were:

DeWeese ZEAGLER

Winona ZEAGLER

Jacqueline HAGAN

Almarita HAGAN

Mrs. Delphine WILSON

J. D. MCKINNEY

Robert SMITH

Joining by letter was Mrs. May MOCK SMITH.

 

   Douglas Branch Church, August 5, 1945

After devotional conducted by our pastor, conference was opened by him.  Minutes of last session approved, as also was the treasurer's report.  Letters of dismission was granted to Brince NEIDLINGER and Mrs. Helen HORNE.  Conference dismissed.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Sep 2, 1945

After devotional, conference was called to order by the pastor.  Minutes of last session and treasurer's report were read and adopted.  It was decided that we meet to clean up the cemetery on Thursday before the 1st Sunday in October.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Oct 7, 1945

After the opening devotional, conference was called to order by the pastor, Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS.

Minutes of last session, and the treasurer's report, were read and adopted.  The associational letter was approved.  Messengers to the association were appointed as follows including alternates.

Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Evans

Mr. L. W. Parker

Mrs. F. W. Burke

Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

J. H. Evans

After conference was dismissed, we had preaching by our pastor.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Nov 4, 1945

After the devotional, conducted by our pastor, he called conference to order.  Minutes of last session and treasurer's report were read and approved.

Report on lighting the church was discussed and L. W. Parker was appointed as a committee of one to see about wiring the church.  Conference was dismissed after which our pastor preached.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Dec 2, 1945

After the opening devotional, conference was called to order by our pastor.  Minutes of last session and treasurer's report were read and approved.  C. W. Parker appointed on wiring com.  A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. John C. MCCALL.   Conference closed.  After preaching by the pastor, the church was dismissed.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Jan 6, 1946

After a devotional conducted by our pastor, he opened conference.  Minutes and treasurer's report were read and approved.

A donation of $25.00 was received by the church from J. A. MILLS ofSylvania.  It was voted that a letter of thanks be sent to him, and that the money be applied to the expense of wiring the church for lights. Conference was dismissed, after which our pastor preached.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

It was decided mid-Dec to pay $30.00 a year to the salary of our new Field Worker, Rev. W. F. Chambless.  Several members said that they would give $2.50 to that amount.

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Feb 3, '46

After the opening devotional, our pastor called conference to order.  Minutes and treasurer's report of last session were read and approved.

The report of our Field Worker was read and discussed.  Conference adjourned after which our pastor preached.

                                                                        Rev. M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, March 3, 1946

After conducting the devotional, our pastor called conference to order.  Minutes of the last conference were read and adopted.  Treasurer's report was read and approved.

It was decided that the revival meeting should begin the 5th Sunday in June which is the last day of June and extend through the week, closing Friday, July 5th.

Conference closed after which the pastor preached.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Apr 7, 1946

After the opening devotional, led by our pastor, he called the conference to order.  Minutes of last conference and treasurer's report were read and adopted.

The committee on lighting the house reported that the lighting was completed.  The bill was paid.  Conference adjourned, after which the pastor preached.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, May 5, 1946

After the opening devotional, the pastor called conference to order.  The minutes of last session and the treasurer's report were read and adopted.  It was decided that a special offering be taken for theGa. Baptist Hospital.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, June 2, 1946

After a devotional period, conference was called to order.

Minutes of last session and the treasurer's report were adopted.

Mrs. H. S. MCCALL was appointed to have the piano worked over, it being in a very bad condition.  She had Alnutt to do the work, which was a splendid job.  The cost was $100.00.  This was done within the next 3 weeks.   Work on the roof was discussed.  It was decided to have the cemetery cleaned up on Thursday before the 5th Sunday.  Conference closed.                                                M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, June 30, 1946

After conducting the opening devotional, conference was called to order by the pastor.  Minutes of last session and the treasurer's report were read and adopted.  The chairman reported the work on the piano finished.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

In connection with the above minutes, this is recorded.

Our annual meeting, conducted by Dr. Walter L. MOORE of Cedartown, the singing being led by the pastor, was a great help to the church and community.  Every sermon was a rare treat.

Five person joined the church, to be baptized.  Their names are Earline FAIL, Cecilia DOYLE, Raymond Bolton, Bobbie Bolton, and Bernard HYERS.  They were baptized on Aug 4th in theOgeechee River at the bridge.

 

Douglas Branch Church, Aug 4, 1946.

Conference was called to order by our pastor, after the opening devotional.  The minutes of the last conference and the treasurer's report were read and adopted.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

Douglas Branch Church, Sep 1, 1946

After the opening devotional by our pastor, conference was opened.  Minutes of last session and treasurer's report were read and adopted.  A letter of dismission was granted to Mrs. Julie NEWTON, by her request.  Our pastor resigned the care of our church, much to the regret of the church and community.  His resignation was accepted.  Conference adjourned, then followed preaching by our pastor.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

Continuing the above date, on Sunday night at a called conference, the following were appointed to revise the church roll:

Mason Burke, J. H. Evans, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, Mrs. W. S. Evans, Mr. L. W. Parker, Mrs. Sue Burke, F. H. MCELVY.

                                                                        M. G. WILLIAMS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

 Douglas Branch Church, Oct 6, 1946

After devotional by our pastor, conference was opened.  Minutes of last conference, also treasurer's report, were read and adopted.  The following messengers to the Middle Association were appointed:  J. H. Evans, W. S. Evans, L. W. Parker, Ernest LEE.  Conference closed with prayer.           H. S. MCCALL, Moderator

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

  Douglas Branch Church, Nov 2, 1946.

Messengers from Rocky Ford andWades Churches met atDouglas Branch Church to discuss the possibility of forming a field.  The minutes do not record preaching at the Church in November.

 

      Douglas Branch Church, Dec. 1, 1946

Minutes of last conference were read, after devotional, and opening of conference.  Also treasurer's report was read and adopted, along with the minutes.  The following members were appointed to confer with the members of other churches, relative to securing a pastor for our field:  H. S. MCCALL, J. H. Evans, and W. S. Evans.  Conference adjourned.

                                                                        W. F. CHAMBLESS, Mod.

                                                                        F. H. MCELVY, Clerk

 

New book started Jan.

 (The following items are page memorials)

TheBaptist Church at Douglas Branch

 (handwritten article)

Screven County Georgia.

Sister Betty Evans was bornJuly 5th, 1827 and departed this lifeApril 25th 1915.  She was the relict of our lamented brother John R. Evans, Sr.    While she being dead, her life like a city set on an hill will yet speak.  Over 200 hundred descendants many among them the best citizens of this County and State cherish the memories of this most amiable christian woman's traits of character.  The membership of Douglas Branch Church delight to record this note of rememberance and will gladly follow her as she followed Christ our Lord and when our lives on earth cease to burn may They be trimmed by Angels hands and placed with This good life among the stars of Heaven.

            Done by order of the Church in Conference May Term 1915

                                                            A. T. CLINE Mod.

                                                            Abram Burke Clk.

 

(published article)

Evans.  On the evening ofApril 26, 1915, the life of Elizabeth Evans passed from earth

to the higher life of the glorified. She was the daughter of John and Sarah LUCAS, bornJuly 5, 1827, reared in Screven county, brought up under religious training, and early gave her heart to Christ, and her life to his church.  Through all the years of her faithful and consistent membership with Douglas Branch church her heart turned with great joy to the house of God, and her soul found deep satisfaction in the sacred hour of worship.  Many of our younger members have been welcomed by her into the church, and from her have received encouragement in the service of the Master.  She possessed a remarkably clear and intelligent mind, and was a woman of unusual sincerity, one incapable of thinking one thing and saying another, and was a courageous advocate for the things she believed were right.  Those who knew her true worth never mentioned her name except with affectionate reverence, and now her memory is a living influence; her zeal, activity, and noble qualities a continual inspiration; her gentleness and kindly interest in others' welfare a perpetual blessing.

            Our lives

In acts exemplary not only win

Ourselves good names, but doth to others give

Matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live."

            OnDec. 22, 1844, she was united in marriage with John R. Evans.  In this relationship her kind thoughtfulness, her strict economy, and devotion to her home marked her as a worthy wife and mother.  Her husband having gone before her more than thirteen years, she is survived by three sons and six daughters of her fourteen children, and by scores of grandchildren.  Few mothers live to see so large a family filling their places in the world as useful Christian men and women.

            The last years of her life were spent with her daughter, Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, and her husband who willingly and gladly gave her every joy, pleasure, and comfort possible.

            The funeral service was held in Douglas Branch church by her pastor, Rev. A. T. Cline, assisted by Rev. R. W. Selman, after which her body was tenderly laid to rest in Douglas Branch cemetery beneath a mound of beautiful floral offerings.

            As members of Douglas Branch church we now tenderly express our grief for the loss of sister Evans and love and appreciation for her Christian example.  It seems almost unworthy to speak of her going with sadness.  Tears are natural and right when we are called to say farewell to our loved ones, and in this instance we cannot well restrain them; yet there comes a feeling of joy and gladness, for our sister was full of years with a record of faithful service.  She has fought a good fight, she has finished her course, she has kept the faith, and we rejoice that there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give her at that day.

            We extend to the bereaved children, grandchildren and other relatives our sympathy, and commend them to the God of all comfort, who healeth the broken in heart, and giveth his beloved both peace and rest.

            We desire that a copy of this tribute be recorded on our church minutes, and that copies be sent to the Sylvania Telephone and the Christian Index for publication.

                                    REV. A. T. CLINE

                                    MRS. A. T. CLINE

                                    MRS. W. D. LEE

                                    MISS EVA Burke

                                    MISS TEMPIE Zeigler

                                                Committee. 

 

This page dedicated to the memory of Brother Abram Burke.

(published article)

ABRAM Burke

             Our beloved brother and co-worker in things pertaining to the Lord's work, Bro. Abram Burke has gone to be with his Savior and to dwell with Him in mansions not made with hands.  No more sorrow, no more infirmity, no more tears.  He has finished his days work here but we cannot say he has finished his life.  It is morning there and a glorious work just begun.

             The tomb is not a blind alley, it is a thoroughfare; it closes on the twilight, it opens on the dawn.

             How beautiful it is to die on the walls ofZion!  To be called like a watchword and weary sentinel to put his armor off and rest in heaven.

             Our beloved brother diedNovember 11th, 1919 at his home surrounded by loved ones who mourn his loss.

             We miss him sadly in our church which he had faithfully served as clerk for many years and in its choir his sweet voice was a rare addition and though growing old yet sweetly sang even until the last.      

             Therefore, be it resolved:

             First, that we extend our deepest sympathy and love in their great sorrow.

             Second, that we shall miss seeing his loved face in our meetings, but we thank God for his faith, loyalty and influence which still lives.

             Third, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family, a copy to the county paper and a copy be spread on our church minutes.

                                     J. H. Evans

                                    A. M. Burke

                                    H. S. MCCALL

                        Committee Douglas Branch Church

 

(published article)

Miss Laura McElvy

 In the death of Miss Laura MCELVY which occurred at the Millen hospital on the twenty-fifth of last February, a sweet spirit passed from earth into a higher life.  After an illness of several weeks, she died quietly without a murmur.  She had been in ill health for several years but was never known to complain.  Even in her last hours on earth, when she knew death was so near, she expressed her willingness to die if it was her Master's will.

 Miss Laura was the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Evans, and after their death made her home with Rev. and Mrs. H. S. MCCALL, faithfully serving two generations.

 She was a member of Douglas Branch church more than two score years, and a faithful member of the Sunday school, B.Y.P.U. and W.M.S. every since they were organized.

 Every one that knew this sweet spirited christian woman loved her, because of her humbleness and willingness to serve others.  "We cannot" say and will not say, that she is dead, she's just away."

 The remains were entered in the cemetery at Douglas Branch church on Saturday afternoon, February the twenty-sixth, with Rev. Mack M. Goss, her pastor, officiating.  A large number of her friends were present to pay their last tribute.

 Besides her many friends she is survived by one brother, Rev. Fred H. McElvy.

 Sunset and evening star

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the baar

When I put out to sea,

 But such a tide as moving seems asleep

Too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

 Twilight and evening bell

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell

When I embark, 

For though from out our bourne of  time and place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.

 

(published article)

MR. F. W. Burke

The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord, and precious in his sight is the death of his saints.

OnJanuary 11, 1934, in his 83rd year, death took from our midst our beloved friend and brother, F. W. Burke.

Brother Burke was quiet and unassuming, but his sterling Christlike qualities and his consistent Christian living was an inspiration to those with whom he came in contact.  He lived his religion and was always anxious to do his part when opportunity offered in labors of love or for financing the kingdom's work.  He obeyed implicitly those words:  "Be thou faithful unto death."  Therefore now, Jesus has given him the promised crown of life with the "Well done thou good and faithful servant."

Be it resolved by this church:

First:  That we extend to his bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy and condolence.

Second:  That by his death our church has lost a faithful, loyal and zealous member and a devoted deacon; and we reverence and honor his memory.

Third:  That we shall always miss him and that we emulate his example in his love and interest in his church and his fellowman, in his daily walk and in his beautiful Christian life.

Fourth:  That a copy of these resolutions be sent to his family, one copy be sent to The Christian Index and one copy be sent to the county paper for publication and these resolutions be inscribed on a page in our Church Record.

                                    W. S. Evans

                                    Mrs. H. S. MCCALL

                                    Mrs. George N. THOMAS

                                                            Committee.

Douglas Branch Church.

 

(published article)

Mills Augustus Burke

Mr. Gus Burke, as he was familiarly and lovingly called, went away to his Heavenly home onMarch 29th, 1932.  His departure left a vacancy in the hearts of his loved ones and friends that will be hard to fill, for all thru this and other sections of the county he was greatly loved, honored and respected.  He left the heritage of an upright, honest life to those coming after him, and his memory will be an abiding source of inspiration to nobler and higher living.

The beautiful home he built is noted for its hospitality.  He and the other members of his household have always welcomed and entertained their many guests in the most cordial way.  He spared no pains nor color in providing abundantly for his home.

He was always ready to respond to the calls of the needy, whether they were from those living far or near, and he never failed to carry his full share of the burdens of his church and community.

He was born almost 82 years ago inScreven County,Georgia, a few miles from the home where he spent the greater part of his life.  In early life he married Miss Mary Cail, who has been his faithful helpmate all of these years, and who survives him.  Of their three children, Miss Eva, Arthur and Bruno, the first two are living, also several grandchildren.

At the time of his death he had been treasurer of Douglas Branch church for 60 years, and deacon for nearly that long.  In both these offices he was efficient and faithful.  There were very few meetings of his church that he did not attend.

In appreciation of his life and service, therefore be it

            Resolved by Douglas Branch church in conference assembled that we deplore the loss of this beloved brother.

            That we extend to his bereaved family our deepest sympathy. 

            That we send a copy of this notice to his family, a copy to the Sylvania Telephone, a copy to the Christian Index, and place a copy on the pages of our minutes.

                                                                        Committee.

 

First Baptist Church    

DECATUR, GEORGIA

LOYD GARLAND                                                                                                              (Letter mailed to Mr. Jim

Assistant Pastor                                                                                                                     Evans, Ogeechee, Ga.,)

September 10, 1946

Douglas Branch Baptist Church

Ogeechee,Georgia

 My dear Friends:

 It was a pleasure to visit with you again on last Sunday.  It brought back many pleasant memories of the several years that I labored with you.

 Since your pastor stated that he could serve you no longer, may I suggest the name of a young man to you.  He is the Rev. Mr. Otis Brooks,127 N. Columbia Drive,Decatur,Georgia, as a very fine young man and an active member of our church.  Otis is a senior here atEmory University and will be available until next September when he leaves for the Seminary.  He has been licensed by our church but as he has not been an active pastor, he has not been ordained.  I cannot say too much for him as a Christian gentleman nor as a young preacher.  He has preached here and at neighboring churches quite a number of times and made an unusual impression.  He served in the Army about three years and was very active in Christian work there.  His father is a deacon, and his entire family is active in our church.

 I do not know your plans, but if you desire a student either as a supply or as a pastor for the coming year, you could do no better than give Otis a hearing.  Of course, if you have other plans or if there is a possibility of forming a field, just forget this letter.  In case you want to invite Otis down, please write  him direct, and I would suggest that you do so somewhat ahead of time, as he has some engagements already ahead.

 As to transportation, he could come down on Saturday either on the Central of Georgia Railroad or toSylvania by bus.  He would have to return by train on Sunday night to meet his classes here Monday morning.

 I have written somewhat at length with the thought that you might still be looking for a man, and knowing full well the consecration and ability of this young man, I might help him get started as a pastor.  He has just been back from the Army a few months.

 With kindest personal regards, I am

                                                                        Cordially yours

                                                                        /s/

                                                                        Loyd Garland

LG:cm

P. S.  In case you should see fit to call him, I am confident that our church would gladly ordain him.

(An undated form , titled ASSOCIATIONAL LETTER* is filled out ... only the completed entries are shown below.)

ASSOCIATIONAL LETTER

We, the Baptist Church at                 Douglas Branch    to the Association, send Christian saluation.

 We send the following named messengers to sit with you in Council:

Bro F. W. Burke         

Bro. M. W. Burke

Bro. A. M. Burke

Bro. W. D. LEE

Bro. Reuben Zeigler

Bro. J. H. Evans

 

MINISTERS WHO HOLD MEMBERSHIP WITH US. -- ORDAINED.

 Rev. H. S. MCCALL

Rev. F. H. MCELVY

 

OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH AND SOCIETIES

 Pastor     Rev. A. T. CLINE