Danville News

Alabama resident shares childhood memories

Alabama Resident Joseph Lyell shares his childhood memories of going to church in Christian County Kentucky with Hartselle Enquirer readers. Joseph enjoyed attending a small country church called Cole Chapel, which was located in Christian County, KY. He recalls that the first time he attended church as a small boy at the age of 6, was with his uncle Jack Gamble and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Roy Lyell. Joseph says they went to church in a wagon and carried a washtub with ice and made lemonade and everyone enjoyed dinner on the grounds.

Every third Sunday in July, they had an all- day preaching and singing with dinner on the grounds with pastor Everett Grace. A lot of people in the Christian County community remember when Pastor Grace would preach on the street corner and everyone would gather there to hear him preach. Joseph says that he remembers visiting with his uncle, Holbert Lyell in Nortonville, KY., and attending the street corner preaching of Brother Grace. Joseph is sharing his memories of Cole Chapel due to some members destroying and replacing the church with a metal building with no history for those who attended for many years. Cole Chapel Church was established in 1889 and held great memories for residents in the area.

Belated happy birthday wishes go out this week to Irene Kutchens on July 1 and Phillip Asherbranner on June 23. Happy birthday wishes also go out to Pam Bryant Holmes and Mac Hradin on July 13.

Twenty-seven attended the McKendree UMC Recovery program and enjoyed supper of chicken and rice casseroles, green beans, vegetable salad, cornbread, desserts, tea and soft drinks. After the meal, Buddy Causey from Birmingham conducted the prayer and praise service. Afterward, Buddy gave his inspirational testimony. Three group meetings followed, with Maria Ochoa meeting with the children while the group sessions were being held. The children enjoyed the class time and the playground. Tammy Vest and Lynn Hogan conducted the women’s discussion and Brother Mike Vest led the men’s group in recovery and experience-sharing time.

Jim and Karen Bryant Walker of DeSoto, Kan. are visiting relatives in Hartselle, Massey, Corinth West, Sheffield and Huntsville. They enjoyed the Sipsey River, with a picnic, canoeing and hiking and also the Jesse Owens Park and eating at the Old Houston and Sipsey-Smith Lake restaurants. Karen attended Massey School, Falkville High School and was a graduate of Decatur High School in 1962. Jim attended school from Carterville, IL., and graduated from University High School in Carbondale, IL.

A Fairview community native, Rodney Jones, Falkville High Class of 1967, was professor of poetry and English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Karen’s family was able to visit Rodney and his parents, Lavon and Wilda Owen Jones at a Hartselle restaurant on another trip and recently some family members visited Lavon and Wilda and her caregiver, Lisa Roberson, and their daughter, Vondalyn of the Opelika-Auburn area.

Friendship Baptist Church near Danville has Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and morning worship service is at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Don Gentry as pastor. Their Sunday night Bible study is at 5:30 p.m. Their recent study has been about “the Sermon on the Mount.” The Wednesday night Bible study and prayers are at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Friendship Baptist Church will announce plans for revival at a later date.

Esther Beachy, formerly of the Massey community, Emmanuel Mennonite’s School has been in the Ukraine teaching missionary children. She will be back to Fredonia, TN., her original home soon. This summer Esther has helped with the missionary Bible school in the UKraine. Many in the Massey and Evergreen areas remember Esther working at the Brenneman’s Dutch Oven Bakery. We wish Esther a safe trip home.

On Sun., July 10, Round Top Community Church’s men’s group will have their monthly breakfast in the family life center at 8:30 a.m. Brother Pearl Jenkins is their pastor.

Christian love and heartfelt prayers go out this week for Amy McCutcheon McGowan in Decatur-Morgan Hospital with cancer.

Members of Corinth West Baptist were very thankful and pleased to welcome GayNell Wilhite back, following her recovery from surgery, at their morning services.

Christian love and heartfelt prayers go out this week for two year-old Ava Ricks who was injured in an auto accident and is in a Birmingham Hospital. She is the granddaughter of Larry Ricks of Andrews Chapel Community. Christian love and heartfelt prayers also go out this week for Gene Wilson of the Massey community who had a stroke and is in a Birmingham Hospital. She is reported to be improving and will come home this week.

Special get well wishes go out this week for Carol Holladay, Paulette Stimmel, Shirley Cooper Neill, Kathleen Holladay Anders and Beverly Durand.

 

 

 

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