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William Odell Spain Photographic Collection
[Submitted by Jan Orndorff]

Hobucken Methodist Church


Photo taken 2001

Photo taken April 2005

At the time the Methodist Church was organized in Hobucken, services were held in the Alliance Hall.  This building stood on the land where the present day Methodist Church stands.  The early members were Joella Mayo Sadler (1880-1969), William T. Emory (1861-1933), and his wife, Sarah J. Sadler Emory (1867-1945), Richard T. Parson (1853-1931), and his wife, Annie Ireland Parson (1860-1951) and Marcus B. Sawyer.  The first church was built on land purchased from Rufus W. Alcock (1878-1956), located about a third of the way to Dollís Creek Landing.  In the mid 1920s the church building was moved to the present site.  The first wedding in the church was Arnold G. Sadler to Martha J. Parson on April 5, 1924 with the Rev. William C. Jones officiating with Pelege Goodwin and Charlie R. Spain as witnesses.  Over the years, the superintendents were:  William T. Emory, Augustus Sadler (1871-1934), Pelege Goodwin (1877-1940), Mrs. Joella Sadler, Fred Spain, Mrs. Annie Emory Spain (1892-1957), Ellis Gaskill and Hiram Lewis.

In 1999 the church suffered water damage from Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd and roof damage, when a tornado tore off part of the roof.   During the next 5 years, repairs were made to the church building and it was moved to the back of the lot to a higher foundation to prevent water damage from future storms.

© 2011 Kay Midgett Sheppard