McDowell County NC

Honor List for Casualties of WWI, WWII and other Wars

As the family story is told, my mother, Eunice Davis Burgin’s eldest brother, Paul L. Davis was killed in Germany during WWII. We do not know the story of his death. We don’t even know if the coffin returned to his parents held his remains.

When his father was ask about not knowing, it is told that his response was…”Guess it’s not for us to know. I’ll treat him as if he is my son and maybe wherever he is, they will treat him the same – with a Christain burial.”

Uncle Lawrence is buried in Salem Baptist Church Cemetry, next to his son and parents.

While searching for items to post on the NCGenweb site for McDowell County, NC, it was suggested to go to the National Archives website. I found the file of “World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from:   North Carolina.”     The original list was published by the War Department, June 1946, with a list of sixty-two McDowell County, NC men. (on page 22 of publication).   Here is a link to the National Archives website, the different branches of the Military are found as well as information on obtaining Veterans’ Service Records. A table below list the 62 men from WWII and was transcribed just as typed in the 1946 published document.

We still do not know the exact circumstances of his death, but we now know Uncle Lawrence was killed in action serving his country. He was part of the long line of Davis men and relatives serving his country in the military.

Of course that raised my curiosity, so I searched for WWI and came up with casualties from NC that included 500+ men listed. Other resources such as WWII casualties for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps was harder to research, as the publications were scanned, not indexed by county.

Then the casualties list for the Korean War is a searchable file by state then name. The list of men from McDowell County, NC is below in a labeled table.

There are also the Vietnam War Casualties, that is searchable by State, then using a “find” command to locate name or county.

WWII Casualties






William H




Harold E




Elmore R




John A








Fred L




Hoyt B




John A




Richard C








Paul L




Clifford C Sr




Dewey W




Thomas F












William A




Virgle C




James E




Robert L




Carroll W




Everett D




Garland A








Edward C




Lester J




Claude J




Bascom M




William S




William J




Pat A








Creel M




Howard D




Charles C




Albert A




George L




Charles A




John W








Harrison B




Clyde B




Delos A




Roy L




Walter C








Hubert J




Bruce B




Eugene M




Luther A




Turner L




James L








Charles S




Claude R




James H








Howard L




Herbert E




Samuel L








Ernest E Jr



*Type of Casualty:

  • KIA – Killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas, or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or by being shot while escaping.
  • DOW – wounded and later died of wounds
  • DOI – Died of Injuries. Suffered fatal battle injuries as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas, and died in a line of duty status
  • DNB – Died, Non-Battle are line-of-duty deaths, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide or accidents outside combat area (including training and maneuver deaths.
  • FOD – Find of Death, dead under Public Law 490
  • M – missing.



Korean War:






Home of Record:

Incident or Death Date (YYYYMMDD)

Remains Recovered

















Post with three pictures

Last October, I received this email from Joe and I am posting this just as it was written. This great information, Joe , I thank you for sharing.

All of these folks were from McDowell County. Attached you will find three pictures and some text for each as was provided to my by Jim Padgett (deceased) of McDowell County. If you have any questions please give me a holler and please feel free to forward this information to anyone and everyone. I hope someone can identify more of the people in these photos. At some point, I will send you my file on my Mode/Dover/Padgett material.

Picture 1: According to Jim Padgett, this picture is of Jacob G. Padgett, who served in Co. B, 22nd Regiment, North Carolina

Jacob G. Padgett
Jacob G. Padgett

Troops, C.S.A. When Jacob G. Padgett volunteered for the Civil War, a discription of him was written on his enlistment papers. He was 6′ tall, with black hair and dark eyes. This is Margaret Padgett Dover’s brother. His cousin, James Albert Padgett, was listed as being 6′ 1″ tall with black hair and dark eyes. Jacob married Julia Ann Chapman. He died in 1879 in the hospital of valvular heart disease.

Padgett Kinfolk
Padgett Kinfolk

Picture 2: Jim Padgett said that, “Nobody can identify these men. This was a tin-type photo. This photo came out of my great aunt’s belongings after she died, so I know they are kin. One of these men is in the big family group picture with Lemuel Padgett and Margaret McFarlan.

Lemuel Padgett-seated-2nd wife Margaret E. McFarlanPicture 3: According to Jim Padgett of Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, the only two people that he could identify in this picture are the two sitting down. They are Lemuel Padgett and his second wife, Margaret E. McFarlan. Margaret only had one

Martha. The man with the hat on the left is in another picture that I will post. This was a tintype photo and was made before 1870 as Lemuel died in 1870. Jim said the other people could be Dovers, Modes, or Padgetts. This photo is Margaret Padgett Dover’s father and step-mother.sister,

When Margaret McFarlan Padgett filed for Lemuel’s pension for the War of 1812, she put down that he was 6′ tall with black hair and dark eyes and so it carried down to my grandfather who was 6’2″ tal, dark hair, and to my father who ws 6′ tall with dark hair and dark eyes, to me (Jim Padgett) who was 6’6″ tall.

From Jim Padgett came a letter with this explanation: This was written to my Grandfather (Daniel Padgett) He was Jacob G. Padgett’s son. Jacob Padgett was Margaret Padgett’s brother, their mother and father were Susan Ricketts and Lemuel Padgett. The man who signed this letter was A.G. Higgins. His father was a commander in Co. B, 22nd Regiment of North Carolina, C.S.A. Jim says, “This letter is how I came to find that Margaret had married William Dover.” The line that says “Your mother knew Aunt Margaret” The mother was the mother of Daniel Padgett. She was Jacob’s wife, Julia Ann Chapman Padgett. The John Dover in this letter married Naomi? They had a daughter named Jane Dover who married Robert H. Garden or Gordin.

The letter says:
Mr. Dan Padgett,
R.D. 4 Marion, N.C.

James A. (Albert) Padgett was the son of Margaret Padgett Dover, a half-brother to Guss (Augustus C. Dover) and John Dover. Your aunt knew him before she married Mr. Dover (William Dover) He (James A. Padgett) as a young man, 19, joined my father’s Company B, 22nd Regiment (North Carolina-C.S.A.) as a volunteer. Went to Virginia and was killled by a mortal wound in the thigh at Seven Pines battle in Virginia May 31, 1862. This stone is just to be put up as a memorial stone. He was buried in Virginia on the battle field. Your mother knew Aunt Margaret and Guss and John Dover. Kindest regards to you and your family. A.G. Higgins (On letterhead of A.F. Newton-Register of Deeds of Cleveland County- Shelby, North Carolina)

The Guss Dover (Augustus C. Dover) mentioned in this letter married my great great grandmother, Mary Jane Mode, circa 1870 and they had a number of offspring in McDowell County before removing to Cocke County, Tennessee. Mary Jane Mode Dover had my great grandfather, John Thomas Mode, in 1867 in McDowell County. We believe he was illegitimate and DNA tests have revealed that his father was most likely a Rogers and possibly a Clay.
August was the son of William and Margaret Padgett Dover.

Revived Blitz: Postings for McDowell County, NCGenWeb

Today is June 28th, 2013; I want to apologize to everyone for not posting in a long, long, long time.
Life jumped out at me last Spring, May 2012 to be exact, when my eldest son got up the nerve to ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him. That wedding took place the end of October 2012. Then in December 2012, my other son ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him and that wedding took place last Saturday. So planning two rehearsal dinners in the last 10 months has occupied my time. Now I am ready to get back into a regular routine. Please accept my apology and promise to do better in the future.

Here is my first post of many to come: Check out the NCGenWeb Project on Facebook.
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The NCGenWeb Project is part of the USGenWeb Project. Yes, this group is also volunteer and works to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. As quoted from the USGenWeb site “This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.”

Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church Homecoming October 30, 2011

I am very honored to have been asked to be the speaker here today; I must admit, though that it is a more than a little intimidating to speak to people who know you so well and who have known you for so long.  This is definitely a “Homecoming” for me.  As most of you know, I grew up in this church; was baptized in Eunice and Chester Burgin’s pond by the minister here; both my daughters were baptized in Thelma Morris’s pool by the minister of this church.  I am a Baptist now, but I hope you won’t hold that against me.

I have lived in McDowellCounty all my life.  I went to OldFortSchool for all 12 years; Mrs. Ruth Hornaday was one of my very favorite teachers.  After college, I spent 30 years in education all here in McDowellCounty, first as a teacher, then as an administrator, and finally I became the Superintendent of McDowell County Schools.  I retired from McDowell County Schools in 2004.  Since the schools consolidated into one county system around 1972, there have been 7 superintendents (not counting interims); to date, I am the only female AND the only McDowellCounty native to have ever served in that capacity; I must admit that I am proud of both these things.  I would like to be able to tell you that I was able to achieve this goal because I really worked hard; and I did work pretty hard at times.  And I would like to tell you that they named me Superintendent of Schools because I was really smart; but most of you know me, so I won’t try that one.  The truth is that I achieved this goal thanks to God’s abundant and undeserved blessings, without question.  But I would be remiss if I did not also give credit to many in this church, this community, those present today as well as those who have gone before; and to some that I never knew.  Many success stories have come from this community, this church:  a college president, community leaders, school principals, administrators, teachers, librarians, plant bosses, and we could all name many more.  Just think of all those folks who achieved so many admirable goals.  But I am here today to tell you that none of us would have achieved anything without the grace of God, and also the firm foundation of love, support, good work ethic, discipline that we received from those in this community and in this church.  Many of the people from which we received these gifts never had a “title”; they never had any degrees; but their lives were so important to so many, their gifts so strong, that they didn’t need a title or a degree for everyone to know how truly important they were.  Many years ago (1991), when Gladys Allison passed away, Eunice Allison did her service.  Now when Eunice Allison speaks, you better listen!  One of the things she said really stuck with me.  Eunice talked about the fact that one time she regretted she was not able to go on to school and she said, “God, if I had had a chance to go on to school, I could have done some things, I would have worked hard, I would have really taken advantage of the opportunity if you had just let me have the chance.”  And she said that God told her, “You are exactly where you need to be and I have given you the best possible teachers you could have.”  Of course, the one that she was talking about specifically was Mama Gladys, who was a wonderful teacher.  But I have held on to Eunice’s words that God sends us who we need, sends us gifts in the form of people.  Today, I want to publicly thank some of the people in this community, in this church who have given so many gifts, certainly to me, but also to all of us.  Some of these gifts, I received through blood, genes, (relatives); some through modeling wonderful lives, some through training, and some by these people creating such a strong community culture that I have learned from them without ever knowing them.

Some of my earliest memories were of the old church.  We lived in the “lower building” for a very brief time, then in the “upper building” for 2 or 3 years; we went to church in the old church across the bridge.  That church was where my mother went to her first school.  Although it is no longer there, it is etched in my memory.   In the summer, we had big dinners on long wooden tables; the kids played in the water every chance we got and fought bees to defend ourselves.  These are fond memories.  But this was before insulation and one of the things I remember about the church was how cold it was in the winter.  But do you know that every time the church opened its doors for Sunday services, Wednesday services, or any other services that one man took responsibility for coming to the church and building a fire in the stove there.  One man; that man was Garland Knupp, father of several children including Lester, Clifford, Ruth Bean, Arcie, Irene Effler, Rachel, Geneva, and Alfred.  If we thought it was cold inside after the fire had been going, imagine how cold it was early on Sunday morning before the frost was gone.  But he always came regardless of the weather.  What a personal sense of responsibility and dedication Garland Knupp demonstrated.  Garland’s wife, Cora (better known as “Corie”) always tried to make sure the church had fresh flowers so it would look its best.  They gave their best for those they loved, starting with the Lord.

Two people who had a direct impact on me were my Grandparents, Alphonzo (better known as Fons) Burgin and Winifred (better known as Freddie) Gilliam Burgin.  Fons lived up the road, just below where Willard [Burgin] lives now.  He had a big apple orchard and farmed.  He was a wonderful church and community person; although he certainly had his hands full with his orchard, his farming, his family, he always found time to do what he felt like needed to be done for the church and the community.  He worked tirelessly to get a road built into crooked creed; he worked to make sure the community had a place in the area to vote.  (My mother was distraught when they moved the voting place to Bethlehem a few years ago.  I didn’t quite see the problem, but she knew how hard Papa had worked to make sure this community could have a place close to home so that they could vote, even if they had limited or no transportation.  Fortunately, it was moved back to Cherry Springs after a few years).  Papa Burgin was only able to go to the fourth grade, but he was a very smart man and understood the value of education and loved to learn.  Mother said that after he had worked hard all day, he would lay down in the floor after supper with an oil lamp and a book.  He was particularly fond of history and loved to read any history book he could get his hands on.  He was instrumental in getting OF School to send a bus out to this area so that the children in this community could go to school.  At that time the school had moved from the old church to the lower building, and then to the upper building, but in order to go any further (into high school), they had to go into Old Fort.  After much community work, Papa was able to get a bus to come to pick up the children.  Now the bus turned at what is now Gregory’s, so everyone had to walk there to catch the bus, but at least the children had the opportunity to go.  Papa was also dedicated to the building of this church.  He, Preacher Freeman, and other community members actually did the physical construction of much of the church.  He was always willing to help his neighbors; once a neighbor had typhoid and Papa took all his children and his mule and worked out his corn patch and weeded the entire garden—they couldn’t go near the house because it was so contagious, they just worked all day and then went home.  Papa Burgin and Mama Burgin had 9 children; times were often difficult, but the family loved each other and each was willing to do whatever was necessary to keep the family afloat.  During one particularly difficult time, Papa and 2 of his older daughters went to Gastonia to get a job at the Firestone Plant, since there were no jobs between here and there.  The plant hired Papa and Thelma, but they said Helen was too young and she would have to wait until she had a birthday.  Helen returned home until her birthday; she was excited to get to return and go to work with Papa and Thelma so she could help the family.  She had just turned 14.

Although times were hard, they always tried to make the best of things, especially for each other.  One time, Papa took a load of corn on a mule over across the mountain to get it ground into meal.  On the way home he found a big turtle.  Knowing how much Mama Burgin loved turtle soup, he caught it and tied it up and put it on the back of the mule to take home.  Now I don’t know exactly how you tie up a turtle, and evidently Papa didn’t know either, because they had only gone a short distance when the turtle managed to get its head out, his mouth open, and then closed tight on the rear end of that mule.  Well, the mule went straight up, Papa went higher, and the sack of meal went even higher.  Unfortunately, by the time Papa and the meal had come down, the mule (with the turtle attached) was gone.  Papa had to walk all the way home, carrying what was left of his sack of meal.  Now you have all heard that if a turtle bites you, it won’t turn loose until it thunders?  Well, it took Papa 3 days and nights to finally find his mule over at the head of CatawbaFalls.  Evidently there had been a thunderstorm, because the turtle was finally gone.  Papa loved to tell that story and laugh.  Despite all the hard work, Papa Burgin had a wonderful sense of humor and he loved to laugh.

Folks often had to grow up early then.  Mama Burgin (known to many as Aunt Fred, or Freddie – She just happened to be the namesake of our Freddie Killough), was from Broad River.  Her dad died when she was 13; she had 7 brothers and sisters, with the youngest one being 6 months old.  When her dad died, her mother had to assume the role of the “man of the house”:  she had to plow the fields with the mule, harvest the crops, raise the animals, etc.  Mama Burgin assumed the role of the mother, doing all the cooking, cleaning, washing, and raising the children.  Think of your children, your grandchildren, friends, who are 13 years old; think of them raising 7 children.  How difficult it must have been for her.   But Mama Burgin did a wonderful job raising her first family, then had her own family with Papa.  She loved gardening, flowers, raising cows, chickens, hogs—and enjoyed bragging about them!  She had all her animals named and would not trust their feeding to anyone but herself.  She loved to trade flower bulbs and seeds and plants; Papa Burgin built her a rock flower house about 10’ x 20” long so she could keep her flowers over the winter.  I can still smell the damp smell of the flower house.   Mama Burgin not only loved her flowers, she also had a deep respect and compassion for those less fortunate than herself.  Before she and Papa were married there was a family up on the mountain above the “Ben Field”, who starved to death.  She heard about how the two children ate dirt trying to keep from starving.  It troubled her so that every year at decoration time, she always climbed the mountain to where the family was buried, cleaned off their graves and put flowers on the graves.  She always said she wished she had known about those people, so she could have gotten them something to eat.  She never knew them; she never knew anyone who knew them; but she had such respect and compassion for them that she never forgot them and always did what she could to honor them.  And to do her part so that no one would ever starve again, you always had to eat at her house!!  An interesting thing about Mama Burgin that she never really talked about that my sister, Peggy [Silvers], discovered while doing genealogy for her “Burgin Book”, was that Mama Burgin was a mid-wife and delivered many babies in the community.  Among those babies she helped bring into the world were James and his twin Mary Knupp – Helen, Carter, and Chester’s Mother.  Unfortunately, the birth of the twins was very difficult and the mother died shortly after the delivery.  The father sent the twins home with Mama Burgin for her to care for them until the family was able to adjust to the death of the Mother.   This was in 1904.

Papa and Mama Burgin had 9 children; 7 girls and finally 2 boys.  The oldest girl (Lizzy) was born in 1905; Thelma in 1907; Helen in 1910; Gladys in 1912; Maymie in 1914; Bea n 1916; Edith in 1918; Roy in 1921; Glen in 1924.  Can you imagine??  But they were all very close and protective of each other.  In fact, just to demonstrate HOW protective they were of each other, I want to tell you about a time when I was small and Mother and I were going to town.  Now her younger brother Roy had been having some sort of dispute with someone (neither of us can remember the particulars); but it was worrying Mother.  Now before I go any further with my story, I want you all to take a look at my mother.  She is 93 now, and smaller than she was at one time [she weighs about 90 pounds], but she has never been a very big girl.  She and I were coming by Crooked Creek General Store.  Now I need to explain that boys and men used to wrestle for fun.  They did this often; I don’t think they do that as much any more, but they used to.  Well, there were a couple of men wrestling in the parking lot at the general store.  Just as we passed the store, Mother got a glance at the two men wrestling, and with her quick glance, she thought one of them was Roy—obviously, (she thought) the man he was having the dispute with had “jumped on him”.  So Mother swerved into the parking lot.  At that time the parking lot was gravel; it was summer time and dry as a chip.  We stirred up so much dust sliding in, that you would have thought it was the race car driver Jeff Gordon!  She jumped out of the car and went flying out there in a flash to help Roy.  Now at this time, Roy was probably at least 40 years old, but that didn’t matter; he was still her baby brother.  Well, just before her feet left the ground to jump on top of the two men, she realized that neither one of them was Roy…She put the brakes on in mid air.  It scared those two men so bad that they immediately quit wrestling and started trying to find out what had happened and why that lady had almost jumped on them.  They were very nice and apologized if they had scared her.  They had no idea that she was actually fearless until she realized that she really didn’t have anybody in that fight…

As I said, all the 9 children were very close, and they had 6 other near siblings, which were also close.  You see, Papa Burgin had a younger brother named Montaville Garfield Burgin, better known as “UncleMont”.  Well, Papa’s brother Mont fell in love with and married Mama Burgin’s sister Ella (better known as “Aunt Eller”).  Mont and Eller had 6 children (including Willard and Viola) who were then “double first” cousins to Papa and Mama’s 9 children.  They were also raised next to each other, and therefore they were all near siblings.  All the children spent lots of time working and playing together.  Now I mentioned that Mama Burgin had all her animals named.  Well, if the animal wasn’t intended for the meal table, the kids would always have a funeral for them.  And Roy Burgin was always the preacher; Mother and Viola said he could really preach!!  One time a goose died from some unexplained reason, so they had a funeral – a really good funeral, sung songs, Roy preached and they buried the goose.  Several days later, they went back to check on the goose’s grave; corn was growing up on the grave.  So they carefully dug it up and discovered that the goose’s gizzard was full of corn when it died and the corn had sprouted and started to grow.  They carefully covered it up and they had an abundant mini corn crop from that dead goose.  They decided it was because Roy had preached such a good service!

I guess you all can tell that they all liked animals, and several are still fond of animals; for example, Viola usually has a dog, to which she is always very attached.  But don’t let that fool you…Viola is merciless if necessary.  A few years ago when Viola was still planting her own garden, the ground hogs kept getting into her garden and eating everything.  She was furious!!  She tried scare crows, and every other suggestion she received on keeping the ground hogs out; nothing worked.  Finally, she just declared her own private war on the ground hogs.  She got her pistol, filled it with bullets with lots of back up bullets.  She started taking the pistol with her every time she went to the garden; and if she happened to just see a ground hog hole (she didn’t have to see the ground hog in person!), but at just the mere sight of the ground hog hole, she emptied her gun into the hole…all 6 bullets!  But she not only took her gun with her to the garden, she took it when she went past her garden in the car; if she happened to get a glimpse of a ground hog as she drove past, she would lean out the window and shoot at it.  Willard said he got afraid to ride with her because she was just as likely to leave the road and drive straight out into the fields, gun a blazing, after a ground hog.  Now I don’t know if there is a season on ground hogs or not, and I don’t know if Viola ever actually shot one or not; but I have heard that there is a big square of land down on Parker Padgett Road where no ground hog has been seen for years and years.

But I am getting ahead of myself.  UncleMont was born in 1883 and, like my grandfather, he was very dedicated to the church.  He had a wonderful tenor voice and loved to sing; he played several musical instruments, including the piano, the fiddle and the banjo.  Everyone said he could pray a prayer like no other: clear, strong, and yet sweet.  He died in 1956.  His wife, Aunt Eller, died in 1946; I never knew her, but I know OF her.   Ella was a good woman of strong faith who loved to knit and crochet.  Mont and Aunt Eller had 6 children; the five who grew to adulthood were: Grady, Paul, Willard, Viola, and Howard.  During World War II, all 4 of their sons were in the war.  Can you imagine how Ella must have felt with all 4 of her sons off fighting a war?  But Ella never lost her faith; she prayed constantly for their safe return.  Willard has said many times that he could feel her prayers all the way around the world; many times he just missed being sent somewhere, only to learn that all those who were sent were killed.  The only explanation was the prayers of his mother.  Aunt Eller was a woman of strong faith, and she was in the company of other women of strong faith.  When Dawn Walker Hollifield did one of her degrees, she did a project about the men from this community who were in WWII.   She said that the women of this church met every Wednesday night at the church and prayed that all their sons would return home.  Every single son from this community returned home from WWII: every one, even the two who were Prisoners of War (Alfred and Frank Knupp).  Talk about the power of prayer!!  In fact, Ella was a very sick women; she suffered most of her life from uncontrollable thyroid trouble.  She was so sick that at one point, Viola put her on a bus and took her to Durham to DukeHospital to see if they could help her; unfortunately, they could not.  But do you know what?  Ella Gilliam Burgin knew the power of prayer.  Although she was very sick she prayed that God would let her live long enough to see all 4 of her sons return from the war.  They started coming home about March; in September the last one arrived home; Ella died that night.  The power of prayer is something the people who founded this church and this community understood… and passed on.

Many gifts were passed on.  Now I mentioned that Uncle Mont was musical; well one time Willard bought a fiddle; I don’t think he ever learned to play it, because he had to go to war.  While he was gone, his mother, Aunt Eller wrote to him and said that the preacher at the church wanted to buy his fiddle, and would it be okay to sale it; he wrote back and said she could do whatever she wanted to with the fiddle.  So she sold the fiddle to the preacher.  That preacher’s name was Cockman.   Now I don’t know if that was the first instrument Rev. Cockman ever learned to play or not, but one can only imagine how much influence Willard’s fiddle has had on Western North Carolina, and certainly this church.

I mentioned earlier that we had lived in the upper building for a while, then we moved to town.  My daddy was Frank Griggs.  My dad was a wonderful character who was always young at heart; I loved him dearly.  But Daddy was not always the easiest person in the world to live with, so from time to time, Mother would need a break and she would bring me and come to where she could always find comfort – on Crooked Creek at Mt.Hebron.   When I was about 7 years old my mother and I came to live with Mother’s sister, Gladys Allison.  Gladys and her husband Brownlow had 6 children:  Glenn, Hilda, Lottie, Raymond, Sammie, and Candie.  Candie was 13 years younger than her nearest sibling, and all her brothers and sisters were delighted to have a baby in the house.  In fact, Gladys let them name her- they named her Candie because that was the sweetest thing they could think of.  So if anybody ever had a chance to be spoiled, it was Candie; it just “didn’t take”.  But she sure had a lot of “Mamas.”  By the time we moved in, all Candie’s brothers and sisters were married and gone, but they still contributed to her “mothering” as often as possible; and they all accepted me and treated me just like Candie – which was wonderful!  Glen and Eunice had Glenna, so we had another wonderful playmate!  Lottie had married Jim, and we thought it was so cool that she had married a football player!  Raymond and Pat, Sammie and Loren, and my Sister Peggy and her husband Harold were all involved in the military and going to exotic, far away places, which seemed so exciting.  And we loved to go to Hilda’s for the day because we got to play with Penny.  Penny was the sweetest; and later she was such a wonderful Mother herself.  It is so hard to understand why such sweet and good people like Penny and Wesley Knupp had to go so soon.  In preparing this speech I was struck with the thought that if we loved them and wanted to be near them because they were so sweet and good, then God must have wanted to be near them too.

One of the favorite “Mamas” was Candie’s Daddy, Brownlow.  You see, my Mother and Mama Gladys had to work at the OF Finishing Plant.  Brownlow was epileptic, so he never worked on a public job, but he worked hard with his apple orchard and farming.  But it was Brown’s responsibility to fix breakfast for Candie and me during the week; Mother and Gladys would always fix biscuits on the week-end, and we would eat the left-overs during the week.  About the first day I was there for breakfast, Brown fixed us oatmeal with the left-over biscuits.  I looked at the breakfast and announced in my 7 year old voice to someone who was giving me a roof over my head as well as breakfast, “I like toast with my oatmeal; I don’t like biscuits with my oatmeal”.  Brownlow didn’t pause but just a brief minute and in a matter of fact tone just said, “You’ll learn to like it.”  He was right; I did learn to like it.  Brown was so good to me.  I have always had a fear of heights, but the idea of playing up in the loft of the barn was always so appealing, that often Candie and I would climb up in the loft and have a fun time playing.  All was well until it was time to come back down the ladder, at which point, I would panic, start crying and tell Candie to “Run get Brown”.  She would go flying down the ladder, up the driveway screaming, “Daddy, Sherry is in the barn loft and can’t get down again.”  Brown would come running down the driveway like it was a fire.  He would climb up and get me and put me on the ladder and climb down with me. He never said a word to me until he got me down and then he would always say, “If you know you can’t get down from there, why do you keep getting up there?”  Which was a pretty good question.  At night Brown would read to us: cowboy stories; and then he would sing to us—sometimes a religious song, but often a cowboy song like Streets of Laredo – a good melody to sleep by.  Brown always wore overalls all week; on Sunday he dressed in his Sunday best and went to church.  Years after he died Candie found his Sunday shoes put up in the closet, wrapped in the cloth where he kept them so they wouldn’t get dusty.  They were still shinny because he always kept them polished for church so they would look nice.  She admired how shinny they were, then she turned them over and saw the holes in the soles.  Brown might not have been able to work on a public job, but he was able to have a wonderful apple orchard, and help raise children; he might have had holes in the soles of his shoes, but he kept them always looking their best for church.  Like so many others, Gladys and Brown and their families always gave their best for those they loved.   My time at Gladys’ and Brown’s was a happy time filled with lots of Mamas and playmates and wonderful memories; but we also had chores.  Candie and I were around 6, 7 or 8 at the time, but as soon as we got in from school, we were to change our clothes, then carry in the wood for the wood cook stove in the kitchen.  Now, needless to say, we couldn’t carry much wood at a time, but we were expected to carry in a stick or two at a time until we had the wood box full.  That was wonderful training for discipline and strong work ethic.  During that same time, Gladys was the YMWB leader of the little folks at church.  She and her little band of children worked and raised money for one of the stained glass windows in this church.  Quite an accomplishment!  Later she was the leader of the youth group; we did fun things like walk from the church up to Bea and Sam’s house on the (then) gravel road.  Sam had make homemade vanilla ice cream.  Candie ate so much ice cream that she got sick; she doesn’t like vanilla ice cream to this day.   When OF Finishing Plant decided to hire the first Black lady to work in the plant, they asked Gladys to take Ms. Lillie Matthews under her wing and make sure everything went okay.  That was a long time ago and things were very different then, so this might have been a big assignment; but Gladys just said she would be happy do make sure Miss Lillie knew she was welcome.  And she did.  Gladys took big jobs in stride without much fan fare.  I think it had something to do with the faith of that mustard seed.

If much of my early years were spent with Candie and her wonderful family; my teen years were spent with Ann, Rose, Kate, and Willard.  I spent many hours at their house.  Kate and Willard loved company, even a bunch of teen-agers.  It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, you were always made to feel welcome at Kate and Willard’s home.   They instilled in Ann and Rose the knowledge and belief that all people are equal and deserve respect.  In fact, Willard used to get a man to come help him kill hogs, which was a big, exciting day.  The man that Willard hired was named Mr. Jones

Burgin and he was black.  But his last name was Burgin, so somehow Ann and Rose started calling him “Uncle Jones”.   Ann said she and Rose were good sized girl before they realized that “Uncle Jones” was not really their uncle.  Kate and Willard demonstrated and modeled true respect for everyone…even before it was “politically correct”.  And talk about a work ethic!  When I used to spend the night with Ann and Rose, we would have to hide our clothes before we went to bed; otherwise Katie would have them washed, hung on the line, and in the winter, they would be frozen stiff as a board before she went to work at 7:00am.  She didn’t care if we thought they were dirty or not, they got washed.  Willard and Kate both worked at OF Finishing.  Katie’s work included lifting large heavy bolts of cloth on and off a big machine all day.  Willard worked in the Finishing Department.  Most days it was so hot in there that he would come out of the plant without a dry thread on him.  Neither ever complained about their job; they both worked all the hours they could and always gave at least one hundred percent every day.  They were thankful.  I loved my time with Kate, Willard, Ann, and Rose.

There are so many wonderful people who have been founders in this church and community that it is difficult to mention everyone.  Miss Clara Moffitt, who lived where the Gregory family lives now was a wonderful contributor to this church and community.  My Mother said when she was a teenager that Miss Clara started working with the teenagers.  Every Sunday they would get together and go on walks and hikes; one time they went up the hollow behind Earl Croom’s house to a waterfall; who knew there was a water fall up there?  Sometimes she would even take them camping!!  I understand that she continued her work with the young people and their camping trips down through Hilda and Lottie and Barbara and Shirley and so many more.  What a trooper!!  And what would our church have been without the beautiful voice of Miss Clara’s daughter Mildred Moffitt Elliott?

And what would this church be without people like Miss Mary Burgin and Ruth Bean?  And then there are Helen, Wallace, Clifford, Rebecca, Carter, Faye, and so many more.  Whatever needed doing, they did it—Sunday School Superintendent, WMU, Sunday School teacher, pianist, organist and on and on.  Plus, they were always so good about keeping up with former pastors and others.  Carter and Faye always let others stay in their home whenever they needed to — right, Kathleen [Thacker]?  In fact, when Candie was little, she asked Gladys if something happened to her family, could she go live with Carter and Faye?  Barbara Walker and Shirley Arrowood always did so much with BibleSchool and other things and they had one of the best mothers in the world in Aunt Sarah.  When Aunt Sarah prayed, you knew not only that she was talking directly to the Lord, but you also knew that He was listening!  What a Saint Sarah Burgin was.

There are many who have grown up and taken on leadership in this church since I was here: Candie (of course), Greta, Mark Eric, and the others.  Some have moved into the church: Bob and Brenda, Boyce and Wanda, Joe, Shea, Karen, and all you other wonderful folks. You have all brought your own gifts into the church and the community.  You have big shoes to fill and you are doing well with it.  Just know that you never know how much influence you have on others by your actions.  Your legacy will carry on, just as the legacies of the folks that I have talked about still lives and influence us today.

I have gained so much from so many in this church and this community:  I have enjoyed love and support, developed discipline, a personal sense of responsibility, a strong work ethic, and experienced the joy of Christian love.  I have been truly blessed.  I have my wonderful daughters, Beth and Jill; I now have a wonderful husband and Mother-in-Law [David Ricketts & Mama Rosie Ricketts] to enrich my days; I have a wonderful life, for which I am thankful.  But I would be remiss to not give credit to one person who has made all the difference and that is my Mother, Edith Griggs.  Mother worked swing shift at OF Finishing Plant; that meant she worked 3 months on the first shift, three months on the second shift, and three months on the third shift.  Her best job was cutting samples in the sample department, which meant that she stood in the same spot on a cement floor for 8 hours a day and used large, heavy scissors.  Anytime she got the opportunity, she worked over, sometimes a double shift, which meant 16 hours straight.  She never complained; she was always thankful for the work.  When she was on the 2nd shift, I would only see her on week-ends.  But she always had someone to stay with me and I always felt her presence, even if she was not there.  The two weeks of vacation she got each year was spent the same way each year and she looked forward to it: the first week we worked in the garden and the second week we worked in her flower nursery.  I have never known anyone who worked any harder than my mother.  She made sure I had what I needed, including an abundance of love and an ample amount of discipline!  When it came time for me to go to college and I was delaying do admissions and financial aid applications, she asked Lottie’s Jim Washburn, who was the guidance counselor to help out.  Jim Washburn came to our house and helped fill out all the paperwork for admission as well as financial aid.  When it came time for me to go to WesternCarolinaUniversity, she again asked Jim to help.  My Daddy was disabled when I was 14, and could not drive that far.  Jim Washburn drove Mother’s car to Cullowhee, and then the 2 of them helped me carry all my stuff up the 4 flights of stairs to my room.  I would never have gone to college the first day without Jim Washburn and my Mother.  When I went to work, Mother gave up her first shift job that she had finally attained, and went to the second shift so that she could keep my children during the day.  I would deliver Beth and Jill to her house at 7:30am; she kept them until she went to work at 3:00; Daddy kept them until I got home at 4:00; Mother got off work at 11:00pm and came home; she started all over again at 7:30 the next morning.  During that time, she continued to have a garden, root flowers and run her nursery.  Daddy was disabled in 1964 when I was 14; he was never able to work on a public job again.  Mother worked at OF Finishing until she was 67 years old, when the plant closed.  She jokes that they had to close the plant to get her out of there.  She continued to help me with the girls, as well as everything else while I worked and did graduate work.  When I got my doctorate in Greensboro, I took her down for the ceremony; afterward I took her picture with my diploma, because I truly felt like she deserved at least half of it.  While I was Superintendent of Schools, often people would comment on what a hard job it was, and it was difficult at times.  But I have never worked a day as hard as my Mother worked every day.  Now, she is always apologizing for not being able to do the work or help cook like she used to; I always tell her that she is still WAY ahead of the rest of us on work.  But she still has the “want to”.  When she was staying at my house for a while and there was a dinner here at church, she wanted to make her famous chicken and dumplings.  Of course I had to do most of the “leg work”.  Now I have received many gifts from my mother, but the ability to be a good cook was not one of them!!  Somehow, I used the wrong flour or something, so when she tasted of the dumplings, she said that they weren’t good.  I told her that they were “good enough”.  She said, “I’m not going to ruin my reputation because of YOUR dumplings!”  So we didn’t bring any chicken and dumplings that time.

In 2003, Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to have 18 inches of her colon removed and had to take chemotherapy; she went through it like a champ.  She was 85 at the time.  In 2007, at 89, she was diagnosed with lung cancer- a new primary site with an aggressive cancer.  The doctors gave only one possible option and that was a relatively new procedure called cyber-knife “surgery”, which required the patient to lie on his/her back without moving for 2-3 hours while receiving massive radiation.  Because of my Mother’s severe osteoporosis and the resultant curved back, I told them that it would be impossible for her to lie on her back for that long.  When I told Mother what I had told the doctors, she thought for a minute and then said, “Well if I NEED to lay on my back for 3 hours, I CAN do it.”  At 89, Mother went through 3 of the 2-3 hour cyber-knife treatments as well as chemo-therapy; and she went through both like a champ…as usual!   What a spirit and determination my mother has always demonstrated!  I could never thank Mother enough for all she has done for me and for my girls.  She gave us everything we needed just when we needed it…just like Eunice said…God gives us exactly who we need in our lives.  What a gift of God’s love that he gave me my Mother… that he gave all of us our Mothers!  Thank you, Duckie for being MY Mother!

In closing, I want to say how much I have enjoyed having the opportunity to publicly recognize a few of the people who have influenced all our lives so greatly.  We never know how much what we do or say will be carried on the hearts and lives of others.

My prayer is that we will always recognize and learn from all the teachers God puts in our path, and that God will continue to bless us all and hold us in the palm of His hand.


Mrs. Sherron Crawford, guest speaker for homecoming service, Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church, Old Fort, NC  on 10/30/2011

Historical Review: Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church by Mrs. Mary K. Burgin

Historical Review by Mrs. Mary K. Burgin, December 28, 1975

I have fond memories of the Old Church and Sunday school.  It was established in the late twenties.  My Dad, Henry J. Knupp and stepmother Sally Solomon Knupp, attended this church until his death in 1935.  Granny Sally, as we called her, was teacher of the Card Class and well known throughout this community for her services as a midwife.

We normally had three classes, The Bible Class, Young People’s Class and Card Class.  If the number present was small the classes would combine.  We would have between 14 and 22 present.  I found a few old records and on December 31, 1950 the Bible class was taught by Mrs. A. R. Walker, number present four.  The Young People’s class and Card Class combined was taught by Mrs. G. M. Moffitt.  Number present ten.  Total present fourteen.  Total amount in collection 43 cents.  Total memory verses seven.  The next Sunday, Jan. 8, improved a little .  Class #1 was taught by Mr. F. G. Knupp.  Number present six.  Class #2 was taught by Mrs. G. M. Moffitt, number present eleven.  Class #3 was taught by Mrs. M. C. Burgin, number present seven, total number present 24.  Total amount in collection $1.55.  Total number memory verses 13.  We would always repeat memory verses after the classes reassembled and then the Sunday school was dismissed.

We also had our visitors, especially in the summer, just as we do now.  One in particular that we always happy to see was Mr. A. C. Reynolds.  Mr. Reynolds was a great educator in Western North Carolina and the one for whom A. C. Reynolds’ High School was named.  He had a cabin on Byrd’s creek and he walked down to Sunday School.  He taught some inspiring Sunday School lessons for us.  I found two old Sunday School Quarterlies. dated 1942.  The lesson for December 27, 1942 was entitled Dynamic Christian Living.  I also found some cards the card class used, the oldest dated January 27, 1935.  One I found dated February 1942, where Helen had been learning to write her name on it.

One thing that stands out in my mind so vividly was the prayer life of the members back in the late 30’s and early 40’s.  About this time was hen Hitler was making his big brags and when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  This was hard times for us at the end of the depression and our young boys were being drafted and some of them we did not see for a couple of years.  We banned together in prayer, Uncle Mont and Aunt Ella Burgin, Melvin, Garland, Mrs. Moffitt, Mrs. Sybil Knupp and all the others.  Uncle Mont was one that we loved to hear pray.  HE really knew how to talk to our Heavenly Father.  Out of the approximately 20 boys that went to war, two were taken as prisoner and were pretty sick when released, one was injured, but all returned home.  I still thank God today and give Him praise for hearing and answering our prayers.

This week, when the temperature dropped to the teens, I was especially thankful for a nice warm Church that we can have Sunday School in.  The old Church was not always comfortable enough, especially when we walked to church.  Gas and cars were scarce and expensive in those days.  I’m thankful for the spiritual blessings that God has given us through our Old and New Church.  Let’s take advantage of the opportunity to serve Christ and I personally want to thank God for the way He has blessed me and my family by being borned in a community where we could receive His Word and teachings so freely.

Historical Sketch: Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church by Mr. Clifford Knupp (1996)

Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church Historical Sketch by Mr. Clifford Knupp

Organized in 1913 with Rev. G. A. Pegram as the first pastor with twenty-seven charter members.  The church used the facilities of the MT. Hebron Collegiate Bible Institute.  These facilities were used into the 1920’s until a new structure was built on adjoining property.  The structure consisted of one large room.  Two Sunday school classrooms were added about 1950.  Before the new classrooms were built the classes would meet in separate places in the large room.

The Mt. Hebron Collegiate Bible Institute was a Quaker school.  The student body was interdenominational.

The Mt. Hebron Church was a real source of strength and help during the depression era and WWII for the community.

The Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church and the Old Fort Wesleyan Church were organized about the same time and made up the Old Fort and Mt. Hebron Church with one pastor pasturing bother churches.  The Miles Harvey family was a strong force in the early church.

The Mt. Hebron Church had a good revival in 1952 while Rev. M. R. Harvey was pastor.  The Old Fort and Mt. Hebron church had gotten Rev. Carlos Vernon and his wife for pastor in 1952 after Rev. M. R. Harvey retired.

While Rev. Vernon was pastor the church decided to try and build a new church.  Rev. Vernon resigned the church and Rev. Sam Parker, a student at central Wesleyan College, was secured to take the pastorate at this time.  In 1954, the two churches decided to split up and secure a pastor for each church.  Rev. Sam Parker took the Mt. Hebron Church.  During the next three years, the church raised money to go toward building a church.  Carter and Faye Burgin gave the property, along with twenty-five feet parallel with this that was purchased from Mr. George Moffitt, for the new church building.

During the summer of 1957 the grading was done for the church building and work got under way toward building the church.

Rev. Sam Parker resigned in 1957 and Rev. Robert Freeman came to the church as pastor.  Early on during Rev. Freeman’s pastorate the church started cutting timber for the church building.  A lot of people in the community gave timber.  People of the church cut and logged the timer.  MR. Theodore McEntire sawed the lumber for the church building.

The people of the church and community furnished labor, the masonry work was the only labor the church had to pay for.

Under Rev. Freeman’s leadership the building project went forward and by 1959 the church had the building to the point that we had our first service in the new building.

With a lot of help from answered prayer and from many friends from the community the church building was completed.

During Rev. Forris Barnard’s ministry (1963 – 1967), the church constructed a new parsonage.

During Rev. Bill Flinchum’s ministry (1971 – 1977), it became the desire of the church family to see the church free of debt.  The goal was set and the final payment on the church loan was paid in April 1974.  Then the church family had the desire to construct/complete a combination Fellowship Hall and Education building in 1975 -76.

Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church Historical Review

Crooked Creek Community in Old Fort, North Carolina

The year was 1895, when Cherry Springs Baptist Church moved to the site opposite the current Crooked Creek Fire Department.  On this current site, stood the Cherry Springs Community Building across from Bethel Methodist Church.  Because of this move the people of Mt. Hebron Community could not attend due to transportation problems.

Mr. Henry J. Burgin felt the need for a Sunday school in the community so strongly that he contacted various people about beginning one.   Several promised to support such an effort and services were begun around 1900 in the New Hope School Building.

 Different preachers came to preach; revivals were held and many of the community became Christians.  One long-remembered revival lasted four weeks with four preachers, two of whom were Miles Harvey and George Curtis.

 Around 1905, Mrs. A.G. Hadley, a Quaker from Goshen, Ohio came to the community and began Bible Classes on the front porch of Mr. Wilson Moffitt’s log cabin.  In April 1906 Mr. Moffitt and his brother F.A. Moffitt donated 2 ½ acres of land to the Society of Friends of Crooked Creek for a Bible School.  The men of the community, like the men of old who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, had a mind to work.  Charles Curtis, Mont Burgin, Tell Moffitt, Gerome Moffitt and others put oxen into the woods and soon had timber to take to the sawmill.  They then constructed what is known as the “Lower Building” of the Mt. Hebron Bible School.

 The Sunday school which had been meeting in the New Hope school became a part of the church sponsored by the friends Church of Goshen, Ohio.  Some time later the New Hope School was moved out of the community and children of the community attended Mt. Hebron School where they were drilled daily in bible studies as well as the “3 R’s”.

 This grammar school continued to meet the educational needs of the community until 1932.  The Bible School first closed in 1919 and re-opened about 1927 for 3 – 4 years.

 In September 1913 the Mt. Hebron work, known as Friends, became Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Methodist Church.  The church was led by Rev. G.A. Pegram and was organize with 28 members under the leadership of Rev. H.W. Hawkins, then President of the N.C. Annual conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America.  Some of the charter members were:           Mr. & Mrs. Allen Burgin, Mr. Henry Burgin, Mr. Mont Burgin, Mr. Jack Fortune, Mrs. A.G. Hadley, Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Belk

The Wesleyan Methodist congregation worshipped in the Lower building of the bible School until 1927 when they purchased a small tract of land and began to build their church.  Rev. I.A. Rhinehardt was pastor.

 James and Garland Knupp hauled logs from the “old Harvey place” to the sawmill for the building.  Mrs. Sallie Knupp and MR. R. Harvey donated a white ash which stood on their property line to make benches.  Bart Walker and Sam Pyatt did the carpentry work on the benches.  Other contributed of their money and labor.

 In this building there was preaching “every other Sunday”, but members had Sunday school, prayer meeting and Sunday night services.  Every fifth Sunday they had “special singing and dinner on the grounds”

 Many pastors came to serve the church. Some stayed only one year while others stayed longer, but all had a part in the building of the Mt. Hebron church.

 During the “lean” years following the depression (1936 – 1941), Rev. W.C. Cockman ministered to the church and community.

 During the war years (1941 – 1944) when means of transportation were few, Rev. Jesse Peele helped the people as they had need.  He also boosted the church with his interest in the children of the community.

 Rev. M. R. Harvey, who had supported the church during its early years, came as pastor in 1950.  Mr. Harvey and his wife are held in high esteem by the members of the church community for the service they rendered during this time.

 A building program was started in 1952 for the construction of a new church building while Rev. Carlis Vernon was pastor.  During the pastorate of Rev. Sam Parker (1953 – 1957) a building fund was set up and a building committee elected. Mrs. George Moffitt, Mrs. A.R. Walker, Roy Burgin, Carter Burgin and Clifford Knupp were member of this committee.

 Carter and Faye Burgin donated a tract of land, and an adjoining tract was purchased fro the new church site.  Men of the church and community cleared the land and by summer of 1957 footing was poured and the basement walls laid.

 It was Rev. Robert J. Freeman, pastor from 1957 – 1962, who worked to see the church building constructed.  The people of the Church cut the timber themselves and worked to see the building erected.  People of the surrounding area gave of their money and labor.   Even some the small boys, Wesley Knupp, Henry Effler and Danny Effler did their part.  Finally, the work was completed and in the summer of 1959 the new church was ready for worship.  Many prayers were prayed during these days and God answered those prayers.

 This picture is from the 1961 church calendar, listing Mr. Carter Burgin, Rev. Freeman, and Mrs. Hettie Walker, Mr. Wallace Walker and Mr. Roy Burgin as the church building fund committee members.

 In 1962, Rev. L.R. Price became pastor and served for one year.  Rev. Forris G. Bernard, who came, as pastor in August 1963 was instrumental in building a parsonage.  In 1966, the completed 5-room brick home with a full basement was occupied by the parsonage family.

 Sunday School rooms in the church basement were finished during the pastorate of Rev. L.W. Mi8lstead (1967 – 1971).  Plans were made for carpeting the sanctuary of the church, and several extra payments made on the church debt.

 In 1971, Rev. Bill Flinchum was called to the church on Crooked Creek.  In September 1972 the Sanctuary and nursery were carpeted.  At the beginning of the conference year 1973-1974, it became the desire of the members to see the church free of debt.  The goal was set and the final payment on the church loan was paid in April 1974.

 In less than eight years, the congregation, by God’s help paid off the total church indebtedness, which included the church and parsonage, of $19, 700.00.  Over $6,000.00 was paid in the year preceding the final payment in April 1974.  This was the result of sincere praying, liberal giving and full cooperation of both members and friends of the church.

 “It is the prayer of the congregation that it will be able to serve the spiritual needs of the Mt. Hebron community and glorify God who through His grace makes “all things possible to them that believe”  (pg. 5, Historical Sketch of Mount Hebron Wesleyan Church, 1974, Rev. Bill Flinchum)

 In 1974 – 1976, the educational/Fellowship building was planned and erected, under the direction of Rev. Bill Flinchum.

 Progress continues to be made at the little country church on Crooked Creek.  The pews have been padded (date), chimes have been added in the bell tower (date), carpet installed (date), renovation of men’s bathroom and addition of ladies powder room (date), parking lot paved (date).

Wesleyan Church of America, Box 2000  Marion, Indiana

 The Official List in 1973 – 1974 of Church Officers

 General Superintendents of the Wesleyan Church of America:  Dr. J.D. Abbott, Dr. Robert W. McInytre, Dr. Virgil A. Mitchell, Dr. Melvin H. Snyder

 District Superintendent of North Carolina, Colfax District:   Rev. Watson C. Black, 601 North Rotary Drive, High Point, NC

 Pastor of Local Church:   Rev. Bill Flinchum, Rt. 2 Box 134, Old Fort, NC

 Church Secretary:                       Mrs. Faye Burgin

Assistant Secretary:                    Mrs. Rebecca Knupp

Treasurer                                   Mr. Clifford Knupp

Tithing Secretary                        Mr. Howard Lytle

Pianist                                                Mrs. Mildred Flinchum

Assistant Pianist                         Ms. Martha Knupp

Choir Director:                           Mr. Clifford Knupp

Assistant Choir Director:             Mr. Wallace Walker

 Members of the Local Church Board:   Wallace Walker, Chairman

Mrs. Faye Burgin                                  Mrs. Mildred Elliott            Mr. Clifford Knupp

Mrs. Sarah Burgin                                 Mr. Howard Lytle              Mrs. Willie Walker

Trustees:   Mr. Wallace Walker            Mrs. Clifford Knupp                     Mr. Howard Lytle

 Auditing Committee:  Mrs. Sarah Burgin, Mrs. Helen Walker

Communion Committee:   Mrs. Mildred Flinchum,  Mrs. Freida Lytle

Flower Committee:   Mrs. Freida Lytle, Mrs. Bea Mason

Music Committee:  Mr. Carter Burgin, Mrs. Mildred Flinchum, Mr. Clifford Knupp, Mrs. Rebecca Knupp

 Sunday School Officers:

Superintendent:  Mr. Howard Lytle

Assistant Superintendent:    Mr. Carter Burgin

Cradle Roll Superintendent:   Mrs. Helen Walker

C.Y.C. Director:   Mrs. Mildred Flinchum

Sunday school Committee:  Mr. Howard Lytle, Mr. Carter Burgin, Mr. Clifford Knupp, Mrs. Helen Walker

Women’s Missionary Society:

President:                                           Mrs. Rebecca Knupp

Vice-President:                                    Mrs. Mildred Flinchum

Secretary-Treasurer:                             Mrs. Helen Walker

YMWB Director:                                   Mrs. Joan Walker

 Wesleyan Youth:

President:                                           Miss Candie Allison

Vice-President:                                    Mr. Wesley Knupp

Secretary-Treasurer:                             Miss Jeannie Walker

Adult Counselor:                                  Mrs. Barbara Walker

Roll of Members 1973 – 1974

Full Members:

Allison, Candie        Elliott, Kaye                     Knupp, Clifford        Walker, Barbara

Bean, Judy              Elliott, Mildred                  Knupp, Hilda                    Walker, Hettie

Bean, Ruth             Flinchum, Bill                    Knupp, Martha        Walker, Helen

Burgin, Carter         Flinchum, Mildred              Knupp, Penny         Walker, Joan

Burgin, Faye           Jones, Sarah                    Knupp, Rebecca       Walker, Wallace

Burgin, Mary           Lytle, Freida                     Knupp, Wesley        Walker, Willie

Burgin, Roy            Lytle, Howard                   Riley, Aubry

Burgin, Sarah          Knupp, Arcie                     Riley, Elisabeth

Associate Members:

Noblitt, Sammie                         Silvers, Peggy                            Walker, Harry

Walker, Lillie                              Walker, Susan                            Walker, Wade

Junior Members:

Flinchum, Phil                                      Murphy, Toni                    Walker, Rhonda

Flinchum, Tamara                                 Owenby, Dennis               Walker, Keith

Murphy, Mark                                      Owenby, Jimmy                Walker, Woodrow

Pastors of Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church

 1913 – 1914                                                 G. A. Pegram

1914 – 1915                                                 Mrs. A. G. Hadley

1915 – 1916                                                 A. E. Belk

1916 – 1917                                                 J. L. Bolen

1917 – 1920                                                 S. D. Hill

1920 – 1921                                                 C. W. Benton  (1920 – 1922)

1921 – 1922                                                 Charles W. Curtis (not listed)

1922 – 1924                                                 Grover C. Greene

1924 – 1926                                                 Mills A. Harvey

1926 – 1929                                                 I. A. Rhinehardt (1926 – 1928)

1929 – 1930                                                 M. A. Harvey (Rhinehardt/Harvey 1928-29);  G.F. Settlemyer (1929 – 1930)

1930 – 1933                                                 C. H. Capps

1933 – 1934                                                 E. D. Packer

1934 – 1935                                                 Robert Phillips

1935 – 1936                                                 Julia Klous              Associate: Melvin Burgin

1936 – 1941                                                 W. C. Cockman       Associate: Melvin Burgin

1941 – 1944                                                 Jesse Peele

1944 – 1947                                                 F. M. Wilson (1944 – 1946)

1947 – 1948                                                 A. L. Whiteside (1946 – 1948);  A. J. Kendrick/Howard C. Kennedy(1948 – 49)

1948 – 1949                                                 F. M. Wilson (not listed)

1949 – April 1950                                         J. W. Kiser

April 1950 – August 1950                               Harold L. Rickman, (Supply)

1950 – 1952                                                 M. R. Harvey

1952 – 1953                                                 Carlis Vernon

1953 – 1957                                                 R. Sam Parker

1957 – 1962                                                 Robert J. Freeman

1962 – 1963                                                 L. R. Price

1963 – 1967                                                 Forris G. Barnard

1967 – 1971                                                 L. W. Milstead

1971 – 1981                                                  Billy E. Flinchum

1981 – 1983                                                  Mike Pinner

1983 – 1990                                                 Ron Rider

1990 – 1993                                                  Mylon Pope

1993 –                                                          Tommy Wright

*Dates in parenthesis were the dates as listed in the “Centennial Celebration 1879 – 1979, North Carolina (Colfax) District, The Wesleyan Church, section on the Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church.

Following are excerpts from a 1931 – 1932 brochure of the Mt. Hebron Collegiate Bible Institute ran by Mrs. A. G. Hadley.

 Location:    This school is located about six miles southwest of Old Fort, NC. in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Old Fort is twenty-eight miles east from Asheville, the great Summer and Winter resort of eastern U.S.

 The water of Mt. Hebron Mineral Springs has been analyzed by the State.  It contains nine minerals and is medicinal, pure and soft.

 The climate is healthful.  The altitude is 2,000 feet.  It is an attractive health resort for summer guest who will be entertained at reasonable rates.  Write for terms.

 Calendar for 1931 – 1932

First Semester:       Registration is October 5, 1931; Class work begins October 6th

Thanksgiving Vacation November 26 & 27

Christmas Vacation December 24, 1931 to January 4, 1932

First Semester closes January 29, 1932

Second Semester begins February 1, 1932

Baccalaureate, Rev. A.E. Belk, May 14, 1932

Closing Exercises May 18 and 19

Ladies Advisory Missionary Board     The duty of this board is to have charge of the “Students’ Aid.” Members of the board were:            Mrs. Clara Moffitt, President; Mrs. Vassie S. Burgin, Vice President; Mrs. Eunice Fortune, Secretary; Mrs. Sallie Knupp, Treasurer

What to bring:        Each student should bring a Bible, a pair of blankets, two quilts or comfortables, white spread, pillow with two cases, three sheets, a lamp a laundry bag, three napkins, toilet and laundry soap, two or three kitchen aprons, rubbers and $5 for books and incidentals.

 Cost:            Tuition to be paid every four weeks in advance in cash or eatables.

Tuition – Theological                            for 4 weeks            $ 3.00

Tuition – High School                           for 4 weeks            $ 2.00

Tuition – Preparatory                           for 4 weeks            $ 1.50

Tuition – Grades                                 for 4 weeks            $ 1.00

Room and Board                                  for 4 weeks            $14.00

Piano 50 cents for one lesson per week.

This history was compiled by Mrs. Mildred Flinchum

Davis, Lydia & Martha

I am trying to find some information about the McDowell County poor Farm/Alms house. It may have been in Higgins Township. I am looking for their cemetery or death information on their residence.

I am interested in a Lydia & Martha Davis that lived there in 1900. Martha also lived there in 1910. Her deth record states she died in 1913 & is buried at the Poor farm.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,  Norman Davis


  • June 23, 1900 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Marion, County poor home, House 262-263
  • Lyda Davis, Pauper, F, W, March 1835, 65, Single, NC, NC, NC; Martha Davis, Pauper, W, F, May 1855, Single, NC, NC, NC
  •  April 29, 1910 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Higgins Twp., Page 139, House 46-47
  • Martha Savis, F, W, 47, Single, Pauper, NC, NC, NC.
  • Note: Living in the McDowell County Poor home.
  •  Death Certificate: Martha Davis, b. age 50, d. Dec. 28, 1913, Higgins, McDowell Co., NC. Residence: Inmate of County Home. Burial: County Home. Father: Logan Davis. Mother not listed. (Female, White) Informant: Joseph England, Marion, NC. Recorded: March 27, 1914. Note: There was another death certificate that was not complete with death as Dec. 28, 1914.