Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 1
Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983 Section 1, Centennial Edition--13
Strong foundations for community life
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|Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in Greene County, was established in 1840 by elder William Nutt at the home of Wiley Hutchins. Marion
Gramling has been pastor of the church, which is located in the Mt. Zion community, since 1975. There are 240 resident members.
Soon after they organized the church, they built a small log house. This was a community house as well as a church. The church later built a larger log house which
was never used for any other purpose than as a house of worship. It was later destroyed by fire. A frame church was then built, and it was blown away by a storm.
The present building is the fourth since the church's establishment. Four churches have been organized by members, lettered off from Mt. Zion. They are Shady
Grove, Walcott, Cache Valley and Lorado churches. Twenty-four pastors have served the church.
Shiloh United Methodist Church
Shiloh United Methodist Church was established in 1888 when the first church building was erected at the present location on U.S. Hwy. 412 west of Paragould.
The two-story frame structure was used as a church, as a school and as a meeting place for lodges.
This building served the congregation until 1915, when a second church was built on the same grounds. The second building served as a meeting place from 1915
until 1965. The first pastor of the church was I. A. Vernon.
Two of the earliest members, the late Ella and Clarence Edrington, told about the method of paying the pastor's salary in the early days. The leaders of the church
hitched up the horse and buggies and went around to the members to collect the salary. If a member had no money, he could donate chickens or meat, vegetables,
fruit, canned food or sorghum molasses.
First United Methodist Church Marmaduke
The First United Methodist Church in Marmaduke was established in 1890 as the Marmaduke Methodist Episcopal Church, South with the Ref. E. N. Bickley as
pastor. The first meetings were held in the school, but soon a small frame building was erected on West England Street, just behind the existing General Baptist
In 1925, a brick building was erected that still serves the 161 members. The Rev. Randy H. Rowlan is pastor.
There have been 41 ministers at the church during its 93 years. The largest membership increase was from 1907 to 1909 when P. B. Wallis added 52 members to
the congregation. L.L. Bounds recently retired after serving the church for 11 years.
St. John's Lutheran Church
St. John's Lutheran Church in Lafe was established in 1891 and moved to its current location in 1948. The Rev. John Reimold is the pastor of the church which has 217 members.
In 1891 a Lutheran church was organized at Lafe and named. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 1911, a second frame church was built to replace the
orginal church. Before 1934, all church services were conducted in German, the language of the original settlers.
In 1937, electric lights were first installed in the church. The present brick church was constructed in 1948, with a wing added in 1981.
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Transcribed from the 1983 Centennial Edition by : PR Massey
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