History of the Restoration Movement

Mack Millard Epperson


Mack Epperson

(Editor's note: Brother J. E. Epperson passed from this life last spring. His son, Mack passed away recently. At my request, Mack's mother, sister J. E. Epperson wrote the following about her son. We are glad to publish it.) 

Mack Epperson, age fifty, departed this life November 19, 1975. He was born in Haleyville, Alabama, a twin to Jack, June 3, 1925. He became a Christian at an early age and grew up in the church at Haleyville. At the age of eighteen Mack and Jack entered the U.S. Air force in World War II and served three years returning in 1946 from occupational duties in Germany.

He was married in 1946 to Tingle Dodd of Double Springs, Alabama and went to Freed-Hardeman college a few months. He moved to Richland, Washington to work in the atomic energy plant there to make a living for his family. His children are, Donna born in Haleyville, and Mack Jr. born in Richland.

The church in Richland was struggling and was meeting in a school building. While working at a secular job, Mack assisted in building up the church. He helped to build a meeting house, worked with his hands painting sanding and finishing floors. He also did some preaching and teaching.

From the Richland church the elders there helped establish congregations in Prosser, Pasco and Benton City all in Washington and Umitilla (sic), Oregon. Mack did the mission preaching and teaching. He was there eleven years and the church was on "solid ground" where he preached when he left.

Mack came back to Haleyville in 1959. He preached at Mountain Home near Bear Creek at first. While doing secular work he was preaching at places in Marion County and places close to Haleyville. These were Thorn Hill, Burleson, and Hodges.

Mack's first place as a "located minister" was Hackleburg, Alabama where he stayed about three years. While there they added to the church building and built a preacher's home with Mack helping with the labor of hands and heart.

Leaving Hackleburg he moved to Toney near Huntsville, Alabama where the church also built a preacher's home. From Toney Mack moved to Fayetteville, Tennessee. They built a new church building at Fayetteville. Albert Hill, Jr. preached at the dedication services while Mack was there. From Fayetteville Mack went to Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton, Alabama in 1970 where he had his first severe heart attack. After that he was able to work some, but was limited by poor health. He preached at Hamilton and Cherry Hill in Alabama and Pine Grove near Fulton, Mississippi. He then moved to Mt. View near Hodges, Alabama where he lived at the time of his death.

When Pine Vale Orphanage was started in Iuka, Mississippi, Mack assisted as he did in many areas of the Lord's work. He worked in youth camps and vacation Bible Schools to train children. He taught and baptized many people in his personal evangelism.

Mack suffered his fourth and last heart attack and died at E. C. M. hospital in Florence. Funeral services were conducted in the Mt. View church building. Jerry Jenkins, minister of Woodlawn church of Christ in Birmingham, Alabama spoke at the funeral. Burial was in Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville, where Mack helped lay the ground work to establish and develop the beautiful gardens there.

Mack's survivors are his wife Tingle Dodd Epperson, son Mack, Jr. Hodges, Alabama; daughter Mrs. Steve (Donna) Hulsey, Nashville, Tenn.; brother Jack Epperson, Florence, Alabama, sister Mrs. George (Eddy Jean) Hamerick and this writer, his mother, Mrs. J. E. Epperson both of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. A grand-daughter, Amy Epperson; nieces and nephews.

Mack held meetings in Washington, Oregon, Georgia, and Tennessee as well as Alabama.

The World Evangelist, January 1976, pages 10-11

Haleyville Newspaper Clipping

The Advertiser Journal, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, February 12, 1931, p.9

The Advertiser Journal, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, August 12, 1943, p.1

The Haleyville Advertiser, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, September 12, 1946, p.10

The Haleyville Advertiser, Haleyville, Alabama
Thursday, September 19, 1946, p.1

Daily Northwest Alabamian, Haleyville, Alabama
Saturday, December 29, 1962, p.4

Directions To Grave

Mack Epperson is buried in the Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville, Alabama, in the Garden of the Cross section. Haleyville is located somewhat off the beaten track. From Interstate 65 go to Cullman and take the Hwy 278 Exit and head west. When you get to Double Springs, turn right on Hwy. 195. Go about 13 miles and the cemetery will be on your left. You have to enter from a side road. Once entering, look for the section with the big cross in it. Once getting to that section look to the right, back toward Hwy. 195. The Epperson's plot is in the small triangle section just behind the Winston Memorial Cemetery sign.

GPS Location
34°15'21.6"N 87°33'35.7"W
or D.d. 34.256005,-87.559928

Mack M. Epperson, Jr.
April 27, 1954 - September 15, 1994

Tingle D. Epperson
wife of Mack Epperson

John Edward Epperson
November 19, 1898 - April 12, 1975
Father of Mack Epperson

Mack M Epperson
TEC 5 Army Air Force
World War II
June 3, 1925 - November 19, 1975

Photos Taken April 12, 2022
Webpage produced 05.31.2022
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

Special Recognition: Thanks to my first cousin Angie McClure for assisting me in locating the graves of Mack and his twin brother Jack Epperson. We visited this, basically, our home cemetery in April, 2022 to put flowers on the graves of some of our family members now buried there. Several gospel preachers are buried here, W. C. Quillen, Stubby George, my cousin Steve Martin, and someday my dad and probably me, your webpage editor.


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