History of the Restoration Movement

William Wesley Gaddis


Source: The Florence Herald, Florence, Alabama
Friday, February 4, 1927, page 16

The Life Of W. Wesley Gaddis

William Wesley Gaddis was born April 3, 1885 in Marion County, Alabama. He was the son of John G. Gaddis (1864-1907) and Annie Grego Gaddis (1860-1944). He was married to Maggie Elody Mays (1887-1961) on October 12, 1903 in Marion County. They had five children: Della Naomi Gaddis (1903-1999); James Lloyd Gaddis (1905-1976); Myrtle Caroline Gaddis (1908-2001); Esther G. Edwards (1911-1997); and Jereldne Gaddis (1928-1930).

He preached the gospel in several places in Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. Reports of his local and evangelistic labors appeared in both the Firm Foundation and the Gospel Advocate. At Carbon Hill in the second decade of the 20th century, he lived at Cordova in 1925, at Waterloo, Alabama in 1927, at Florence, Alabama in 1928, and at Town Creek, Alabama between 1933 and 1934.

In 1938 he preached at the author's home congregation, South Haleyville in Winston County, Alabama. Between 1938 and 1941 he preached in Combes, Texas. He moved from there to Selmer, Tennessee, and back to Vernon, Alabama by 1951. His last days were in the northern Walker County, Alabama town of Nauvoo. He passed from this life January 31, 1968.

His remains were planted in the Fernwoods Cemetery. He was a long and endeared friend to the Lord’s church in Northwest Alabama many years.

-Scott Harp, 10.29.2021

Sources: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, Gospel Advocate, Firm Foundation, various others.

The Southern Democrat, Oneonta, Alabama
Thursday, October 1, 1925, page 5
NOTE: Reference to Gus Nichols. He always considered brother Gaddis as one of his early teachers.

Daily Mountain Eagle, Jasper, Alabama
Wednesday, June 27, 1923, p.6

Move To Waterloo, Alabama in 1927

The Florence Herald, Florence, Alabama
Friday, February 4, 1927, page 15

The Florence Herald
, Florence, Alabama
Friday, November 11 1927, page 3

Gospel Advocate Reports

Gospel Advocate, 10.18.1917, page 1018

Gospel Advocate, 09.23.1926, page 912

Firm Foundation, Tuesday, January 2, 1934, p.13

Firm Foundation, Tuesday, June 13, 1933, page 5

W. Wesley and Maggie Gaddis

Source: Ancestry.com

News of the Death of Mrs. Maggie Gaddis

The Advertiser and Marion County News-Journal, Haleyville, Alabama
Wednesday, December 20, 1961, page 12

Directions To Grave

The Gaddis family plot is in Old Flatwood Church near Nauvoo, Alabama. From Birmingham, Alabama take I-22 toward Corinth, Mississippi. A few miles past Jasper take the Nauvoo / Carbon Hill Exit. Take Hwy. 11 north. Go about 2 or 3 miles and turn left on Old Flatwood Rd. The church and cemetery will be on your right. GPS below is the actual location of the grave in the cemetery.

GPS Location
33°57'12.9"N 87°29'50.4"W
or D.d. 33.953595, -87.497330

Inf. Son of
W. W. & Maggie Gaddis

Inf. Son Of
W. W. & Maggie Gaddis

Annie Gaddis
Mother of W. W. Gaddis

John Gaddis
Father of W. W. Gaddis

James Loyd Gaddis
F2 US Navy
World War II
May 7, 1913
April 25, 1979

W. Wesley - April 3, 1885 - January 31, 1968
Maggie E. - September 22, 1887 - December 14, 1961


Photos Taken 03.13.2013
Webpage produced 10.29.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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