History of the Restoration Movement

Hebron Church Of Christ

Morgan County, Alabama

Preachers & Church Leaders Buried At Hebron

Donald L. Grace
Roger D. Latham
Malona "Lonie" H. Giles
Millard F. Earwood
S.H. Earwood
S.C. Bolding

The Old Meetinghouse At Hebron

Hebron Church of Christ - The First Building
-photo courtesy of C. Wayne Kilpatrick-

A Great Church

How many preachers has the congregation of which you are a member produced? The Hebron church in Morgan County, Alabama is a rural congregation of about one hundred-fifty members. In the past several years ten gospel preachers have developed from its membership.

Millard Earwood, now deceased, served as an elder and preacher in Florence and Huntsville, Alabama. Two of his sons are preachers. Doyle is in Detroit, Michigan and is on the faculty of Michigan Christian College. Donald preaches in Montgomery, Alabama and is on the faculty of Alabama Christian College. Donald Grace, an elder of the Hebron church, does much preaching. Hugo Earwood preaches in the Decatur, Alabama area. Don Latham, preacher for the Shurlington church, Macon, Georgia, plans to enter the Australian mission field in 1970. Ray Humphries preaches for Central church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The writer is in full-time meeting work under the oversight of the elders of the East Cullman church, Cullman, Alabama. Ronald Earwood and Roger Latham, the youngest "Hebron preachers," are in Nashville School of Preaching and already they are effective, proclaimers of the word.

Young men in the Hebron church grow up with the impression that preaching the gospel is the greatest work in the world. Faithful preachers are loved appreciated, respected, commended, and encouraged by the church. Through the years young men of the congregation have frequently been urged to fill the pulpit on Sunday evenings. Had I grown up in one of our congregations where the altitude, "we must keep a good speaker in the pulpit or lose our people" prevails, I would not be preaching the gospel today. Thank God for converted Christians who are willing to occasionally sacrifice listening to an interesting speaker in order to give a novice preacher an opportunity to develop. Does a church which is too selfish to do this really deserve to have a good preacher?

Through her own efforts and through her preachers the Hebron church has been responsible for the establishment of about a dozen new congregations and the conversion of thousands of souls. With the assistance of John Robinson, the powerful and an energetic preacher who recently began work with them, the church is now making more progress than it has at any other time in its history. The Gospel Advocate  goes into each home.

-Jerry Humphries, Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1968, page 262 / Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Hebron Church of Christ Cemetery

Directions To The Hebron Church of Christ And Cemetery

Hebron Church of Christ and cemetery is located just a few mile east of Arab, Alabama on Hulaco Road. Take Hwy. 69 east out of Arab toward Culman. Just as you leave town turn right on Hulaco Road. The church will be a couple of miles out on the left. The actual GPS of the Hebron church and cemetery is: 34°18'47.6"N 86°35'21.6"W; or D.d. 34.313234, -86.589336

Some Preachers Buried At Hebron Cemetery

Donald L. Grace

Donald Howard October 8, 1922 - February 8, 2007
Lavis Wright October 28, 1923 - March 21, 2008
Married August 21, 1940

Roger Dale Latham

Obituary Notice Of The Passing Of Roger D. Latham

Roger Dale Latham, 66 of Baileyton died Friday, July 13, 2012 in Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Latham was born November 29, 1945 in Marshall County, the son of Hoyt E. and Johnnie S. Charles Latham. He was married 49 wonderful years to the former Sylvia Doris Thrower. He was a carpenter and general contractor. He had been a resident of the Baileyton area for the past 36 years. He enjoyed horses and his grandchildren. He was a member of the Hebron Church of Christ and a Church of Christ minister; pastor of churches at Grandiflora, Brocks Chapel, Hollins and Falkville.

He is survived by his wife: Sylvia Latham of Baileyton; a son and daughter-in-law: Phillip and Becky Latham of Baileyton; a daughter and son-in-law: Tabatha and Allen Roberts of Joppa; 6 grandchildren: Cody Roberts, Jake Roberts, Zane Roberts, Emma Latham, Andrew Latham and Avery Latham; his Mother: Johnnie Latham Thomas of Baileyton; five brothers and sisters-in-law: Larry and Joan Latham of Joppa, Dennis and Debbie Latham of Joppa, Perry and Donna Latham of Cullman, Tony and Denise Latham of Holly Pond and Danny and Johna Latham of Baileyton; a step brother: Norman Thomas of Huntsville and a step sister: Paulette Leach of Baileyton and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and many dear friends.

Funeral service will be 11:00 A. M. Monday, July 16, 2012 at Hebron Church of Christ, Brother Ray Humphries and Brother Ronald Earwood, officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel, directing.

Pallbearers will be Stanley Burden, Nickey Earwood, Jimmy Hester, Russ Martin, Norman Roberts and L. B. White.

-From Find-A-Grave

Roger D. November 29, 1945 - July 13, 2012
My Sheep Hear My Voice And I Know Them
Sylvia D. January 25, 1945
Give Thanks To The Lord For His Good

Malona H. Giles

Malona H. November 21, 1873 - March 30, 1940
Mary E. September 8, 1875 - May 8, 1960

Millard F. Earwood

Gospel Advocate Obituary

Millard Franklin Earwood, 69, Arab, Ala. died at Huntsville, Ala., November 27, and was buried at Hebron Cemetery, Joppa, Ala. Funeral services were conducted by Marshall Flowers and Clifford Smith.

Survivors include three sons, Doyle F. Earwood, Michigan Christian College, Rochester, Mich.; Donald R. Earwood, Alabama Christian College, Montgomery, Ala. and Wayne Earwood of Huntsville, Ala.; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Whittaker of Selmer, Tenn., and Mrs. Ann Higgins of Huntsville, Ala.; five brothers, John, Ira, Paul, Amos, and Leldon; five sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Clelland and Mrs. Ethel Humphries, Mrs. Armon Whisenant, Mrs. Orean Anderson, and Mrs. Codean Vest and nineteen grandchildren.

Brother Earwood sold his farm at fifty years of age and entered Freed-Hardeman College after sending five children to Christian schools to better prepare himself for more effective work in the Lords kingdom. Has supported himself by insurance work while helping small rural congregations in Alabama and Tennessee. He served as an elder at Pine Street, Florence and congregations at Huntsville, Ala.

He is the third generation of five generations of Earwoods in restoration movement in Northern Alabama and Tennessee. A number of preachers, Christian school teachers, missionary, elders and deacons have come from his grandfather, John Oliver Earwood, who settled in Northern Alabama from Paulding County, Ga. in 1886.

The Lord's work always came first with Brother Earwood.

--Doyle F. Earwood. Gospel Advocate, December 22, 1966, page 814.

Ethel S. Earwood
June 2, 1895
November 8, 1963
Asleep In Jesus

Millard F. Earwood
February 19, 1897
November 27, 1966
He Loved The Lord

Starling Hezekiah Earwood

On Left: Annie E. Earwood Born September 28, 1886 - Died April 22, 1953
On Right: Alma, Wife of S.H. Earwood, Born May 11, 1873 Died November 12, 1911

S.H. Earwood
August 8, 1871
June 11, 1949

Samuel Caldwell Bolding
1864 - 1934

Gospel Advocate Obituary For Leander Bolding

Leander Cicely Bolding was born near Eastman, Ga., February 24, 1868, and died at the family home near Hulaco, Ala., March 1, 1932.  She came to Alabama when a small girl and located in Marshall County, where she grew to womanhood.  She was united in marriage to Samuel C. Bolding, May 26, 1885.  To them were born eleven children--three girls and eight boys.  Seven of them preceded her in death.  Her husband survives.  She was reared a Baptist, but learned the way of the Lord more perfectly and obeyed the gospel in 1897 under preaching of J. D. Jones.  She lived a faithful, consecrated, Christian life until the end.  She was of a tender, loving disposition, a faithful wife, a loving mother, a kind friend, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.  She lived to see all her children obey the gospel.  Funeral services were conducted at Hebron Church, a short distance from her home, by B. F. Moody, assisted by O. T. Bolding, one of her sons.  A large and sympathetic audience assembled.  The body was tenderly laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the resurrection.  We sorrow not as those who have no hope.

-A. L. Gepford. Gospel Advocate, December 29, 1932, page 1390.

Gospel Advocate Obituary For S.C. Bolding

"Samuel Cauwell Bolding was born August 5, 1864; died December 23, 1934.  He obeyed the gospel about forty years previous to his death, having 'read himself out of the Baptist Church,' as he termed it.  He was a devout servant of the Lord, and lived a simple Christian life.  He was an elder and teacher in the church of Christ at Hebron, Ala.  He provided for the family and the Lord, dying owing no man anything but love.  Out of twelve children who blessed his life, eight of them preceded him in death.  His wife also passed away three years ago, which, no doubt, hastened his own death.  He had many friends far and near, which he made in traveling over Alabama, Georgia, and portions of Mississippi and Tennessee, doing quite a bit of preaching and by personal contact.  He and mother both lived to realize one of their greatest desires fulfilled--one of the nine boys becoming a preacher of the gospel.  May the Lord help me to live faithful to my promise to them and to him, and to live that I may dwell with all the redeemed of all ages in that city of gold.  Services were conducted by W. O. Norton, of Cullman, Ala., and the writer.

-Oran T. Bolding, Gospel Advocate, April 11, 1935, page 359.

Leander, Wife of
S.C. Bolding
February 24, 1868
March 1, 1932
She was a good and affectionate
wife, a fond mother, and a friend
to all

Samuel Caldwell Bolding
August 5, 1864
December 23, 1934

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Website Produced November 15, 2013
Courtesy of Scott Harp

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