Hebron Church Of Christ
Morgan County, Alabama
Preachers & Church Leaders Buried At Hebron
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
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
Malona H. Giles
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.
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
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.
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