HOOKER CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

The first congregation of the Church of Christ was established in Hooker about 1913 when Le Pope and his family moved here. A nice frame building was erected on property donated by the Strawn family. Early members included the Phillips, Hales and Winfreys.

 

Charles Holder and a brother Blazer would come from Bridgeport, Alabama and preach. The trains made this an easy trip. In fact, the children of the Hooker Community went to school in Bridgeport. They would catch old No. 6 in the mornings and come home on old No. 1; this was the N.C.&St.L. Railroad line which ran right through the community.

 

Sometime later, the congregation was disbanded. However, Claudia and Arbella Winfrey revived the church in 1933, having a “brother Rice” come and hold services in their store building every Lord’s Day. Another church building was erected the same year directly across the highway from the first meeting place. In 1975, they started a new auditorium which was occupied on January 1, making classrooms in the old building.

 

Initial membership was 8; present attendance averages 90. There were no elders until 1975 when R.C. Foster, H.C. Geer and Donald Moreland were appointed.

 

Numerous preachers have sounded the Word of the Lord from its pulpit, including those mentioned Garnett Randolph, I.H. (Pat) Wheeler, H.C. Geer, Joe Mayhew and others.

 

This church assists in the support of Missionaries in Georgia, India and Spain.(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)




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