HOOKER METHODIST CHURCH About the year 1880,William Lyle gave a plot of land to the Hooker community for the erection of a Methodist Church. In a quote from Mr. Lyle, “I am giving this land on account of my love for the Lord and the Methodist Church.” The church was built by John T. Martin, Jesse Phillips. John Haswell, Rob Tatum, Sam Hale, John McCauley and James Smith. Some of the charter members were: Mrs. O’neill, Mrs. Jesse Phillips, Mrs. John T. Martin, John Haswell, Mrs. Julia Davis, Miss Lizzie Smith, Mrs. James Smith, Mrs. John McCauley, Bill Ford, and Mrs. Mary Coates. The building was used for church and school, until 1912, when being unfit for further use it was torn down and the present building was erected. Some of the preachers who lead the worship services for many years were: J. Smith, E.R. Lewis, A.N. Dailey, E.R. Kite, J.P. Austin, M.E. Deakins, A.M. Tomlinson, C.E. Wilson, L.D. Gold A.N. Dailey, E.R. Kite, J.P. Austin, M.E. Deakins, A.M.Tomlinson, C.E. Wilson, L.D. Gadd, J./W. Almond, J.F. Wampler, H.A. True, and J.J. Cammpm. Some later preachers were: J.E. Merrill, M. Latham, Charles Ward, J.B. Wood, Horace Henry, J.O. Stewart, Charles Holmes and Delaney Sisk. Then in the year of 1971 when James Hankins was the District Superintendent of some area churches, a decision was made to leave the Hooker Church our of the Holston Conference and move the membership to other churches. The members, and those who wished to attend church at Hooker, made a decision to continue to worship there and voted to name the church Hooker Memorial Chapel. At the present time, 1975, the church is under the leadership of Henry Lones, minister. He is interested in Dade County for another reason: he is married to the former Nelba Kinsey from Avans.(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)




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