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GOODWILL'S CHURCHES

 Above: Goodwill Baptist Church. Below: Sinai Mountain Church

( Material furnished by Ken Bowen, Bluewell, WV. )

CHURCHES IN GOODWILL, WEST VIRGINIA


There were three churches in Goodwill, and a log church on Sinai Mountain.The Goodwill Baptist was the oldest.  It was located beside Press and Sarah Sadler's house.  Reverend Sturgill preached there for several years, and Harvey Aust preached there several times.  Walter S. Carner was Sunday school superintendent.  Evangelist Tex Cochran from Texas held a revival there in the summer of 1930 that lasted a month, and several of Goodwill's youth stepped forward for the Lord.  The church was destroyed by fire between 1931 and 1933.

The Goodwill Methodist Church was straight across the railroad tracks from the Baptist Church.  A Mr. Allen and Mr. Nelson preached there.  After the fire destroyed the Baptist Church, both churches united and the Methodist Church became known as the Goodwill Community Church.  Walter S. Carner, Perry Hazelwood, and Claude Bonham were Sunday school superintendents. Bainey Thompson, Morris Carner, Lora Bailey, and Frances Phillips taught Sunday school for many years.  Viola Carner played the piano.

The black church, Goodwill Zion, was up the hollow above the Union Hall. Bill Clark, P. H. Owens, and Preacher Webb held services there.  Every Sunday, the church would really rock with Lottie Dennis at the piano, and Rosebud and Janie Webb, Ella Claytor, Ole Maynard, and Sis Williams led the singing.  Buck Irvin was the deacon.

On Sinai Mountain, Press Robinson, Whitlow and Haskin Jones and John Dillon dismantled the old Jones cabin in Bell Branch Hollow and put it back together beside the road above the Jones Farm.  They remodeled the cabin into a church where Preachers Mr. Shaw, Mr. Sutphin, John Dudley, and Joe Tilley held services.  Haskin Jones married Kate Foster there, and Whitlow Jones married Annie Sue Foster there in 1912. Preacher John Dudley had to walk from Montcalm to have services in the church, and walked back off the mountain late at night carrying a lantern that cast an erie yellow glow through the forest.

Text furnished by: Ken Bowen, Bluewell , WV.

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