Historic Markers Across Alabama



White Oak United Methodist Church



Marker ID: HCC 
Location: at 4180 U. S. Highway 431 South, about 8 miles south of Eufaula, Alabama.
County: Barbour
Coordinates: N 31° 46.826    W 085° 10.5
  31.78043333    -85.175
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6EEJ
 



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SIDE 1:
First known as White Oak Chapel, this church was dedicated on October 16, 1859 by Reverend Isaac I. Tatum of the Alabama Conference Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Society was organized by Reverend John J. Cassady who served as pastor in 1860. A log schoolhouse, constructed prior to 1859, served as the church building. The church is situated on land donated by Ezekiel Alexander (1803-1879). The grave of his son Asa, who died in 1861, is the earliest marked burial in the cemetery. Within a few years the log church was replaced by one made of rough, undressed lumber. A more finished building was erected in 1888.

Erected by White Oak United Methodist Church and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 1990.

SIDE 2:
The present church building was constructed in 1952-1953 upon the foundation of the 1888 building. A fellowship hall including kitchen and Sunday School rooms were added as part of this building project. Dr. A. E. Schaefer was district superintendent and Reverend Ennis Sellers was pastor. The building committee was E. F. Calhoun, chairman, R. A. James, W. V. Powell, Mrs. J. W. Calhoun and Mrs. S. E. Godfrey, Jr. In 1953 the church was recognized by Emory University and the Sear-Roebuck Foundation as Alabama's "Rural Church of the Year" because of outstanding achievement during 1952-1953.

Erected by White Oak United Methodist Church and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 1990.







End of White Oak United Methodist Church