Holly Springs United Methodist Church - Pendergrass, GA


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History

It is believed that Holly Springs United Methodist Church was organized about 1835. The first church was a log cabin near a spring near the present building. There were holly trees around the spring so the church was named Holly Springs.

On November 8, 1849, Mr. John C. Watkins executed a deed for five acres of land to the following Trustees and their successors: Sterling G. Davis, Joshua Wilson, Luke T. Watkins, Josiah Marlow, and Matthew G. Watkins for a "place of divine worship known as Holly Springs Metting House of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (and for a school house for the education of the children in the neighborhood if they, the said Trustees, think it proper.)"

In order to gain rights to the holly spring as a water supply on September 4, 1891, Elvira J. Wilson executed a deed for 1/25 of an acre of land to the following trustees: Luke T. Watkins, James J. Watkins, Benjamin M. Watkins, Minor Gilbert, Jackson C. Hancock, and Wesley W. Hancock for the sum of forty-five cents.

The present church building was erected in 1888 to replace the building used for both a house of worship and a school. Records show that a Sunday School had been organized prior to 1886. Mr. J. J. Watkins served as Sunday School Superintendent from 1886 to 1912, a period of 26 years.

Children's Day has been observed by the Church  on the second Sunday of May for almost a century. Since the institution of Mother's Day, the two celebrations have been combined.

The cemetary adjacent to the church was begun May 6, 1872 with the interment of Mrs. Ann Cheatham. A number of veterans of the War Between the States, Word War I, and World War II are buried in the cemetary.

Four ministers of the Gospel have come from Holly Springs: Glenn Davis, A. Parker Watkins, Bishop William T. Watkins, and Buren Hancock. It is said that this is the only church in the conference that can claim both a bishop and his wife. Mrs. William T. Watkins was the former Edith Hancock.

Today, Holly Springs boasts a modern Fellowship Hall and beautiful renovations to our historic sanctuary making it a wonderful place to worship and Fellowship as we continue to add to the tapestry of our rich history.

 

 

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