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Marilyn Wilmore Johnson has recently provided a more complete listing of the baptismal candidates.
L-R, row 1: Ethel Gregory, Sally Smith, Clara Gregory, EthelWilliams,
Evie Hiett, Etta Wilmore, Jewell Earps and C. B. Massey.
Row 2: Bob Dickerson, Mun Beal, Lee Porter, Billy Dias, Charlie Toney, unknown,
Johnson Dillehay, unknown, Mayben Alexander, Frank Watson and John Oldham.
Etta Wilmore was Marilyn Wilmore Johnson's grandmother.
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L-r: Pastor. F. W. Lambert, Curtis "Fat" Boston, Herbert Wilmore, Lester Smith,
Lee Brooks, Clarence Benton Taylor, Bennie Hiett, Dalton Dickerson, Wade
Milton Dickerson, Garrett Porter, ? Law, Freeman Ligon, Mettie B. Wilmore,
Geneva Oldham, unknown, Gertrude Chambers, unknown, unknown, Beulah Smith,
Dovie Jewel Smith, Ercie Gregory, unknown, Emogene Williams, Geraldine Shoulders,
Odie Mai Taylor, Bevie Taylor, unknown, unknown and Mack Beasley Williams.
The man in white behind F. W. Lambert is Alton Williams, father of Emogene Williams Sloan,
mother of Beth Sloan Wilburn. Alton did not attend church much but stated he wanted to be
close by in case the preacher started to let Emogene drown. Next to Alton is Dred Williams
and the boy in overalls is Rex Williams. The others are unknown.
Note by Tom Dickerson:
Herbert Wilmore was the father of Mettie Wilmore and the future father-in-law
of three of the men pictured: Lee Brooks, Dalton and Milton Dickerson.
(Dalton and Milton "Monk" are my uncles but I am much more handsome than they.)
Baptizing was held in Peyton's Creek near the church building in the Graveltown Community.
Row 1, L-R: Mai Stevens (wife of Pleasant Shade banker, O. W. Stevens), Anna Gregory
(Cal's sister), Mrs. Windfield S. Parkhurst, Windfield S. Parkhurst, Mai Gregory (Cal's
wife), Meddie (Cal's daughter), Clarence Porter (wife of Hudson Ellis Porter) and daughter,
Mildred (later wife of Carthage doctor, Hugh E. Green - Mildred was unhappy because
Meddie would not let her play with the big doll), unknown
Row 2, L-R: Mrs. Oldham (Charlie Oldham's mother and Lou Oldham's mother-in-law),
Lou Oldham (wife of Charlie Oldham), Mrs. Green, unknown, young lady unknown, Mrs.
Luther Jones, Thula Oldham (wife of Henry Oldham), Sally Oldham (daughter of Henry),
Sally Sutton (wife of Philander Sutton), Fanny Massey (wife of C. B. Massey), unknown
Row 3, L-R: Mrs. Kemp, Mr. Kemp, unknown, Hudson Ellis Porter, Haskell Kemp
(song leader), Luther Jones, Henry Oldham (Baptist minister), Philander Sutton
(later father-in-law of Cal's sister, Anna), C. B. Massey (Baptist minister), unknown
Row 4, unknown.
After the deaths of their spouses, Thula Oldham and C. B. Massey were married.
There are a number of stories about C. B. Massey, Henry Oldham, Haskell Kemp and
others in this picture in the "Cal's Column Articles". In the May 4, 1950 article, Cal
writes about the comments Luther Jones made regarding his first attempt at preaching.
Picture and names provided by Meddie Gregory Wilburn, daughter of Calvin Gregory.
Go To May 4, 1950 Cal's Column Article