Enon Missionary Baptist Church

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Enon Missionary Baptist Church is located about three miles northeast of Lynn near Millstone Mountain. At one time, it was apparently named Pleasant Hill No. 1, probably around 1947, when the Clear Creek Baptist Association convened with Pleasant Hill No. 1. In Jerry Burns book, History of the Clear Creek Baptist Association, "it was commonly referred to as 'Old Alnon' but was never so wrttien in the minutes." Today, many people call the church Old Enon.

Loduska Martin, daughter of Thomas, wrote a local and personal to the Winston Herald newspaper, with a dated issue of August 17, 1893. She stated the following: "We had a Sabbath school celebration at old Edon church last Friday which was attended by a large concourse of people. After inviting the different schools, and choirs, they formed a line and had a beautiful march. Then they were called to seats and had some nice singing and Sunday school speeches: ten adjourned for dinner. A nice dinner and plenty for all was served. Called together by singing, followed by interesting Sabbath school lectures. We had an interesting time. Peace and harmony existed throughout the entire service."

Enon joined the Clear Creek Baptist Association on September 29, 1893, at Double Springs. F.M. Martin, T.S. Kuykendall, and W.M. Gaines were the messengers. Rev. Thomas M. Martin was pastor, and his son Francis Marion Martin was clerk, reporting 15 members.

Not much of the early history is known. The original building was a one-room log building that served as a school and church located approximately fifty yards east of the present building. The second structure was built in the mid-1940s and was a white plank, one-room church building built when Brother Chester McCrary was pastor. It was located about twenty-five yards from the present and third building, which was built in 1965 and is a cinderblock building. The school consolidated with Lynn Elementary School on May 31, 1935.

The cemetery is located east of the church. Elder Thomas M. Martin, the first moderator of the association, is buried there and there his body rests awaiting the glorious resurrection. The first ones buried here, according to the tombstone data, were Villis Manasco (died September 20, 1876), W. Whitfield (died June 21, 1878), Martha Jane Harbin (died February 1, 1881), and Emma A. Addison (died August 25, 1885). According to Ada Martin, a descendant of Thomas, a salesman, or drummer as they were then called, was the first person buried in the cemetery, which was in the woods at this time. He was found dead, and no one in the community could identify him so he was buried where he was found, the first burial to take place starting the cemetery, then later on the church.

Thomas M. Martin (1893 – 1894)
T.S. Kuykendall (1894 – 1902)
G.W. Davis (1902 – 1903)
No Pastor (1903 – 1904)
H.L. McCrary (1904 – 1905)
No Pastor (1905 – 1906)
G.W. Davis (1906 – 1908)
J.M. Davis (1908 – 1909)
No Pastor (1909 – 1911)
J.J. Wakefield (1911 – 1912)
No Pastor (1912 – 1915)
J.J. Wakefield (1915 – 1916)
R.L. Wilson (1916 – 1917)
J.J. Bartlett (1917 – 1918)
E.B. Welborn (1918 – 1919)
J.J. Wakefield (1919 – 1920)
No Pastor (1920 – 1921)
No Record (1921 – 1930)
G.F. Gregory (1930 – 1931)
James Scogin (1931 – 1933)
George Ingle (1933 – 1935)
No Pastor (1935 – 1936)
C.D. Frazier (1936 – 1937)
J.H. Wakefield (1937 – 1939)
Hugh Barnett (1939 – 1940)
J.H. Wakefield (1940 – 1942)
Thomas Tidwell (1942 – 1943)
J.M. Bailey (1943 – 1945)
Chester McCrary (1945 – 1952)
No Pastor (1952 – 1953)
Ollice Chambless (1953 – 1954)
George Washington (1954 – 1955)
H.V. Hallman (1955 – 1956)
Elmer Smith (1958)
Jess Clark (1959)
Elmer Smith (1960 – 1962)
Gainus Wakefield (1963 – 1964)
Red Willis (1965)
Haskill McKissick (1966 – 1967)
Elmer Smith (1968 – 1969)
Archie Edwards (1970)
Sammy Shipman (1971)
Haskill McKissick (1972 – 1975)
Ollice Chambless (1976 – 1979)
Bobby Sibley (1980 – 1982)
Buddy Hollaway (1983)
Haskill McKissick (1984 – 1986)
Irvin Smith (1987)
Donald Day (1988 – 1992)
Ollice Chambless (1993)
Ronnie Melvin (1994 – 1996)
Fred Green (1997 – 2005)
Gary McGee (2006)
Fred Green (2007 – 2008)
Leon Sullivan (2009 – Present)

Thomas M. Martin, First Pastor:

Elder Thomas M. Martin was born in Hall County, Georgia on May 11, 1824. He married Frances Mary Ann Stone on October 29, 1844, in Hall County, and they came to Winston County, Alabama, in late 1859. After Frances died in childbirth in March 1863, he remarried to Malissa Lane in 1867. While he did not serve during the Civil War, he did have Union sympathies. Thomas died on May 8, 1901, and was the father of fourteen children.

Elder B.F. Shank held his funeral and made the statement that "Brother Martin had preached forty years." He was buried in Pleasant Hill No. 1 graveyard (now Enon). A beautiful tomb marks his resting place. Brother Martin was a devoted, plain, conscientious preacher who rode horseback to preach over a large area of Winston County. He did much to plant the Gospel in this part of the state. He was kind and sympathetic and a messenger from Sardis No. 1 when the Clear Creek Baptist Association was organized at Rock Creek on October 9, 1874. He was elected the first Moderator from 1874 to 1883, then again from 1886 to 1897 making twenty years he served as Moderator. He later moved his membership to and started Pleasant Hill Church (now Enon), possibly even donating the land for the church.

At the association in October of 1901 a "Tribute of Respect" was prepared by G.W. Gibson, W.R. Long, Levi H. Davis, and committee and read to the body and placed in the minutes. “Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, to remove from the walks of man, since the convening of the last association, our worthy and much esteemed brother, Elder T.M. Martin, who served as moderator of this association, for 20 years. Brother Martin filled the high calling which his God placed him in, to the credit of himself, his church, and to the glory of God. Therefore, be it resolved that we can show no greater respect than to emulate his Godly walk in life. Resolved, further, that we cherish his memory in our hearts while we humbly submit to the will of Him who tempers the wind and the shorn lamb, whose ears are ever open to the orphan's call and the widow's cries. Resolved further, that these resolutions be placed upon our minutes, and a copy be sent to the widow of the deceased.”