Janice Williams

South Leon Baptist Church

In Newburg Cemetery on August 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm

The Cunningham family has had a long association with the South Leon Baptist Church, which sits by the Newburg Cemetery and the Newburg School. Together, they are all that remains of a once thriving community.

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, the same day as the Cunningham hold their 125th annual reunion, the church will hold a regular Sunday service for the last time.

You are welcome to join in this last service at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, between the historical presentation by Randall Walton at 9 a.m. in the church and the group panoramic picture to be taken on the bleachers near the church at 11 a.m.

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The historical marker was placed at the church in 1968. I don’t know how much of the reunion festivities took place at the church that year, but family members were definitely there to see the marker.

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I believe there have been many reunion attendees that have made a point to go to church at Newburg when they were in “town” for the reunion.

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I can’t identify the 4 people that are the focus of this photo, but over on the left is Alda Etta McCarty (my Aunt Det) looking like she’s having the time of her life— the usual pose for her.

According to the historical marker, this building was built in 1906. Countless Cunninghams have been married in this church, had their souls saved in this church, been baptized here, or have had their funeral here.

Sunday would be a good opportunity to sit in the same place as many of your ancestors and say goodbye to a part of our heritage. We’ll see you there at 9 a.m. for Randy’s presentation and then sit tight for the service.

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  1. I loved visiting that church since my memory began sometime after 1928.. It is nice that the last service falls on our Cunningham 125th anniversary when we will gather from all over the country.

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