Clopton United Methodist Church
By Jocelyn Ross
In the community of Clopton, located in thenortheastern section of Dale County, is the CloptonMethodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery. OnSeptember 28, 2000 they were listed on the AlabamaRegister of Landmarks and Heritage. Although the present church was built in 1924, it was erected on theoriginal space occupied by its predecessor, built in 1850.
It was a time when many pioneer families came fromthe Carolinas via Henry and Barbour counties. Somenames of the pioneer families that helped to found this150
year old congregation are Bethune, Camp, Clark,Dunn, Gaskins, Haynes, Hogan, Horne, Morris,Hudspeth, Jordan, Lingo, McDaniel, McGlaun, Roberts,Stokes, Pearce, Reynolds, Sanders, Solomon, Steagall,Tice, Scott, and Westmoreland.The formation of the original church of 1850 wasorganized by Reverend John Wesley Solomon (b. 1822
d.1901). At that time, it was a very plain church; it lackeda steeple, belfry, and choir loft. However, the aisles werecarpeted. There were three aisles in this church. The pewson the left were for the men to be seated; the pews on theright were for the women and children to be seated. Inaddition to a pedal organ, there were cuspidorsthroughout the church, according to Ms. Tommie Waters.The cuspidors, she explained, were there “so that LeeHorne, Joe Sanders, and Dr. William Weems could chewtobacco during church.”
The original church building was replaced under theleadership of Jack Reynolds, Chairman of the BuildingCommittee in 1924. Sunday school rooms were addedduring the tenure of Pastor Rev. Paul Duffy, in 1947.Finally, many members of the church volunteered to build a parsonage in 1956. It was not until 1986, under Pastor Rev. Gary Frey, that an indoor bathroom wasinstalled. In 1999 the church was given a “Facelift” of vinyl siding, new windows and a wrought iron railingabove the new tile steps, under the leadership of Chairman Howell Peebles.
Inside the church can be found two original pulpitchairs, a cuspidor, a hundred year old Bible, the pulpit,water pitcher, and some books of hymns without musicalnotes. The original pews are still being used; they have been moved into the Sunday school class. This year theClopton United Methodist Church will be celebratingtheir 152
anniversary as a church. According to Mrs.Waters, the Clopton Cemetery is a sacred place in the lifeof the church and the Clopton community. Some of thegraves found there date back to the 1850’s.
HARRY POTTER MARATHON EVENT
Our ”Harry Potter” marathon continues on Thursdaysduring October. Popcorn and a drink will be servedfrom 4:15 until show time at 4:30.
Oct. 4th—Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Oct. 11th—Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Oct. 18th—Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Oct. 25th—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Friends of the Library
By Elizabeth “Liz” Babine
The Friends of the Library and the Ozark AreaChamber of Commerce put on another successful Not
Desserts, on Thursday, September 20, 2012,from 5:30PM – 7:00PM. The following FOL memberscontributed food and/or muscle in order to make thisevent possible. We need to thank Bill Vignoe,Georgianna Seymour, Elaine Potts, Mary Vaeth, MaryGrace Hood, Sandra Holmes, Roberta Hyers, BobbieMcLauchlin, Sara Carroll, Martha Overstreet, MoArmstrong, Brenda Harper, Brenda Minton, JeanBeverly, Mary Sue Switzer and Abrigail Jones. If wehave forgotten anyone, please know that your contribution was greatly appreciated. Also we need tothank Ms. Tanya Roberts, Director of the Ozark AreaChamber of Commerce, for sending out invitations toall chamber members, inviting them to come and enjoya fellowship evening with the Friends of the Library.A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Lynn Ivey, whoentertained all with her lovely singing voice. Lynnsang a number of tunes that we all were familiar withand never get tired of hearing. Also, we want to thank her husband, Tim, who acted as her sound man. Lynnreceived many “kudos” for her performance. TheFriends of the Library are proud to have her as one of our board members. Thanks again Lynn, for a job welldone.
The FOL are inviting all who wish to attend tocome and hear Attorney Clayton Davis, Social SecuritySpecialist, speak on Medicare and the importance of Wills, Power of Attorney and Medical Directives. Theevent will take place on Thursday, October 11, 2012,from 2:00PM – 3:30PM, in the Alice Doughty room atthe Library. There will be light refreshments. All arewelcome.