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Pall Mall in Fentress County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life

 
 
Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life Marker
Inscription. The home where Sgt. York was born no longer stands, except for a portion of the north chimney. A large nearby spring supplied water for the William York family and later served Alvin's family too. It was on a hill above the spring that Sgt. York married his beloved Gracie in a ceremony conducted by Tennessee Governor A.H. Roberts of Overton County.

Sgt. York's conversion brought him in contact with Gracie Loretta Williams, who would be his wife on June 7, 1919; before a large crowd of friends and admirers.

Before he was drafted, Sgt. York helped his widowed mother by hunting, fishing, and working to support his younger brothers and sisters. Later she lived with him, his wife and his children in their home.

An illustration in Liberty Magazine depicted Sgt. York praying for God's guidance about his military service at the Yellow Doors (visible to the east of the cemetery).

Sgt. York experienced a religious conversion in 1915 when he attended a revival at Wolf River Methodist Church conducted by H.H. Russell of the Church of Christ in Christian Union. He convinced one of his best friends, Rosier Pile, to join as well. Blessed with a melodious singing voice, York became the song leader and a Sunday School teacher at the local church. Rosier Pile, who owned the community store, went on to become the church's pastor.

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Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life Marker (right) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
2. Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life Marker (right)
at right, Alvin Cullum York was born on Dec. 13, 1887, in Pall Mall, Tenn., to Mary and William York, parents of eight boys and three girls.

The Wolf River Methodist Church is where the York family attended church for many years. it was here during a revival held by the Church of Christ in Christian Union that York became a Christian in 1915.

Sgt. York's Funeral was attended friends, admirers, dignitaries and military personnel from across the U.S. and abroad. The 82nd Division Color Guard presented the flag from his coffin to his family.
 
Erected by Tennessee State Parks - Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park.
 
Location. 36° 32.883′ N, 84° 57.25′ W. Marker is in Pall Mall, Tennessee, in Fentress County. Marker is on Cemetery Road 0.1 miles from Wolf River Loop, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker located on the northwest border of the Wolf River Cemetery near the Alvin C. York memorial and grave site. Marker is in this post office area: Pall Mall TN 38577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wolf River Valley (here, next to this marker); Wolf River Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sgt. Alvin C. York Educational Legacy

Wolf River Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
3. Wolf River Methodist Church
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Sgt. Alvin C. York - America's Greatest Civilian Soldier (approx. half a mile away); Alvin and Gracie York's Home and Farm (approx. half a mile away); Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Area (approx. half a mile away); Sgt. York at Work (approx. 0.6 miles away); Affair at Travisville (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pall Mall.
 
Categories. Heroes
 
Wolf River Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
4. Wolf River Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016.
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