Centerville in Leon County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First United Methodist Church of Centerville
Circuit riders Henry H. Cassady and George W. Tittle served local Methodists before a formal church organized in 1850. H. D. Hubert was the first appointed preacher in 1853. The congregation met in a schoolhouse before building a sanctuary in 1871. The church reported 290 members at the time. In 1921 workers razed the church and built a new sanctuary and bell tower. During World War II, Pastor Weldon Morton became an army chaplain and members Cecil Lemons and Roland Knight were killed in action. The church campus and programs have grown over the years. Today, the oldest church in Centerville continues to serve its community as a spiritual beacon of light.
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16837.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 31° 15.386′ N, 95° 58.731′ W. Marker is in Centerville, Texas, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Commerce Street (State Highway 75) and Jefferson Street, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 245 South Commerce Street, Centerville TX 75833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leon County Courthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Fort Boggy (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fort Boggy (approx. 4.4 miles away); Leon County (approx. 5.7 miles away); Site of the First Court House Built in Leon County (approx. 7 miles away); Concord Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 9˝ miles away); Boggy Community (approx. 9.7 miles away); Manaen Turnbull Smith (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centerville.
Also see . . . First United Methodist Church of Centerville, Texas. Church website homepage (Submitted on June 28, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.