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Near May in Brown County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

May United Methodist Church

 
 
May United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 18, 2015
1. May United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. Methodists in this area were initially served by circuit-riding preachers. First to come to the region in the 1860s was the Rev. Hugh M. Childress, and worship services were held in private homes. In 1882, the Rev. Peter Gravis organized Mt. Zion Methodist Church, which later merged with the congregation at Byrds. Both of these communities, along with Bethel, Brooks, Clio, Gap Creek, Green’s Chapel, Holder, Pleasant Valley, Rocky, Shrum, Verbena, Williams, Windham and Wolf Valley became part of the May charge. Brush arbor revivals were held each summer.
     The May Methodist Church was formally organized in 1886. Members gathered for services in nearby Verbena until 1890, when they began meeting in the newly constructed May schoolhouse. Four years later, members built their own one-room church, which served until they constructed a new brick building with memorial stained glass windows in 1929-30. After 70 years of service, the church building was destroyed by fire in January 2000.
     Throughout its history, the May United Methodist Church has upheld the ideals and traditions of its pioneer founders. Despite the Depression, droughts, floods, wars and fire, the church has served its members and the May community for more than 100 years.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission
Marker in front of May United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 18, 2015
2. Marker in front of May United Methodist Church
. (Marker Number 12532.)
 
Location. 31° 57.829′ N, 98° 55.248′ W. Marker is near May, Texas, in Brown County. Marker is on U.S. 183 0.1 miles south of County Road 478, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18005 US 183, May TX 76857, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The May Community (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wolf Valley Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Heflin Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Rising Star (approx. 9˝ miles away); Rising Star (approx. 9.6 miles away); Rising Star Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.6 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 13.4 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in May.
 
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View to North Along US 183 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 18, 2015
3. View to North Along US 183
Marker on left (west) side of road
View to South Along US 183 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 18, 2015
4. View to South Along US 183
Marker on right (west) side of road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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