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Evant in Coryell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First United Methodist Church of Evant

 
 
First United Methodist Church of Evant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. First United Methodist Church of Evant Marker
Inscription. Organized by Rev. Joe Price between 1874 and 1876 in Langfordís Cove community (later renamed Evant), the Evant Methodist Episcopal Church began with seven charter members: Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Winters, Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Winters, Mr. and Mrs. Edington and Miss Elam. After a short time, the Rev. Mr. Price returned to his home in Mississippi. The congregation continued to hold prayer meetings led by W.C. Winters and occasional visiting pastors, including M.M. Waver and W.H. Carr of nearby Levita, the Rev. Dr. Perry from Hamilton, the Rev. Bill Davenport and the Rev. Osgood Shook. First meeting in membersí homes and under brush arbors, they eventually began to hold prayer meetings in the small local schoolhouse.
†††††In the spring of 1879 a camp meeting was held at Cottonwood Springs. New families began moving into the area, including the Murehead family from Rhode Island and the Thomas family from Wales, Great Britain. They began a Sunday school and invited area young people to join them in Methodist worship. As they grew in numbers they joined the Methodist Church.
†††††In 1884, the Baptists built the first church building in the community. The Methodists shared the structure with other denominations until 1905 when they erected their own building. It was moved across the street in 1937 due to highway development.
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First United Methodist Church of Evant image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. First United Methodist Church of Evant
Methodist church in the nearby Vista community joined with Evant Methodist in 1949 and they dedicated a new brick building that year in a ceremony led by the presiding bishop. The congregationís growth reached its 20th century peak in 1963 with 201 members. The Evant United Methodist Church continues in the traditions of its founders.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14520.)
 
Location. 31° 28.656′ N, 98° 9.128′ W. Marker is in Evant, Texas, in Coryell County. Marker is on U.S. 281 north of W. Wurts Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Evant TX 76525, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Evant (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin F. Gholson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Purmela Baptist Church (approx. 11.1 miles away); Adamsville (approx. 12.2 miles away); United Presbyterian Church of Adamsville (approx. 12.3 miles away); Site of the Ireland School (approx. 12.6 miles away); Entrance to Site of Townsen's Mill (approx. 13.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
View to South from Church Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. View to South from Church Parking Lot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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