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