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12/29/04

Beard's Creek Baptist Church Turns 200

Late this morning, a Coastal Empire church began its third century of service. As if it were a childhood friend, people gathered for the birthday of Beard's Creek Baptist Church in Tattnall County. The church and its members have seen plenty of change over the past 200 years.

"When I was young, the men sat on one side and the women sat on the other," said church member Lucy Stubbs Parmenter.

They worshipped and remembered the very day and hour the church was formed as only the eighth Baptist Church in Georgia.

To understand how long ago 200 years was, the church was already four years old when Abraham Lincoln was born and is almost as old as Tattnall County itself.

In fact its cemetery holds the lifeblood of Tattnall's history: Kennedys, Kicklighters, Dashers, DeLoaches, and Durrences. Founded by a dozen or so Revolutionary War veterans, the church has withstood wars, the Great Depression and countless droughts, floods and disasters.

Or as church historian Pat Patterson put it, "Within its lifetime, we've gone from mule and wagons to men on the moon."

Among the host of speakers at today's ceremony was WTOC's own Sonny Dixon.

Generations of former pastors credit divine amazing grace and simple faith of country people, and hope it could survive 200 more. 

Elders say Beard's Creek had a hand in starting many of the other Baptist churches in Tattnall and surrounding counties.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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