Dr. Wiley Howard Cooper III

M, b. 10 October 1932, d. 7 January 2014
  • Last Edited: 5 Aug 2019
  • (Child) Birth*: 10 October 1932; Uniontown, Perry Co., Alabama2
  • Biography*:
  • Death*: 7 January 20142
  • Obituary*: 8 January 2014; BIRMINGHAM | Dr. Wiley Howard Cooper, III, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
    Wiley Howard Cooper, III, known as Howard was born on October 19, 1932 in Uniontown, AL. He was the son of Wiley Howard Copper, Jr. & Mary Grey Morton Cooper. Upon the early death of his father, the family moved to Centerville, AL and lived with his grandfather, long time Alabama State Senator, Wiley Howard Cooper. By his high school years the family had moved to Tuscaloosa, AL where he played center on the Tuscaloosa High football team and graduated with honors.
    Howard then attended the University of Alabama where he graduated in 3 years. During his time there he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and many other school organizations. He also was bestowed many honors including elections to Jason, ODK and Phi Beta Kappa. Most importantly though, it was there that he met his future wife, Julia Anna Griffin of Leeds, Al, graduate of Ramsey High School and member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Howard went to the University of Alabama Medical School where he also earned many honors. He and Julie were wed his last year there in 1957 beginning along and produced 4 children; Wiley Cooper, IV (Tanya), Anna Cooper Cox (Chan), Mary Stewart Cooper, John Means Cooper (Anne Taylor) - 6 grandchildren; Wiley Howard Cooper, V. (Dawson), David Wyeth Cooper, Griffin Dean Cooper, Carlton Ramona Cooper, Julia Judge Cox, Chandler Fletcher Cox, III – 3 great grandchildren; Wiley Burton Cooper, Howard Parr Cooper and Maxwell Dawson Cooper.
    After medical school Howard served 2 years in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Waco, TX. During this time he worked as an OBGYN and delivered over 600 babies.
    Upon finishing his time in the service, Howard moved to Winston Salem, NC to attend Wake Forest's Bowman Gray School of Medicine for a residency in radiology, finishing with honors as chief resident.
    His first practice took him to Jackson, MS where he & Julie spent 4 years and made many lifelong friends. After a brief time in Albertville, AL, Howard was lured to Pensacola, FL where he practiced principally at Baptist Hospital. There he developed a successful practice and served several terms as Chief of Staff. In the later years of his career, he also handled radiology duties at Foley (AL) Hospital and even taught classes at University of South Alabama Medical School.
    During their long time in Pensacola area, Howard and Julie made many lifelong friends and were members of many charitable organizations and social groups. Howard was also an active member of Pensacola Country Club where he dutifully served on the Board and as President, but much preferred his time on the golf course and the 19th Hole. He cherished his time with his regular group of friends and all of the banter and camaraderie that they shared there.
    In 2006, Howard retired and he and Julie move to Birmingham to be closer to family. One of their real pleasures was their daily lunch visits to many of Birmingham's finest restaurants. Another was their regular Sunday evening dinners with their 6 grandchildren and later their great grandchildren.
    Howard was a man of tremendous intelligence, high integrity and high standards. He also came from origins of an only child to patriarch of a large and loving family where he will be missed by all.2

Citations

  1. [S1] Ancestry.com. Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  2. [S1] Obituary of Dr. Wiley Howard Cooper III, published in Tuscaloosa News from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2014.

James Judge Griffin

M
  • Last Edited: 5 Aug 2019

Family 1: Sylvia Smith b. 3 Nov 1934, d. 2 Apr 2017

Family 2: Jane Scott

Sylvia Smith

F, b. 3 November 1934, d. 2 April 2017
  • Last Edited: 5 Aug 2019
  • (Child) Birth*: 3 November 1934; Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi
  • Married Name: 29 September 1962; Griffin
  • Death*: 2 April 2017; Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Obituary*: say 3 April 2017; Charlottesville -- Sylvia Smith Griffin, 82, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. She was born November 3, 1934, in Meridian, Mississippi, to Otho R. Smith and Emily Krouse Smith. Sylvia graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1956, with a double major in English and history and minors in religion and education.

    Sylvia was a vivacious spirit whose instiable desire for leaning and joie de vivre inspred everyone in her wide circle of friends and family. She took evry advantage to learn and experience life as a world traveler, voracious researcher, avid gardener, and student of life.

    Over her lifetime, Sylvia was deeply involved in a variety of ministries at First Presbyterian and the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. She served as a longtime docent at the Atlanta History ?Center as well as Membership Chair of the Atlanta English-Speaking Union. She also did volunteer work for Trees Atlanta and Monticello in Charlottesville. Sylvia translated her extensive travel to Great Britain into an interactive lecture program and in-depth travel consultation to both travel agents and individual travelers. She was considered the South's leading Anglophile for many decades.

    Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her daughter Emily Rachel Griffin Rushton.

    Sylvia is survived by her daughter Laura Griffin Farrell of Charlottesville and her brother Tim Smith of Mobile, Alabama as well as son-in-law Kirby Farrell, of Charlottesville; son-in-law Richard Rushton and daughter-in-law Jody Rushton, of Atlanta; as well as six grandchildren: James Rushton, William Rushton, and Jonathan Rushton, all of Atlanta; and Jackie Farrell, of Brooklyn, Griffin Farrell and Anna Rose Farrell, both of Charlottesville.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia, or the Poplar Forest Parkway's Capital Campaign in Forest, Virginia. Sylvia's family would like to thank Dr. James Boyer, the wonderul people at Hospice of the Piedmont, and her loving caregiver and family friend, Musu George.

    "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety." -- William Shakespeare.

Family: James Judge Griffin

Sarah Annette Vaughn M. D.

F, b. 11 March 1932, d. 25 November 2011
  • Last Edited: 19 Jul 2018
  • (Child) Birth*: 11 March 1932
  • Married Name: circa 1956; Landrum
  • (Resident) Residence*: 1995; Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas
  • (Resident) Residence: September 2011; Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas
  • Biography*: September 2011; Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas; According to Mrs. Paul (Leslie Landrum) Bumpers in a 6 Jun 1981 letter, Sarah Annette Vaughn is an M.D. who interned in Tuscaloosa, AL and practices medicine in Fort Smith, AR.

    From Leslie Landrum, September 2011:
    Annette Vaughn Landrum is doing very well at 79 years of age. She remains healthy, other than osteoporosis and scoliosis issues, sharp as a tack.

    From Annette (Vaughn) Landrum, September 2011:
    I retired from Pathology in 1996 to become Medical Director at one of our local hospitals. Retired from that in 2001. Am now devoting my work time to managing our 3 assisted living communities and our hospice, plus playing a lot of bridge.1,2
  • (Deceased) Death*: 25 November 2011; Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas3

Citations

  1. [S456] Leslie Landrum e-mail e-mail, e-mail address, Sep 2011,.
  2. [S455] Annette (Vaughn) Landrum (ID: 15685) e-mail, e-mail address, Sep 2011,.
  3. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Marta Jo Riddle

F, b. 22 November 1943, d. 31 July 2019
  • Last Edited: 14 Aug 2019
  • (Child) Birth*: 22 November 1943; Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., South Carolina; daughter of Willie Lester Riddle and Ethel Marie Gibbs
  • Married Name: 25 November 1967; Brown
  • Death*: 31 July 2019; Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina
  • Obituary*: 5 August 2019; By Jennifer Brown Pait:

    On July 31, Marta Jo Riddle Brown was welcomed into God’s heavenly home. Throughout her three year battle with cancer, she fought like a warrior.

    Marta will continue to be treasured by her husband of 51 years, Bob, two children Jeff and Jen, their spouses, Danielle and Corey, along with five grandchildren, Chloe, Grayson, Zoë, Xander and Vin, who lovingly called her Nana. Marta was preceded in death by her son, Robert Stuart Brown, Jr., whose life she honored with 21 years of volunteer work for the International SIDS foundation.

    In 2006, Marta retired from 31 years of teaching. She shared her love of literature and theatre with middle and high school students in Cocoa Beach, FL, Hendersonville, NC and Charlotte, NC. Marta’s passion for seeing her students perform took her to Theatre Conferences and Performing Arts Festivals where she received numerous accolades for acting, sets, costumes and directing. She also served as Sponsor for the NC Junior Beta Club for over 11 years.

    After retiring, she devoted time to building a program and nurturing a love of the arts, for both adults and students, through her volunteer work at Mint Hill Arts. She also volunteered as an usher through Blumenthal Performing Arts and loved being able to enjoy Broadway shows.

    Marta and her husband Bob are active members at Blair Road United Methodist church, where they have attended over 30 years. Their Genesis Sunday school group meant so much to her.

    Marta’s selfless nature made her treasured by both friends and family. She cherished each of her friendships bringing joy, laughter, and shenanigans, to outings and trips.

    Traveling, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her family were what Marta enjoyed the most. Fall trips to Hawaii with Bob became a yearly tradition they enjoyed.

    A Celebration of Marta’s Life will occur Friday, August 16 at Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill. The service will occur at 3:00 pm, preceded by a Friends and Family Gathering at 2:00 pm.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Candle/SIDS Alliance at www.firstcandle.org

    (See footnote for original ariticle and photo)

    From Marta Brown, 2008, as edited by Lew Griffin:

    Marta Jo Riddle Brown, wife of Robert Stuart Brown, was born November 22, 1943, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her parents were Willie Lester Riddle and Ethel Marie Gibbs.

    Marta grew up in Spartanburg. She attended Spartanburg Methodist College, graduating with an A.A. degree. She got her B.A. from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC.

    She met her husband Bob Brown in Florida while he was working at the Space Center in Cape Canaveral. After they were married she taught school at Coco Beach, FL, and drove over to Rollins College in Winter Park and got a master's degree in English. Their home was on Merrit Island.

    They were transferred from Florida to Apalachin, NY, where their three children were born, then back to Fort Walton Beach, FL., and then to Charlotte, NC.

    Marta taught Drama at South Charlotte Middle School.

    Marta's hobbies were travel, needlework, cooking, reading, and theater.

    She was Chairman of S.I.D.S. International, Director on the Board of S.I.D.S. Alliance, U.S.A., and was on the staff of the Parish Committee, Blair Road United Methodist Church.

    She is survived by her husband, Robert Stuart Brown, and two children, Jeffrey Scott Brown, and Jennifer Frances Pait, wife of Michael Cory Pait.
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Family:

Mary Claire Griffin

F, b. 24 December 1905, d. 3 June 2005
  • Last Edited: 24 Apr 2017
  • (Child) Birth*: 24 December 1905; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama
  • (Daughter) Census*: 1910; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama
  • Photographed*: 1925; Montevallo, Shelby Co., Alabama; This is from the 1925 Technala, the yearbook of Alabama College (now Montevallo College). Claire was a sophomore, the member of a sorority, and a member of the math club.1
    Mary Claire Griffin
  • (Bride) Marriage*: 29 May 1931; Groom=Leo Zola Jelin
  • Married Name: 29 May 1931; Jelin
  • (Granddaughter) Photographed: circa 1938; Clay Co., Alabama; Left to right: Robert Lewis Griffin, Clarissa Culpepper Griffin, Mary Claire Griffin Jelin with son Griffin Zola Jelin; Principal=Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper2
    Robert Lewis Griffin with mother, daughter, & grandson
  • (Resident) Residence*: 1994; Glendale, Los Angeles Co., California
  • (Deceased) Death*: 3 June 2005; Glendale, Los Angeles Co., California3
  • Biography*: Mary Lewis wrote 2 Jan 1964 that "Claire is Chairman of their Symphony Foundation this year, active in the Garden Club & she plays tournament duplicate bridge, is a 'Life Master'...." H. Clay Griffin wrote 25 Jul 1994 that "Claire still plays tournament duplicate bridge in Glendale [CA]." Mrs. L. Z. (M. Claire Griffin) Jelin wrote Jul 1994: I'm a duplicate tournament bridge player and I still play a couple times a week. I am 88 1/2 yrs. old and in good health, have a drink of scotch every night before dinner and keep up with what's going on in this world (as if anyone knows) and some of the sports. Have been a Life Master at bridge since 1965. You know my love is costume designing, since 1930, when I had a studio on Madison Ave., in New York, and did designing for the '400' in N. Y. who were accustomed to going to Paris to have their clothes made. But this was during the depression. You know nothing about this! And they were using young American designers. I was in my early 20's at that point in time. And lived in N. Y. for ten years. It was fun in those days, seeing all the shows, opera and museums. Perfectly safe to be on the streets alone, 24 hrs. of the day & night.... My next door neighbor, when I first came to Calif. in 1943 was Wallace Rankin (an uncle of the Miss. Senator)....

Family: Leo Zola Jelin b. 15 Mar 1908, d. 15 Jul 1988

Citations

  1. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.
    courtesy of Mary Ruth Lewis, Ph. D.
  2. [S1] Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees.
  3. [S302] SSDI, Online database at Ancestry.com.

Leo Zola Jelin

M, b. 15 March 1908, d. 15 July 1988
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 1999
  • (Child) Birth*: 15 March 1908; Russia
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 29 May 1931; Bride=Mary Claire Griffin
  • (Deceased) Death*: 15 July 1988; Glendale, Los Angeles Co., California
  • (Interred) Burial*: Montevallo, Shelby Co., Alabama
  • Biography*: In a Jul 1994 letter Mrs. L. Z. (M. Claire Griffin) Jelin listed her husband's name as "Leo Zola Jelin." H. Clay Griffin wrote in a 25 Jul 1994 letter: I am certain that Leo Jelin was born in and escaped with his family from czarist Russia when he was about 12 years old. His ashes are buried in the Griffin family plot in Montevallo, AL.
          Mary Lewis wrote in a 2 Jan 1964 letter: Leo Jelin owns 3 shopping centers (including ownership of the main stores in them)! They are called The Cracker Barrel Shopping Centers and the newest one in Pasadena [CA] is very modern, housing a grocery store and department store all in one building. The downstairs is the grocery store. Upstairs in the Dept. Store & and there are also a restaurant & drug store in the building which is enormous!

Family: Mary Claire Griffin b. 24 Dec 1905, d. 3 Jun 2005

Melba Griffin

F, b. 2 April 1907, d. 12 October 1996
  • Last Edited: 8 Nov 2018
  • (Child) Birth*: 2 April 1907; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama1
  • (Daughter) Census*: 1910; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama
  • War*: between 1942 and 1945; :World War II; WAC
  • (Deceased) Death*: 12 October 1996; Pequot Lakes, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota1
  • Biography*: Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote in a 8 Feb 1979 letter: Melba was on the faculty there [Alabama College at Montevallo, AL?] in the foreign language department until WW II when she joined the military....
          According to H. Clay Griffin in a 1 Jul 1994 phone conversation, Melba was one of the first Women's Army Corps (WAC) members and served on General Eisenhower's staff during World War II. In a 25 Jul 1994 letter, Clay added that "Melba became a Major on Gen. Eisenhower's staff." Mrs. L. Z. (M. Claire Griffin) Jelin wrote Jul 1994: About Melba Griffin First class of WACs at Ft. Des Moines, one of 6 from Ala. Head of Training Center at Ft. Oglethorpe. After attending Command & General Staff school at Leavenworth, Kan., sent to London & Paris. Served in Map room & Top Secret Dept. of the Chief Signal Office of the Communication Zone. And she bro't the first ship load of WAAC's home from the European Theatre on the New Queen Elizabeth.
          The following is from p. 85 of The Bunyanland Weekly Shopper and The Brainerd Daily Dispatch for Monday, 25 Mar 1991: Women and war: then and now By STACIE MANS Special Sections Editor It was a new experience for the men in the U.S. Army in 1942. Women were admitted into the Auxiliary Army Corps, and eventually the Women's Army Corps. It was such a new experience, that one former WAC recalls an episode when a box marked "A, B, C and D cups" was sent to the mess hall. Today, women are very much a part of the U. S. armed services. They are not allowed to fight alongside the men on the front lines, but they perform support roles. The women who served in the Persian Gulf War were the focus of many feature stories: our first female POW, women on the battle front, effects of their service on the folks at home. But women also played a very large part in a much bigger war over 45 years ago.... Melba Griffin, Perquot Lakes, volunteered for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She had been teaching in a small Alabama town and was among the first to sign up. "We were guinea pigs," said Griffin. "There had never been women in the Army Corps." She recalls that the men didn't adjust easily. "The instinct was to hold the door open (for women). It doesn't work like that in the Army. Everything was according to rank." Griffin received her training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, served as training center director at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for command and general staff school. After 1 1/2 years, she was among the first WACs sent to London. She was assigned to the headquarters of the communications zone, in the Plans and Training Department, where she was in charge of all top-secret documents that came into the office. "It was very exciting," recalled Griffin. "I knew when D-day was going to be." After 4 1/2 months in London, she was transferred with the headquarters of the communications zone to Paris. She finished her WAC career there as a major. Although Griffin was never in combat, she said bombings were daily occurrences. But she said women working as telephone operators were close to the front lines and suffered a great deal. Griffin said she agrees wholeheartedly with the idea of equal pay for equal work, but she's not so sure that women should be in combat. "I think there are few women who are physically able (to be effective in combat). There are other jobs, non-combat jobs, that are very important for women."2

Citations

  1. [S302] SSDI, Online database at Ancestry.com.
  2. [S1] for photos see:
    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Griffin-2070.

Robert Lewis Griffin Jr.

M, b. 28 July 1909, d. 8 July 1982
  • Last Edited: 3 Mar 2018

Family: Margaret Baumgarten b. 23 Jan 1914, d. 18 Aug 1997

Margaret Baumgarten

F, b. 23 January 1914, d. 18 August 1997
  • Last Edited: 19 Mar 2004

Family: Robert Lewis Griffin Jr. b. 28 Jul 1909, d. 8 Jul 1982

Citations

  1. [S302] SSDI, Online database at Ancestry.com.

Floyce May Griffin

F, b. 21 September 1913, d. 5 November 1982
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 1999

Family: Horace Stoughton Hunt b. 15 Dec 1906, d. 28 Aug 1957

Horace Stoughton Hunt

M, b. 15 December 1906, d. 28 August 1957
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 1999

Family: Floyce May Griffin b. 21 Sep 1913, d. 5 Nov 1982

Henry Clay Griffin

M, b. 5 June 1920, d. 12 July 2000
  • Last Edited: 7 Sep 2004
  • (Child) Birth*: 5 June 1920; Eclectic, Elmore Co., Alabama
  • (Employee) Employment*: electrical engr||
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 10 October 1941; Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; Bride=Phebe Anne Wills
  • (Resident) Residence*: 1994; Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia
  • (Deceased) Death*: 12 July 2000; Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia1
  • Biography*: In a 12 Jul 1994 letter, H. Clay Griffin wrote that he had been born in Eclectic, AL June 5, 1920 and "moved to Montevallo at age one." Clay added: I was a graduate of GA Tech, Electrical Engineering, (1937-41); worked briefly in Milwaukee, Wisc. from July 1941 to Feb 42; worked for the U.S. Navy in New Orleans Feb 42-Jan 43; was an officer in Signal Corps, Army Jan 43-Feb 46, serving mainly in Aleutian Islands & Alaska; came back to Atlanta in 1946; taught Math at Ga. Tech 1946-50; ran a ranch in Senoia, GA 1951-56 for my sibling (Robert L., Jr.); took over ownership 1956-62. I went back to work in Engineering with then Southern Bell, in May 1956 (sold the Ranch - 942 acres - in 1962). I finished my career with Southern Bell in Feb 1982, after working myself up to District Manager, Radio & Microwave Engineering for the state of Georgia, I still own the house in East Point, where son John and his family live. It was bought in 1973 so John could get his last year of High School and Son Jim could get four years of High School at a good school.

Family: Phebe Anne Wills b. 23 Sep 1920, d. 9 Mar 1983

Citations

  1. [S302] SSDI, Online database at Ancestry.com.

Phebe Anne Wills

F, b. 23 September 1920, d. 9 March 1983
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 1999
  • (Child) Birth*: 23 September 1920; Waterloo, Seneca Co., New York
  • (Bride) Marriage*: 10 October 1941; Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin; Groom=Henry Clay Griffin
  • Married Name: 10 October 1941; Griffin
  • (Deceased) Death*: 9 March 1983; Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia
  • (Interred) Burial*: Montevallo, Shelby Co., Alabama
  • Biography*: In a 12 Jul 1994 letter, H. Clay Griffin wrote that "Anne & I went thru grammar & H.S. together in Montevallo." He added that although his wife had been born in Waterloo, NY [her mother had come from Waterloo to Montevallo to teach Home Ec at Alabama College]: Actually Anne's mother just went to Waterloo to "birth" Anne. We were both raised in Montevallo, AL and were High School sweethearts. She graduated from (then) Alabama College in 1940 & did library work at Emory while I graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941. Anne later got a Master's from Emory in 1964, during her library career with Atlanta Public School System (resigned in Summer of 1975).

Family: Henry Clay Griffin b. 5 Jun 1920, d. 12 Jul 2000

Minnie Lucile Reeves

F, b. 24 March 1901, d. 6 July 1996
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 1999
  • (Child) Birth*: 24 March 1901; Clay Co., Alabama
  • (Deceased) Death*: 6 July 1996; Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama
  • Biography*: Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote in a 12 Aug 1979 letter: Aunt Annie Reeves [Sara Ann Griffin's] daughter (Minnie) fell and broke her hip about a month ago.... She is an outstanding person with so much courage. She is 78. She has lot of guts too. Mildred and Lena Mae came by here last week and they said Minnie was already walking without a walker and usually it takes a long time to get over that.
          Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote 25 Sep 1983: Minnie has been having a time with her leg. A bee stung her last year and it's been giving her a lot of trouble ever since.... She was in the hospital with it sometime back and it got some better.
          Minnie died 6 Jul 1996. The following funeral notice is from the Anniston Star circa 8 or 9 Jul 1996 which was preserved by Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee: Reeves LINEVILLE - Services for Minnie L. Reeves, 95, of Lineville were today at Oak Grove Methodist Church with Rev. John Copeland and Buster Harold Parker officiating. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home of Lineville in charge. Mrs. Reeves died Saturday at Clay County hospital. Survivors include a niece, Linda Reeves of Lineville; and a great- niece and great-nephew. Pallbearers were Scott Miller, Tim Miller, Randall Upchurch, Jason Upchurch, Rodney McCain and Elbert Milstead. A Clay County native, Mrs. Reeves was a homemaker and a member of Goodhope/Lineville Baptist Church.