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Thursday, November 29, 2007

For A Good Laugh, Watch These!

The first video is of a black Italian Greyhound whose owner ruins her dog's day by having a slight car accident! So the Iggy had a "Terrible, No-Good, Bad Day". It's really cute.


In this second video, someone took the same video and made it into something totally different! Hilarious!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Green Creek First Baptist Church, Green Creek, Polk County, NC

Green Creek First Baptist Church, Green Creek, Polk County, NC

Polk County was formed in 1855 from Rutherford and Henderson Counties. It was named in honor of Colonel William Polk "who rendered distinguished service in the Battles of Germantown, Brandywine and Eutaw, in all of which he was wounded." The act directed that the court and records should be kept at the home of J. Mills until a courthouse was erected. The courthouse is almost as old as Polk County. Complete in 1859, the antebellum structure is the oldest courthouse in Western NC and the 8th oldest in the state that still holds functions in it's courtrooms.

Green Creek First Baptist Church was first organized in September, 1796 in the Green Creek area of Rutherford County (now Polk County). Charter members included: Henry Montague, William Wood, John Hughes, James Ridings, the John Lyles family, the Henry Feagins family, with Elder John Blackwell and the leader and lay preacher. In 1856, the third church was built on the present site on land purchased from the Speculation Land Company for $15. The present church was built in 1951 and is the fifth building to house the congregation.

This small group of 44 people in the Green Creek area of Rutherford County (now Polk County) met in a log building on Jack's Branch, approximately one-half mile from where it empties into Green's Creek and organized a Baptist church, naming it Green's Creek Baptist Church. Most of the charter members were members of Green River Baptist Church, according to the decrease in membership at Green River reported at the 1797 meeting of Bethel Association. This break-away from Green River to form Green Creek was evidently not because of disagreement, but more due to the distance of travel required to attend worship. A fire in 1855 destroyed the building and its contents, including all records and mention of the charter members. There are minutes of the Bethel Association with a list of some of the charter members. The leader of this group was Elder John Blackwell, a lay preacher and a Revolutionary War soldier. Elder Blackwell acted as supply pastor until 1803, at which time he was elected regular pastor and served until 1828. Elder Blackwell was a faithful and active leader during these early years and was well liked by the church body as well as his fellow pastors. He retired in 1828 because of his age. He died in 1840 in Walker, Georgia.

Many descendants of Elder Blackwell and of charter members are still members of Green Creek First Baptist Church today.

The Reverend John Blackwell family moved to Tryon County (now Polk County) in 1775. He served in the Revolutionary War and in 1796 organized the Green Creek Baptist Church. He purchased land from James Ridings on Green's Creek and established his home in the area that would become Polk County. He succeeded despite all the hardships of frontier life and the constant possibility of an Indian raid. Reverend Blackwell also helped establish the Wolf Creek Baptist Church (now the First Baptist Church of Landrum). He served as pastor of both churches - 36 years at the Green Creek Baptist Church and 30 years at the Wolf Creek Church. His descendants still live in the area.

The Blackwell Family traces their ancestry back for more than 500 years to Gloucester County, England. Their Coat of Arms was one of the most distinguished in the Book of Heraldry. Their American Ancestor Joseph Blackwell came to America in 1656 and was granted a land patent for 4000 acres in Westmoreland and Cumberland Counties, Va. Through the descendants of Joseph Blackwell Rev. John Blackwell, the son of James Glenn Blackwell was born in 1755 in Culpepper, Va. In 1775 he migrated to Tryon County, NC, now Polk County, NC., with his wife Susannah (Suckey) Glenn whom he had married that year in Surry County, N. C. Susannah was the daughter of Tyree and Sarah Glenn.

After moving to Tryon County in 1775, he purchased a piece of property from James Ridings on Green Creek. Here he established his home on the frontier of the Carolinas with all the hardships of frontier life plus the possibility of an Indian raid at any time. (The treaty with the Indians did not last long, and the Indians became active just before and during the Revolutionary War which began in 1775 with the first shots at Lexington and Concord, Mass.) John and his wife Susannah began to rear a family, farm, and hunt the wild game so abundant at that time.

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the State of N.C. established a militia force in western North Carolina under the command of Gen. Griffith Rutherford. This force was to protect the home front and also be available for service against the British forces under Cornwallis that had become active in South Carolina and North Carolina and had seized most of South Carolina. Rev. Blackwell joined the militia force about this time and served with honors until the end of the Revolution in 1781 He fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and probably several other battles including the Battle of Cowpens where the British were completely defeated by Gen. Daniel Morgan and his forces. Rev. Blackwell had a very colorful career as a Revolutionary War soldier during a very critical time in the struggle for independence of the United States of America. His rank was Private, Rutherford Militia.Green Creek First Baptist Church has a very colorful background being a pioneer church established by this Revolutionary War hero and pioneer who lived on the East Branch of Green Creek and later bought more land and constructed a home on a knoll between West Branch and East Branch of Green Creek. He later sold the property to George Feagan and again moved to Walker County, Ga., about 1834.

In 1798 Green Creek, with John Blackwell as delegate, assisted in the formation of Salem Baptist Church which was the forerunner of Mill Springs First Baptist Church. In 1803, Green Creek established an arm called Wolf Creek near Earlville, S.C., an early settlement on North Pacolet River (now the First Baptist Church of Landrum). Rev. John Blackwell served as pastor here and also at Green Creek Baptist Church. In 1817 this mission was constituted into a regular Baptist Church with Rev. Blackwell as pastor. He was well liked and was able to settle differences that arose within the congregation. He was also very influential in the life of the Broad River Association. Rev. Blackwell continued as pastor of Green Creek and Wolf Creek Baptist Churches until 1833 when he resigned from both and moved to Walker County, Ga., with part of his family, where he lived until his death in 1840. He was buried in Walker County, Ga. Rev. John Blackwell served Green Creek Baptist Church for 36 years and Wolf Creek Baptist Church (now the First Baptist Church of Landrum) for 30 years.

How does this impact our family? My Grandfather was a pastor at Green Creek First Baptist Church from 1949 until 1953 when he left to take a church in Winston-Salem, NC He stayed in Winston-Salem from September 1953 until August 1957 and then moved back into the area to take the New Prospect Baptist Church for 6 years. He then had to retire because he was losing his voice.

Green Creek First Baptist Church was the family's favorite church although they had friends and good memories from most of their churches. My mother was in high school during her time at Green Creek and had many close friends that she hated to leave behind. She had to graduate in Winston-Salem.

Pastor Wilford William "W.W." Reese was married to Geneva "Genny" Margaret Lamb Reese and they had 4 children: Glenn Gilbert Reese, Sr. (married Janis Dearybury and they have 4 grown children, now SC Senator and owner of Spartanburg's Krispy Kreme, they live in Boiling Springs); Eleanor Elaine Reeese Huneycutt (married for over 50 years to Avery Huneycutt, she is retired and they are living in Inman); Judith Ann Reese Bradley (married to Cecil Bradley and had 2 sons and lived in Inman, she is deceased); Dr. James Wilford Reese (professor at USC Upstate in economics, has a son and lives in Spartanburg).

Remember that you can click on any photograph to zoom in for closer view.

While they were at Green Creek, the church built their latest building. This photo shows (from Left to Right) Glenn, James and Judy playing while the foundations of the church building are being poured.

Here the church foundation is being poured.

This is the church building committee with my Grandfather on the far right holding his Bible.

This is a photograph of the congregation after the church was built standing on the new front steps. Granddaddy, Grandmother, Mom, Glenn, Judy and James are all in this picture.

This is the church after it was finished (except for the steeple). Notice the leftover lumber still in the church yard.

Because my Grandparents and family loved this church and it's friendly families, we had my Grandparents buried here. That meant a lot to us and we thank the church for allowing us to do that. They never forgot this church and their friends and the church never forgot my Granddaddy and his family.

My mother is Eleanor Reese Huneycutt and she married my Dad, Avery Huneycutt. They have 3 daughters: Sharon (me), Elaine and Melinda. We are all married and living in the Spartanburg area. We go by the church regularly and stop to visit our Grandparent's grave. These photos were taken in 2006.

Most of the Reese family still lives in the Spartanburg area.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating

I told you I would get my Christmas decorating done this weekend. And I did! I got all the Fall decorations washed and packed up for next year. Then I got the Christmas decorations out and started putting them together. It took me 2 days with Stan's help because I get tired so quickly. But I did it!

I told you that I downsized my Christmas tree about 2 years ago. I had gone to artificial 7 years ago but putting up the big artificial tree was too much so I downsized to this little one. I put lights and garlands up and that's all. I don't put ornaments up any more because it's too much trouble.

I put some beaded fruit in a pedestal bowl in the dining room.

I put this arrangement together in my foyer. I used all silver, white, gray, pearl...it's suppose to be an icy look.

I put this together in our foyer. My Aunt Ruth painted this mailbox for a Christmas present to my Dad. I use it and fill it with different flowers for each season. This one is red, gold and green.

I love this little glass basket and I fill it with flowers for each season. I put this together with red and silver.

This is a photograph for the 3 of us when we were kids and we were waiting for Santa Clause. I had it framed with red suede matte and silver frame.

The small framed painting was done by my Aunt Ruth of her house in the snow. The other are Christmas photos. Aunt Ruth made all my ceramic Santas too.

I bought this angel who is reading a book because I read a lot.

I put the beaded fruit picks in the ribbon around the birdhouse that my Dad made me.

I put these whimsical figures on one end of our fireplace mantle. You can also see the red/white/blue poinsetta floral arrangement I made.

This is my old, vintage picnic basket with a vintage Christmas tablecloth and a vintage thermos. Here are 3 more of the ceramic Santas that my Aunt Ruth made me.

Spruced Up Fall Wreaths

I took the Fall decorations down. When I took the Fall wreaths down I used some older stuff to spruce them up for next year.

This is a cheap wreath that I bought at Big Lots. I added the beaded sliced fruit on picks and used an old ribbon. so it's ready for next year.

I made this wreath this year. I had seen a wreath that had long flowing things spiraling around so I tried making it. But the long, flowing meant it couldn't be stored in my wreath boxes. So I cut the long, flowing stuff down. I added some old flowers, leaves and corn. So it looks really new for next year.

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