The Story of the Bell

The Story of the Bell (HMPQQ)

Location: Honea Path, SC 29654 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 26.783', W 82° 23.25'

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By Mrs. Mary Meyers

The talk was the dream of Rev. J.A. Marler, Pastor, to have a church bell. The members were too poor to buy one. Several men began to make plans to purchase a bell by raising money through pledges. Mr. George Lollis, Chairman of Chiquola Manufacturing Company, approached Carolina Textile Company, a supplier to Chiquola, to obtain a bell. The Carolina Textile company donated the bell. The bell community surprised Rev. Marler with the bell. Since he lived out of town, this was possible. It Rang the first time before Rev. Marler's 11:00 AM service. Rev. Marler jumped up and began to shout and cry. It was rung every Sunday at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM, and at 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to announce church services. The bell was rung at funerals. Mr. Ben (Uncle Ben) David rang the bell until he retired in 1958. He went home to be with the Lord on March 13, 1959. He served faithfully for twenty-seven years as church custodian and reminds us of the words of the Psalmist,
"For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God."
After his retirerment, Harold and Delane Fisher rang the bell until 1959.
The bell rang again in August 1980 at the 75th anniversary of Chiquola Baptist Church.
Now! The bell can be rung again. Installed 2007.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByChiquola Baptist Church
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372536 N 3812524
Decimal Degrees34.44638333, -82.38750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.783', W 82° 23.25'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 46.98" N, 82° 23' 15.00" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 405 E Greer St, Honea Path SC 29654, US
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