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Frank Wood

Pictured Brother Frank & Sister Elgie

The Following is from the 2001 - Biographical History of Primitive or Old School Baptist Ministers by David Montgomery and Mark Green:

I was born on September 15, 1925 to H. L. and Janie Wood and grew up in Hackleburg, Alabama.

I served in the Navy air force in WWII and was assigned to the USS Bismark SEA. CVA in the Pacific theatre. We made three invasions: Layette, Luzon and Iwo Jima, where the Japanese sunk our ship by two kamikazes. I was in the sea; hurting and bleeding from my eyes, nose and mouth. I was picked up by a destroyer and then transferred to a hospital ship. While I was on this ship, every gun stopped firing—no noise could be heard. From my hospital bed, it was announced that the Americans had raised Old Glory on the top of a volcano on Iwo Jima. I have never so much shouting and praying as I heard that day. Thank the Lord, we had won the fight.

I went home for a thirty-day leave and met a little girl that I had seen at a sacred harp singing school. We were soon married. We moved to Montgomery, Alabama and joined New Hope Church. Afterwards, we and six others moved our membership to Fairmont Church in Sylacauga, Alabama.

They extended us an arm to build a new church. We were in our new building in

October 1963. I was ordained on December 18, 1965. The Lord has blessed me to serve this church for 35 years.

Elders K. W. Yaeger, John Williams and A. L. Beckett and myself have been pastors. We have 62 members now and are a member of the Lower Wetumpka Association of Alabama.



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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)