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WILLIAM MARTIN PARKER - LICENSE TO PREACH
Digitized copy of License to Preach the Gospel granted February 26, 1928, to William Martin Parker by the pastor and deacons fo the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, White Oak Township, Henry County, Missouri.
This certifies that Brother Wm Parker is a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, in good and regular standing, and is held by us in high esteem. We believe him to have been called of God to the work of the gospel ministry, and do hereby give him our entire and cordial approbation in the improvement of his gifts, by preaching the gospel, as providence may afford him opportunity. And we pray the Head of the Church to endow him with all merciful grace, and to crown his labors with success. Done by order of the church, this day, February 26, 1925 A.D.
/s/ J. E. Turnage, (pastor)
/s/ L. R. Wilson )
/s/ George Wilson ) Deacons
/s/ C. A. Schroder )
William Parker was my paternal grandfather. In the 1970s, the now-defunct Hickory Grove Baptist Church, located in White Oak Township in Henry County, Missouri, still stood across the gravel road from the existing, well-maintained, Hickory Grove Cemetery.
My maternal grandparents, Louis Riley Wilson, and Julia Angeline Carver, allegedly were two of the founding members of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and they and several of their relatives are buried at the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Louis Wilson and his son, George, and C. A. Schroder, were deacons of the church, and it is their signatures that are affixed to the above license. Charles A. Shroder was the brother of Mable Louisa Shroder, who married Louis Wilson’s son Roy Wilson.
The Wilson and Parker families resided on small farms within walking distance of each other at the time the license was granted. A cousin took me to see those farms in the 1970s. The Wilson’s lived within sight of the church, near the top of the hill. The Parker’ home was a short distance further down within walking distance.
William Martin Parker routinely preached Sunday morning and evening sermons and held Wednesday night prayer meetings during the 1940s and early 50s, alternating between the Baptist Churches in Creighton and Garden City, in Cass County, Missouri.
Willliam Riley Parker
PARKER, William Martin - b: Jul 23 1880 Hickory Co, MO - d: Jul 27 1963 Nevada, Vernon Co, MO - bur: Jul 29 1963 - 83Y - son of Jonathan Turner & Matilda Caroline PENNINGTON PARKER - m: Dec 21 1902, Hickory Co, MO to Nancy Victoria McKINNEY - ch: Lillie Mae, Lenzie Otto, Nellie, Neva, Eva Jane, Willie Frances, William Herbert - buried: Mullin Cemetery, Henry County, Missouri