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Poplar Springs Church to hold Homecoming Sunday
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      On November 30, 1969, when late local historian and author, Mrs. Dorothy Woods, stood before the congregation and read an overview taken from the church records, it was the day when the entire church was dressed for the old-fashioned church service being held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
     Although Woods can’t be there to review the church’s history today, she would invite everyone to come to Poplar Springs today at 11 a.m. for Homecoming, dinner on the ground,  Baptist preaching, and the opportunity to worship.
Dressed in a Sunday bonnet and other dress finery while addressing those in attendance, Woods shared this historical overview of the church.
      “During the spring and summer of 1853, a little band of men and women met in the community with the desire to organize a church.  After much discussion and agreement on the place and the need for various committees, the discussion turned again to the place to erect the church.  Having very little money with which to buy land, one of the members of the organization volunteered to give 14 acres for the purpose of erecting the proposed church.  
      This person was the late James Jackson Woods, father of J.J. Woods.  The property he gave was this site on which Popular Springs now stands,” she said.  
      According to church records, the first church was built on the current site in 1853 and was constructed of un-peeled logs, cut, and rolled by the male members.  The church stood on what is now the grave of Rev. and Mrs. J.A. Scarboro.  It was his request to be buried in the spot where he preached his first sermon.  A short time before he passed away he placed a brick on the spot where the pulpit of the old church stood and it is here that he is buried.  
      Church records reveal the present church was built more than a century ago.
      Most people in the surrounding community knew Woods as the cherished wife of Arnold J. Woods, son of J.J Woods and grandson of James Jackson Woods.

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