Glass Church Of Christ
Obion County, Tennessee
Glass Church of Christ was
established prior to the Civil War. The exact date is unknown and the
earliest date on record is 1852. This little town was known at that
time as Palestine and the name was changed to Glass in the latter part of the
19th century in honor of Senator Glass.
Tradition says the first building of logs was blown down
by a tornado. In 1870, J. H. Wells deeded land to the church and this is
the site of the present building. At that time a frame building was
erected and this building burned in 1904 and was replaced with a brick
structure. One Sunday morning in 1928 the wood part of the building
burned and parts of the present building were erected. Originally the
Church of Christ building was the meeting place for the Sunday Schools of three
denominations --- Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist, beside the Church of
Some of the pioneer members were P. A. Wright, T.
H. Mills, Jesse Wells, Rufus Woody and A.K. Wells. About 1900 the Glass
Congregation guaranteed $750.00 a year to the minister. With the
growth from the preaching of . John R. Williams, the Glass Church guaranteed him
$1000.00 per year for 10 years. Later this amount was raised to $1200.
As a result of his work, many congregations were established.
In 1952 C. P. Roland preached a Dedication sermon
on the 100th Anniversary of the Church and Virgil Mills was song leader.
January 1956 saw the beginning of a renovation program. Old brick and
concrete were removed from the entrance, floors were leveled and the podium
moved to the west end of the building. Two classrooms were added at
the front of the building and three class rooms were made upstairs
In the early 1970's two restrooms were added, and later carpeting was installed.
New pews were purchased in 1981.
H.D. Bantau, a well known pioneer in the Church, was the
first minister at Glass, and others followed including: T.B. Osborne, Homer T.
Wilson, W.T. Officer, F. B. Srygley, J. T. Slayden,
A. G. Freed, John R.
Williams, A. D. Foster, Phillip Wall, John B. Hardeman, John R. Owens and Walker Crossno.
Early members: P. A. Wright, T. H. Mills, Jesse Wells,
Rufus Woody and A. K. Wells.
Directions To The Glass
Church of Christ
This church building is located
on Glass Rd. W. Obion, Tennessee. In West Memphis, Arkansas take I-55 North. Take I-155
toward at Dyersburg, Tennessee and head north of Dyersburg toward
Union City. In the township of Obion, turn left on Hwy 183. Go a little
over a mile and the building will be on your right.
N 36˚ 15.905' x W 089˚15.250'