Jack T. McElroy
Jack McElroy GA Art. 1
McElroy Passes, GA Art. 2
Jack McElroy Killed In Auto Crash, GA Art. 3
Mrs. Jack McElroy, GA Art. 4
Why I Am Not A Campbellite, Sermon
Directions To Grave Of Jack McElroy
Pictures Of Grave Marker
Brother McElroy was born
September 19, 1909, at Nashville, Tenn. At the age of two years he
enrolled in Sunday School at the old South College Street Church. He
obeyed the gospel in November, 1920, at the Russell Street Church,
under the preaching of T.Q. Martin, and was baptized by A.B.
Lipscomb. Through the encouragement and teaching of S.H. Hall, H. Leo
Boles, and A.G. Freed, Brother
McElroy began preaching at the age of fifteen years, and has been
preaching for fifteen years.
Brother McElroy attended
Hume-Fogg High School and David Lipscomb College.
Brother McElroy did two
years' local work in Dalton, Georgia, and five years' local work
with the Central Church, in Macon, Georgia. Aside from this, he did
meeting work exclusively. He has preached from Florida to Canada and
from Tennessee to Colorado.
During the last two years,
since entering the full-time "evangelistic field," Brother McElroy
has had seven hundred additions. Nearly three thousand have been
converted during his ministry.
-GA, August 21,
1941, page 807
Jack McElroy Passes
Jack McElroy, well-known
gospel preacher of Nashville, Tenn., was killed instantly sometime
last night, December 23, when his car collided with a truck near
Dalton, GA. Mrs. McElroy is reported in a critical Condition.
-Gospel Advocate, Vol. CI, No. 1, Jan. 1, 1959, p. 14
Jack McElroy Killed
In Auto Crash
Jack McElroy, full-time
evangelist for some twenty-five years, was killed instantly when the
1956 DeSoto automobile which he was driving crashed into an empty
auto convoy trailer, which apparently jackknifed across the road in
front of him, on U.S. 41, a few miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
on Tuesday night, December 13. He and Sister McElroy had just left
the house of Grady Hendrix in Chattanooga and were on their way to
Dalton where Sister McElroy's sisters live. Her father had just
passed away there some ten days prior to the accident.
Sister McElroy was, at
first, not expected to live, having sustained two broken ribs, a
dislocated ankle, a broken leg, face lacerations and several teeth
knocked out. As of this writing, the doctors now give her a good
chance to recover. She is in Hutcheson Memorial Hospital (formerly
known as Tri-County Hospital), Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and was unable
to attend the funeral. She is expected to be there for some weeks.
Funeral services were
conducted by the writer at the National Funeral Home in Chattanooga
on Friday morning, December 26. Other services in Nashville were
conducted the same afternoon by Edward J. Craddock at the Lindsley
Avenue church of Christ, with interment being made at Mount Olivet
Brother McElroy is
survived by an aged mother in Nashville, Tenn., in addition to his
wife. They had no children.
-Fred B. Walker,
Gospel Advocate, Vol. CI, No. 2, Jan. 8, 1959, p. 22
Mrs. Jack McElroy
On December 23 an auto
accident claimed the life of a faithful and fearless preacher of the
gospel, Jack McElroy. Sister McElroy was in critical condition for
several days. She must yet remain in the hospital six more weeks and
then it will be three more months approximately before she will be
able to stand. This will then be a total of more than six months'
confinement and care of the doctor. She has a tremendous
physical struggle as well as an overwhelming emotional battle ahead
of her. She has come a long way. Her outlook is wonderful.
My wife and I visited Itol
McElroy about two weeks ago. Her only request was, "Please don't let
my friends forget to pray for me. I need the prayers of everyone."
This she does need, so don't forget her. But Sister McElroy, who has
sacrificed much as a preacher's wife, needs financial assistance
also. A few weeks ago George Ryan and Claude Shepperson of Nashville
sent out a few letters on her behalf. Here are the last four
paragraphs of that letter:
"There have been many
congregations and individuals who have asked if there was anything
they could do to assist Sister McElroy. Some of us who have been
very close friends of Jack's and Itol feel that Itol could use, and
would appreciate some financial assistance, due to all the expenses
brought about by the accident.
"Since we do not know the
names of the congregations who knew Brother Jack we are asking you
to please take this matter up with your congregation.
"We would suggest that
your check or money order be mailed to Mrs. Jack McElroy, c/o Mr.
Grady Hendrix, 806 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tenn. Sister
Hendrix has been with Sister McElroy every day since here accident.
"This letter should not be
construed as a solicitation from Sister McElroy as she does not know
about it being written.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
(Signed) George C. Ryan
As was stated in the
letter the appeal for Sister McElroy went out without her knowledge
at the time. This article is being written after conferring with
Brother Shepperson. Some help has been received, but not nearly
enough. We feel that brethren who love the truth and love those that
preach it (and many of these will be among those taught by Brother
McElroy) will want to have a part in seeing Itol through. She may
eventually get an accident settlement, but she needs help now.
Brethren, lets respond now. If you care to write to her directly,
she is in room 121, Tri-Counties Hospital, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.
-Paul Brock, GA Vol. CI, No 15, April 9, 1959, p.238,
Why I Am Not A
A Sermon by Jack McElroy
The name "Campbellite"
has been derisively tagged upon us by an intensely jealous
sectarian world. Only those harboring in ignorance and reared in
prejudice can make this charge.
I. To Believe The
Doctrine A Man Teaches Does Not Necessarily Make One A Disciple
Of The Man.
1. If that man
preaches the gospel, he is merely an instrument of heaven.
2. The Samaritans did not become Philipites "when they
believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom
of God, and the name of Jesus Christ."
3. If Campbell's converts became Campbellites, then Philip's
converts became Philipites, because both preached the same
plan of pardon. (Acts 8:12; Mark 16:16).
II. To Be A
Campbellite Would Be To Encourage Religious Division, Which God
1. The Godhead has
spoken against it (1 Cor. 14:33; John 17:20,21; Eph. 4:4.)
2. If Paul told the Corinthians it was wrong to be a Paulite,
would he not tell us today it is wrong to be a Campbellite?
(1 Cor. 1:10.)
III. To Be A
Campbellite Would Be To Face Eternal Condemnation.
admits it is powerless to save by boasting that "the church
cannot save you."
2. Salvation has been placed in the church of Christ; and if
we want it, we must go there to find it. (Isa. 46:13; Heb.
12:22,23; Matt. 16:18; Eph. 5:23-27.)
IV. To Wear The Name
Of Campbell Would Destroy The Marriage Bond
1. We are married
to Christ, not Campbell. (Rom. 7:4.)
2. Hence, we are obligated to wear his name. It would be a
disrespectful bride who refused to wear the name of
the bridegroom. (1 Pet. 4:16; Acts 4:10.)
As long as we
teach the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name
of Jesus Christ and baptize men and women, they will become
Christians and not Campbellites.
August 21, 1941, page 807
Directions To J.T. McElroy's Grave
Jack McElroy family plot is located in one of Nashville, Tennessee's oldest
and most famous cemeteries, Mount Olivet. Many famous and wealthy Tennesseans
such as, Thomas G. Ryman and others are buried there. To those in Churches of
Christ, what makes this cemetery so famous are the numerous men and women of the
Restoration Movement who are interred there. The McElroy family is buried in Section 11
Lot # N1/2 of 60.
See a map of Mount Olivet and
directions on how to get there. Click Here!
N36º 08' 85.9" x WO 86º 44' 06.4"
or D.d. 36.147558,-86.73451
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Looking Across To Section 11 From
David Lipscomb Monument. McElroys Are
In Front Of The Tree In The Squared In Area Above
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