History of the Restoration Movement

Henry Clay Geer


Henry C. Geer was born in Taylors, White County, Tennessee February 1, 1981. He was married to Mary Lee Sparkman in 1916, and together they had three children: Earl, Lorrain, and Louise. Henry was baptized by Charles Holder in December of 1908. He began preaching in 1911 at the Charlotte Avenue church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. While living there he attended the Nashville Bible School sitting at the feet of men like David Lipscomb and James A. Harding.
Through the years brother Geer preached for churches in West Palm Beach, Florida from 1925 - 1928; the South Pittsburgh, Tennessee congregation from 1931-1932; the Woodland Heights church in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1945-1947; the church in Trenton, Georgia from 1958-1959, and a few years at Hooker, Georgia. For the most part, until 1942, he preached largely for congregations unable to support a preacher full-time, thus he was self-supported through secular work.
He was involved in Radio Evangelism somewhat over the years. He preached on WAGC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and on WGSV from 1950-1958 in Guntersville, Alabama.
He wrote the book “Revelation Explained,” and a workbook to go along with it. He published it himself, through the Firm Foundation Co. in August, 1963.
He worked through the years to help establish congregations like the Ridgedale, White Oak and East Brainerd churches in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Henry Geer passed from this life May 28, 1980. He is buried in the cemetery near the oldest church of Christ in the state of Alabama, Rocky Springs.

-Source: Preachers Of Today, Volume 1, page 131; Volume 3, page 153.

Directions To The Grave of Henry Clay Geer

Henry and Alice Geer are buried in the old cemetery at Rocky Springs, near Bridgeport, Alabama. Rocky Springs church of Christ is the oldest church of Christ in the state, the claims of which go back to 1807. The cemetery across the street have people buried there who were some of the original church members. The Rocky Springs church of Christ and cemetery is located on Hwy 72, just southwest of South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, in the Alabama town of Bridgeport. In Southern Tennessee on I-40, take the Hwy. 72 exit at South Pittsburgh. Heading west on Hwy 72 (Also known as the old Cherokee, "Trail Of Tears") Just after crossing the Alabama line you will enter the city limits of Bridgeport. Continue past the exit for Bridgeport, and begin looking to your right for a sign, advertising Rocky Springs, the oldest Church of Christ in Alabama. Turn right and the church building will be on your left. The cemetery is on the right. Enter the cemetery and travel toward the rear, near the Baptist church building. The grave is close to the church.

GPS Location
34°57'28.2"N 85°45'08.1"W
or D.d. 34.957824, -85.752254

Samuel V. September 19, 1907 - April 9, 1985
Ruth A. April 25, 1908 - April 29, 1962
Married July 4, 1926
Brother of Henry Geer

Alice Geer Rose Payne
January 6, 1896
June 15, 1976


Henry Clay Geer
February 1, 1891
May 28, 1980
II Timohty 4:5

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