History of the Restoration Movement

Oscar Pendleton Spiegel


O. P. Spiegel was born near Falkville, Alabama, May 11, 1866. He attended Mars Hill College in Florence, Alabama under the tutelage of T. B. Larimore, earning himself the right to being called one of "Larimore's boys." Later he attended the College of the Bible in Lexington, Kentucky, 1884-1891. While in Kentucky he attended Kentucky University in 1892; and later attended Chicago University, in Chicago, Illinois. He preached for churches in Franklin and Mayfield, Kentucky; also for a time in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, most of his preaching career was in Alabama. He preached for churches in Anniston and in the Birmingham area. He served as Alabama State evangelist from 1894-1897.

On October 10, 1893, he married Miss Annie Widener, of Franklin, Kentucky, a cultured graduate of Hamilton College, in the class of 1893.

When the churches of Christ in Alabama divided over the societies and change in worship practices, Spiegel took a progressive leadership role. His cry state-wide was for unity in diversity among Christians. He later wrote a history on the Disciples of Christ in Alabama.

Spiegel passed from this life February 6, 1947. He and "Annie B.," who preceded him in death, are buried in the Oak Hills Cemetery in downtown Birmingham, Alabama to await the coming of the Lord.

-Scott Harp

Directions To The Graves Of O. P. and Annie Spiegel

The Spiegels are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama. The cemetery lies behind (just north of) the Birmingham Civic Center in downtown. The best way to get to the cemetery from the east is to take Carraway Blvd. (Hwy. 31) off I-20 north. Turn left on 12th Ave. N and go about seven blocks. The road will bring you directly to the cemetery. You can't miss it. Enter the main entrance of the cemetery and head to the office building straight ahead. Turn left in front of the office. Just past the office, the grave will be on the right up under some trees (in the yard south of the office).

GPS & Space Location
33°31'31.7"N 86°48'59.5"W
or D.d. 33.525483,-86.816533
Location: Block 6 Sp. 8831

Married October 10, 1893
"And The Two Shall Become One Flesh"

Anne Brawner Widener
"Annie B."
November 1 1871
June 25 1934
"She Hath Done What She Could"

Oscar Pendleton Spiegel
"O. P."
May 11 1866
Feb 6 1947
"I Have Kept The Faith"

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