History of the Restoration Movement

Clay Taylor Kidwell


The Life of Clay T. Kidwell

Clay Taylor Kidwell was born the 20th of August, 1902 in Monterey, Tennessee. He was married to Bertha Goins on the 4th of July, 1920. They had four children, Lillian, Ray Allen, Paul Thomas, and Richard. His son, Paul was a long-time preacher in the region.

C.T. Kidwell was baptized by Howard Blazer, Sr. during a tent meeting held in the area near his home in March of 1921. He began preaching around Soddy Daisy around 1928. For several years he fulfilled appointments in Tennessee and in north Georgia. He preached at West Rome, Georgia from 1941 to 1947. He did evangelistic work in the Tennessee counties of Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Van Buren from 1947 to 1950. Then he worked at Vestal, in the Knoxville, Tennessee area from 1950 to 1952, the Sweetwater, Tennessee church from 1952 to 1955, the McCaysville, Georgia church from 1955-1957, and for the Riceville, Tennessee church from 1957 to 1958. He spent part of the year of 1959 in Greenfield, Alabama, and then moved to Pike Road, North Carolina to work with the church there in 1959.

As can be seen here, his work was short-lived at most places, seeking to help and assist struggling congregations in remote regions. He continued preaching for fifty-five years, serving churches throughout the Kingdom of heaven.

Clay T. Kidwell passed from this life the 20th of November, 1988. He had enjoyed 68 years of blissful marriage.

Scott Harp - Source: Preachers of Today Volume 2, page 237

Directions To The Grave of Clay T. Kidwell

C.T. Kidwell is buried in the Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. From I-24 take Hwy. 27 North to the Hwy 127 Exit and go east. Road will dead end into Old Hwy. 27 Dayton Rd. Turn left and go to the fourth street on the right Memorial Drive. Cross the railroad track and proceed about a quarter mile and turn left into Chattanooga Memorial Park. When you enter the office will be on the left. See GPS location below to find the exact location.

GPS Location

From The Lower Side Of The Section

Clay Taylor - August 20,1902 - November 20, 1988 - Gospel Preacher - 55 Years
Bertha Goins - September 14, 1898 - ??? - Faithful Companion - 68 Years
Married July 4, 1920

From The Upper Side of the Section

Photos Taken 04.30.2014
Webpage produced 11.06.2014
Courtesy of Scott Harp

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