History of the Restoration Movement

John Samuel Templeton


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Gospel Advocate Obituary Of John S. Templeton

Widely-known minister of the church of Christ, John S. Templeton, 86-year-old resident of Spencer, Tenn., succumbed to a weeks illness in White County Hospital in Sparta February 23, 1976.

His preaching career spanned more than a half-century. He held regular preaching positions in Van Buren, Warren, Bledsoe, White, Cumberland and Sequatchie counties as well as in Alabama city and Gadsden, Ala.

On September 16, 1911, he was wed to the former Parriet Curtis, who preceded him in death. He was a son of the late John Sam Templeton, Sr., and Adeline Spakes Templeton.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters: Leslie, Homer and Clifford Templeton, of McMinnville; Curtis Templeton, Spencer, Tenn.; Mrs. Aubrey Cole, Murfreesboro; Mrs. Eugene Bess of McMinnville; and Mrs. Milton Mitchell, Spencer; two sisters and a brother: Mrs. Fred Dillard, Gadsden, Ala.; Mrs. Lonnie Emery, Fort Payne, Ala.; Elbert Templeton, Crossville, Ala.; twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

This writer and Bobby Wilhite conducted funeral services in the Spencer church Wednesday, February 25, 1976. Interment was in the Molloy Cemetery.

Brother Templeton served as an elder during his retired years at the Spencer church of Christ. He served in this office until ill-health forced him to resign last year. He was an individual who was well respected by the church, as well as those in the community. He was always known for the good things he could say about individuals. His policy was that if anything good couldnt be said about anyone, he would say nothing at all. He was also known for his guiding influence that he gave to young people who had a desire to preach the gospel. Many seasoned preachers well remember the encouraging words of Brother Templeton when they delivered their first sermons. He will be missed by many, those who loved him and those outside of the Lords church.

-Kenneth W. Tollett, Gospel Advocate, April 8, 1976, page 238.

John S. Templeton's 1921 Burritt Bible Class
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Directions To The Grave of John S. Templeton

J.S. Templeton is buried in the Molloy Cemetery, in Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennnessee. On I-40 between Nashville and Knoxville go to Cookeville and take Exit 288 and head south on Hwy.111/70s. Travel about 30 miles on Hwy. 111 and in Spencer, Tn. Turn right on McCoy Rd. and immediately back to your left. It will dead end into Old Dunlap Road. Then turn right on Old Dunlap Road. The Molloy Cemetery will be on your left. Enter the cemetery and begin looking to your left for the Templeton plot.

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Elizabeth S. - March 7, 1916
Robert L. - February 3, 1919 - January 26, 1987
The son of John S. Templeton

Charles I. Templeton
World War II
February 26, 1921
March 9, 1945
The son of John S. Templeton

Parriet C. February 15, 1890 - July 19, 1968
John S. March 5, 1889 - February 23, 1976

Photos Taken 05.13.2013
Page Produced 08.19.2013
Courtesy of Scott Harp

Note: The photos on this site were taken during a Restoration Movement trip through the Tennessee Valley in May, 2013 with students from Southeast Institute Of Biblical Studies. Also with you webeditor was Tom L. Childers.

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