The first Crayne Cumberland Presbyterian Church was destroyed by lightning during a late afternoon storm on Monday July 26, 1943. The blot struck directly into the bell tower and the blaze burst forth immediately.
(Crittenden Press, July 30, 1943.)
All contents of the building were saved including the piano and pews but the structure was a total loss.
I have wondered many times if there was a picture of this early church building. I have never been told by anyone about seeing a picture of it, or even how it looked.
The 2nd church was completed in Feb. of 1949. It was built of concrete block construction.
The dedication service would be held Sunday, February 27, 1949, with Rev. Eugene Lindsey in charges of the services. Talk by Harry Haynes on the Church and Rededicating of lives. Rev. James Houston Jones gave the opening and closing prayers.
This vintage photo of the new block church building shortly after it was completed in 1949, was shared with me by long time friend and Crayne neighbor, Harold Cannon.
My early child hood memories are from attending this new church. Attended until it closed in the 1970's.
Today, in 2015, this little white block building in not recognizable. It has been totally redone with several new rooms and lots of footage added on, plus a whole new look as it is now covered in tan/brown bicks. It is now the home of the Unity Baptist Church.