Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas

Men's S. S. Class - White Rock Methodist Church - 1924

Back Row, l. to r.: George Kilpatrick, George Denson, Bob Perkins, J. E. Cunningham, Earl Bryant, Dalton Duvall, Henry Crofford, Lonnie Brimmage, Harold Reeder, Tom Nelson.

Second row: Drew Searengen, Jack Hobbs, Gordon Hopkins, W. H. Wiggs (Pastor), Will Owens, Walter McClure, Sam Cunningham, W. L. Lair, Lee Dawson, Jessie Lynn, F. L. Harris (Teacher)

Front row, seated: Henry Rutherford, John Allen, C. F. Hopkins, Realy Sandefur, D. M. Cunningham, Ben Budd.

Young People's S. S. Class - White Rock Methodist Church - 1924

Back row, l. to r.: Dalton Duvall, Raymond Budd, Elbert Caffee, Dillard Caffee, David Sandefur, herman Hopkins, Oradell Huhn, Cora Owens, Hoy Hopkins, May Ham; Bertha Brown, Una Mae Lankford, Reed Lovell.

Second row: David Cunningham, Hubert Lovell, Paul Cunningham, Sam Kilpatrick, Jim Cafffee, Ruby Allen, Rex Hopkins, Ruth Budd, Hugh Gray, Clyde Parham, Dee Cunningham, Homer Hopkins, Nettie Parchman, Verlma Parham, Edith Parham, Ruth Cunningham, Dorothy Mae Harris.

Those seated were: Verda Nelson, Ruby Owens, Fay Lovell, Mrs. Ben Budd (Teacher), Nina Reed, Cora Reed Ora Parchman.

Another photo of the church built in 1887.

The church built in 1887, with the tabernacle in the background.

Per the article, the Whiterock Methodist Church, located 3 miles southeast of Petty, was organized in 1852.  The first building was of logs on the site of Hickory Grove cemetery.  In 1881 a second building was erected on the present site and it was destroyed by a windstorm in 1886, but was rebuilt in 1887.  that building was used until a new building was completed in 1945.

Another article says that the land for the church built in 1881 was donated by Robert Ragsdale.  In 1952, at the centennial celebration, descendants of the Ragsdale familly and Mrs. H. G. Rutherford, a 53-year member, were honored.  Over 150 person attended.

Like other farming communities, more and more people moved away and the congregation became too small to maintain the church.  In 1965 the Whiterock Church was merged with the Roxton Methodist Church.  Some of the members united with the First United Methodist Church in Roxton while others united with the McKenzie Church in Honey Grove.

​Thanks to Claude Caffee for providing these materials.

The church which was built in 1946.

Whiterock Methodist Church, southeast of Petty