Piney Grove Celebrates 200 Years In Community

On Sunday April 11, 2010 Piney Grove Baptist Church celebrated their 200th anniversary. The church is located in the Gaddy’s Mill section of Dillon County between Dillon and Lake View.

The Church has a rich history having been founded in the year 1810 and was first called Saw Mill Church. In 1848, the church was reorganized and the name was changed to Piney Grove.

On August 20, 1859 the Church was formally constituted as Piney Grove Baptist Church. Some 265 people were on hand at the 11:00 hour for this momentous occasion, the choir sang two beautiful selections.

Pastor Greg Robertson recognized the Bicentennial Team composed of Carolyn Lupo, Sarah Jean Rogers, Lynn Humphrey, Betty Meekins Evans, Helen Prevatte, Ashley McDuffie, Sandra Ross, Rev. Archie Prevatte, (Rev. Prevatte could not be present due to illness). Pastor Robertson presented the ladies with devotionals by Karen Kingsbury. He presented the men with devotionals by Henry Blackaby.

State Representative Jackie Hayes was on hand to present several awards. He presented the Church with a resolution from the State of South Carolina. Miss Janie Bullock was presented with a certificate from Lt. Governor Andre Bauer as the oldest member of the church. Miss Bullock is 98 years old, and joined the church in 1923. Mr. Erin and Ona Gaddy were presented with the Palmetto Patriots award from the Lt. Governor. Also receiving the Palmetto Patriots were Rev. Archie and Helen Prevatte.

Then a very special award was accepted by Helen Prevatte for her husband Rev. Archie Prevatte. This was the Silver Crescent award from the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford. This award was made possible through the efforts of Wade Arnette.

The services were closed with a very meaningful message by Dr. Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

The citizens of Dillon County salute Piney Grove Baptist Church for two hundred years of service to Dillon County.