2012-05-17 / Family

Tonoloway Memorial Service To Be Held This Sunday


Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association will hold its annual memorial service this Sunday, May 20, at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Pastor Frank Pilcher of Westview Baptist Church will deliver the sermon from Tonoloway’s pulpit during the 3 p.m. service.

The service will also feature traditional and Southern gospel style music performed by New Crossroads Gospel Quartet

Organized in 1752, Tonoloway is Fulton County’s oldest church and the 10th Baptist church established by British Baptists in colonial America. Its cemetery is one of the most historic in the tri-state area. Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions and minister at Tonoloway in the 18th century, is buried at Tonoloway, and so too is John Mellott, forefather of the county’s many Mellotts.

A nonprofit corporation, the cemetery association was set up to care for and manage the graveyard that still is in use at Tonoloway. Money to cover the cemetery association’s operating budget comes from an annual fund drive, growth of the association’s trust fund and grave lot sales. Money that is raised goes to maintain the cemetery, replace equipment as needed, straighten tombstones, fill sunken graves and reclamation of ground for new grave lots.

Sunday’s offering will go toward the continued upkeep of Tonoloway’s historic cemetery.

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is located on Thompson Road (Route 655) just a few miles north of Hancock.

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