The Eller Chronicles Vol. IX p 8

The Eller Chronicles Vol. IX: 1 Feb. 1995

Queries Cont'd

Peedu (??)



To Lead Revival
At Spring Hill

   A series of revival services July 25-Aug. 1 is planned at Spring Hill Baptist church, Wagram, it has been announced by the pastor, the Rev. John Hiott.
   The visiting minister will be the Rev. Eugene R. Eller of Easley, S. C., who will speak at services twice a day Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    On Sunday, July 25, there will. be services at 11 am., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Final services in the series wiII be held Sunday, Aug I, at 11 a.m.
   Nursery care wil1 be furnished for all evening services.
    A pastor of wide experience, Mr. Eller is a native of North Carolina who has served churches in Georgia, North and South Carolina. He is presently serving as superintendent of missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association. He was selected by the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to preach in Cuba on two occasions and has visited mission work in Mexico, Europe and the Bible lands.


   The 1965 minutes of the Brushy Mountain Baptist Association are dedicated to the Rev. Adolphus Worth Eller. Mr Eller was born May 10, 1898, in the Reddies River Township of Wilkes County, the son of Rufus C. and Mrs. Mary Gertrude McNiel Eller. He married Miss Ethel Wells of Yadkinville, North Carolina October 13, 1918. Three daughters of Purlear are: Mrs. Gertrude(?) Eller, Mrs Arlene Warren and Mrs. Christine Roberts.
   Mr. Eller worked fourteen years Forest Furnature Factory before entering the ministry. He was ordained to preach Dec. 6, 1933, at the New Hope Baptist Church Purlear, N. C.
   He surved as the minister for the Brushy Mountain Baptist Associationin 1951-1952, and was President of the Wilkes County Pastors Conference, which he helped to organize, for several years. He preached the annual mission sermon at Goshen Baptist Church in 1953. He attended the first classes of what is now known as the Fruitlans Baptist Bible Institute, near Hendersonville, when the classes were opened in Boone, N. C., by the Reverend J. C. Canipe. He also attended many sessions of the Seminary Extension Center which met at the First Baptist Church, North Wilkesboro. For several years he went to the Pastors Week of Christian Study and Fellowship at Mars Hill Colledge, Mars Hill, N. C.
   He served as pastor of fifteen churches before illness forced his retirement. Thirteen of these churches are in Wilkes County. He was pastor New Hope and - - - Baptist Churches, Purlear, N. C. when ch- - - buildings were rebuilt. He and his wife were members of First Baptist Church.

[ The above was printed so lightly that I couldn't read it all. ADE]
A. W. Eller Dies;
Was Wilkes Pastor
   The Rev. Adolphus Worth (Doll) Eller, 68; ofPurIear, Rt. 1, Baptist minister for 33 years, died' at 4;45 a.m. yesterday at home. He had been ill and, an invalid for three years.
   He was born in Wilkes County to Rufus C. and Mary G. McNeil Eller, He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1933. His pastorates included Pilgrim, New Hope, Purlear, Pleasant Home, Mountain, Valley, Little Rock, Elk, Stony Hill, Union, Welcome Home, Boiling Springs, Mount Pleasant, Lewis Fork in Wilkes County and Long Ford in Caldwell County.

Wilmington Star
Wilmington News
Wilmington Star-News
Wilson Daily Times
Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem Sentinel
Norfolk: Va. Pilot

NOV 8 1966
Seeking more info. on
These Ellers-
J. G. Eller, Rt. 2, Bx 145-D
Whittier, Nx 28789

   He served as moderator of Brushy Mountain Baptist Association in 1951-52, and was presldent of the WIlkes Pastors Conference, which he helped to organize, for several years. He attended ,the first classes of Fruitland Bible Insitute when that school was formed in classes held in Boone. He also studied at the Seminary Extension Center at North WHkesboro and at Mars Hill College.
   He was a member of Lewis Fork Baptist Church, where he was pastor 17 years, and was a member of Mount Pleasant Masonic Lodge.
   Surviving are his wile, Mrs. Ethel Wells Eller; three daughters, Mrs. Doff Eller, Mrs. Paul Warren and Mrs. Christine Roberts, all of Purlear, Rt. 1; and a brother, Roby Eller of PurIear, Rt:1
   The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Arbor Grove Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home until placed in the Church at 10: a.m. Wednesday.



The Eller Chronicles Vol. IX: 1 Feb. 1995

From the Baptist Archives: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; North Carolina.
Seeking more info. on
these Ellers-
J. G. Eller, Rt. 2, Bx 145-D
Whittier, Nc 28789

Our Twenty-Ninth Pastor - 1953-1955

Rev. Max A. Eller graduated from Wake Forest College and Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He came to Bethlehem as our first Director of Music, served as Supply Pastor and, in 1953, was called as Church Pastor. After serving as pastor of Bethlehem and Maxton Baptist Churclles, he went into the chaplaincy. He served in Vietnam and in the States. He married the former Doris Stroud and they have three children, two boys and a girl.


July 10, 1991

Rev. Max A. Eller

Eller named
to CU
Ministers Board

   The Rev. Ma.x A. EIler of LilIington lias been named to the Canlpbell University Board of Minlsters. He is pastor of Angier Baptist Church.
   A native of Iredell County, Eller retired aftcr 30 years of service as a Navy chaplain. From 1977 - 1981 he served as a staff member and director of the Navy Chaplains School In Newport, Rhode Island.
   Active In the Baptist denomination. Eller has served as president of Pastors Conference and chairman of the Program Committee of the Annual Conference for tIle Lltlle River Baptist Association. Ordained In 1952, ElIer has served several churches in North Caro!ina. Including Reldsville, Maxton and Raleigh.
   Eller earned the bachelor of divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the bachelor of arts degree at Wake Forest University.

Eller To Speak
Baptist Church

   Commander Max A. Eller Is to speak Sunday, Dec. 27 during the 11:00 morning worship service at the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Wake Forest College and Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He pitched pro-ball for the Raleigh Caps and served as pastor to the Bethlehem Baptist Church on Poole Road in Raleigh and a church in Maxton from which he went into the chaplaincy. He has served one tour in Vietnam and is presently serving as chaplain at Portsmouth. N. H.
   Eller Is married to the former Doris Stroud, sister of Joe and David stroud. They have four children, three boys and a girl. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Franklin Press
Franklinton Post
Fuquav Springs: Independent
Gatesvine: Gates Co. index
Gibsonville: News
Graham: Alamance News
Granite Falls Press
Greensboro: Democrat



The Eller Chronicles Vol. IX: 1 Feb. 1995

Queries Section cont'd:
"Squirrel" Eller? For several years we held in our files a news paper account of the most unusual funeral ever conducted in Roanoke, Virginia. It was for a former motorcyle gang leader named "Squirrel" Eller who was killed on his bike in 1980. We have no knowledge of his genealogy; he is not known to be related to the Roanoke, VA Ellers. Knowing something about Eller diversity, we are not surprised that one led a motorcyle gang. There probably are other Ellers out there now who are members of the "bikers" who can identify with this story. Can anyone tell us more about Squirrel? (See his story in the Necrology Section.)

Answers to Queries

Rev. John F. Eller of Ashe County, North Carolina (EC, VIII-4:204). Following responses received:

1. From Marjorie E. Godfrey, P.O. Box 871, Black Mtn., NC 28711 came a copy of the death certificate of John Eller (from Vol. 7, Cert. No. 280, Morganton, Burke Co., NC, records) which shows his death occurred at the State Hospital, Morganton, Burke Co., NC. unfortunately, two dates of death appear on the certificate: 5 Nov. 1920 and 20 Nov., 1920, at age 63. His occupation was listed as Baptist minister and his residence as Vilas, N.C.

2. From Paul J. Phipps, 836 So. Harmon Way #49, Orting, WA 98360: "In the 1860 and 1870 census of Ashe Co., N.C. all children of William and Elizabeth Stike Eller are listed by their first names only. However, in the 1880 census all the children are listed with their first name and middle initial. By that time son John had left for Watauga County, N.C. In spite of not being able to identify Rev. John F. Eller everything seems to fit." Paul also reported that his data shows that William Eller, b 1836 and son of John Eller and Susan Hawkins, was the father of John Eller who had married 19 Aug 1856, Ashe Co., N.C., Elizabeth Stike, born 1835, to Moses Stike and Catherine. A family Group Record for this family showed that a son John was b 17 Nov. 1857, Ashe Co., N.C. and died 20 Nov. 1920, Watauga, Co., N.C. This death date coincides with one of the death dates cited in #1 above, except for the place of death. Watauga County was his place of residence and not the place of death. Paul referred us to Hook (1957) pp. 172-173 for further information on William and Elizabeth Stike Eller. The two above reports, combined with Hook's information, makes us virtually certain that the above reports apply to Rev. John F. Eller whose Eller lineage is: John F. Eller (William, John, Henry, Peter, George Michael.).

3. From Lovetta Miller Schweers (Address above) came icing for this cake. She wrote in her letter of 14 Nov. 1994: "I am enclosing a family group sheet for what I believe to be the parents of the Rev. John F. Eller mentioned in the last issue of The Eller Chronicles." All the evidence available to us at the present time, supports the conclusion that the Group Sheet sent by Lovetta is for the parents of Rev. John F. Eller. (See Genealogy Section)

Dr. Ronald Eller. A partial answer to queries received about Dr. Ronald Eller, is in the "In the News" Section where we publish a copy of a lecture by Dr. Eller that was sent to President Lynn Eller by his nephew, Dr. E. Sidney Vaughn, III ( Virginia Beach, V A).

Queries cont'd to p. 14


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