Founded in 1839 and rebuilt after a fire in 1859, Lower Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church was down to just two members a few years ago. According to an article (date unknown) by Jeff Whitten, editor of the Bryan County News, Deacon Gene Bryant and Thelma Kangeter were attending regularly then, along with a few others. Mrs. Kangeter’s son, Benny, was leading an effort to ensure the church remain in use for reunions, weddings, and funerals and the inside is well-maintained and restored, as well. The exterior remains in relatively good shape. Benny Kangeter was attempting at the time to have the church listed as a historic site, and was working with Chip Killingsworth of Brewton-Parker College on that effort.
It’s so nice to see a church with such a history be preserved in a meaningful way. Copies of the “songbook” Primitive Hymns and funeral home fans sit at the ready on every pew, awaiting congregants and reminding one of what a busy place this once was. The size of the cemetery, as illustrated in the next post, indicates that the membership here was once very large, and it’s my hope that efforts to have a historic marker placed will be successful. It would be a shame to see a place so important to so many simply be forgotten.