The church was organized in 1939 and constructed in 1941. Pastors at the time were A. M. McCool and O. C. Nichols. The building committee were: A. E. Knight, Chariman; J. O. Mattox; C. N. Mills; L. W. Scott; Bernard Swindell; C. A. Ashley & Mrs. C. L. Doster. G. M. Harrington was the architect and L. F. Bennette was the builder.
Opened in 1948 by Ward Riggins, Sr., as the Family Drive-In, the Jesup Drive-In Theater is the oldest and one of just four remaining in the state of Georgia. It was briefly closed in the 1960s, reopened as the Jesup Twin Drive-In and has been going strong ever since. Today it’s owned by Ralph and Jamie Hickox, who have really improved it while keeping its nostalgic feel. It’s a real treasure for Southeast Georgia.
David McCrimmon wrote on 26 February 2011: “My grandfather was Virgil Wells, and he was the sheriff of Ben Hill county in the 1930s and 40s. My mother and her sisters grew up living in this jail. They lived on the lower floors and the cells were on the upper floor. I grew up in Ben Hill County and moved away in the early 60s“.
Below is an image of the “paddy wagon” or portable confinement vehicle which was purchased from Manly Steel Works by Ben Hill County in 1913 for housing the chain gang convicts who were working on the county roads.
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