Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
Sermons from South Norfolk
(Including history of early pastors of the church)
Early Pastors at South Norfolk Baptist
Note:  dates underneath each pastor's photo indicate their dates of service at South Norfolk Baptist Church.  Keep in mind, that in those days, a pastor in some churches were voted on every year!  Thank goodness we've gotten away from that.
Rev. William Brooke Duling
William Duling graduated from the College of Wiliam and Mary, 1925:
William Duling, born Nov 11, 1869, King and Queen County, VA., was the son of James Monroe Duling and his wife Heneretta Jones.  Elizabeth "Bessie" Carey Smither was the daughter of Robert S. Smither, Jr. and wife Hannah Cary Jones.  Rev. Duling was married Oct 9, 1895 in Richmond, VA.

They had 4 children: Carey Jones Duling (1898-1919, died from influenza), Marion Brooke Duling (1902-1997), Mabel Virginia Duling Hartz (1904-1989), and Elizabeth Thomas Duling Johnson (1905-1998).
Edwin Lee Hartz, husband of Mable Virginia Duling:
Josephus (Joseph) C. Tynch
Josephus (Joseph) Tynch served with the North Carolina CSA Cavalry
Complete CSA Military Record of Josephus C. Tynch:
Rev. Samuel S. Robinson

Rev. S. S. Robinson, 65, died at his home in Luttrellville, Richmond County, Virginia, after an illness of several months. Interment at Bethany Baptist Church. Mr. Robinson is survived by his widow, (nee Miss Eva Richardson, and five children--four by a former marriage).

Alma Swann Robinson

19 May 1923 – 4 Sep 2003

Mary J. Robinson (1897-) born in Norfolk, VA.


Eva Richardson Robinson

5 Dec 1889 – 22 Dec 1972


Joseph Wyche Robinson

6 Aug 1905 – 12 Feb 1932


Lillian “Lilly” Vanlandingham Robinson

25 Aug 1903 – 28 Dec 1980

Joseph W. Robinson (1906-) born in Virginia; lost his mother when he was only 12.

When Blanche Alpine Robinson was born on February 17, 1867, in Greensville, Virginia, her father, Thomas, was 21, and her mother, Mary, was 20. She married Samuel S Robinson on September 21, 1891, in her hometown. They had four children in 15 years. She died on March 1, 1918, in Victoria, Virginia, at the age of 51.

1902 City Directory:
Rev. Q.C. Davis, Sr.
Rev. Q.C. Davis, Sr. was born April 1, 1863, Possum Quarter, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.  He died May 30, 1926 in South Norfolk, Virginia.  His son, Q.C. Davis, Jr. was a Judge in the City of South Norfolk.

His parents were John Smithson Davis and Emily Virginia Sawyer.  He had 14 brothers and sisters.  He married Sarah Elizabeth and had 8 children, which included Judge Q.C. Davis, Jr., Rev. Floyd P. Davis (who also preached at South Norfolk Baptist), Dr. William Hersey Davis, Jefferson Vernon Davis, Rose Marie Davis, Emma Elizabeth Davis, Violetta Marie Koontz, and Violett Marie Davis.
How Quinton Davis decided to become a minister:
Newspaper Article in pdf format:
Rev. Franklin Macbeth Wilson
Frank and his wife Susie had two children: Mildred W. and Charles.
October 1909:
February 17, 1910:
Dr. Lloyd T. Wilson, brother of Frank M. Wilson, who had a distinguished ministry at Grace Church, Richmond, was Sec.-Treas. of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and served several other large churches in Kentucky and Tennessee:
Dr. L. T. Wilson preached at First Baptist Church, Nashville, TN (Note: they used the wrong first initial, an "S." instead of the correct "L."):
Rev. E.S. Pierce
Rev. Pierce married Ettie E. Puryear (1872-1915); after her death, he married Mary Knouss in 1919 (1888-1976). Rev. Pierce had 7 children: Sylvester Y. (1899-1981), Bernard P. (1900-1919) (he was Railroad Brakeman and died in accident), Julian Edward (1904-1920) (was struck by lightning), Willard Reed (1906-1974), Robert Glenn (1906), Mary Elizabeth Pierce Ellis (1910-1986) Bertha Jane (1914-1986)(When Bertha Jane Pierce was born on December 2, 1914, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, her father, Edward, was 43, and her mother, Ettie, was 42. She was married three times and had six children. She died on April 7, 1986, in Richmond City, Virginia, at the age of 71, and was buried there).
Rev. Pierce was murdered in his front yard.  See Horace Twine's "History of South Norfolk Baptist Church" webpage for details.  Death certificate:
Rev.William Madison Black
Rev. Black married Mattie Bowles
Rev. William M. Black (former pastor of South Norfolk Baptist) with Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr. (on right) at Cornerstone Laying Dedication of the Education Building, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ron Alexander)
Mary R. Black (1917-2015), daughter of Rev. Black, attended the State Teachers College, Farmville, VA.; she taught English at Appomattox High School, VA:
Appomattox High School, Virginia, faculty photo:
Newspaper articles about the old wooden church building which burned, and the building and dedication of the new brick structure:
The new $20,000 church building was dedicated, 3 p.m., July 5, 1915. Rev. W.M. Black, Pastor preached at the 11:00 service, Rev. John Roach Straton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Norfolk, was principal speaker at the Dedication.  Sunday evening service was held at 8 p.m. and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Newspaper articles concerning the old wooden church which burned, and the new building that was built and dedicated:
Rev. Luther B. Grice
served as Supply Pastor prior to
Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr. becoming pastor of the church. 
On May 24, 1932, The John B. Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, conferred upon Rev. Grice the honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.).
Rev. Clyde Spurgeon Sawyer

Clyde Sawyer’s parents:  William W. Sawyer and Joanna Louisa Annie Brickhouse. William married Julia Francis Spencer (1876-1937) after Joanna died.

William’s father and mother: Richard W. Sawyer (1834-1910) and Sarah Ann Rhoads (1846-1875).

William’s siblings: Isabella Sawyer (1864-), Charles M. Sawyer (1867-1920), and Missouri Sawyer (1869-); also one half-sibling: Balinda I. Leary (1879-).

(With color correction):
Clyde Sawyer attended Crozer Theological Seminary following his graduation from Wake Forest College.  South Norfolk Baptist Church was his first and only pastorate.
The Wake Forest Alumni Bulletin of 1938:
Rev. Sawyer and family lived in the parsonage built in 1927 (1214 Chesapeake Ave.) until he retired.
The above news story is inaccurate; Oliver L. Keeter actually had 2 daughters: Edna Mae (who married Julian R. Raper), and Lola Lee (who married Russell Elbert Leary).
Darcy Daniele Wahlberg, wife of Steven Spurgeon Sawyer
Clyde Sawyer, Jr. had a daughter named Clothilde Elizabeth (pictured below), who married George Samuel Canale, Jr.  In 2002, they were living in Sedona, Arizona.
(Elizabeth was actually given the first name "Clyde" and it appears in all the Census reports, as well as her marriage license).
Elizabeth appeared in the Senior Class Play:
Cora Lee Sawyer married Robert Michael Scott
Rev. William Roswell Snead
was called as Assistant Pastor when Rev. Sawyer became ill, just before he retired.

When William Roswell "Bill" Snead was born on August 27, 1922, in Covington, Virginia, his father, William, was 42 and his mother, Estelle, was 35. He married Eileen Borden Peck on June 14, 1952, in Fincastle, Virginia. They had three children during their marriage. He died on April 24, 2010, in Culpeper, Virginia, at the age of 87, and was buried in Stevensburg, Virginia.

Rev. Snead's obituary,  which does not include his time at South Norfolk:

William "Bill" Roswell Snead William "Bill" Roswell Snead, 87, of Culpeper, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 24, 2010. His family was gathered around him. Bill was born in Covington, Virginia on August 27, 1922 to Henry and Stella Bradley Snead.

Bill graduated from The University of Richmond with a B.A. in Psychology, May 30, 1944. Three weeks later he began classes at The Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in June of 1947. He loved to tell stories of a summer school session spent in New York City.

After completing his Divinity studies Bill taught high school classes in Covington in 1948. From 1949 to 1956 he was pastor simultaneously of Stevensburg Baptist Church, Lael Baptist Church and Brandy Baptist Church. Bill met his future wife through a mutual friend on a church retreat to Massanetta Springs. On June 14, 1952 he married Eileen Borden Peck in Fincastle.

In 1956 Bill was called to pastor Oak Grove Baptist Church in Richmond. The next few years included a memorable two-month trip to the Holy Land and the birth of his first two children. In 1961 he moved his family to Culpeper where he served as Assistant and later Administrator of the Culpeper Baptist Home, and where his third child was born.

From 1977-1987 he was Administrator of Liberty House Nursing Home in Clifton Forge. After his retirement from Liberty House he served as interim pastor for five years at Forest Grove Baptist Church. At various times in his career he served as interim pastor of Slate Mills Baptist Church, Mount Lebanon Baptist church and a church in Louisa.

Bill enjoyed taking his family on annual summer camping trips, which he and his wife spent months planning, and he is a past president of the Culpeper Rotary Club. During his retirement he spent many enjoyable years volunteering at the Culpeper Museum of History, and he faithfully followed national politics.

Bill is survived by his wife Eileen Peck Snead; daughter Ann Snead Woodbridge and her husband Robert of Columbus, Indiana, son Bill Snead of Richmond and son David Snead of Culpeper; grandson Timothy Woodbridge and wife Julie of Bloomington, Indiana and grandson Brian Woodbridge of Columbus, Indiana; nephew James Setzer of Culpeper, and niece Ann Saliga of Prosperity, South Carolina.

Lately Bill resided with his wife at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community, formerly Culpeper Baptist Home, where he is fondly remembered by current employees and those who worked with him during his tenure as Administrator.

Mr. Snead will be remembered for his kind, gracious and diplomatic nature. His family will also remember him for his wonderful sense of humor and ability to tell a good story.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Clore-English Funeral Home in Culpeper. Interment will follow at Stevensburg Baptist Church Cemetery, Stevensburg, VA. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway.

Eileen Borden Peck Snead

(Wife of Rev. William Snead)


12 Aug 1927

Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia.


1 Jul 2018 (aged 90)

Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana.

Eileen Borden Peck Snead of Columbus, Indiana, went to be with her Lord on July 1, 2018. She passed away at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Keepsake Village, Columbus.

Eileen was born in Fincastle, Virginia on August 12, 1927 to William Morgan Peak and Annie Carol Housmann Peck. Eileen dearly loved her hometown and loved visiting as often as she could. She graduated from Radford College in Virginia with a degree in education.

Eileen was married in 1952 to William Roswell "Bill" Snead. Eileen and Bill resided in Culpeper, Virginia for fifty years where they raised their three children and made many lifelong friends. She was a member of Stevensburg Baptist Church in Stevensburg, Virginia.

In 2011, after the death of her beloved husband Bill, she moved to Columbus, Indiana where she enjoyed spending time with family members, her grandsons, and her twin great-granddaughters whom she dearly loved. Eileen quickly made many new friends in Columbus. While living in Columbus Eileen attended Terrace Lake Church.

Besides visiting with friends, Eileen also loved playing the organ at her home and at church, cooking meals for family and friends, and gardening. She enjoyed making others feel comfortable and liked to give gifts to others.

Survivors include hr daughter, Ann (Rob) Snead Woodbridge of Columbus, IN.; sons: Bill Snead of Richmond, VA. David Snead of Tulsa, OK; grandson, Tim (Julie) Woodbridge of Bloomington, IN; grandson, Brian Woodbridge also of Columbus, IN; twin great-granddaughters: Anna Carol Woodbridge and Lydia Iree Woodbridge of Bloomington, IN and niece, Ann (Randy) Snead Saliga of Maggie Valley, NC.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Services provided by Barkes, Weaver & Glick.

A graveside service will be held at Stevensburg Baptist Church in Stevensburg, Virginia.

Celebration at SNBC of the Sesquicentennial of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, 1973
Fellowship Services at SNBC in 1935
A Historical Sketch of the early history of South Norfolk Baptist, compiled by Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
"A Miracle of Growth"
South Norfolk Baptist Church
May 13, 1956