The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 12, 1951 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 12, 1951
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?AGE TWELVE BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER If, 1991 OSCEOLA NEWS 'Brother Sewell's Memories Cover 59 Years of Preaching By BETTYE NELL STARR (Courier News Corresp ond en I) On« of the most familiar and beloved figur&s in Osceola will be found every morning doing h i« marketing with a Jittle wicker basket hanping from one arm. The other is kept free to shrike hands. He is "Brother 11 K. K. Scwell, S2- year-old retired Methodist minister who cho!« Osceola as Ills home Ui t4ie siin^el of his life. The IftM church Brother Sewell served nf. pastor was Blythrvllle's Lake Street Methodist in 1941. He and the late Mrs. Spwrll. who passer! awnv in 1910, loft Blytheville to decide where they wanted to Kettle. Brother Se\vcll fldded !' wasn't, because they loved Osceola at that time any more than they did the many other towns they had lived tn. but thoy figured up actual Mine spent In various towns and Oscwla was ahead by a big margin. He first preached here from 1913 *o 1917, That was before a preacher could stay in on« place over f<Mr Answered Revival Call Hif second call to OsceoU lasted nine years. When asked when he dec fried to became a minister, he said, "I was attending a revival and the preach- «r got up and said that- he felt some young man would come forward and g ive h Im sel f to God's work. "I decided then I was the young sun. So I told the preacher I was his man. "I was onlv 18 yean old. but 1 felt that with God's guidance. I would not let the preacher down and from that day to this, I have asked His guidance and I know I have gotten it. "I taught school in the summer \ to make money to attend Hendrix College. "I asked the neighborhood school for $30 a month, but with an argument or two. I got $28," smiled Brother Sewell. "At the age of 33, T graduated from Hendrix and was licensed to jHreach. "Then preachers weren't ordained. That was in 1892 and I've never given, up preaching and If those frogs would stay out of my throat I'd still be .conducting services every Sunday," he commented. Was Circuit Rider "I guess you'd call me a circuit- riding preacher, for I had a good uddle horse an devery Sunday I'd take my Bible and be gone until late- at night, preaching wherever I could find a group of people. "I was born In Lonoke, Ga., and e*me to Shuler r Ark., with my parents and live brothers when 1 was cine. "I hav» preached In every countj watching me. "I slopped and Lilked *ith him :ind found him ati Intelligent boy of fibout in. "I told him hr didn't Innk like a criminal. 'I'm not,' IIP said, "I'm Just here for being thore, 1 "Once u No^ro in fhp jail asked oread and later were shown Queen Victoria's throne room. "Overhead was a mural which was painted in two years. The painter worked while lying or* hia back. Hit b.r Bomb Fragments "When we lelt, Princess Marie 3WMPSOFCOLPI —Courier News rliolo bROTHERS SEWELL AN!) BASKET—Pictured leaving his Osceoln home, tha Rev. E. K. Sewell, retired Methodist minister, has his familiar wicker market basket. He formerly held pastorates In Osceola and Blythftville. In the state," ha proudly polutcdthose early days, I went (o the jal every Sunday and conducted serv ices. No Criminal "One Sunday afternoon as I was walking down the dismal corridor "Arkansas has been good to me and I love every inch of the ground t covers, "I'm not bragging, but I've been n more Jnlis than any preacher in Arkansas. 'When I preRched here back in I passed a cell whrre n yomie man WEIR holding on to the bars nnd if he could close the services with a praver, "I frit vrry happy 'hat my work therp offered such Inspiration and lot, him. "He knelt and said. 'Oh l-ord, do come down hern nnd inkf us out of tliis awful place.' All prisoners chlmod in with 'Arnrn.' " Brother Eewrll told of nn incident when he first came to O?rfola. "A youiiR couple cnm? to my I house one night to be married/' Brother Re well related. "1 called Mrs. Scwrll in from i ft kitchen lo be a wltnr.-is. "I hoqnn thn rites mid pled sort (ho yniiiiK man. I turn^ri tn the yount Indy ahd when I asked her to Lpprat after me, she started crying. Changeable .Miml- "I asked if she didn't want, in t-el run tried. She snid ?he dirt but had promised her mother she'd never run awfiy to rio it, "I cotiEOlrd her and told hrr how much I admired her fnr not poinR through with the cor<*monv. They left but nil hour latn 1 rump back nrt said they decided to 30 on with IP reremuny, "But thfl young tarty burst Into ;ar.s again and wouldn't go through ith her part, t a«aln er-iCorted her i the door and inter remarked to Irs. Rcwol] thnt be would t*o h rough lite a 'ha If-married 1 man. "But thn next morning thrv came iack. I began to wish ( had never ecn them and %nvc them a tnlk hat nianlngo wa.s a serious propo- ition ajul if thoy wantr-d to Rfit named, to make up their minds, "VS'e (ml through the rmemony, nit I didn't pledee the young man g a in: Dl rl n' t v,*a n t to wa s t e ;i ny nore time for fe,ir the girl would ick out," he said, "After soing to Wynne, I vol- mteereri. In 1010. as a VMCA secretary and nsked to be sent over- spas. ! was -10 then but knew T was needed over there, r left New York troopship with 1,500 soldiers ind I was the only minister. Visited Kin? and Queen I conducted services several times on the trip. We. landed in lasgow, Scotland, and were sent Imrnrdtntely to Jxinrirm. A rest there ave me time for sight-seeiner. "A friend and I decirird we'd like to shake hands with the Kinsr and Queen of England. We stood In front of Buckingham Palace hoping to see members ot the royal family. "An FVagllshman told us we could see them by attending the reception they gave every Tuesday at Windsor Castle for convalescing soldiers. "The next day. we left for Windsor where a guide showed where .candidates for the Knights of the Oarler had to take their testa at the altar. "The test, we were told, required candidates to spend the night on their knees at the altar. "We finally met the King and Queen and they were cordial to us ,. .e.-pprinlly the Queen. "We were served tea and war handed each o[ us a souvenir postcard. Then we left London for France," he said. General Pmhlng, Brother Sewcll said, wanted canteen workers to release soldiers for front Hue duty. He was wounded by bomb fragments nnd carries in his billfold the Jaggo.d piece of mot a I which was taken from his ICR. He had closed his cntUceti for I ^L^l' 0 ' (he niRht and was' going to -iis' Aconing dugout when a bomb exploded wlth- Iti several feet of him. "I was taken to the hospital where I lay unconscious for rtv;s and then Infection set In and I was In the hospital for fix months," he snid. He told of sec HIE; men who had lost a lee beiiiff Riven military drill to help morale and make (hem think (hey were useful soldiers, "When I was discharged from the Army." he continued, "I was sent tn Wilson. Ark,, where I stayed! stayed until 1935, helping the j church celebrate its 100th annl- ; vcrsary while there. "I performed 1.743 weddings there and really szot' experience in marrying folks. Marlon M r as known as Gretna Green in those days, "One night, Mrs, Sewell and I had retired when I heard a noise on the porch. "1 put on my 'marrying doilies' out of the knowledge gained from past experiences. "Like a fireman, I had my clothes laid out, ready so I could jump into "At the door, I met two couples, 1 found out, a double "After we had given th€ two couples -our blessings, the men handed me sealed envelopes, "Thanks . . ." "I opened it after they left, because I didn't want to seem rude. inside of each I found two notes which lead, "We thank you for your STARR GAZING Speaking of Ingenuity, which I am fond of doing. I'd like to give Mrs. Royal Langston and Emmet McCutcheon a vote for the Ingenuity they used in the Nativity scene in the display window at Louis George Motor Co. Every man. woman and child that passes on Highway 61 should stop long enough to view it. It Is a beautiful setting made from a beautiful story. It was made at a cost of 50 cents (for the cotton) and If that didn't lake ingenuity, I'll eat my hat. I think all of the floats in the Christmas parade were gorgeous eiuht years nnd loved evet;y year, "Durins the 1927 flood," f went (f) Lepnnto where the welfare committee appointed me l.o watch after refugees living in boxcars. • "I'd go thcie every evcnlii" and hold a short service. My p'.ilpit was a railroad platform. "A revival I held in Lopanto was attended regularly by the Baptist ' minister there. * j "We worked together and people could join either church. We ev-n ; helped each other with Baptismal ; rites," ho smiled and said it was like a "wholesale" transaction. j Performed 1,743 Wrddinps He went to M.irinn in 192R and out ol a nice warm bed Hope you live a long nnd hnppy life.' "My wife and I pot quite a laujih fr'Mn that," Brother Sewell said. Brother Sewell is still noted (or his acts of kindness nnd charity. lie uoes out in tlie country every '.vpek to distribute vpliginus literature \o (rteuris Vic hart tvmrte. A cond fiimrl of his In Osreola rrtuvd MelhodiM min lent Job. but I guess 1 am "kinder touched" on the subject, especially since my 17-year-old son Is in Korea. The float with the Negro soldiers going over Heartbreak Ridge brought a tear to a lot of eyes, including my own. The Negro school at Carson Lake i.-tcr, Brother Mus tula McDou£ Miss Mynle Mi'D. li'.p element.iry j^T Mrs O T. Pi. the late Mr?, 6; 1 home with BrvtVif Their dinine tab 1 . deserves thou~ht a lot of credit for the father of [sratulalions. d. librarian and :M|, lecher In 'ol her?. st>ior ol behind the theme. Con- iTukes her >Mys <£•[ rl.iv it] arr nner-linings and old reversable*. Sign in a repair shop: "We H* rerythtng but basketball games." In a theater in Chicago, which s open all night, a man Is hired o go around nudging those who otne in for a nap and snore so loud hey interfere with (hose who drank colfee lor supper and can't ileep. "Rapid" was the word intended, i tor a newspaper Item which read, ' They had several children in rab- »it succession," K Isn't too late to send a boy n the service a Christmas card even if you have to air mall 11. It won't break you. Tact is the knack of making « aoint without making an enemy. The stocky, square-built man usually is cheerful, optimistic and sociable. The long, lanky type Is usually meloncholy and dissatisfied. 1 don't mean to be critical, either. Criticism ts something you can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. What happened to the custom at neighbors "settln"' till bedtime, which was 9 o'clock? Don't you wish now you had that money you spent last summer for a vacation to pay for Christmas presents? It's going to put a bad taste in e very body's mouth when t hey II !e and day out with an e\'t,\ plate en I their Income tax next year, think- it ... just In CMS** n sivur.ier comes'ing about the mink coats when bv nt mealtime and nsks fnr fonri. they are wearing their old attached A teen-ager went to a perfums "bar" (that slays me) to buy hlj girl a present. The clerk showed him "My Sin," ••Surrender" and a few other lurid names perlutners use. 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