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evangelistic preacher, and for many years pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Miami, Florida; L. R. Pruett, B.A., 1887, who labored most
successfully in Charlotte and other churches in central North
Carolina; W. S. Olive, B.L., 1887, whose labors gained for the Olive
Chapel Church in Wake County a national reputation; J. W. Lynch, A.
T. Howell, and M. L. Kesler, all of the class of 1888, the first hardly
excelled as a preacher, and later Professor of Religion in the College;
the second, known for his ability as a preacher and also as a pastor,
who has done a lasting work in churches in the Carolinas; the third,
Kesler, best known for his great work in the Mills Home Orphanage
of which he was superintendent for many years before his death on
August 20, 1932. The class of 1890 contained such men as J. O.
Atkinson, a leader in the Christian-Congregational church, editor of
the Christian Sun, and long a member of the faculty of Elon College;
H. C. Moore, best known for his editorial work as editor of the
Biblical Recorder, 1908-17, and as Editorial Secretary of the Sunday
School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, since 1917. For a
longer period he has been Secretary of the Convention. Another
member of the class of 1890 who gained much prominence was John
E. White, who from 1895 to 1900 was Corresponding Secretary of the
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and later served
important pastorates in Atlanta, Savannah and other Southern cities.
He was also greatly interested in education, and had a chief part in the
establishment and development of Anderson College and served it as
president for several years. Josiah Crudup of the same class labored
largely in other states, serving long pastorates in Dalton, Georgia, and
Belzoni, Mississippi. Twin brothers of the class of 1891, J. I. and R.
G. Kendrick are known in the states from Virginia to Louisiana for
their pastoral labors, while B. K. Mason their classmate confined his
labors to North Carolina, where he held important pastorates in
Greensboro and Winston-Salem. W. M. Gilmore proved a hero by
remaining at his post as pastor in Brunswick, Georgia, during a
yellow fever epidemic, but he is best
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