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Still on the War Parth for the Lord at 70
bv Bruce Bmrton and
John R. Brayboy
Recently Brace Barton and
Joita Bray boy interviewed the Rev
erend Wade Locklear for the Caro
liaa Indian Voice. We waat to spot
light oar elder Iadiaa preachers
from time to time. We feit that it
woaM be appropriate to start with
Brother Wade who was honored
this year by the Barat Swamp Bap
tist Association at the annual Union
meeting, and the annual associa
tion aMCtiag.
Born September 6, 1924, Rev.
Wade Locklear recently celebrated
his 70th Biithday. Brother Wade is
still pasturing at Oak Grove Baptist
Church, where He has been for the
past fourteen years. Saved at the ten
der age ofThirteen and a half in April
of 1938 at a Prayer meeting at his
Grandfather Henderson's home he
has never regretted the decision he
made for Christ. At this time in
Brother Wade's life he spent most
weekends at his Grandfather' s house
When he cot saved he wanted to go
borne to tell his mother he was saved.
It was about three miles to his house,
and he ran most of the way. When he
told his mother she acted as ifshe did
- not hem- torn: x fffst tousfn was *
living with them and she told his
mother that Wade said he got saved
The cousin recalled how is mother
said," if he's saved I'll know."
Brother Wade prayed to the Lord and
said "Lord by your help I will show
her "He did.
Born in the Mt Airy Community
and raised on the form, Brother Wade
is no stranger to hard work. Married
to the former Helen Dial, daughter of
the Late Elisha Dial of the Antioch
community. Brother Wade has spent
most of his life in the Antioch com
munity. On March 17,1994 Brother
Wade and sister Helen celebrated fifty
years of marriage . By the way Brother
Wade's mother is still living, and is
93 years young His father died in
1984. Brother Wade started in the
ministry with Brother Claudie Dial
(who by the way is his brother in law)
in 1946 preaching on the streets. In
1947 God called Brother Wade to
preach the gospel. For nine years
Brother Wade and Brother Claudie
held tent meetings. During this time
he worked a regular job and formed
Also in 1950 he began pasturing at
Beulah Baptist Church. Brother Wade
has been a member at Mt. Elim since
1938 for a total of fifty six years and
the same number of years in the asso
ciation, Brother Wade recalls one of
the greatest ^uftlia^lf oL Ihr ftl
meetings was in McColl, S C., when
fifty people made a confession of
Faith In 1956 Brother Wade and
Brother Claudie went different direc
Brother Wade has devoted fifty
six years of service to the Lord. He
pastured at Gospel Tabernacle for
seventeen years and twenty three years
at Union Light alternating for a num
ber of years between those two
churches, two Sundays a month at
each. Also during this time he was
serving as pastor on Sunday night at
Galilee Baptist. He served two years
at Smyrna Baptist church. In 1981
Oak Grove called him as foil time
pastor where he has been for the past
fourteen years. Brother Wade spoke
candidly of Oak Grove Congrega
tion, noting that it was the most
loving and caring body of folk he had
ever pastured. Brother Wade has
served as moderator of the associa
tion and chaired many of the commit
tees over the years.
Brace Barton asked Brother Wade
who his mentor in the ministry was.
He quickly responded that Rev. C.E.
Locklear, Lonnie Jacobs, Purcell
Locklear, ZR C ha vis and Barse
Jacobs. These men were a great influ
ence upon his ministry. He remem
bers Brother Barse Jacobs as "the
preachingest man I ever heard pceach.
one else I can remember"
Brother WaKbashad a bout with
cancer, but with his Faith in God He
is doing much better now. He recalls
that a year ago many people thought
that he would soon die, but his trust
was not inpeople's opinions, but in
the Lord. Through out the preacher's
lift he recalls instances where exer
cising Faith in God has brought posi
tive results. He shared sevenu axperi
ences with us. When he was sixteen
his mother was ironing and she got
sick. She told him to no get the doctor
because she needed help. Brother
Wade started to the landlord's house
to get someone to get the doctor for
her On the way he prayed to the Lord
not to take his mama, and as he was
coining out of the woods the Lord
spoke to him. God told him that his
mother was going to be alright He
turned around and went back home,
and found her back up ironing. An
other occasion he had a headache and
was going to church at Beulah. Rev.
ZR Chavis was going to preach for
him. He went by to pick him up and
Rev. Z R said you are sack let me
pray for you".
He put his hand on his head and
began to rub it and pray. Rev. Z.R
told him he felt it and it was running
from him. When Rev. Z R. finished
praying he felt the pain leave. Re
am thing on his stomach, oo the way
to church one Sunday morning it
came to him to have the elders of he
church to pray for hhn. After Church
he started home When he got to the
crossroads, he told his daughter to go
to Laurinburg to the Kentucky Fried
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c nicKcn. ttc w&ntco sorocifuiifl to CM.
He ate and did not have any problem
Later in Ute week he went to the
doctor and got a good report Awn the
doctor. One of Brother wade'i&vor
ite scriptures is Psalms 103:3 "Who
forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who
healeth all thy diseases.
Rev Wade and Sister Helen have
seven children, three sons and four
daughters; a host of grandchildren;
and thirty five great grandchildren.
Brother Wade has had a productive
life of service to the Lord and we
believe there's snore to come. He said
that when he was called to pastor a
church that he always told them that
Sister Helen was his right ar, and that
they . must accept her because she
wis apart of his ministry There's old
adage that is fitting here, "behind
every good man is a good woman."
Brother Wade is feeling better every
day, and getting his strength back.
Brother John Brayboy ask what
was the greatest experience he had
had over the years la the ministry
Brother Wade sa id with s glow in his
experience, people of all agesyouuL
middle age, and elders. Brother Wade
does not tire of talking about the
goodness of the Lord and how he has
biessed him. He is caieftil to give Qod
the glory for all that ha baa aoooaa
pushed in his life He ateo noted that
the Burnt Swamp Asaaciatten ha
been good to hfan. Than it a much
we could ay shout Brother Wade bat
space will aot allow it If you have an
occaaiou to visit or talk to ftav. Wade
L ocklcar do it you will surely be
blessed. Upon ending this intorview
Brother John Brayboy ashed what
advice he would give to young people
today. "If you want to havtlife, and
have it mote abundantly, get saved,
and get in church He adds a last
parung spiritual short, "if God's ?0t
in it you won't prosper
^ Brother John Bnsyboyjaid after
seven yean and he'sstiUoatne War
path for the Lord!" What a legacy!
What a heritage! "Brother Wadehas
accomplished much, but yet ia a
humble man giving Qod the thaahs.
When wa started to leave. Brother
Wade took us by the living room to
aee his mam awards that he's re
ceived over the yean What a collec
tion! U speaks a mohitudt of words
about the preacher. Don't county this
Path for the Lord, and his Faith is*
Stronger now than ever. God Blear
commonti from bo?k John A.
Brayboy ana Brttcr Barton.
Rev. Wade Locklear
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Glenn Maynor, Sheriff of Robeson
County A Product of History
On December 5,1994, history was
made when the first Native American
was sworn in as sheriff of Robeson
County. Glenn Maynor's past is very
much a part of the present. Histori
cally speaking, Maynor'sfamily roots
began in Sampson County in the
person ofWilliam and Keziah Maynor
who emigrated to Robeson County by
way of Cumberland County some
where around 1830. Once settled in
Robeson, this family became a pro
ductive part of the religious commu
nity, producing a long line of minis
ters. This humble beginning, I feel,
was a basic ingredient in the life and
spiritual outlook of Glenn Maynor.
Reverend Fmmey Prevatte
Maynor's drive to become sheriff
of Robeson County began through
and by the initial efforts of the Rever
end Fumey Prevatte, WW Willis,
and F. A. Prevatte of Raft Swamp In
1880, these three men gathered to
gether with Carey Wilkins, John S.
Wilkins, Gilbert Locklear, John J.
Bed, A Oxendine, James Jacobs, J D
Hunt, Alfred Hunt, William Canady,
Scymore Bell, Dolphin Hardin, and
Henry Jones. The purpose of this
meeting was to organize the Indian
Churches into a functional and coop
erative group of churches. Commit
tees were appointed to form a consti
tution for this body of churches. On
January 21, 1881, this group met at
Reedy Branch Church and officially
organized the Burnt Swamp Baptist
Association. There were only three
churches present for this meeting.
Burnt Swamp, Reedy Branch, and
Magnolia. Furney Prcvatte provided
compassionate and diligent leader
ship during the formative period of
Indian history. Through his efforts a
bond was formed between the Indian
communities which still exists today
He encouraged the Indians to become
politically active, especially in the
area of education and the legal sys
tem. Reverend Prcvatte was the fore
runner of another white minister, the
Reverend Bob Mangum who actively
espoused the Indian cause
As a resuh of the Reverend Furney
Prcvatte's guidance and inspiration,
Indian leaden worked together to
have enacted the legislation of IMS
which gave the Indians of Robeson
County schools of their own. Once
Indians began to be educated, they
began to develop a political structure
to promote our cause One such
organization was known as the Con
federation of Red Mot. This highly
structured organization formed
lodges in each Indian community to
coordinate and fcther legislation that
would be beneficial to our people
Each such lodge had a name and
lodge number. For example, in Burnt
Swamp the lodge name waaTecumach
Lodge Number 3, order of the Con
federation of Red Men of Robeson
County. Trustees of this lodge were
J H Godwin, Wellington Wilkins,
W D Oxcndtne, Daniel W Locklesr.
Dock Oxendine. and Paisley Locklear
This federation of Indians were a
highly secretive order. However, from
time to time repsaeeiuatioa of these
organizations would turfocc to pro
mote legislation tobeneAtour people
In dosing, this i> jut a brief over
view of the organization and people
who in lttO started Glenn Mnynor'i
campaign for sheriff of Robeson
County Many sacrifices were made
over the course of time that Anally
npfifd die (foof for Glenn Mnynor
and afl persona of cdtor in our county
Like the evenU of 1 MO, this it a new
beginning for all citizens of our
county , We should graap (he oppor
tunity to move our county forward in
all aspects of Hfc Lot people like
Forney Prevails, W.W. Willis, Carey
Wilkine, Alfred Hunt. William
Jacobs, Preston Locfclear, Charles
Barton, McDuflte Cummings, and
many many others be a role model of
whet can happen through a coopera
tive effort
FayettevilleUnited Methodist Chuch to
Expand Substance Abuse Program
A project to assist Native Ameri
cans in the Fayettcville, NC area who
are experiencing substance abuse
problems is one of 17 projects funded
in 1994byaUnited Methodist Church
program now in its second year
The S3,000 grant by the Special
Program on Substance Abuse and
Related Violence, part of the Na
tional Division of the UMC 'i Gen
eral Board of Global Ministries, will
enable Grace United Methodist
Church to Fayetteville to expand its
substance abuse program for Native
The objective of the church's uro
gram is to address the mbstanoe abuse
program among Native Americans in
the Fayetteville area by providing
culturally sensitive ''ivfti'"! ser
vices mid addressing high-rim foe
tots that cause substance sbuse among
Native Americans
More than 30 people have already
nocn neipeo m tnc program during
the lam four months of I9M. said the
Reverend Sam Wyaa,paamr of Qrsoe
UMC.aprctV iaan I^Nathe Ameri
money will enable the program to
teach more people, he laid. Expan
sion of tlw program ia the oext itep in
what some of tne congregation hopes
will someday be a comprehensive, in
depth therapeutic counseling center
for Native Americans
"It's a dream and we only have
$5,000. but it's made a difference,
said Wynnofthe grant, which will go
to supplement current programs
Among the high ri* factors Na
tive Americans bee for alcohol and
substance abuse an loss of tribal iden
tity. unemployment and underemploy
ment, poverty, a sense of isolation
and low self-esteem. Culturally sen
sitive treatment. Wynn mid, lakes
these Ihctors into account, as well as
and spiritual dimensions of being a
niaiivc American
Wynn views the 13.000 gram as a
key sdlssScm in dm development of
the program, but Ukc others in the
congregation wants to see more dona
to help those in need. "tfwe had more
resources. we could do w much
more." I* aid "We're a commu
nity struggling to aurvive But thank
God for the church. The federal
government'! record with dealing
with nibetance abuac among Ameri
can Indiana ia abysmal "
The $3,000 grant ia part of a total
of $201,700 the Special Program on
Substance Abuac and Related Vio
lence ha allocated for the 17 pro
grams nationwide in 1994 The pro
gram.. whoa theme te "Committed
to Wholeness The Unitod Methodist
Church Reaponda to Drugs and Drug
Violence." began in 1991 after the
1992 UMC General Conference man
dated such a plan.
" We're well pleased." aetdJeraid
Lillian Scott, national coordinator of
the program, which is related to the
si _ * -? ? _ a r%ia t _ hdam^aes^wn
rsauofuu \j%vision irarisn mi nisi ma
Unit. Noting the need fertile church
to tackle the widespread problems of
drag an alcohol abuse, she said, "k'e
about dne far the church, which had
baaa a aleeptng giant, to get out of the
aaartuery and Mo the oomaaiahy
where thu la each a problem "
Tuscarora Tribe
Changes Name to
Tuscarora Nation
The Tnecarora Tfte of the Red
Hill Coauauaity of Roboaoa County
North Carolina, lac. has had a name
change to (ha Tuscarora Nation at
at Stale, RuA? Mminston at the
request of Chief Leon lock tear No
other group or tribe shall claim this
name as or N weather 7, l w4.
Anyone who waata to ba a part at
this nation caa coat etoaether and
wotfc on one accordc as oaa family
under the name of Tuscarora Nation
Gospel Sing
Baperiaaoe the Mask Miaialry of
Carta and Redemption of Lnmber
toa, NC. and others who will la
performing at Tabernake Hirtiil
Church on Friday aMt. January 11
1995 at 7: JOpm.OtC stagers w|l;
mehide the Chosen Generation and
theTilaai fahdrtn
For ansa infcrwtnon about (Ms
deltas, iwatart Meaa Daaee at 331
44?tnr Ramet Swatt at 9214*29

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