My favorite preacher, Fred Folk: ‘I’m just a sinner’

By Willis Webb
In the rural climes for Freestone County in the late 1940s and 1950s, my first and only church experience for years was The Luna Missionary Baptist Church. Luna was a little crossroads community about eight miles south of Teague. It is in that general area that both the Webb and Thornton (my mother) families grew from the early 1800s into the mid- and late-1900s.
Luna MBC, an unpainted frame building (years later it was painted white) with two front doors, met on the first and third Sundays of each month and the average attendance was about 20, if no one was “puny.” Our preacher (that’s the only “title” we knew) was one Fred E. Folk from the county seat of Fairfield. On the second and fourth Sundays, Bro. Fred preached at a similar church near Buffalo. “Every fifth Sunday in a month, I get to rest and go to church with my family,” he said.

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