East Cedar Street Methodist Church Parsonage

The home of Mrs. Naomi West at 206 East Cedar Street was once the parsonage for Livingston's First Methodist Church

The featured home this week belongs to Mrs. Naomi West and is located at 206 East Cedar Street here in Livingston. Interesting information about the West home taken from History of the First Methodist Church, Livingston, Tennessee, written by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Eldridge, includes the following:

The home was constructed in 1913 as a parsonage for First Methodist Church at a cost of $2,500.00. Ministers who have lived in the home over the years include: W.M. Lantrip; E.A. Doyle; E.C. Sanders; Simon E. Ensor; Berry J. Duncan; J.S. Rice; Thomas C. Lackey; James Thomas Blackwood; N.I. Townsend; J. G. Harper; S.D. Organ; W. C. Westenberger; Charles J. Hawkins; W. L. Suggs (he and his wife killed in an automobile accident); J. T. Cotton; Rosell M. Johnson; Ewing S. Weakley; Charles S. Parker; and Robert Spain. It was used as a parsonage until December 11, 1955, at which time it was sold at auction to Dr. and Mrs. M.E. Miller for $5,835.00.

The Methodist Church history book also includes information about voyage made by Bro. Ewing S. Weakley during the time he served. Here is the paragraph included in the book about his trip: "Ewing S. Weakley had a very unusual experience while serving as pastor of this church. He was granted a leave of absence, and early in 1946 he accepted a trip to Poland, traveling on a cattle boat taking 600 head of cattle to this war torn country, as a relief measure. He was very seasick on the voyage over and returning home. This project was sponsored by the Protestant churches and the UNRRA. He returned home the latter part of February that year."

During the early 1950's, my family lived in the little stucco house next door to the parsonage. I visited in the home on many occasions when Bro. and Mrs. Parker lived there, and later when the Spain family moved in. I loved getting to go there, and my favorite place in the house was sitting on the stair steps while my mother visited with Mrs. Parker. I thought it would be so wonderful to live in a great big house like that with a big upstairs. We were still living there when Bro. Spain, his wife, and little daughter, Molly Lou, moved in. Molly Lou and my younger brother, David, were the same age, and we often played together on the enclosed back porch of their home. I remember one day we were out on the back porch playing records on Molly Lou’ s small record player. I have no idea what the name of one of the records we were listening to was, but I do very distinctly remember Mrs. Spain coming out on the back porch, taking the record off and saying, "That record is not one we listen to." I really wish I could remember what it was, but I know that I was terribly embarrassed, even though I really didn’t understand why we shouldn’t have been playing that particular record.

Ernest and Naomi West purchased the home from Dr. Miller and wife in the early 1950's. Their son, Bob, grew up there, and today, he is very well known in this and many surrounding states as owner of R.E. West Trucking. Ernest West served two terms as sheriff of Overton County during the years 1954-60 and 1964-66.