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Statistics & Facts
Statistics & Facts
The Arkansas state capital is Little Rock.
The population of Griffithville is approximately 276 (2007), 225 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 119 (2000), 93 (2010).
The amount of land area in Griffithville is 1.008 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Griffithville is 0.39 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Griffithville to Washington DC is 869 miles.
The distance to the Arkansas state capital is 49 miles. (as the crow flies)
Griffithville is positioned 35.12 degrees north of the equator and 91.64 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Griffithville elevation is 217 feet above sea level.
Griffithville per capita income is $ 13,082 (2000).
Griffithville median income is $ 28,400 (2005).
The Griffithville median home price is $ 38,200 (2005).
in central Arkansas
about 48 miles from North Little Rock
and about 115 miles from Memphis
. Other nearby communities include West Point
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Griffithville Historical Events
1998, October 5
100th year celebration!!
The First Baptist Church of Griffithville celebrated
itís 100th year homecoming October 5, 1998. Dr. Derrel Watkins
was the guest speaker. Dr. Watkins was the pastor of First
Baptist Church for a short period during the 1950ís. The Velvet
Ridge Quartet sang in the afternoon after a old fashion
dinner on the ground.
1898, October 2
First Baptist Church History - Griffithville, Arkansas
On October 2nd, 1898, a few people met in a boxcar, which was called "The Chapel Car", to organize themselves into a Baptist Church. On October 3, 1898, the first messengers were elected to attend the Association which convened in El Paso, Arkansas. There are still descendents of those first members who attend our church today.
In 1901, the old white frame church was built; it stood where the parsonage now stands. The pastorís salary in 1901 was $ 10.00 per month. The church continued to move along gaining members all the time. In 1919, Pearl Layrock Guier was baptized into the church. In 1922, Mrs. Eva Gross became a member and has never moved her membership;
making her one of our oldest members. She currently resides in the
Beverly Health Nursing Home in Searcy, Arkansas. Mary Dell Neaville
and Bill LaFerney are also older members now residing in Searcy. Bro.
Burnett Guier became a member in 1930 and was ordained a minister by
this church. He was called as Pastor in 1947.
Time moved on and pastors came and went. In 1949, Bro. Ernest
Anderson was called as Pastor. Times were getting better and he was
paid $ 50.00 per month. Under his leadership in 1950, the present
Sanctuary was built. It cost approximately $ 6000.00. John L.
Vandiver, currently residing in Heber Springs, was Chairman of the
Building Committee at that time. On June 10th, 1956, a bank note
burning was held and the building was dedicated. In 1958, the old
white frame church was torn down, and the parsonage was built. Bro.
Walter Baker was pastor from 1960 to 1964. Under his leadership the
educational building was added at the back of the church.
Bro. Ralph Caldwell was pastor from 1965 to 1969. Bro. Delton Hughes
was called and served from 1966 until September 1975. Under his
leadership the parking lots were purchased, the heating and cooling
systems were installed and the auditorium was rebuilt.
Bro. Danny Jackson was called as pastor in 1975 and served until
December, 1982. Under his leadership, a new ceiling, new light
fixtures, new carpet and a new piano were purchased; the sanctuary was
enlarged, a church bus was purchased and a new complete sewer system
In February, 1983, Bro. Jim Wiley was called as pastor. Under his
leadership, the class room building was completed, all indebtedness
was paid off, and much needed sidewalks were built. The church paid
Bro. Wiley's way to the Philippines to start and build a Baptist
Church. In January, 1987, Bro Mike Fisher was called as pastor and
served until January, 1989. Under his leadership, new rooms were
added to the parsonage and many other remodeling jobs were completed
on the church building. In June, 1989, Bro. Roger Robbins was called
as pastor and served until January, 1990. In May, 1990, Bro. Donnie
Smith was called as pastor. Under his leadership, updating of present
buildings and much needed maintenance has continued; but more
importantly, as under all our pastors and deacons, many souls have
been added to the Kingdom.
Griffithville Community News 2008, October 12
First Baptist Church Griffithville will celebrate its 110th anniversary on October 12, 2008. Dr. Derrel Watkins will be the guest preacher of the gospel.
There will be an old-fashioned dinner followed by singing and reading of
church history and introduction of prior pastors and members.
There will be a revival on 13, 14, and 15 October. Prior pastors, James
Wiley, Tony Criswell and Doug Duncan will preach, Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday. There will be special music each night with a pie supper on
Wednesday after the services.
Miscellany The population of Griffithville was:
1990 - 237
2000 - 262
2007 - 276
The number of housing units was:
1990 - 106
2000 - 119
2000 - 35.3 years
Median household income:
2000 - $ 25,000
2005 - $ 28,400
Median house value:
2000 - $ 33,800
2005 - $ 38,200
Griffithville is located in the Central Time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.