A symbol of faith finds a new home


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Former pastor Franklin Lowe (left) and Roger Miller showcasing the cross from Wood College at its new location at Mathiston UMC. Volunteers said the cross has been repainted and benches added. They hope to add flowers to the area soon. (Photo submitted)

It has been a landmark in Webster County for many years, and now, the cross from Wood College has a new home at Mathiston United Methodist Church.

Church members say the move was a perfect fit, marking the landmark’s continued representation for the work God in Webster County.

According to members of Mathiston UMC, the cross and flame were a gift for Wood from the class of 1942 and 1992, marking 50 years of service to students and God.  Because Mathiston Methodist became church home to so many students, the church requested its placement on church grounds after Wood College was sold to the Golden Triangle Regional Planning and Development District.

“Wood College has been a United Methodist Institution in Webster County for years,” said Rudy Johnson, director for the Golden Triangle Regional Planning and Development District. “It was only fitting that the cross and flame go to Mathiston UMC for the Mathiston community, where it all started.” Continue reading