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Couch, Arthur N., D.D.

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Couch, Arthur N., D.D.
March 07, 2007 08:44PM
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY,
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 380-381.
Used by permission. [Breckinridge]

ARTHUR N. COUCH, D.D.: The subject of this sketch is the son of the
late Rev. W. J. and Emelyne Couch and was born in Lincoln County,
Tennessee, on April 13, 1868. He was born again in October, 1878,
and was baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist Church at New
Market, Alabama, by his father.
Our brother attended school a few months each year in his
youth. He later attended school at Eagleville, Tennessee, and at
Jackson University. In the year 1896 he graduated from Bethel
College, Russellville, Kentucky. For some time he taught school in
Tennessee and Kentucky.
In the year 1885 the Trenton Baptist Church, Trenton, Kentucky,
licensed him to preach the Gospel. This same Church called for his
ordination in February, 1893, and the same was done by a presbytery
composed of Dr. J. M. Phillips, and Revs. A. B. Cabanniss, T. C.
McCall, and W. J. Couch. Since his ordination up until his
retirement from the pastorate he served the following Churches:
Trenton, Ky.; Armadeggon [sic], Ky.; Ringgold and Dixon, Tennessee;
Forrest City, Arkansas; Haynesville and Calquit, Louisiana; Center,
Texas; Fordsville, Ohio County, Ky.: Glenville, Sugar Grove, Pleasant
Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Seven Hills, Calhoun, Sacramento, Yellow
Creek, and Maceo, in Daviess and McLean Counties, Kentucky;
Vandalia, Missouri; Cloverport, Kentucky; Bardwell, Ky., Bloomfield,
La Mont, and La Beier, in Missouri. His pastorates in this
Association covered the period from 1906 to 1915 with the exception
of two years in Vandalia, Missouri. The Peoples National University
of Georgia honored him with the degree of D.D.
In the years 1911 and 1912 he served as Moderator of this
Association. He served as clerk and assistant clerk in 1914-1916 and
preached the annual sermon before the body in 1914. From 1909 to
1920 he was secretary and treasurer of the Baptist Ministers' Aid
Society of Kentucky.
Our brother was successful as an evangelist and numbers of
people were led to the Lord under his ministry. He was also
successful in his pastoral work as the Churches which he served made
considerable progress under his ministry. Rev. M. J. Cox answered
the call to preach under his ministry. Because of a nervous
breakdown our brother has been unable to preach very much since 1928.
Mrs. Couch was formerly Miss Katie J. Smith, the daughter of
James F. and Mary Herndon Smith. They were married on June 20 1894.
Six children, three girls and three boys, blessed this union. All of
them are members of Baptist Churches. Mrs. Gabbert and Mrs. Small
are Sunday School teachers and singers of note.
Brother Couch is now in his 75th year (1943) and enjoys a
reasonable amount of good health. His home is at Cloverport, Ky.,
and he holds membership in the Baptist Church there. His baptisms
number over 1,000 and conversions over 1,500. He is also the author
of a pamphlet on Tithing which is now out of print. His preaching
has been of the doctrinal and expository type. After an active
ministry of thirty-six years he now looks back in loving remembrance
over a good work in the Master's cause.
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