“Homecoming like the old days" ends in death of snake handler

Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite

Last Sunday started as a festive outdoor service on a sunny afternoon at Panther Wildlife Management Area, a state park roughly 80 miles west of Bluefield, W.Va. In the preceding days, Wolford had posted several teasers on his Facebook page asking people to attend.

“I am looking for a great time this Sunday,” he wrote May 22. “It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good ’ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers.”

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Jay's picture

Bad exegesis claims yet another life. So sad.

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DavidO's picture

I have, on more than one occassion handled* venomous snakes.

*I was not in church, and had the aid of a snake hook, and did so more out of a desire to emulate Steve Irwin than the Apostle Paul, but still . . . :bigsmile:

Jeffrey Dean's picture

was an homage to an earlier work. Both movies are classics from different genre. (Love the campfire scene because it reminds me of many a deacon's meeting.)

JohnBrian's picture

Jeffrey Dean wrote:
was an homage to an earlier work. Both movies are classics from different genre. (Love the campfire scene because it reminds me of many a deacon's meeting.)
You done gone and spilled those campfire beans all over me man! I left the title out so that no one would know I had actually seen that movie!

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