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Wilson Church Serves More Than Just 'The Whole Truth'

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WILSON — A Wilson church hopes to serve more than just words of wisdom.

"The Whole Truth" is more than a restaurant and grocery store. It is a permanent fund-raiser for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, which sits just next door. The restaurant serves old-fashioned "southern" cuisine.

"I'm a vegetable person. I like collards, I like ham hocks and I like their fried chicken," says customer Teresa Hopkins. "Everything is good, the candied yams everything."

"The folks in here are just really nice and helpful. It's a change from the everyday, and the world's best fried chicken and banana pudding -- hands down," says customer Willis Underwood.

People from all faiths line up for this food, the same way they have for generations.

"It began, I guess, around 45 years ago with the concept of just a way to raise money, and it started from there and it grew," says store manager Ruby Fate.

You can buy anything from figurines to fresh fruit in the store, and the restaurant is open five days a week.

When the restaurant started, it was just hot dogs and hamburgers. The food was delivered to workers at nearby tobacco warehouses in Wilson, but then it started to grow.

"It grew so large, we could no longer deliver, so we started going in the back, and then we started having people come to us," says volunteer Evan Wiley.

You can buy anything from figurines to fresh fruit at the restaurant. It is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.


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