Centerville is located in the Rockbridge district in the southwestern part
of the county, south of the present day Highway 78. Before the Civil War it was called Sneezer. The post office was established in 1879 with T. J. Minor as postmaster. Mr. J.L. Evans succeeded him in 1885 and continued in that position until the post office was discontinued in 1903.
Surrounded by fertile farmland, Centerville prospered with several stores and other businesses. Dr. J. M. Guess practiced medicine there for many years. Other early settlers were Thomas Maguier, Rev. J. M. Lee, David Anderson, Richard Holt, Zachry Lee, and others.
Several county officials were born and raised in that section of Gwinnett County. Thomas Maguire was a representative in 1838. B. W. Weaver was captain of a company in the Confederate Army. H. J. Campbell was tax collector, James P. Mason was sheriff, and E. E. Norton was tax receiver.
Zoar Methodist Church was organized long before the Civil War, but the actual date is unknown. The building in the center of town is the third location. Some of the early ministers were J. D. Anthony (1847), the Anthony brothers (1865-1869), Rev. Johnson (1869-79), Rev. Cramer (1871), J. W. Stipes (1872), F. F. Reynolds (1873-1874), J. H. Bentley (1875-76), J. S. Embry (1877-78).
On Wednesday, August 19, 1819, Ely Massey, Dicy Parker, Divinity Knight, Sarah Barnett and Luke Robinson organized Rockbridge Baptist Church. During the following year a log house was erected which was used until
1825. Another house was erected duing that year which waS used until 1893. The church was then moved two miles north to the community of Sneezer, now called Centerville. The original pastor of 21 years was Luke Robinson.
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History of Gwinnett County, 1818-1960, Volume II, by James C. Flanigan, copyright 1959
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