"In our heyday we could make 1,500 pies in two days," Barr said. "Everyone was younger."
The operation is still quite impressive with 600 to 700 pies produced in two days. The operation clears about $1,200 a month.
The women use a special dough recipe made with the best ingredients.
They make homemade applesauce for apple pies and buy huge cans of fruit filling for some of the other flavors. The chocolate filling is a recipe from a 50-year-old Betty Crocker cookbook.
"These recipes have been handed down through the years," said Linda Shiflet, 64, as she generously stuffed some raw dough with chocolate filling in preparation for the fry pan.
The pie recipes are not a secret. In fact, some of the ladies have traveled to other churches to teach pie making and share information.
"Other churches do it, but they don't continue," said Aretta Harvey, 74. "It's hard work."
While that is true, the women agree they enjoy their fellowship and the knowledge that the funds go for a good cause.
The pies are excellent when they are fresh. However, they also may be frozen and pulled out a few at time. They may be heated in the oven or microwave just before eating.
The next pie-making session is set for the first week of December.
To order pies, contact Illene Barr at 304-683-5253.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.