• Jerry and Charlene Palmer share a moment of prayer together at the 36th annual Western North Carolina Campmeeting at Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
    Jerry and Charlene Palmer share a moment of prayer together at the 36th annual Western North Carolina Campmeeting at Boiling Springs Baptist Church.

Boiling Springs to celebrate 125th anniversary on Sunday

    Boiling Springs – Two congregations of almost the same name will get together Sunday at the 125th anniversary of Boiling Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
    Church member Rex Davis said the church started as a mission, and after the Trail of Tears in 1838 it turned into a church. Boiling Springs was heavily populated with Cherokee Indians who remained in Cherokee County, pastor Eddis Dockery said.
    The Cherokee moved to the Fontana Dam area, where they took the name of the Boiling Springs church. They moved again when the dam was built, this time to Whittier-Bryson City. Their church is named Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
    The Whittier church’s pastor, Gil Breedlove will be the featured speaker at the 125th anniversary – and he will bring his congregation of the same name with him, Davis said. Breedlove was magistrate for 27 years in Swain County, Dockery added.
    The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include the singing group Kyla Rowland & Deliverance of Morristown, Tenn.
    It also will be Old Fashioned Day, and everyone is encouraged to dress like people did about 100-125 years ago. Boiling Springs Missionary Baptist Church opened its doors in 1893.
    Dockery and his wife, Ola, will dress like and portray Boiling Springs’ first pastor and wife. Afterward, there will be a meal and homemade ice cream.
    Dockery will have been pastor of the church for 42 years. He began on the first Sunday in September 1976.
    Around 1977, the Cherokee Scout invited preachers from various churches to write columns for the newspaper. Dockery is the only preacher from that era still writing a column for the Scout more than 40 years later.
    Davis said he and Karen Kephart are trying to publish a book, Heritage of Boiling Springs Baptist Church. A draft copy of the book will be available for people to read.
    “It will be Old Fashioned Day so people can wear overalls,” Davis said. “People will bring heirlooms for people to see. There will be displays and a slide show.
    “It will be a fun day.”