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History of BLUE SPRINGS CHURCH OF CHRIST

Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

 

 By: Zade McClure

 

The Blue Springs Church of Christ had its beginnings with another congregation, the Highdry church of Christ. Highdry Church was established in 1930. Joe McClure (uncle of Zade McClure) started having services under a big oak tree at the home of Nathan McClure (great grandfather of Zade McClure) on the Highdry Road. Several were baptized, and a church building was built for their services. The land was given to the church and a wooden frame building was built. It had one door at the front of the building, 3 windows on each side of the building with 1 window, in the back of the church. No electricity vas available for the church. It was lighted with kerosene lights and heated with a potbellied stove. The pews were wooden benches with backs. The congregation had approximately 25 members. The church vas called: Highdry Church of Christ.

 

Joe McClure, Henry Rowe, Jim Haug Cromer, and Henry Cromer were some of the teachers.

Johnnie Green Thomasson, Ovie Smith and Flynn Parrot were the first preachers to preach at the new church. Some of the early gospel meetings were held by E.H. Miller, Ovie Smith, and Flynn Parrot.

 

The road to the church was an unpaved county road. Everybody walked to church. The WPA Works Progress Administration) was a project established by Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1935-1941. This project was responsible for building roads, schools, and public works during the years of the depression.

This project was responsible for building a graveled road into the Blue Springs area. Cars and trucks could now use the new road (County Road 1249). The Highdry Church congregation moved to a new building next to the new road in 1948. The land was donated by Swan Bullock. The building was a wooden frame building with weatherboard painted white. Electricity became available for lights and the heat was from a warm morning coal stove. There were approximately 50 members. This church was named for its new location--BLUE SPRINGS CHURCH OF CHRIST. This is the current location of the church. Renovations to the church began about 25 years ago when brick was added to the exterior of the building; 10 years later-bathrooms and the baptistery were added; and 12 years later (2001) city water became available. The average attendance is 110.

 

Some of the gospel meeting preachers were: E.H. Miller, Edwin Morris, Miles King, J.W. Karnegay, Paul Nichols, Richard Nichols, Arthur Wade, Ronny Wade, Don King, Barney Owens, Irvin Barnes, Ron Alexander, Joe Hisel, Don Pruitt, Ron Courter, Alton Bailey, Kevin Presley, and Doug Hawkins.

 

Doug Hawkins now has Blue Springs as his home congregation. In addition, there are 4 other teachers-Zade McClure-, Gary Reppert, Coy Cromer, and Marcus Reppert.

 

Descendants of the early members--Swan Bullock, who donated the land for the current congregation, has several descendents that are members (1 daughter, 2 sons, and 2 granddaughters).

Joe McClure, one of the founding members, has 2 daughters, 1 son, 3 granddaughters, 3 grandson, 4 great granddaughters, 1 great grandson, 1 nephew, 2 great nieces, 2 great great nephews, and 2 great great nieces who are members. Henry Rowe, a founding member, has 2 granddaughters, 2 great granddaughters, and 1 great great granddaughter who are members.

 

Three of the current teachers are descendants of the early teacher Joe McClure. Zade McClure-nephew; Coy Cromer-grandson; and Marcus Reppert-great great nephew.

 

Approximately fifty percent of the congregation are in their teens to forties. This gives us much hope for a bright and lasting future for our congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

 

 

 MCFERRON

BONNIE

January

06

CROMER

FREDDIE

August

05

 WELLES

BRANDON

January

11

MCCLURE

CLINTON

August

06

 EVANS

BURGESS

January

12

ROBBINS

JEANETTE

August

06

 MILLER

CURTIS

January

17

BARRON

MARY

August

07

 BOONE

CLIFTON

January

18

MCCLURE

NELLIE

August

07

 CROMER

RUBY

January

18

BULLOCK

HOWARD

August

08

 EVANS

ALMA

January

18

REPPERT

GARY

August

09

 THOMAS

BETTY

January

19

BOONE.

DANIEL

August

13

 BULLOCK

FLOYD

January

24

MINK

MATTIE

August

15

 SHARP

DANNY

January

28

WELLES

TERESA

August

20

 TAYLOR

CASEY

January

29

HAWKINS

BRADEN

August

24

 RIDDLE

RACHELLE

February

05

SHARP

BOREING

August

27

 EVANS

MAUDIE

February

09

MCFERRON

WALTER

August

31

 LOVELL

BRENT

February

09

CROMER

TERESA

September

01

 MCCLURE

LINDA

February

13

LEWIS

LISA

September

01

 MCFERRON

BERTIE

February

15

LOVELL

MARCELLA

September

02

 BARRON

RHONDA

February

17

BULLOCK

BOBBY

September

05

 CROMER

SHARON

February

26

CROMER

CHRISTEEN

September

09

 MILLER

HOLLY

March

07

MCCLURE

HANNAH

September

12

 GOODWIN

JEANETTE

March

10

CROMER

HANK

September

16

 MCCLURE

HOWARD

March

20

BOONE

RENA

September

20

 MCCLURE

EMMETT

March

21

CROMER

ORVILLE

September

25

 CROMER

GLENN

March

24

MAYS

SCOTT

September

25

 ROBBINS

LESLIE

March

24

TAYLOR

PAMELA

September

25

 WELLES

BRYAN

March

25

BOONE

BRENT

September

28

 HAWKINS

ZADE

March

26

MINK

VERNIE

October

01

 RIDDLE

CONNIE

March

27

NAVARRE

BRIAN

October

13

 CLARK

JIMMIE

March

31

SHARP

PHILLIP

October

15

 RIDDLE

JACOB

April

04

SHARP

VICKIE

October

18

 RENNER

MELISSA

April

07

MCCLURE

ZADE

October

19

 MCFERRON

DEWEY

April

10

BOONE

JAMES

October

20

 GRAVES

VERNA

April

13

CROMER

JUNE

October

21

 PHELPS

JONETT

April

14

RIDDLE

JESSICA

October

22

 BOONE

VERNA

April

15

CROMER

GAIL

October

26

 CROMER

DAVID

April

15

REPPERT

GENIEVEE

November

01

 ROBBINS

JERRY

April

18

MCCLURE

REKEL

November

03

 MAYS

BECKY

April

25

WHITAKER

LIZ

November

08

 PAYNE

KAY5

April

25

SHARP

ANGELA

November

16

 RENNER

RANDY

April

30

CROMER

DENVER

November

21

 COOK

LISA

May

02 .

SHARP

STEPHEN

December

04

 PHELPS

ROBERT

May

03

CALEBS

MARK

December

06

 CROMER

BOBBY

May

08

TAYLOR

LESTER

December

07

 LOVELL

J-T.

May

16

MCCLURE

STEPHEN

December

11

 MILLER

PAMELA

May

16

MILLER

MELISSA

December

12

 RENNER

TERI

May

16

BULLOCK

HELEN

December

19

 PAYNE

RONNIE

May

19

WHITAKER

DON

December

20

 MCFERRON

JAMES

May

21

ROBBINS

SHERYL

December

23

 MCFERRON

ARLIS

May

31

MCCLURE

WILLIAM

December

25

 BOONE

PEACHIE

June

06

BARRON

MATTIE

December

27

 BULLOCK

THEATA

June

07

BARRON

JIMMY

 

 

 DEBORDE

LINDA

June

09

CROMER

JEANNE

 

 

 WELLES

DENNIS

June

12

DEBORDE

PHILIP

 

 

 BOONE

JEAN

June

13

EVANS

BOBBY

 

 

 CLARK

 EVA

June

13

EVANS

JEANA

 

 

 MCCLURE

DELORES

June

13

EVANS

JENNIFER

 

 

 MINK

 FAYE

June

16

EVANS

PAUL

 

 

 CROMER

COY

June

24

FAULKNER

MAGGIE

 

 

 TAYLOR

ZACHARY

June

24

HALCOMB

BO

 

 

ROBBINS

MILLIE

June

25

HALCOMB

DENNIS

 

 

 CROMER

ELSIE

June

27

LEWIS

DEWEY

 

 

 RENNER

ERIC

June

27

MCCLURE

IVIN

 

 

 MCCLURE

RENA

June

28

MCCLURE

JASON

 

 

 CROMER

10NA

June

30

MCCLURE

MICHAEL

 

 

 HAWKINS

LORI

July

06

NAPIER

SUE

 

 

 BULLOCK

LUSTER

July

08

NAVARRE

JACK

 

 

 BOONE

TARA

July

18

NAVARRE

JEFF

 

 

 CALEBS

LINDA

July

24

NAVARRE

KEVIN

 

 

 MILLER

CHARLES

July

24

RICE

LONNIE

 

 

 BULLOCK

ALICIA

July

28

RICE

SYLVIA

 

 

 NAVARRE

WANDA

July

28

RIDDLE RYAN

 

 

 

 HAWKINS

DOUG

July

29

 

 

 

 

 MCCLURE

MIKE

July

30

 

 

 

 

 BARRON

JESSICA

August

01

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

 

 BOONE

JAMES & PEACHIE

JANUARY

02

 

 MCCLURE

ZADE & REKEL

JANUARY

13

1947

 BULLOCK

BOBBY & THEATA

JANUARY

18

1958

 MCCLURE

WILLIAM & RENA

JANUARY

20

1944

 REPPERT

GARY & GENIEVEE

FEBRUARY

15

1975

 LOVELL

MARCELLA &

MARCH

04

1989

 MILLER

CHARLES & MELISSA

MARCH

15

1991

 CROMER

ORVILLE & IONA

APRIL

04

1959

 CALEBS

MARK & LINDA

APRIL

19

 

 BOONE

DANIEL & TARA

MAY

15

1999

 PAYNE

RONNIE & KAYE

MAY

19

1969

 CROMER

GLENN & RUBY

MAY

22

 

 RIDDLE

RYAN & CONNIE

JUNE

03

 

 MCFERRON

JAMES & BERTIE

JUNE

08

1964

 CLARK

JIMMIE & EVA

JUNE

11

 

 MCCLURE

HOWARD & DELORES

JUNE

13

1959

 ROBBINS

JERRY & MILLIE

JUNE

25

1976

 MAYS

SCOTT & BECKY

JUNE

22

1996

 LEWIS

DEWEY & LISA

JULY

02

 

 TAYLOR

 LESTER & PAMELA

JULY

06

1979

 MCCLURE

CLINTON & LINDA

JULY

10

1971

 EVANS

BURGESS & ALMA

JULY

24

1946

 MCCLURE

EMMETT & NELLIE

AUGUST

22

1951

 WHITAKER

DON & LIZ

SEPTEMBER

02

 

 HAWKINS

DOUG & LORI

SEPTEMBER

12

1993

 RENNER

ERIC & TERI

SEPTEMBER

14

2002

 CROMER

DENVER & JUNE

SEPTEMBER

21

1971

 WELLES

DENNIS & TERESA

SEPTEMBER

26

1981

 BARRON

MATTIE

OCTOBER

07'

 

 BOONE

BRENT & JEAN

NOVEMBER

21

1969

 BULLOCK

LUSTER & HELEN

NOVEMBER

28

 

 CROMER

COY & GAIL

DECEMBER

04

1978

 DEBORDE

PHILIP & LINDA

DECEMBER

07

 

 MCFERRON

ARLIS & BONNIE

DECEMBER

13

1969

 RENNER

RANDY & MELISSA

DECEMBER

23

2000

 BARRON

JIMMY & RHONDA

 

 

 

 HALCOMB

DENNIS & BO

 

 

 

 NAVARRE

JACK & WANDA

 

 

 

 RICE

LONNIE & SYLVIA

 

 

 

 SHARP

DANNY & VICKIE

 

 

 

 

 

Original publication date unknown.

Scan/OCR performed November 2004

By Frank Gruber