Appalachia Oconaluftee/Smokemont

Memories Of Lufty Baptist Church

Ocona lufty baptist church

In 2004 Kathy Wiggins interviewed her grandmother, Maisie Fisher Queen Young. Mrs. Young tells about the Lufty Baptist Church-and the area in general. Ms. Wiggins included many old photos of the church with the interview-sort of a look back in time while you listen to her grandmother talk.

Ms. Wiggins has posted the video on youtube, today I’d like to share it with you.

Hope you enjoyed her voice and the photos as much as I did!


*Source Kathy Wiggins.

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    Joe Bolt
    September 19, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Has this church been moved?? I know there were several. Where was the Graveyard?

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      September 20, 2020 at 7:04 am

      Joe-the church has not been moved.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    My posting is coming late as I didn’t get to access Blind Pig on 02/25/2013. Mrs. Maisie Fisher Queen’s account was superb! Thanks for sharing it and the pictures. I hope more people will begin to document their family/chuch/community history, complete with pictures as Mrs. Maisie did! I’ve forgotten who said it, but about family history and memoirs, someone said, “You shouldn’t die with a song still in your heart!” It needs to be preserved for future generations!

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    Peggy Lambert
    February 26, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Thank You Tipper’ for putting everything you put on your site about Maisie. She was a wonderful Lady and friend and kin. I miss her and wish I could talk to her. Maisie filled my family chart on the Fisher Line. My maternal grandfather was Allen Thurmond Fisher and Maisie’s, mother was Mary Alice Fisher who married Charles Bascom Queen. Thanks for all of this good family history.
    Peggy Lambert

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    February 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This was so very interesting. You do a great job finding and supplying wonderful historical tidbits for the readers of Blind Pig.

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    Ed Ammons
    February 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Tipper: Here is Maisie’s obituary from the Smoky Mountain Times if you want to include it somehow.
    Maisie Queen Young, 90 years old, of Bryson City departed this life and entered the presence of the Lord Monday, July 2, 2007.
    She was a native of Swain County, and was the daughter of the late Bascome and Mary Fisher Queen of Whittier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Crawford Young of Bryson City. She was a member of Arlington Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years and sang in the choir. She enjoyed studying the Bible and sharing her knowledge with others. She served the Lord in many ways during her life.
    Mrs. Young was a retired nurse who worked at Harris Regional Hospital during the 1940s and early 1950s, and later at Swain County Hospital until her retirement. She was a founding member of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society, and was an advocate of preserving mountain heritage and culture. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
    Surviving are one daughter, Agnes Wiggins, and husband Bobby Joe of Asheville; one granddaughter, Katherine M. Wiggins of Bryson City; one grandson, Charles Phillip Wiggins, wife Robin, and one great-grandson, Corey, all of Candler.
    Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5 in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home. The Rev. Clayton Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery.
    The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
    Memorials may be made to the Arlington Baptist Church Mission Fund, 670 Hughes Branch Road, Bryson City, NC 28713, or Woodland Hills Church Mission Fund, 50 Woodland Hills Road, Asheville, NC 28804.

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    Sue Crane
    February 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

    brought back some great memories — I love hearing these stories and am so glad they are being preserved and treasured

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    February 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Kathy sure sings beautifully, and
    her grandmother has such an
    eloquent speech. She sounds so
    proud of her folks and that’s a
    great thing to hear. Reminds me
    of the good times hearing how my
    grandmas’ said things…Ken

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    February 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

    She has a beautiful voice; her story is a treasure for sure. It is wonderful that you are able to get this inormation and share it with your readers. Thanks!

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    Jane Bolden
    February 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Oh my, I could listen to her all day. Her voice sounded so familiar. I wanted to kiss her cheek on the screen. lol

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    Kerry in GA
    February 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing. Like Bradley I love the picture with the “Sugar bowl” haircut.:)

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    February 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This is a real treasure, and I’m so glad you were able to share it here.It’s an inspiring way to begin the week!

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    Eva Nell Mull, Ph.D.
    February 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Tipper: This is another jewel in the Smokies! My friend, Peggy Wiggins Mahoney, wants to know about KATHY WIGGINS. Is she a Wiggins by marriage or is that her family name? Thanks very much for another beautiful beginning to my day! Now I HAVE TO go swim!
    Eva Nell

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    February 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    This was great! Since childhood I’ve always been captivated listening to older people tell the stories of the time that used to be. And if you really want to get my attention, just throw in some old photographs. That photo of the little girl in the white dress with the “bowl” haircut is priceless! Folks around here used to call that a “Puddin’ head” haircut!

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    Benny Watt Terry
    February 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This is awesome; all families should do this slide show and oral history of their churches and families. I am going to send this to my cousin who is excellent at pictures and computers. Thank you!

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    Jim Casada
    February 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Tipper–This was a source of pure wonder and joy for me. I knew Maisie and Frank (her husband) very well. Both were good, simple, honest mountain people, and Frank was without question the finest fly fisherman it has ever been my privilege to know. Both Maisie and Frank were great supporters of Camp Living Water, a Christian youth retreat on Deep Creek.
    Two fly rods which once belonged to Frank are now part of my collection, and the money from them went directly to Camp Living Water. Maisie was an avid student of regional history and a tireless worker in the local history society.
    I miss the both a great deal and thought the world of them. They were two of the finest folks you could ever hope to meet. Maybe I can share a fishing tale or two ab out Frank (and I’ve got scores of them) with your readers someday. I have, if memory serves, written about him in connection with Veterans’ Day.
    Jim Casada

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Thank you I enjoyed this very much

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