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Gospel Way Baptist Church


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Pastor Herman M. Simpson came from Shelby, NC in the year of 1977 to start what is now known as the "Gospel Way Baptist Church". It had it's first services with just 17 people present on April 17, 1977 as a mission in the old "Wayside Inn" building located on HWY. 150-E of Cherryville, NC.

0n July 9, 1977 - Gospel Way Baptist Church was organized and contin-ued to hold services at this location with 9 charter members until December 10, 1978 - when the church re-located to the corner of E. Academy & Pink Street.

Gospel Way Baptist Church remained at the corner of E. Academy & Pink Street from December 10, 1978 until June 2, 1996 - A period of 18 years. The church then re-located to it's present location on HWY. 274-S - 3904 Tryon Courthouse Road.

This year - 1997 - Gospel Way celebrated it's 20th anniversary as an established, thriving, & growing church - with a membership of 119 church members.

Gospel Way Baptist Church is very active in the community. It offers various ministries through the church - such as "Rest home ministry", "A radio broadcast ministry", "A monthly Youth Meeting" - geared at our youth & teenagers, The support of 11 missionaries - both home and abroad, weekly door to door visitation - with it's main focus here in the surrounding communities of Cherryville. The church offers a weekly prayer service on each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church for anyone who wishes to come and pray together.

The church has it's regular Sunday services each sunday morning & Sunday night. Morning services began with bible school at 10:00a.m. followed by regular sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m. Sunday night services began at 7:00 p.m. each Sunday. The church offers a fifth sunday night singing in the months that have 5 calendar sun-days. We cordially invite the public to all our services.

Herman M. Simpson has faithfully been the pastor of gospel way since it's beginning - 20 years ago. He faithfully serves in all the church has to offer - where at one time,when just getting started he has preached to a congregation where there would be maybe 6 or 7 present. He remained faithful over the few and has seen the church grow to the 119 membership it has today. The Lord continues to bless day by day as the pastor continues to be gratefully aware of Matt. 25:23.

Rev. Simpson

CHERRYVILLE — The Rev. Herman McKee Simpson, 63, of 506 Delview Road, went to be with his Lord on March 12, 2006, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1942, in Cleveland County, son of the late Carl Simpson and Viona Ruth Moore Simpson. HOMEGOING SERVICE: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Gospel Way Baptist Church; body will be placed in church one hour before service INTERMENT: Zion Baptist Church Cemetery VISITATION: 6-8 tonight at the church Mr. Simpson was a self-employed Vinyl Siding Applicator. He organized and was a loving Pastor of Gospel Way Baptist Church until his death. His first love was the Lord, pastoring was his joy of serving God. He was a faithful man to the calling of God’s ministry. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. SURVIVORS: Wife of 44 years, Lillian Hullender Simpson of the home; son, Harold Simpson, Cherryville; daughters and son-in-law, Angela S. Luckadoo, Cherryville, Rachel S. and Jimmy Roland, Kings Mountain; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bud and Kathy Simpson, Lattimore, Frank and Maybelline Simpson, Casar, Jack and Sybil Simpson, Shelby; sisters and brother-in-law, Frances and Howard Peeler, Belwood, Yvonne Reynolds, Lincolnton Elaine Carpenter, Cherryville, Betty Guy, Clayton, NC; three grandchildren, Jennifer Huffman, Chris Huffman, Will McSwain; also survived by his loving church family at Gospel Way which he pastored for 29 years PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Four infant children; one infant brother; two infant sisters; brother, Bobby Simpson OFFICIATING CLERGY: Rev. Jack Waters, Rev. Kyeth Lindsay, Rev. Forrest Hennessee MEMORIALS: Gospel Way Baptist Church, P.O. Box 591, Cherryville, NC 28021 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 A Guest Register is available at ARRANGEMENTS: Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville