People and Places Sunday Sept. 1
Liz Wurster and Andrew Strahan were toasted on July 13, 2013 by many long time friends and family at The Heritage Room in Salisbury. Their journeys, which started years ago, were symbolized by a map of the world criss-crossed by many ribbons. Native Australian Andrew of Melbourne and Salisbury’s Liz begin a new round of life adventures, including the union of marriage.
The evening was filled with narratives of travels through the middle east, where they met in Tel Aviv at graduate school, travels through India, and then to London where they lived and worked for two years. They were united in marriage at The Historic Chautauqua Village Green in mile-high Boulder, Colorado on Aug. 31, 2013.
Special guests included Irishman Neil O’Toole, Kara Klassen from Canada, and Brian Boulton of Virginia who were classmates in Tel Aviv. Friends and travel companions from far corners of the globe were also present. Ms. Jean Wurster, mother of the bride, Mark Wurster, brother of the bride, and Mrs. Doris Miller, grandmother of the bride, were present as well.
Hosts for the event were Dr. and Mrs. Glen Albracht, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Almeida, Ms. Judy Banish, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Brady, Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Cline, Mrs. Judy Crabtree, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Franco Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Graham, Mrs. Diane Hooper, Mrs. Diane Hundley, Mrs. Gerry Hurley, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ketner, Mr. Rick Anderson McCombs, Ms. Betsy Ridenhour, Ms. Dianne Scott, Dr. and Mrs. Alan Scott, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Staats, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Thompson, Ms. Tanya Thrift, Ms. Lane Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Denny Wenker.
A bridal luncheon honoring Liz Wurster was hosted by Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, Mrs. Tabitha Myers, Mrs. Amanda Zaidman and Mrs. Prudy Taylor on July 13, at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Friends from out of town who attended the event were Mrs. Monica Maxwell, Mrs. Amanda Zaidman and Ms. Cobey Abramowski. Other special guests were Mrs. Doris Miller, grandmother of the bride, and Ms. Jean Wurster, mother of the bride.
GQHS Class of 1945
The 1945 Class of Granite Quarry high School met on Saturday, Aug. 10 at St. Luke’s Reformed Church to celebrate the 68 years since graduation. Greetings were extended and the blessing was offered by Rosalie Adams.
After enjoying a delicious meal prepared by members of the church, the class roster was updated and cards were written to those not able to attend. Members were encouraged to use the updated list that contains birth dates, addresses, phone numbers and emails to stay in contact with each other.
Peggy Roseman and her daughter conducted a moving memorial service for the 21 deceased members. Classmates were surprised by a gift of fresh peaches sent by classmate L. B. Eller to show his love and to recognize our deceased members.
Class members introduced their guests and in turn the guests graciously shared interesting facts and stories about their host. Guests included spouses, children, grandchildren, sister-in-law and daughter-in-law who were able to share a variety of insights. Our very special guest was Jerry Eller from Yadkinville, who was our class mascot. He was accompanied by his wife Priscilla.
The class voted to meet again at noon on Saturday,. Aug. 9 of 2014 in Salisbury at a place to be decided. After hearing the school song, the meeting was adjourned by Rosalie Adams.
The 31 attending included the following 15 classmates and their guests: Patsy Hamilton Fraley, Joe Lyerly, Jim Staton, Helen Barger Rogers, Frances Starnes Lesley, Virginia Lingle Kluttz, Doris Peeler Faggart, Norman Holshouser, Vonnie Agner and Rosalie Adams from Rowan County;
Also Pearl Fisher Lieurance of Rutherfordton, Peggy Lyerly Roseman of Richfield, Betty Kluttz Miller of Hickory, Emma Lou Fisher Hanford of Burlington and Perry Suttle of Dobson.
The descendants of the John Thornton and Sarah Young Koontz family met on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 for their 66th annual reunion at Trading Ford Baptist Church on Long Ferry Road. More than 60 family members attended.
The Koontz family lived on Long Ferry Road. Their children were Donnie Koontz Iddings, Allen Koontz, Henry Koontz, Clara Koontz Massey, Ira Koontz, Lizzie Koontz Williams and Lula Young. There are two surviving grandsons, Edwin Koontz and Elon Massey.
This year’s reunion was hosted by the Donnie Koontz Iddings family. Patsy Shepherd, granddaughter of Donnie Iddings, welcomed the guests and gave a short history of the Koontz family and also the past reunions. Larry Eller, grandson of Donnie Iddings, gave the blessing. The family enjoyed a covered dish meal.
The family enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, sharing family stories and making family photos. There was a special table set up with pictures of Donnie Koontz and her family as well as items which belonged to Donnie. A table also contained pictures of past reunions.
Babies present, who were born since the last reunion, were Cody Blackman, descendant of the Clara Massey family; and Jay Lee Leazer, descendant of the Ira Koontz family.
Family members and guests attended from Salisbury, Woodleaf, Lexington, Kernersville, Matthews and Belmont.