People and Places, Sunday Sept. 15

  • Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:01 a.m.
More than 200 people attended the Oddie family reunion at Dan Nicholas Park.
More than 200 people attended the Oddie family reunion at Dan Nicholas Park.

Red and Black Ball

The 2013 Joseph Price High School Alumni Red and Black Ball was hosted by President Carolyn Williams and members of the Salisbury Alumni Chapter at Hotel Salisbury and Conference Center.

More than 100 Priceans and friends were welcomed to the event that raises money for the Price High School National Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

The proceedings were led by Thomas L. Morgan, national alumni president, and the welcome was rendered by Johnnie M. Leach.

A tribute was given in memory of Eddie Marie Davis White, a member of the class of 1946. She was a dedicated, active member of the national association until her passing March 12.

Dinner was served and guests danced the music of Divded By Four.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2013-2014 Queen.

After taking her final stroll, outgoing queen Clara Rankin Rich crowned Maxine Hoover Jackson as the new reigning queen from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Chapter. Annie Smith is the president.

Maxine graduated in 1949 from J. C. Price, where she developed a love for math that grew into a passion that secured her scholarship to Shaw University in Raleigh.

After fulfilling jobs over the years in Salisbury, Washington D.C., and Carderock, Md., she is now retired and has entered a new phase of her life as a travel agent and world traveler.

Others vying for the crown were: Gwendolyn Williams Moore, Atlanta Chapter, Doris P. Jones, president; Luvenia Coleman Rippy, contestant and president of the Ohio Chapter; and Costella Arnold Brown, Salisbury Chapter. The Charlotte Chapter was represented without a contestant by its president, Geraldine Coleman Wallace.

For more information contact Luvenia Rippy, 216-295-0546; Kathleen Perdue 216-587-1052; or Thomas Morgan 704-797-0002.

Oddie Reunion

The descendants of the late Henry Elbert and Nina Eller Oddie gathered together for the very first Oddie reunion Sunday, Sept. 8 at Dan Nicholas Park outside of Salisbury.

Some 200 family members and guests came as far away as Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to celebrate.

In attendance was Frances Oddie Wells, the last of 12 children.

Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch and later Frances Wells and the 28 grandchildren were presented with Oddie history books and 100 year old bricks from the homeplace of Henry and Nina Oddie, stenciled with the Oddie name and reunion date.

As one family member said, “It was a great day and we look forward to the golden reunion where we shall gather and sing praises to the Redeemer forever.”

Nina Oddie made history in Rowan County by being the first woman juror in 1937.

The 2013 reunion committee was Rick and Jenny Poole, James Poole, Rhonda Poole Farley, Betty Oddie Hunt and Evelene Oddie Peeler.

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