People and Places Sunday October 13

  • Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:32 a.m.
Jennings Nelson, left, presents the Citizen of the Year award to Mayor Woodson during a recent ceremony.
Jennings Nelson, left, presents the Citizen of the Year award to Mayor Woodson during a recent ceremony.

Spencer promoted to 1st Lieutenant

Cameron W. Spencer from Salisbury, NC was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant Sept. 27 in a ceremony at Fort Bragg.

He is a member of 3-321 Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He is currently assigned to 583rd Forward Support Company as the Maintenance Control Officer.


Cameron is a 2005 graduate of East Rowan High and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

He is the son of Glenda and Barry Dyson and Brian and Nora Spencer.

Rockwell High School Class of 1959

The Rockwell High School Class of 1959 gathered for its annual reunion Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Organ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Forty-seven people attended, 28 of which were classmates.

The group enjoyed appetizers of cheese and crackers, fresh fruit and punch prior to the buffet dinner served by Debbie Suggs Catering.

The invocation was given by the Rev. David Huddle.

Following dinner, Joe Freeze gave a reading on “The Winter of Our Lives.”

John N. Trexler did a presentation regarding unique groups and reminded classmates of how unique their class group is, as no one can ever be added to our group, since we are the last class to have graduated from Rockwell High School.

Joe Freeze presented to the class a large banner that he had prepared. The banner is highlighted by a statement from John N. Trexler, “Let’s not forget each other.” Each class member present signed the banner, which will be brought to future reunions.

The group remembered classmate Jim Bost, who died in May.

Thinking of you cards were prepared by classmates for Betty Sue Petrea Sifford, Shirley Griffin, Karen Bostian Watkins, Tommy Lefler, Larry Morgan and Pat Wagoner Crawford who were unable attend due to health issues.

Door prizes were awarded and it was agreed to meet Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 for the 55th reunion.

The planning committee for the reunion was comprised of: Sybil Penninger Baker, Joe Freeze, Ann Brown Miller, Christine Bame Graham, R. L. and Sandra Beaver Mills, Brenda Heglar Cooke and Carolyn Cauble Hartung.

Those attending the reunion were, from Salisbury: R.L. and Sandra Beaver Mills, Mary Ida Hodge Yost (Carl), Jo Hoffman Ford, Joe Freeze (Phyllis), Wayne Goodman, Bronnie Morgan, Danny Kesler (Archer), Sybil Penninger Baker (Bill), Carolyn Cauble Hartung, Robert Efird (Linda), Jerry Morgan (Mary), Jimmy Shaver, Ellen Ludwig Marsh (sister, Susie Wilson), Gailya Fowler Kluttz (Johnny), Larry Shipton (Iris); from Gold Hill: Rachel Bost Miller (David), Dwight Morgan (Eleanor), Clara Leigh Goodman Trexler; from Rockwell: Mickey Holshouser (Nancy), Pat Holshouser Beliveau (George), Brenda Heglar Cooke (Carroll), Ann Brown Miller (Clarence); from Greensboro: Christine Bame Graham (Bob); from Kannapolis: Gaynell Galloway Funderburke (Wayne); from New Bern: Loy Morgan; from Lexington: David Huddle (Pat); from Indian Trail: John Trexler (Ruth).

West Rowan High School Class of 1963

The West Rowan High School Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th reunion Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Ruritan Club at Sloan Park.

There was a total of 88 people in attendance with 48 of those being classmates.

West Rowan opened in 1959, so the class of 1963 was the first class to attend West Rowan for four years.

The reunion committee consisted of the following classmates: Gail Carter Frye, Brenda Cauble Hatley, Gladys Drury Dillon, Susan Glover Lippard, William Kepley, Jim Lyerly, Priscilla Myers McCullough, Irene Poteat Yates, Joe Simmerson, Fran Stiller Lawson and Patsy Wilkinson Sexton.

Jim Lyerly welcomed the classmates and guests and was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

The 15 members of the class who are deceased were remembered in a candle lighting ceremony.

A special tribute was made to all of those who had served in the military.

A favorite teacher and coach in attendance was Bob Rusher and his wife, Joan.

Classmates traveled from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, DC to attend the reunion.

The class plans to reunite again in three years.


Trexler’s 63rd reunion

ROCKWELL — The 63rd annual Trexler reunion for the descendants of Lawson Alexander and Lula Moore Trexler was held Sunday, Sept. 15 at Rockwell Park.

Their 14 children were: Lucy Bertie Lillie Trexler Morgan, Deberry (Deedie) Cone Trexler, Harvey Alexander Trexler, Roy Ernest Trexler, Ollie Lula Trexler Rogers, Maxie (Max) Trexler, Braxton Cleveland Trexler, Fred James Trexler, Gertrude (Gertie) Elizabeth Trexler Foster, Maude Wilma Trexler Smith, Lawson Edward Trexler, Cletus Adam Trexler, Grady William Trexler and Minnie Edna Trexler Stiller. All are deceased.

Luke Shepherd read each name and a moment of silence for remembrance was followed by prayer.

The Cletus Trexler family hosted this year’s event.

Don Livengood gave the welcome and Truett Smith gave the blessing.

About 65 registered attendees enjoyed a covered dish lunch.

During the business session, Margaret Trexler Livengood distributed copies of last year’s minutes and financial report.

Deaths since the last reunion were: Mabel Rogers White, daughter of Ollie Trexler Rogers, and Ethel Miller Valley Foster, daughter-in-law of Gertie Trexler Foster and wife of L.C. Foster Jr.

Marriages since the last reunion were: Sara Agner, granddaughter of Jimmy and Velma Trexler Agner, who married Kyle Maloney on April 6; and Jennifer Brooke, daughter of Ray and Sandra Trexler Whitson, who married Michael Farmer on May 25.

Births since the last reunion were: Brittany Michelle Wilson, daughter of Jennifer Ann Brady Wilson, granddaughter of Jeffrey Mark Brady, great-granddaughter of Faye Trexler Downum, and great-great-granddaughter of Cletus, who was born on Sept. 21, 2012; and Avery Marie DuBois, daughter of Laura Marie Brady Dubois, granddaughter of Everett Wesley “Wes” Brady Jr., great-granddaughter of Faye Trexler Downum, and great-great-granddaughter of Cletus, who was born of Feb. 13, 2013.

Potted plants donated by Jan Shepherd were presented to: Oldest member, Hazel Trexler-Campbell at age 90; youngest member present, Avery Marie Dubois at age seven months; member traveling the farthest, Tammy Trexler Winstead from Mohawk, Tenn.; most newly married couple, Griffin and Lori Shepherd Jones, who were married on April 14, 2012; longest married couple Don and Margaret Trexler Livengood, who have been married for 56 years; the family with the most family members present went to the Cletus Trexler family and was presented to Faye Trexler Downum.

Next year’s host family will be the Braxton Trexler family Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at Rockwell park.

The secretary for the reunion was Sherry Trexler, daughter of James Thomas Trexler Sr., and granddaughter of Cletus Adam Trexler.

Salisbury Civitan Club installs officers

The Civitan Club of Salisbury installed its charter officers Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Salisbury Country Club.

Joe Parker, Civitan International President, conducted the installation ceremonies.

Linda Jones was installed as president. She is the executive director of the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society in her “spare” time.

Other officers installed were John Sofley as president-elect, Karen Jones as vice president, Mark Beymer as secretary, Janet Opdyke as treasurer, Linda Mullis as assistant treasurer, Norman Sloop as chaplain, Will Sandridge as sergeant at arms, and Jennings Nelson as immediate past president.

The Club’s Board of Directors was also installed, they include: Denise Daugherty, John Graham, John Whitfield, Gene Miller, Eric Faust, Lee Wagoner, John Parker, and Nick Gennett.

Maggie Blackwell will continue as editor of the Club’s newsletter, “Comment.”

Mayor Paul Woodson was honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year during the ceremony.

Additional awards given to members included: Rookie of the Year – Linda Mullis; M.M. “Chub” Richards Civitan of the Year – Arthur Kenneth Steinberg (posthumously); and Honor Keys – Lee Wagoner and Jennings Nelson.

Perfect Attendance awards were granted to Marny Hendrick (21 years), Wayne Mullis (26 years), Curtis Montgomery (42 years), and Norman Sloop and Clyde Young (46 years each).

The Civitan Club of Salisbury is part of a worldwide network of clubs on four continents.

Civitan’s purpose is to provide members with opportunities for personal and professional development while improving communities through community service.

Service Projects of the Salisbury Club include helping with the Salvation Army Kettles at Christmastime, Rowan Helping Ministries, ARC, Boys & Girls Homes, Victory Junction Camp, Special Olympics, Nazareth Children’s Home, Saving Grace Farm, and Food For Thought. Fundraisers to support those projects include the Golf Classic (Oct. 11) and the Spaghetti Feast (April 11).

The Civitan Club of Salisbury meets most every Thursday afternoon for lunch and program.

For information about joining the Civitan Club, email Linda Jones at ljones@catawba.edu

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