Benson 50th Anniversary
Connie and Carol Waller Benson are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at an event held in their honor at Woodleaf Community Center. Hosts are their son Scotty, daughter-in-law Bonnie and their grandchildren, Adam and Audra.
Joining them for the celebration were members of their wedding party and their immediate families.
Connie and Carol were married Oct. 25, 1959, at St. Lukeís Lutheran Church in Bear Poplar by the Rev. Paul O. Slice. Connie retired from Knight Oil Company, and Carol retired from The Eye Care Center.
Hawes – Pierce Wedding
Laney Carmel Hawes and Robert Craig Pierce of Shallotte were united in marriage Oct. 24, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Wilmington. A reception followed at The City Club at de Rosset.
The bride was escorted by her father, Maurice Hawes. Attending as her maids of honor were her friends, Brittany Wolf of New York, N.Y., and Mary Staten of Raleigh. Flower girls were Lindsey King of Wilmington and Sally Sandridge and Jane Sandridge both of Raleigh.
Best man was the father of the groom, Robert Pierce, III and junior groomsman was Price King of Wilmington. Ushers were Patrick Smith of Raleigh, Shawn Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Bill Kluttz, III of San Diego, Calif.
Program attendant was Stuart Laney, III of Greensboro, and guest registrar was Anna Laney of Wilmington.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hawes of Wilmington and the granddaughter of Anna Francinia and the late Stuart Laney, Sr. of Wilmington and the late Mr. and Mrs. Enoch H. Hawes of Rose Hill. Laney received her Bachelor of Science in business management from North Carolina State University in 2002.
The groom is the son of Ms. Susanne Pierce of Salisbury and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pierce, III of Wilmington. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Denton, Sr. of Charlotte and the late Mrs. Geneva Workman and the late Mr. Robert Pierce, Jr., all of Salisbury. Craig attended University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1998. Currently, Craig is the president of RCP Construction, Inc.
Following a wedding trip to St. Barts, the couple will make their home in Shallotte.
Brady 95th Birthday
Pauline Garver Brady is celebrating her 95th birthday Oct. 27, 2009. She was born Oct. 27, 1914.
Pauline enjoys knitting, crossword puzzles and crafts.
Her three sons and their wives are Allen and Dianne of Selma; James and Janice of China Grove; and Vern and Cindy of Charlotte. She has five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Yost receives Eagle Award
Alex Yost of Salisbury is receiving his Eagle Scout Award today, Oct. 25, 2009, at St. Markís Lutheran Church, which sponsors Troop 476. The award will be presented by Scoutmaster Myron Michael and Avery Adams.
A troop guide, Alex is a member of Order of the Arrow and has received 29 merit badges.
A member of St. Markís Lutheran Church, he serves as an usher, a Lay Reader, an assistant for Childrenís Church and belongs to the youth group.
The son of Biff and Anita Yost of Salisbury, Alex is a junior at West Rowan High School, where he is a member of the cross country team, the wrestling team, Jr. Civitans, FFA, Young Life and the Relay for Life team.
Alex chose as his Eagle Scout project to install electricity and electrical outlets and lighting to the St. Markís Church Shelter.
Stackleather Five Generations
The Stackleather family used the occasion of a birthday party at the home of Dr. Rick and Cheryl Orlowski in Hickory to photograph five generations together. Left to right are great-great-grandmother Margaret G. Stackleather; great-grandfather Mickey Gilmore; grandmother Cheryl Gilmore Orlowski; mother Brooklyn B. Whidden; and infant Ella Jayne Whidden.
Lundy receives Eagle Award
Luke Carson Lundy, 18, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, Sunday Oct. 25, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury to be presented by David Wilson, Scoutmaster of Troop 442, and Lukeís uncle, David Koontz, who is an Eagle Scout.
A senior at Jesse C. Carson High School, he is a member of the National Honor Society, is manager for varsity basketball and baseball at Carson High School, recipient of Service Above Self Award and is Youth Council representative at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.
A troop guide with Troop 442, Luke has earned 24 merit badges and received the Arrow of Light Award as a Cub Scout and the 50-Miler (Canoeing) and World Conservation awards as a Boy Scout.
For his Eagle Scout project, Luke planned and led a team of Scouts and other volunteers in improving the trailbed on a quarter-mile-long section of trail on the SouthEast Middle School Nature Trail.
He is the son of Melanie K. Miller of Salisbury and Ronald Lundy of Faith and grandson of Wayne and Ann Koontz of Salisbury.
Arey receives Eagle Award
Roland Hunter Arey, 18, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury. Scoutmaster David B. Wilson of Troop 442 will make the presentation.
As an instructor for Troop 442, Hunter has earned 26 merit badges. As a Cub Scout, he received his God & Country Award and Arrow of Light Award, and as a Boy Scout earned membership in Order of the Arrow; Philmont Arrowhead Award; 50-Miler Award (Canoeing); 50-Miler Award (Backpacking); Kingís Mountain National Military Park Trail Award; Mile Swim, BSA award; Kayaking, BSA award; and Snorkeling BSA award.
An active member of First United Methodist Church of Salisbury, Hunter has participated in Teens Westward Bound; is captain of East Rowan High School Cross-Country Team; and a member of All-County Wrestling and Track Teams.
As his Eagle Scout project, Hunter planned and led a team of Scouts and other volunteers in cleaning, repairing and painting a general purpose building at the Millerís Pond area at Dan Nicholas Park.
A senior at East Rowan High School, he is the son of Drew and Beth Arey of Salisbury.
Miller earns Eagle Award
Luke Harrison Miller, 17, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury. His Scoutmaster, David B. Wilson of Troop 442, will make the presentation.
A Patrol leader for Troop 442, Luke has earned 34 merit badges. As a Cub Scout, he received his God & Me, God & Family and Arrow of Light Awards, and as a Boy Scout earned Order of the Arrow, Philmont Arrowhead Award, 50-Miler (Canoeing), 50-Miler (Backpacking), Kingís Mountain National Military Park Trail Award, World Conservation Award and has served as a crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch.
A senior at West Rowan High School, Luke has served as secretary for North Carolina Junior Classical League; president of West Rowan High School Junior Classical League; a member of State Certamen Team; attended National Junior Classical League Convention three years; ranked first in his class at West Rowan High School; is a Morehead-Cain nominee; a four-year varsity wrestler at West Rowan High School; and is a member of the Youth Council at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.
For his Eagle Scout project, Luke planned and led a team of Scouts and other volunteers in the construction of a bridge over a stream at the SouthEast Middle School Nature Trail.
He is the son of Doug and Frances Miller of Salisbury.
Downs receives Eagle Award
Tyler Lee Downs of Salisbury is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, Oct. 25, 2009, at St. Markís Lutheran Church. Presenting the award for Troop 476 will be Scoutmaster Myron Michaels, along with Avery Adams.
A junior at Salisbury High School, Tyler is involved in Varsity Cross Country, Football and Track, is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club and Young Life and is the Junior Class treasurer.
Tyler is Quartermaster for Troop 476, which is sponsored by St. Markís Lutheran Church. He has earned 24 merit badges and received his Arrow of Light and Order of the Arrow.
For his Eagle Scout project, Tyler chose to build shelving and reorganize the food supply at the Salvation Army Food Bank.
He is the son of Mike and Sidney Allen and Tony and Tammy Downs of Salisbury.