People and places

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Rockwell High School class of 1945 met at the Gold Hill Methodist Church in Gold Hill on Oct. 15.
Twenty members and 14 guests celebrated their 66th anniversary with a most enjoyable luncheon.
Jake Setzer gave a memorial service for the 23 deceased members. President John Yelton invited the attending members to return to the church again for next yearís reunion. No date has been set.
Class members attending were John Yelton, Jake Setzer,Glenn Ray Holshouser, Ernest Wyatt, Brownie Stirewalt, Betty Lou Williams, Gertrude Sigmon, Mary Deal, Doris Ludwig, Sarah Cornelius, Ruth Wagoner, Betty Buckwell, Troy Mills, Rose Swicegood, Jennie Barrier, Minnie Lee Bost, Thelma Odom, Joe Ketner, Clarene Fink and Betty Wyatt.
Guests attending were Betty Setzer, Jay Wagoner, Cheryl Yutzy, Amada Cornelius, Rose Holshouser, Boyd Buckwell, Mary Ann Ketner, Patsy Yelton, Worth Fink, Louie Swicegood, Charles Odom, Frank Deal, Zeb Bost and Harry Stone.
Boyden class of 1959
Classmates of Boyden High School graduating class of 1959 and their spouses gathered Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Salisbury High cafeteria for an ěEverybodyís 70th Birthday Party.î Approximately 88 persons attended the noon time hamburger/hot dog luncheon catered by Jerry Marlowe.
ě70 Years Old and Still Buzzing,î along with a yellowjacket, the then-school mascot, embellished the shared birthday cake. Ann Denham led the group in singing happy birthday. Principal Windsor Eagle, who graciously provided us the cafeteria, joined the group and led a school tour.
As classmates said their good-byes around 4 p.m., one recalled that as we entered BHS as ënewí freshmen, ëway back in 1955í, this cafeteria was newly built.
Before leaving, classmates expressed their thanks to the committee for this type of gathering in between anniversary reunions. They pledged their support for future events, noting that weíve had reunions faithfully every five years so why stop now?
Jerry Ware and wife Sandra, from Puyallup, Wash., and Teresa Carrigan Simmons and husband Richard from Kingwood, Tex., traveled the farthest distance to attend. A good time was had by all.
NRHS class of 1981
The North Rowan High School class of 1981 celebrated its 30th reunion the weekend of Oct. 21-22 that began with tailgating and homecoming football at the school. North beat Chatham 20-14. Approximately 30 classmates and guests attended the game. The celebration concluded Saturday, Oct. 22, with an evening of events beginning at 6 p.m. at The Wrenn House.
Sixty classmates and guests attended the reunion. A display table featured a memorial for deceased classmates and teachers. Classmates: Ricky Blackwelder, Steve Broadway, Shirley Corriher Dyson, Scarlette Hopkins, Chris Kluttz, William Lewis, Randi Marlin, Jordan Mauldin, Todd Menster, Dean Miller, Ricky Norcutt, Virgil Rose and Jody Whitley; Teachers: Jeter P. Taylor, Walt Baker, Paul Morgan, Robert Smyre, Theola Shelton and Ramona Wilson.
Jamie Troutman and Lisa Shuping Taylor awarded door prizes. Tom McCubbins was recognized for coming the farthest (Philadelphia), Terry and Teresa Smith Snider were recognized for being married the longest (will be 30 years. in January), Tim Cruse was recognized for the most children (10), Dea Thompson Campola was recognized for having the oldest child (29 yrs.), Tim Cruse recognized for youngest child (7 yrs.), Debra Boone Mclaughlin was recognized for the most grandchildren (5). Cindy Smith Bernhardt and Rob Grubb were recognized for female/male who look most like their class picture. Karen Sherrill Watts won the grand door prize.
Former teachers attending the event were John Isenberg and Wayne Crowder.
Serving on the reunion planning committee were Jamie Troutman, Dea Thompson Campola, Terry and Teresa Smith Snider, Kyle Huffman, Gregg Robbins, and Lisa Shuping Taylor
Classmates attending were Nessie Bates, Diane Coleman, Terry Snider, Teresa Smith Snider, Dea Thompson Campola, Debra Boone Mclaughlin, Jamie Troutman, Curtis Currie, Tom McCubbins, Leslie Cornelison Iles, Rusty Miller, Cindy Smith Bernhardt, Kyle Huffman, Angie Camp Sell, Eric Perry, Leland Durrette, Donna Iddings Beaver, Laura Eagle, Lisa Shuping Taylor, Geraldine Ellis, Brant Norris, Maureen Shay Mensing,Rob Grubb, Susan Rumple Lohr, Robbie Nichelson, Anthony Lewis, Donna Brown Simpson, Charlotte Davis Kahn, Crystal Griggs Roseman, Karen Sherrill Watts, Karen Hawkins, Gene Mothershead, Jerry Smith, Wanda Durrette Collins, Tommy VonCanon, Anthony Jones, Jill Walton Spohn and Michael Johnson.
Helping veterans
The Coltrane Harris Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), of Cabarrus County, presented a touching and informative program at the October meeting.
David ěSly Dogî Cantara of the Carolina Patriot Rovers told how the Rovers are training rescued Golden Retrievers and giving them to Veterans suffering from PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder.
He explained that PTSD is an unseen wound as much psychological as physical. The dogs, after training, are given to the soldiers free of charge as a therapy companion.
Cantara, a recipient of a dog, introduced two veterans with their pets who told how the dogs helped them in living with PTSD. The soldiers said when losing their composure, they only had to pet the dogs for a few seconds and continue their stories, which happened while they were talking, as it did with David. They also told how the therapy enabled them to cut back on their medications.
One of the goals of the Carolina Patriot Rovers is to find war time Vets in need of this type of assistance. To do this, David said, the group tells their story by invitation, and with advertisements.
Contact the Rovers by phone at 336-664-6990, by email or by letter to Carolina Patriot Rovers Inc., 8001 Clinard Farms Road, High Point, NC 27265.
Pilgrimage Day
Roy R. Sr. and Mary Leazer, of the J.C. Price American Legion Post 107 and Auxiliary, attended the annual Pilgrimage Day ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Central Childrenís Home in Oxford, NC.
The color guard of the J.F. Webb High School of Oxford JROTC presented the colors and retired the colors. Welcome remarks were given by Angela J. Williams, executive director of the Home, as well as Gladys Hawley, past district president; Zelodis Jay, Granville County Commissioner and Calvin Harris, Oxford City Commissioner.
Guest speaker was the Rev. James Isaac III, pastor of New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church. The church gave a donation of $500.
Leazer of Post 107 and past member of the board of directors gave the roll call of Posts and Units. J.C. Price donated $1,540 and the Auxiliary donated $325. Total amount raised was $17,165.17 from all Posts and Auxiliaries and others that participated at the event.
Rev. Isaac gave the grace and the benediciton.
Cabarrus Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cabarrus County inducted the following individuals as new members:
Trent Propst, president of Propst Brothers Distributors; Ashley Blanton, Admission Specialist with Transitional Health Services of Kannapolis; Susan Lee, owner of Susan Gordon Lee, CPA; Floyd Scott, owner of ěHoney-Doî Services; Ron Townley, Vice President of Academic Programs at Rowan Cabarrus Community College; and Jason Bright, Director of Ticket Sales for the Kannapolis Intimidators.