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Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 22, 2013

The 64th family reunion for the descendants of Aaron and Esther Locke Pinkston was held on Sept. 1 at the Salem Lutheran Church fellowship hall.
President Peggy Pinkston Robertson welcomed 80 registered family members and friends.
Fred Pinkston Jr. offered the blessing before the covered-dish luncheon.
Nellie Pinkston Lentz, who turned 90 on Sept. 5, was the oldest in attendance. She is the daughter of James Robert and Ossie Elverston Pinkston.
Youngest was Loralye Jordon, born Feb. 17, daughter to Dustin Robertson, grand-daughter to James E. Robertson, great-grand-daughter to Peggy Pinkston Robertson, great-great-grand-daughter to Alice Elizabeth Pinkston Pinkston, great-great-great-grand-daughter of James Robert Pinkston. She is seventh generation from Aaron and Esther Locke Pinkston.
The family took the opportunity to visit and renew old friendships.
The next reunion will be held on Aug. 20, 2014.
It has been held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend almost every year since 1949. The tentative location will be the Salem Lutheran Church fellowship hall.
Family members or friends can follow the family on Facebook at Aaron & Esther Pinkston descendants.
Fourteen members and six spouses/guests gathered at Gary’s Barbecue in China Grove last month to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the graduation of the China Grove High School class of 1945.
Jim Stirewalt welcomed everyone and shared correspondence from classmates William “Bill” Kluttz of Cary and Ann Porter (classmate Donald Porter’s widow) of Pensacola, Fla.
Jim had recently visited Ramona Erwin Cline, next-door neighbor of Jim’s wife Martha, at the Lutheran Home.
Jim gave the invocation for the delicious buffet meal served by Gary’s.
A time of remembrance was led by Jim for the three classmates who passed away during the past year: Jessie Mae Guffy Fore, Shafer Eller and Donald Porter. Framed pictures of the 40 deceased class members were prepared by class member Mabel Brown and these were displayed.
Bobbie Earnhardt, daughter of class member Hazel Menius, took pictures of the attending class members:
Bill Lefler and wife Frances from Winston-Salem; Cora Mae Peeler and Leo from Harrisburg, NC; Howard Haynes and Arlene from Faith; Mabel P. Brown from Kannapolis; Mildred Moose Williams, Louise Wall Shive and Melba Walters Funderburk from China Grove; Elvira Overcash Linder, Donald McKnight and wife Priscilla, Hazel Freeze Menius and Bobbie Earnhardt, Janie Atwell Seymour, Kinard Parks Sheeks and Carolyn Reaves, Jim Stirewalt, and Louise Glenn Waddell from Salisbury.
The Harold B. Jarrett Unit No. 342 American Legion Auxiliary hosted the Division II Department of NC meeting on Sept. 14.
Attending the meeting were 45 Auxiliary members, two junior members and seven guests.
The East Rowan JROTC Color Guard advanced and retired the colors. Division II President Sandy Seacat chaired the meeting. Department President Sharon Neville and Department Vice- President Janice MacLeod were in attendance.
Recruiting and retaining membership was one of the main points of the meeting.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s Patriotic group in the world.
Division meeting is a time for the chairmen to explain their plans of action for the upcoming year. American Legion Auxiliary programs include: Americanism, Children and Youth, Community Service, Girls State, Leadership, and National Security and poppy program, these are just a few of the ALA’s programs. If you think any of these programs sound interesting, we would like you to join us in serving our veterans, our active military, their families and the community.
You may join the American Legion Auxiliary if you are a mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter of a veteran of World War I or II, Korean War, Vietnam, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom. Eligibility also applies to step and adopted relatives. Females who served in these conflicts may join in their own right. For more information, visit www.legion-aux.org.
Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the HBJ Legion Post, 1024 Lincolnton Road.
The Rowan Museum will celebrate 60 years of history at the 60th Annual Antiques Show Preview party Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Salisbury Civic Center. Committee members include the following:
Preview Party: Mrs. Mark Robertson, chair; Mrs. Daniel Fisher, Mrs. Luke Fisher, Mrs. Paul Fisher, Miss Lillian Gascoigne, Mrs. Nicholas Goodman, Miss Emily Hunter, Mrs. Gary Langford, Mrs. John Laughlin, Mrs. Brien Lewis, Mrs. Dyke Messinger, Mrs. Al Nobles, Mrs. Edward Norvell, Mrs. Bobby Rusher Jr., Mrs. Andy Sparks, Mrs. Robert Steele, Mrs. Paul Sullivan, Mrs. Randolph Turner and Mrs. Heath van Wagenberg.
Antiques Show: Mrs. Edward Taylor, chair; Mrs. Gregory Alcorn, Mrs. Thomas Carlton, Mrs. Fred Dula, Mrs. Michael Dunham, Mrs. John Helms, Mrs. Clay Lindsay, Mrs. Barbara Lockert, Mrs. Mark Robertson, Mrs. Bobby Rusher Jr., Mrs. Angie Smith and Mrs. Willard R. Thompson Jr.
Sponsors to date include the following: Elizabeth Hanford Dole, Mrs. Edward Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. John Casey, Mr. and Mrs. William Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Hurley, F&M Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Basinger, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bernheim, Cloninger Ford Toyota, Huffman Law Firm, Mrs. James Hurley, Kluttz Reamer, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Misenheimer, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Norvell, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. William Stanback, Statewide Title Company, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Towell, Catawba College, Central Carolina Insurance Agency, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Coltrain, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook, Doris Price Deal, Mr. and Mrs. John Dees, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dunham, Fisher Realty, Dr. Frank Labagnara and Mr. David Garling, Power Curbers, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback, Mrs. Richard Rendleman, sSummersett Funeral Home, Dr. and Mrs. Willard Thompson, Dr. and Mrs. William Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Williams, Woodson Law Firm, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Carlton, and Mr. and Mrs. John Helms.