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The 1945 class of Granite Quarry High School met on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the K&W cafeteria in Salisbury to celebrate 69 years since graduation.
After all had enjoyed a delicious meal, a memorial service was conducted by Peggy Roseman to honor the 23 (more than half the class) deceased members. This was followed by getting and giving updated information on members not able to a attend as well as those present. Members introduced their guests which included spouses, children and others, and shared a few facts and stories about themselves.
Rosalie challenged the members to forget our many doctor visits, numerous pills taken and multiple aches and pains, and to share with the group the best thing that has happened to them in the last year. The answers were positive and interesting and funny, ranging from a lot of great-great grandchildren’s births, to receiving an unexpected check from the IRS — all happy occasions.
The class voted to meet again on Aug. 8, 2015, at a place to be decided.
After encouraging members to use the lists to keep in touch with classmates, not only those present but also with those not present, the meeting was adjourned by Rosalie Adams so that all could go home and take naps.
The 21 attending included the following 12 classmates: Thomas Joe Lyerly, Jim Staton, Norman Holshouser, Doris Peeler Faggart, Patsy Hamilton Fraley, Helen Barger Rogers and Rosalie T. Adams from Rowan County; also attending were Peggy Lyerly Roseman of Richfield, Perry Suttle of Dobson, Pearl Fisher Lieurance of Rutherfordton, Betty Kluttz Miller of Hickory and Frankie Poole Bost of Charlotte.
The Granite Quarry High School class of 1952 held its 62nd reunion at Ryan’s Restaurant, where 21 classmates, spouses and friends celebrated with a buffet luncheon.
Pansy Poplin gave the welcome and the invocation was given by the Rev. Donald Deal. After the meal and fellowship a brief business meeting was held.
Those attending were Buddy and Sylvia Barger, Pansy and Bill Poplin, John W. Brady and son James, John Eagle, Rev. Donald and Nancy Deal, Sylvia F. Euart and daughter Jamie, Fred Joyner and friend Genevieve Lohr, Sars J. Teague, Delcie and Francis Smith, Jean K. Lefler, Augustus Holshouser and Ruth Beaver and daughter Bonnie.
The descendants of the John Thornton and Sarah Young Koontz family met Sunday, Aug. 17, for their 67th Koontz reunion at Trading Ford Baptist Church on Long Ferry Road. More than 50 family members attended.
The Koontz family lived on Long Ferry Road. Their children were Clara Koontz Massey, Donnie Koontz Iddings, Allen Thornton Koontz, John Henry Koontz, Ira G. Koontz and Lizzie Koontz Williams. Each of their six children had descendants present. The Koontz children had 265 grandchildren. The only surviving grandson is Edwin Koontz of the Allen Thornton Koontz family.
Edwin Koontz, descendant of Allen Koontz, welcomed everyone to the reunion and gave a brief history of the Koontz family. The Rev. William Sowers, pastor of Hedrick Grove United Church of Christ in Lexington and descendant of Lizzie Koontz Williams, gave the blessing. The family enjoyed an evening of fellowship, sharing family memories and making family photographs.
A red rose was given to the oldest descendant present, Georgia Ryan, age 86, of the Donnie Koontz Iddings family. The youngest descendant present was Cody Ray Blackman, 18 months, of the Clara Koontz Massey family. A red rose was presented to his mother, Amy Earnhardt Blackman.
The host family for this 67th reunion was Allen Thornton Koontz. Representing the family were Edwin Koontz, Earl and Laura Koontz and their children, Evan and Will.
Family members attended from Lexington, Belmont, Kernersville, Spencer and Salisbury.
MT. PLEASANT — The reunion for all Misenheimers and descendants is planned for Saturday, Sept. 6 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church community building, 6200 Mt. Olive Church Road. The gathering starts at 2:30 p.m., food will be served at 4:45 p.m., and the event goes until.
Bring a covered dish, serving utensils and tea or soft drinks. There will be a program at 6 p.m. and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 704-279-3166.
Kannapolis ­— Descendants of George Adam Alexander Basinger, Minnie Williams and Mary Beck will hold a family reunion on Sept. 27 at Eastwood Baptist Church, 320 Cook St.
Dinner is provided at 4 p.m.; bring drinks or desserts. For more information and to reserve your meal, call by Sept. 10.
Cheryl Jones at 704-932-5995; Jimmy Basinger at 704-857-3136; A.C. Basinger Jr. at 704-782-1643.
Tory Curran, executive director of Food For Thought, received a $100 donation from Jerri Peeler, president of the Holly Jolly Collector’s Club.
Curran gave a presentation to club members on Aug. 16 about the need to feed as many low food-secure children as possible on weekends and select holidays during the school year.
As part of the meeting, members shared a sampling of their collectibles; including vintage aprons, a Byers Caroler, Longaberger Basket, Swarovski Crystal and a Marjolein Garden Series Hallmark ornament.
The next club meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Stanback Room of Rowan Public Library (not sponsored by RPL).

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