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People and Places, Nov. 23

Granite Quarry High School Class of 1947

The Class of 1947 Granite Quarry met at Ryan’s on Saturday, Nov. 8. Seven class members were present and three guests also attended the reunion.

Arnold Peeler had the blessing and Arlene Haynes had a memorial prayer for the deceased members since late year: Rita Shaver Williams and Patricia Fisher Peeler.

The class member traveling the farthest was Jim Cooke of Winston-Salem. The couple that has been married the longest and are still together was Arlene Basinger and husband Howard.

Members present were Arnold Peeler, Wentworth Beck, Ruby Ritchie Greene, Betty Madures Lingle and daughter Betty Duncan, Clara Messick Allan, Arlene Basinger Haynes and husband Howard and Jim Cooke with wife Trisha.

Class members decided to meet again on Nov. 14, 2015 at Ryan’s.


The Granite Quarry High School class of 1948 

The Granite Quarry High School class of 1948 held its 66th reunion on Nov. 1 at the K&W Cafeteria in Salisbury.

“Buddy” Foster welcomed the classmates and guests and gave the invocation for lunch. A brief meeting was held and Rose McCombs Holshouser reported on those who were unable to attend. Nine classmates and seven guests were present.

Local attendees included Harry Basinger, Doris Peacock Cline, Rose and Glenn Holshouser, Faye Cauble Kesler, Herman Kepley, Ellberta Privette Moor and Mary Frances Oddie Wells.

Out-of-town classmates nad spouses were John “Buddy” and Treva Foster from Sherrils Ford and  Glenn and Martha Webb from Stoneville.

Guests included Betty Morgan, Debbie Trickett, Will Webb and Glenn Wilson.

The 67th class reunion will be held on the first Saturday of November, 2015. The planning committee is Doris Peacock Cline, John “Buddy” Foster and Rose McCombs Holshouser.


41st Tree of Hope lighting service

The 41st annual Tree of Hope lighting service will be held on Monday evening, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. at the main courtyard entrance of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Musical entertainment will be performed by Mary Gillespie.The public is invited.


‘Operation Senior Christmas’

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is sponsoring “Operation Senior Christmas,” where clubs and organizations, as well as interested individuals, are invited to “sponsor” a deserving older adult in December.

“Operation Senior Christmas” is a joint project of several older adult service organizations in the community.

A special Christmas tree will be displayed in the Center, located at 1120 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S., beginning on Monday, Dec. 1 with the first names of needy older adults in our community and their suggested wish list. Willing sponsors take a name from the tree, purchase items on the list, and return these to the Center by Thursday, Dec. 18.

Call the center at 704-216-7714 for more information.


SRCWU celebrates World Community Day at luncheon

Salisbury Rowan Church Women United celebrated World Community Day at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, withmore than 100 women and even a few clergy men on Nov. 7, on the theme of “Through God Our Hands Can Heal.”

Jean Lowery, chair, gave the welcome and overview. World Community Day is one of the four celebrations held each year. The Rev. Fleming Otey gave the blessing for the meal, prepared by the ladies of Gethsemane.

Others participating in the event were Pastor C. L. Phelps; Sarah Ford, president of Gethsemane Missionary Women; CWU president Lynn Bolick; Rachel Hunt; Dorothy Gill-Smith; Valorie Dowd; Genny Reed; Gwendolyn Ellis; Doris Brown; Jean Kennedy; Emma Hunt; Brenda Venning; Jean Little; Manie Richardson and Sarah Byerly. The group prayed a prayer of thanksgiving led by Betty Jo Hardy.

An offering was gathered to support the ongoing mission and ministries of CWU in its ecumenical work toward nurturing the global family.

The ecumenical outreach for WCD was Rowan Helping Ministries. 160 pounds of food were donated by the people in attendance. The attendance banner was awarded to First Calvary Baptist.

The business meeting was officiated by President Lynn Bolick and chair of nominations, Brenda Venning, presented the slate of officers to be elected. Officers voted in were: Doris Brown of Jerusalem Baptist Church, president; Dorothy Gill-Smith, Moore’s Chapel AME Zion, vice president; Ella D. Woods, Halls Chapel Primitive Baptist, communications co-chair; Jean Kennedy, Southern City AME Zion, yearbook; Brenda Venning, St. Luke Baptist, telephone chair; Lynn Bolick, St. Luke’s Episcopal, nominations chair; Sandra Hunt, Third Creek AME Zion, young CWU sub-group chair.

This WCD represented eight different Christian denominations gathered in common cause of unity.


No spies at the tapestry workshop, please

Tapestries have been around from the early Gothic period and served many purposes, some as mundane as keeping out drafts, some as dastardly as hiding spies in the king’s chamber.

Modern tapestries are more purely decorative. The members of the Olde Rowan Fiber Guild will hear a talk by Genie Greenlaw on the “History and Techniques of Tapestry Weaving,” including some hands-on experience. Greenlaw is a member of the American Tapestry Association and Southern Tapestry Weavers.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.  There will be an extra fee for visitors.

All spies are strictly forbidden.


A ‘Country Christmas Open House’ 

A “Country Christmas Open House” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the home of Derby and Linda Holshouser, 2015 Mooresville Road.

Tickets are available for $5 each at Pottery 101, Windsor Gallery Fine Jewelers, the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum and Anne Roland Furniture. Tickets can also be purchased from Helen Brown by calling 704-636-5902. All proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.


Bridge lessons at City Park

1-3 p.m. Mondays Jan. 5-March 16: Learning class to teach basic beginners bridge for those who have not played in awhile or those with an interest but have never played. $5 for the whole 11-week course or free to Salisbury/Rowan Newcomers members. Contact Instructor Kerry Morgan at cmorgan33@carolina.rr.com or 704-636-8906.



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