People & Places Sunday, Sept. 27

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 27, 2015

Rockwell High School class of 1951 holds reunion

Submitted by Darline Kesler

The Rockwell High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 64th reunion on  Sept. 19 at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Salisbury. The Rev. Carl Fisher welcomed the group and gave the invocation. 26 people, including 17 class members, were present.

Class members, spouses and guests from Charlotte were The Rev. Carl Fisher and Miriam; from Myrtle Beach, S.C., Delah Brady Hinson and her sister Betty L. Brady Childers; from Winston-Salem, Delah’s daughter Melanie Saramaka; from Kernersville Alfred and Edna H. Mahaley; from Salisbury John H. and Betty Barringer,  Derwood and Mary Puckett, Dale Boger and his daughter Jill B. Earnhardt, Norman and Betti Kesler, Clairene B. Schenk, Jerrie Neale Peeler, Mary Penley, Darline Kesler; from Faith Rae Eller Huneycutt; from Rockwell, Bobby and  Becky Beaver, Rex and Jean Holshouser, Betty  H. Holshouser and her granddaughter Courtney Holshouser.

A memorial service with lighting of candles and a prayer was presented by Derwood Puckett for Jimmy Gallimore and Phoebe Cooke.

The class of 1951 has lost 20 members since graduating. The next reunion will be at noon on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Ryan’s.

Leaders will be Darline Kesler, Jerrie Neale Peeler and treasurer Derwood Puckett.


Boyden High School class of 1955 celebrates

Submitted by Barbara Wagoner

It was a special occasion when the 60th reunion of the Boyden High School Class of 1955 was held at the Salisbury Country Club on Sept. 19.

After a social hour, Dr. Tom Carlton welcomed 76 classmates and guests. Special guest for the evening was former coach and teacher at Boyden High, Mr. Joe Ferebee, who had taught and coached several of our members.

David Jordan asked that we remember with a moment of silence the 65 classmates we have lost by death.  A beautiful blessing followed.

After the meal, prizes, some of which were made by classmates, were won by guests.

Master of ceremonies Tom Kiger provided the entertainment, which brought many laughs and caused us to remember “the good ole days.” Various alums shared their thoughts.

Classmates traveling from out of town were: Ransom Braswell and Karen, St. Simon’s Island; Betty Swaim Connell and  Gene, Savannah, Ga.; Patty Corriher Frisco and David, Seminole, Fla.; Patsy Holshouser Tarkanish, Miami, Fla.; Jerry Satterwhite and Jean, Indian Springs, Ala.; Phillip Weddington and Pat, Midlothian, Va.; Mary Kay Hall Elsasser and Fred, Chapin, S.C.; Pat Hinceman Brady and Jack, Greensboro; Bobby Joe Knox and Priscilla, Greensboro; Jane Freeman Crosthwaite, Charlotte; Gene Eagle, Charlotte; Emily Lou Hodge Heck and Bill, Charlotte; A.J. Morton and Marilyn, Charlotte; Shirley Kesler Edwards and Jack, Mooresville; Jean Wagner Conry and Mike, Pinehurst; J.V. Randall and Patsy, Conover; Mary Ann Kirk Weddington, Cary; Betty Sue Mangum Whitman, Huntersville; Donald Watson and Maggie, Greenville.

Classmates were presented with directories and  memorabilia. Serving as reunion co-chairs were Barbara Uzzell Wagoner and Alice Cohen Waddell.


Lyme Disease support group meets 4th Sunday

Titled Celebration of Hope Piedmont NC, the Lyme Disease support group meets the fourth Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Lyerly Building, 523 S.Main St.

This afternoon’s topic is “Reflexology for Lyme Disease” with guest speaker Bonnie Bernhardt.

See Facebook: Celebration of Hope Piedmont NC or contact  Patti Lyerly, at 704- 639-9973 or


Milford Hills UMC pumpkin patch open Oct. 2-30

The Milford Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch will be open noon-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays  and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30, closing at 3 p.m. Oct 30. Money raised supports missions and come from a Navajo Reservation. New this year are Fun Fair, Saturday Oct 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with children’s games, bouncy house, baked and canned goods, crafts, morning coffee and donuts, and hot dog lunch. Student groups and senior citizen groups interested in visiting the Pumpkin Patch should contact the church office to schedule, 704-636-0471. Milford Hills UMC is at 1630 Statesville Blvd.


Free mammograms and health fair

The Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is joining with Novant Health Breast Center and First Calvary Baptist Church (Missionary Unit #6) to take action against Breast Cancer. On Oct. 24, mammograms will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church. Women over 40 are encouraged to join the fight against breast cancer by having an annual mammogram. Early detection is the key to reducing death resulting from breast cancer.

Pre-registration is required. An appointment can be obtained by contacting Earnestine Krider (704-637-7183) or Marva McCain (704-640-0087) and completing an application. There are a limited number of slots. Appointments are first come, first served, and applications must be turned in by Oct. 16.

The mammogram is offered to those with Medicaid, Medicare, insurance and no insurance. All ladies must be at least 35 years old to participate.

First Calvary Baptist Church’s Missionary Unit #6 will also offer blood pressure checks, diabetes screening and mini workshops.

The church is located at 400 South Long Street, and the Rev. Leamon Brown is pastor.


Scouts hosting community blood drive Oct. 3

The Troop 350 Eagle Scout Community Blood Drive will take place 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at First Reformed Church, 210 N. Central Ave., Landis, in the back parking lot.

Contact Zakk Perdue at 704-762-7141. Nursery provided. Also bring donations for Main Street Mission, canned or non-perishable foods and clothing in good condition.


Catawba offers choral concert

Catawba Offers First Choral Concert of the New Academic Year, “Out of This World.”

The choirs of Catawba College will present their first concert of the 2015-2016 academic year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 in Owmake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The program, “Out of This World,” will feature music with themes related to realms beyond our own.

A wide variety of musical styles and texts featuring the heavens, the moon, and stars will be offered by the Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chamber Choir and Catawba PopAC. The concert will also feature a wide variety of musical accompaniments including a percussion ensemble, guitar and bass, piano, celeste, and even wine glasses.

Catawba’s newest ensemble, PopAC, will premier two new arrangements written by fellow students Conway Hahne and Caleb Garner. Student conductors Robert Thornton and Hunter Safrit will also be featured on the program leading the ensembles in several selections.

Many soloists drawn from the ensembles will also be featured in works for choir and solo voice.

The Catawba Choirs are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, Assistant Professor of Music, and are accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.


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