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Memorial service Sunday for ‘the girl with the long, red hair’

SALISBURY — The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society and friends will sing Sunday afternoon at a special memorial service for Cindy Chapman Reavis Hanson.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., with the Rev. John Tucker officiating. The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society and friends will be directed by Matthew Newton, and Daniel Sloop will serve as accompanist.

Hanson died Aug. 26 in a local nursing home, and Post columnist Mark Wineka first wrote about her when a childhood friend, William Jacobs, brought a handwritten obituary notice about Hanson to the newspaper.

Jacobs said when they were in junior high together, she was “the girl with the long, red hair.” Chapman’s body was cremated and her remains had not been claimed after her death. Jacobs said he did not went her death to go unnoticed.

Chapman’s children, David and Christie Reavis, learned about her death from that story, and now Cindy’s ashes are with her daughter. In a story last week, the children described how Cindy’s decades of alcohol abuse had estranged her from the family and at times left her in prison and homeless.

Emily Stirewalt has played a major role in organizing Sunday’s service, along with Tucker. Early in adulthood, Cindy was a church council member and Sunday School teacher at Gloria Dei Lutheran.

David and Christie Reavis will be on hand to meet friends and acquaintances of Hanson in the church fellowship hall after Sunday’s service. At death, Hanson was 57.

Stirewalt said choir members and friends joining the choir for the special service are being asked to meet in the church sanctuary at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to rehearse Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Those with questions should call Stirewalt at 704-636-5144.

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