People & Places Sunday, Oct. 25

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 25, 2015



The Class of 1955, Woodleaf High School had its dreams!  Twenty five class members met, Saturday, October 10, 2015 in the Fellowship Hall of Unity Presbyterian Church at Woodleaf to celebrate.  The members, spouses and friends in attendance enjoyed a buffet meal prepared by the Woodleaf United Methodist Church Women.

A welcome was given by Julia Safley Lipe, who also served as chair of the business meeting.   Rev. Walter Fleming gave  a devotion on “joyful hope” and blessed our meal.

Nancy Miller Wetmore called the roll. Each graduate was given a chance to update the class on their lives.  A bell sounded and a candle lit when a deceased name was called.  There were fourteen pink roses decorating the memorial table with a framed picture with a hand crafted cross for each member. Memorials were given by Geralene Campbell Newton and Donnie Gullett Whitesides for the fourteen deceased members out of a class of 40 members. The roses were placed in the sanctuary of Unity Presbyterian Church on Sunday as a memorial to William S. “Bill” Wetmore, Jr. who was a member of the class.

The group meets quarterly, and will continue to meet.  The next meeting will be held at the K & W Cafeteria on January 13, 2016 at 11:30 am. Nancy Wetmore will act as chair to remind the group of the get together.

The Class of 1955 dedicated the annual to Miss Catherine Brazell, our long time and much loved Bible teacher whose teaching impacted the group. To help carry on the work we have been sending a memorial to the West Rowan Bible Teaching Association when a member of the class dies.

Those attending were; Doris Allen and daughter Cathy A. Boles,  Colleen Wilson Belk, Janet Brown, Rev. Fleming and wife, Jean,  Candace Owens Fraley,

Lorene Corriher Gullett,  Jimmy Harkey and wife Mae,  Julia Safley Lipe and husband Harry, Geralene Campbell Newton, Arthur Ratledge,  Bobby Safley and wife JoAnn Evans Safley, Haskell Shoaf, Slyvia McDaniel Clendenin, Ann Ratledge Spry, Nancy M. Wetmore and daughter Libby W. Watson,  Donnie Gullett and husband Bobby,  Charlie Williams and wife Lib.


The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club 

The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club met Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Rowan Public Library. President Kim Fahs presided. Cindy Knepper of Lowes Garden Center was the program speaker.

If you are interested in visiting the Rowan Redbuds Garden Club, call 704-754-8905  for more information.


Suggest a hymn for the annual ‘Old Fashioned Hymn Sing’

CONCORD — The 50 voice Piedmont Choral Society will present its annual “Old Fashioned Hymn Sing” on Sunday, Nov.15 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N. Older beloved hymns and hymn stories will be featured, with lots of audience participation.  There will be anthems and special music by the choir.   Joe Judge of Albemarle, Professor of Music at Pfeiffer University, is director of the group and Dr. Don Simmons of Kannapolis is accompanist.   Johnny Lazenby of Kannapolis will direct this event.  A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.  The program is free, but you are asked to bring canned good for CCM to help feed our community’s hungry.  With questions or a hymn to suggest for the program, contact 704-699-6053 or

One more RPL Fall Photowalk

Dig out the camera, meet fellow photographers, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air during another round of Rowan Public Library’s Fall Photowalks. A photowalk is an opportunity for a group of people to go on a walk with the express purpose of taking photos together. Aspiring photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited

The South Rowan Regional wlk will meeting at the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St. on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Participant photos submitted after the walks will be on display at the following library locations: November at RPL Headquarters (Salisbury) and January at South Rowan Regional (China Grove). Select participant photos will be enlarged for display, and all submitted photos will be added to the online gallery

Register to ensure a spot at (click on Fall Photowalks icon) or by calling 704-216-8242.


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