People & Places Sunday, Nov. 8

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 8, 2015

North Rowan High School Class of 1960

Submitted by Phyllis Smith

The 1960 Class of North Rowan High School held its 55th class reunion on Friday, Oct. 9 at Ryan’s in Salisbury and on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Spencer Woman’s Club.

All class members and spouses enjoyed a wonderful buffet meal.

Windsor Eagle served as emcee for entertainment for the evening. Friendships were renewed and the good old times at North Rowan still remain after all these years. Each graduate was given a chance to update the class on thier lives.

A memorial table was set up with framed pictures of each of our 16 deceased class members. As each member’s name ws called, a candle was lit in their memory.

Those attendng from out of town included Bobby James and Carol, BobbyKluttz and Joyce, Andy Thompson and Mary, Mary Ann Farrington Gosney and Milton Gosney, Danny Eller and Shelia, Melvin Ott and Doris, Gigger Kimball and Frances, and Dahle Gobble Barringer and Chuck Barringer.

Local classmates and spouses included Sandra Agner Graham and Don, Windsor Eagle and Kathy, Toby Morgan and Kay, Larry Gobble and Martha, Phyllis Short Smith and Jerry Smith, Polly Plyler Carlton and Phillip, Tommy Smith and Sabra, Larry Turner and Susie, Melvin McGee and Roger Mills.

Several merchants donated very nice prizes for us.

Everyone enjoyed the reunion very much and it seemed to be the best one ever.


Yadkin Mill Village reunion

Submitted by Marlene Kepley

The ninth Yadkin Mill Village Reunion was held Sept. 26 at the Yadkin Baptist Church fellowship building with approximately 40 present. Those in attendance enjoyed the fun fellowship, the geat food and reminisced about growing up and living in the Yadkin Mill Village. Gifts were given to the oldest female present, Irene Parker Clark, and to the oldest male present, Ernest Lanning. Trudy Parker Hassenplug and her husband Bill received the gift for traveling the longest distance. The 2016 Yadkin Kill Village Reunion will held Sept. 24, 2016.

Of those pictured in the class photo, there were six people present at the reunion.

Front row: Linford Lanning, Ernest Lanning, Phillip Sebastian, Joe Walser, Roby Snider, Ted Brinkley, Elon Dennis. Next row: Donald Little, Ralph Sedberry, Carole Dennis, Ann Trexler, Jim (Coy) Ludwig, Betty Jo Clement Saunders, Shirely Holshouser Williams, Pat Little, Gail Dennis, Pat Grubb Wakefield, Marlene Messick Kepley. Teacher: Mrs. Wyndell

Veterans reunited after 44 Years


Charles and Brenda Elliott of Statesville recently enjoyed a visit from Ed and Pam Landers and Joe and Jamie Seagroves.

Charles, Ed and Joe served together in Viet Nam from 1970-1971. They planned this visit after attending a reunion held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. last year for the 1st Air Calvary Division, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, which was also known at Cold Steel Alpha.

Many memories came back among all the veterans of Cold Steel Alpha, some such as Charles, Ed and Joe after not seeing each other for 44 years.

The company was given this name due to the fact that they patrolled the jungles of Viet Nam and Cambodia with fixed bayonets. During this period they were one of the highest decorated companies of the 1st Air Cav because of the number of contact with the NVA enemy and the many weapon caches they discovered in Nam and Cambodia.

The group shared a special dinner in honor of the 36 comrades during the reunion that they lost in either Viet Nam or Cambodia. The group was also honored by the attendance of the mother, sisters and a brother of Vernon Rainey, which was the last casualty prior to the group leaving Viet Nam.

Charles, Ed and Joe plan to share many more reunions and visits together along with all the other men of Alpha Company.


J. C. Price American Legion Halloween Party 


J. C. Price American Legion hosted a Halloween Party for approximately 85 children, youth and parents on Friday, Oct 30 at the Post home.

Comrade Leonard Hall, chair of the children/youth committee, welcomed the children, highlighted the agenda, offered prayer and introduced participating community co-sponsoring organizations who donated monies.

Officer Cooper and cadets spoke about Halloween safety and distributed candy to the children. Members of the Ladies of Eloganze Social Club — Robin Taylor, Marlene Chambers, Barbara Summers and Lisa Shaw — set up booths and painted Halloween faces on the children which offset their costumes.

Post 107 Auxiliary president Joyce Symre donated cole slaw for the hot dogs. Brother Johnny Moser Sr., Brother Javories Wiliams and Brother Ronnie Cook represented King Ahayuenis 127. Gary Hall and John Pharr represented the Cancer Social Club. The Rowan Headstart, which donated toothpaste and candy, was represented by Comrade Elijah Caraway. The Pride of Salisbury Elks Lodge 1774 was represented by Michael Taylor, Comrades Gary Hall and John Pharr. The Stepping Out Social Club sent a monetary donation.

Commander Mae Carroll noted that this was the first time seven organizations had united to provide a high quality Halloween festivity for the West End neighborhood children. Councilwomen Karen Alexander provided more than 150 homemade cookies to the children and enjoyed music “wobble-wobble” provided by “DJ Neak” (Shenita Russell), sponsored by Comrade Wade Murphy. Children’s book atuhor Comrade Meesha Baig dressed in a witch costume and mesmerized the audience with Halloween stories and rules and tips for Halloween safety. She also danced with children and took photos with them.

Hot dogs, chicken, potato chips, sodas, cookies and candy and toothpaste bags were distributed to the children. Approximately 15 children won monetary awards for the best Halloween costumes. Sweet Frogs danced with and teased the children and took photos.

Legionnaires participating were: Leonard Hall, Meesha Baig, John Knox, (photographer) Wayne Hill, Wade Murphy, Gary Hall, John Pharr, Elijah Carraway, Michael Chambers and Daniel Haddock.


Alpha Delta Kappa Founders’ Day Celebration


Alpha Delta Kappa is an international organization of outstanding female educators founded in 1947. The goals of the sorority include: educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding.

Ninety-eight sisters from NC Districts III and IV gathered at First Presbyterian on Oct. 17 to celebrate. The two Rowan county chapters of Gamma Theta and Mu and District IV’s Alpha Lambda hosted the event.

District III vice president Valerie Snell welcomed all. Ann Cline, vice president of District IV, introduced the special guests including Ruth Ann Griggs, international president, Penny Ledbetter, NC state president and Annette Thomas, NC president-elect. Gamma Theta chaplain Gloria Stiller presented the Thought for the Day and a blessing of the meal.

Dr. Rob Robertson provided music during the breakfast prepared by Debbie Suggs’ Catering. Tables were decorated with mums and school supplies.

Pam Allen, Gamma Theta president, introduced sister Fran Simpson, who represented Rowan Communities-in- Schools. Sisters attending the event contributed school supplies and monetary donations to the Rowan county organization. Additional donations were provided to assist children affected by the floods in South Carolina.

Gamma Theta sisters entertained the group with a skit, “Heavenly Reflections,” portraying the four founders of Alpha Delta Kappa, Agnes Shipman Robertson, Hattie Poppino, Marie Neal and Marion Southall. They were portrayed by Fran Simpson, Barbara Hoover, Debbie Lesley and Beth Cook. The narrator was Mary Beth Jung.

The celebration closed with the singing of the “Lamp of Alpha Delta Kappa.” Nine chapters of the sorority joined to celebrate their theme of Cultivating Sisterhood. For more information on Alpha Delta Kappa visit or contact any ADK sister.


AAUW lecture on human trafficking

6:30 – 7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 12 with Jane B. Taylor, founder of the domestic violence shelter in Charlotte, presently known as the Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter. This forum is free.

Sponsored by American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch. Held at the Fellowship Hall of First United Church of Christ, 207 West Horah St. Use the ground entrance at the rear of the church.  Contact: Dr. Carol Cody, president,,


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