People & Places Sunday, September 18

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 18, 2016

North Rowan High School Class of 1966

Submitted by Steve Vail

My, my, 50 years, that can seem like a long time or yesterday. 105 students graduated from North Rowan High School 50 years ago. The afternoon and evening of Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 47 of those classmates and their guests gathered together at TJ’s High Rock Grill to celebrate and renew long time friendships and relive past events, some factual and others somewhat factual.

Many thanks to the reunion committee, chaired by Nancy Shoaf Thomas, assisted by Rick and Carol Cruse Leonard, Kay Shoaf Hager, Steve and Jody Vail, Karen Rabon Broyhill, Bobbie Shuping Denny, Jean Cranfill Lefler, Doris Goodwin Shepherd, Marsha Gemayel Wood and others. Classmate Marolyn Brooks Johnson was given an extra thank you and acknowledgement for her many hours spent compiling a recap of the individual classmates last 50 years.

If the smiles, laughter and the reliving of past events were any indication, a great time was had by all. Decorations of green and white, school memorabilia, period music and photographs from the past, helped to carry the classmates back to the good old days.

Classmate, the Rev. Steve Sells, provided the invocation and observed a moment of silence for our deceased classmates: Robert Edward Boone, Charles Richard Breedlove, William Lafayette Brooks, William Michael Corriher, Jerry Evan Culp, Douglas Dills, Charles Dwight Farmer, Alan Lewis Griggs, Carl Steven House, Randall Byron Koontz, Fred Eugene Lambe, Bobby Ray Miller, Linda Sue Nesbitt, Sylvia Ann Swink, Thomas Carl Swink Jr., Sandra Ellen Wilkerson and Paul Gordon Wilson.

Classmates attending the reunion were: David Adams, Ronnie Arrowood, Ann Bass Hall, Linda Beard Fesperman, Marolyn Brooks Johnson, Arlie Brown, John Burris, Ann Coble Ennis, Jean Cranfill Lefler, Al Crawford, Carol Cruise Leonard, Brenda Everhart Maxon, Marsha Gemayel Wood, Libby Gobbel McGaha, Jolet Gobble Stanley, Doris Goodwin Shepherd, Margaret Hackett Murphy, Joey Hager, Tony Hager, Cynthis Hocutt Headrick, Barry Holt, Sondra Honeycutt Shuler, Rick Leonard, Millie Mahaffey Brandt, Dale Massey, Jean Milhollin Medinger, Harold Miller, Mike Moore, Linda Morgan Bost, Jimmy Payne, Karen Rabon Broyhill, Judith Raper Main, Mike Redding, Steve Sells, Marrianne Sharpe Graham, Kay Shoaf Hager, Nancy Shoaf Thomas, Bobbie Shuping Denny, Jane Shuping Curlee, Mike Shuping, Steve Vail, James Walser, Wayne West, Bill Wiseman, Nancy White Capocy and Hope Wraight Johnson.

By acclamation, classmate Joey Hager was selected to chair the committee for our next reunion. How about next weekend Joey…..



Rockwell High School Class of 1958

Submitte by Loretta H. Warner

The Rockwell High School Class of 1958 held its 58th reunion on Sept. 10 at Gary’s BBQ in China Grove.

A social hour began at noon with classmates reminiscing and catching up. Following a class picture, Bob Petrea gave the invocation prior to the meal.

Loretta Holshouser Warner was master of ceremonies, and provided everyone with class booklets. She introduced Kim Sheeks, who is known at The Hat Lady, who gave a comical program invovling over 100 hats.

Get well cards were signed nad mailed to the sick. Door pirzes were given out.

Deceased class members’ picture were displayed with a lighted candle.

Deceased class members are: Henry Irven Eagle, Homer Lee Safrit, Betty Jane Miller Dwiggins, Ronald Ray Morgan, John Wise, Gary Wayne Smith, Raymond Wayne Shue, Steve Morefield, Gary “Gus” Beaver, Peggy Drew Wagnor, Floyd Eugene Morgan, Jerry LeRoy Sides, C.J. Soloman, Thomas Clay Dellinger, Carolyn Janette Arey Galloway, Harold William Yost, Robert Wayne Brown, James Paul Barringer, David Sides and Robert E. Corl.

Attending from China Grove were Loretta Holshouser Warner and Bennie; from Lexington were Frances Agner Heiling and Arnold; from Lincolnton were Herby Vanhoy and Phyllis; from Davidson were Joyce Benefield Measimer and Pat; from Rockwell were Rose Wagoner Safrit, Betty Francis File, Norma Barringer Beeker and John Hunter, Peggy Haynes Deal and Glenn, Helen Featherstone Eddleman; from Gold Hill were Sam Lowman and Susan; from Salisbury were Bobby Petrea and Joyce, Bill Sides and Sue, Larry Fortune and Betty, Frances Morgan Agner and Ben, Renda Treece Barrier and Lipe, Rebecca Varnadore Craig, Judy Ward Gainey and Sonja Cline.

The next reunion will be held in September 2017.


Reunion news

Isenhour Family

KANNAPOLIS — 1 p.m. today. First Wesleyan Church, 301 Bethpage Road. Bring your favorite dish to share. Don’t forget your pictures.

66th Trexler Reunion

ROCKWELL— 1 p.m. today. Descendants of the late Lawson Alexander and Lula Moore Trexler. Shelter 1, Rockwell Park. Bring well-filled picnic basket. Drinks, paper products furnished. Bring memorabilia for display and information. Bring notices and bulletins of deaths, marriages and births.

Annual Kosa  Maintenance Reunion

MT. ULLA — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. Vendor on site for food and refreshments. Sloan Park

550 Sloan Road, off Hwy 150.

Aggrey Memorial High School alumni association

Tickets for Sept. 24 banquet are $30. Contact any member.

Northwest Cabarrus High School

Anniversary Celebration Oct. 15. See facebook at or call Ms. Browning at 704-788-4111, ext 105.

A.L. Brown High School

KANNAPOLIS — Class of 1961’s 55th reunion on Oct. 22 at new City Hall, 401 Laureate Way, at 6 p.m. For more information call J. D. Whitmire at 704-773-0952.


‘Sorrow: the Art of Dying, Death, and Grief’ at CFA


Opening in the gallery at Center for Faith & the Arts is a multi-artist exhibit entitled “Sorrow: the Art of Dying, Death, and Grief.” The show includes 23 pieces from nine NC artists and will hang in the gallery Sept. 22-Nov. 11.

The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. This exhibit is part of CFA’s ongoing exploration of grief and sorrow during the months of September, October and November.

“Concert in Death” is a musical exploration of grief and sorrow. The concert features local composer and performer Marc Hoffman, who will present a series of pieces and discuss how grief influences music and music expresses and heals grief. The concert is Thursday, Oct. 6. Admission is by donation, suggested minimum $10. All donations support the ongoing work of Center for Faith & the Arts, located at 207 W. Harrison St.

Call 704-647-0999 or visit for more information.


Spencer Woman’s Club annual mum sale

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 100 Third St., Spencer. Pansies also available. Call 704-636-7836 to reserve.

Community Health and Ministry Fair


Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Hwy 52.

Bring family and friends to a fun-filled and educational day learning the best way to take care of yourself and the ones you love both physically and spiritually.

There will be health screenings for BMI, blood pressure checks, and glucose at no charge, as well as the Novant Health Mammography Unit. Appointments are available, insurance is accepted, and grant funds are available for those without insurance. Call 704-642-1658 to schedule.

Community businesses will be on site with information, and there will be a martial arts demonstration as well as more than a dozen local church ministries.

Things for children to do including face painting, and there will be free raffles and the Mobile Hot Dog Shack will be on site.

For more information, call the church at 704-279-4655.


Fit for the Cure

At Belk Salisbury from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22: One day bra fitting event featuring Wacoal Bras. A personalized bra fitting appointment will help the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Find your right fit with our Belk specialized bra fitters and enjoy refreshments. For every woman who participates, Belk and Wacoal will donate a total of $4 to Susan G. Komen. Purchase during the event and the donation increases to $8. Call for an appointment at 704-636-5241 x210 or x236. See


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