People & Places Sunday, Oct. 9

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 9, 2016

Boyden High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion

Submitted by Elizabeth Williams

The Boyden High School Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th Reunion on September 23rd and 24th. This was their fourth reunion, following their 10th, 20th, and 25th, with 53 of the 220 class members gathering to talk, laugh, catch up, share memories, and renew friendships. The classmates’ husbands, wives, and guests were enthusiastically welcomed.

The celebration began on Friday evening at Hendrix Barbecue on West Innes Street, where Boyden students spent countless carefree hours hanging out when the restaurant was the renowned Blackwelder’s. Alumni from the Salisbury area happily greeted their classmates from out-of-town at the casual get-together. All were excited to see one another. Some of the group moved on to D.J.’s Restaurant for an after party.

Milford Hills United Methodist Church hosted the group on Saturday morning for a memorial service, dedicated to deceased classmates, conducted by Reverend Mike Hillard. A barbecue luncheon followed, with more mingling and visiting.

The party resumed on Saturday evening as the group arrived at the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post, festively decorated with the Boyden High colors, black and gold. A replica of the school’s Yellow Jacket mascot sat upon the table where the 1963-1966 yearbooks and scrapbooks of previous reunions were placed. Favorite ’60s music set the mood for all to socialize and enjoy a buffet dinner. The evening ended with many farewells and hopes of another reunion soon.

The class appreciates the Reunion Committee: Angie Fowler Smith, Chair; Steve Morris, Mike Hillard, Susan Hoffman Mesimer, Ann Sides, Margie Clarke Miller, Tom Speaks, Harriette McCanless Henderson, Judy Thompson Moore, Gary Yost, Mike Cline, Bub Carlton, Bruce Rufty, Nancy Carter Cooke, and Fred Cooke. Special thanks to Angie Fowler Smith, who has given countless hours and tremendous effort planning this reunion, as well as the 20th and 25th!

Out-of-state classmates attending were Maggie Brady, Washington, D.C.; Woodie Cope, Tampa, Florida; Julian Grace, Atlanta, Georgia; Lynda Hartnig, Tallahassee, Florida; Roger Holcombe, Jacksonville, Florida; Jeannie Hudson Williams, Carrollton, Georgia; Marsha Lowery McKinney, Marietta, Georgia; Harriette McCanless Henderson, Ormonde Beach, Florida; Sue Riley Johnson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Susan Wright, Midlothian, Virginia.

From across North Carolina came Mike Cline, Greensboro; Nancy Carter Cooke and Fred Cooke, Charlotte; Blair Fairley McCombs, Charlotte; Jennie Goodman Deal, Lenoir; Bill Gribble, Rural Hall; Pat Hall Lumpkin, Cary; Mike Harrison, Summerfield; Tim Horton, Maiden; Marcia Jones Jurney, Statesville; Hugh Ketchie, Raleigh; Steve Morris, Matthews; Camilla Prevette Wilcox, Lewisville; Ann Reamer Baker, Crossnore; Tommy Rufty, Raleigh; Moffatt Swaim Churn, Raleigh; Steve Walters, Pittsboro; Elizabeth Whittecar Hull, Winston-Salem; and Carol Williams McCall, Oak Island.

The Salisbury-Rowan County contingent included Glenn Allen, Bub Carlton, Margie Clark Miller, Bucky Cline, Pat Cline Mahaley, Bill Earnhardt, Coleman Emerson, Angie Fowler Smith, Steve Fuller, Mike Hillard, Susan Hoffman Mesimer, Carolyn Hunter Hopler, Kathryn Johnson, Robert Lake, Pam Lentz Gregor, David Roueche, Bruce Rufty, Charles Shuler, Ann Sides, John Simmerson, Tom Speaks, Richard Starnes, Mike Surratt, Judy Thompson Moore, and Gary Yost.

The deceased classmates, missed and remembered, are Joyce Ammons, Angela Barnette, Danny Brandon, Scotty Britain, Dale Burrell, Gail Burton Sutiff, Bruce Caldwell, Rick Campbell, Bob Coleman, Doris Combs Hill, Bill Culbertson, Britt Dawson, Debbie Dunn Hillard, Ann Edwards Fuller, Clarice Fellows Whitt, Paul Frye, Jackie Gentry Easter, John Glover, Patsy Graham Moore, Larry Gregory, Brenda Hannold Earnhardt, Nannie Helms, Jim Horton, Joyce Isenhour, Lynn Jarrell Johnson, Beth King Bost, Ronnie Lanier, Charles Lowder, Madelyn McIntyre Yates, Lona Nash Duggins, Ned Peeler, Bobbie Pruitt Mullis, John Rawling, Vic Shive, Pattie Sikes Shinn, Ray Smith, Cheryl Sprinkle, Tommy Trexler, and Terry Ward.


Symphony Conductor Hagy Awarded Citizen of the Year

Salisbury Club Recognizes Outstanding Contributions


The Civitan Club of Salisbury held their annual Awards and Installation Ceremony and Banquet at the Country Club of Salisbury Thursday night, September 29th.  This very pleasant evening event was attended by about sixty members and guests. The newly elected officers of the club for 2016-17 are: President/Board Chairman, Denise Daugherty; President Elect, Mark Curran; Immediate Past President, Karen South Jones; Vice President, Bill Bucher; Secretary, Nikki Eagle; Treasurer, Amanda Cauble; Comment Editor, Maggie Blackwell; Chaplain, Dr. Norman Sloop; Education, Nick Gennett; Sgt. at Arms, Raif Todd.  In addition, four new Directors for 2016-18 were initiated: John Graham, Rexx Rexrode, Kimberly Kelsey and Howard Torrence.  Others recognized for outstanding contributions included: Bill Bucher: Civitan of the Year, Salisbury Symphony Music Director and Conductor David Hagy: Citizen of the Year, and longtime member Dr. Norman Sloop: Perfect Attendance for 49 consecutive years.  Honor Keys for outstanding service were awarded to Past President John Sofley and Wanda Huntley, the winner of the coveted Civitan Hope Award, a unique award whose recipients are chosen at the International level.  Finally, the event was capped with a touching ceremony whereby Immediate Past President Karen South Jones handed off her president’s gavel to newly elected President Denise Daugherty.  Dr. Mark Beymer, a Past President of our Club and currently the Governor of the Civitan North Carolina District West, presided over the festivities with his customary personal charm, congratulating and charging each officer candidate with their respective duties and responsibilities and making everyone feel at ease.


North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony — Oct. 20, 7 -11 p.m.: The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s eight inductees. The Induction Ceremony takes place annually in October. The inductees are as follows:

•The Avett Brothers – folk rock/bluegrass/Americana, from Concord.

•Band of Oz – popular pioneer Beach music band, from Raleigh, NC.

•Chuck Brown (deceased) – funk guitarist known as the “Godfather of Go-go,” from Gaston.

•The Carolina Chocolate Drops – Grammy award winning old time string band, from Durham.

•Percy Heath (deceased) – jazz musician/bassist and member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, born in Wilmington.

•David Holt – Grammy Award winning folk musician and story teller who appears regularly on PBS television, from Asheville.

•Kellie Pickler – country vocalist and American Idol contestant, born in Albemarle.

•Ron Tyson – longtime member of the Temptations, from Monroe.

This red carpet event is open to the public. VIP sold ou,  General Admission tickets available online and at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum, 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. Contact the Hall of Fame Museum for more details:, 704- 934-2320. For more information contact: Eddie Ray, Operations Director/Vice Chair, 704-934-2320.



Rowan County Autism Support Group
Oct. 18/ from 6:30-8 p.m. and every third Tuesday
On Oct. 18 – Thriving in the Land of Autism – One Family’s Story of Hope, presenter: Susan King

Her son Patrick was diagnosed as autistic and mentally retarded. Doctors said he might never speak. He recently graduated magma cum laude from Pfeiffer University and is currently pursuing graduate studies at UNC-Charlotte. He and his mother Susan co-authored an Amazon best-selling book, Optimism for Autism. Come hear their story and be encouraged.

Meet at First United Methodist Church – Room 108, 217 S Church St., enter on Church St side of building through doors at right of the courtyard

Robin’s Stitching Chicks: 6-8 p.m. third Mondays, for those that love counted cross stitch. RPL Hurley Room, W. Fisher St., Bring your project. Adults over 18. Date subject to change so email to verify to


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