People & Places Sunday, October 1

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 1, 2017

Rockwell High School class of 1954

The Rockwell High School class of 1954 recently held a reunion at Wink’s Restaurant. James Puckett, class president, welcomed the group of 12 graduates, and remembered those who had passed away that year.

The deceased included: Willie Johnson, Amy Swink Via, Janet Frye Rhodes, Jerry Fry and Louise Goodman Fry.

The 12 class members (and guests) who were able to attend the reunion were:

Larry Vanhoy, (Margie Vanhoy), (Duane Carrick), Naomi File Carrick, Ken Shue, (Sylvia Shue), Hazeline Poole Davis, Mary Catherine Stoner Arey, Clyde Arey, Viola Eudy Dodd, Lee Basinger, (Joyce Puckett), James Puckett, Shirley Jacobs Heffner, Ruth Trexler Ritchie, (Margaret P. Brady), Wayne Bost, (Avice Bost).


Harold B. Jarrett donates school supplies


With the beginning of a new school year, many Rowan County families are finding it difficult to afford all the school supplies they will need to make this a successful year for their children.

Through the generosity of its members, Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 has contributed to the success of the students at Isenberg and Overton Elementary Schools, providing all manner of supplies such as backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, paper and rulers, to name a few.

The school supplies were presented to staff members at each of the school’s offices by Post Commander Queen Williams and District 19 Commander Bob Price. Upon receiving the supplies, the office staff at each school thanked the Legionnaires and assured them that the supplies would be put to good use.


The A.L. Brown Class of ‘63

The A.L. Brown Class of ‘63 will be having a Fall Mini Reunion on Oct. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Logan’s in Kannapolis near Sam’s Club. RSVP by Oct. 12 by email or phone to Linda Litaker Turner,, 828-230-1750 or Brenda Litaker Hodgens,, 704-467-5708 or Joyce Earley Bost,, 704-224-3776.


Veterans coat drive 

Gold Hill Lions and the Norfolk & Southern Railroad are teaming up to support a coat drive for homeless and needy veterans, with a goal of 300 new or gently used winter coats. The collection has been running since July 1 and will end on Nov. 1. Take coats to almost any church in Rockwell, Organ Lutheran, Wesley Chapel Lutheran of Misenheimer, or if you have several, pickup can be arranged with Morris VanVleet at 704-783-5164.


KHA hosts ‘The History of Music and DJs’

KANNAPOLIS— “DJ” Clyde Waller, a 1963 graduate of A. L. Brown High School and owner/operator of Collectors Choice Records for the past 26 years, will be the speaker at Kannapolis History Associate’s October meeting, and share the history and transition of music from the “teens” (early 1900s) to the present. Waller will be playing music before the meeting and following his presentation he will play more music — and yes, there will be an opportunity to dance.

The meeting is Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the A.L. Brown High School social room, 415 East First St. Call 704-796-0803 to learn more.


Godley’s hosts free beautification workshop

10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 19. There will be three discussions — Pollinators, Ornamentals and Trees. This is a free class with lunch provided. RSVP to Godley’s Garden Center, 2281 Statesville Blvd. by Oct. 16 at 704-216-8970.


The Gospel Voices with Matthew Weaver 

LEXINGTON — At 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, Matthew Weaver and the Gospel Voices will sing in support of West Davidson Food pantry’s Weekend Feeding. The concert is at Tyro UMC, 4484 South Hwy 150. Learn more from Nancy at 704-213-4404 or Florence at 336-787-5630 or 704-223-2602.


Brown-Fisher annual reunion

The Brown-Fisher Association held its annual reunion on Sept. 16 on the grounds of the Old Stone House, home of Michael Braun/Brown. One hundred members and friends attended.

A picnic luncheon was prepared by Sarah Z. Brown, Norman Ribelin, Larry Brown and Doug Pruitt.

President Stephen Brown spoke about the relationship between the Browns and Fishers and how the two families have supported the renewal and continuing upkeep of the Old Store House. The next project is to make use of the caretaker’s house, which is now vacant.

Special guests recognized include: oldest persons attending: James “Jim” Brown, 91, of Salisbury and Juanita Fisher Lagg, 91, of Salisbury; youngest person attending: Skylar Menster, 1-year-old daughter of Randy and Kelly Brownell Menster of Salisbury; traveled the farthest: Elizabeth Shepherd Bliss of Brigantine, N.J. and Nate Ribelin of Alpharetta, Ga. Three families had three generations present: Larry Brown, Doris Caudle and Ann Brown Kesler. The family of Walter Lee (Jack) Brown, a descendent of Michael Braun/Brown through his son James, had 30 descendants attending the reunion. Eight persons attended the reunion for the first time.

Juanita Fisher Lagg recognized new life members since the 2016 reunion: Patricia Bonds Beck, Salisbury; Rodney Dale Kesler, Salisbury, Cathy Kirchen, Granite Quarry; Nathaniel Ribelin, Alpharetta, Ga; Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Lewis, Wilmington; Phillip M. Brown, Wilmington; Dan Hicks Satterwhite, Inca, N.C.; Lauren Haynes O’Brian, Huntersville and Josh Haynes of Denver.

Juanita Lagg was recognized for her many years as coordinator; she keeps track of membership and reservations for the reunions.

Elected to the board of directors were president: Stephen Brown, Durham; vice-president: Dean Brown, Spartanburg, S.C.; secretary: Patricia B. Beck, Salisbury, treasurer: Larry Brown, China Grove; coordinator: Juanita Lagg, Salisbury: editor: Cathy Kirchin, Granite Quarry; board members: Rod Kesler, Salisbury; Sarah Brown, China Grove; Doug Robinson, Salisbury; Linda Shelton, Salisbury; Carolyn Miller, Salisbury; Candace Brown, China Grove; Keith Wolf, Albemarle; Norman Ribelin, Salisbury; Debbie Brown Taylor, Salisbury, Paul B. Walker, Concord; Sandra Phillips, Granite Quarry; and Ken Clifton, Salisbury.

Persons attending the Brown-Fisher Association reunion enjoyed visiting The Rowan Museum-sponsored GERMANFEST activities also held on the grounds of the Old Stone House that day.


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