People & Places Sunday, Nov. 5

Published 3:23 pm Sunday, November 5, 2017

Rockwell High Class of 1945

The 1945 class of Rockwell High School celebrated its 72nd class reunion on October 20, 2017. Ten students and six guests enjoyed lunch at Blue bay Seafood Restaurant. Past memories were recalled of their school days and all enjoyed catching up with family events. We are looking forward to our next reunion in October of 2018.

The students and guests attending were John Yelton, Jake Setzer, Brownie Stirewalt, Betty Williams, Gertrude Sigmon, Mary Deal, Betty Wyatt, Rose Swicegood, Ruth Wagoner and Thelma Odom.

Guest were Patsy Yelton, Betty Setzer, Charlie Odom, Eddie Odom, Jay Wagoner and Jean Winkler.


67th Trexler Reunion

On Sept. 17, 2017, the 67th Annual Trexler Reunion of the descendants of Lawson Alexander and Lula Moore Trexler was held at Rockwell Park with approximately 67 registered in attendance.

After the welcome and blessings, and enjoying the wonderful food and fellowship, the names of the 14 children of Lawson Alexander and Lula Moore Trexler, all of whom are deceased, were read during a moment of remembrance. Those children include Lucy Bertie Lillie Trexler Morgan, Deberry (Deedie) Cone Trexler, Harvey Alexander Trexler, Roy Ernest Trexler, Ollie Lula Trexler Rogers, Maxie (Max) Trexler, Braxton Cleveland Trexler, Fred James Trexler, Gertrude (Gertie) Elizabeth Trexler Foster, Maude Wilma Trexler Smith, Lawson Edward Trexler, Cletus Adam Trexler, Grady William Trexler, and Minnie Edna Trexler Stiller.

Deaths reported since our last reunion include Trenton Edward Smith. Marriages since our last reunion include George Almond who married Amy Safrit, and Samantha Drye who married Brian Parham. Births reported include Sophia Rae Lightfoot, Magnolia Rae Miller, Grayson Edward Wayne Coble and Layla Nicole Hobart.

Recognitions went to the oldest family member present, Hazel Trexler-Campbell (94 “and a half” years young); the youngest family member present, Grayson Coble (2 months old); the family member traveling the farthest to the reunion, Tina Trexler (235 miles from Knoxville, Tenn.); the most newly married family couple (George and Amy Almond, married on April 22, 2017), and the longest married couple (John and Vetra Culp, having been married for 55 years).

Next year’s host family is the Maude Wilma Trexler Smith family for the reunion which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Rockwell Park.


Rockwell High School Class of 1952

The Rockwell High School Class of 1952 enjoyed lunch, fellowship and much fun on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the home of class member Sue Misenheimer, as they celebrated their 65th reunion. Sue and Norma Jean Lester prepared and served a delicious meal to eight class members and five guests. Mike Conry graciously offered to pick up the cost. The tables were decorated with lovely fall colors.

We are fortunate to not lose any classmates or spouses this past year.

After lunch Sue led a discussion where we remembered 21 deceased members as we recalled personalities and fun stories. We also shared information about those who could not be present, several due to health issues. Some sent good wishes. Those present shared fun stories of our years in school.

Class members who attended were Norma Jean Hill Lester, Ruth Goodman Shaver, Minnie Rattz Wood, Margaret Shue Fisher, Larry Corl, Mike Conry, Geneva File Williams and Sue Ritchie Misenheimer. Guests were Linda Taylor, Jean Conry, Jackie Speight, Larry St. Clair and Gayle Foster.

The class of ‘52 meets annually and is looking forward to 2018 when they will again laugh, tell stories and enjoy each other’s company.


15th Earnhardt Reunion

Descendants of the Henry Milas and Josephine Hopkins Earnhardt family met Sunday, Oct. 29, for the 15th Earnhardt reunion at the Union Lutheran Church on Bringle Ferry Road. More than 75 family members attended.

The Earnhardts lived in the Dunns Mountain and Crystal Lake area. Their eight children were Hettie Bell Earnhardt Allman, Della Earnhardt Wyatt, James David Earnhardt, Charlie Edward Earnhardt, Samuel Council Earnhardt, Lillie Myrtle Earnhardt Hartman, John Henry Earnhardt, and Dock Earnhardt. The eldest living descendant is Earl Davis Earnhardt of Samuel Council Earnhardt.

Amy Earnhardt Blackman, descendant of Charlie Edward Earnhardt, welcomed everyone and gave the blessing before the covered dish lunch. A collage was made of the 2016 reunion descendants, and copies were given to everyone. Past reunion pictures were on display. Fall arrangements decorated the dining area.

The family remembered family members who are sick: Edna Earnhardt Bentley, Howard Wayne Bentley (Charlie Edward Earnhardt); Early Davis Earnhardt, Sam Earnhardt, Linda Basinger (Samuel Council Earnhardt); Gayle and Roland Langley (Hettie Bell Earnhardt).

Birth since the last reunion was Jaxon Alexander Crute (Charlie Edward Earnhardt).

Marriage since the last reunion was Gary and Faith Earnhardt (Charlie Edward Earnhardt).

A gift was presented to the oldest person present, Earl Davis Earnhardt, 84, in the Samuel Council Earnhardt Family. Also honored was Sgt. David Earnhardt U.S. Marines, stationed in Jacksonville (Samuel Council Earnhardt).

Gold coins were given to the youngest descendants in attendance: Danica Honeycutt, Piper Honeycutt (Lillie Myrtle Earnhardt); Nora Earnhardt, Harlie Earnhardt, and Brynlynn Shaw (Samuel Council Earnhardt); Cody Ray Blackman (Charlie Edward Earnhardt).

Children age 7 and under registered for a door prize; winner was Brynlynn Shaw (Samuel Council Earnhardt). All children registered for the Halloween door prize, and Serenity Givens (Lillie Myrtle Earnhardt) was the winner. Halloween treat bags were given to the children present.

Deaths since the last reunion were J.W. Dietz Earnhardt (Samuel Council Earnhardt), Ricky Dale Hill and Joseph Michael Doniaz (Lillie Myrtle Earnhardt) and Billy Craig Rufty (Hettie Bell Earnhardt). Families placed flowers on gravesites in memory of their deceased descendants.

Reunion coordinator was Amy Earnhardt Blackman (Charlie Edward Earnhardt). The Lillie Myrtle Earnhardt Hartman family had the most descendants present.


Lyme Disease support

Lyme Disease support group meets today from 4-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., educational building room 218. Info: 704-785-5425 or 704-636-3190 or Facebook: Piedmont NC Lyme Disease Support Group


Rowan Redbuds

The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club met Thursday, Oct. 26, at Foil-Tatum Park in Salisbury. President Carolyn Alexander presided. If you are interested in visiting the club, call 704-637-0928 for more information.


Quadruple ‘E’ kick-off

The Grand Kick-Off Celebration for Quadruple “E” ( Educate, Empower, Entertain, Encourage) is Saturday Nov. 11, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road.

Meet Salisbury city officials, enjoy food, fun and fellowship, the Salisbury’s Got Talent talent show and a hot air balloon demonstration. Bring a chairs. Sign up sheets for Quadruple “E” will be available.

Quadruple “E” is a program sponsored by concerned citizens who want to see youth age 8-16 empowered with the tools necessary to reach their maximum potential.

Beginning in November will be an 8-month program to educate, empower, encourage and entertain the youth of our community, every Saturday of the month from November-next June.

For more information, contact A.J Alexander at, 704-636-9139 or Darlene Scott at


McGill recital

Frances McGill, professional singer, performed a recital on October 27 at the Bethel Methodist Church in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Songs from Poulenc, Hundley and Frazelle, and arias from Handel and Dvorak were featured.

McGill is a student of Levone Tobin-Scott, formerly a professor at UNCG. This season, there will be a local performance in March, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.

McGill has performed with Opera Carolina, and starred in major roles with the Charlotte Opera and Charlottetowne Players.


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