County Line: Clarksbury holds ‘social distancing’ homecoming

Published 9:30 am Thursday, August 27, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Members of Clarksbury United Methodist Church enjoyed an outside church homecoming service Sunday of last week. After a message by the Rev. Donnie Durham, a former pastor of Clarksbury, folks enjoyed a barbecue meal prepared by Kirt Anderson and Retha Gaither and desserts provided by Edna Anderson, Ann Cline and Marie Heath.

The Women on Missions of Calvary Baptist met Saturday. Beginning in October the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.                    

Clarkbury continues the Bible study on the Gospel of John at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.  Pastor Cliff Wall is leading the study and invites anyone  each Thursday evening in the sanctuary or live on the church FaceBook page.

The Center-Salem/ Davie United Methodist Charge continues a Thursday night Bible study.  Today the study meets at 7 p.m. at Center and alternates between the churches. Pastor John Erwin leads the study. Call 336-751-2754.

Our churches have these service schedules this week, but contact the church for any updates weather may require: Clarksbury Methodist and Piney Grove AME Zion, outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m.; Salem United Methodist, outdoor Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. under the shelter; Calvary Baptist, outdoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Pleasant View Baptist, regular services; Society Baptist, inside Sunday worship at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall, Wednesday night prayer & Bible study online at 7 p.m.

Betty Snider Stroud celebrated her 91st birthday Saturday with a dinner at her daughter’s home nearby.  Today Betty “shelters-in” at her home on Davie Academy Road and enjoys the loving care of her son and daughter. She continues to attend Calvary Baptist Church when able and enjoys calls from friends and relatives. Betty, all of us in County Line trust your birthday was super and wish you a healthy and happy new year of life.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Jacob Stuart Absher, who died Monday of last week at his home.  Born in Wilkes County in 1964, he was a son of Arlie Absher and the late Maxine Taylor Absher and the stepson of the late Alice Church Absher. He had worked at Napa Auto Parts of Harmony and was a member of the V-Point Ruritan Club. He was a faithful member of Harmony United Methodist Church, where he sang in a quartet. A private celebration of his life was held Saturday afternoon at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home of Statesville.      

We send get-well wishes to Michael Smith, who has been at Davis Regional Medical Center after suffering a heart attack Sunday night. James Barker has improved and is in rehab at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Betty Lou Richardson remains in rehab at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Faye Stroud continues to rest at home while under treatment for cancer. Bob Lewis continues to have in-home Hospice care.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Michael, James, Betty Lou, Faye, Bob, and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Jacob as they adjust to life without him.  Remember in prayer the family of Norman Grant, who died Tuesday of last week; he was the widower of the late Shelby Gaither Grant and son-in-law of the late John and Cleo Gaither.                       .

For news and memories to share, please call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email