County Line: Society Baptist pastor leaving

Published 9:28 am Thursday, September 17, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Corrrespondent

Members of Society Baptist Church are saddened as Pastor Jeff Holder will be preaching his last sermon at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Sept. 20. He will become pastor of West Canton Baptist Church in Canton. Church members invite others to join them in the fellowship hall. There will be no prayer and Bible study Wednesday night.

Pleasant View Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming with an “old fashion day” worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Brandon Gwaltney will bring the message. Due to the coronavirus, there will be no fellowship dinner after the service. Church members invite others as they remember the church’s past.  Wednesday night service will be as usual.

Our other churches have these service schedules this week, but contact the church for any updates weather may require: Calvary Baptist, outdoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Clarksbury United Methodist. outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and special “Book of John” Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday; 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 and Center-Salem Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday at Salem.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Roger Lee Johnson, who died at home Sunday of last week after an extended illness. A native of Surry County, he was born in 1950 to the late Robert Lee and Bertha Lee Salmons Johnson. He graduated from North Iredell High School and the Barber School of Winston-Salem. In 1970  he married the former Linda Gryder of Stroud Road off Vaughn Mill Road; the couple made their home on Stroud, where they reared daughter Karena.  Retired from Tyson as a safe truck driver after more than 33 years, he enjoyed fishing, camping, studying the Bible, and spending time with family.  He attended Gospel Baptist Church prior to his illness. A private burial was held.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of James Michael Rogers, who died last Saturday at Iredell Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.

One of five children, he was born in Iredell County in 1951 to the late James Clyde and Kathleen Slevin Rogers of County Line. He was reared on US 64 West just east of NC 901 and attended school in Davie County. Michael married fellow County Liner Betty Gail Brown in December 1968 in South Carolina. The couple made their home on US 64 just west of Ridge and Society roads and reared their children Michelle, Bryan, and Melissa.  He was retired from J.P. Stevens after 35 years and enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR, and spending time with family. A graveside service celebrating his life was held Wednesday in the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, where he was laid to rest.

Frances Hilling and James Barker remain in rehab at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Betty Lou Richardson is recuperating at home. Faye Stroud continues to rest at home while under treatment for cancer.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Frances, James, Betty Lou, Faye, and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the families of Roger and Michael as they adjust to life without their loved ones.

Remember in prayer the families affected by the fires in the western states of our country. Continue to pray for the many families affected by the coronavirus as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in our country is about 200,000.

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