County Line: More churches holding indoor services

Published 10:04 am Thursday, October 1, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

More local churches are having indoor services again. These are service schedules this week, but contact the church for updates: Calvary Baptist, outdoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Clarksbury United Methodist, outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and indoor special “Book of John” Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday; Piney Grove AME Zion, inside Sunday school at 10 a.m. and inside Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Pleasant View Baptist, regular indoor services Sunday and Wednesday; Salem United Methodist, outdoor Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. under the shelter; Society Baptist, indoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall with Gene Tutterow as special speaker; no Wednesday night service.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of James “Jim” David Barker; who died Friday, Sept. 18 at Maple Leaf Health Care of Statesville after a few weeks of hospitalization. He had been in declining heath the past few years. One of two children, he was born in Pennsylvania in 1969 to the late Fred Barker and the late Polly Barker Foster. For many years prior to Fred’s death in 1992; the Barkers, and later Polly and husband Bow, made their home on County Line Road near NC 901. Jim lived and worked in Georgia before moving back to the home on County Line Road.  Prior to being disabled, he worked in the automotive industry and was a gifted mechanic who loved working with his hands. Cars and movies were his hobby and love. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a long-time member.       

We extend sympathy to the family of Loree Daye Keller Benge, who died Sunday of last week at home. One of eight children, she was born in Caldwell County in 1963 to the late Robert Gene, Sr. and Helen Ann Cannon Keller. She and her husband of 25 years, Robert Carroll Benge, had recently moved to Beck Lane off Stroud Road. Loree worked in the restaurant industry as a hostess. A graveside service celebrating her life was held Tuesday afternoon of last week at Stony Point Cemetery.

Our community sends get-well wishes to Susan Phipps and Tony Roman.  Susan had surgery Tuesday of last week and has been recuperating at home since last Thursday. Tony had back surgery last week and is recuperating at home. Michael Barry Wilson has improved and is recuperating at home. Frances Hilling has improved and is receiving physical therapy while 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 Susan, Tony, Barry, Frances, Faye, and other residents who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the families of Jim and Loree as they adjust to life without their loved ones.  Remember in prayer the Reverend Cliff Gwaltney, father of Pastor Brandon Gwaltney of Pleasant View Baptist; he has been hospitalized for surgery.

The folks at the Pleasant View Baptist Church homecoming service enjoyed special music by Debbie and Roy Whisenhunt, not Jordan and James Estes as reported last week.

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