County Line: Trunk or treat popular at Clarksbury

Published 9:05 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

As photos  show, many kids enjoyed Halloween last Saturday even though some events were canceled or limited due to Zeta. Thursday of last week Zeta swept through the Piedmont, including Iredell and Davie, with rain and high winds and left a trail of downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, and folks without power for  days.

Local churches have service schedules this week, but contact the church for any updates weather may require: Calvary Baptist, indoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Clarksbury Methodist, outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and indoor “Book of John” Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday, both with masks and social distancing; Piney Grove AME Zion, indoor Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.; Pleasant View Baptist, regular indoor services Sunday and Wednesday; Salem Methodist, indoor Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with social distancing and masks in the sanctuary; Society Baptist, indoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m. with message by Gene Tutterow in fellowship hall.  Wednesday night prayer and Bible service at 7 p.m. in sanctuary;  no Sunday night service.

All services for local churches will continue online.

Our community sends happy birthday wishes to Mildred Cartner Beck, who celebrated her 92nd birthday last Saturday. The past week she was treated to dinners by family members. She enjoys daily activities at the Elder Center of Statesville and cards and calls from friends and relatives.

County Liner Amanda Rogers has been recognized by her peers at Davis Regional Medical Center for her caring and dedication to her patients during this coronavirus pandemic.  Amanda, all of us in County Line appreciate your front line pandemic service and congratulate you upon receiving this award.    

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Novella Forrest Safley, who died at home early Wednesday morning of last week.  The seventh of 10 living children, she was born in Davie County in 1921 to the late Lewis and Beulah Walker Forrest of Jones Road off Davie Academy Road near Ridge Road.  She attended Jericho Church of Christ, where she was a lifetime member, and helped her family with their large farming business.  She attended Davie Academy Grade School and Cool Spring High School. In 1940 she married schoolmate William Wesley “Bill” Safley of nearby Ratledge Road;  the couple made their home on Adams Road off Davie Academy Road near Greenhill Road and reared daughters Ruby and Verna.  Gentle and caring, Novella had been active in Davie Senior Services, Silver Striders, and Meals-on-Wheels.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and cooking.  A service celebrating her life was held Friday afternoon of last week at Jericho Church of Christ Cemetery; where she was laid to rest beside her beloved Bill, who died in April 1998.

We extend osympathy to the family of Patricia “Pat” Mohler, who died Wednesday of last week at Rosewood Assisted Living in Harmony. One of two children, she was born in Iredell County in 1954 to the late Howard Adams and Kay Fox Mohler. She graduated from South Iredell High School in 1972 and married Joe Harris of County Line in February 1974. The couple settled on the Harris family farm on Piney Grove Road, where they reared their three children. She had worked as a shipping and receiving clerk at Intercraft Industries and also helped with the Harris cotton and tobacco family farming business.  A member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, she was a caring person and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and her craft hobbies. A graveside service celebrating her life was held last Sunday afternoon at Clarksbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, where she was laid to rest.

Paul Ressa has improved and has been recuperating at home since last Saturday.  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 Paul, Faye, and other residents who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the families of Novella and Pat as they adjust to life without their loved ones.  Also, remember in prayer those residents with coronavirus-related infections.

Remember in prayer the families affected by Zeta in our state and other areas.   Pray for the many families affected by the coronavirus as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in our country passed 237,000 last Monday and the daily count of infection cases reached new daily highs over 90,000 last week.  Please remember to do the three W’s: Wear mask. Wait 6 – 8 feet apart. Wash your hands.

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