County Line: Clarksbury youth sponsoring drive-thru nativity

Published 9:15 am Thursday, December 3, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

The only community planned event is the drive-thru “Live Nativity” sponsored by the Clarksbury United Methodist Youth from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 11-12.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Ernestine Barnard Cleary, who died Sunday of last week after a brief stay at Kate B. Reynolds Trellis of Winston-Salem.  One of four children, she was born in Iredell County in 1927 to the late James P. and Octavia Friesland Cleary.  A life-long resident of Sheffield, she married Ray Cleary March 1945 in South Carolina; the couple settled in Sheffield and reared daughter Jean.  They joined in worship at Zion Chapel Methodist Church until its closing.  Ernestine then attended Wesleyan Methodist and the last several years had attended Salem United Methodist Church.  She was retired as supervisor from Monleigh Garment Company with more than forty years of service.  She enjoyed gardening and baking.  A graveside service celebrating her life was held Wednesday morning of last week at Zion Chapel Methodist Cemetery; she was laid to rest beside her husband Ray, who died January 2014.     

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 Faye and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Ernestine as they adjust to life without her. Remember in prayer County Line native Hazel Dyson Smoot; her sister-in-law Madeleine Smoot Sparks died Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Madeleine’s son Edwin and wife also died.

Continue to pray for the many families in our area affected by the coronavirus during this holiday time.  Pray for our country as the count of infection cases had passed 13.5 million last Monday; pray for our state as the rate of positive tests per total tests recorded continues above 8 percent and Davie County is one of several statewide hot spots.  The virus affects everyone differently, but thousands of lives could be saved if everyone would follow the teaching of Jesus to love thy neighbor as thyself.  Please minimize goings and comings, respect and care about others, and wear a mask and social distance when with others.

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