County Line: Baptist Men to conduct Sunday service at Society

Published 9:57 am Thursday, January 21, 2021

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Sunday, Jan. 24, is Baptist Men’s Day across North Carolina. The Baptist Men of Society will conduct the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. The men will open with devotion followed by the group’s beginning and mission objectives plus accomplishments     building projects such as handicap ramps and grab bars, roofing, repairs and remodeling and sponsoring fundraisers for Thanksgiving dinners for families of need. If you have received help from the Baptist Men of a church in your area, be sure to tell them thank you.

Society Baptist member Julia Thompson Nantz celebrated her 98th birthday Friday with a special inside 30-minute visit with her son and his wife, Johnny and Mary Elizabeth. As a resident of Autumn Care of Statesville, with the exception of three 15-minute porch visits in November, her only contact with them has been seeing them via a window since last March due to the coronavirus restrictions.  Julia, all of us in County Line congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your life and wish you a healthy and happy new year of life.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family Doris Jones Vance Pawson; who died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, in McLean, Va., where she was hospitalized. The third of five children, she was born in Davie County in 1937 to the late J. C. and Ruth Stroud Jones of Davie. She spent her pre-school years living on Little Creek Lane off Ridge Road and attended Pleasant View Baptist Church with her family. In the early 1940s the family moved to tMocksville, where she later became an active member of the First Baptist Church. In 1955 Doris graduated from Mocksville High School; where she was a member of several clubs including the Beta Club, was a junior marshal, played basketball, was a class officer, served on the library and annual staffs, and was voted senior superlatives “Most Dependable” and “Best – All – Around.” She graduated from Woman’s College/UNC-G in 1959 with a degree in textile design. After graduation she married John Vance; the couple made their home in McLean, where they reared their four children. At one time the family lived in Japan for several years before returning to McLean.After John’s death, she married Dave Pawson of New Zealand; the couple continued to make their home in McLean. Doris loved her family and enjoyed family reunions at the North Carolina coast with her siblings in her retirement years. A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

We send get-well wishes to Sherrill Johnson, who had shoulder surgery at Davie Medical Center last week and is recuperating at home. Shirley P. Lewis remains in rehab at Bermuda Village of in Advance; she is allowed no visitors but can receive cards. 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 Sherrill, Shirley, Faye, and  others who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the family of Doris as they adjust to life without her.

Continue to pray for the many families in our area affected by the coronavirus.  Our presidential inauguration guarded by over 20,000 members of U.S. National Guard and barricades was much different from January 1977 when President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter shocked the nation as they got out of their limo, walked hand-in-hand down Pennsylvania Avenue, and greeted tens of thousands of well-wishing citizens. Until this year other U.S. Presidents and their wives have done as the Carters.  As our country’s democracy is being attacked by internal radical conspiracy-based groups, please pray for peace and that our democacy will again be a shining light to the world.      

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