County Line: Clarksbury pastor earns doctor of divinity degree

Published 11:13 am Friday, February 19, 2021

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Please be sure to check on elderly neighbors, especially those living alone, during inclement weather.

As the coronavirus still prevails, local churches continue to have limited services with medical directives and online viewing as previously stated.

Tonight (Thursday) Bible study at 7 p.m. at Clarksbury United Methodist Church will feature Chapters 4 & 5 of Revelations.

Our community sends happy birthday wishes to Pauline Gaither Lurye, who celebrated her 98th on Feb. 16. She is next to the oldest of eight children of the late Jim and Eula N. Gaither of County Line Road. She lives in New River, Ariz., but continues to have fond memories of growing up in County Line and attending Cool Spring High School.

We send congratulations to Pastor Cliff Wall of Clarksbury. He completed requirements for the Doctor of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio.  He had earned the Master of Divinity from Duke University.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Harry Wood Lynch; who died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Monday, Feb. 1, after a period of declining health. One of nine children, he was born in 1970 in Yadkin County to the late Rufus and Willie Mae Lowery Lynch of Yadkinville.  He attended Yadkin County schools and, at the age of 24, entered the US Army and served for 15 months in South Korea.  For many years he worked at Chatham Manufacturing.  As long as his health permitted, he was a faithful member of Piney Grove AME Zion Church and served on the Usher Board. A service celebrating his life was held the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 6 at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home of Statesville;  he was laid to rest in the cemetery of Piney Grove.

We send get-well wishes to Rhonda Griffith Bridgeman, who broke her hand and finger in a fall Monday of last week. Venessa W. Cuthrell is improving from pneumonia as she rests at home.  Shirley P. Lewis has improved but remains in rehab at Bermuda Village in Advance.  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 Rhonda, Venessa, Shirley, Faye, and  others who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the family of Harry as they adjust to life without him.  Remember in prayer Josh and Stephanie Phipps;  his mother Martha Ward died Wednesday of last week at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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