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County Line: Men’s Day Friday, Women’s Day Sunday at Piney Grove

By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14. Be sure to set clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night. It is also a good time to check fire alarms and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working condition.

This week is “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” in North Carolina.  County Liners are urged to prepare and practice safety plans. In case of a tornado, everyone is urged to go to the lowest level and the center most room of their home.

Piney Grove AME Zion Church will celebrate “Men’s Day” with a service at 7 p.m. Friday. The “7-Up” program emphasizes “God Is Up to Something     My Soul’s Anchored in the Lord.”  Featured speakers: Pastor John Phifer, “Open Up;” Willie Lundy, “Wake Up;” James Hamilton, “Dress Up;” Jeffery Martin, “Train Up;” Kenny Turner, “Stand Up;” Steve Brown, “Lift Up,” and William Parsons, “Prayed Up.” Everyone is invited. The service can be seen via Zoom  by calling 848-777-1212 and entering code 577365.

Evangelist Ebony Cockerham-Young of New Life Apostolic Church of Mocksville will be the “Women’s Day” speaker 10 a.m. Sunday, March 14 at Piney Grove AME Zion Church.

Church members will celebrate “Women’s Day” during the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday.  Special speaker will be Evangelist Ebony Cockerham-Young of New Life Apostolic Church of Mocksville. The theme is “Women of Praise and Purpose.” Everyone is invited.   

Tonight (Thursday) Bible study at 7 p.m. at Clarksbury United Methodist Church will feature Chapter 10 of Revelations.

Upcoming community events: Harmony Hill Camp Meeting Gospel Music Fest Saturday, March 20, in Harmony; India Missionary Todd Payne speaker at 11 a.m. worship at Pleasant View Baptist Church Sunday, March 21;  and Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. followed by Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m., worship at 9 a.m., and children’s egg hunt Sunday, April 4, at Clarksbury.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Robert L. “Luke” Nichols, who died at home Sunday of last week after several years of declining health. The oldest of eight children, he was born in 1931 to the late Robie Sr, and Grace Campbell Nichols of County Line. He attended Piney Grove AME Zion Church with his family and attended Iredell County schools. In 1953 he married the former Mary Lee Murdock; the couple made their home on County Line Road near NC 901 and reared children Robbie and Andrea.  The family was active members of the community and Piney Grove, where Luke was a trustee.  He retired from Lexington Furniture of Mocksville after 27 years to care for his wife.  He enjoyed gardening, playing baseball, pitching horseshoes, and helping senior citizens and friends. A private service celebrating his life was held at the chapel of Davie Funeral Home last Saturday afternoon; he was laid to rest in the Piney Grove Cemetery beside his beloved wife Mary, who died March 2005.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Jimmy Samuel Feimster, who died unexpectedly at home Thursday of last week.  The third of four children, he was born in 1933 to the late Norris and Aileen Current Feimster of Iredell. He attended Harmony United Methodist Church with his family and attended Harmony High School. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1951-1955. He married the former Gretna Jurney in 1956;  the couple later settled on NC 901 near Old Mocksville Road and reared daughters Sabrina, Pam, and Tina. The family attended Harmony United Methodist Church; where he was a member of the choir, chair of the board of trustees, member of the administrative board, and was named Layman of the Year. He was active in community affairs as he was a Boy Scout leader, charter member of the North Iredell Lions Club, and was a member of the American Legion Post 113 and its North Iredell Burial Detail. A service celebrating his life was held Sunday in the outdoor worship center of Harmony United Methodist Church; he was laid to rest with military honors in the Harmony Cemetery.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Michael Kevin Henderson, who died at home last Saturday afternoon following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born in 1961 in California to Aubrey Jack Henderson and the late Shirley Savant Henderson. He attended California schools and served in the US Army as a combat engineer. He married the former Laurie Ann Alves, also of California; for many years the couple made their home in California, where they reared son Morgan Jack. Later Kevin and Laurie moved to North Carolina and settled near her sister Cindy Lawrence and family on Morrison Road off Ridge Road.  Last year Kevin became a Christian and joined Society Baptist Church, where he was active in the Baptist Men. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Society;  he will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.  His family invited friends to pay respects from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 10 at Lambert Funeral Home .

Our community sends get-well wishes to Amanda Rogers and Julia Nantz.  Amanda had outpatient surgery last week and is recuperating at home. Julia is receiving care for some digestive problems. Paul Ressa remains at the Mayo Clinic following heart surgery.  Faye Stroud continues to rest at home under treatment for cancer.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Amanda, Julia, Paul, Faye, and others who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the families of Luke, Jimmy, and Kevin as they adjust to life without their loved ones.

Continue to pray for the families affected by the coronavirus as the related death toll for our country had passed 525,000 and for our state had passed 11,550 as of last Monday.  Our state positive test rate had decreased to 4.2 percent, but Iredell County was one of several that had increased to a hot spot for the coronavirus.  Please just wear a mask when out among others.

For news and memories to share, please call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email sdtlink@hotmail.com.