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County Line: Stroud couple celebrates 60th wedding anniversary

By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

County Liners are out and about as more folks are getting the coronavirus vaccine.  But, our area continues to have many new cases and just last week there were 34 staff and over 600 students in the Iredell Statesville Schools isolated or quarantined. To protect and care for fellow County Liners, our community continues to limit the planning of events and to exercise caution.

Beginning Sunday, May 16, Clarksbury United Methodist Church has changed the schedule of Sunday morning services:  traditional indoor worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday school at 10 a.m., and traditional indoor worship service at 11 a.m. Please note that worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. are indoor.

Beverly and Billy Stroud celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday with their family. The couple was married in Beverly’s hometown of Spokane, Wash. on May 6, 1961. They later built a home on the Stroud family farm on US 64 West and reared their children David, Rebekah, and Rachel. Billy attributes their long marriage to the grace of God and Beverly’s patience.  Billy and Beverly, all of us in County Line congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your marriage and wish you many more years of successful married life.

Dr. Tom Poston, superintendent of Iredell County Schools from 1970-1981, celebrated his 100th birthday Wednesday of last week.  Still sharp and energetic, he considers himself blessed to have reached this milestone in life. Our community appreciates his strong leadership in our Iredell schools and wishes him many more years of a blessed life.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Dallas “Junior” Moore Jr., who died at Mocksville Senior Living Tuesday of last week after a period of declining health.  The oldest of six children, he was born in Davie County in 1934 to the late Dallas William Moore, Sr., and Viola Nichols Moore.  During the 1950s the Moore family made their home on Crescent Drive near Ridge Road.  At that time Junior began working at Erwin Mills/Burlington Industries, where he worked until its closing in 1969.  He married co-worker Louise Dwiggins of Boone Farm Road in 1953;  the couple made their home on Boone Farm Road and reared daughter Pam.  The family attended nearby Center United Methodist Church, where Louise had been active in the music ministry.  Retired from Fiber Industries, he was a music lover, too, and enjoyed going to music concerts.  He loved talking to folks, especially about times past.  A graveside service celebrating his life was held last Friday afternoon at Center United Methodist Church Cemetery; he was laid to rest beside his beloved Louise, who died October 2018.

We send get-well wishes to Susan Benfield Smith, who was being treated for a virus infection at Iredell Memorial Hospital last week and is recuperating at home. Bobby Miller has improved and is in a rehab facility in Pineville. Bobby was critically injured and his wife, the former Diane Freeze, was killed in April when their 2021 motor home went off an I-95 exit ramp, down an embankment, hit a tree, and overturned.   A memorial service for Diane will be held when he is better.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Susan, Bobby, and others who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and blessings upon the family of Junior as they adjust to life without him. Continue to pray for the families affected by the coronavirus and pray that folks will get the coronavirus vaccination as soon as eligible. Getting folks fully vaccinated is the best way to decrease the spread of the virus and return safely to normalcy.  Let’s all do our part, care about ourselves and others, and get vaccinated.

Our tribute to mothers has had to be postponed until next week.  Here’s hoping all mothers had a blessed and happy Mother’s Day.