County Line: Homecoming Sunday at Piney Grove

Published 9:21 am Thursday, October 7, 2021

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Piney Grove AME Zion Church will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Oct. 10. The Rev. Tyrone Redmon, former pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist, will bring the message at the 10:30 a.m. service.  Due to the pandemic, there will be no fellowship dinner. Church members invite friends and former members. Piney Grove will host a 1-day revival Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Gillispie.        

The 175th annual Harmony Hill Camp Meeting is being held nightly Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 10, under the large tent on the northwest corner of of US 21 and NC 901. A free meal will be served at 6 followed by the worship service at 7 each night. Schedule of services: Wednesday, Oct. 6, Movie “Overcomer” with message by the Rev. Dr. Cliff Wall; Thursday, Oct. 7, worship led by Mandy Shelton and Trinity Webb with message by the Rev. Dr. Terry Moore; Friday, Oct. 8,    worship led by The Early Harvest Band with message by the Rev. Roger Holland; Saturday, Oct. 9, worship led by Freedom Way with message by the Rev. Craig Church; Sunday, Oc. 10. worship led by The Victory Miracle Center with message by the Rev. Craig Church

Initially the camp meeting began as a gathering of area folks on land adjacent to the Harmony school to share the word of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some walked, some rode their horses, and some rode buggies. In remembrance of those times, this year folks are invited to do the same. These are some central locations at most three miles from the town square where you may park trailers and unload:  160-398 Duncan Road, Olin (Lagoon);  748-798 E. Memorial Hwy, Harmony (Karla Daghenhart’s barn);  924 E. Memorial Hwy, Harmony (Clarksbury UMC);  and 199 E. Houstonville Road, Harmony (community center).

Calvary Baptist has returned to having regular services.     

Upcoming community events: fall festival hosted by Piney Grove AME Zion Church Saturday, Oct. 23, and homecoming Sunday, Nov. 7 at Calvary Baptist.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Sylvia Stroud Smith, who died Sept. 12. She had been in declining health and a resident of Arbor Acres Assisted Living in Winston-Salem for several years. The oldest of five children, she was born in 1939 in Davie County to the late Wade and Beulah York Stroud of County Line. She was reared on Davie Academy Road near Godbey Road and attended Clarksbury Methodist with her family. She was church pianist for many years and was accompanist for the Clarksbury  Quartet. She was also accompanist for her school glee club and a dance school. She initially attended Cool Spring High School and graduated from Davie County High School in 1957 after the family moved to Mocksville about 1955. She then married high school sweetheart Jerry J. Smith of Cool Spring High ’54. After his college graduation and US Air Force commissioning, the couple lived in ten states as he was assigned to bases. Each time she made their home family-oriented for daughters Sonjia and Jenny. She later earned a bachelor’s in history from Christopher Newport College;  she loved genealogy and researched thoroughly her family history. Sylvia and Jerry divorced in 1974, but she continued to travel before settling in North Carolina in 1994.  Before Arbor Acres, she made her home in Winston-Salem. Due to the pandemic, a service celebrating her life will be held later.

A graveside family inurnment service for Pauline Gaither Lurye, who died in June 3 in Arizona, was held at Society Baptist Cemetery Sunday afternoon. She was a daughter of Jim and Eula Gaither and, per her request, inurnment was beside her parents’ graves.

The Rev. Neal E. Eller  Sr., continues to improve in rehab. Alice C. Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehab Center of Mocksville.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon the Rev. Eller, Alice and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the family of Sylvia as they miss her presence. Remember in prayer Jimmy and Carolyn Shores Koontz; her sister Teresa S. Summers died at home Wednesday of last week. Also, remember in prayer the family of Anna Felker, who died last Friday; she was the wife of the late Clyde Felker and the sister-in-law of Faye Felker Duncan.

Word has been received of the death of Judy Ann Koontz at her home last Sunday morning.

Continue to pray for the many families affected by the coronavirus and its variants.

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