County Line: Mallory Williams to speak about trip to Boston

Published 9:02 am Thursday, October 14, 2021

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Piney Grove AME Zion Church had a large crowd at homecoming Sunday, and the Harmony Hill Camp Meeting ended with some folks coming by horseback as in the old days.

The Baptist Men of Society will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 to build a ramp for someone in the area.  The men invite others.

Sunday night Mallory Williams will be the featured speaker at the 7 p.m. worship service at Society Baptist. She will tell of her experience in Boston with a mission team that partnered with Beacon Community Church to reach out to those in the community.

Piney Grove AME Zion will now have regular Sunday services: Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11.

Upcoming events: fall festival at Piney Grove Saturday, Oct. 23; Gospel Voices at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at Society;  “Trunk or Treat” hosted by Clarksbury Methodist Sunday, Oct. 31; and homecoming Sunday, Nov. 7 at Calvary Baptist.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Judy Ann Koontz, who died unexpectedly at home Sunday morning of last week.  The older of two children, she was born in 1946 in Iredell County to the late Everette Ratledge and Janie Walker Koontz of Ketchie Creek Road off Ridge Road.  She and her family attended Salem United Methodist Church, where she was a member. In 1964 she graduated from Cool Spring High School; where she was a member of the Future Teachers of America, Future Homemakers of America, Booster, Library, and Beta clubs and was a bus driver.  She attended Appalachian State University but found “her calling” working for 42 years at Davie County Hospital; where she worked in the lab and caringly greeted her patients early for blood samples and assisted them as needed. She loved her family and was a caregiver for her mother when needed.  A graveside service celebrating her life was held Friday afternoon at Salem United Methodist Cemetery; internment followed near the graves of her parents and brother in the cemetery.

The Rev. Neal E. Eller Sr. has improved and has been recuperating at home under continuous care since last Friday; he is better but has good days and bad days.  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 Judy as they deeply miss her presence.

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