Cana/Pino: Local families enjoy Thanksgiving get-togethers

Published 8:56 am Thursday, December 2, 2021

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By Betty Etchison West
Cana/Pino Correspondent

The people in Pino were saddened to learn that Ellen Rawlings, who lived in Pino for a number of years, had died. Ellen, who had just celebrated her 80th birthday, died suddenly at her home in Wellington, Fla. on Oct. 8, 2021. She grew up in New York State and lived there for many years. It was after her husband, Harry, retired from the Nassau County Police Department that they decided to move south. Ellen and her husband, Harry, who survives, lived for several years at the farm that they bought just off of Cana Road. Ellen, a lover of horses, established a horse rescue farm there. The Rawlings left this area and moved to Florida to help Ellen’s daughter on her horse farm. In addition to that daughter, Linda, Ellen also is survived by two sons, Joseph and Keith. The Pino people were sorry when the Rawlings moved and are even more saddened to hear of this special lady, Ellen Rawlings’s death.
Harry and Ellen were active members of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Ellen helped with all of the church projects. She did a great deal of work on the quilt which the Methodist Women made to raise money for the Fellowship Hall. That quilt was sold and was given back to the church. It now hangs in the Fellowship Hall. Each time we look at that quilt we will think of Ellen Rawlings and all of the other Pino people who worked so hard on it, many of whom are no longer with us. There was a memorial service for Ellen at Wesley Chapel, where she was still a member, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 28.
Maxine Ferebee Pruitt of Greensboro, who died last week, loved Wesley Chapel. She was buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Maxine was one of the 11 children of Zella Ward Ferebee and William Flavius (Flave) Ferebee and the last living child. Maxine came to the Wesley Chapel homecoming each year. At age 93, she came last June, and, after the service, spent time in the cemetery visiting the graves of her brothers and ancestors. Buried there are: her parents, Zella Ward Ferebee and Flavius Ferebee; her grandparents, William Calvin Ferebee and Amada Sain Ferebee and John Frank Ward and Louise Miller Ward. Maxine’s brothers buried at Wesley Chapel are Thomas Ferebee, who was the bombardier on the airplane, the Enola Gay, from which the first atomic bomb was dropped, and Joseph (Joe), who was an active member of the Mocksville High School class of 1951 and who was a successful businessman. Maxine wanted to be buried in the Wesley Chapel cemetery in Davie County with her kin and that wish was granted. Wesley Chapel people will miss the great lady, Maxine Ferebee Pruitt, particularly when they have their homecoming next June. Maxine is survived by three nieces in Davie County, Judy Ferebee Whitaker, Betty Ferebee Smith and Billie Ferebee Williams.
Kathy and Bob Ellis have returned after spending some time camping on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Kathy’s cousin, Fran Dill Craver, her husband, Dennis, and their daughter, Megan. While in that area, Kathy visited her aunt, Peggy Cline Angell, who lives at Manteo. She attended church with her aunt. Kathy reports that Peggy is getting along fine.
It was “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” for the grandchildren and many others who had Thanksgiving dinner with Frances West Tutterow at her home, Frostland, in Cana. Those who enjoyed the fine Thanksgiving dinner there were: Jason, Page, Reese and Harper Tutterow, and Izzy, Joe, and Joseph Burchette, all of Advance; Susan, Al, and Oliver Cujas of Cana; Amy Cujas and Ryan Applegate of Charlotte; Missy Cujas and David Michalski of Lewisville; Mindy and Alexander Spillman and Autumn and Peter Alvarez all of Yadkinville; and Betty and Henry West of Pino. The group enjoyed the great meal and the warmth of the ancestral home which was built in 1886 and was purchased in 1916 by Frances Tutterow’s great-grandparents, John Wesley and Nana Cain Etchison.
Marlene Dull Trivette had an excellent Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Pino. Enjoying the meal were her daughter, Vicki, and Robert Buchin, and her grandsons, Nick Rouse of Greensboro and Sean Rouse of Pino.
The West Farm was the site of Thanksgiving dinner for the family of Lonnie and Lisa West. Those enjoying the celebration there were the Wests’ daughter, Sarah West Stanley, a medical technician who works in a laboratory at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, her husband, Jerod Stanley and their daughter, Olivia, who is the West’ only granddaughter, and the Wests’ other daughter, Rebecca West Mitchell, a physician’s assistant (PA), who works in a hospital in High Point, and her husband, Chris Mitchell. The West family was so happy to be able to get together after a long separation due to the COVID virus.
Wesley Chapel Women are having their annual nut sale. They have pecan halves, pecan pieces, cashews, walnuts, and chocolate covered peanuts for sale. Call Kathy Ellis, Marlene Trivette, Betty West, or Nancy Collette to order nuts for holiday baking. There was no price increase this year; they are still $12 for a one pound bag.