County Line: Community mourns loss of long-time residents

Published 9:01 am Thursday, February 10, 2022

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By Shirley Thorne
County Line Correspondent

Here’s wishing everyone a happy St. Valentine Day. May your favorite Super Bowl team win. Some of us will be looking forward to the Bengals with QB Joe Burrow to win.
Calvary Baptist Church is only having Sunday morning worship service until March.
Our community extends sympathy to the family of Steven Lee “Steve” Lambert, who died Wednesday night of last week at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center with heart problems. The oldest of four children, he was born in 1951 in Iredell County to the late Paul E. and Mabel Eldreth Lambert of Statesville. In June 1972 he married the former Martha Ketchie in a ceremony conducted by the Rev. Holman Byers at Society Baptist Church; Steve joined Martha in worship at Society and later joined in worship at Rock Spring Baptist and Calahaln Friendship Baptist churches, where Martha served as pianist. In 1973 the couple built a home on Sunflower Road, where they reared daughters Pat and Stephanie. Employed as a certified water treatment technician for over 50 years, he enjoyed fishing, family vacations, flying model airplanes, and increasing his knowledge of history. A service celebrating his life was held Sunday afternoon at Calahaln Friendship Baptist; he was laid to rest in the Society Baptist Church Cemetery.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Elsie Campbell Freeman, who died Friday at Maple Leaf Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Statesville. One of eight children, she was born in Iredell County in 1947 to the late Epsy Sr., and Beulah Mabel Cloer Campbell. She and her husband Danny “Slim” Freeman made their home on Tabor Road in the Olin community of Iredell. Of Christian faith, the couple joined in worship at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Elsie worked in the healthcare field as a certified nursing assistant and had last worked at Olin Village on Tabor Road for 10 years before retiring. A graveside service celebrating her life was held Tuesday afternoon in the Pleasant View Baptist Cemetery; she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, who died January 2007.
Our community sends get-well wishes to Rhonda Griffith Bridgeman, who was hospitalized with a stomach infection Monday of last week and has been recuperating at home since last Friday. Carol Brazel has improved and is in rehab at Novant Rehabilitation Center of Winston-Salem. Alice C. Waugh’s surgery was successful and she has returned to Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for rehab.
Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Rhonda, Carol, Alice, and others who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the families of Steve and Elsie as they deeply miss their loved ones in life.
Remember in prayer the families of Blondean Ramseur and Martha Holland Johnson. Blondean was a sister of the late John Ramseur and wife Gladys of Society Road and a daughter of Nannie Ramseur and husband Andrew. Martha died Thursday of last week and was a sister of Darlyn Rivers and sister-in-law of Lonnell Pruitt. Continue to pray for those affected by the COVID-19.
For news and memories to share, please call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email