County Line: ‘Operation Inasmuch’ this Saturday at Society Baptist

Published 8:41 am Thursday, May 5, 2022

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

This Sunday, May 8, is extra special in County Line. It is Mother’s Day: a time of honor, gratitude, and remembrance for our mothers – both living and deceased. Here’s wishing our mothers a super Mother’s Day.

As photos show, “Friends and Family Day” at Clarksbury United Methodist Church last Sunday was enjoyed by folks of all ages.  Our community has more events planned.

The women of Society Baptist will have a Bible study today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  The topic is “Leah: Overcoming Rejection and Insecurity.”

Society Baptist will join N.C. Southern Baptists in “Operation Inasmuch” Saturday, May 7. Church members are asked to meet at the church at 8 a.m. for breakfast and then leave at 8:45 for community projects     building a wheelchair ramp in Olin, prayer walking, visitation, etc. For questions or more information, please call Pastor Kevin York on 704-880-5084. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)

The Harmony High School Alumni Association dinner meeting will be held Saturday, May 7, at Captain’s Galley Restaurant on Turnersburg Road (US 21) in Statesville. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. and dinner will begin at 5. All school alumni, school staff, and friends are invited.

The Rev. Jack Barkley will be the featured speaker at the 11 a.m. worship at Calvary Baptist Church during May.

Upcoming community events include a “Gospel Singing” at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Society Baptist and “Cruise-In” beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Piney Grove AME Zion.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Nellie Ross “Nell” Peacock Barnhardt, who died Monday morning of last week at home after several years of declining health. The fifth of seven children, she was born in 1936 in Iredell County to the late Lonnie and Maggie Campbell Peacock of County Line. She was reared on Society Road near Society Baptist Church, where she and her family were active faithful members.  She helped her family with the many chores on their family farm.  In 1953 she graduated from Cool Spring High School, where she was active in Future Homemakers of America and was remembered as always ready to help anyone.  In April 1956 she married Frank Barnhardt of Iredell;  several years later the couple settled on Bellwood Loop off Bell Road in Iredell and reared daughters Vickie and Anita.  The family joined in worship at Diamond Hill Baptist Church. Nell began her professional career in the office of Beauty Maid of Statesville and was retired from Intercraft Industries after many years of service in accounting. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, canning, and gardening and was caregiver for her mother after her father’s death.  A service celebrating her life was held last Friday afternoon at Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home of Statesville;  she was laid to rest in the Society Baptist Church Cemetery beside her beloved Frank, who died September 1992.

We send get-well wishes to Cathy Beck Foster, Joetta McMahon Snow, and Donald Turner.  Cathy was to have back surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center last Tuesday.  Joetta was hospitalized with a broken hip bone from a fall at home Tuesday of last week and is now in rehab at Iredell Memorial Hospital.  Donald was to have heart surgery last Monday.

Betty Lou Richardson remains at Iredell Memorial Hospital.   Rayford “Tink” McDaniel continues to rest at home with palliative care.  Carol Brazel has improved and is now recuperating at home.  Tommie Ross and Alice Waugh remain in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Cathy, Joetta, Donald, Betty Lou, Tink, Carol, Tommie, Alice, and others who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Nell as they deeply miss her presence in life.  Remember in prayer Ukraine as bombing of civilians and buildings continue by Russia.  Pray for those affected by covid-19 as the number of cases continue to increase greatly, and pray that everyone will get fully vaccinated to decrease the effects of the virus.

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