County Line: 1947 graduates, Oh no, we’ve got another year!

Published 9:02 am Thursday, June 9, 2022

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Piney Grove folks appreciate the large number of folks who came and supported their cruise-in.

High school graduates today look forward to the 12th grade and graduation, then furthering their education, or getting a job. But, perhaps some students who were expecting to graduate in 1946 were disappointed to learn they would graduate in 1947 as North Carolina requirements for high school graduation were changed from 11 grades to 12 grades.  Virginia Gaither (Jones), who graduated from Harmony High in 1945, was perhaps one happy relieved young lady. Here’s hoping you enjoy this news “flashback” of County Line high school seniors in 1947 & 1948 plus Virginia in 1945.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Jerry Mikle “Fuzzy” Campbell, who died Sunday of last week. He was born in Iredell County in 1950 to the late Boyd and Nellie Moose Campbell. He graduated from North Iredell High in 1968 and studied business at Catawba Valley Technical Institute. A veteran of the US Army, he honorably served in the Vietnam War.  In 1970 he married the former Phyllis Barnhardt; the couple settled on Vaughn Mill Road at Stroud Road and reared daughters Lisa and Cherie. Suffering from heart problems, he received a heart transplant in 2010. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, and hunting. A service celebrating his life was held Sunday afternoon at New Hope Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member and served as chair of the deacons;  he was laid to rest with full military honors in the church cemetery.

We send get-well wishes to Mike Cartner, who was hospitalized last week at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is recuperating at home. Andy Cartner is recuperating with physical therapy at home. Rayford “Tink” McDaniel continues to rest at home with palliative care. 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 Mike, Andy, Tink, Tommie, Alice, and others who are having health problems.  Remember in prayer Eddie and Denise Cartner Sloan and Elizabeth Williams Foster;  Eddie’s father and Elizabeth’s brother Joe Sloan, cabinet-making business owner, died at his home in Olin Wednesday of last week.

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

Our community news will again honor all students who graduated, earned a professional certificate, or received an honor or award the past year. If you did or know of someone who did; please call, text, or email details and/or photo.