County Line: Hallelujah Night Saturday at Piney Grove AME Zion

Published 3:57 am Thursday, October 27, 2022

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

County Liners are enjoying the nice days and the colorful fall foliage. The Clarksbury Forever Club appreciated Retha Gaither for planning and driving the bus for their ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway; their day trip included lunch at Christa’s Country Corner.

Piney Grove AME Zion Church will host “Hallelujah Night” at 5:30 p.m.   Saturday, Oct. 29. Church members invite everyone for food, treat bags, and fellowship.

Clarksbury United Methodist Church will host a Trunk or Treat from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Church members look forward to seeing everyone there.

Through the second week of November, the Baptist Men of Society continue to collect monetary donations to buy groceries for traditional Thanksgiving dinners for families of need in our area. The boxes will be delivered to the families the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  For more information or to donate, please call Baptist Men of Society Treasurer John Nantz on 704-929-8199.

Upcoming community events: V-Point Ruritan country  ham breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the V-Point Building on Old Mocksville Road;  homecoming Sunday, Nov. 6 at Calvary Baptist;  and Fall Fun Fellowship from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Society Baptist.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Eva Mae Campbell Campbell, who died in her sleep at home Sunday morning of last week after a few months of declining health. One of 10 children, she was born in March 1925 to the late Harvey and Lula Bruner Campbell of the Turnersburg area of Iredell County. She attended Rocky Creek and Siloam AME Zion churches with her family.  She attended Rocky Creek Elementary School and Morningside High School and graduated from Unity High School, where she transferred when it was built.

In 1944 Eva married Ernest Solomon “Chink” Campbell of County Line; the couple made their home with his parents adjacent to Piney Grove AME Zion Church. Two of their seven children died in infancy.  The family attended church at Rocky Creek and Piney Grove as the couple wanted their children to remain close to both sides of the family.  As farm work decreased to garden work, Eva began working in the factories of Statesville.

In 1975 the couple built a brick home across the road from his parents’ home.  In 2016 Chink died after a 72-year marriage.  A memorial service celebrating her life was held last Saturday afternoon at Piney Grove, where the couple were active and dedicated members.

Mrs. Eva and husband Chink were supporters of our community news. Their contributions of family history and treasured photos were appreciated and will be missed. It was always a delight to visit in their home.

David Burgess is recuperating at home. Alice C. Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Carla Smith is undergoing tests to see if she is a good candidate for a kidney transplant. If anyone is interested in being a living kidney donor for Carla or for someone else, please contact Atrium Wake Forest Health at or call living donor coordinators Colleen Sheehan or Amanda Smith on 855-886-6833.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon David, Carla, Alice, and other residents who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the family of Mrs. Eva as they deeply miss her in life. Continue to pray for families affected by Ian and Fiora, the mass shooting in Raleigh, and by Covid-19 and its variants.

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