County Line: Society’s Young at Heart invites other seniors

Published 11:00 am Thursday, January 12, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Our County Line community is slowly recuperating from the recent deep freeze, and folks are enjoying the warmer temps.  Many of us heard the thunder last week, and our kids and snow lovers are trusting the old saying that thunder in winter brings snow within two weeks.

  The Young at Heart of Society Baptist will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The group invites other senior citizens.

Society Baptist Church will not have a Sunday evening worship service during January and February.

A country ham breakfast sponsored by the V-Point Ruritans will be Saturday, Feb. 4 at the V-Point Building.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Margaret Ann Cartner Shew, who died Friday of last week at Trellis Hospice of Winston-Salem after a period of declining health.  The oldest of six children, she was born in 1933 in Iredell County to the late Claude Wilson and Louise Gaither Cartner of Salem Church Road off Davie Academy Road.

She attended Salem United Methodist Church with her family and in 1951 graduated from Cool Spring High School.  In 1955 she married Paul Shew of Iredell and celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2017;  he joined her in worship at Salem.  The couple settled on Davie Academy Road and reared their three daughters.

Margaret Ann began her work career as secretary and bookkeeper at C.C. Sanford of Mocksville. She later retired as Director of Davie County Boad of Elections after serving for 33 years and was honored for her service including receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

As a dedicated member of Salem since age 11;  she had served as youth leader, Sunday school teacher, education coordinator, choir member, building fund treasurer, and United Methodist Women member.  In 1991 she was recognized as Lay Person of the Year.  She was also active in community endeavors such as the Kappa and Davie Extension Cooperative Association, County Line VFD Ladies Auxiliary, Woodmen Life, Davie Academy Ruritan, and Pearls of Empowerment.

A service celebrating her life was held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at Salem. She joined her beloved Paul in rest in the church cemetery.

Much appreciation is given to Margaret Ann for her support and contribution to our community news the years. She was initially our primary contact for the Salem area items of interest. She and her Cartner family shared treasured photos especially for our news “flashbacks.”

Our community sends get-well wishes to Sue Jones, who was to have a heart procedure at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center this week. Alice Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon Sue, Alice, and other residents who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Margaret Ann as they deeply miss her.

Remember in prayer Paul and Sharon Ressa; his father Kemal Ressa died Saturday, Dec. 24, and a memorial service will be held at a later date at Davie Funeral Service Chapel. Continue to pray for those affected by the flu, RSV, and Covid-19 and its variants. The number of Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to increase in our area; there were 435 new cases in Iredell County last week.

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