Men’s and Women’s Day Sunday at Piney Grove

Published 1:20 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Last weekend was cold and rainy with a light dusting of snow Sunday morning.  This March has been a sharp contrast to March of 1960. Today’s date, March 16, that year we had our third big Wednesday snowfall: As before, snow began falling about 9:30 a.m., the ground was quickly covered, and school classes were again dismissed about 9:50. Most folks’ yards were still deep in snow as temps had remained in the 30s and below since the first Wednesday morning snowfall on March 2. It was the coldest March on record since 1895.

Piney Grove AME Zion Church will celebrate Men’s Day and Women’s Day Sunday, March 19. Brother James Roseboro of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church of Iredell County will be the featured speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service. A dinner of sandwiches, finger foods, chips, and drinks will be served in the fellowship hall after the worship service. Church members invite everyone as they honor the men and women of the church for their dedication to God.

The Young at Heart of Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the fellowship hall. The group invites other senior adults in our community.

The 12-session Bible study hosted by Clarksbury Church and led by Angie Revels continues Sunday at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  The study will feature Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Everyone is invited.

The annual Cool Spring School Alumni Association dinner meeting will be Saturday, April 15 at the Cool Spring Elementary gym.

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Louann Church Jones who died Tuesday of last week at Iredell Memorial after a brief hospitalization.

One of 11 children, she was born in Iredell County in 1937 to the late William Coite and Vagie Martin Church of Iredell. In 1955 Louann graduated from Harmony High School; where she was a school bus driver and a member of the basketball team, Beta Club, Future Homemakers of America, and other clubs.

In 1958 Louann married fellow Harmony High schoolmate Parks Jones of County Line. She joined him in worship at Clarksbury Methodist Church.  The couple settled on Rimrock Road just off NC 901 and reared their five daughters. The family became active members of Clarksbury; Louann sang in the choir and had served as church treasurer and on committees.

She joined Parks in working at the Jones family grocery;  the store was well-known for its fresh meats, country cured hams, and homemade sausage and livermush. A big supporter of school and sports, she loved going to games involving her children and grandchildren. She helped start the Iredell County Athletic Association of North Iredell.

A service celebrating her life was held Friday afternoon at Clarksbury Methodist Church, where she had been a faithful member.  She was laid to rest in the church cemetery beside her beloved Parks, who died January 2016.

Louann’s support and contribution to our County Line community news through the years has been greatly appreciated.  Louann volunteered to join our news team as our primary contact for the Clarksbury area when our news began in September 2003. Until her health declined several years ago, she faithfully contributed Clarksbury items of interest weekly and also shared treasured family photos and data for our “News Flashbacks.”  Again, her support and contribution through the years has been greatly appreciated.

Our community sends get-well wishes to Kay Beck, who was to have back surgery this week. Agnes A. Wooten remains in rehab at Bermuda Commons of Davie. Alice C. Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon Kay, Agnes, Alice, and others who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Louann as they deeply miss her presence in their lives.

Remember in prayer the family of Eloise Cockeram, who died Friday of last week;  she was a sister of the late Thomasend Gaither and aunt of Vickie Turner-Brown and Kenny Turner.  Continue to pray for those residents affected by the coronavirus and its variants, the residents of California affected by the continual rains and floods, and the citizens of Ukraine as they fight for their democracy.

Send news and memories to Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email