County Line: More than 150 attend Cool Spring Alumni meeting

Published 1:16 pm Thursday, April 27, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

The Cool Spring School Alumni Association held its first dinner meeting Saturday, April 15, since 2019 due to the spread of Covid-19.  As photos show, many County Line folks enjoyed seeing former schoolmates.

The Class of ’65 had the most in attendance with 15 class members and five spouses. Trudy Boston Poole ’65 of Columbus, Ohio, traveled the greatest distance.  Of the over 150 in attendance, at age 97 Laura Wooten Ellis of the Class of ’43 was the oldest.

Society Baptist Church will have special services Sunday, April 30. Guest speaker Steve Levinson will conduct a 3-session seminar on “Creation.”  The first session titled “Creation to Communion” will begin at 9:50 a.m. The second titled “Foundations under Fire” will begin at 11 a.m. The third titled “Fossils, the Flood, Noah’s Ark, and Dinosaurs” will begin at 6 p.m.  A love offering will be taken during the second session.  For more information, call 704-880-5084.  Church members invite everyone.

The last of the 12-session Bible study hosted by Clarksbury Methodist Church and led by Angie Revels will meet Sunday, April 30.  The study will feature the story of the “Syrophoenician Woman.”  Everyone is invited.

Upcoming community events: Harmony High School Alumni Association dinner meeting at Captain’s Galley in Statesville Saturday, May 13; and “Friends and Family Day Picnic” at Clarksbury Methodist from 3-6 p.m.  Sunday,  May 7.

Renae Sellers, daughter of Glen and Robin Sellers of Vaughn Mill Road, left Saturday to become US Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park for the next six months. Renae, all of us in County Line wish you success and enjoyment in your new endeavor.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Ellen Johnson Beckham, who died Monday of last week at her home after an extended period of illness.  The youngest of eight children, she was born in Iredell County in 1941 to the late James Edgar “Edd” and Eva Mencer Johnson of County Line.

Ellen was reared off NC 901 near Clarksbury Methodist. She faithfully attended Pleasant View Baptist with her family and attended Harmony High School.

In 1959 Ellen married Thomas Edward Beckham;  the couple settled in western Iredell and reared their three children. The couple joined in worship at Bright Light Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member.

In her youth Ellen helped her parents with their farming business and continued her love for farming throughout life. She also worked as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

A graveside service celebrating her life was held last Thursday morning at Stony Point Cemetery.  She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, who died March 2013.

We send get-well wishes to Ray Davis and Naomi Stroud Sloan.  Ray, who was former interim pastor at Society Baptist, was hospitalized for injuries from a fall and is recuperating at home.  Naomi broke her arm and is recuperating at home.  Alice Wall remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon Ray, Naomi, Alice and others having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Ellen as they deeply miss her in life.       

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