County Line: Unity Alumni Assoc. banquet Saturday

Published 12:22 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

The Unity High School Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet/reunion at The Unity Center in Statesville Saturday, July 1. Former students, teachers, and the public are invited.  “Meet and Greet” begins at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 6 and will include the announcement of the scholarship fund, presentation of scholarships, and the President’s Award.  Alumni tickets are $40, guest tickets $25. Contact Audrey Stewart at

The meetings of the Baptist Men and the Women on Mission of Society for this Saturday have been canceled.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Steven Tevis Brown; who died June 10 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Marilyn Gregory Hedgecock, who died Thursday of last week at UNC Blue Ridge Medical after a brief illness. She was born in Iredell County in 1951 to the late Charlie and Alene Galliher Gregory.

In 1970 Marilyn graduated from North Iredell High and earned an associate degree in office technology. She worked for Southern Screw Co. in Statesville for over 10 years and lived with her parents on NC 901 near Old Mocksville Road.

In 1985 Marilyn married the Rev. Stephen “Steve” Hedgecock; for years they made their home on Greenhill Road near US 64 West.  She enjoyed canning and baking and supporting her husband in pastoring churches. About 2015 the couple moved to Granite Falls as Steve became pastor of Whitnel First Baptist.

A service celebrating her life was held at Whitnel. She was laid to rest beside her parents in the Society Baptist cemetery; where she had been a member and active in the Women’s Missionary Union.

Mildred Beck remains at Forsyth Medical Center.  Alice Waugh has improved and has returned to Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing upon Mildred, Alice, and others who have health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength upon the families of Steven and Marilyn as they deeply miss them in life.

Our community news will again honor students who graduated, earned a professional certificate, or received an honor or award the past year.  Call or text 336-492-5115 or email