County Line: Calvary Baptist celebrates anniversary

Published 12:52 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Calvary Baptist Church celebrated its 40th anniversary  with special recognition to the three charter members, Sadie Daniels and Eddie and Gayle Nicholson, at homecoming on Sunday.  Folks enjoyed a program of music by Anointed by Grace and a meal.  The service was great as there were two professions of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

The Young at Heart of Society Baptist will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.  The group invites other seniors in our community.

The seventh of the12-week Bible study for women at Clarksbury Methodist will be this Sunday at 6 p.m. featuring Priscilla of the New Testament (Acts 18:1 -3 & 18-26).

During November, Society Baptist is collecting money for boxes of traditional Thanksgiving dinners to give to area families.  For more information or to donate, call Pastor Kevin York on 704-880-5084 or Johnny Nantz on 704-929-8199.

Breakfast with Santa at Clarksbury Methodist Church is Saturday, Dec. 2.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Tommie Shoemaker Ross, who died Thursday of last week at Bermuda Village Skilled Care of Bermuda Run after a period of declining health. She was born in Iredell County in 1938 to the late J.N. and Mary Lee Shoemaker. In 1955 she graduated from Harmony High School; where she was active in Glee, FHA, and 4-H clubs.

In 1977 Tommie married Fred Ross, and the couple made their home in Harmony. He joined her in worship at Clarksbury; where she had been a member for over 65 years and had served as treasurer, sang in the choir, and served on committees.

Tommie had worked for Beauty Maid Industries of Statesville and later co-owned a textile-related business.  service celebrating her life was held Saturday afternoon at Clarksbury; she was laid to rest in the cemetery beside her beloved Fred, who died in 2004.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Tommye Cartner Campbell, who died Sunday of last week at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home of Winston-Salem. The sixth of nine children, she was born in Iredell County in 1934 to the late William Ray Sr. and Nellie Jones Cartner of County Line. She was reared on NC 901 near Hayes Road and attended Clarksbury Methodist with her family.

In 1955 Tommye graduated from Harmony High School; where she was on the yearbook staff, class officer, and active in the Spanish Club.  Upon graduation she moved to Winston-Salem and began working for Western Electric. In July 1957 she married Henry Campbell in Messiah Moravian Church; the couple settled in Winston-Salem and reared children Misty, Karen, and Lee.

After her children were in school, Tommye worked on the editing staff of the Department of Biochemistry of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. A graveside service celebrating her life was held last Sunday afternoon in Clarksbury Cemetery, where other family members are buried.

Caroline Jones and Caleb Williams continue medical treatments. Mildred Beck, Hazel Smoot, and Alice Waugh remain in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon these residents and others having health problems.

Pray for the families of Tommie and Tommye as they deeply miss their loved one. Remember in prayer the family of Sam Kimmer, who died at home Oct. 19;  he was a son of County Line native Mary Owings Kimmer and husband Fred.

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