County Line: Clarksbury Methodist gets new pastor

Published 12:36 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Remember to exercise caution when using space heaters, and be sure to check on elderly neighbors and friends.

The ninth of the12-week Bible study for women at Clarksbury Methodist will be Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. featuring the “woman with a blood issue” as referenced in Luke 8: 43-48. Everyone is invited.

Society Baptist is extending Wednesday evening services this year to include a new class from 7-7:30 for children ages Pre-K-6th grade for learning about local and international missions. Church members invite everyone with classes for the family.

Upcoming community events: Missions Sunday”at 11 a.m. Jan, 28 at Society Baptist; country ham and sausage breakfast by the V-Point Ruritans from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Rev. Charles “Charlie” H. Curtis is the new pastor at Clarksbury Methodist as the church is now a member of the Global Methodist Church. Pastor Curtis and his wife Patricia reside in the parsonage on NC 901 near the church.  Pastor Curtis and Patricia, all of us in County Line welcome you to our community.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Ned Spurgeon Gaither; who died at home Saturday, Jan. 6.  The second of three children, he was born in Iredell County in 1935 to the late Ralph and Louise Campbell Gaither of County Line. He was reared on the Gaither family farm on Doby Road near County Line Road. He attended Clarksbury Methodist Church with his family and helped his family with their farming business.

In 1954 Ned graduated from Harmony High School, where he was active in Future Farmers of America for four years and 4-H for 3 years. Throughout his life he continued to have a love for farming and nature.

Ned married Betty Harris of Harmony in 1956;  the couple settled on US 21 N. in Harmony and reared sons Chris and Mike. The family joined in worship at Harmony Methodist, where they were faithful members.

Ned chose a career in state government and retired as supervisor for the N.C. Department of Transportation after 40 years.  He and Betty enjoyed camping and traveling.

A service celebrating his life was held Wednesday afternoon of last week at Harmony Methodist.  He was laid to rest in the Harmony Town Cemetery beside his beloved Betty, who died July 2016.

Shirley P. Lewis remains in rehab at Bermuda Village of Davie. Caleb Williams continues immunotherapy treatments at Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital and Caroline M. Jones has begun radiation treatments at Chapel Hill.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Shirley, Caleb, Caroline, and others who are having health problems. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Ned as they deeply miss him in life. Continue to pray for those who are affected by the flu, covid, and respiratory virus.

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