County Line: Students Recognized for Degrees, Awards – Davie County Enterprise Record

By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

Summer vacation for County Line students will soon be over as Davie and Iredell Public Schools begin next month. We are proud of our young people and their academic achievements. This year, we are again recognizing graduates and those who achieve honors.

• Rilynn Bailey, William R. Davie kindergarten graduate, daughter of Casey and Bridgett Bailey, granddaughter of Dan and Marlene Hutchens.

• Claire Brown, Honor Roll “A”, Grade 11, Davie County High School, daughter of Paul and Ashly LaRoche Brown.

• Jamaica Clement, Lexington Senior High School Class of ’22, son of Junior Clement, grandson of Willie and Brenda Clement, attending Central Michigan University in the fall.

• Jaycee Dickerson, South Iredell High School Class of ’22, daughter of Grant and Susan Dickerson, granddaughter of Johnny and Claudine Bell, attending Mitchell Community College in the fall.

• Carly Etzkorn, Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene, Catawba Valley Community College, daughter of Dennis and Carrie Etzkorn, granddaughter of Sue Jones and the late Allen Jones, currently works as a dental hygienist in Statesville.

• Madelyn Kurfees, BA in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies, and Commerce, UNC-G, daughter of Charles and Kay Stroud Kurfees, granddaughter of Jim and Imogene Stroud, working for Kontoor Brands of Greensboro.

• Gunner Lassiter, kindergarten graduate William R. Davie, son of Michael and April Lassiter, grandson of Dan and Marlene Hutchens.

• Landon Lowtharpe, North Iredell High School Class of ’22, son of Louie and Lorri Lowtharpe, grandson of Betty Seamon Lowtharpe and the late Jerry Lowtharpe and Tom Perrow, attending Mount Olive University Agricultural School in ‘fall.

• Za’Haree Maddox, 22-year-old Davie County High School class, son of Angela Holland, grandson of Darlene Rivers, attending UNC-Asheville in the fall.

• Stella Muir, North Iredell High School Class of ’22, daughter of Deanne Muir, granddaughter of Wes and Kim Muir, attending UNC-G in the fall to study drama.

• Riley Taylor, Honor Roll ‘A’, Perfect Attendance, IB Design and Technology Award, Crosby Scholar, Oakwood IB School 6th grade, daughter of David and Melanie N. Taylor, granddaughter of Johnny and Mary Elizabeth Nantz.

• Caleb Williams, Honor Roll “A”, South Davie Middle School Grade 6, son of Perry and Vickie Williams, grandson of Laverne W. Williams Sullivan and the late William Junior “Sonny” Williams.

Our community congratulates these students and wishes them well in their endeavours. To those pursuing higher education, may you continue to excel in your future studies. Always remember, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker without shame, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Society Baptist Church will hold a Bible study for women at 7 p.m. today (Thursday on “Mary Magdalene”). The group invites others.

Upcoming Community Events: Food Sale sponsored by Piney Grove AME Zion Church at US Hwy 21 Yard Sale’ Harmony section July 29-30; Vacation Bible School at Clarksbury Methodist on July 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and August 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Vacation Bible School at Society Baptist on July 31 from 6-8 p.m. and August 1-3 from 6-8 p.m. with meal served at 5:30 p.m.

Our community offers condolences to the family of Carol Purcell Brazel, who passed away on the evening of July 8 after suffering a heart attack. She was born in 1951 in Michigan to the late Bob and Bessie Purcell. She graduated from Ferris State College, then married Richard Brazel in March 1975. She had worked at Harger CPA and as financial secretary for Saint John Lutheran Church. Carol and Richard joined worship at Clarksbury United Methodist Church; where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, church secretary and other positions. She loved crocheting, knitting and travelling. A service celebrating his life was held last Friday evening in Clarksbury. Interment will be at Chapel Hills Memorial Gardens in Lansing, Michigan.

We offer our condolences to the family of Charles Dwight “Jack” Stroud who passed away on Tuesday of last week. The fourth of six children, he was born in Davie County in 1934 to the late Bruce and Mae Evans Stroud of County Line. He was raised on Stroud Mill Road, formerly County Line Road, and attended Society Baptist with his family. He attended Cool Spring High School and married Mary Galliher in July 1955. After serving in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, Jack and Mary settled on Turnersburg Hwy in Iredell County and raised children Danny, Tim and Vicky. The family joined worship at the Hebron Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon. Jack worked at Southern Screw of Statesville for over 32 years and retired from Statesville Auto Auction. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Sunday afternoon at the Hebron Baptist Church cemetery; he was buried next to his beloved Mary, who died in March 2001.

Our community sends well wishes to Reverend Brandon Gwaltney, who underwent femur and hip surgery at Iredell Memorial Hospital last Monday. Rayford “Tink” McDaniel continues to rest at home with hospice care. Alice Waugh is still in rehab at the Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Join us in prayer for divine healing and the Lord’s blessings on these residents and others with health issues.

Pray for comfort and strength from the Lord about Carol and Jack’s families as they miss their loved ones deeply. Also continue to pray for those affected by covid as its variants are highly contagious.

For news and memories to share, please call or text Shirley at 336-492-5115 or email [email protected]