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November 30, 2015
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Friday 11/20/2015
Artie Gilreath to celebrate 100th birthday
Posted: November 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Artie Gilreath of Wilkesboro will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 2, 2015.

She was born to William Long and Donnie Petty Long in Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Gilreath is the widow of the Rev. LeRoy Gilreath. She worked in the school system for over 30 years and is a homemaker.

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Monday 09/28/2015
Mrs. Zenna Wellborn celebrates 95th birthday
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Mrs. Zenna Wellborn of the Cricket community celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, with her family, at the home of her son, Tracy, in Lexington.

Mrs. Wellborn was born in Olympia, Wash. on Sept. 27, 1920. She married James William Wellborn in 1943. The couple had five children, three sons, Tracy, Phillip and Wayne, and two daughters, Sheila and Gail. 

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Monday 09/21/2015
A century of change
Posted: September 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Pauline Johnson Anderson of Moravian Falls, who turned 100 on Aug. 16, made her first trip to downtown North Wilkesboro riding in the back of a wagon in the early 1920s.

Mrs. Anderson’s father, William “Willie” Johnson, drove the wagon while she and Minda Parlier and Dola Parlier Hawn, who were sisters, sat on a load of wild horsemint tips they helped gather. The horsemint was to be sold to S.V. Tomlinson Wholesale.

It was a wagon trip of several hours from where they lived along upper Rocky Creek in the Brushy Mountains to town, taking Brocktown Road to Moravian Falls and the Moravian Falls Road to Wilkesboro.

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Wednesday 09/16/2015
Mrs. Church celebrates 103rd birthday
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Nannie Church celebrated her 103rd birthday on Aug. 28, at the Villages of Wilkes Traditional Living facility with family and friends in attendance.

They included her only surviving child, former North Wilkesboro Mayor George Church and wife Margaret, three grandchildren, Donna Royal and husband Danny, Vickie Lyck and husband Carsten and Keith Huffman and three of her great-grandchildren, Kirsten Lyck, Bjorn Lyck and Victoria Royal and fiancé Greg Murray.

Over 35 residents and 5 staff and volunteers assisted in the party, at which she received many cards and gifts.

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Friday 09/11/2015
Ruth Graham honored on 90th birthday at First Baptist
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Mrs. Ruth Graham was honored on her 90th birthday at a luncheon given by the Euzelian Sunday school class of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Graham has been a member of the class for 60 years. She has also held many positions in her Sunday school class and church, including being ordained deacon in 1997 and served until 2001.

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Wednesday 09/09/2015
Stella Hayes Costner honored on 95th birthday
Posted: September 09, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Stella Hayes Costner celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends at Bethany Baptist Church in the Brushy Mountains, where she has attended for 95 years.

Mrs. Costner was born on July 2, 1920. She has three children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and six step-great-great-grandchildren.

She is the widow of the late John Dixon (Junior) Costner of the Brushy Mountain community where they were farmers and active members of the community for over 60 years.

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Friday 09/04/2015
Hallie Trivette celebrates 92nd birthday in August
Posted: September 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Hallie Trivette of North Wilkesboro celebrated her 92nd birthday on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, with friends and family.

“Grandma Hallie” was born Aug. 28, 1923. During her 92 years of life, she has had 14 sets of five generations. The first set was when her first grandson was born Sept. 25, 1960. The birth of her last great-great-grandchild on Aug. 12, 2015, made 12 living sets of five generations.

Mrs. Trivette has always been a homemaker and is a member of Millers Creek Baptist Church.

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
Edith Triplett Foster celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: September 02, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Edith Triplett Foster celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at Cagney’s Kitchen on July 31.

Mrs. Foster, a resident of the Maple Springs community in western Wilkes County, was married to the late Waldon “Walt” Foster. Their son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Cathy Foster, were hosts for the event.

A life-long member of Lewis Fork Baptist Church, Mrs. Foster served on various committees, taught Sunday school and Bible school and sang in the choir. She was an active member of the Wilkes County Extension Homemakers Clubs for more than 50 years.

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Wednesday 08/05/2015
Howard Reynolds will celebrate 93rd birthday
Posted: August 05, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Howard Reynolds of Little Elkin Church Road, Ronda, will celebrate his 93rd birthday on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

Mr. Reynolds and his wife, the late Ruby Reynolds, were married 73 years. He is retired from Chatham Manufacturing Company and attends Little Elkin Baptist Church. His children are Larry Reynolds, Leonard Reynolds, Becky Creed and Cindy Simmons. He also has eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reynolds was born Aug. 9, 1922.

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Friday 07/24/2015
A lifetime of reading
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Enid Preston Prebor of Brocktown Road in Moravian Falls, now residing at Avante in Wilkesboro, is an avid reader.

At 100 years old, she still reads at least one book a week, even if it takes using a magnifying glass.

Mrs. Prebor, originally from Georgia, Vt., which is near Burlington, Vt., said that she’s always liked to read. “That’s what has kept me going,” she said, “My memories and reading.”

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Ms. Ettie Rae Huffman observes 80th birthday
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Ettie Rae Huffman of Purlear celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends on July 18, 2015, at New Hope Baptist Church.

The party was given by her children, Johnny (Vickie) Huffman, Jean (John) Pardon and Wanda (Ben) Rutledge.

Ms. Huffman also has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Ruby Hawkins celebrates her 90th birthday May 30
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Ruby Hawkins celebrated her 90th birthday May 30 with dinner and birthday cake at Cagney’s in Wilkesboro with her family.

Mrs. Hawkins has five children, Bobby Hawkins and David Hawkins of North Wilkesboro, Shirlene Hawkins of Millers Creek; Steve Hawkins of Hays and Brenda Miller of Kernersville. She has three grandchildren and one deceased and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hawkins is the widow of the late Charles Hawkins of Hays.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Leoma Ball celebrates 100th birthday in May
Posted: June 03, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Leoma Ball celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehab in Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Ball was born June 1, 1915, to Jim and Gay Marlow. She had three brothers, Datchie, Larin, and Henry Marlow, and one sister, Ann Marlow Pedin.

Mrs. Ball married Fred Oliver Davis and they had two sons, Jim Davis and Wayne Davis.

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Friday 02/06/2015
Clegg Culler observes 99th birthday Jan. 14
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 2:00 pm

William Clegg Culler celebrated his 99th birthday on Jan. 14, 2015. Friends and family gathered at his home in Lynnwoode, North Wilkesboro, to celebrate the occasion on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

The evening began with a toast to honor and congratulate Culler, and remember stories of his life. Guests were served his favorite meal of honey baked ham and sweet potato casserole, along with red velvet birthday cake. “Happy Birthday” was also sung in his honor.

Culler was born in Wilkesboro on Jan. 14, 1916, to the late John Elam Culler and the late Helsie Minton Culler.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Mary Holland celebrates 98th birthday Jan. 23
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Mary Holland of North Wilkesboro is celebrating her 98th birthday on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. She is the widow of Conrad Holland.

Mrs. Holland was born Jan. 23, 1917. She has four children, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was employed in the cafeteria of Moravian Falls School.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Mrs. Mabel Johnston celebrates 96th birthday
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mabel O. Johnston of Laurel Drive, North Wilkesboro, celebrated her 96th birthday Dec. 4, 2014.

Mrs. Johnston was married to Carey B. Johnston for 51 years, before his death in 1987. They had six children: Larry, Joe, Ken, Mary Ellen, Tim and Mike. She has 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson’s parents were Lonnie and Maude Owens of West Jefferson. She had three sisters and one brother, Mary, Mildred, Meryl and Gary.

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Friday 11/07/2014
Five generations of Sloop family recgnized
Posted: November 07, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Five generations of the Sloop family gathered recently for a photo. Sitting at right is Pauline Sloop ,96, of North Wilkesboro holding her great-great-granddaughter, Eden Rose Blevins, and Doris Sloop Combs of Hays, great-grandmother. On the second row are Teresa Combs Blevins, grandmother, and Justin Blevins, father, both of Hays.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Abigail Shew celebrates successful heart transplant
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Abigail Shew, daughter of John “Dub” and Beverly Shew of North Wilkesboro, was born with congenital heart disease.

Congenital heart disease is a category of heart disease that includes abnormalities in cardiovascular structures that occur before birth. These defects may affect approximately 1 in 100 children.

As Ms. Shew got older, the symptoms became worse and she was put on a transplant list at the UNC hospital and eventually received a heart.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Five generations of Costner family
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Five generations of the Costner family gathered recently for a photograph. First row, left to right, are Stella Costner, 94, of Moravian Falls, holding her great-great-granddaughter, Carys Raye Felts, and Dana Felts of Moravian Falls, the baby’s mother. On the second row are Martha McBride of Millers Creek, great-grandmother, and Darlene Shumate of North Wilkesboro, grandmother.

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Friday 09/05/2014
Wilkes native, nearly 100, looks back on experiences of her life
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 2:07 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wilkes County native Evie Johnson Combs of Gibsonville (near Greensboro) turns 100 on Oct. 30. Mrs. Combs’ daughter, Kathy Bibey, recently worked with her to write the following article about Mrs. Combs’ life, particularly concerning her early years in the Spurgeon community of southeastern Wilkes. Spurgeon was on what now is called Old Salisbury Road (off N.C. 115) and Mrs. Combs’ home place is at the end of Stoy G. Prevette Lane, which is off Old Salisbury Road. Mrs. Combs’ family got their mail at Parks Reid’s store and she attended Spurgeon School.

Born at Spurgeon

Evie Johnson Combs was born Oct. 30, 1914, at her parents home in Spurgeon, in Lovelace Township. A midwife delivered her at 4:30 a.m. Her parents were Samuel Thomas and Rebecca Gregory Johnson, both also born in Spurgeon. The family moved down the hill when Mother was 3 months old to the home where she lived until grown.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Farrington is honored on 80th
Posted: July 25, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Bill Farrington celebrated his 80th birthday with 68 friends and family members on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery. Guests were served a buffet meal.

Evelyn Farrington, his wife, greeted the guests, and Garry Farrington, his son, welcomed the guests. Entertainment was provided by John Miller and Natalya Weinstain, members of the music group, “Red June,” from Asheville.

During the meal, Garry Farrington invited friends who worked with his father during his 50 years of employment with Flav-O-Rich Dairy, to share special times and memories.

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Friday 07/18/2014
RAY CHURCH celebrates 80th birthday
Posted: July 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm

RAY CHURCH of Mertie Road in Millers Creek, turned 80 on July 17. He retired from the sawmill industry. He now spends much of his time gardening and fishing on the coast. He is married to Brona Owens Church and has two sons, Robert and Tracy Church, one stepson, Bobby Owens, and two stepdaughters, Connie Cobb and Julie Eads. They have four granddaughters, Mikayla Church, Haley and Morgan Cobb and Brittany Owens and one grandson, Jacob Eads.

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Friday 07/04/2014
Laura Faye Triplette Elledge celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: July 04, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mrs. Laura Faye Triplett Elledge of Lewis Fork Baptist Church Road, Purlear, celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, April 26. A reception was held at Lewis Fork Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Hosts for the celebration were her son, Steve Elledge and wife, Judy Elledge, and her daughter, Dr. Ann Elledge Shortt and her husband, Vincent Shortt. Assisting with the celebration were Mrs. Elledge’s grandchildren, Mrs. Tammy Shepard, Mrs. Sheri Chapman, Mrs. Kim Eller, Mrs. Jackie Green and Mark Elledge.

Also helping with preparing and serving food were Mrs. Anne Stallings, Mrs. Kathy Hamby, Mrs. Brenda Hall, Mrs. Patsy Mastin and Mrs. Connie Eller. The decorations were created and arranged by Mrs. Sheri Chapman.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
ELIZABETH BARBER celebrated her 93rd birthday
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 5:15 pm
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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Mrs. Helena Barber to celebrate 101st birthday
Posted: June 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Mrs. Helena Barber of Old U.S. 421, Wilkesboro, will celebrate her 101st birthday on June 24, 2014.

Her interests are sewing, crocheting, baking and gardening. At 101, she is still driving. Mrs. Barber is a member of Rickard’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Barber has two children, a daughter, Patricia Wilfong, and a son, Francis Ebenezer Barber, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Friday 06/13/2014
Alice Wood celebrates 103rd birthday June 8
Posted: June 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Alice Wood Wood of Traphill celebrated her 103rd birthday with a dinner in her honor at her home, on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

The dinner was given by her granddaughter, Julie Sidden, and her four sons, Roy, Claude, Johnny and Grady.

Mrs. Wood’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends gathered to celebrate her birthday.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 10:07 am

Five generations of the Rhodes family gathered recently for a photo. Mary Rhodes is holding her great-great-granddaughter, Maelee Absher. In the second row are Megan Billings, the baby’s mother, and great-grandmother, Emily Hendrix. Standing in the back is  grandfather, Marty Billings.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Lucy Waugh celebrates 101st birthday
Posted: May 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Lucy Waugh, a resident at Avanté at Wilkesboro, was honored by the staff and residents on her 101st birthday Monday. Mrs. Waugh shared some of her favorite hymns and shared memories of horse and buggy transportation. The guests sang “Happy Birthday” and shared cake and snacks. Mrs. Waugh also celebrated on Sunday with many family members and friends.

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Roscoe Benton celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: May 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Roscoe Benton of North Wilkesboro recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He is the eldest male participant at the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Center. Mr. Benton is a World War II veteran.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Mrs. Stella Burke honored May 3 on 96th birthday
Posted: May 07, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Stella Hincher Burke celebrated her 96th birthday on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Villages of Wilkes Traditional Assisted Living. She is the widow of James T. (Tad) Burke and the daughter of the late Mike and Sarah Church Hincher.

She has one daughter, Judi Billings, of Wilkesboro. She also has two grandchildren, Sabrina (Rodney) Caudill of North Wilkesboro and Tom Billings of California, Md. and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Alyssa Billings, also of California, Md.

Mrs. Burke was the co-owner with her husband, Tad, of Burke’s Grocery in the Mulberry community for 40 years. She was a dedicated worker and loved being around people. She later worked at Wilkes Regional Medical Center and Lowes Foods until her retirement at age 86.

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Friday 05/02/2014
The Rev. Van Wyatt to celebrate 90th birthday
Posted: May 02, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Rev. Van Wyatt will celebrate his 90th birthday on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

A buffet dinner will be held in his honor on May 3, at 4 p.m., in the Freedom Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, McGrady.

Friends and neighbors are welcome to visit Rev. Wyatt at his home on Cartpath Road, North Wilkesboro, on Sunday, May 4, from 2-4 p.m.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Ethel Miller honored on 80th birthday
Posted: April 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Ethel Miller was honored with a surprise 80th birthday party on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The event was held at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery. The party was hosted by her four sons and their wives. Approximately 50 family and friends were in attendance. She received flowers, cards, and other gifts. A birthday cake was served after the meal for the guests.

Mrs. Miller was born on March 28, 1934 to Austin and Mattie Wingler. She was married to her husband, Paul, for 61 years prior to his death in 2012. Together they had four sons, Archie, Gary and Larry, of Millers Creek and Ricky of Sparta. Also included in her family are eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is retired from Avante Nursing Home. Mrs. Miller is a member of and attends Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Glendale Springs.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Five generations
Posted: April 09, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Five generations of the Sparks family of Roaring River gathered recently for a photograph. On the first row, left to right, are Pauline Sparks and her great-grandson, Cody Billings, holding his daughter, Laken Billings. On the second row are Carolyn Garris, great-grandmother and Melissa Billings, grandmother.

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Friday 01/17/2014
Mary Holland celebrates 97th birthday on Jan. 23
Posted: January 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mary Holland of Moravian Falls will celebrate her 97th birthday on Jan. 23, 2014. Mrs. Holland is the widow of Conrad Holland.

She has four children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Holland worked in the Moravian Falls School cafeteria, was a caregiver for people in the community and did many other things to help her family.

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Wednesday 12/11/2013
Mrs. Lois Faw celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: December 11, 2013 - 2:13 pm

A surprise celebration was held on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in honor of Lois Faw’s 90th birthday at Mountain Valley Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The reception was given by her sons and their families, Larry and Barbara Faw of Phoenix, Ariz., Mike and Judy Faw of Purlear and grandchildren, Brad Faw of Concord, Lauren and Brett Stirewalt of Salisbury, and Diane and Ryan Dunne of Lake Tapps, Wash., and great-grandchildren Payton, Riley, Kerven and Sydney Dunne.

Many friends and family came by the reception to offer their birthday wishes.

Mrs. Faw was born to Albert and Vira Church on Dec. 5, 1923. She is a retired nurse from Wilkes General Hospital. She was married for 64 years to the late Ancil Faw.

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Ruth S. Parsons celebrates 98th
Posted: September 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ruth Steelman Parsons celebrated her 98th birthday on Friday, Aug. 30, at Wilkes Senior Village. She is the widow of Charles Henderson Parsons and is the daughter of the late Mamie Parsons Summerlin and Thurm Steelman.

Mrs. Parsons has three children, Wilma Parsons Faw, Steve Parsons and Wade Parsons, all of McGlamery Road, Wilkesboro. She also has eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

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Wednesday 08/07/2013
Cashions celebrate birthdays
Posted: August 07, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Mary and Neil Cashion celebrated their 88th birthdays with a celebration with family and friends, on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church. The party was given by their children, Neil Cashion Jr. (Brenda), Frances Cashion and Penny Bumgarner (Jerry), and their grandchildren, Cathy (Michael) St. John, Mary Hall and Sterling Hall.

Guests were served a barbecue dinner and a two-tiered birthday cake. Tipton’s assisted with the meal and Foothills Bakery assisted with the cake. The church fellowship hall was decorated with freshly cut flowers and various old and new pictures of the honored couple. The Cashions were presented with many birthday gifts and cards from the guests.

Mrs. Cashion was born July 10, 1925 and Mr. Cashion was born July 14, 1925. They are both retired and reside in North Wilkesboro.

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Wednesday 07/17/2013
Bessie Blackburn Canter honored on 90th birthday
Posted: July 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Bessie Blackburn Pierce Canter of Greensboro, formerly of Wilkes County, celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Her children honored her with a party at her original home place, The Blackburn Farm, in the Rock Creek community, North Wilkesboro. She was presented with a special corsage upon her arrival.

Her daughter, Kay Chatman, made the birthday cake, a three-tiered white cake with diamond shaped satellite cakes on each side. It was decorated with roses in her favorite colors of purple and blue. Barbecued chicken and many side dishes were served.

Tables were decorated with blue tablecloths and white lace overlays. Arrangements of blue hydrangeas and purple butterfly clusters adorned the tables. Blue and purple balloons added to the decor and a bouquet of these was released by the honoree at the end of the celebration.

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Friday 07/12/2013
Lankford family has five generations
Posted: July 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Five generations of the Lankford family gathered recently for a photo. Pictured are clockwise from front right, Ona Forester Lankford, great-great-grandmother; Sara West Coleman, mother, holding her son, Jackson Oliver Coleman; Lisa Johnson West, grandmother; and Lucille Lankford Johnson, great-grandmother.

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Wednesday 07/10/2013
Margaret Cooper Laws to celebrate birthday
Posted: July 10, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Margaret Cooper Laws of Conover, formerly of Purlear, will celebrate her 85th birthday on July 14, 2013. She was born to Robert Dixon and Effie Wray Cooper on July 14, 1928, and was one of 10 children.

Ms. Laws graduated from Millers Creek High School and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She retired from the furniture industry as a cloth cutter. Ms. Laws has one daughter, Glenda Thornburg, and husband, William, of Conover; two grandsons, Matthew Thornburg and Willie Thornburg, and wife, Amy; and three great-grandchildren, Kaleigh, Morgan and Everett Dixon Thornburg.

She is a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Moose Lodge of Conover. Ms. Laws enjoys sewing and is famous for her punch, “Margaret’s Punch.”

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Friday 07/05/2013
Hamby family has five generations
Posted: July 05, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Five generations of the Hamby family gathered recently for a family photo. Clockwise from lower left are: Lutrelle Hamby, great-great-grandmother; Bobby Hamby, great-grandfather; Keith Hamby, grandfather; Hannah Hamby, mother and her son, Aaron James Hamby, who was born June 8, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces.

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Friday 02/08/2013
Mrs. Blanche Canter celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: February 08, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Mrs. Blanche Harris Canter of Wilkesboro celebrated her 90th birthday, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Her children and grandchildren honored her with a reception at Union United Methodist Church in Wilkesboro.

She had many friends and family in attendance and was presented with many gifts and sentiments.

Mrs. Canter is the widow of Pete Canter. She has two daughters, Lisa Blevins and husband, Noel, of Ferguson and Renee Johnson and husband, Tony, of Wilkesboro; three grandchildren, Michelle Minton and husband, Scott, of Millers Creek, Johnathan Call and wife, Tania, and Caleb Johnson, all of Wilkesboro; and three great-grandchildren, Titan Minton, and Ethan and Travis Call.

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Wednesday 01/23/2013
Mrs. Mary Holland celebrates 96th birthday
Posted: January 23, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Mrs. Mary Holland of Moravian Falls will celebrate her 96th birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, with a family dinner in her honor at the Golden Corral.

Mrs. Holland is the widow of the late Conrad Holland. She retired from Moravian Falls Elementary School in the cafeteria. Mrs. Holland has four children, Lee Holland, Sam Holland, Nancy Miller and Hazel Holland, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was born Jan. 23, 1917.

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Wednesday 12/19/2012
Mabel O. Johnston celebrates 94th
Posted: December 19, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Mabel O. Johnston of Laurel Drive, North Wilkesboro, turned 94 on Dec. 4, 2012. A family celebration was held at her church on Nov. 24, 2012.

Mrs. Johnston was married to Carey B. Johnston for 51 years before his death in 1987. They had six children: Larry, Joe, Ken, Mary Ellen, Tim and Mike. She has 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnston’s parents were Lonnie and Maude Owens of West Jefferson. She had three sisters and one brother: Mary, Mildred, Meryl and Gary. The Owens family are descendants of Daniel Boone.

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Wednesday 09/12/2012
Bob Alexander celebrates 94th birthday in homeplace
Posted: September 12, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Bob Alexander celebrated his 94th birthday at his homeplace in the Longbottom area of Wilkes, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. He was born Aug. 13, 1918 to Sam and Emma Alexander.

A lunch of barbecued chicken and pork was served to approximately 75 friends and relatives. The chicken and pork were prepared by his son, Benny (Sue) Alexander of North Wilkesboro, assisted by their children, Kim and Linda Alexander of North Wilkesboro, and Renee (Troy) Tunstall of Franklinton.

Out-of-town guests included Mr. Alexander’s daughter, Judy Stone, of Greensboro; his son, Paul (JoAnn) Alexander of Center, Texas; his grandson, Dale (Cheryl) Alexander and great-grandchildren, Jessica and Dalton Alexander, of Center, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Sam and Caleb Shumate of Franklinton and Kristian Alexander of North Wilkesboro.

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Wednesday 08/29/2012
Jewel Jones celebrates 90th birthday
Posted: August 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Jewel Jones celebrated her 90th birthday on July 29 with family. She was born July 23, 1922 to James Myers Ferguson and Nellie Walsh Ferguson in Caldwell County. Pictured with Mrs. Jones are her great-granddaughters, Nicole and Natalie Roberts.

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Wednesday 07/11/2012
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Layell celebrate their 63rd anniversary
Posted: July 11, 2012 - 2:00 pm

William Haston Layell and Pernie Brown Layell of State Road celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 10,  2012.

They have four daughters, 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Layell was employed by ABTco for 22 years. Mrs. Layell is a homemaker.

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Thursday 06/28/2012
Lonnie Haynes celebrates 95th birthday on June 24
Updated: June 28, 2012 - 8:23 am

Lonnie Matthew Haynes of Fan Key Road, North Wilkesboro, celebrated his 95th birthday Sunday, June 24.

A dinner honoring him was held at the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department at 5 p.m.

Hosts of the celebration were the members of Journey of Grace Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.  Mr. Haynes arrived at the fire station riding in the department’s Engine #1 the first truck purchased in 1958, driven by Keith Lovette.

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Wednesday 06/13/2012
Mrs. Agnes Johnson celebrates 90th birthday
Updated: June 13, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Mrs. Agnes Johnson of Moravian Falls celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, June 9, 2012. A reception honoring her was held at Cub Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Wilkesboro on her birthday. Hosts of the celebration were her daughters, Linda Jordan and her husband Gary, and Betty Jo Burcham and husband, Sam.

Mrs. Johnson was presented a corsage of pink orchids. A birthday cake decorated with a spring bouquet of flowers was served to guests along with other hors d’ oeuvres. Tables were decorated with white table cloths and floral arrangements containing hydrangeas, sweet peas, cone flowers, calla lilies, gladiolas, sunflowers, and other spring flowers donated from the flower gardens of her friends, Martha Thompson, Caroline Randolph, Cindy Davis, Bobbie Bumgarner and Debbie Hirtler.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 9, 1922, to Arthur and Vedie Sloop in their home in Moravian Falls. She was one of 14 children. When she looks back at her childhood the strengths of character instilled in her by growing up the way she did are to persevere in hard times and to be herself. When she thinks of her parents and what she would like to say to them, it would be: thank you for the sacrifice you made for me and our family. She attended Wilkesboro High School and worked at the Wilkes Hosiery Mill, Graham Hosiery Mill, Carolina Mirror and also served as a teacher’s aide at Moravian Falls Elementary School. Mrs. Johnson was married to her late husband, Mark Johnson, on Nov. 20, 1948. Following her marriage she became a homemaker other than her teacher’s aide position.

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Friday 06/08/2012
Mrs. Maude J. Kennedy celebrates 90th birthday
Updated: June 08, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Maude Johnson Kennedy of Longbottom Road, Traphill will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 8, 2012.

She was born to Robert and Viola Johnson of the Joynes community in a family of 10 children. Mrs. Kennedy attended Joynes School and graduated from Traphill High School in April 1941, at the top of her class.

She was married to the late Lundy Foy Kennedy. They had 10 children including the late Jasper and Gene Kennedy; sons, Jesse, Walter and Ray Kennedy; and daughters, Brenda Bowers, Bernice Robinson, Barbara Caldwell, Sally Andrews and Betty Daye. She also has 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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