Our community is saddened over the death of Sherwood West, who was accidentally killed on Sunday, Dec. 5. His service was held at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 8. He was truly loved by all who knew him. His pastor, the Rev. Roger Hill, eulogized him in a unique way. His tribute to Sherwood could not have been surpassed.
The death of Linda Swinger has saddened our community also. She was married to Frank Swinger Jr., a retired teacher and principal of Meadow School. Although, Linda’s service was held at Banner’s Chapel Church near Benson, she was buried in the Warren-Oak Grove Cemetery at Newton Grove.
He was also concerned about the loss of James Franklin House, a native of our community. He was a 1950 graduate of Westbrook High School. He and his wife, the former Julia Mac Barefoot of the Plain View School community, who pre-deceased Frank, were residents of Orlando, Fla. Frank and Julia’s “Welcome mat” was always out for their visitors. Both of their families were filled with effervescence and vivacity. It was a joy to visit them, Frank’s mother Edwina Britt House, a native of our community lived in Lakeland, Fla. She was a college house mother for Lakeland College for many years.
Mae Ellen Warwick celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 1 at her house. The following friends attended her birthday luncheon: the Rev. Joanne Mercer, Mary Lou O’Daniels and Magdelene Ennis from Dunn along with her Tea Room friends, Ella Rae Ennis and Kathleen Lowery from Raleigh and her cousin Helen Vann from Herring. The delicious meal consisted of chicken cordon bleu, asparagus with cheese sauce, harvard carrots, french rolls and coconut cake.
St. Paul Church was filled to capacity last Sunday night, Dec. 5. The annual Christmas program was presented in the sanctuary. It was followed with a holiday assortment of sumptuous refreshments in the fellowship hall. The pastor, the Rev. Brandon Carter, concluded the program with a prayer which blessed the food.
We send our condolences to the family of Mrs. Effie Laurent whose memorial service was held at St. Paul Church Tuesday night, Dec. 14. She is the mother of Janet Warren of our community and the wife of the late G.P. (Lucky) Laurent, the former police chief of Newton Grove.
Callie Hinson was honored on Saturday, Dec. 1, with a birthday party in the coffee shop of the Dunn Rehab Center. A beautiful birthday cake lighted with all the candles was served and enjoyed on her 90th birthday.
Melissa Hill, district deputy grand matron and Norman Hulen, district deputy grand patron of the eighth district of the grand chapter of North Carolina Order of the Eastern Star attended the Deputies Christmas luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 11. The luncheon hosted by Worthy Grand Matron Linda Bonner and Worth Grand Patron Steve Burgess was held at James B. Green Chapter in Raleigh.