Personal Mention

AVON PARK (FL): April Garcia – a blue ribbon winner in the Highland County 4-H County Events for her demonstration of how animal therapy helps children with disabilities.

BACK CREEK (NC): Edna Harding turned 85 Apr. 1, and John Scott turned 87 on Apr. 21.

BETHEL (AL): Jack Harper was presented an Outstanding Contribution to Conservation Award by the DAR. He is chairman of the Wilcox County Soil & Water Conservation Committee.

BOYCE MEMORIAL (NC): Dot & Paul Ham were honored May 16 for their service to the church.

BRIGHTON (TN): Kaitlyn Moore and Alexi Starnes were chosen Academic All-Stars. Mikayla Boswell, Holly Elston, Taylor Glass, Emily Kirk, and McCallie Ruffin received Academic Excellence Awards for the school year.

BURLINGTON (NC): Jim & June Little celbbrated 54 years of marriage May 17.

CODDLE CREEK (NC): Travis Sherrill received the Justin Scot Alston LIFE Award at Gardner-Webb College.

DUE WEST (SC): Judge James W. Gettys will retire June 30 as Municipal Court Judge. He has been judge for the town of Due West since 2006.

EDGEMOOR (SC): Hayley Hudson was named Miss Freshman at Lewisville High School and also Miss Triple Play at the Grand Slam 2012 Pageant. Hailee Allen won the title of Jr. Miss Grand Slam Princess.

ELSBERRY (MO): Ernest & Helen Calvin celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

FAITH (Merritt Island, FL): Dan & Ursula Acker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

FAYETTEVILLE (TN): Calvin Kidd was selected to attend the 2012 Youth Leadership Summit sponsored by the TN Electric Coop- erative Association. Dot Hill retired after 48 years as owner of the Merle Norman franchise in Fayetteville. Katherine Calvin was named to Dean’s List at Vanderbilt University for the fall semester. Sheley Cowey and family were named Lincoln County’s Best Florist for the seventh consecutive year.

FROSTPROOF(FL): Hazel Alexander celebrated her 101st birthday on Mar. 9.

GASTONIA FIRST (NC): Megan Pearson has met all the requirements to be a finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Progam. Floyd & Gloria Rhyne celebrated 54 years of marriage April 4, and James & Lee Craig celebrated their 62nd year April 15. Josie Barger and Caroline Roberts were winners in the 2012 Mid-Carolina Regional Art Competition. Josie won a silver key for photography and Caroline for painting. The fall UNC-Chapel Hill Dean’s List included Ryan Evans, Carmen McGill, and Meredith Parks. Sam Painter has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code Program for 2012. Wil Craig, Jarrett Schmitt, and Cole Welch recently received their Eagle Scout Award.

GREENVILLE (SC): Dr. Phillip Reavis was recently named SC Elementary PTA Principal of the Year.

LAKE PLACID (FL): Jeanne Stuber turned 98 in March, and Thelma Rhoades turned 94 Apr. 15. Camille Shattler won the Regional Soil & Water Conservation Speech Contest in April. Cindy Warrick, the church’s office professional, won Lake Placid Chamber’s Administrative Assistant of the Year.

LAUDERDALE (VA): Peter Dowling was inducted into the National Honor Society. Arthur & Darlene Hostetter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 21.

LINDEN (NC): Lauren Myers was selected to be a student leader to represent Burns High School and to receive training from The Rachel’s Challenge Group. The group was named for Rachel Scott, the first person killed at the Columbine (CO) high school shooting. Rachel was known for acts of kindness and compassion.

MOUNT ZION (MO): Francis Houston recently celebrated her 96th birthday.

NEELY’S CREEK (SC): Blake Williams finished second as a finalist in the USTA Westside Club Junior Challenger Tennis Tournament. Zach Costner was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on April 15. Ashley Williams was selected as an All-Region Player at the Palmetto Volleyball Regional Tournament in Charlotte in March. Sarah Kathryn Cunnup and Kaitlyn Walker made State Honors Choir.

NEW PERTH (NC): Celia Mitchell finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 4:45 and is qualified for 2013.

OLD PROVIDENCE (VA): Beryl & Mary Alice Lunsford celebrated 59 years of marriage.

ORA (SC): Eden Robertson was part of the Odyssey of the Mind Team, which won the Kentucky State Championship in March. Walker & Walker Logging received the SC Forestry Association Logger of the Year Award for 2011.

PEACHTREE CORNERS (GA): LaVerne Batchelder celebrated her 94th birthday on April 28.

INECREST (NC): Eleanor Richardson received the 2012 Erskine Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award at the college’s Alumni Day in April.

PISGAH (NC): Claude Ross Clark was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout April 15. Wil- liam Anthony and Victoria Becker were recently inducted into the Gaston Christian High School Beta Club.

PROVIDENCE (NC): Miranda Marquand and Ryan Branagan were selected for the National Honor Society.

RICHLAND (TN): Wayne & Sarah Jameson celebrated 50 years of marriage May 18.

SEBRING (FL): Milestone birthdays: Neal McCord (84th, Mar. 11), Robert Vickers (82nd, Mar. 12), Marge Sella (84th, Mar. 16), Don Groves (91st, Mar. 31), Fran Newland (86th, Apr. 7), Phyllis Smith (91st, Apr. 16), Mary Ondersma (89th, Apr. 24), Carolyn Radebaugh (87th, Apr. 25). Anniversaries: Kimble & Marillyn McKay (52nd, Apr. 2), Syl- via & Lynn Parsons (53rd, Apr.11), Neal & Lucille McCord (63rd, Apr. 15).

THOMSON (GA): Ruth Wallace celebrated her 90th birthday on April 14.

TRINITY (FL): D’Angelo Jean-Marie and his Robotics Team from Middleton High School won the world championship competition in St. Louis. They competed against 2,100 teams and broke the world record for the highest score for the robot built by their team. Leola Birnham celebrated her 95th birthday on April 16, and Mildred Harpin celebrated her 96th on April 25.

UNITY (Lancaster, SC): Jean Couick McWhorter was given a surprise party to cel- ebrate her 80th birthday Mar. 18.

WILDHURST (VA): Billy Fox turned 89 on April 28.

YORK (SC): Ann & Roddey Connolly celebrated 45 years of marriage on Mar. 25 and Sid & Marshall Whitesides celebrated 65 years on April 6. Marriages

BALLSTON CENTER (NY): Rachel Davis & Paul Wilner, II, May 12.

COLUMBIAFIRST(SC): ErinNicoleLindley & William Benton Lott, Mar. 24. Rebecca Jones & Garrett Givens, Mar. 31. Anna McCutchen & David Shuford, Apr. 7. Mary Kathryn Keane & Josh Cone, May 12.

DUE WEST (SC): Matthew Steban Ballard & Leah Lynette Cogswell, Jan 28.

EBENEZER (SC): Chase Morgan & Erin Snyder, Mar. 31.

LANCASTER FIRST (SC): Kimberly Mat- tevi & Mark Hefner, Mar. 30.

SCOT’S KIRK (SC): Raymond Paskauskas & Margit Beres.


CLOVER (SC): Mr. & Mrs. Scott Phillips, a son David Scott, III, on Mar. 11

COLUMBIA FIRST (SC): Abigail & Ryan Smith, a son Elijah Declan, Apr. 2. Jenn & Ryan Roberts, a daughter Sara Hazel, Apr. 14. Mary Ann & Ben Ross, a son Benjamin Hunter, Jr., May 10. Marianna & Walt Cartin, a daughter Mary Darby, May 12.

EBENEZER (SC): Angel & Dave Rudert, a son Kaden Clarke, Mar. 7. Mike & Jenny Basie, a daughter Elizabeth Adrienne, Mar. 20. Trey & Cami Privette, a son Jackson Bourne, Mar. 20. Jason & Aimee Vance, a daughter Sadie Kathryn, Mar. 20. James & Heather Botero, a son Jacob Andrew, Apr. 11.

EDGEMOOR (SC): T. C. & Catherine Whitaker Henderson, a son Timothy Clyde, III, Apr. 17.

FAITH (Merritt Island, FL): Kimberly & Den- son Todd, a daughter Carolina Ava, Apr. 13.

FAYETTEVILLE (TN): Cole & Donna Sumners, a son Whitmore Cole, Mar. 16.

FROSTPROOF (FL): Joshua & Leyann Blackwelder, a son Dexter Alan, Mar. 29.

GREENVILLE (SC): Susan & Jennings Tanner, a daughter Catherine Elizabeth, Apr. 9.

GREENWOOD (SC): Asher & Samar Din, a daughter Isabella Natasha, Apr. 10.

LANCASTERFIRST(SC): Tom & AmyMcConnell Justice, a son Ross Edward, Mar. 11.

MOUNT ZION (MO): Chris & Kelsi Conner, a son Easton Matthew, Feb. 19.

NEELY’S CREEK (SC): Brett & Jan Patrick, a son Gavin Douglas, Mar. 30.

OLD PROVIDENCE (VA): Brian & Misook Richie, a son Matthew Lee, Apr. 25.

PISGAH (NC): Mr. & Mrs. Jason Wray, twin daughters Addison Faith and Isabella Grace, Mar. 5. Mr. & Mrs. Keith Holt, a daughter Ella Katherine, Apr. 14.

SHEPHERD ROAD (FL): C.J. & Jordan Wells, a daughter Rilyn Rebekah.

STATESVILLE FIRST (NC): Sara&Andrew Koontz, a son Maddox Wade.


BACK CREEK (NC): Jean Childress died Feb. 22. Margaret Patricia “Pat” McLaughlin, 88, died Mar. 12. Therman Faulk died Mar. 14. Nettie Bea Daniels died Mar. 17.

BARTOW (FL): Patricia J. “Pat” Menn, 85, died Feb. 22. Ben Johnson, 94, Elder Emeritus, long-time member, died Mar. 16.

BURLINGTON (NC): William “Bill” Dolphia Garner, 84, died Mar. 17. Effie Lambert, 89, died Apr. 2. Clara Mae Phillips, 85, charter member, died Apr. 4. Jimmy Walker Michael, 75, died Apr. 21.

CENTENNIAL (SC): Malynda Mills Grimsley, 41, deacon, treasurer of Women of the Church, died May 4.

CHALMERS MEMORIAL (NC): Jorene Hill, 78, died Apr. 2.

CLEVELAND STREET (MS): Martha Emma Shannon, 86, died Dec. 11.

CODDLE CREEK (NC): William Nathan Bailey, 84, died Apr. 16. William Thomas Craven, 81, lifelong member, died Apr. 23.

COLUMBIA FIRST (SC): Diane Gardiner Okoniewski, 68, died Mar. 13. Patricia Boose Stanley, 72, died Mar. 16. Gayle Cantey King, 62, died Mar. 19. Elizabeth Thain dial, 80, died Apr. 6. Margaret Poole Mark- wood, 95, died May 1.

COMMUNITY CHAPEL (NC): Ruth Smith, 100, oldest member, died Dec. 3.

COVENANT (Jacksonville, FL): Louise Kerr Faires, 94, charter member, Sunday school teacher, died Jan. 28.

CRAIG AVE. TABERNACLE (NC): Rachel G. Yandell, 88, Sunday school teacher, treasurer of Women of the Church, Mar. 15.

DUE WEST (SC): Lt. Col. Martha Martin Hawthorne, 94, died Mar. 4. Mary Haw- thorne Cribbs, long-time member, died Apr. 19. Sarah May McFerrin, 85, Sunday school teacher, president of Due West Foreign Missionary Society, daughter of the late Rev. J. B. McFerrin, died Apr. 27.

EBENEZER (NC): Anna Quattlander, 84, long-time member, died Mar. 13.

EBENEZER (SC): Martha Williams Covington, 77, died Apr. 13.

EDGEMOOR (SC): Gertrude “Trudy” Hill Simpson, 75, long-time member, died Apr. 10.

EFFINGHAM (SC): Marion Porter McNeill, 87, died Mar. 24.

FAYETTEVILLE (TN): Steven Gill Craig, 63, died Mar. 7. Alise Austin, 90, died Apr. 8. Hugh Towry, 82, died Apr. 24.

FIRST PRESBYTERY: Rev. Gilbert Rowell, 60, pastor of Providence (NC) ARP Church and former pastor of Brighton (TN) and First Lancaster (SC) churches, died Mar. 31. Rev. William H. Maier, 74, died Apr. 30.

FRENCH CAMP (MS): Melba Curtis, 85 died Mar. 25. Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Hosket, 79, died Apr. 26.

GREENVILLE (SC): Fulton Flynn Roper, 92, elder at Sandy Plains ARP and later Green- ville, father of Rev. Sam Roper, died May 5.

LAKE PLACID (FL): Sally Shoffstall, 99, died Mar. 17. Juanita Raulerson, 98, died Apr. 11. Martha Dickson, 99, died Apr. 21.

LANCASTER FIRST (SC): Martha Marshall Barrineau, 92, member for 65 years, died May 8.

LAUDERDALE (VA): Ollie Elmo Lotts, 80, choir member, died Apr. 14.

MOORESVILLE (NC): Mary Kathryn Deaton, 84, died Feb. 29. Jason Matthew Hamilton, 40, died Apr. 14 while serving as the Boeing Field Service Representative supporting the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry as an expert in CH-47 Chinook systems.

NEW PERTH (NC): George Barron “Sonny” Smith, 82, lifelong member, Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder.

NEWBERRY (SC): Annie Bell Wilson, 95, died Jan. 8. Ralph Scurry Boazman, 86, el- der and trustee, died Mar. 31.

ORA (SC): Sue E. Hunter, 82, died Mar. 22. POTTSVILLE (AR): Tom Wright, 82, died Mar. 16.

REFORMATION (NC): John Thomas Bow- man, 83, died Mar. 15. Uel Porter Jennings, 98, died Mar. 16.

SALEM (TN): Dorothy Walton McDaniel, 91, died Mar. 7.

SEBRING (FL): Ken Eiland, 70, died Mar. 29. Avice Rye Travers, 91, died Apr. 8.

SHEPHERD ROAD (FL): Mikki Bijolle, 82, Prayer Team leader, Sunday school teacher, died Mar. 15. Emma Cox, 84, died Mar. 26.

UNITY (Lancaster, SC): George Hugh Custer, III, 76, died Apr. 17. Anna Lathan Snell Hallman, 92, died Apr. 21.

YORK (SC): Andral Clyde Clark, 88, elder, died Mar. 20.

New Communicant Members

BARTOW (FL): Sara Cooper, Trey Hall, Pat- rick Snyder.


BROOKSIDE (NC): Ken Anderson.

CLOVER (SC): Austin Burrell.

COLUMBIA FIRST (SC): Caroline Atwater, Jim Atwater, Ella Baumgartner, George Baumgartner, Adeline Cagle, Joseph Chiles, Will Cureton, Perrin Dargan, Hadley Fisher, Luke Hahn, Marchant Harris, Fulton Jones, Rachel Kearse, Mary Elaine Kent, Dial Kitchens, Emma Lacy, Andrew Long, David Long, Marianna Lonon, William Lynch, Anna Helen Marshall, Adele McNair, Jeffery O’Keefe, Ben Posey, Jonathan Posey, Nathan Posey, Austin Prickett, Lucas Prickett, Larisa Projahn, Jesse Pulliam, Charlie Richards, Isabella Sexton, Miles Sexton, Elizabeth Smith, Caroline Stonecypher, Victoria Thomas.

COVENANT (Statesville, NC): Chris, Cynthia, Taylor, & Hannah Rosenbalm, Mad- eline Jacobs.

DUE WEST (SC): Justin Anderson, Joseph Sudduth.

EBENEZER (NC): Brittany & Cody Meakin.

EBENEZER (SC): Craig & Bitsy Cook, Brenda Jackson, Sallie Janzen.

FAITH (Merritt Island, FL): Bill & Anita Taylor, Denson & Kimberley Todd, Bryan & Christina Tucker.

FAITH (MD): Norma King.


FRENCH CAMP (MS): Brian & Holly Bol, Lance & Anne Katherine Ragsdale.

GREENVILLE (SC): Bill & Anna DeVault, Randy Epps, Jake Kunz, Jackson Lyda, Megan Macauley, Blanton Newman, Mary Laurel Patrick, Ann Sommer, John Whitehead, Alec Michael Worthington.

LAKEPLACID(FL): Carl&BetsyCanevari & children Lily, Gage, Cooper, Jason & Linda Cloud, Jo-Ann Gertken, Ruth Leach, Con- nie & Jessica Sayers.


LAUDERDALE (VA): Linda & Ronnie Agnor, Margaret Dale, Melanie Falls, Madison Falls, Melissa Macdonald, Joe Moore.

MOORESVILLE (NC): Caleb Brawley, Emily Donaldson, Elizabeth Haller, Sam & Debi Laws, Matthew Ward, Melanie W. Ward.

NEW PERTH (NC): Tim & Susan David, Blake & Sarah Law, Buddy & Barbara Nash.

NEWBERRY (SC): George & Sharon Farris, Rebekah Farris, Don & Shirley Mohler.

OCONEE (SC): Dann Stockin, Zeb & Tiffany Peek, Cole & Hailey, Doug & Sue Hackett.

ORA (SC): John & Deborah Cochrane. P

OTTSVILLE (AR): Maebree Wylie.

PISGAH (NC): Ansley Burgess.

PROVIDENCE (NC): Sydney Marquand.

SHERWOOD FOREST (SC): Meredith Brown, Karen, Luke & Addie Hering, Mike Porterfield, Charley Putnal, Lorraine Vernon.

THOMSON (GA): Campbell Bailey, Catie Greer.

TRINITY (FL): Alex & Jenny Buffalo, Mark Paine, Chris & Chelsea Tompkins.

Special Services

EBENEZER (SC): The 227th anniversary of the church was celebrated May 6 with Rev. Jeff Jacobs, pastor of Covenant ARP Church in Statesville, NC, preaching.

IRANIAN CHRISTIAN (MD): The church cel-brated its 25th anniversary on Apr. 22 with a special service.

LANCASTER FIRST (SC): Dr. R. J. Gore was guest minister for services Mar. 25-28.

Mission Trips

BARTOW (FL): Gay Ford served in Uganda for several weeks and returned home in late March.

GASTONIA FIRST (NC): Nine people from the church traveled to meet members of their sister church, Source Baptiste in South Haiti Mar. 16-23.


BACK CREEK (NC): Mark Denning was ordained and installed as associate pastor May 6.

COLUMBIA FIRST (SC): Paul Robelot was ordained to the Gospel ministry May 27.

SHEPHERD ROAD (FL): Deacons – Donna Autry, Arlene Bailey, Greg Baker, Deborah Cascioli, Ann Childs, Ofelia Morales. Elder – Jim Delk.


BRIGHTON(TN): Highschool–Kaitlyn Moore, Jack Ruffin, Alexi Starnes, Chris Woods.

BURLINGTON (NC): High school – Steven Cobb, Maggie Constable, Kelly Limon, Emily Sanderson.

CENTENNIAL (SC): High school – Artie Braswell, Mary Etta Castles, Christy Grant, Meryl McCants. College – Francis Wright “Frank” Bradley, IV, Le Cordon Bleu Col- lege of Culinary Arts of Atlanta; Kate Setzer, Erskine College. Master’s Degrees – Ansley Elizabeth Bradley, Duke University, Pathologist Assistant; Rebecca Nesbit, University of SC, Educational Technology.

CODDLE CREEK (NC): College – Caitlyn Coley, UNC-Charlotte; Allison Leazer, Appalachian State University; Kelly Parker, Presbyterian Hospital School of Radiology & Mitchell College; Travis Sherrill, Gardner-Webb University. Post-graduate – Ryan Staton, MBA, Duke University.

COLUMBIA FIRST (SC): High school – Samuel Dacus. College – Mary MacFadden, Parsons The New School of Design. Post-graduate – Mary Kathryn Cone, Doctor of Medicine, USC School of Medicine; Luke McFadden, Doctor of Medicine, Medical University of SC.

EDWARDS MEMORIAL (SC): College – Jacob Crouch, Spartanburg Methodist; Allison Johnson, Columbia College; Ashley Taylor, Midlands Tech.

ELSBERRY (MO): College – Stephanie Laughlin Erikson, College of the Ozarks.

FAYETTEVILLE (TN): High school – Will Calvin, Maggie McKamey, Matthew Powelson, Joe Smith, Wesley Smith. College – Julia Filer, Tennessee Tech University; Katie Hamilton, UT Martin; Alexander Kidd, Cumber- land University; Bea Patrick, MTSU-TSU; Rachel Powelson, Tennessee Tech University; Jeremiah Thomas, UT Knoxville; Laura Walker, East Tennessee State University; Matthew Walker, Motlow College. Post-graduate – Joel Muelmans, Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy; Abby Hamil- ton, UT School of Veterinary Medicine.

LAKE WALES (FL): High school – Will Ballentine, Wyatt Schotman, Jackson Reddick, Madison Campbell, David K. Nelson, Julie Smith, Sam Miller, Chase Johnson.

MAUPIN AVE. (NC): College – Brittany Harris.

MOUNT ZION (MO): High school – Emily Vitro, Hickey College.

NEELY’S CREEK (SC): Post-graduate – Ruth Cunnup, USC Law School.

PEACHTREE CORNERS (GA): High school – Robert Edward Barker, Sara Marie Evans, Caroline Ruth Lewis, William Yates Porter, Anna Marie Purser, Olivia Justine Singleton, Andrews Collier Tabor. College–John Kenyon Evans, Cody D. Griffith, Jonathan Jackson, David Michael Pendergrass.

PROVIDENCE (NC): High school – Ashley Demers (Principal Scholar). Master’s Degree – Allyson Bassett, Erskine Theological Semi- nary, Christian Education.

RICHLAND (TN): High school – Jenna Culbertson, Hanna Durham, Tommy Barnes, Taylor Pitman.

SHILOH (TN): College – Allison R. Prevatte, Appalachian State University.

STATESVILLE FIRST (NC): High school – Courtney Dale, Brady Overcash. College – Lauren Davidson, Appalachian State Uni- versity. Master’s Degree – April Rorabaugh, American Military University, Guidance & Counseling.

TRINITY (FL): College – Jonathon Coad, Pasco-Hernando Community College; Julianna Coad, Hillsborough Community College.

UNITY (SC): High school – Taylor Deas, Alexandria McCain, Caitlin Pate.

WHITE OAK (GA): High school – Dustin Bray, James Brown, Drew Fincher, Drew Hemphill, Jasmine Pruett, Katlyn Robertson, Kayla Ward, Amber Willis.

Women’s Ministries

SECOND PRESBYTERY: Ann B. Gainey was speaker for the spring retreat held Apr. 20-21 in Toccoa, GA. The theme was “Travel- ing Light.”

VIRGINIA: The Spring Retreat was held April 20-21 at Grace Bible Camp, Goshen, VA. The theme was “It’s No Secret” with Rachel Olsen as guest speaker.