We learned of the death Friday of Lennie Powers Stowe, 91, of Silver Hill. A funeral service will be held Nov. 12 at Silver Hill Christian Church, the Revs. Danny French and Charles Hardison officiating. The family will receive friends at the home, 2723 Hwy. 306 S, Grantsboro. We offer to the family our prayers and condolences.


We are saddened to learn that Doris Gay Vinci Rice, 62, died yesterday in Chapel Hill.  Funeral services will be held at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Nov. 10, the Revs. David R. Brosnan and Mike Roach officiating. Interment will follow the service at Friendship Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Trenton.

The family will receive friends and family an hour prior to the funeral service. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Our prayers and condolences go to the family.


We just learned of the death Tuesday of Ruby Hunnings Jones, 90, in Morehead City. She was formerly of Alliance, and a lifelong member of the Alliance Pentecostal Holiness Church. We offer our prayers and condolences to the family.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Nov. 9 at Greenleaf Memorial Park Lakeside Chapel, the Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating, and the family will receive friends immediately after the service. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the hospice of one’s choice.

Death Notice

We just learned of the death yesterday of Tonya Denise Hardison, 37. A memorial service is scheduled by 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service, and they ask that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family and friends.

Harvest Dinner: Good Fellowship, Good Food

By Melissa Watson

As I open the door to the fellowship hall, the wonderful holiday scent reaches me. Aagh, that smells delicious. The ladies of Circle 4 are already here baking sweet potatoes for the Harvest Dinner. Laughter fills the air. The counters are filled with supplies dropped off by many caring people of the church: cans of beans, cranberry sauce, and crackers. I submit my own three boxes of Premiums and begin crushing them up inside the packages. This will help to make that glorious dressing that will adorn the plates alongside the turkey, golden giblet gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, and bun. The cakes have already begun to arrive as well. They will be sliced and wrapped so that diners get to choose from many different and decadent offerings.

Gold, burgundy, and green tables with pumpkin centerpieces are waiting for the holiday diners that will be showing up tomorrow. Everyone has a task. Some will cook, others plan, serve, wash dishes, take the money, wait tables, and clean up. The Harvest Dinner is a whole church effort, and it has been going on so many years that it is hard to remember when it started.

Thank you all for participating in this event. It is a lot of work, but it just doesn’t feel like the holiday until we have our Harvest Dinner. A special thank you to the ladies who work so hard; and a special thanks to the youth who demonstrate such zeal in their duties.

Editor’s Note: Below are some photos of the Harvest Dinner, which was held November 3.

Getting it ready.
Collecting the money.
Making it happen in the kitchen.
Waiting for something to eat.
Now we’re talking turkey.

Photos by Melissa Watson

Cannans Announce Birth of First Grandchild

Terry and John Cannan announced the birth of their first grandchild, a boy, Lanning Evan Kistler, born at 2:04 pm, October 27, 2012, in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first son of John and Ashton Kistler. John, who is stationed at Camp Casey, a US Army base, will return to the US soon where he will begin graduate school at East Carolina University.