DEATH NOTICE

We learned of the death today of Larry David Buckley of New Bern. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 in the chapel at Centenary United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bryan Huffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1423 S. Glenburnie Ave., New Bern, NC 28562.

DEATH NOTICE

We learned today of the death Jan. 29 of Scott Edward Paul, 28, of Newport. We offer our prayers and condolences to his family. The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm Jan. 31 at Bryant Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 am Feb. 1 at Paul Cemetery, Grantsboro, the  Rev. Charles Hardison officiating. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

DEATH NOTICE

We just learned of the death today of Mary Spain Edwards Gatlin, 97, of Stonewall. Our prayers and condolences go out to her family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Feb. 1 at Stonewall United Methodist Church, the Rev. Richard Baldwin officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Stonewall United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 233, Stonewall, NC 28583.

BETHANY INSTALLS NEW ELDER AND DIACONATE MEMBERS

Floyd Hardison was installed as Elder, while Terry McCotter, Polly Surprenant and Roger Surprenant were installed as members of the Diaconate during the worship service yesterday.

Hardison, who has been a long-time member of the Diaconate, now will be a general board member as an Elder, and McCotter, Polly and Roger Surprenant are now general board members as part of the Diaconate.

We welcome them to their positions, and know that they will be faithful servants of God and the church.

From left: Floyd Hardison, Elder; Polly Surprenant, Roger Surprenant and Terry McCotter, Deacons.

From left: Floyd Hardison, Elder; Polly Surprenant, Roger Surprenant and Terry McCotter, Deacons.

Photo by Melissa Watson

DEATH NOTICE

We learned yesterday of the death of Michael Benjamin Hodges, 37, of Reelsboro last Saturday. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. They will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tonight at Bryant Funeral Home, and a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Jan. 29 at New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, the Revs. Jesse Crisp and Owen Lupton officiating. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.

DEATH NOTICE

We have learned of the death Wednesday of Betty Lou Smith Swaringen. We offer our condolences and prayers to her family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Jan. 26 at Calvary Baptist Church, the Revs. Bill Wingard and Dwight Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church.

DEATH NOTICE

We learned of the death Sunday of Joanna Heba Smith of Reelsboro. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Monsignor Gerald Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Bryant Funeral Home. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to PAWS, P. O. Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046.

SIMON SPALDING PRESENTS “THE FLORIDA’S CREW”

Simon Spalding presented an engaging performance Friday evening at the Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern, under the theme of The Florida’s Crew, a rarely heard song about the exploits of the Confederate commerce raider CSS Florida and its crew, composed by a crew-member.

Playing a variety of exotic instruments—a fiddle, a 2-string Chinese fiddle known as the erhu, a travel-size guitar tuned in 5ths, and a Tahitian ukulele—and changing hats throughout the performance, Spalding sang and played songs and tunes from Scotland, Britain, Canada, Ireland and America, many of which were nautical pieces.

Several of the songs and tunes were Spalding’s own compositions, including The Ballad of S.S. Rex, a fascinating ballad about a gambling ship and her owner. [Note: Use the internet to look up S.S. Rex and Tony Cornero Stralla, and you will find more about this.]

What makes Spalding’s concerts more fun and interesting than the typical musical event is his informative, quite-often humorous, and always exuberant narrative that provides his audience with an extra measure of entertainment.

Many of the songs heard in concert are on the compact disc, Pacific Wind Sampler, copies of which are available for sale.

Bethany is fortunate to have the association of artists like Simon Spalding and his wife Sara Spalding, our music director. Be on the lookout for the next concert, and experience it yourself. You will not be disappointed!

Simon Spalding with fiddle and Chinese hat.

Simon Spalding with fiddle and Chinese hat.

Simon Spalding with guitar.

Simon Spalding with guitar.

Simon Spalding with Tahitian ukulele.

Simon Spalding with Tahitian ukulele.

DEATH NOTICE

We learned today of the death Thursday of Charlotte Grant Gaskins Powers of Grantsboro and Belhaven. We offer our prayers and condolences to her family. The family will receive friends Jan. 30 from 2-3 p.m. at the Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, and a graveside service will be held  at 3 p.m. in the Grantsboro Cemetery, the Rev. Charles Hardison officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Rock of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 381, Grantsboro, NC 28529.