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Lester Hedrick, Sr.
Mr. Lester Buret Hedrick, Sr., age 74, of Denton died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

A funeral service for Mr. Hedrick was held on Tuesday, November 25 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Rev. Johnny Daniels officiating.
The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Hedrick was born June 18, 1940 in Rowan County to Charlie Buret and Annie Shinn Hedrick.  He had worked for Johnny Daniels Logging and retired from Gobble Callahan in Lexington.  He was an avid hunter and fishermen and loved hanging out at the lake.  He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly.

Mr. Hedrick is survived by his wife, Rita Ann Hughes Hedrick of the home; one son, Lester Buret Hedrick, Jr. and wife Bessie of Denton; three daughters, Lynn Hedrick Doby of Virginia, Stacie Hedrick of Lexington and Tracie Hedrick Sheffield of Thomasville; brothers, Charlie Jerry Hedrick and Tommy Hedrick, both of Salisbury and Odell Hedrick of Lexington; grandchildren, Emily, Taylor, Ashley, Cheyenne, Amanda and Bailey and great-grandchildren, Sinaca, Jaylin, Chippy and Adelynn.

Online condolences can be made at

Lera Highfill

Mrs. Lera Franklin Jackson Highfill, age 82, a resident of Swing Dairy Rd., Lexington, NC, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Beaver Island Baptist Church in Mayodan, NC with Rev. Tommy Hepler officiating. Interment followed in the Llewelyn Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Llewelyn Family Cemetery, C/O Linda Smith, 298 Peach Orchard Rd., Mayodan, NC 27027. Online condolences may be sent to the Highfill Family at

James Hutchens
Mr. James “Jim” Floyd Hutchens, 80, a resident of Thomasville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in High Point Regional Hospital.
A funeral service was conducted Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church with Rev. Leon Thompson and Rev. Ben Shepherd officiating. Interment followed at Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. 4-A Oak Branch Dr. Greensboro, NC 27407. Online condolences may be sent to the Hutchens family at  

Larry Worley
Mr. Larry James Worley, age 71, a resident of Kindley Rd. Thomasville passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at his residence. The family of Mr. Worley greeted friends Nov. 25, 2014, Tuesday evening at J. C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville, NC.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 202 Hospice Lane, Lexington, NC 27292. Online condolences may be sent to the Worley family at
Central United Methodist Church
Central United Methodist Church will host the annual Community Love Feast on Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary.  All are invited to take part in this traditional and beautiful worship service that has been a part of the Advent season in Denton since 1950.
Chapel Hill UMC
Chapel Hill UMC will be selling BBQ sandwiches during and after the Denton parade on Saturday, December 6 beside Ivey & Old Lace and Denco.

The church will be taking orders for BBQ shoulders ($50) or Boston Butts ($30). To place a order please call Marsha Surratt at 857-2202 (leave a message with name and number). Please place orders by December 1. The proceeds will go to help Marcus Tollison.
Denton Wesleyan Church
Denton Wesleyan is honored to host Earl and Kimberly Long and “Vertical Kids Ministry” on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 10:30am.  The Longs, from Lynchburg, Virginia have been in ministry together for over 13 years.  Their blend of humor, illusion, juggling, and message of faith leave audience members of all ages feeling encouraged.

The Vertical Kids team will share their unique talents at Denton Wesleyan Church located on Hwy 109 in Denton.  The entire community is invited.  For more information, call 336-859-4565.
Fairview Methodist announces 3rd Annual Celebration of the Nativity
Fairview United Methodist is excited to announce that plans are underway for their 3rd  Annual Celebration of the Nativity scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 14, from 2:00 until 5:00. The fellowship hall will be the stage for 200 or more nativity sets on loan from participants from across the county for visitors to enjoy. During the event, visitors will enjoy live seasonal music in the sanctuary and fellowship hall as well as spiced cider and Christmas cookies. Salisbury native and Grand Ole Opry performer Matthew Weaver will again bring his Christmas spirit to the sanctuary at 3:00. Weaver plays 19 instruments and tours the east coast throughout the year. The entire event is free with donations accepted and encouraged for the South Davidson Resource Center.

Featured artist for this year’s Celebration is Gregory Owen. Owen, an interior designer and owner of Greg’s Garden, is skilled in the art of Scherenschnitte, intricate German paper-cutting. He will have two dozen mounted and framed nativity scenes on display, most all cut from one single piece of paper. Visitors can register to win one of Owen’s scenes to be given away at the end of the event, and one large piece will be available for silent auction.

New this year will be a visit from the South Davidson Missional Network Disaster Relief Mobile Unit. Visitors will be able to see the unit using a generator to power a special lighted nativity outside and learn more about the unit’s service throughout the community.
Fairview member Carolyn Jones says, “We invite families, clubs, and church groups from across the region to spend part of their afternoon with us at the Celebration of the Nativity and then stay in the area for Denton’s holiday evening events like The Country Christmas Train or the Community Love Feast.”

If you have a nativity set of any type or description that you would like to loan Fairview Methodist for the event, you may pick up a form at the Denton Public Library to learn how you can participate. Forms will also be available at the Lexington and Thomasville libraries. The church is located at 5629 Old NC Highway 109, Lexington (three miles north of Denton off NC Highway 109).  For more information you can call 859-4742 or 859-2358.
Pleasant Grove UMC Presents an Outdoor Drama
On December 13, 2014 at Pleasant Grove UMC the South Davidson Charge (Alleghany UMC, Lineberry UMC & Pleasant Grove UMC) will present an outdoor drama from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.

Join Rev. Kelly Creekmur with his congregation for this wonderful event.  Everyone is invited to make the Journey part of the Christmas Season. Pleasant Grove UMC is located at 2565 Loftin Road in Denton.

Pleasant Union Community Church Live Nativity Scene
Pleasant Union Community Church located at 2635 Pleasant Union Road (corner of Jackson Creek and Pleasant Union Roads) will hold a live nativity scene on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Performances will be held at 5:30; 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Hot beverages and snacks will be available inside the church after each performance. Come hear the word of God as we celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with narration, music, and live animals.

All are welcome! Come celebrate the birth of our Lord with our church family!
South Davidson Methodist Men - BBQ Shoulders For Sale
The SD Methodist Men will be selling BBQ shoulders on December 23 at Lineberry United Methodist Church for $45.

Included with the BBQ shoulders is dip and slaw can be purchase for an additional $2. Pickup will be at 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 23, Call Ronnie Harrison at 250-9525 or Richard Smith at 859-3320 to place your order.

Lineberry UMC is located at 2489 Handy Road, Denton.

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