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    Page 2A-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Thursday. April 12, 1984
Patricks Were Missed
At 100th Anniversary
Those of us who grew up in his congregation could almost visualize
Preacher (P.D) Patrick in his pulpit on the 100th anniversary of First
Presbyterian Church Sunday.
The only disappointment the 450 worshipers had in the all-day
festive celebration was the physical absence of the beloved late Mr.
Patrick and the absence of his wife, Blanche, who at 87 was unable to
attend the activities. Mrs. Patrick has lived for several years at The
Presbyterian Home in Summerville, S.C.
Among the Patrick family present on Sunday were their daughter,
Betty (Mrs. Bill) Merritt and Mr. Merritt of Roanoke, Va. and their
son, Lawrence Patrick and Mrs. Patrick sent her best wishes to her
friends in this community.
Not only was Preacher Patrick the pastor of his First Presbyterian
flock and that of Dixon Presbyterian Church but he was a minister
and friend of all Kings Mountain. It was during his 23 years of service
that the present First church was built and also during his Tenure that
our church in the Dixon Community was built and dedicated on June
26, 1949. Organized in the former Dixon schoolhouse, the Dixon
church is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Before the formation of the Empty Stocking Fund and Helping
Hand Fund of the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association, Preacher
Patrick was really the community’s “helping hand” and saw people
from all walks of life at the manse on East King Street. Since I grew up
at the Herald too and worked in both the old Herald buildings
downtown, I walked to and from the Herald on many lunch hours to
the Patrick manse and had lunch with the Patricks and their maid and
good friend, “Lottie” Means, also here for the celebration. There
weren’t too many times that Mr. Patrick wasn’t interrupted at a meal
to find someone at the door needing help of some kind, which he gave
willingly to everyone and anyone.
Rev. James Moss, now of Abbeville, S.C., called attention to the
Patrick ministry during his prayer Sunday during the 11 o’clock wor-
ship services. He recalled that the church had reached as far as the
Margrace Community, where he grew up, and into the Dixon Com-
munity to 'serve the needs of many. The Patrick influence reached
much further and touched many lives during almost a quarter century
in Kings Mountain alone.
Rev. B.F. Ormand Jr., now of Brevard, who like James Moss was
raised in the First Presbyterian Church and called into the ministry,
THE PATRICKS - Rev. and Mrs. P.D. Patrick served longer
than any other minister of First Presbyterian Church, 23 years.
The Patricks are pictured above at a homecoming celebration
in 1958 at Dixon Presbyterian Church, an outpost of the First
church in his sermon and pointed out that a church is not the building
or the minister but a collection of true believers.
The true church practices both an individual gospel and a social
gospel and ministers to all, is the external conscious of the world, a
community to help those born again to apply Christ’s principles in the
world in all areas of the Christian life. The Christian believes he is his
brother’s keeper. Churches should not sit on the sidelines and be com-
fortable in their cultures, he said. He called for the church to challenge
social injustices and reminded that the recent killer tornado destroyed
a building in Red Springs but it did not destroy the church.
It was a sermon Preacher Patrick would have delivered.
Former pastors Rev. Gary Bryant, now of Charlotte, Dr. Paul
Ausley, who has retired and resides in Kings Mountain, and the pre-
sent minister, Rev. Eric Faust also participated in the service. A
standing-room-only crowd filled the sanctuary, extended into the choir
room and into the session room, where I found a seat. Lunch was serv-
ed in the fellowship hall and recreation building to more than 450 peo-
ple. The afternoon session was a service of praise in song and Shirley
(Mrs. Darrell) Austin said the “inspired” choir never sang better. The
concert by both the Adult and Junior Choir was super and much
credit should also be given to Mrs. Austin, the director and church
organist. Playing the organ was Patricia Harris Summrell, daughter of
the late Bessie Harris and niece of Paul and Lillian Mauney. Playing
the piano was Ellen McCurdy (Mrs. R.B.) Elam. Trumpeters were
Karen and Richard G. Plyler, a brother and sister team, and Mark
Sanders. Randy Patterson was soloist for the choir’s rendition of
“Amazing Grace.”
The bell that was rung at the 11 o’clock service was a centennial gift
by the Neisler family in honor of the late Paul Neisler, Jr. Church
history books and cookbooks were distributed during the afternoon.
On the church’s 150th birthday a time capsule will be opened and
members in 2032 can read about what happened Sunday.
The commemorative program was a reproduction of a charcoal
sketch of the 100 year old church and copies suitable for framing are
to be distributed to members.
The celebration committee left nothing untouched. Red Geraniums
brightened the entrance to the church on the lawn and were used in
the windows of the sanctuary.
The entire congregation worked hard to make the 100th birthday
celebration a memorable, never-to-be forgotten day.
was the keynote speaker Sunday. He re-enacted the concept of the :
Funeral services for Mrs, Hat-
tie Whitesides Hudspeth, 88, of
206 S. Gaston St., who died
Wednesday in Gaston Memorial
Hospital, were conducted Satur-
day afternoon at 2 p.m. from
Boyce Memorial ARP Church
of which she was a member.
Rev. William Tyson, assisted
by Rev. Robert Summey, of-
ficiated at the rites, and inter-
ment was in Mountain Rest
Mrs. Hudspeth was a native of
York County, daughter of the
late John Erskine and Jennie
Thomasson Whitesides. Her hus-
band was the late Thomas Glenn
Hudspeth. ?
Surviving are two daughters,
Mrs. Geneva Wells of Gastonia
and Mrs. Juanita Steffy of Kings
Mountain; one sister, Miss
Marie Whitesides of Kings
Mountain; four grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.
The family has designated
memorials to Boyce Memorial
ARP Church, Kings Mountain,
NC 28086.
Funeral services for Mrs.
Mamie L. Gibbons, 93, of
Route 5, who died Saturday in
Kings Mountain Convalescent
Center after several year’s il-
Iness, were conducted Monday
afternoon at 3 p.m. from Oak
Grove Baptist Church of which
she was a member.
Rev. Bruce Hancock and Rev.
Russell Hinton officiated at the
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After the meeting, Comm.
Humes Houston said he voted
against the motion because Moss
is employed by the city as a full-
time mayor and the chief ex-
ecutive officer of the city.
Houston, chairman of the City’s
Personnel Committee, said the
heads of the various departments
have been running their own
department on an individual
basis since Huffman quit and
that it is difficult for an
employee to operate with more
than one boss. Other major
departments of the city include
water and sewer, gas, electric,
streets, and sanitation, and
The King motion deletes the
gas department, of which Jimmy
Maney is supervisor, from falling
under the supervision of a public
works superintendent.
Comm. King said that his pro-
posal would give the department
heads someone to report to and
did not elaborate. He has said
previously that the procedure
the city operates under in
regards to public works is illegal.
According to North Carolina
General Statutes, neither the
mayor or a commissioner can act
as a department head.
Mayor Moss said after the
meeting that he has never con-
rites, and interment ‘was in the
church cemetery.
A native of Cleveland Coun-
ty, Mrs. Gibbons was daughter
of the late Billy and Salina
Champion Hamrick and was
husband of the late Roland Gib-
Surviving are two sons,
Johnny McKinney of
Pickens,S.C. and Sam Lovelace
of Kings Mountain; one
daughter, Mrs. Minerva
Philbeck of Kings Mountain;
one brother, Arthur Hamrick of
Blacksburg,S.C., 16 grand-
children,24 greatgrandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Charles
Lloyd Price, Sr., 53, of 133 Ark
Street, who died Thursday in the
Kings Mountain Hospital, were
conducted Sunday afternoon at
3 p.m. from Midview Baptist
Church by the Rev. James
Hamrick. Interment was in
Bessemer City Cemetery.
Mr. Price was a Gaston Coun-
ty native, son of the late Oscar
Burrell and Maggie Lynch Price.
He was a textile employee.
Surviving are his wife, Mary
Trusdale Price; three sons,
Charles Price, Jr., Calvin Ray
Price, and Thomas W. Weaver,
all of Kings Mountain; three
stepsons, Clyde R., Alvin C. and
Dannny E. Weaver, all of Kings
Mountain; two daughters, Mary
Ann Flowers and Cathy Ann
Weaver, both of Kings Moun-
tain; a stepdaughter, Phylles
Kaye Akers of Kings Mountain;
a brothers, Billy Eugene Price of
Bessemer City; and eight grand-
Funeral services for Roy
Acheson Tedder, 78, of 1931
Kendrick Circle in Shelby, who
died Wednesday in Cleveland
Memorial Hospital, were con-
ducted Friday afternoon at 3.
p.m. from Grover First Baptist
Church - of which he was a
Dr. Paul Sorrells and Rev.
Frank Monroe officiated at the
rites and interment was in
sidered himself acting director of
public works but as coordinator
of the activities of all department
Commissioner Gaffney said
he voted “no” because it was the
first time he had heard anything
about it (King’s motion.)
The Mayor said he has no ob-
jection to hiring a public works
director and that applications
will be taken.
King said that the Natural
Gas Department is currently
under a “show cause” order from
the State Utilities Commission
and, in his opinion, it would be
unfair and impractical for a new
public works supervisor to come
in and try to assume those
responsibilities until the matters
are corrected. After the “show
cause” order is removed, King
said he would recommend that
the gas department and utilities
departments also come under the
direction of the Superintendent
of Public Works.
King said that citizen com-
plaints had prompted his motion
on Monday and he sees those
problems resolved with employ-
ment of a superintendent of
public works which will relieve
the mayor of some of the respon-
sibility. “John (the mayor) has
too much to do. This action
gives the department heads so-
meone to report to immediately.
Grover Cemetery.
Mr. Tedder was a native of
Denison, Texas, son of the late
John and Mammie Mysen Ted-
der. He was retired from Minette
Mills. :
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Elizabeth Bryant Tedder; a son,
Malcolm E. Tedder of Mat-
thews; two daughters, Libby
Wallace and Hilda Greene, both
of Shelby; a brothers, Dan M.
Tedder of Rock Hill, S.C. nine
Memorials may be made to
the Grover First Baptist Church,
Grover, NC 28073.
Funeral rites for Wallace
Dean Shockley, 57, of 1521 An-
thony Drive in Gastonia, were
conducted Tuesday morning at
11 oclock from the Chapel of
Harris Funeral Home By Rev.
Philip H. Gibbs, interment
following in Mountain Rest
Mr. Shockley died Sunday in
Gaston Memorial Hospital. He
was a native of Greenville Coun-
ty, S.C. and an accountant. He
was a former Scoutmaster and a
veteran of World War II. He was
son of John Dean Shockley of
Kings Mountain and the late
Katie Selma Moody Shockley.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Gay Bennett Shockley; his
father; one son, Jeff Shockley of
Stanley; one daughter, Mrs.
Susan Sorrow of Gastonia; two
brothers, Earl and Danny
Shockley of Kings Mountain;
oen sister, Mrs. Vivinnee Scates
of Kings Mountain; and one
Funeral services for Douglas
Wade Middleton, 54, of Lin-
colnton, formerly of Kings
Mountain, were conducted Sun-
day afternoon from First United
Methodist Church of Lin-
colnton, interment following in
Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Middleton died Thursday.
He was vice president ofm in-
ing and exploration at Lithium
Corporation, Bessemer City.
The superintendent, in turn,
would be responsible only to the
board of city commissioners.
In other action:
The Board approved final con-
struction plans from attorney
Mickey Corry for professional
office on land purchased from
the city as part of its urban
development project. Parcel No.
1 is on the north side of First
Union National Bank near Hoke
Electric. Corry said he expects to
begin construction by late April
on the spacious brick-glass office
The Board forwarded to the
Planning and Zoning Board re-
quest by C.T. Carpenter Realty,
agent for Mrs. Clyde Kerns, for
rezoning from R-10 to R-0 her
property on Williams Street ad-
jacent to the KM Convalescent
Center. Mrs. Kerns has asked for
rezoning to allow expansion of
the rest home.
The Board also forwarded to
the Planning and Zoning Board
the request of Mr. and Mrs.
Doytt Falls for rezoning from
R-8 to R-20. Their property
fronting 65 feet on the north side
of Ridge Street for placement of
a mobile home.
The Board awarded bid to the
high bidder, South Mountain
Pulpwood of Lattimore, at
$11.25 per cord on stump for
trees at the Board of Outdoor
MINISTERS LED SERVICE The five ministers, above, led the service of praise and worship
during First Presbyterian Church’s 100th celebration Sunday. From left Rev. Gary Bryant. Dr.
Ben F. Ormand. Jr., Dr. Paul Ausley. Rev. Eric Faust, the present minister, and Rev. James
Moss. Both Rev. Ormand and Rev. Moss are former members who were called into the
Survivors include his wife,
Bobbie Peeler Middleton; a son,
Dean Middleton of Globe, Ariz.;
stepson, Joe Cherry II of
Charleston, W.Va.; two step-
daughters, Vonde Fierro of
Nashville, Tn., and Lisa Cherry
of Arlington, Va., brother, Gary
Middleton of Cedar City, Utah.
The funeral will be conducted
by the Rev. Bill Harie at 3:30
p.m. Sunday at First United
Methodist Church. Burial will be
in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to
the American Heart Association,
Rt. 1, Box 55-C, Denver, N.C.
Funeral services for Andrew
Jackson, 94, of 602 Beech St. in
Gaffney, S.C., father of Mrs.
Edythe Self of Kings Mountain,
were conducted Wednesday
morning at 11 o'clock from the
Chapel of Harris Funeral Home.
Rev. James Sanders officiated
at the rites and interment was in
Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Jackson died Monday
evening in Devine Saviour
Hospital in York, S.C. He was a
retired textile employee and son
of the late John Marion and
Jane Gibson Jackson.
Surviving are two sons, Fred
Jackson of York, S.C. and L.D.
Jackson of Gaffney, S.C., two
daughters, Edythe Self of Kings
Mountain and Mrs. Susie
Kineses of West Alexandria,
Ohio; 15 grandchildren, 26
great-grandchildren and seven
Rev. Eric Faust and Mrs. Jack
Arnette represented First
Presbyterian Church and Rev.
Graham Wood and Mrs. Wayne
Wells represented Dixon
Presbyterian Church at a
meeting of Concord Presbytery
in Winston Salem Tuesday.
Pathway Gospel Church will
sponsor a gospel sing on Satur-
day night at 7 p.m. at the church
on Parkdale Circle. The Holmes
Trio will be featured group. Rev.
James Hamrick invited the
public to attend.
Board To Hire PW Director
Recreation Project on Moss
Lake and approved a change
order for waterline for the BOR
Project at additional municipal
cost of $8,549.70 on recommen-
dation of consulting engineers
who said that a 12 inch, instead
of an eight inch water line, is re-
The Board approved a new
Policies and Procedures Com-
mittee to include Commissioner
~ Corbet Nicholson as chairman,
and Commissioners Gaffney and
Houston to work with various
department heads in preparing
policies and procedures and br-
inging back recommendations to
the board. Booklets spelling out
the policies will be prepared after
board study.
~ Celebration
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and Mrs. Bill Thompson of Con-
cord, Mrs. Mildred Bernhardt of
Concord, sisters of the guest
speaker, Dr. B. F. Ormand; Mrs.
James Ormand of Gastonia,
sister-in-law of the guest speaker;
Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Betty Patrick)
Merritt of Roanoke, Va., Mr.
and Mrs. Johnny Houston of
Louisburg and Mr. and Mrs.
Porter Houston of Winston
Salem, brothers and sisters-in-
law of Humes Houston; Betty
Mrs. JW.) Timberlake, Jr. of
Lake Waccamaw and daughter,
Vickie Burton of Gold Head
Island; Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake
and son, Joe, of Richmond, Va.;
Mr. and Mrs. Ken (Mary Lillian
Lewis) Nantz and children of
Charlotte; Mr. and Mrs. Lawson
Brown of Davidson County
Schools; Rev. and Mrs. Gary
Bryant, Elizabeth and Mark An-
drew of Charlotte; Rev. and
Mrs. James Moss of Abbeyville,
S.C., Rev. Hutch Hutchinson of
Grover; Elaine and Steve
Hundley; Charles Padgett of
Charlotte; Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Padgett of New Jersey; Captain
and Mrs. W.F (Pauline Neisler)
Brewer of Henderson, N.C. and
Rev. and Mrs. BF. Ormand of
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