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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Don’t forget about “Clean-Up Day” at Sandy Ridge Community Center on Saturday, August 5 beginning at 8 am. We need volunteers to help clean the inside of the building and spruce up the outside. Pine needles have been donated by S & S Lawn Care and they are going to mow and weed eat where needed. We will have biscuits, coffee and juice for all volunteers.

There will be a blood drive at Lawsonville Community Center on Saturday, August 5 from 9 to 1:30 pm. According to a press release from the American Red Cross, they are facing a critical summer blood shortage. Blood donations are being sent to hospitals as fast as they come in. Come on out and donate, if you are able, and make a difference!

On Saturday, August 12, Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys as well as None of the Above. We begin at 6 pm and have 50/50 raffle and concessions. The committee members – Carolyn Craig, Barbara Spencer, Junior Hall and George Cutchins urge all to join us in our efforts to bring bluegrass and gospel music back to the ridge. Wear your dancing shoes!

The 2017 Community Tent Revival is coming soon! Beginning Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm – Friday, August 18, Pastor John Dorsey will be speaking. There will be special singing by The Butcher Family, By Grace and several others. Location is 1869 NC 770, Sandy Ridge. This was a huge success last year; so, don’t miss it!

Please keep Madeline Watkins in your thoughts and prayers. She is at LifeBrite in Danbury after being diagnosed with cancer. I miss our weekly chats when I would call her for Delta UMC news. She is such a sweet woman.


Patsy Oakley was born in 1940 in Eden, NC to Tommy and Nannie Lou Martin. She has two brothers, Ernest Lee and Joseph who live in Madison and a sister, Mary Sue, who lives in Sandy Ridge. She had a brother, Billy, who passed away.

She attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and graduated from Sandy Ridge High School in 1958. She met her husband, Andy, at church and they were married in 1958. She worked for Gem Dandy, Stoneville Furniture and retired from Bassett Walker. They have a daughter, Dawn Boles, and one granddaughter, Maranda Fowlkes who also live in Sandy Ridge.

Patsy loves to sew, mostly alterations. She said, “I have sewed for a lot of people in the community as well as outside the community. I guess my Mom was my inspiration. She loved to do anything – crafts, knitting, crocheting. She was a good Christian woman.” If she could have lunch, just one more time with anyone, it would be her Mom. When she goes on vacation, she enjoys traveling to Myrtle Beach and the mountains in TN. She said, “I never cared much about traveling. There is no better place than home.” She considers her greatest accomplishment in life to be her daughter, Dawn, and her granddaughter, Maranda.

Patsy is a member of Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church, and she would like to be remembered as a good Christian who loved everybody.

Thank you, Patsy, for taking the time to let us get to know you better. And, if you need anything altered, she is the one to call.


“One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.” –Joy Hargove


Seven Layer Salad

6 cups chopped lettuce

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

2 cups frozen peas, thawed

8 – 16 oz. bacon, crisp-cooked, drained & crumbled

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mild cheddar cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

1 – 2 tbsp. sugar

¼ cup sliced green onions with tops


Place 3 cups of the lettuce in bottom of large bowl; sprinkle with salt & pepper. Layer the hardboiled egg slices over the lettuce in bowl and sprinkle with more salt & pepper. Continue to layer vegetables in this order: peas, remaining lettuce, crumbled bacon and shredded cheese, along with light sprinklings of salt & pepper. Combine mayonnaise and sugar; spread over top, spreading to edge of the bowl to coat entire salad. Cover and chill overnight, or up to 24 hours. Just before serving, garnish the salad with green onions and a little paprika. Toss and serve. Options: Use ham instead of bacon and replace second layer of lettuce with chopped spinach or baby spinach. Serve with fresh tomato wedges, and if possible, serve in large glass bowl so all layers will be visible.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News