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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Thanks to everyone who came out and donated blood this past Saturday at Sandy Ridge Community Center. 21 units were donated; a little short of the goal, but was definitely appreciated.

Don’t forget about the revival in progress at Hilltop Baptist Church (Beasley School Road) through Friday, November 10. Rev. Don Ball is speaking nightly at 7 pm.

Come on out to the community center as Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Paula Dellenback & Fox River, Steve Marshall & High Road and The Fitzgeralds on Saturday, November 11 beginning at 6 pm. Our very own George Cutchins will be playing bass with Paula Dellenback, Cindy McPherson, David Crawford and Barry Collins. Steve Marshall will have Ian Golding, Patrick Lindsey and Ethan Edwards accompanying him. My brother, Carlton Fitzgerald, and Harvey Hawks will be playing and singing with me. As always, we will have concessions and 50/50 raffle. Let’s pack the house and show our appreciation to these groups who travel to our community to share their talent and time with us.

There will be a stew at NE Stokes Volunteer Fire Dept. on Saturday, November 18. Stew will be ready for pickup by 11 am for $6/qt.


I know this did not make the local news when it happened; but, we’ll tell everybody now.

Lester Pulliam, age 85 of Sandy Ridge, was thrown from a horse he was breaking in. Of course, like the tough man he is, he got up and walked away with 7 broken ribs and broken collarbone.

Lester is now 87 and still riding, although he is down to 1 horse and 1 mule.

He was born in 1930 to Charlie and Louvenia Pulliam. Raised in Stokes County, he attended Sandy Ridge School. He has a twin brother, Paul, who also lives in Sandy Ridge and 2 sisters – Ethel who lives in FL and Linda who lives in Mayodan. His brother, Charlie Daniel, passed away in 1967.

Lester said he helped his Dad farm until he was 18 and then drove a truck for a wholesale company for 3 ½ years. He then went to work for Madison Throwing in 1951. The company changed hands several times and in 1991 he retired from Unifi.

He moved away from Sandy Ridge when he married Barbara. They had two daughters, Marsha and Susan and a son who had brain damage at birth. His wife cared for him until he passed away at the age of 21. Marsha and Susan have blessed him with two grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In 1985, he moved back to Sandy Ridge after living in Mayodan for 33 years. While in Mayodan, he served as Fire Chief for Mayodan Volunteer Fire Dept. He said, “My wife told me about some land for sale. Now, she was a city girl, and I couldn’t understand why she wanted to move to Sandy Ridge. But we did, and that’s when I started breaking horses. She passed away in 1990. If I could have dinner one more time with anybody, it would be her.”

Lester married Jeannie in 1996, someone he had known since the first grade. They are members of Mt. Herman Methodist Church. He said, “I like to ride horses a little, dance some, I enjoy bluegrass and country music, attending church; and, that’s about all I do these days.”

He said his mother was his biggest inspiration in life. “She was a good Christian woman and worried more about me than anyone. Especially after I became a teenager and started driving.”

Thank you, Boyd Joyce, for recommending this inspirational man. And, thank you Mr. Pulliam for taking the time to let us get to know you better. I really enjoyed our conversation.


“It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration.” —Frank Arrizazzi – TIP TOP Spiritual Lessons


Bacon Wraps

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. garlic salt or powder

12 slices bacon

24, 4 ½” long sesame breadsticks (1 pkg.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix Parmesan cheese with garlic salt or powder in a shallow bowl and set aside. Cut the slices of bacon in half so that each is approximately 5” long. Wrap each piece of bacon around a breadstick, starting at one end and finishing at other end. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15 min., or until bacon is browned. Remove from cookie sheet and immediately roll bacon wraps in cheese mixture. Let cool and serve at room temperature.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News