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Lena Priddy called with news from Oak Ridge Baptist Church. The youth are hosting dessert and conversation with the seniors on Sunday, April 3 at 5:30 p. m. in the fellowship hall. All seniors are invited. The church’s 150th anniversary is approaching. If you have any wedding photos of couples who were married at the church, please contact Ann Dalton at 871-3192. These will be displayed during the anniversary celebration.

Carolyn Manuel of Riverside Baptist Church is inviting everyone to come hear Brother Randy Roberts speak on Sunday, April 10 at their 6:00 evening service. On Saturday, April 16, they are having a yard and bake sale from 7:00 a. m. until 2:00 p. m. There will be various baked goods, children and adult clothing as well as other items.

Once more, contact Eddie Belcher at 871-2496 or 932-7480 if you can help with hot dog donations for the Boy Scout Annual Car Show which will be Saturday, May 28. You may also contact Jimmy Ellington at 871-2049.

Sympathy is extended to the following family and friends of:

Kaylan White Hughes – passed away Friday, March 25 at the age of 23

Thurman “Shorty” Mabe – passed away Sunday, March 27 at the age of 81

Prayers are needed for Jason Wilmoth and Junior Martin who were recently involved in a car accident. Both sustained serious multiple injuries and are in Baptist Hospital.

Samantha Brown, SRES PTA President is announcing their PTA Spring Fundraiser which will be on May 14. They will be selling a 7 – 8 lb. Boston Butt with your choice of sauce, bbq or white slaw and a 12 pack of buns for $50.00. To pre-order, contact her at 406-8041, send an e-mail to or visit their Facebook page.

Bobby Wayne Manring is inviting family of John Washington and One Branch Manring to a family reunion to be held April 16 from 12 noon until 3 p. m. at Germanton Park in Germanton. Please bring covered dish and drink of your choice. However, no alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Sandy Ridge Music Association is proud to welcome Smokey Hollow Bluegrass and The Southern Gentlemen to The Sandy Ridge Community Center on Saturday, April 9 at 6:00 p. m. On May 14, Heartstrings and Chords of Faith will perform and on June 11, The Shelton Brothers and Cecil Hall and The Dominion Bluegrass Boys will be there. Don’t miss this monthly community event. We need your support.


When I contacted this 97 years young lady, she said, “I have been expecting you to call me.” Doris Wall was born November 25, 1918 in Pittsylvania County, VA and grew up in Axton, VA. She attended Radford State Teacher’s College and taught at Sandy Ridge Elementary for 27 years before retiring. Prior to that, during World War II, she worked in the Treasury Dept. in Washington, D. C. for several summers when school was out. That was before she met and married John Wesley Wall in 1945 and moved to Stokes County. She has a son, Leon Wall, who lives in Madison, one grandson and one great-granddaughter. She also has a stepdaughter who lives in Wilson.

She said she chose a teaching career because she loves children so much. She taught primary grades and said her one true talent is working with little children. Doris has been a quilter all her life and belongs to several quilting clubs. She also loves to read anything and everything. I asked her what her favorite TV show is, and she said, “I hardly ever turn it on. I am not a TV person.” She does not have a favorite vacation spot, and said she has about covered all ground in her day. While working at R. J. Reynolds, her son was sent to Switzerland. He took the family on a vacation there for three weeks. She has walked under the Eiffel Tower and hiked the Swiss Alps.

Her husband passed away in 1975 and she did not remarry. But for the past 16 years, she said she has a faithful friend who is with her every day. That would be her Miniature Boston Bull, Spanky.

She has been a member of Snow Hill Methodist Church for 70 years. She said, “I love my church, my church family, and I love God.”

Doris still drives, but only to Sandy Ridge and around Lawsonville. I asked her what her secret is to living to be 97. Since she has lost her hearing – her own words – she misunderstood me and said, “by the way I run my tongue, I have no secrets.” I asked her again, and she said, “tend to my own business and stay out of trouble.” Her mother lived to be 110, and now she is working on 98. She said I have seen a lot, and I hope to see a lot more. Doris, I hope you do too,

Thank you, Joanne Hall, for recommending this wonderful lady for Citizen of the Week. And, thank you, Doris, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein

I heard this quote while watching the movie, “Miracles from Heaven.” This is a wonderful movie, and one that all parents should see. It would be a good one to show at church too.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 341-8707, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News