Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities

Summerville Church
Weekly Drive-in Church:  Join us in worship Sundays at 11:00am.  Please arrive around 10:50 to get parked and get your radio ready.  Pastor Thomas will be preaching to us on 101.7 FM.  
Everyone is welcome!  “Come as you are...but stay in your car!”

Fairview UMC
Fairview UMC will have their services streamed to YouTube at 9:30 am on Sundays, until able to met once again. To access the YouTube channel, go through the Church’s Facebook page to find the link to the current sermon or type the following into your browser

Cid UMC will have Drive in Service at 11:00am on Sundays. You will need to remain in your car and tune into 87.9FM to hear the service.
Pleasant Grove Methodist Announces Memorial Service
Pleasant Grove Church (Loftin Road) has set plans for its annual Memorial Service. The service will be held at 11:00 AM on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, there will be possible changes to the traditional service. In an effort to comply with State and Methodist Conference requirements and suggestions, we ask that everyone check in upcoming editions of the ORATOR for these changes to  ensure a safe and meaningful service at Pleasant Grove.

Hand-held American Flags
On Saturday, July 4th, during the midday hours, the Clear Spring United Methodist Church members will be giving away hand-held American Flags at the Veteran’s Monument at Clear Springs United Methodist Church. The monument was constructed during the summer of 2015 as the Eagle Scout project for Christopher Parrish from Denton’s Boy Scout Troop 101.
The last several months have been difficult for our community and country, and this is a small way to spread joy and positivity.  Please stop by and help us celebrate our Country’s Independence.  The monument is located at Clear Springs UMC at 4321 S Main Street Extension.  Social distancing will be observed for everyone’s safety.


Shirley Soles
Mrs. Shirley Gardner Soles, 68, a resident of Old Highway 64, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the High Point Medical Center. She was born on July 22, 1951 to the late Lockie Gardner Hinson in Spruce Pine, NC. Shirley was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Denton. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who had a passion for making people happy and spending time with her family. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her son, Daniel Lee Soles.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Danny Soles of the home; one daughter, Brittany LeAnn Soles King and husband Clint of Denton; daughter-in-law, Mistie Soles; one brother, Larry Dean Gardner and special sister-in-law, Christine of Lexington; three sisters, Nina Sue Abernathy of Thomasville, Elizabeth Jean Overby and husband Wayne of Lexington, and Mary Ellen Equils and husband Les of Lexington; three grandchildren, Natalie Soles, Zander Floyd, and Bryson Soles; special niece, Angela Spears; special nephew, Anthony Boggs; best friends, Carol Kendrick and Janice Brown; and many other nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Denton on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Scott Hardy and Rev. Daniel Hosler officiating. Mrs. Soles will lie in state at the JC Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from the hours of 3:00 to 7:00 PM for anyone to come by and pay their respects. Burial will be held at Community Baptist Church in Silver Valley. The family would like to send a special thanks to all the doctors and nurses who helped during this difficult time, specifically Dr. Sanders and nurse Rhonda. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Kathy Ward
Kathy Ward, 69, of Eau Claire, WI, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on June 16, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.  Visitation with family present to greet friends was from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls.  Navy Military Honors began the visitation at 2:00 p.m.
Kathy Ward, daughter of Paul and Sandy (Hall) Ward was born June 28, 1950, in Denton, North Carolina.  She graduated from Denton High School in 1968.  After high school she enlisted in the United States Navy and while stationed in Pensacola, Florida she met Marvin Jewell.  They were married and the union was blessed with two children, Ritchie and Sheila.  The family lived in rural Corson, SD, Sioux Falls, SD, Osseo, MN, and then back to Sioux Falls.
In 2000, Kathy moved to Eau Claire, WI to be with her partner, Michael Showalter.  Together they enjoyed watching NASCAR, cheering for their favorite sports teams, and caring for their canine and feline companions.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Ritchie Jewell of Sioux Falls; daughter, Sheila (Brian Smith) Jewell of Lake Norden, SD; partner, Michael Showalter of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren, Hunter and Kaden Smith; sister, Connie Hunt of Stanfield, NC; and her special four legged friend, Major.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Gail McKay.