Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities


Denton Church of God
Denton Church of God will be hosting a singing featuring the group “Covenant”. The concert will take place on Saturday, August 20th at 6:00pm. You can find out more on the group at Come be with us for a night of great singing and worshiping God!  

Summerville Baptist Church

Summerville Baptist Church is hosting a clothing closet giveaway on August 20th from 8:00am until 11:00am in the fellowship hall located at 3134 Summerville Church Road.

Clear Spring United Methodist Church
Clear Spring United Methodist Church will be having their homecoming on August 21st at 11:00am. A covered dish meal will follow the service.

Liberty Fellowship Church

Liberty Fellowship Church will be having homecoming on Sunday August 21st, 2022 at 10:30am. Everyone is invited to join us for a special singing, praise and preaching. Covered dish meal and fellowship will follow the service. Liberty Fellowship Church is located at 8165 New Hope Road, Denton NC and the church pastor is Jamie Draughn.

Faith Baptist Church Fifties Café & Cruise-In

Faith Baptist Church will be having our 19th annual Fifties Café & Cruise-In on Saturday, September 10th from 4pm until 7pm. Cars, motorcycles, tractors, all welcome. Please bring canned foods for the Upper Room Ministry in Southmont. FREE FOOD, donations appreciated. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music. Faith Baptist Church is located at 4518 Shiptontown Road in Denton (just off  highway 8 near Pebble Beach). For more information call David at 336-798-1840.

Lick Creek Baptist Church Homecoming

Lick Creek Baptist Church Homecoming is moved to the 2nd Sunday in September. Join us for 2022 Homecoming on September 11th 2022. Guest speaker will be Hulon Tait.

Denton Wesleyan Church Food Pantry
Food Pantry- Free grocery pick-up
Lower level of Denton Wesleyan Church
16345 Hwy 109 south
Tuesday and Thursday’s: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm


Central United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 until 12:00 for “Sharing God’s Abundance” to those in our community.  The church is located at 276 W. 1st Street, Denton.  Look for signs leading to the church entrance.  One food bag is available per family once a week.

Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church Clothes Closet
Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church has a Clothes Closet which provides a large selection of very nice clothes for free. It includes a variety of winter and summer clothes, shoes, coats, jackets etc. as well as children’s clothes, baby clothes and blankets.  We also have men’s suits, dress shirts, ties, women’s suits, and nice dresses.  We are open, weather permitting, on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-5:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 9-12:00. If there is an emergency need, call 336-461-9191.
Pleasant Grove Church sets Homecoming and Revival — IMPORTANT CHANGES!
Due to scheduling conflicts, Pleasant Grove will have an expanded revival this year. Starting on Monday, Aug. 22, at 7:00 pm and continuing through Wednesday, Aug. 24, TYLER GAULDEN will speak, with special music each evening.

THEN, on Sunday, Aug. 28, Homecoming service will be held at 11:00 am, with speaker TBA and special music, followed by a catered meal afterwards. Revival will continue that night at 7:00 pm with speaker Thomas Frizzell and special music by the Summerville Baptist Church choir. Revival will continue Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept.1 with speakers TBA and special music each evening.


Erica Graham
Erica Renae Graham, 32, of Denton, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Asheboro, with Charles Reeder officiating.
Erica was born on July 26, 1990, in Randolph County. She worked as phlebotomist at Randolph Hospital. Erica loved her children, her family and her fur babies; especially Daisy. She loved everything outdoors, including horses, camping and fishing. Erica never met a stranger and everyone’s face would light up when she entered a room.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Earl and Olive Barlekamp; maternal grandpa, Lawrence “Jack” Jackson Bishop; and step-grandfather, William Buck King.
She is survived by her parents, David Barlekamp (Jodi) of Denton and Jacqueline Bishop Greene of Greensboro; children, Timothy Mason Britt, Lacy Grace Britt; brother, Derick Lee Smith (April) of Pleasant Garden; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Rico of Florida.
The family received friends from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 13, 2022, prior to the service.
Condolences may be made online at

Wayne Plaster
Kenneth Wayne Plaster, 82, of Denton, died Saturday, August 06, 2022 at Brookdale Senior Living in Lexington.  
A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Chris Smith officiating.  Burial was private at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Born in Patrick County, VA, on September 27, 1939, he was the son Thomas Albert and Daisy Martin Plaster.  He had retired from the Davidson County School System, where he was a teacher and a coach at South Davidson High School.  He was a member of Chapel Hill UMC. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Wayne Plaster, a brother, Joe Plaster and a sister, Mary Jean Harris.
Plaster earned his teaching degree at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC and before moving to Denton, he also taught for several years in Columbia and Warrenton.
He lived in Denton for fifty years and taught for more than 25 years at Denton and South Davidson high schools, starting in 1969. During those years, Plaster became the most prolific athletic coach in school history, coaching around 1,000 athletic contests, and numerous different sports, including girls and boys basketball, volleyball, cross country, football, and baseball. He was also the school’s athletic trainer for many years, and also athletic director during the school’s transition to becoming South Davidson.
As a girls basketball coach in the early 1970s, Plaster had one of the strongest teams around, playing much larger schools, and with records as winning as 21-3, and with two all-state players. With a short crew cut in those early years, Plaster was known for his hard edge and fighting spirit, but his players always knew how much he cared and that winning wasn’t everything. Plaster was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame in 2016
As a teacher in Denton, he taught literally hundreds of students in history and PE, sometimes even multiple generations of the same family. His approach to teaching was often innovative, pioneering the use of genealogy in the classroom with a door to door fundraising campaign to purchase reference books, and a graveyard cataloging project. Later in his career when he also taught at the high school extended day program, he was an early adopter of a contract based learning styles approach.
During and after his career as a teacher, Plaster also served his community in other ways, including twice being the foreman of jury trials, and serving on the Denton town council for several terms.
After retirement, Plaster learned pottery from local community college classes and sold his work at shops and festivals all over the state. Known for his hat and beard, he earned repeat business from his customers, who returned year after year for his creations, like this barrels or his angels.
Plaster lived the last few years of his life at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lexington.
Wayne is survived by his son, Jonathan “Scott” Plaster of Lexington; daughter, Michelle Conner of Philadelphia PA; 5 grandchildren.
The family received friends from 2 to 3 PM Saturday prior to the service at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.
Memorials may be made to the South Davidson Resource Center, PO Box 1197, Denton, NC 27239
Online condolences can be made to the family at
Candace Hammond
Candace Wells Hammond passed away peacefully on August 9, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Candace died of complications from Metastatic Cancer. She was 78 years old.
A lifelong resident of Farmer, NC, Candace graduated from Farmer School and continued education at the Toby-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City.  
The design-based education in New York, and her introduction to the fashion and arts scene of 1960’s Greenwich Village, formulated her lifelong passion of high style. Her style was her signature. It was original and unconventional. It radiated from her personal appearance to her surroundings at home, and it influenced her choices of work. Candace’s appearance was eye catching and bold with a love of hats, fine furs, beads, jewels and fancy shoes. She surrounded herself at home with splashes of bright colors, walls laden with art, furnishings in lavish upholsteries and tables covered with collections. Candace was a published writer and illustrator and worked other jobs during her life in the creative fields of decorating, design, and landscaping.
There was an adventurous and fearless side to Candace that took her on multiple and sometimes lengthy trips to various parts of the world. Many times, alone. One of those trips was more than 35 years ago to Roatan, Honduras. Roatan became her home away from home. She visited Roatan regularly for the remainder of her life.
Beyond her style and sense of adventure, there were things that she held most dear. Candace loved her friends and family; she loved Farmer and Roatan and she loved her animals.  
Candace shared herself with many people. Her friends from North Carolina and Honduras are many.  They were loyal and true. Her family has stood by her and is grateful that she has been the hub to keep our extended family together. Candace spent her last months with her sister and in Alaska. She made many new friends during that short time.  
During the last month she spoke often of a long-term relationship that ended tragically. She talked of the brutal death of a loved one who was captured, tortured and killed in Beirut, Lebanon in 1985.  It was during this period that Candace discovered Roatan, Honduras. It was a place to find solace after the tragedy.  
Candace always loved Farmer for the great childhood memories, for the land and the people. Roatan was cherished for the friends, the beauty and the simplicity that reminded her of the way life used to be. Pets always played an important role in Candace’s life. They were constant companions. If she could have rescued every animal, she would. She cared deeply for her animals.  
Candace was hospitalized for three and a half days in Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, Alaska, in comfort care status. She was there at the time of her death. Many have said prayers and they were received. The Chaplin’s visit and his prayers with her was when she let go. Candace left on her final journey.
Candace was predeceased by her parents, Richard Keith and Louella Hammond of Farmer, North Carolina. She is survived by her sister Pandora Willingham (James) of Soldotna, Alaska; niece Katura Willingham (Ryan Haynes) of Anchorage, Alaska; nephew Cameron Willingham of Anchorage, Alaska; and uncle W.A. Hammond (Doris) of Farmer, North Carolina. She is also survived by 7 cousins that she loved.  
The family would like to thank Jonathan Hammond, for his gracious emotional support during this time of crisis. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences from Candace’s extended family and caring friends. A special thank you to William Heafner, the Soldotna Senior Center and the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program. Finally, a heartfelt thank-you, to her friends from Honduras, Rosa, Marva, Pilar, Robin and Connie, who enabled Candace to visit and stay one last time in Roatan.    
Candace Wells Hammond’s cremated remains will be brought to Farmer by her Alaskan family, at which time there will be a memorial service. The date is yet to be determined. Notification will be by email.
If you wish to donate on Candace’s behalf, the family requests it be sent to Farmer Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Della Richey, 3594 Richey Road, Denton, N.C.  27239, or to an animal rescue organization of your choice.