Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities


Richard Graves
Mr. Richard Lee Graves, 88 of Handy Road, Denton, NC died Saturday, November 30 at Concord Place Assisted Living in Concord.
A memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 7 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Derald Smith.  Inurnment with Military Honors will be at Lineberry United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will see friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Saturday, at Briggs Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence of the Daughter on Handy Road, Denton.

Mr. Graves was born Randolph County March 8, 1931.  He attended North Carolina State University where he obtained a degree in Textile Engineering.  He was a veteran of the U S Airforce serving during the Korean Conflict.  He was employed with Burlington Industries for 15 years and later was self employed selling Solar Heating Systems.  He was a member of Lineberry United Methodist Church and had attended Chandlers Grove United Methodist Church.  He was married to Alletta Daniels Graves who died March 14, 2010.  He was also preceded in death by his Mother Emily Graves Callicutt and by a grandson Ronald Frank Pleasants, III.

He is survived by daughters, Rosemary G Cranford and husband Mike of Denton; LeAnna Graves and partner Kathy Coyle of Lenoir; brother James Lewis Callicutt  of Asheboro; grandchildren, Rebekah Pleasants Waller and husband Jonathon, Emily Pleasants Morrison and husband Ryan and Morgan Pleasants; great grandchildren, Dakota Waller,  Eli Morrison, Riley Morrison and Parker Morrison.

Memorials may be made to any Hospice of donors choice or to Lineberry United Methodist Cemetery fund, c/o Linda Pearce, 2222 Piedmont School Road, Denton, NC 27239

Online condolences may be made at

Martha “Ann” Stone

Mrs. Martha “Ann” Simpson Stanford Stone, 77, of Noahtown Road, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Chipps officiating. Interment followed at Lexington City Cemetery. The family received friends Monday night at the funeral home. Online condolences may be given to the family at


Alleghany UMC Community Supper
Alleghany UMC will host its Community Supper in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2019 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Please join us for food and fellowship.

Bethel Baptist Church Christmas Program

The youth and young adults of Bethel Baptist Church will present: How The Grinch Found Christ in Christmas! Come see The Grinch and watch how the children of Whoville share what is really important in Christmas.  
Sunday, December 15 at 6:30pm. 
Refreshments to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Bethel Baptist Church is located on Klopman Mill Road.

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church

Pleasant Gove United Methodist Church, located on Loflin Road in Denton, will be having a Christmas program featuring Berryfield” Where Good Music Grows”.  The program will be Sunday December 8th 2019 at 5pm.  Refreshments will be provided after in the fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome!

Central United Methodist Church

2019 Advent Services
(Pastor:  Rev. Richard Blount)
· Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15: Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to donate to local missional outreach.  These Sundays are known as Mission Wreath Sundays.
· Sunday, December 15:  The Central United Methodist Youth Sunday School Class will present its annual Christmas play during the morning worship service.
· Sunday, December 15:  Central United Methodist Church will combine with a number of other area churches in hosting Christmas Open Church from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Visitors will be able to tour the church to see its Advent decorations, including the Chrismon Tree, and receive information about the history of the church as well as the meaning of the Chrismon decorations.  Christmas Carols will be played as guests walk around the church.  Refreshments will be served.
· Sunday, December 22:  The service will include two anthems by the Central UMC Choir accompanied by Michelle Surratt (piano) and Laura Futrell (cello).
· Tuesday, December 24:  Central UMC will host its annual Community Christmas Eve service  from 11:00 pm until 12:00 am.  This time of worship to usher in Christmas Day is a  long-standing community tradition.  The Central UMC Choir, accompanied by the Central UMC pianist, Nicholas Brewster, will provide special music.  The service will conclude with Holy Communion. 
· Sunday, December 29:  The morning worship service will be a celebration of Christmas Carols sung by both the congregation and the choir.