Nancy Moore to receive master’s degree

Published 8:16 am Friday, April 23, 2010

Nancy Moore of Ivor on May 29 will graduate with a master’s in divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond.

Her husband, John Moore, is quite proud, especially given his wife’s age. Nancy is 58.

“I think it’s excellent,” John said. “My philosophy in education is ‘it’s what you learn after you know that really counts.’”

Nancy is serving at a new Baptist church in Richmond and is looking for a permanent church. Residents since 1979, the Moores will relocate if necessary.

Nancy is also a registered nurse while her husband is the business manager at St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake.

The Moores are the parents of John Jr. and Brian, both of Wakefield, and the late Jennifer Moore, who passed at age 13 in June 1993.

■ May Lou Bryant of Courtland won $710 during Newsoms Ruritan Bingo last week. No one had won the jackpot in eight months.

“We Ruritans are so glad Mary Lou won tonight,” said caller John Skeeters, who is president of the club. “She has been playing with us since we began five years ago.”

Mary Lou won the jackpot after No. 62 was pulled and she shouted “Bingo.”

Needless to say, she and her husband, who was also playing, were very excited.

Gabrielle Taylor of Franklin won the “Winner Take All” game and the 50/50 cash raffle.

Bingo is played on the third Thursday of each month in Newsoms. The next Bingo night will be May 20.

Event chairwoman Betty Darden said cash prizes are awarded for all 12 games.

■ Elders Daren Rockwood of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Spencer Jones of Salt Lake City; and William Boy of Orem, Utah, have been in Franklin for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

When the church’s men are 19 they are asked to go on a two-year unpaid church mission anywhere in the world. The men in Franklin have been wearing dark suits and riding bikes.

Rockwood has been here for four to five months and expects to leave in three weeks.

“I love it,” he said about the area. “The people are amazing. I grew up country and I like it here.”

Young men like Rockwood can stay in an area for up to seven months. They do missionary work as well as community service for individuals and groups.

■ Jesse Thorpe recently completed the special agent course with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security in Washington, D.C.

Thorpe was recognized for his performance in physical fitness, defensive tactics, anti-terrorist driving and room entry tactics.

As an agent, he is available to be assigned anywhere in the world. Duties could include protecting the secretary of state, foreign dignitaries and diplomatic personnel.

Jesse is the son of J.B. and Je’Nen Thorpe of Statesville, N.C., and Steve and Jacki Doyle of South Hill and grandson of Rebecca Thorpe of Statesville.