Snow delays anniversary celebration

Published 6:00 am Friday, December 31, 2010

The 13 inches of snow that fell Saturday and Sunday in Western Tidewater postponed Alfred and Alice Hewett’s celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary.

The Sedley couple, who married Dec. 26, 1955, planned to go George’s Steak House in Suffolk. They hope to get there this weekend.

The Hewetts married in Conway, S.C. One month after their wedding, they left their home in Whiteville, N.C., and moved to Sedley in hopes of finding work. Alfred got a job at Union Camp, where he remained for 40 years before retiring. Alice worked for Hancock Peanut Co. in Courtland for 26 years.

The Hewetts are the parents of Jimmy of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Gary of Sedley and Darrell in Courtland. They also have six grandchildren and a great-grandson.

* A new church will hold its first service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Isle of Wight Ruritan Hall, 17011 Courthouse Highway. The Liberty Biker Church’s first service will include “A Blessing of the Bikes.”

“The roads aren’t the safest place for a motorcyclist, and we’re just trying to keep them a little safer on the road,” said Jim Manner, pastor of Liberty Biker Church.

Manner, who lives in the Windsor area, explained that his church is a ministry to the motorcycle community.

“So many of them may not feel comfortable in the traditional church setting, and we wanted to create something on common ground with them,” he said. “I grew up in the church as many folks. My relationship with Christ has been a very fortunate blessing in my life. It’s something I want to share.”

Manner, who drives a Harley Davidson Road Ride, has been traveling by way of motorcycle ever since getting his driver’s license.

“The first thing I had (was a bike),” the 46-year-old said.

The Christian rock band Stronghold will provide the music during the Sunday service. Social time will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or call 376-3612.

* Dot Pugh shared a photo of her Christmas tree with us. It features a Union Camp ornament and another ornament of Fred Rabil with Fred’s restaurant, who turned 93 on Christmas Day.

Dot refers to Rabil as a kind man and good friend to all. As for the Union Camp ornament, Dot said it is dear to her and her family because so many family members worked at the defunct Franklin paper mill.

“It was a sad day when it closed down for all of us,” she said. “But life goes on.”

* Thanks to all for sending in photos from the big Christmas snow. Sara Little of Norfleet Street sent in a photo of 16-month-old Wesley Little, who had his first experience with snow on Sunday.