Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McLeod of rural Coats announced the engagement of their daughter, Lois Gayle McLeod, to Ivan Edward Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Edison Stewart of Coats (Daily Record, Jan. 23, 1973).
The Oakdale Home Demonstration Club met with hostess, Ada Barefoot. Arlene Allen presided and Lunette Coats demonstrated “How to Properly Plant Shrubbery” to the 12 members present. Lubie Morris gave ideas on how to make arts and crafts gifts; Mrs. Barefoot gave safety hints on what to do if one was burned, and Callie Adams reported on how to eat right and stay happy and healthy.
Norfleet Gardner, coordinator for the Harnett County Schools Drivers Education Program, announced the third session of the Drivers Education Class work for 1972-73. H.L. Sorrell Jr. was instructing in the Coats school (Daily Record, Jan. 24, 1973).
Annie Christine Bass of rural Coats was injured in an early morning accident when the car her husband was driving was hit by Cathy McCoy of Erwin. Mrs. Haywood Penny of Coats was selected to be coordinator for the annual March of Dimes Campaign for the Coats, Erwin and Buies Creek area. She attended a reception at the Governor’s Mansion on Jan. 15, hosted by N.C. First Lady Mrs. James Holshouser for the 200 volunteers.
A June wedding was planned for Deborah Sue Hartley, daughter of Mary Ella Hartley, to Martin Dale Ennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ennis of Coats (Daily Record, 25, 1973).
A funeral service was held at Overby Funeral Chapel in Angier for Tommie E. Hedgepeth, 69, of Route 2, Angier, who died Saturday. Surviving him was his wife, Annie Lou Hayes Hedgepeth; two daughters, Dorothy Matthews and Ruth Lambert; four sons, James R. Hedgepeth, Sgt. Roy J. Hedgepeth, Claude A. Hedgepeth and Elvin Hedgepeth; two sisters, Maggie Chandler and Lora Smith; and a brother, W.D. Hedgepeth.
Mayor Ronald Coats of Coats replaced retiring Harnett Democratic Chairman Ed. McCormick (Daily Record, Jan. 29 1973).
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Grove Church in Johnston County for Percy E. Adams, retired timber man who was killed in an automobile accident. Surviving him was his wife, Gladys Coats Adams, and son, Fleetwood Adams of Coats (Daily Record, Feb. 5, 1973).
Good news came to the Dixon household. Elaine Dixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dixon Jr. of Coats, was awarded a Trustee Scholarship at Campbell College for the school year of 1972-73. Miss Dixon was a president’s list sophomore at Campbell and a graduate of Coats High School (Daily Record, Feb. 13, 1973).
M.E. Ennis, a prominent retired merchant, died on Tuesday at Good Hope Hospital. The retired farmer and merchant had been ill 14 years. He had operated a general merchandise store for 40 years until his ill health. He was born and resided in Harnett County for all of his life. He was the son of James A. and Ida Strickland Ennis.
Services were held in Coats Baptist Church where Mr. Ennis served as a deacon. Burial was in Devotional Gardens. Surviving him were his wife, Minnie Lee Ennis; three daughters, Helen Dixon, Edna Ennis and Sue Benner; five sons, Earl Ennis, Clyde Ennis, Warren Ennis, Charles Ennis and Shelton Ennis; and two sisters, Lois Johnson and Ethel Cooper (Daily Record, Feb. 14, 1973).
Kent Turlington was the newest entrant to the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Program that had allowed boys to enter the competition for the first time. Kent competed for state awards and a $1,500 scholarship (Daily Record, Feb. 21, 1973). Wonder how the competition went for Kent?
The Coats Lions Club honored Larry Denning and Joseph Lee Jr. praised Denning by awarded him the “Lion of the Year” for his outstanding service to the community and club. Mr. Denning was one of those instrumental in organizing the Coats Lions. The charter member held a position in Coats with the McKnight’s Drug Store. He was active in religious affairs of the community as well.
At the same recognition banquet, Julie Norris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Norris, was recognized as the Student of the Month at Coats High School for her outstanding achievements in scholastic work and her contributions to the total school effort (Daily Record, March 2, 1973).
Coats Museum Notes
The museum lost a wonderful friend and Coats founder’s descendant, Joyce Turner, a few weeks ago. The memorials given in her name were a true testament to her life and daughter, Joy Turner Tricoli, continues with that testament by her and her husband’s recent gift to the museum.
Thank you to each contributor and visitor. ... The history goes on with each of us.