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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

If you wish to donate diapers and wipes to aid the flood victims in West Virginia, please contact a member or the pastor of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. A truck will be delivering these soon.

Delta United Methodist Church is having an ice cream social on Sunday, July 17 at 5:30 p. m. Service will follow at 6:30 with guest speaker Sandy Blackburn from Welcome, NC. She is an evangelist, author and gifted speaker. Some of her books include “Time Spent With God” written in 2010, “More Time Spent With God” written in 2012 and “The Path of Grief” which she wrote over a span of eleven years. Also attending will be Doneen Key whom Sandy has assisted in writing a book. Doneen also plays the autoharp and sings.

Riverside Baptist Church has an update on their Vacation Bible School. VBS begins July 11 – 15 from 6:30 until 8:30. The program for the Bible School will be on Sunday, July 17 at 6:00 p. m.

Please join Hilltop Baptist Church as they welcome Evangelist Noah Frye for revival beginning Sunday, July 10 through Thursday, July 14. Thursday’s night service will begin at 7:00 p. m.


I had a suggestion from Rose Mary Martin for this week’s citizen. Sam Hawkins was born in 1924 in Sandy Ridge, and has lived on the same plot of land his entire life. His parents were James Hudson “Hud” and Nellie Martin Hawkins. He is one of nine children and has two living siblings.

He was drafted at the age of 19 and spent 18 months in the Army during WWII. He served overseas and has one battle star and several other medals. He said it was a pretty rough time. A lot of boys from Sandy Ridge were drafted and several were killed in action. Among those who lost their life was his brother, Jesse David, at the age of 25. He was released from the Army due to his mother’s illness. He received his high school diploma from the State Board of Education after he got of service. He married Doris about a month after he came home; they have been married for 70 years. They have two children. His son David and wife Connie have three children – Deann, Doug and Darlene. His daughter, Sarah, had a son, Eli, who recently passed away. She is married to Ricky Wood.

Sam was a young boy during the depression and said he was not old enough to do much work. His family had one cow and his Mama would divide the milk between the children. Sometimes it might not be but half a glass for each one. His Mama sold medical products; something like Raleigh products. She used to walk around the neighborhood with a little suitcase trying to make some extra money for the family. He said he has spent his life working. I had to work to make a living; to eat. He has raised tobacco and cattle; anything to make a living.

He has never really had a vacation. He has been to Carolina Beach one time and visited family in Virginia Beach. He has had a pacemaker for three years or more, and the doctor told him to stay out of the sun. But, just the other day he said he used the loader to clean out the barns. His wife, Doris, has Alzheimer’s and requires care around the clock. He was her caregiver for many years until he had the pacemaker. He said he is blessed with a family who pitches in and helps.

Sam said, “It’s just been a hard time. Time’s better.” Thank you, Mr. Hawkins, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“I fall, I rise. I make mistakes. I live, I learn. I’ve been hurt, I’ve been broken. But, I’m alive. I’m human, but I’m not perfect. I’m thankful for all I have.” —


Cheeseburger on Flat Bread

This is a twist on Ground Beef Gyros. My daughter, Angela, prepared this when I was visiting. She does that a lot. She cooks; I watch, and try and taste. She used flat bread instead of pita bread.

1 lb. ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.

Stir in 1 clove of garlic, 1 small diced yellow onion and 1 small diced green pepper. Cook until they start to soften. Drain off most of excess fat. Season with salt and pepper. Pile in warmed flat bread and top with your choice of shredded cheese (we used cheddar), shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. I had to add mayonnaise to mine.

I loved it, the kids loved it, and everybody loved it. Hope you do too. Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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