Let me say that I have enjoyed going to the Rockingham Remembered site and reliving the past. Words cannot express the excitement it gives me to read others memories of the Rockingham we grew up in and loved so much.
I know all the people in that picture(he is referring to this photo, 1953 Photo of PDPH Church) but just want to mention Rev. J. R. McNeil. He is still alive and living in the Charleston, SC area. Our conference plans to give him special recognition this summer during campmeeting. He has been retired many years now but still attends campmeeting every year.
He means so much to my family. While he was pastor at Pee Dee my Mother and Father were both saved. Also my sisters, Brenda and Pat, and my brother Paul and myself were all saved. Rev. McNeil calls me one of his "Preacher Boys" because I was saved under his ministry. He was the pastor, but we were in revival with a lady preacher, Lula Mae Putnam. She was in the conference until she died. Do you remember her? She was a converted lady wrestler who accepted the Call to preach.
That church is very small now but I remember when it was full. Remember the Boy's Club we had that would play the Cordova PH Church in baseball. I remember going to your home when I was a small boy. Your father was a GOOD man and your mother stands out in my mind after over 50 years AS VERY SWEET AND LOVELY LADY.
I realize that many do not respond to your site but I felt lead to share a few words with you. I know some the names of the 1954 picture. My family has pictures of the flood at Pee Dee when the dam busted. We have other pictures we could share. I will get with my sister, Pat, and send some to you.
God bless you for helping some older folks remember and feel good in their hearts about life in Rockinghan and especially on the mill village of Pee Dee.