Concord Shriner ferries sick kids to hospitals

A very nice article about the good works of Brother Ray Cauthen of Concord…

CONCORD, N.C. — Ray Cauthen has made more than 250 trips to Shriners Hospitals For Children, driving to Greenville, S.C. and Cincinnati to help children receive patient care.

At 89 years old, the Concord resident doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon.

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“As long as I can walk I reckon,” Cauthen said when asked how long he thinks he’ll continue making the trips. He just made a trip to Greenville this week to transport a child to the hospital.

Cauthen has made more than 110 trips to a Cincinnati hospital that focuses on aiding children suffering from burns and needing cosmetic surgery. The 500-mile trip takes about eight hours one way. He has made more than 150 trips to Greenville, where doctors focus on orthopedic care.

A Shrine Club member, Cauthen got involved in the program to transport children when he made his first trip in 1990.

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Brother James Michael Barrow – Cabarrus 720

The brothers of Union 618 pass along our condolences to Brother Barrow. He was a member of Cabarrus 720, our sister lodge which we share a Temple with…

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Brother James Michael Barrow passed away on October 8, 2013 at NE Medical Center.   He had come through open heart surgery on Friday, October 4, 2013 and just moved to a regular room at the time of his passing.  Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 am at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord.   Service will be conducted by Rev. Michael Waters, Pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church of which James and his wife, Kelly were members.   Military rites will be conducted by the Cabarrus County Veteran Honor Guard and Masonic rites by Cabarrus Lodge #720 of which he was a member.  Because he will be cremated there will be no grave side service, service will be conducted at the Chapel at Hartsell Funeral Home.  All masons that can attend his funeral will need to be at the funeral home at 10:30 am to meet with the other brethren.  Thank you for your support of our fallen brother and his family during this time of sorrow.