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Benefit planned for Halifax County cancer victim

An all too common story we hear in these times is that another member of the community has been stricken with cancer.

Gloria Cousins was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2011.  She has endured the usual course of chemotherapy, suffering the painful, demoralizing and humiliating side effects.  

Cousins was born in Nathalie in 1942.  Most of her younger years were spent in Baltimore.  

In 1959, she moved back to Halifax County and on June 18, 1960 she married Jesse “Bubba” Cousins. They raised five children and now have 12 grandchildren.  

Over the years, Cousins held jobs working for John Bill in Chase City, Christine’s Kitchen, Marshall’s Dinner, Garrett’s Dinner, South Boston Manufacturing, Clover Yarns, and she farmed with her husband for 11 years.  

She is a former member of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department Woman’s Auxiliary, and she is a member of Sunflower Baptist Church.

The Cousins are well known for their cooking skills.  They have cooked and prepared meals for many events over the years, including charitable benefits for others in need.  They are well known for their kindness and generosity in helping others in the community.  

With the many advances in treatment, costs have skyrocketed, and cancer remains one of the most costly diseases to cure.

To assist the Cousins with medical bills not covered by Medicare, the Mt. Laurel Ruritans are organizing a benefit to help Cousins on June 30 at the Mt. Laurel Ruritan Clubhouse.

The benefit is jointly sponsored by the Mt. Laurel Ruritan Club and Friends of Bubba and Gloria Cousins.  

A stew will be held in the morning, and a bake sale and hot dogs will sold throughout the day. A supper prepared by Bubba and his family will conclude the daylong event from 5 to 7 p.m.  The meal will include choices of chicken, fish, barbecue and ribs, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, green beans, drink and dessert.  The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.

Live music will be provided from noon until early evening, and an auction, prize drawings and several other attractions for young and old alike will take place throughout the day.

Music groups performing live music at the event include Willis Canada at noon, New Shiloh Gospel Choir at 1 p.m., Mark and Linda Satterfield at 2 p.m., Bethel Grove Choir at 3 p.m., James Hazelwood at 4 p.m. and Genesis at 4:30 p.m.

Over the past month, event sponsors have distributed tickets for the prize drawing.  The first prize is a $1,000 gasoline card.  The second prize is a Brinkman gas barbecue grill with a total 6,000 BTUs and four burners on a 662 square inch grilling area.  The third prize is $100 cash.  

The club is asking for a $2 donation for the prize tickets.  

In addition to getting prize tickets from Ruritans and friends of the Cousins, tickets can be obtained at Triple “A” Grocery in Mt. Laurel, Billy Watts Service Station, Runts Grocery, H & M Logging Inc., Three Forks Grocery and Grill, Clover General Store, Mast Enterprises Equipment, LLC, and Halifax County Visitor Center on U.S. 360.  

Tickets also will be available on the date of the event at the clubhouse, and prize winners need not be present to win.

In the afternoon, a special attraction arranged by Clay Racing will include static displays of Pure Stock division cars.  Scheduled to appear will be Libby Privette with car number 53 and Trey Crews with car number 09.  Antique cars also will be on display at the site. 

Despite the debilitating effects of Cousins’ illness, she is keeping her spirits high, according to friends and family.  

The Mt. Laurel Ruritans are appealing to the community to support this fundraiser for this lady who has given so much to her neighbors and the community throughout the years.