Bethel Writers and Media Contributors

Doris Rollins Cannon

  • Cold Mountain Bomber Crash: the Enduring Legacy
  • Grabtown Girl:Ava Gardner’s North Carolina Childhood and her Enduring Ties to Home
  • Johnston! (Musical Drama)
  • The Mountaineer (Contributor of several articles including a series about the history of Bethel basketball teams)
  • The Smithfield Herald (Staff Writer)
  • Voices of Bethel Cemetery Hill (Bethel Community Cemetery Memorial Day history of several Bethel Cemetery stories)
  • North Carolina Press Association (Received Sixteen Press Awards) - eight presented by the NC Press Association; eight presented by the North Carolina Press Women
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Awards for some of her books)
  • Ava Gardner Museum – Board chair
  • Assisted with the autobiography of Carl Lamm
  • Named Smithfield-Selma Citizens of the year – 1989
  • Named Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News & Observer – 1990

Eulalia McCracken Brown

  • Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 2 (Contributor) – Brown (1895-1973) composed a recollection of an 1840s Edmonston religious camp meeting that had previously been conveyed to her by an unnamed attendee of the event. Jimmie Ellen and Richard Henson own the valuable document that gives details of Bethel’s 19th century history.

Pat Carr

  • Land of Promise DVD - Speaker
  • Pigeon Valley (Table of Contents for the Historic Preservation Committee reprinting - Editing)

Ted Carr

  • Fertile Fields of Bethel DVD (Producer) (3)
  • From New College to Springdale DVD (Producer) (2)
  • Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 5 (Contributor) (Church Facility Will Serve the Community)
  • Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD (Producer) (1)
  • WNC Communities Award for BRCO (Nomination Writer)
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Multi-Media Award for From New College to Springdale)
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Multi-Media Award for Walking In the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us)

Aurelia Cathey

  • Legends, Tales and History of Cold Mountain, Book 2 (Contributor – Joseph Killian Cathey – Martha Augusta Ratcliff Cathey)
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Charles Cathey

  • BRCO’s narrator for the Cold Mountain Heritage Driving Tour CD
  • BRCO’s narrator for the Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD
  • BRCO’s Pigeon Valley Award for Historic Preservation recipient – 2014
  • BRCO’s Bethel Middle School history program (Researcher/Presenter)
  • BRCO’s historical resource for hundreds of details concerning all aspects of Bethel history, including the history of Freemasonry, Lodge #259, and Sonoma Masonic Lodge #472. Cathey kept a compendium of Bethel historical/genealogical data on his computer and was a frequent reference resource for BRCO as well as for other writers concerned with Bethel history
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Rose Pless Case

  • Kinfolks: The Isaac Pless Family

Douglas Chambers

  • Cold Mountain Heritage Driving Tour CD (Videographer/Director/Editor) (2)
  • Fertile Fields of Bethel DVD (Videographer/Director/Editor) (4)
  • From New College to Springdale DVD (Videographer/Director/Editor) (3)
  • Possum on a Whale CD (Videographer/Sound Technician/Director/Editor) (5)
  • Sunburst and Other Logging Operations in the Bethel & Cold Mountain Region DVD (Videographer/Director/Editor) (6)
  • Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD (Videographer/Director/Editor) (1)
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Multi-Media Award for From New College to Springdale)
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Paul Green Multi-Media Award for Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us)
  • North Carolina Society of Historians (Multi-Media Award for Sunburst and Other Logging Operations in the Bethel & Cold Mountain Region)

Mike (Stewart) Clark

Research/Publication Career

  • Photojournalist for a weekly newspaper in Eastern Kentucky, The Mountain Eagle
  • Founding Executive Director of the Northern Lights Institute, regional research center in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming
  • Board of High Country News
  • Championed research on fires, wildlife, climate change, and invasive species during his lengthy career in environmental activism
  • Donated to Montana State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives fifty years of his day books, diaries, notes, letters, photographs, and documents pertaining to his career as an activist and environmental leader, starting with his photographs from the first Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965.
  • Voice from the Mountains introduction by Mike Clark. “Appalachia the Changing times” – Citizen Leaders Working for Change in Appalachia
  • The Native Home of Hope: People and the Northern Rockies, edited by Thomas N. Bethell, Deborah E. tuck, and Michael S. Clark – Stories of Citizen leaders in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming
  • Changing Course: Windcall and the Art of Renewal by Susan Wells with a Foreword by Mike Clark - The Story of Windcall, a Training Center and Retreat for Citizen Leaders Around the U.S.

Honors and Accomplishments

  • President Highlander Center, a Tennessee school for activists dealing with civil rights, labor, anti-poverty, human rights, environmental issues
  • Independent consultant to numerous grassroots organizations and private foundations throughout the West
  • President of the Environmental Policy Institute, the nation’s first professional environmental lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.
  • President of Friends of the Earth U.S., global environmental advocacy group
  • Head of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition: work on opposition to the proposed New World gold mine near Yellowstone that drew national attention
  • Trout Unlimited: advocacy on water management and preservation of ranchlands
  • Executive Director of Greenpeace USA
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Montana State University in 2019

Jeanne Moore Brooks

  • Columnist for The Greenville News
  • Articles About Bethel History
    “Setting Fire to the Past” (The Earl and Florence Moore House)
    "Under an Old Roof – Remembered Times”
  • Neuse Little Theater named its acting award, “The Cannons” after Doris Cannon
  • Named the Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club
  • Smithfield Women’s Club, Chair