This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
In 2005, Ernest Lee was recognized for his artwork full of Southern charm. In 1990, a hellish rumor infiltrated Eastern Wake. And in 1965, the newspaper included some fun details about a Raleigh couple’s wedding.
Ten years ago, a Zebulon man used his gift of art as a gift for others.
With his cornrow locks and baritone voice, Ernest Lee could easily pass as a backup singer for George Clinton’s Parliament Funka-delic. But instead of a microphone, the soft-spoken Zebulon native is using paint and a brush to siphon his own funk from the stage.
On Tuesday, the 42-year-old Lee worked hand-in-hand with Florida-based funk rock band Munkeez Strikin’ Matchiz for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief fund. In the audience with brush and board, Lee did several abstract artworks of the live band and auctioned off the work with proceeds benefiting the disaster relief fund.
For Lee, a man raised by his dearly departed grandmother on Barbee Street, giving back is something innate – something that doesn’t, unlike his artwork, require a whole lot of thought. Although he struggled to deal with Alice H. Daniels’ death two weeks ago, he’s now dedicating every piece of work to the woman who always encouraged the budding artist.
...Painting is something he does every day. It’s rewarding and relaxing, he said. Hours on end, he’ll spend trying to come up new concepts and something ahead of its time.
His style is a “creative abstract of swirling colors,” the Zebulon High School graduate said, adding it’s a blend of Southern charm and futuristic intricacies.
Nothing is sketched out or drawn on the canvas. He simply has an idea, develops the colors that exemplify his vision and begins the craft. Most of his pieces range from $250 to $1,000, depending on their size, what techniques were used, the content and how well the colors blend.
Twenty-five years ago, some eastern Wake residents feared that their personal care items might be from the devil himself.
Lately a few area residents have refused to buy Procter and Gamble products, believing that the company is involved in satanic worship. Reports of boycotters came from Pat Jenkins Red and White Grocery Store in Zebulon. She has had four such complaints in the past six weeks.
“They are customers that I know well – customers that I respect,’ said Mrs. Jenkins. “If four people have actually told me about it, you wonder how many other people are thinking it.”
...The Procter and Gamble rumor was initially spread 10 years ago by means of a letter which stated that the head person of Procter and Gamble was a devil worshiper who donated money to the satanic church, and that he even admitted that fact himself on a nationally televised talk show, documents transmitted to the Gold Leaf Farmer office state.
However, records show that Procter and Gamble is owned by shareholders. No one from Procter and Gamble ever appeared on the talk show, company officials said. The letter that was circulated had no signature, no facts and no date. The author of the letter had even misspelled “Procter and Gamble.”
...A customer-service representative said that the Procter and Gamble satanic rumor started about 10 years ago but continues to re-emerge sporadically today, particularly in the Bible Belt region of the United States.
Fifty years ago, a Raleigh couple said their vows at Zebulon Methodist, an article with interesting details.
The marriage of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren and Walter Gaines Whitaker, both of Raleigh, was solemnized Saturday, September 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Zebulon Methodist Church. The Rev. P.H. Layfield officiated at the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. H. Lee of Newton Grove and the late Mr. Lee and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Whitaker of Zebulon.
The couple entered the church together. The bride wore a blue wool suit with matching accessories. She carried a white Bible topped with pink carnations and roses tied to satin and maline streamers.
The bride is a nurse at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh. The bridegroom is employed as a meat cutter in a Raleigh supermarket. They reside in Cary.
Following the ceremony a reception was held in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The bridal couple and relatives and close friends of the couple attended.