Sharpe House tea raises funds for memorial scholarship

Posted at 7:42 PM on Jan 13, 2019



"Gone with the Wind" enthusiasts enjoyed a Scarlett O’Hara-inspired tea on Saturday at the Historic Sharpe House in Downtown Statesville.

Keith Rhyne, site manager, pulled out all of the stops to take guests back to the days of Tara using artwork and memorabilia.

unnamed.jpgThe tea was held in honor of Stephanie Kastor Chapman, a beloved elementary teacher at Statesville Christian School who died way from breast cancer in July 2016 at age 51.

Rhyne met Chapman when both were students at West Iredell High School.

“We were good friends,” he said.

Stephanie’s mother, Sharon Kastor, said she was a friend to everyone.

“She just loved life and loved people,” Kastor said. “She was always more concerned about others than herself.”

Each year Statesville Christian awards three rising seniors with $1,000 scholarships to honor the memory of Chapman. Proceeds from Saturday's tea help fund the scholarships.

Statesville resident Nan Forehand brought her 5-year-old granddaughter, Amelia Cobb, to have tea.

“I wanted to support the scholarship fund and teach Amelia that this is something meaningful,” Forehand said. “She needs to learn at a young age why we do the things we do.”

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