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Home Care In Clyde, NC

Home Care Clyde, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Museum of Haywood County History at the Shook-Smathers House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Clyde, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I am Kathryn Merrell and for the past several months I have been under the care of ABC Senior Services. I have had the privilege of enjoying the care of Lois C. She is the best advertisement for your agency. When I am asked, which happens frequently, about my experience with ABC, I refer to Lois as being your prime example of the type of care they can expect from you. She goes beyond just basic care and does all she can to help remedy any problem we have. I love that I can trust her and feel safe having her share my home with me. She is very professional yet very "down home", a rare combination. You should be very thankful she is on your "team"! Because of her, I have no problem recommending your company to all who ask.”

Kathryn M.

“As a caregiver I am so pleased with the care for the clients. I've never worked for a company that was so dedicated to clients and caregivers. Everyone is always happy, clients and staff. I am blessed to work here.”

Lisa C.

“I would recommend them because they provide good services. I've been down on my health, so it's been a blessing to have them taking care of him for me. I appreciate that the caregivers are friendly.”

Roger M.

“They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do. They've helped the most just by being here.”

Bob N.

“I am a current client of this provider They've helped the most just by being here, and doing what they're supposed to. They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do.”

Bob N.

“I have honestly never met a group of people who care as much as the Always Best Care team. I have watched the staff there change lives for the better, not only for clients but each other as well. It is a pleasure to be a part of this team, nothing compares to it!!”

Jennifer H.

“We were blown away and continue to be by the quality of service and care that the team of ALWAYS BEST CARE provides our family. My parents were moving from out of state and were in immediate need of in-home care. Melisa was wonderful! She was able to help us line up the intake paperwork, clinical assessment and a caregiver within 24 hours of my parents’ arrival in to their new home. Millie and Bethany are tremendous support as their clinical nurse team with a very thorough assessment of both parents. Mary is their care coordinator and was very helpful with finding the perfect caregivers and coordinate the right schedule for my parents . Melisa, Nicole, Jennifer and Janet are also a tremendous asset as they handle and place the caregivers! Jim Smeaton, their owner should be proud of his company! We highly recommend them!”

Katherine K.

“ABC in Fletcher has an amazing team, and they made a huge difference for myself and my mother. We had them as in-home caregivers for 10 months. They are responsible, flexible and just a solid group with whom to work. I could reach them by phone immediately almost every time I needed to contact them. They handled billing and insurance claims and kept the caregiver plans absolutely up-to-date. As well as the regular RN visits. Jan, Mary and Melissa rock in addition to our caregivers. My only reason for not giving five stars has to do with the systemic challenge of finding enough caregivers. And in our case, caregivers who are proficient with Parkinson’s patients.”

Jennie G.

“After Many years of retirement from critical care nursing I have found the perfect employment enabling me to to care for others. Working with the staff at Always Best Care has been such a blessing and I love my clients that I work with.”

Kathryn W.

“I feel like I'm part of the family every time I'm there! A lovely bunch of ladies! The best quality care provider in the business!”

John Z.

“I have had many dealing with Always Best Care during my professional healthcare career. They have always provided great care to the seniors they serve. Jim and his team are great to work with and always go above and beyond not only in serving seniors but supporting many events in the community. I would highly recommend ABC for any in home needs.”

Bob P.

“I like working with Always Best Care Senior Services because the office staff are so nice and understanding and I have gotten to know them on a level that I know they are here to help me, when I need help or have a questions. From day one when I have called, they have ALL been here to help guide me and they have been there every time I’ve had a questions. Working for ABC has been an honor because I really do love the company and we have some sweet clients. The ladies that work in the office are amazing and without them I do not think our company would thrive like it does. When I did an application, it was on accident and then I got a phone call asking me to come in and interview and honestly I’m so blessed. I love my job because it is my passion to help people and to do what I can to make their daily living better and easier. I honestly don’t think there is anything that needs to change about ABC. I have never worked for such an amazing company before”

Craig R.

“I own a financial services business and share clients with Always Best Care. Recently, one of our shared clients experienced a fall which resulted in a broken hip. One of my first calls, after EMS, was to ABC. Mary Steiner responded immediately and offered to meet the client at the ER. She was wonderful and so very professional in the manner in which she handled the entire harrowing experience. She arranged for overnight care since the family had to arrive from out of town. I am so grateful for her genuine care for our client and stepping in during an emergency to help us handle the situation. I would recommend ABC for services because they absolutely go above and beyond with such a special touch. Robbie Chenault, Elevated Living Services”

Elevated L.

“I love working here! Jim truly cares about his clients and employees. The staff goes to great lengths to make sure that the clients are cared for. I am proud to represent Always Best Care.”

Sandra D.

“Always best care is a good company for senior services and also for employment. They do great at pairing you with clients! Everyone in the office has such a sweet and positive attitude.”


“Always best care is very professional and they love the clients and their patients”

Javell F.

“My husband was placed with always best care after leaving the hospital. he has received outstanding care from this company, The caretaker taking care of my husband did an outstanding job working with him , helping with daily care , cleaning, and his physical therapy, would recommend her and this company to anyone looking for home Assistant to take care of a loved one! Thank you always best care for being there for us and my family .”

Diane M.

“Always Best Care is one the best company’s to work for. Treats everyone like Family”

Danielle O.

“From the first day that I started it was an experience to learn your ways but with all the staff people that I became aware of oh my gosh it was wonderful. I have been very pleased with Mary, Melissa, and Danielle of letting me decide if my clients are a perfect match for me and them. I am pleased that I chose this company. Jim is doing a very good job of hiring a amazing staff in the office to work with. Thanks to all!”

Vicki B.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Clyde, NC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Clyde, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Town of Clyde Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Valé 243 Southern Italian Kitchen or visit Salisbury Civil War Prison - Guard Garrison, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Clyde, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Clyde, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Clyde, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Spicewood Cottage's
  • Hospitality Retreat
  • Community Care of Haywood
  • Haywood Lodge & Retirement Centers
  • Florence Community Residence
  • Baptist Children's Homes of Nc
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Clyde, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Extra Points: Homecoming For Clyde

Popular Franklin Street restaurants like The Rat and Zoom Zoom are long gone, and campus landmarks like the Scuttlebutt and Tin Can have been razed to make way for the Kenan Music Building and Fetzer Gym. But as Clyde Christensen makes his daily lunchtime walk around town and campus, it's not hard to reach back 45 years and conjure up Mike Voight running the toss sweep for seven more yards and the Eagles' Hotel California blaring out from a third-floor suite at Ehringhaus Dorm."They've put up a lot of new stuff, but the ...

Popular Franklin Street restaurants like The Rat and Zoom Zoom are long gone, and campus landmarks like the Scuttlebutt and Tin Can have been razed to make way for the Kenan Music Building and Fetzer Gym. But as Clyde Christensen makes his daily lunchtime walk around town and campus, it's not hard to reach back 45 years and conjure up Mike Voight running the toss sweep for seven more yards and the Eagles' Hotel California blaring out from a third-floor suite at Ehringhaus Dorm.

"They've put up a lot of new stuff, but the nuts and bolts and brick and mortar of this place are the same," says Christenson, a Tar Heel quarterback from 1976-78 and during the 2023 season a volunteer offensive analyst on Coach Mack Brown's staff. "I take a walk and have great memories. The big things are still the big things. They've put up a few parking lots, but at the end of the day, it's still the same quaint, cool place where I came to school."

Christensen was born in January 1956 at Los Angeles County Hospital and put up for adoption by his 15-year-old mother. He was welcomed into the Fresno home of Dick Christensen, a young Presbyterian minister, and his wife, and he grew up in the church, his faith serving as a cornerstone to his life ever since. Christensen was recruited out of the California JUCO ranks by Lou Holtz at NC State but then got a phone call from Jim Donnan, the offensive coordinator at Carolina under Bill Dooley.

One visit to Chapel Hill was all he needed to seal the deal.

"This campus sold me," Christensen says. "I came here and made up my mind pretty quickly. I was a California guy who really wanted to find a college town. It was my chance to see the East Coast and places I'd never been before. I figured I'd get back to California eventually, but the Lord had other plans."

Christensen was red-shirted in 1976 and then played in a reserve role at quarterback in 1977 (Dooley's final team that went 7-3-1 and won the ACC championship) and in 1978 (Dick Crum's first team that finished 5-6). He earned a degree in industrial management at Carolina and was a popular member of the team, absorbing everything he could about the inner workings of a coaching staff and how to teach the game.

"I just remember it being so tough," he says. "Back in the day, Ehringhaus wasn't air conditioned and you had three-a-days in August, and it was hot as all get out. The off-season was unbelievably tough and training camp was unbelievably tough. Everyone was in that dorm, everyone was suffering, everyone was grinding. I remember how it brought you together and you had to endure something that was extremely tough together.

"I am very grateful for that experience, for how it molded me and everyone else on that team."

Christensen launched into a coaching odyssey that took him to Mississippi, East Tennessee, Temple, East Carolina, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Maryland and Clemson in the college ranks and Tampa Bay (twice), Indianapolis and Miami in the NFL. He's won Super Bowls as receivers coach with the Colts after the 2006 season and quarterbacks coach with the Bucs after the 2020 campaign. He moved to the quarterbacks coach slot at Indianapolis and from 2009-15 coached Peyton Manning, then moved to Tampa Bay and coached Tom Brady during Brady's three-year run with the Buccaneers.

"There is no position in the world of sports like the quarterback," he says. "It's so unique. You're in that huddle and you've got all nationalities, body types and educations. You've got a receiver who wants the ball and a running back who wants the ball. You've got loud guys and passive guys. Meanwhile, you've got the other guys wanting to knock your head off. Your job is to keep everyone moving in the right direction.

"I admire Peyton and Tom so much. They could handle all that and manage their lives and a large income. You have to manage people coming at you from every direction, manage the naysayers and the media. Oh, and by the way, have a wife and children. And do it every week. It crushes a lot of people."

Christensen met his wife Debbie, a cheerleader at Carolina, through a campus FCA chapter, and they had three daughters and now have six grandchildren. In the homestretch of his career, Christensen acknowledged that his wife "had chased my dream with me her whole life" and it was now time to move closer to her aging parents in Winston-Salem. He worked out a volunteer offensive analyst role with Brown and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and has been part of the Tar Heel program since last spring.

"I am so grateful to Coach Brown for giving me a little cubbyhole and a spot to hang out and get my football fix," he says. "I don't know what happens after the season, but at some level I would always love to be involved here. It's my school. I love this place."

No one quite appreciates the idea of "homecoming" the way Christensen does this week. He's heard that teammates like Lawrence Taylor and Amos Lawrence might be in the house Saturday night.

"LT was a suitemate for three years," Christensen says. "He was a great teammate and a loyal guy, one of the more loyal teammates a guy could ever have. We've stayed in touch over the years. There's a bond among the Carolina guys in the league. Jeff Saturday, David Thornton and I wore our Tar Heel shirts when we were in Indy. You'd seek out the Carolina guys pre-game as you traveled through the league. The Carolina logo and colors carry a lot of weight."

Often Christensen will arrive at Kenan Football Center early in the morning, take the elevator to the fifth floor where he can sit, read his morning devotional and watch the sun come up from the east. What goes around, does in fact come around.

Chapel Hill writer Lee Pace (Carolina '79) is in his 34th season writing about Tar Heel football under the "Extra Points" banner. Look for his columns throughout the season. Write him at [email protected] and follow him @LeePaceTweet.

N.C. A&T, Davidson College’s Common Thread Theatre Collective to Present “Clyde’s”

DAVIDSON, N.C. (June 13, 2023) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Davidson College’s joint venture, Common Thread Theatre Collective, will produce the Tony Award-nominated comedy “Clyde’s” by Lynn Nottage in its North Carolina premiere directed by Luther Wells. The show will run the next two weekends beginning June 16 at Barber Theatre on Davidson College’s campus.The theatre collective was established in 2022 to tell stories that center marginalized communities–b...

DAVIDSON, N.C. (June 13, 2023) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Davidson College’s joint venture, Common Thread Theatre Collective, will produce the Tony Award-nominated comedy “Clyde’s” by Lynn Nottage in its North Carolina premiere directed by Luther Wells. The show will run the next two weekends beginning June 16 at Barber Theatre on Davidson College’s campus.

The theatre collective was established in 2022 to tell stories that center marginalized communities–bringing together faculty and students who may have different backgrounds, but share the same love for theatre.

“Clyde’s” serves up an unforgettable story about community, healing, creativity, mindfulness, forgiveness and big dreams. The play takes place at a truck stop sandwich shop that hires formerly incarcerated individuals as kitchen staff. They long for redemption even as the sandwich shop’s callous owner, Clyde, played by Angela Williams Tripp, tries to keep them down. Clyde is like a prison warden who has the upper hand and knows it. We sense that she does not want her employees to succeed; though they are physically free, she longs to keep them psychologically imprisoned.

Tyler Madden, who plays Montrellous, is a master sandwich chef and a modern-day shaman whose sandwich creations are sublime. He inspires his co-workers – former addict Rafael (portrayed by Eduardo Sanchez), struggling single mother Letitia (played by H’arrya Canty) and Jason, a gang member (Scott Tynes Miller) – to reclaim their lives. These unlikely sandwich makers find purpose and inspiration through a shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.

Please be advised that this production contains strong language, adult situations and references to drug usage. Suggested for ages 16 and older.

Production Dates and Times

Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m.

Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m.


Barber Theatre (Davidson College campus)

310 N. Main St.

Davidson, N.C.

Ticket information

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Raleigh staple Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque turns 85

The tune of “Happy Birthday” came from behind the register of Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque as Debbie Wray, the restaurant’s owner, sang to a group of smiling customers. This year marks 85 years of Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque creating a welcoming space and building a family through community.On New Year’s Day 1938, founder Clyde Cooper opened a barbecue restaurant with money lent from his brother and a passion for good barbecue. Now, 8...

The tune of “Happy Birthday” came from behind the register of Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque as Debbie Wray, the restaurant’s owner, sang to a group of smiling customers. This year marks 85 years of Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque creating a welcoming space and building a family through community.

On New Year’s Day 1938, founder Clyde Cooper opened a barbecue restaurant with money lent from his brother and a passion for good barbecue. Now, 85 years later, the restaurant has become a monument with a loyal fan base that extends past state lines.

Cooper ran the restaurant for 50 years. Today, Wray runs the restaurant with her daughter, Ashley Jessup.

The barbecue joint also has a long history of inclusivity. When Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque first opened, restaurants in the American South were segregated. There were typically two separate entrances — one for Black customers and one for white customers.

Wray said Cooper’s restaurant was different.

“Clyde was probably the first pioneer [in Raleigh] in letting everybody come through the same door,” Wray said. “His theory was that everybody’s money is green. They should be able to come in just like everybody else.”

Server Sara Rusin said to this day, Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque continues to treat every customer and employee like family.

For the first 76 years of business, Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque sat on East Davie Street in downtown Raleigh before it was torn down for the construction of apartment buildings. In 2014, the restaurant was forced to relocate around the corner to South Wilmington Street.

This move, however, could not — and would not — erase the restaurant’s history. Features of the old building were incorporated into the decor of the new building; the original outdoor awning was hung above a nostalgic lunch counter, and the old front door was hung on the wall, proudly displaying a sign stating “Cash Only.”

A major part of Wray and Jessup’s mission is to continue Cooper’s legacy by making decisions for the restaurant he would have made himself.

“The previous owner changed some things to cut costs and stuff,” Jessup said. “And since my mom knew Clyde and she had gotten his recipes, she knew what he expected out of his food. So we brought it back to that.”

Being from eastern North Carolina, Cooper based his menu around the eastern vinegar-based barbecue. He believed it was important for customers to try the barbecue the way it came before changing anything.

“He was all about having clean, lean barbecue,” Wray said. “If you want more sauce, there’s sauce on the table; you can add some. If something’s not salty enough, there’s salt on the table.”

As time passed, however, there were a few things at Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque that changed. Just this past weekend they started selling beer, and only four years ago, the restaurant started accepting payment with credit cards.

“It took us 81 years to start taking [credit cards], so we kept things Clyde’s way until we really just had to get with the day and age,” Jessup said.

Wray ran the restaurant on the weekends from 1989 to 1995, learning the business from Cooper himself. She became the owner in 2008.

“It was interesting because Clyde would come and sit with me at the cash register,” Wray said. “That’s why there’s a chair right over there — you could be at the cash register, and he always sat in a chair close to you.”

These interactions left Wray with the stories of Cooper that she tells today as well as the secrets behind his famous barbecue and, one of her favorites, the Brunswick stew.

Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque has a wide variety of menu items, including a vegetable plate with options like fried okra, coleslaw and macaroni and cheese, as well as fried chicken, beef brisket and desserts like banana pudding.

While Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque is heavily treasured in North Carolina, its fan base doesn’t stop at the state’s border.

“We have people that [as] soon as they land at the airport, they’re in here,” Wray said. “We have pilots, flight attendants. We have people from all over this world that come and eat with us.”

Support the restaurant’s 85th birthday by checking them out at 327 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh.

Clyde Cooper's: A Raleigh BBQ legend

RALEIGH, N.C. — The BBQ staple that started in downtown Raleigh nearly a century ago doesn’t have a secret to success besides serving consistently good BBQ all these years, which has kept customers coming back again and again.What You Need To KnowAt 85 years old, Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is one of the oldest and most well-known restaurants on Raleigh’s barbecue scene. Since opening its doors in 1938, it’s become famous for its eastern style BBQ and southern fried chicken. Consistency is the key to its su...

RALEIGH, N.C. — The BBQ staple that started in downtown Raleigh nearly a century ago doesn’t have a secret to success besides serving consistently good BBQ all these years, which has kept customers coming back again and again.

What You Need To Know

At 85 years old, Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is one of the oldest and most well-known restaurants on Raleigh’s barbecue scene. Since opening its doors in 1938, it’s become famous for its eastern style BBQ and southern fried chicken. Consistency is the key to its success, cooking as close as possible to the same recipes Clyde Cooper, the original owner, started with decades ago.

“Everybody I talk to says the food’s great, so I just try to keep that standard and hopefully not let anything change,” Daniel Jessup, the head cook at Cooper’s, said.

Jessup has been the head cook for the past four years, but it’s been a staple in his family for generations before him. He said it’s hard to believe that there are people living in Raleigh who have never heard of Clyde Cooper’s BBQ.

“Got all the pictures throughout the years and all the celebrities and everything that people have come in,” Jessup said. “So people like seeing that on the walls. There’s always people walking around looking at all the pictures.”

They offer six different types of meat and all kinds of southern sides, but if it gets past two in the afternoon, Jessup recommends calling ahead to make sure there’s still meat left after the lunch rush. When they’re out for the day, he says there’s simply no more to be had.

“A lot of times, we’ll have people standing outside the door five, ten minutes till 11, waiting to come in,” Jessup said. “So sometimes we’ll close at 2:30, 3, sometimes we’ll be open till 6.”

Although 85 years is no small amount, Jessup says they’re definitely looking forward to being around to celebrate 100. He says their mission is to serve high quality, consistent food with the best customer service possible.

“We have a lot of people that enjoy the beef brisket, but a lot of people come for that chicken and barbecue,” Jessup said.

Thanks to Teachers: Jessalyn Rathbone

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — As Clyde Elementary School prepares for Thanksgiving, there's much appreciation for special education teacher Jessalyn Rathbone.As Clyde Elementary School prepares for Thanksgiving, there's much appreciation for special education teacher Jessalyn Rathbone. (Credit: WLOS)Amanda Putnam, along with her children, 8-year-old Maeanna and 7-year-old Micah, nominated Ms. Rathbone for Thanks to Teachers."Miss Rathbone is actually my sister, my younger sister," Putnam said. "But, ...

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — As Clyde Elementary School prepares for Thanksgiving, there's much appreciation for special education teacher Jessalyn Rathbone.

As Clyde Elementary School prepares for Thanksgiving, there's much appreciation for special education teacher Jessalyn Rathbone. (Credit: WLOS)

Amanda Putnam, along with her children, 8-year-old Maeanna and 7-year-old Micah, nominated Ms. Rathbone for Thanks to Teachers.

"Miss Rathbone is actually my sister, my younger sister," Putnam said. "But, I probably look up to her more than she looks up to me. She's just such an example of what a teacher should be."

The big-hearted Rathbone recently spent the day teaching her students about the human heart, complete with pictures and bottles of red juice for "blood." The lesson ended with each student placing their cutout paper heart in the right place on paper cutouts of each student. Those cutouts already have lungs, stomachs, and intestines from previous lessons.


"My ultimate goal every day is to be able to come to school and to see kids, that they have a purpose and life has great possibilities for them," Rathbone said.

Rathbone, who says she was inspired by her special needs cousin, says she always wanted to teach exceptional children, adding she owes much of her success to her loving family, teachers assistants, and the Clyde community.

"When you have a family that loves you, it makes your evenings a lot better, so you can rejuvenate for the next day and come and give your best at school," the teacher of eight years said.

In addition to being named Haywood County's Exceptional Children's Teacher of the Year, Jessalyn Rathbone also led the effort to add a special needs playground to the school.

"It's hard to watch kids with mobility issues or special needs of any kind sit and watch others play whenever they are not able to," she said.

Rathbone said it took years of work and multiple donors before the playground was completed in May.

"Learning is a social experience. Not only am I teaching my academics, I'm teaching my students how to be people and interact with others," Rathbone explained.


Putnam said her little sister has profoundly impacted Maeanna and Micah, inspiring them to learn sign language to communicate better with some of Rathbone's students.

"To get to see her live that dream out is just so rewarding," Putnam said.


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