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Tyler Morning Telegraph - Death and Funeral Notices for March 17 - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. JAMES CRAWFORD, 76, Van; Memorial service 11 a.m. Satur­day at Colfax United Methodist Church. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RUBY EDITH (FERGUSON) DUNN, 82, Red Oak, formerly of Tyler; Visitation 6-7 p.m. Friday at Community Funeral Home of Tyler. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. GLORIA MAE GOODSELL, 92, Tyler; Visitation following service at church. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Marvin United Methodist Church. Stewart Family Funeral Home. ARTHUR “A.J.” JAMES GRANT, 63, Tyler; Funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday at Carter Temple CME Church. John R. Harmon Under­taking Co., Tyler. ERMA KENNEDY, 99, Van; Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hilliard Funeral Home. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. ARTHUR JEAN MCKINNEY, 89, Bullard, formerly of Hereford; Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Presbyterian Church. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. CATHERINE (FLOURNOY) MILTON, 87, Tyler; Funeral service noon Saturday at North Star Missionary Baptist Church. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. BONNIE BELL FORT PORTER, 76, Gilmer; Visitation 3-7 p.m. Fri­day at Turner Brothers Mortuary. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilgal Baptist Church. Turner Brothers Mortuary, Gilmer. BUD PRITCHARD, 88, Tyler; Visitation will follow service at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. SABRINA RENE ROBERTSON, 46, Tyler; Viewing Friday at Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors. Funeral service 1 p.m. at Jones Valley Church of God in Christ. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler. GLENDA SHAVER SCROGGINS, 67, of Palestine; Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral ROBERT LAMONT SHERMAN, 44, Bullard; Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Peoples Baptist Church. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler. CECIL MATTHEW SPAIN JR., 31, Ben Wheeler; Visitation 1-3 p.m. Friday at Hilliard Funeral Home. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday at Bascom C...

Don Agostine - Le Mars Daily Sentinel

Monday, March 06, 2017

U.S. Army Reserve. Following military service, he was employed by Retail Credit Company in Sioux City and by Wilson Concrete Company in Omaha and Red Oak. In 1961, Don was called to active duty with the 32nd Army Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was released from active duty in August 1962.When released from active duty, Don began studies leading to ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He earned a Masters of Arts Degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, and Masters of Arts Degree from Creighton University. He was ordained in 1967. Don served as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Alton, and guidance counselor at Spalding High School in Granville, for one year. He served six years as assistant pastor, instructor and guidance counselor at St John’s parish and school in Bancroft. Don was granted laicization by Pope Paul IV in 1976 and married Linda Meister on Jan. 19, 1976. He adopted Linda’s three sons: Brett, Corey and Dennis Meister.In 1975, Don was employed as executive director of the Cherokee County Work-Activity Center and remained in that position until his retirement in 2002. One year later, he began part-time employment as chaplain for Tyson Foods in Cherokee, a position he held until his full retirement in 2010.Don’s life was centered on his Lord, his wife and family. He closely followed the progress of his children and grandchildren and their involvement in school and out of school. He was an active Catholic and a dedicated follower of Jesus, his risen Lord. Don was...

Death and Funeral Notices for Dec. 30 - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Monday, January 16, 2017

West Erwin Church of Christ. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.DOROTHY (WILLIAMS) WEBSTER, 83, Fruitvale, died Dec. 27. Visitation 1 p.m. Monday at Eastridge Baptist Church, Red Oak. Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline.FUNERALS TODAYDON C. BROWN, 89, Hideaway; Visitation 1-2 p.m. Friday at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugh­erty Funeral Home. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugh­erty Funeral Home, Lindale.RICHARD STANLEY HOWARD, 57, Nacogdoches, formerly of Arp; Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday at Arp Emmanuel Baptist Church, Arp. Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.EVA LOUISE NOR­WOOD, 90, Tyler; Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.PATSY ANN PULLIAM, 79, Tyler; Funeral service 1 p.m. at New Days Community Church. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler.EVA JEAN JUDY STUART, 81, Houston; Funeral service 3 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston.LENA JAMES (BLACK) WILSON, 87, Pittsburg; Memori­al service 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church. Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg.LOIS MARIE WRIGHT, 69, Austin, formerly of Athens; Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at North Tenneha Church of Christ. Brooks Ster­ling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler.FU...

Mrs. Terri H. Whitehead - Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal.net

Monday, October 10, 2016

Harlin and Delaine (Hubbard) Stump.She graduated from Miller High School and then enjoyed several college courses over the years. On Feb. 19, 1965 she was united in marriage to Fred L. Whitehead at Red Oak Methodist Church. Terri and Fred owned and operated Whitehead Farm Supply in La Russell, Mo., from 1976 until 2015. Terri was known as the “Boss.” Terri often spoke how she loved her customers and getting to know each new generation. They were all very much a part of her extended family. Terri loved her grandchildren dearly, and took great pride in all they did. She enjoyed her dogs, flowers and birds, and the ladies she graduated with known as the “65 Girls.”She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Jonnalee M. Whitehead.Terri is survived by her husband, Fred; one daughter, Tonja Whitehead of Philadelphia, Penn; two grandchildren, Charles Whitehead of St. Louis, Mo., and Caitlyn Deviney of Philadelphia, Penn; one brother, Jon Stump and wife Cathy of La Russell, Mo; two sisters, Cindi Liffick and Molli Homes and husband Michael, all of Springfield, Mo; step mother, Mildred Stump of Lockwood, Mo; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.Graveside services for Mrs. Whitehead are 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Harvey Cemetery, Sarcoxie, Mo. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Tom McLemore, Gordy Anderson, Ed Sommers, Gary McLemore, Larry Jackson and Nate Everts. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Craig, Mark Bright, Mike Chandler and Mark Foster. The family will ...

Juanita Whittenberg

Monday, September 26, 2016

Marvin Lee Wilson, Stillwater, OK, daughter-in-law Mary Whittenberg, Enid, OK, daughter and son-in-law Joy and Glenn Richardson, Longview, TX, granddaughter and husband, Sheryl and Jon Lumbley, Red Oak, TX, grandson and wife, Greg and Carrie Richardson, Round Rock, TX,and four great-grandchildren, J.C. and Kristen Lumbley, Dallas, TX, and Meghan and Ian Richardson, Round Rock, TX. She is also survived by her very special nieces, Rhonda Leigh Wilson, Stillwater, OK, Allie Adel Roney, Barrington, IL, and Maryln Sue Turner, Littleton, CO.Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com...

Doris Miller

Monday, July 25, 2016

Saturday at Fairplay Cemetery in Benton, Arkansas.Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Miller and step-daughter, Karen Miller.Survivors: Son, David Colley, his wife, Terri Colley of Red Oak, their three daughters, Amy Medford, Rebecca Bazaldua and Christina Milligan; daughter, Terri Williams, her husband, Charlie Williams, their four children, Angela Parker, Nathan Vinson, Jeff Vinson and Ryan Vinson; daughter, Jaci Sandelin of College Station and her three sons, Jake Sandelin, Luke Sandelin and Nick Sandelin; step-son, Kirk Miller, his wife, Sandra Miller of Arvada, Colorado and their two children, Ben Miller and Samantha Miller; brother, Frank Terry and his wife, Juanita; sister, Josie Terry; grandson, Damon Darnell and his wife Lauren of Midland, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren.

Recent excursion keeps tradition of diversions as key to adventure - Kingsport Times News (blog)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Center off Sherwood Road near Fort Henry Drive, across from “the Roller Woods.”Wednesday was THE day Mom and Mrs.Taylor made their main weekly grocery run. It was double-stamp day. They preferred Oakwood’s “K-Saver” trading stamps over Giant’s S&H Green Stamps.And they’d go early, as soon as Mom had my siblings, Pamela and Keith, off to school. Often, Mrs. Taylor — always well coiffed and attractively dressed — arrived to find Mom and/or me not ready for the grocery run. She’d instantly step in to ease Mom’s burden, usually under protest from my mother, to no avail. If the breakfast dishes weren’t washed, she’d ask for an apron and wash them. A basket of clean laundry? She’d ask for the iron and ironing board. On that request, my mother thought she’d for sure “won” by simply not telling Mrs. Taylor where to find the items. When my mother stepped out of the room a moment later, Mrs. Taylor asked me if I knew where the ironing board was — and I dutifully showed her. At times like those, helping mother catch up on laundry, if Mrs. Taylor found something that needed a little needlework, she’d squirrel it away home with her and return it, repaired, to my surprised mother.Their destination back then was the grocery store. My diversion, literally, was the bakery inside Oakwood. Specifically, the iced brownies. A couple of those in a waxed-paper bag kept me pretty well under control as they zigzagged their way up and down the aisles. A diversion for all three of us was our after-shopping routine: lunch, in the car, at McDonald’s on Fort Henry Drive. Mom commented the other day she didn’t know why we ate in the car instead of going in. I reminded her that back then, McDonald’s didn’t offer indoor dining.Mr. Taylor, Mom reminded me during our trip, kept an eye out for us as well. One sunny day when I was four or five years old, my mother and I were in our backyard — far from the sidewalk or street. She stepped in the back door to make sure she had not left the stove on. When she came back outside, I was gone. Our yard, a double lot and deep, offered me lots of hiding places. Her panic grew when it became clear I was nowhere behind the house. She ran to the front and looked down the sidewalk. And there, four doors west stood Mr. Taylor, waving her to come that way and gesturing on past him, indicating I’d gone farther down the block. My aunt Bonnie, her husband Lonnie, and their children lived on the next corner. When Mom reached Mr. Taylor, he told her he tried to intercept me but I dodged him and ran as fast as my little legs would go on down the sidewalk. He was not able to give chase. But he’d watched me until he saw me turn into my aunt’s yard. So, mother knew where to find me.The Taylors had an apple tree in their backyard and made wonderful apple butter. One year Mrs. Taylor said if Mom provided some sugar and jars, they’d make us a batch. Mother wasted no time in taking up that offer, so one day she and I found ourselves in the Taylors’ backyard watching Mr. Taylor stir apple butter in a large brass bucket over a fire. Moms says she can remember asking to stir it for a while. Mr. Taylor relented, explaining there was a silver dollar in the bottom of the pot, the motion of which would keep the apple butter from sticking. Mom’s turn stirring didn’t last long, she says, because she wasn’t doing it fast enough.The Taylors’ children and grandchildren lived out of state. So, on at least one occasion, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor joined us at our house for Thanksgiving. My paternal grandparents also were there as expected — along with surprise guests, my paternal Uncle Paul and Aunt Addie Mae, who arrived unexpectedly from Lynchburg, Va.When the Taylors’ sons and daughters-in-law did visit, at least one of the couples (Marion and Martha)  and/or their two sons (Mike and Vic) spent the night with us a time or two.Mrs. Taylor died in 1970. Her funeral was in Gr...

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Tyler Morning Telegraph - Death and Funeral Notices for March 17 - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. JAMES CRAWFORD, 76, Van; Memorial service 11 a.m. Satur­day at Colfax United Methodist Church. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RUBY EDITH (FERGUSON) DUNN, 82, Red Oak, formerly of Tyler; Visitation 6-7 p.m. Friday at Community Funeral Home of Tyler. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. GLORIA MAE GOODSELL, 92, Tyler; Visitation following service at church. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Marvin United Methodist Church. Stewart Family Funeral Home. ARTHUR “A.J.” JAMES GRANT, 63, Tyler; Funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday at Carter Temple CME Church. John R. Harmon Under­taking Co., Tyler. ERMA KENNEDY, 99, Van; Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hilliard Funeral Home. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. ARTHUR JEAN MCKINNEY, 89, Bullard, formerly of Hereford; Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Presbyterian Church. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. CATHERINE (FLOURNOY) MILTON, 87, Tyler; Funeral service noon Saturday at North Star Missionary Baptist Church. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. BONNIE BELL FORT PORTER, 76, Gilmer; Visitation 3-7 p.m. Fri­day at Turner Brothers Mortuary. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilgal Baptist Church. Turner Brothers Mortuary, Gilmer. BUD PRITCHARD, 88, Tyler; Visitation will follow service at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. SABRINA RENE ROBERTSON, 46, Tyler; Viewing Friday at Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors. Funeral service 1 p.m. at Jones Valley Church of God in Christ. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler. GLENDA SHAVER SCROGGINS, 67, of Palestine; Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral ROBERT LAMONT SHERMAN, 44, Bullard; Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Peoples Baptist Church. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler. CECIL MATTHEW SPAIN JR., 31, Ben Wheeler; Visitation 1-3 p.m. Friday at Hilliard Funeral Home. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday at Bascom C...

Don Agostine - Le Mars Daily Sentinel

Monday, March 06, 2017

U.S. Army Reserve. Following military service, he was employed by Retail Credit Company in Sioux City and by Wilson Concrete Company in Omaha and Red Oak. In 1961, Don was called to active duty with the 32nd Army Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was released from active duty in August 1962.When released from active duty, Don began studies leading to ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He earned a Masters of Arts Degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, and Masters of Arts Degree from Creighton University. He was ordained in 1967. Don served as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Alton, and guidance counselor at Spalding High School in Granville, for one year. He served six years as assistant pastor, instructor and guidance counselor at St John’s parish and school in Bancroft. Don was granted laicization by Pope Paul IV in 1976 and married Linda Meister on Jan. 19, 1976. He adopted Linda’s three sons: Brett, Corey and Dennis Meister.In 1975, Don was employed as executive director of the Cherokee County Work-Activity Center and remained in that position until his retirement in 2002. One year later, he began part-time employment as chaplain for Tyson Foods in Cherokee, a position he held until his full retirement in 2010.Don’s life was centered on his Lord, his wife and family. He closely followed the progress of his children and grandchildren and their involvement in school and out of school. He was an active Catholic and a dedicated follower of Jesus, his risen Lord. Don was...

Death and Funeral Notices for Dec. 30 - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Monday, January 16, 2017

West Erwin Church of Christ. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.DOROTHY (WILLIAMS) WEBSTER, 83, Fruitvale, died Dec. 27. Visitation 1 p.m. Monday at Eastridge Baptist Church, Red Oak. Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline.FUNERALS TODAYDON C. BROWN, 89, Hideaway; Visitation 1-2 p.m. Friday at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugh­erty Funeral Home. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugh­erty Funeral Home, Lindale.RICHARD STANLEY HOWARD, 57, Nacogdoches, formerly of Arp; Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday at Arp Emmanuel Baptist Church, Arp. Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.EVA LOUISE NOR­WOOD, 90, Tyler; Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.PATSY ANN PULLIAM, 79, Tyler; Funeral service 1 p.m. at New Days Community Church. Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler.EVA JEAN JUDY STUART, 81, Houston; Funeral service 3 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston.LENA JAMES (BLACK) WILSON, 87, Pittsburg; Memori­al service 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church. Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg.LOIS MARIE WRIGHT, 69, Austin, formerly of Athens; Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at North Tenneha Church of Christ. Brooks Ster­ling & Garrett Funeral Directors, Tyler.FU...

Mrs. Terri H. Whitehead - Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal.net

Monday, October 10, 2016

Harlin and Delaine (Hubbard) Stump.She graduated from Miller High School and then enjoyed several college courses over the years. On Feb. 19, 1965 she was united in marriage to Fred L. Whitehead at Red Oak Methodist Church. Terri and Fred owned and operated Whitehead Farm Supply in La Russell, Mo., from 1976 until 2015. Terri was known as the “Boss.” Terri often spoke how she loved her customers and getting to know each new generation. They were all very much a part of her extended family. Terri loved her grandchildren dearly, and took great pride in all they did. She enjoyed her dogs, flowers and birds, and the ladies she graduated with known as the “65 Girls.”She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Jonnalee M. Whitehead.Terri is survived by her husband, Fred; one daughter, Tonja Whitehead of Philadelphia, Penn; two grandchildren, Charles Whitehead of St. Louis, Mo., and Caitlyn Deviney of Philadelphia, Penn; one brother, Jon Stump and wife Cathy of La Russell, Mo; two sisters, Cindi Liffick and Molli Homes and husband Michael, all of Springfield, Mo; step mother, Mildred Stump of Lockwood, Mo; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.Graveside services for Mrs. Whitehead are 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Harvey Cemetery, Sarcoxie, Mo. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Tom McLemore, Gordy Anderson, Ed Sommers, Gary McLemore, Larry Jackson and Nate Everts. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Craig, Mark Bright, Mike Chandler and Mark Foster. The family will ...

Juanita Whittenberg

Monday, September 26, 2016

Marvin Lee Wilson, Stillwater, OK, daughter-in-law Mary Whittenberg, Enid, OK, daughter and son-in-law Joy and Glenn Richardson, Longview, TX, granddaughter and husband, Sheryl and Jon Lumbley, Red Oak, TX, grandson and wife, Greg and Carrie Richardson, Round Rock, TX,and four great-grandchildren, J.C. and Kristen Lumbley, Dallas, TX, and Meghan and Ian Richardson, Round Rock, TX. She is also survived by her very special nieces, Rhonda Leigh Wilson, Stillwater, OK, Allie Adel Roney, Barrington, IL, and Maryln Sue Turner, Littleton, CO.Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com...

Doris Miller

Monday, July 25, 2016

Saturday at Fairplay Cemetery in Benton, Arkansas.Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Miller and step-daughter, Karen Miller.Survivors: Son, David Colley, his wife, Terri Colley of Red Oak, their three daughters, Amy Medford, Rebecca Bazaldua and Christina Milligan; daughter, Terri Williams, her husband, Charlie Williams, their four children, Angela Parker, Nathan Vinson, Jeff Vinson and Ryan Vinson; daughter, Jaci Sandelin of College Station and her three sons, Jake Sandelin, Luke Sandelin and Nick Sandelin; step-son, Kirk Miller, his wife, Sandra Miller of Arvada, Colorado and their two children, Ben Miller and Samantha Miller; brother, Frank Terry and his wife, Juanita; sister, Josie Terry; grandson, Damon Darnell and his wife Lauren of Midland, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren.

Recent excursion keeps tradition of diversions as key to adventure - Kingsport Times News (blog)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Center off Sherwood Road near Fort Henry Drive, across from “the Roller Woods.”Wednesday was THE day Mom and Mrs.Taylor made their main weekly grocery run. It was double-stamp day. They preferred Oakwood’s “K-Saver” trading stamps over Giant’s S&H Green Stamps.And they’d go early, as soon as Mom had my siblings, Pamela and Keith, off to school. Often, Mrs. Taylor — always well coiffed and attractively dressed — arrived to find Mom and/or me not ready for the grocery run. She’d instantly step in to ease Mom’s burden, usually under protest from my mother, to no avail. If the breakfast dishes weren’t washed, she’d ask for an apron and wash them. A basket of clean laundry? She’d ask for the iron and ironing board. On that request, my mother thought she’d for sure “won” by simply not telling Mrs. Taylor where to find the items. When my mother stepped out of the room a moment later, Mrs. Taylor asked me if I knew where the ironing board was — and I dutifully showed her. At times like those, helping mother catch up on laundry, if Mrs. Taylor found something that needed a little needlework, she’d squirrel it away home with her and return it, repaired, to my surprised mother.Their destination back then was the grocery store. My diversion, literally, was the bakery inside Oakwood. Specifically, the iced brownies. A couple of those in a waxed-paper bag kept me pretty well under control as they zigzagged their way up and down the aisles. A diversion for all three of us was our after-shopping routine: lunch, in the car, at McDonald’s on Fort Henry Drive. Mom commented the other day she didn’t know why we ate in the car instead of going in. I reminded her that back then, McDonald’s didn’t offer indoor dining.Mr. Taylor, Mom reminded me during our trip, kept an eye out for us as well. One sunny day when I was four or five years old, my mother and I were in our backyard — far from the sidewalk or street. She stepped in the back door to make sure she had not left the stove on. When she came back outside, I was gone. Our yard, a double lot and deep, offered me lots of hiding places. Her panic grew when it became clear I was nowhere behind the house. She ran to the front and looked down the sidewalk. And there, four doors west stood Mr. Taylor, waving her to come that way and gesturing on past him, indicating I’d gone farther down the block. My aunt Bonnie, her husband Lonnie, and their children lived on the next corner. When Mom reached Mr. Taylor, he told her he tried to intercept me but I dodged him and ran as fast as my little legs would go on down the sidewalk. He was not able to give chase. But he’d watched me until he saw me turn into my aunt’s yard. So, mother knew where to find me.The Taylors had an apple tree in their backyard and made wonderful apple butter. One year Mrs. Taylor said if Mom provided some sugar and jars, they’d make us a batch. Mother wasted no time in taking up that offer, so one day she and I found ourselves in the Taylors’ backyard watching Mr. Taylor stir apple butter in a large brass bucket over a fire. Moms says she can remember asking to stir it for a while. Mr. Taylor relented, explaining there was a silver dollar in the bottom of the pot, the motion of which would keep the apple butter from sticking. Mom’s turn stirring didn’t last long, she says, because she wasn’t doing it fast enough.The Taylors’ children and grandchildren lived out of state. So, on at least one occasion, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor joined us at our house for Thanksgiving. My paternal grandparents also were there as expected — along with surprise guests, my paternal Uncle Paul and Aunt Addie Mae, who arrived unexpectedly from Lynchburg, Va.When the Taylors’ sons and daughters-in-law did visit, at least one of the couples (Marion and Martha)  and/or their two sons (Mike and Vic) spent the night with us a time or two.Mrs. Taylor died in 1970. Her funeral was in Gr...