More About Lemon Paul Collins:
Burial: B. F. Collins Cem., Isom, Letcher Co., KY
Children are listed above under (152) Lemon Paul Collins.
215. Thurman6 Collins (Monroe5, Silas4, Thomas J.3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1905 in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY, and died September 18, 1984 in Ermine, Letcher Co., KY. He married (1) Camsie Sizemore March 07, 1935 in Letcher Co., KY. She was born 1914. He married (2) Cordelia Adams November 13, 1937 in Letcher Co., KY. She was born July 17, 1917 in Letcher Co., KY, and died August 12, 1972 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Thurman Collins:
BIRTH: Cem. Records.
DEATH: Cem. Records, Age 76.
MARRIAGE: #1, B-78, P-74; #2, B-89, P-90, she 18, d/o Byrd & Polly ADAMS.
OBIT: 1984-Funeral services for Thurman Collins, 76, were conducted Sept 20, at Letcher Funeral Home by the Rev. Allen Barger. Burial was in the Melvin Adams Cemetery at Ermine.
Mr. Collins died Sept. 18 at the Whitesburg hospital. He was a son of the late Monroe and Vina Hunsaker Collins.
Surviving are a son, Eddie Collins, Ermine; three daughters, Phyllis Faigle of Covington; Loretta Sue Yonts of Freetown, Ind.; and Sharlene Cornett of Ermine; three brothers, Orville Collins, of Richmond, Clayton Collins of Ermine and Arnold Collins of Payne Gap; three sisters, Carrie Stallard of Peru, Ind.; Bernice Baker, Erminie and Cora Adams, Whitesburg; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Notes for Camsie Sizemore:
BIRTH: Dau. of Lee & Nancy Ann SIZEMORE.
MARRIAGE: B-78, P4, she 21.
Notes for Cordelia Adams:
BIRTH: Family History of Letcher Co., KY, Vol. 1, P-6; d/o Byrd Adams and Polly Haynes.
MARRIAGE: B-89, P-90, she 18.
Children of Thurman Collins and Camsie Sizemore are:
i. PHYLLIS7 COLLINS.
Notes for PHYLLIS COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To a FAIGLE, of Covington, KY.
ii. LORETTA SUE COLLINS.
Notes for LORETTA SUE COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To a YOUNTS, of Freetown, IN.
iii. SHARLENE COLLINS.
Notes for SHARLENE COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To a CORNETT of Ermine.
iv. NORMA JEAN COLLINS.
Notes for NORMA JEAN COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To an ADAMS.
216. Thurston6 Collins (Monroe5, Silas4, Thomas J.3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born July 01, 1906, and died March 21, 1967. He married Mattie Sergent November 03, 1924 in Letcher Co., KY. She was born April 03, 1911, and died September 13, 1982.
Notes for Thurston Collins:
BIRTH: Cem. Records, Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-179 gives date of 1 Jun 1906.
MARRIAGE: B-43, P-97.
Notes for Mattie Sergent:
BIRTH: Fam. History of Letcher Co., KY, P-548, d/o Eligah Lincoln and Jane Craft Sergent.
Children of Thurston Collins and Mattie Sergent are:
i. ROY7 COLLINS, b. January 27, 1929; d. July 05, 1973; m. MARGARET DAY; b. 1929.
Notes for ROY COLLINS:
BIRTH: Cem. Record.
DEATH; S.S. Record.
ii. LESTER J. COLLINS, b. February 17, 1929, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 03, 1993; m. SHIRLEY BATES.
Notes for LESTER J. COLLINS:
BIRTH: V-92, #45997.
iii. WILLIAM RAY COLLINS, b. July 12, 1931; d. July 05, 1973, Thornton, , KY; m. CLARA MULLINS.
Notes for WILLIAM RAY COLLINS:
iv. ESTILL COLLINS, b. April 29, 1933; m. MARLENE BATES.
v. ALBERTA COLLINS, b. August 19, 1934; m. CECIL WEBB.
vi. THURSTON COLLINS, JR., b. February 28, 1936; d. November 1984; m. MARY THOMPSON.
vii. RUTH FAYE COLLINS, b. February 18, 1937; m. ELLIS STURGILL.
viii. JESSE COLLINS, b. April 14, 1940; m. WANDA ADAMS.
ix. RENEVA COLLINS, b. April 16, 1940; m. PAUL STURGILL.
x. MARRIETTA COLLINS, b. May 25, 1941; m. (1) VORICE GENE ADAMS; m. (2) BOB SPANGLER.
xi. LAVETTA ANN COLLINS, b. May 31, 1943; m. JAMES EARL COMBS.
xii. NORMA JEAN COLLINS, b. August 15, 1944; m. ADEAN ADAMS.
xiii. BOBBY JOE COLLINS, b. January 14, 1946; m. JENNY CALLOWAY.
Notes for BOBBY JOE COLLINS:
302. xiv. VIRGIE COLLINS, b. March 24, 1947.
xv. WINDUS DEAN COLLINS, b. May 15, 1949; m. RITA NICHOLS.
xvi. PAULINE COLLINS, b. May 15, 1949; m. (1) ANDREW COLLINS; m. (2) JAMES BATES.
xvii. PATRICIA RUTH COLLINS, b. March 13, 1951; m. MIKE FRANKLIN.
Generation No. 7
217. Mary Myrtle7 Sergent (Harriet6 Collins, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born August 20, 1897 in Whitesburg, , Letcher Co., KY, and died June 20, 1942. She married John Bartram Johnson. He was born December 13, 1894 in Hindman, , Knott Co., KY.
Notes for Mary Myrtle Sergent:
BIRTH: LDS Records.
Notes for John Bartram Johnson:
BIRTH: LDS Records
Children of Mary Sergent and John Johnson are:
i. OPEL8 BARTRAM.
ii. VIRGINIA BARTRAM.
iii. GLENNA BARTRAM.
iv. JACK BARTRAM.
v. WILLIAM B. BARTRAM.
218. Desta7 Collins (John Dorty6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 16, 1908 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY. She married Andrew Bowen December 24, 1926 in Letcher Co., KY. He was born May 15, 1904 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY, and died January 29, 1958 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Desta Collins:
MARRIAGE: #1, B-50, P-62; #2 Stan COOLEY on 1/29/1937, No issue.
Notes for Andrew Bowen:
BIRTH: Tombstone; s/o John and Maude Adams Bowen.
MARRIAGE: B-50, P-62.
Child of Desta Collins and Andrew Bowen is:
303. i. EUGENE8 BOWEN, b. February 24, 1928, Colson, Letcher Co., KY; d. March 13, 1965.
219. Curtis7 Collins (John Dorty6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 03, 1910 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY, and died March 23, 1991 in KY. He married DeNola Tolliver September 14, 1939 in Wise Co., VA. She was born December 23, 1917 in Waynesburg, Lincoln Co., KY, and died August 18, 1988 in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Curtis Collins:
BIRTH: Info. from Denola Tolliver Collins.
DEATH: SS Records; 3 Oct 1910=23 Mar 1991 KY (Before 1951 ) 407-01-1346; age 80, Curtis Collins, Death Date: 23 March , 1991
Death Place: Va, Age: 080, Residence: Letcher, Volume: 907 , Certificate: 1217 , from KY Death Records.
MARRIAGE: Info. from Denola.
Notes for DeNola Tolliver:
OBIT: Funeral services for Mrs. DeNola Tolliver Collins, 70, the wife of Curt
Collins of Kona, were held August 20 at the Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was
in Green Acres Cemetery.
Mrs. Collins died August at the Whitesburg hospital. She was a retired
She was born in Lincoln County and was a daughter of the late Marion
Francis Tolliver and Sarah Ann Potter Tolliver. She had been a member of the
First Church of God at Neon for more than 50 years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Brenda Jo Collins of
Wise, VA, and a granddaughter.
Child of Curtis Collins and DeNola Tolliver is:
i. BRENDA JO8 COLLINS, b. December 29, 1947, Pikesville, Pike Co., KY.
Notes for BRENDA JO COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To Ronald G. COLLINS, son of Denver on 6/10/1965. Son Courtney
Wayne Collins b. 5/30/1975.
220. Lola7 Collins (John Dorty6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born December 18, 1912, and died August 28, 1943. She married Ford Selvage October 22, 1932 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Lola Collins:
BIRTH: Cem. Records.
MARRIAGE: B-69, P-68.
Notes for Ford Selvage:
MARRIAGE: B-69, P-68
Children of Lola Collins and Ford Selvage are:
i. EDDIE LEE8 SELVAGE, b. August 26, 1933, Seco, , KY.
ii. ELDEN R. SELVAGE, b. January 11, 1937; d. January 11, 1937.
Notes for ELDEN R. SELVAGE:
BIRTH: Cem. Records.
221. Arnold7 Collins (John Dorty6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born January 09, 1915 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY. He married Edith Williams September 09, 1935 in Letcher Co., KY. She was born February 13, 1918.
Notes for Arnold Collins:
BIRTH: Birth Records, s/o John Dorty & Hettie Everage Collins.
MARRIAGE: B-80, P-62, he 21, she 17, d/o Edd and Callie.
Notes for Edith Williams:
BIRTH: Birth Records, d/o Eddand Callie Spencer Williams.
Children of Arnold Collins and Edith Williams are:
i. JOHN EDWARD8 COLLINS, b. August 20, 1937, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JOHN EDWARD COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
MARRIAGE: Same, to #1 Betty Claire Regan in 1958 at Sandlick Presbyterian
Church, d/o Claire D ; #2, Margaret Souder on 25 Apr 1969 in Covington, KY; d/o
Ernest and Ida May Morris Souder. Margaret b. 19 Feb 1947 in Clermont Co., OH.
Children: John E. Jr., born 1960 in Covington, KY and Mary Elizabeth b. 1962,
Childrlen of Margaret: Crissy Ann b. 30 Oct 1969 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co.,
OH; Arnold b. 21 Oct 1971.
ii. JAMES ARNOLD COLLINS, b. May 27, 1941, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JAMES ARNOLD COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
MARRIAGE: Same, to Patricia McGary on 24 Sep. 1966 in Louisville, KY.
Patricia d/o Harry L. and Helen Foster McGary, b. 28 Jun 1943 in Louisville.
Children: Rebecca b. 8/7/1976 in Middletown, OH; James Keith b. 24 May 1975 in
Lexington; Michael Patrick b. 1/7/1976, Lexington, adopted.
iii. JERRY LYNN COLLINS, b. October 06, 1944, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY; d. November 11, 1945, Colson, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JERRY LYNN COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
iv. JACK LEE COLLINS, b. September 16, 1945, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JACK LEE COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
MARRIAGE: Same, to Cecelia Faye Gray on 4 Jan 1969, d/o Lloyd and Mary Helen
Blakeman Gray. Children: Jacqueline b. 25 Jan. 1970 at Kittery Naval
Hospital, ME; Julia Faye b. 25 Jan 1970, same, Jennifer b. 2 Apr 1974 in
Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.
v. JEFFREY WILLIAM COLLINS, b. March 16, 1950, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JEFFREY WILLIAM COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
MARRIAGE: Same, to Christine Mieczyslawa Beczkowicz on 28 Apr 1973, in
Lexington, KY, she born 29 May 1950 in London England, a psychiatric social
worker, d/o Wieslaw, b. 23 Jan. 1913 in Warsaw, Poland, and Barbara Szeliga b.
9 Nov. 1923 in Poznan, Poland. Dau. Regina Mieczyshawa born 24 Aug 198 in
Kettering, Montgomery Co., OH.
Air Force Service, Apr. 1973 to Mar. 1973.
vi. EDITH ANN COLLINS, b. August 29, 1951, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for EDITH ANN COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Family Papers.
MARRIAGE: Same, to #1, David Robert Mansfield on 20 Jun 1970; #2, Harold David
Rupard, b. 20 Jun 1953, on 11 Aug 1974, divorced 20 Nov. 1979. David Rupard
s/o Shelly Leavis and Alma Materly Rupard. David Anthony, s/o Harold and Edith
b. 17 Jun 1976.
304. vii. DONNA ROSE COLLINS, b. January 30, 1954, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
305. viii. BETTY LYNN COLLINS, b. October 09, 1955, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
ix. JOSEPH COLLINS, b. May 20, 1957, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for JOSEPH COLLINS:
BIRTH: Collins Family Papers.
222. John Dishman7 Collins (John Dorty6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born March 23, 1919 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY. He married Stella Skorupa January 02, 1942 in Elkton, , MD. She was born April 17, 1920 in Chester, , PA.
Notes for John Dishman Collins:
BIRTH: #7732619, P-10.
According to a list of birth records I have, the name of the son b. on this
date was Willie.
Notes for Stella Skorupa:
BIRTH: Dau. of Anthony & Catharine BRZYSKI SCHORUPA.
Children of John Collins and Stella Skorupa are:
i. JOYCE DESTA8 COLLINS, b. July 13, 1943, Chester, , PA.
Notes for JOYCE DESTA COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: to Steve MORTIMER on 10/10/1962, he born 8/31/1940 in Washington,
DC, married in Chester, PA, s/o Joseph Mortimer and Evelyn Campbell Mortimer.
Children: Allen b. 8/31/1963 in Chester, Pa and Eric b. 12/15/1967 in Port
ii. PATRICIA EILEEN COLLINS, b. January 06, 1946, Fleming, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for PATRICIA EILEEN COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To Dean LAY on 12/2/1967 in Orlando, FL, he b. 4/11/1944 in Elk
Valley, TN, s/o Curtis Posey, raised by grandmother who gave him the Lay name.
Children: Lynette b. 6/21/1870 Winter Park, FL; Lyndie b. 8/27/1977 in
Orlando, FL and Troy b. 6/21/1979, b. Orlando. Dean's mother was Evelyn Lay,
he spent 4 years in Air Force.
iii. MARGARET ANN COLLINS, b. June 30, 1954, El Paso, , TX.
Notes for MARGARET ANN COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To Robert COMBS on 11/18/1972.
BIRTH: Name could be Marjorie
iv. THOMAS JOHN COLLINS, b. October 06, 1958, Stuggart, , Germany.
v. CINTHIA ANN COLLINS, b. April 17, 1961, Red Stone Arsena, Huntsville, AL.
223. Della Noreen7 Collins (Blaine6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 31, 1909, and died October 26, 1931 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY. She married Henry Jr. Tolliver February 25, 1931 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Della Noreen Collins:
BIRTH: Info. from DeNola Collins; d/o Blaine and Melvina Amburgey Collins.
DEATH: Died in childbirth.
MARRIAGE: B-64, P-78.
Notes for Henry Jr. Tolliver:
BIRTH: Son of Henry Tolliver and Elizabeth EVERAGE.
Child of Della Collins and Henry Tolliver is:
306. i. CLARENCE8 TOLLIVER, b. October 25, 1931, Letcher Co., KY.
224. Carlos Earl7 Collins (Blaine6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born June 06, 1912, and died March 28, 1952 in Letcher Co., KY. He married Dicy Everage October 16, 1937 in Letcher Co., KY. She was born June 09, 1918.
Notes for Carlos Earl Collins:
BIRTH: Death Record.
DEATH: Same, age 39.
MARRIAGE: B-89, P-50.
Notes for Dicy Everage:
BIRTH: Fam. History of Letcher Co., KY, Vol. 1, P-251, d/o Ezra & Ellie PIGMAN
MARRIAGE: Mar Rec., B-89, P-50,#2 Woodrow Smith; #3 Edmond Jenia.
Children of Carlos Collins and Dicy Everage are:
i. MAXINE8 COLLINS, b. January 1940.
Notes for MAXINE COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To Lawrence RICHIE, No RIN.
ii. EDGAR DALE COLLINS, b. September 1948.
Notes for EDGAR DALE COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To Linda
225. Myrtle7 Collins (Blaine6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born May 09, 1914 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY, and died July 01, 1990 in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY. She married Robert Collins December 19, 1936 in Letcher Co., KY, son of William Collins and Eva Thomas. He was born December 07, 1912 in Colley, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Myrtle Collins:
BIRTH: Birth record; d/o Blaine & Vina.
MARRIAGE: B-85, P-62.
OBIT: Funeral services for Myrtle Collins, 76, were held July 4 at Everidge
FuneralHome. Burial was in Isom Cemetery.
She was born at Colson, a daughter of the late Blaine and Melvinia Amburgey
Collins, and died July 1 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Collins; five sons, Roger Collins,
Columbus, Ind; Randall Collins, Lexington; and Shelby Collins, all of Blackey;
a daughter, Ruth Collins, Lexington; two brotherss, Lawrence Collins,
Gainesville, Fla., and Levell Collins, Augusta, GA; and a granddaughter.
Notes for Robert Collins:
BIRTH: Old Reg. Baptist Church Records.
MARRIAGE: B-85, P-62, he 22, she 22, d/o Blaine and Vina, a Miner.
Children are listed above under (150) Robert Collins.
226. Lovell7 Collins (Blaine6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born August 15, 1918 in Letcher Co., KY. He married Lucille Norton October 06, 1945 in Rockwall, , TX. She was born September 05, 1926.
Notes for Lovell Collins:
BIRTH: Birth Records.
MARRIAGE: Family Group Sheets.
Notes for Lucille Norton:
BIRTH: Fam. Group Sheets, d/o Frank Travis and nannie Viola Truett Norton.
Children of Lovell Collins and Lucille Norton are:
i. DELLA LOIS8 COLLINS, b. January 01, 1948.
Notes for DELLA LOIS COLLINS:
BIRTH: Fam. Group Sheets.
MARRIAGE: Same, to Thomas G. Cook on 6/9/1969.
ii. GERALD DOUGLAS COLLINS, b. July 20, 1949.
Notes for GERALD DOUGLAS COLLINS:
BIRTH: Fam.Group Sheets.
MARRIAGE: Same, unmarried.
227. Willard Ellis7 Collins (Blaine6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 05, 1921 in Boloxi, MS, and died December 28, 1980. He married Jeanette Everage in Biloxi, , MS.
Notes for Willard Ellis Collins:
BIRTH: Fam. Group Sheets.
Notes for Jeanette Everage:
MARRIAGE: She div.
Children of Willard Collins and Jeanette Everage are:
i. WILLARD DARRELL8 COLLINS, b. September 03, 1953.
ii. ELLIS DEAN COLLINS, b. September 03, 1953.
228. Robert B.7 Collins (Ira Wilson6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born September 08, 1914 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY. He married Jean Cupps December 03, 1944 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Jean Cupps:
BIRTH: Dau. of Patric & Martha COMBS CUPPS.
Children of Robert Collins and Jean Cupps are:
i. BARBARA DARLENE8 COLLINS, b. June 23, 1951, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY; m. BERNARD BENTLEY, March 14, 1976, Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for BARBARA DARLENE COLLINS:
307. ii. DENISE JEAN COLLINS, b. January 05, 1956.
229. Otis7 Collins (Ira Wilson6, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1917 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY, and died January 08, 1985 in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY. He married Rita Lewis.
Notes for Otis Collins:
BIRTH: Obit.; SS Death Record gives date of 8/11/1916.
OBIT: Funeral services for Otis Collins, 68, were conducted Friday at
Whitesburg. Burial was in the family cemetery at Colson.
Mr. Collins died January 8 at the Whitesburg hosital after a long illness.
He owned and operated a store at Colson and had been a merchant most of his
He was born at Colson and was a son of Ira and Eliza Bates Collins.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Rita Lewis Collins; a daughter, Janie Osborne,
Topmost; a son, Johnny Collins, Colson; three sisters, Violet Killen,
Chesterville, Ohio; Ethel Sergent, Chiefland, FL, and Gaynell Ison, Gordon; and
four brothers, Claude Collins, Clearwater, Fl; Robert Collins, Mayking; Ben
Collins, Colson, and J. B. Collins, Gordon.
Children of Otis Collins and Rita Lewis are:
i. JANIE OSBORNE8 COLLINS, m. TOMOST.
ii. JOHNNIE COLLINS.
230. Myrtle7 Bentley (Bertha6 Collins, James Jasper Babe5, Eli4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born July 07, 1913 in Colson, Letcher Co., KY, and died February 25, 1988. She married Charles Auton May 30, 1936 in Letcher Co., KY. He was born March 23, 1903 in KY, and died September 1985 in Miami, FL.
Notes for Myrtle Bentley:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers, d/o Evign and Bertha Collins.
DEATH: SS Index.
Notes for Charles Auton:
BIRTH: Collins Fam. Papers.
Children of Myrtle Bentley and Charles Auton are:
i. ANNA MARIE8 AUTON.
Notes for ANNA MARIE AUTON:
MARRIAGE: To Silas CRASE; children: Deborah Ana and Michael.
ii. CATHARINE AUTON.
Notes for CATHARINE AUTON:
MARRIAGE: To Doug ROBERTS.
iii. NOLAN KEITH AUTON.
Notes for NOLAN KEITH AUTON:
MARRIAGE: To Dorothy ?.
308. iv. SUE CAROL AUTON.
231. Guy Leslie7 Brees (Bertha Jane6 Flanery, Nancy Ellen5 Collins, George Washington4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born July 26, 1921 in Wiskan, Wallace Co., KS. He married Geraldine Ann Wykert April 08, 1945 in Kimball Co., NB. She was born July 05, 1925 in Greely, Weld Co., CO, and died February 1994 in Greely, Weld Co., CO.
Notes for Geraldine Ann Wykert:
BIRTH: SSRecords; d/o Arthur and Margaret Grassmar Wykert.
Children of Guy Brees and Geraldine Wykert are:
i. LELAND8 BREES, b. October 29, 1944, Grely, Wild Co., Co; m. SANDRA KOEBLER, June 29, 1964.
ii. BEVERLY BREES, b. December 11, 1945, Wild Co., CO; m. THOMAS DANNOTT, June 28, 1964, Wild Co., CO.
iii. KENNETH BREES, b. February 17, 1947, Greely, Wild Co., CO; m. CAROL ANN KRAUSE, September 02, 1967.
iv. SHARON BREES, b. May 01, 1952, Greely, Wild Co., CO; m. DANIEL MARICLE, February 28, 1971.
v. ROBERTA BREES, b. May 21, 1954, Greely, Wild Co., CO.
vi. MELODY BREES, b. April 16, 1959, Greely, Wild Co., CO.
232. Estill7 Roberts (Nora6 Creech, Sarah Helen5 Collins, George Washington4, Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1)
Child of Estill Roberts is:
i. JENNY8 ROBERTS.
233. Lorraine7 Collins (Lemon Paul7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born August 12, 1932. She married John Sexton December 29, 1948. He was born September 12, 1928.
Notes for Lorraine Collins:
MARRIAGE: To a SEXTON.
Notes for John Sexton:
BIRTH: s/o Okra and ? Sexton.
Children of Lorraine Collins and John Sexton are:
i. DRUCILLA8 SEXTON, b. October 05, 1949.
ii. PHILLIP LYNN SEXTON, b. February 19, 1959, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
iii. DAVID ARNOLD SEXTON, b. January 06, 1961, Fleming, KY.
234. Arnold7 Collins (Lemon Paul7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born December 03, 1921. He married Cordia Hammonds September 03, 1942 in Hazard, KY. She was born December 17, 1920.
Children of Arnold Collins and Cordia Hammonds are:
i. PHYLLIS8 COLLINS, b. July 29, 1943.
ii. LARRY COLLINS, b. September 04, 1948.
235. Jimmie Neal7 Collins (Lemon Paul7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1)
Children of Jimmie Neal Collins are:
i. STEPHANIE8 COLLINS.
ii. JIMMY SETH COLLINS.
236. Geraldine7 Collins (Larkin7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born September 01, 1928 in Edwigt, WV, and died February 18, 1990 in OH. She married Colby Brown. He was born May 02, 1929 in Knott Co, KY, and died August 07, 1992 in Batavia, Clermont, OH.
Notes for Geraldine Collins:
BIRTH: Info. from Larkin and Delores Collins (email@example.com).
DEATH: Same; bur. Concord Cem., Williamsburg, Clermont, OH.
More About Geraldine Collins:
Burial: Concord Cem., Williamsburg, Clermont, OH
Notes for Colby Brown:
BIRTH: SS Records.
Colby A. Brown SSN: 402-36-1656 , Last Residence: 45103 Batavia, Clermont, Ohio, United States of America
Born: 2 May 1929
Died: 7 Aug 1992
State (Year) SSN issued: Kentucky (Before 1951 )
CENSUS: 1930, #236/255, Dist, 3, Knott Co., KY
George U. 33
Colby A. 11/12
Children of Geraldine Collins and Colby Brown are:
309. i. TIMOTHY ALAN8 BROWN, b. December 08, 1954.
ii. DEBORAH LYNN BROWN.
237. Larkin7 Collins, Jr. (Larkin7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 04, 1932 in Alock, Perry Co., KY. He married Hazel Brown.
Notes for Larkin Collins, Jr.:
Children of Larkin Collins and Hazel Brown are:
i. MICHELLE8 COLLINS.
310. ii. NEAL GORDON COLLINS, b. December 04, 1958.
238. Thomas Reed7 Collins (Larkin7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born April 30, 1941 in Van, Letcher Co., KY. He married Shirley Holcomb.
Notes for Thomas Reed Collins:
of South Village, ILL.
Children of Thomas Collins and Shirley Holcomb are:
i. LIBBY ANN8 COLLINS, b. June 16, 1961; m. MICHAEL BALANOW.
ii. TOMMY RAY COLLINS, b. August 18, 1963.
239. Teddy Darrell7 Collins (Larkin7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born March 08, 1943 in Van, Letcher Co., KY. He married Robin Dempsy.
Notes for Teddy Darrell Collins:
of S. Lyons, MI
Children of Teddy Collins and Robin Dempsy are:
311. i. ELIZABETH DARLENE8 COLLINS, b. May 30, 1964, Ann Arbor, MI.
312. ii. LADONNA LYNN COLLINS, b. July 11, 1966, Ann Arbor, MI.
iii. TEDDY DARRELL COLLINS II, b. February 03, 1970.
313. iv. CONNIE RENEE COLLINS, b. December 05, 1972, Wayne, MI.
240. Linda Darnell7 Collins (Larkin7, Belvey6, Larkin5, Mary Jane4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born May 03, 1950 in Van, Letcher Co., KY. She married Melvin Sears.
Notes for Linda Darnell Collins:
mar. a Sears of Sparta.
Child of Linda Collins and Melvin Sears is:
i. REBECCA8 SEARS, b. September 29, 1987.
241. Edith7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) She married Clyde Brewster.
Children of Edith Gibson and Clyde Brewster are:
i. EALINE8 BREWSTER.
ii. EVIE BREWSTER.
314. iii. DAVID BREWSTER.
242. Florence7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) She married Bill Tombs.
Child of Florence Gibson and Bill Tombs is:
315. i. PHYLLIS8 TOMBS.
243. James7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Jean Reed.
Children of James Gibson and Jean Reed are:
316. i. MELISSA8 GIBSON.
317. ii. RHONDA GIBSON.
244. Lucinda7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) She married Frank Kasson.
Children of Lucinda Gibson and Frank Kasson are:
i. TOM8 KASSON.
318. ii. DANNY KASSON.
iii. RICK KASSON.
245. Donald7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Betty Copeland.
Children of Donald Gibson and Betty Copeland are:
i. BEVERLY8 GIBSON.
319. ii. GARY GIBSON.
iii. JEFF GIBSON.
iv. MICHELLE GIBSON.
246. Lois7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) She married Jack Price.
Children of Lois Gibson and Jack Price are:
320. i. PAM8 PRICE.
321. ii. LISA PRICE.
247. Willis7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Wilberta.
Child of Willis Gibson and Wilberta is:
322. i. KAREN8 GIBSON.
248. Samuel7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Bessie.
Children of Samuel Gibson and Bessie are:
i. OPAL8 GIBSON.
ii. BERNIE GIBSON.
iii. LULA GIBSON.
iv. RUBY GIBSON.
v. JACK GIBSON.
vi. CLARENCE GIBSON.
vii. LENA GIBSON.
viii. BETTY GIBSON.
ix. SAMUEL GIBSON, JR..
x. ARNOLD GIBSON.
249. Bernie7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Bea Cooper.
Children of Bernie Gibson and Bea Cooper are:
i. GRETTA8 GIBSON.
ii. GARLAND GIBSON.
iii. STANLEY GIBSON.
250. Charles7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Virginia.
Children of Charles Gibson and Virginia are:
i. RUBY8 GIBSON.
ii. CHARLES GIBSON.
iii. DON GIBSON.
iv. LONNIE GIBSON.
251. Leonard7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married Mildred.
Children of Leonard Gibson and Mildred are:
i. GARY8 GIBSON.
ii. ROGER GIBSON.
252. Alice7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) She married Charlie Mahoney.
Children of Alice Gibson and Charlie Mahoney are:
i. CHARLES8 MAHONEY, JR..
ii. DOUGLAS MAHONEY.
iii. THOMAS MAHONEY.
253. Robert7 Gibson (Elijah6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) He married (1) Margaret. He married (2) Audrey.
Children of Robert Gibson and Margaret are:
i. ALAN8 GIBSON.
ii. ALVIN GIBSON.
iii. SANDY GIBSON.
254. Cephas7 Gibson, Sr. (John H.6, William5, Sarah4 Collins, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born March 21, 1906 in Lee Co., KY, and died January 24, 1968 in KY. He married Irene Blizzard January 29, 1926 in Owsley Co., KY. She was born April 26, 1908 in Scott Co., IN, and died July 27, 2002 in Scott Co., IN.
More About Cephas Gibson, Sr.:
Burial: Fairview Cem., KY
Notes for Irene Blizzard:
BIRTH: Ruth LeMasters; d/o Thomas Edgar and Olive Mae Collins Blizzard.
More About Irene Blizzard:
Burial: Fairview Cem., KY
Children of Cephas Gibson and Irene Blizzard are:
i. LEROY8 GIBSON, b. Abt. 1926; d. Abt. 1931, Fairview Cem., KY.
Notes for LEROY GIBSON:
BIRTH: Info. from Ruth LeMasters; died age 5; his remains were brought to Underwood, IN on 9/2000 and buried in Fairview Cem.
More About LEROY GIBSON:
Burial: Owsley Co., KY
ii. LEON C. GIBSON, b. July 22, 1928, KY; m. CAROL WELLS, December 27, 1948, Scott Co., IN; b. December 24, 193, DeKalb, IL.
iii. GENEVA JUNE GIBSON, b. January 17, 1930, Owsley Co., KY; m. IVAN ALSUP, January 12, 1948, Scott Co., IN; b. June 09, 1925, Scott Co., IN.
iv. JOHN GIBSON.
v. CEPHAS GIBSON, JR., b. December 07, 1944, Morrow, OH; m. CAROLYN SMITH, November 24, 1961, Scott Co., IN; b. November 24, 1944, Scott Co., IN.
255. Cordelia7 Adams (Millie6 Collins, Hiram5, Sanders A.4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 14, 1901 in Letcher Co., KY, and died October 05, 1966 in Letcher Co., KY. She married Benjamin Stallard. He was born August 01, 1889 in Letcher Co., KY, and died March 01, 1965 in Letcher Co., KY.
Notes for Cordelia Adams:
BIRTH: Letcher Co., KY Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-3.
Notes for Benjamin Stallard:
BIRTH: Cem. Record; s/o Harvey Francis and Elizabeth Adams Stallard.
DEATH: Same; bur. Stallard Cem., Crafts, Colley Creek, Letcher Co., KY.
MARRIAGE: Letcher Co. Fam. History.
Stallard Cem., Crafts Colly, Letcher Co., mar. #1 Virgie Adams, b. 5/26/1895,
d. 2/8/1917 in Letcher, bur. in Stallard Cem., #2 Jane Combs, no children; #3
Children of Cordelia Adams and Benjamin Stallard are:
i. RUTH8 STALLARD, m. MELVIN ADAMS.
ii. MARTIN STALLARD, m. NORMA COMBS.
iii. ARCHIE V. STALLARD, m. BRANSON.
Notes for ARCHIE V. STALLARD:
iv. HAZEL STALLARD.
v. MINNIE STALLARD, m. TAYLOR.
vi. WANDA STALLARD.
vii. JAMES M. STALLARD.
viii. HARVEY F. STALLARD, b. 1923; d. November 11, 1987; m. IRENE COMBS.
ix. ELVIE MAY STALLARD, b. May 27, 1925; d. August 27, 1982; m. (1) ROSCOE BRANSON; m. (2) DEVORE.
x. VONDA LEE STALLARD, b. February 24, 1944; d. January 06, 1965; m. FLANNERY.
256. Paul Shelburn7 Collins (Sanders6, Hiram5, Sanders A.4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born January 16, 1908 in Webb, Wayne Co., WV, and died February 03, 1972 in Harrisonburg, VA. He married (1) Lillian Crawford May 03, 1930 in Huntington, Cabell Co., WV. She was born 1908 in Fayette Co., WV. He married (2) Alline Virginia Pyles Abt. 1935 in Beckley, , WV. She was born October 04, 1916 in Union, Monroe Co., WV, and died October 29, 2000 in Petersburg, VA. He married (3) Myrtle Henderson February 07, 1946 in Raleigh, NC. She was born August 31, 1930 in Raleigh, , NC.
Notes for Paul Shelburn Collins:
BIRTH: Mother; According to marriage record, he born Martin, however, his
mother says he born Wayne Co.; his son, Clayton, said he was born across from Bull Creek, mouth of Turkey.
DEATH: He died in Harrisonburg of pneumonia while visiting his daughter, Diane; a memorial service was at Willie and Dorothy's house in Petersburg for the family and a graveside service held in Raleigh. ; SS Death records give birth date of 1/16/1908 and place of death as Raleigh; was residing at 27604 Raleigh, Wake, NC, according to SS Records.
BURIAL: Same; has a son buried beside him. He was in Raleigh for about 2 years prior to death. Have heard he died in Harrisonburg and that he died in Raleigh; coffin was opened for his son, Dale, to view him. It was against the law to open the casket; Dale was brought in handcuffs as he was in prison at the time.
MARRIAGE: From son, Clayton.
Wife #1 was Indian. He 22, she 22, B-4, P-55, living in Cabell Co. when her sister married a Rogers who took Lillian's boy to raise. Lillian died after Paul left.
Was a Pvt. in the National Guard in Ronceverte, WV, 2nd Squad,Co. F, 150th Infantry, West Virginia National Guard, Ronceverte, June 30, 1925 - June 29, 1928.
OBIT: Paul S. Collins, Sr., of Raleigh, N.C. died Thursday morning at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, following a brief illness.
A native of Webb, W.Va., he made his home in Petersburg for 40 years prior to moving to Raleigh, N.C., 16 months ago. He was a retired manager of Riggs Garage, Petersburg, and was a member of Loyal Order of Moose, Petersburg.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Myrtle E. Collins, Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Dianne C. McKeever, Harrisonburg and Mrs. Sue Belcher, Richmond; four sons, Paul S. Collins, Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Clayton Collins, Prince George County, James E. Collins, Colonial Heights and Dale A. Collins, Raleigh, N.C.; mother, Mrs. Frances Clark, Alleghany; two sisters, Mrs. Esther C. Outlaw, Norfolk, and Mrs. Dorothy C. Ott, Alleghany; four brothers, Clarence C. Collins, Petersburg, Willie E. Collins, Colonial Heights, Archie C. Collins, Alleghany and Frank F. Clark, Augusta, Ga. and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sundayin the Chapel of J. T. Morriss & Son, Funeral Home with the Rev. Lillian Russell, pastor of Blandford United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Willie E. Tatem, pastor of Colonial Heights Assembly of God, officiating. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Mondy in Mt. Lawn Memorial Park, Raleigh, N.C.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
More About Paul Shelburn Collins:
Burial: Raleigh, NC
Notes for Lillian Crawford:
BIRTH: From marr. record.
She was an Indian and married either in Huntington or Wayne. She had a son.
When her sister married a Rogers, she took Lillian son to raise. Her name was
Lila or Lillian.
Notes for Alline Virginia Pyles:
BIRTH: From son; d/o Grover Cleveland b. 2/12/1885 in Union, died 3/20/1975 in
Petersburg, VA and d Allie Margaret ERSKINE PYLES born 1/6/1885 in Union, WV
and died 2/17/1969 in Petersburg. I have a birth place of Greenville Co., WV, it seems Union, Monroe Co. would be more correct.
MARRIAGE: #1, Son; #2, To Henry Thomas RIDDLE.
OBIT: Alline Virginia Pyles Riddle, 84, of Carson, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. A native of Union, WV, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Allie Erskine Pyles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Thomas Riddle, a grandson, Terry Keith Collins, and a brother, Harry Pyles.
She is survived by a son and devoted daughter-in-law, Clayton and Nellie Collins of Carson, a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Nicky Belcher of Richmond. Grandchildren, David Collins and wife Kim of Carson, Keith Belcher and fiancee Kim Garton of Onancock and Kerry Penney and husband, Hank, of Montpelier, great-great-grandchildren, Melissa Stech of Richmond, Joshua Collins of Carson, Steven Belcher of Blacksburg, Jeremy Belcher of Richmond, Megan Pinney, Kaitlin Pinney and Devin Pinney, all of Montpelier; a sister-in-law, Ruby Pyles of Union,WV; and a very special care giver, Sarah Atkins of Carson.
A graveside funeral will be held today, Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Tabernacle Methodist Church Cemetery, Malones Road, Carson, with the Rev. William Hawkins officiating, assisted by the Rev. Grady Jarrard. Friends and family wishing to attend the service should assemble at the graveside. There will be no formal visitation; friends may pay their respects at E. Alvin Small funeral Home, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tabernacle Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Adkins, 18709 Malones Road, Carson, VA, 23830. Services are being provided by E. Alvin Small Funeral Home.
More About Alline Virginia Pyles:
Burial: November 01, 2000, Tabernacle Methodist Church Cem., Carson,VA
Notes for Myrtle Henderson:
BIRTH: d/o Clarence HENDERSON.
Child of Paul Collins and Lillian Crawford is:
i. BILLIE8 COLLINS.
Notes for BILLIE COLLINS:
BIRTH: Info. from Nellie Collins.1
Children of Paul Collins and Alline Pyles are:
323. ii. CLAYTON LAURRAINE8 COLLINS, b. March 01, 1936, Beckley, , WV.
iii. FRANCES SUE COLLINS, b. June 10, 1936, Beckley, , WV.
Notes for FRANCES SUE COLLINS:
BIRTH: Info. from brother, Clayton
MARRIAGE: To Robert BELCHER.
Children of Paul Collins and Myrtle Henderson are:
iv. DIANA8 COLLINS.
Notes for DIANA COLLINS:
MARRIAGE: To a LaVoie, of Datona, FL
Left home to live with aunt, Dorothy Collins Ott. After that, she went to live with uncle, Frank Clark. wrecked Frank's car, left home. In 1988 was living in Fla. Was at funeral of Archie Collins. Behaved badly.
324. v. PAUL SHELBURN COLLINS, JR..
325. vi. JAMES EDWIN COLLINS, b. October 26, 1949, Petersburg, VA; d. May 20, 1992, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield,, VA.
vii. DALE ANTHONY COLLINS, b. July 30, 1953, Petersburg, , VA; d. January 16, 1992, Washington, , DC.
Notes for DALE ANTHONY COLLINS:
BIRTH: Death Notice.
Found dead on street in Washington, DC, leaning up against building. No ID, no
shirt, (jacket found beside body); no shoes on (shoes found beside body). Took
3 weeks to locate family.
Funeral conducted by E. Alvin Funeral Home, Colonial Heights, Virginia;
Services in Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, Friday 9 a.m., February 14,
1992. Minister The Rev. Clyde D. Nuckols, Sr., Interment in Mt. Lawn Cem.,
Survivors: Myrtle H. Collins, mother; Clayton C., Paul S., Jr., James E.,
brothers; Frances Belcher, Diane Cavoie, sisters.
257. Dorothy Marie7 Collins (Sanders6, Hiram5, Sanders A.4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born June 14, 1909 in Inez, Martin Co., KY, and died January 25, 1994 in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier Co., WV. She married (1) Earl Reginald Plymale Abt. 1924 in Huntington, , WV. He was born June 26, 1903 in Wayne Co., WV, and died April 10, 1958 in WV. She married (2) Lloyd Balangee Ott October 05, 1943 in Alleghany Co., VA. He was born 1898 in Greenbrier Co., and died May 17, 1960 in Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., VA. She married (3) Julian James McCutcheon March 26, 1989 in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA. He was born April 30, 1912 in , WV.
Notes for Dorothy Marie Collins:
BIRTH: Date from her mother.
DEATH: Obit.; aneurism.
MARRIAGE: Information from Dorothy. At time of marriage she was approx. 15 and lived corner 9th ave. and 5th st., in Huntington, WV. She had a baby and his parents let it die. Divorced. #2; Lloyd Ott; #3. Julian McCutcheon, B-11, P-280, #272, he 76, first marriage, she 79, stated on license that it was her second marriage. Living at Rt. 3, Box 315, 8th grade education, residing Covington; License 3/15/1989, Mar. 3/26/1989, Alleghany Co. by Rev. James T. Mays, United Methodist Minister.
In the book, "The Plymale Family In America" p. 47., it states that Earl Redginal/Reginald Plymale b. 26 Jun 1903 m. 1st Dorthy Marie Collins 2) Ollie Sergarent/Sergeant. It also states that Earl & Dorthy had a child named Dorthy May Plymale that died in infancy. No other dates or information is given.
Dorothy lived corner 9th ave. and 25th st. in Huntington; probably where she got married.
Notes for Earl Reginald Plymale:
BIRTH: Dorothy Collins Ott McCutcheon gave info. about him; s/o Sidney Forest and Emma Myrtle Green Plymale, both bur. in Grafton, WV.
DEATH: From Web page.
MARRIAGE: Dorothy stated he was aboaut 25 when they married about 1924. She
also said she had a baby and his parents let it die. When the baby was born,
Earl was told to go on to work, the parents would take care of it. She was
about 15 and said they would not cut the cord or do anything for the baby, just
let it die. She had no other issue. In the Plymale Book, there is a baby listed for them and is named.
When married, they lived in Huntington on the corner of 9th Avenue and 25th
Notes for Lloyd Balangee Ott:
BIRTH: Mar. Rec. #2, s/o Wellington D. and Mary G. Eggleston.
DEATH: Date given in Will in Alleghany Co., lists wife Dorothy M. age 50, wd. and Lloyd B. Jr., son, Manhattan, MT.
MARRIAGE: #1; #2, Laura Gentry Sharpe, he 39, she 38, he div. she wid, he b. Greenbrier, she Alleghany, he residing Lewisburg, she Alleghany, d/o Riley and Ada Gentry, he radiotrician, mar. by Richard A. Bergdoff on 12/17/1937, Alleg. Co., Covington, Mar. Reg. 3, P-58; #3, B-3, P-50, he div., she widowed, he residing Lewisburg, by Gilliam C. Bentley.
Notes for Julian James McCutcheon:
BIRTH: Mar. Record, s/o Rozelle and Hettie Ann Wickline McCutcheon.
MARRIAGE: Same, he 76, first marriage, resided Box 393, White Sulphur Springs,
Greenbrier Co., WV.
Child of Dorothy Collins and Earl Plymale is:
i. DOROTHY MAY8 PLYMALE.
Notes for DOROTHY MAY PLYMALE:
BIRTH: Info. from Dorothy Marie Collins Plymale Ott McCutcheon.
258. Archie Clyde7 Collins (Sanders6, Hiram5, Sanders A.4, Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born March 06, 1911 in Inez, Martin Co., KY, and died July 14, 1988 in Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low Moor, Alleghany Co, VA. He married (1) Sylvia Rosser in , KY. He married (2) Oleta May Arritt May 09, 1928 in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, daughter of John Arritt and Neta Green. She was born October 18, 1909 in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, and died June 10, 2002 in Chesapeake, VA. He married (3) Mary Yates December 04, 1968 in Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., VA. She was born Abt. 1940 in , WV.
Notes for Archie Clyde Collins:
BIRTH: No record on file, date given by his mother.
DEATH: Family Members; burial at 2:00 p.m., grave side service by Jack Wallace. Death Cert #131, date of death, Jul 14, 1988, age 77, b. 3/6/1911 at Alleghany Regional Hospital. Resided White Sulphur Springs, WV, 24986. SS No. 224-18-6969, Electrician; acute respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, arteriosclerosis? and chest ? & disease; chronic obstructive lung disease; autopsy authorized. Died at 6:20 a.m.; s/George L. Fischer. Buried Rosewood, Lewisburg.
MARRIAGE: Family Bible now in possession of Darlene NICELY; Mar. Cert.; #1, Bible Record.
No information on Marriage 2 and 3. Possibly married #2 in KY and #3 in VA or WV. Divorced #3 ca 1986 in Greenbrier Co. According to his sister, he had a child by Sylvia and Sylvia had a child by Jeff Mosley (brother of Archie's mother). She lived on Horse Creek at mouth of where Jeff Mosely lived in Wayne Co, below Webb.
Archie Clyde Collins joined Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, April 21, 1928 by profession of faith and baptism.
Moved to Covington, Alleghany Co., VA in 1930, when Oleta got job at Rayon Plant. However, she was pregnant and was too sick to work until after giving birth.
MILITARY: WWII, on USS Courage, a Canadian Built Corvette, #PG 70, as an EM 1/C. At that time mother lived at 1325 22d St., Newport News, VA and worked at the shipyard. He was in the Navy three years, discharged with a medical certificate, because he was said to be psychotic. Joined the Navy 12/8/1941; left from Roanoke 12/26/1941.
Was a Pvt. in the National Guard in Ronceverte, WV, 2nd Squad,Co. F, 150th Infantry, West Virginia National Guard, Ronceverte, June 30, 1925 - June 29, 1928. H
OBIT: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, July 14, 1988: Archie Clyde Collins: White Sulphur Springs - Archie Clyde Collins, 77, of White Sulphur Springs, died July 14, 1988, at home after an apparent heart attack.
He was a retired electrician, a veteran of World War II and he was a Protestant.
Surviving: daughters, Hilda Triplett of Virginia Beach, VA., Louise Perkins of Sunbury, NC; mother, Frances Mosley Clark of White Sulphur Springs; sisters, Dorothy Ott of White Sulphur Springs, Esther Outlaw of Norfolk, VA; brother, Willie of Petersburg, VA; half brother, Frank Clark of Atlanta; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Covington, VA, July 17, 1942: Dear Friend: At 8 p.m. next Sunday, July 19th, the services at the South Covington Methodist Church will be in honor of the fine, brave men who have gone into the U.S. Defense Service from South Covington, or who have relatives living in South Covington. A framed tablet, bearing their names will be unveiled, and interesting statements will be made about each man. There will be patriotic songs, and other exercises. On this list will appear the name of Archie Clyde Collins. This is a cordial invitation to you and to all his other relatives to be present. With kind regards, I am, Sincerely yours, B. M. Beckham. (From wife's scrapbook).
He served in the CCC and probably was at the Dolly Ann Camp in 1939. It was located near Covington in the Dolly Ann area. There were several wooden barracks buildings as well as a dining room and quarters for officers. Probably his brother, Willie, and possibly Paul were also there. An enrollee made 30.00 per month.
For page of Oleta Collins: This photograph was submitted by Louise Perkins and she writes,
"Greenbrier High School Graduating Class of 1928. The only person I can identify is first row on the left is Oleta May Arritt Collins.
Some of the graduates may be the following which is a list of persons graduating from 8th grade: Mary Margaret LEE, Lucy LEE, Glenia LONG, Pauline McDANIEL, Mary HOUCHINS, Adelia PHILIPS, Katherine SYDNOR, Alice PALMER, Rosalie HOWARD, Frances GROVE, Edna WORLEY, Fred JETER, Doran SAMPLES, Thomas CLIFFORD, Thomas DOUGHTY, Charles GEORGE, Edward DUNN, Robert VAUGHN, Billy BLAKE, Fred WOODRUM, Howard VAL.
East Ronceverte: Oleta ARRITT, Ileen GREEN, Elsie SAMPSON, Paul MORRIS, Russell HOGSHEAD."
If anyone can identify these students, Louise would like to hear from you!
Special thanks to Louise Perkins for providing us with this picture!
UPDATE!! The following is an email response to the above photograph. Another Greenbrier Family connection is made!
From: "Lori Samples/Bill Tworek" [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: "Valerie F. Crook" [email@example.com], "Louise Perkins" [firstname.lastname@example.org], [WVGREENB-L@rootsweb.com Subject: Greenbrier High School Reunions-high school info Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 22:20:20 -0400
To Louise and Valerie and anyone else who want to read about the Greenbrier Class of 1928, It is rare that someone has something I DON'T!!! My grandfather was a PACK RAT.... and from the class of 1928, and you guys gave me his high school graduating picture, what a rare find. Thank you so very much. This photo you give reference to was NOT an 8th grade graduation (I have his diploma etc...) but a HIGH SCHOOL 12th grade Graduation as he told me. He was born in 1909, so he would be 17 years old in this photo, which looks more like what the fellows ages are.
Second piece of info, which one is my grandfather? He is DEAD CENTER in the back row, three people to his left, three people to his right. His name is Doran K. Samples, Sr. It might be neat for you to look at his picture for one reason, all the books that I have? They belonged to him. He was a wonderful man, and it is in his memory that I do these lookups and transcribe historical data to share with the group.
There was an ALL CLASS reunion, which I am sure some of you remember. It was HUGE (between 3000-4000 people attended). This took place at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds, in Fairlea on May 25, (I THINK in 1985). I have a copy of the book that was printed to commemorate the celebration. What a piece of history this is. With a big old grin, I have to say, my grandfather (Paw Paw) wrote the passage for his class of 1928, for which the picture is up at rootsweb. Note, I also have an original copy of their class play "East is West" published in 1924, which they used to study from, as well as their original program, and a banner advertising the play. I also have the play write and sheet music from Pocahontas, which they also did that year.
This is what my grandfather wrote:
Class of 1928
Class Motto - Backward Never, Forward Forever
Class Colors - Green and White
Class Roll -
Oleta Arritt (Pitcher)
Hazel Burdette (Miller)
Edith Boone (McMillion)*
Stella Longanacre (Young)*
Mary Margaret Lee
Alice Palmer (Handley)
Kathleen Dodd (Fridley)
Frances Grove (Franklin)
Thelma Hodges (Sheppard)
Lucy Lee (Donahue)
Helen McMann (Crizer)
Caroline Ervin (Hoke)
Glema Long (Auldridge)
Dorothy Brown (Hinkle)
Thomas P. Doughty
Principal: R. S. Richards * Deceased at the time of printing
Reminisces: The Greenbrier High School Class of 1928 was probably unique in several ways. You have probably heard of students graduating SUMA CUM LAUDE or MAGNA CUM LAUDE, but the class of 1928 graduated PERSONA NON GRATA for they had to burn the School House down to get rid of us. The School House burned sometime January 1928, shortly after Christmas vacation and just in time for mid-term examinations. We then had classes in the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church and our graduation exercises were held in the National Guard Armory.
We had a different principal for each of the four years. During our freshman Year we had Mr. C. L. Underwood who had been a military man and he really ran a tight ship. He had a rule that anything we did that required punishment, such as being late or smoking cigarettes, an hour had to be spent working on the tennis courts. There was never a shortage of workers and the clay courts were always rolled and in perfect condition.
For our Sophomore year we had Mr. McCusky, who was a red headed Irishman whose temper was easily aroused. In our junior year we did not have a principal, per se, but Mr. Buckley acted as principal in addition to teaching his regular classes, which were: General Science, Agriculture and Chemistry. In our Senior year, Mr. R. S. Richards was principal. He had been teaching and continued to teach Math, Algebra, Geometry and Physics. He ran a very tight ship. We who were Seniors didn't notice that very much for we were involved with the usual Seniors projects: Junior/Senior prom, Junior/Senior Banquet, Senior Class Play, an Operetta and a couple of picnics, as well as a trip through Organ Cave. There were not too many activities in schools back in 1928 - no band, no Hi-Y, or Tri-Hi-Y, no Honor Society, no Latin Clubs, -- just hit the Books was it. We did have Football Teams and both boy's and girl's Basketball Teams.
Several of our Class of '28 started our schooling in the First Grade with Miss Celia Betts and then stayed together for the entire twelve years. The transition from Graded School to High School was quite a shock for most of us, for in the Grades we had the same teacher who taught all subjects for the entire year. In High School we had a different teacher for each subject and the milling around when classes changed was a little nerve racking until we became accustomed to it. They even separated the girls from the boys since we had a girl's homeroom and a boy's homeroom. Somehow we survived even though few fell by the wayside, some dropped out, some moved, and we had one of our most popular boys die after the announcements had been printed. We had one girl who was married before Graduation Day.
In our Freshman Year, everyone had to take music. Generally speaking, this was mostly Music Theory; learning the value of notes, signature tim, famous composers and the names given to their compositions. Our music teacher was Ms. Bernice Strong and she was just as cute as a speckled pup. One morning she had eight boys gathered around the piano trying to teach them four-part harmony. The other members of the class, not having anything to do just then, began to misbehave. Ms. Strong chased all of them out of the class, told them to report to the Study Hall and not to come back for they were through. She then used those eight boys and formed what was called "The Boy's Octet". They sang together for the remainder of their High School days and even went out for appearances at non-school functions such as church or club events. They also had a part in the Annual Commencement Program and in the Baccalaureate Service. By this time the girls had formed a Schumann Club and they also sang for these graduation ceremonies.
One little story is worth telling: "Ms. Strong had the eight boys from the Octet gathered around the piano, trying to teach them Victory Herbert's "Kiss Me Again". The Octet came to the phrase: "So fondly she'd hold me as softly she told me of love through the star-sprinkled night". It came out a little sour so Ms. Strong jumped up from the piano bench, slammed her hands down hard on all the keys she could reach and said, "Boys, that love through the star-sprinkled night was absolutely vile". That broke up the class for that day and Ms. Strong even had a good laugh when she realized just what she had said.
Our Senior Class Play was "East is West", sponsored by Mrs. Elsie Taylor. Two girls learned the leading part and did it so well that Mrs. Taylor couldn't decide which one should do the performance. She had intended to have one of them for a "stand-in" just in the even that one of them might become ill. The two girls were Alice Palmer and Lucy Lee and when stage time came they were both ready and anxious to go on. It confused the audience a bit, but she finally decided to let one of them play the first part of the play and let the other girl play the second part. It all worked out very well and the play was presented at the Grand Theater on May 8th with matinee and night performances.
We also put on a comic operetta "Pocahontas", but there may have been some members of the cast who were from other classes -- memory grows dim after 57 years. In the operetta, Mar Margaret Lee had the audience rolling the aisles with her song as Ah Meek the Indian mother-in-law when she sang about the dinner party she gave.
These reminisces may never see print, but it has been fun trying to recall those happy care free days. We'll just close by repeating our Class Motto - "Forward Ever, Backward Never". Doran Samples
Thanks, Lori, for sharing your Grandfather's words with us!
East Ronceverte: Oleta Arritt; Ileen Green; Elsie Sampson; Paul Morris; Russell Hogshead; Letter from Ila Green to Oleta in Aug, no year but probably around 1980: Dear Oleta: Received your letter glad ever one is O.K.
I wanted to tell you a few more questions. The house where you were married at was the Grandma Kelly home at one time. It belonged to Sally Kelly husband and mother. The old lady and one son was living there when my dad bought our place. My mother used to go up there with Roxie Baker's mother and take them two something to eat and milk to drink cause Ruffie had a cow at that time. I used to go up with Roxie to milk cow when very young. My mother bought milk from the Bakers too. That was before Grandma Baker died. She died back in 1918 with something like flu.
Going back to Kelley place it was rented so many times before your mother bought it. Grandpa Green helped to build the two extra rooms on to it. It once looked just like our house was built. The saw mill in those days built them and lots of other houses. The Baker house too.
The big house, that Grandpa Green lived in above us. He traded the big house where my mother and dad got married in to a Harrington for the one in East Ronceverte. That was house you all were young at. Where the swing was, I never did have a swing at our place.
Another subject. I found out what grandpa Green's sisters name was above Lewisburg. Her name was Esta Green Deaver. She was Herb Deaver's mother.
Jan. 4, 1983: My dad died 14th of this month in 64. Dear Oleta: Thought I would try and answer your letter. Thanks for the pretty bird. I hung it on the wall. Hope Grant and rest are well or feeling better. I know what that means. I don't feel too much better but hate to give up. The doctor is due back this week. I felt so bad during Xmas I didn't fix anything. Jo-Ann and that Gene came in for Xmas but she didn't come by more than 3 times. They stayed up at Keiths and cooked their Xmas dinner for them. She brought them a turkey and ham and Tommys a ham. She brought us a plate after Xmas but I didn't feel like eating only piece turkey. She stayed two weeks but has gone now never much as say good by to us.
Tell Louise I am sending some area history. Maybe this is where my dad was born in a box car when the mines went out they must have moved back in to Greenbrier to live. I guess Grandma Green's father and mother was with them. Because my dad said when the big snow of 1890 he was a small boy living on Mossys Coffman Hill. His dad was working on farm there. They could not get door opened the snow was so deep.
I just believe Aunt Neta was born there do you know?
Stye's Honaker was living over river too at that time. I do know grand Father Green went to work on Lumber mill in Ronceverte. Seems like he worked on Railway between times. Then he bought the Clearence Honaker place. Then he traded with a Harrington for the one in East Ronceverte. I guess I could keep on writing but better stop. Findy got a Xmas card from Alta said they had 9 inches of snow few days before Xmas. We had about inch and all gone now. It was down in 20 last night. Do hope I can make it rest of winter but one never knows. Hope Louise can put this history together excuse writing. Love, Ila
More About Archie Clyde Collins:
Burial: July 17, 1988, Rosewood Cem., Lewisburg, Greenbrier Co., WV
Notes for Oleta May Arritt:
BIRTH: Family Bible of Neta Green Arritt.
DEATH: Family, myself.
MARRIAGE: #1 B-8, P-231; #2 Mar. Cert. & Family Bible; Newspaper: Marriagelicenses were issued as follows Saturday at the office of the Clerk of Court of Hustings: Grant Lewis Pitcher, 39 of 1603 Indian River Road, Norfolk and Oleta May Collins 39, of 3749 Parkland Road, Norfolk. Dec. 1948 issued as follows Saturday at the office of the clerk of the Court of Hustings: Grant Lewis Pitcher, 39 of 1603 Indian River Road, Norfolk and Oleta May Collins 39, of 3749 Parkland Road, Norfolk. Dec. 1948
On 12/11/1943, Archie Collins lived in Idlewilde and was a taxi driver.
DIVORCE: VIRGINIA: In the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Norfolk County, on the 26th day of November, 1946, Oleta May Collins, Complainant, In Chancery v. Archie Clyde Collins, Defendant. The object of this suit is for the said plaintiff to obtain an absolute divorce from the bonds of matrimony
from the said defendant, upon the grounds of adultery; and affidavit having been made that the defendant is not a resident of the State of Virginia, that dilligence has been used by or on behalf of the plaintiff to ascertain in what county or corporation such defendant is, without effect that he is hereby
required to appear within ten days after due publication hereof and do what may be necessary to protect his interest. Teste: E. T. White, Clerk, by W. W. Sykes, Jr., D. C. J. James Davis, p. q.
7/31/1921: Oleta May Arritt joined Ronceverte Presbyterian Church by profession of faith. Elva Lewis Arritt joined same church, October 8, 1922 and John Clayton Arritt also joined same church, Feb. 4, 1923 by profession of faith. Neta M. Arritt and all three above then moved membership to Associate
Reformed Presbyterian Church, Covington, VA. Sept. 19,1931.
625 Johnston St., Virginia Beach, VA 23452, Jan. 4, 1990; to the editor: I received a copy from your paper of the article, Teaberry-The Village by Roberta Patton Rodgers. It was sent to me by my cousin, Mrs. Homer Phillips of Ronceverte. The article was most interesting and it brought back many memories.
I was one of the children from the East End of town and attended the two room school house just across the Lewisburg and Ronceverte Railroad tracks. We lived within sight of the cemetary. The most memorable teacher in my childhood years was Miss Nellie Hogshead. What a beautiful head of red hair she had: Grades 1 - 3 were in the "Little Room" and grades 4 - 8 were in the "Big Room".Miss Hogshead taught in the "Big Room" and I still have a composition book filled with notes on geography, history, English and Civil Government. I passed the eighth grade in 1924 and entered Greenbrier High School that fall. Teaberry was farther up the road from us. We walked up there many times to visit friends and relatives. Many times Uncle Andy Wright would bring us home with the horse and buggy. Uncle Andy had a valley below his house with a dozen or more chestnut trees. Every fall my mother, Neta Green Arritt and my grandmother Margaret Honaker Green would take my cousins and me to pick up
chestnuts. These chestnuts were much smaller and sweeter than those found in the stores today. A few years later a blight killed all the chestnut trees.
Every Sunday, my grandfather, J. J. Green took us to Sunday School at the Presbyterian Church in the West End of Ronceverte. That afternoon he took us for walks through the woods where we played and picked wild flowers and nuts.
My aunt Katie (Hanifin) Green took several of us to the river many times near Brown's Factory to play in the water. Of course, bodies weren't exposed then so we went in the water with out dreses and stockings on.
The Brackmans were mentioned in the article. We went to their house often and bought milk for ten cents a quart. We also bought milk from the Kelleys.
Three events stand out in my mind as a child. The first was the West Virginia State Fair. We caught the trolley in front of what is now the Waugh house. At that time it was the home of the Clyde Baker family and before that, my father had a small general store there in part of the house where we lived.
(I remember the pickle barrel and the glass candy case). The trolley cost twenty cents to the Fair Grounds Gate. We spent the day, returning home just before the gates closed at night.
In the fall was apple butter time. The neighbors came to my grandmother's house and peeled and cored bushels of apples. The next morning a fire was built in the yard under a huge brass kettle and the apples were put in. It took all day to make the apple butter and many people had to continually stir
it with a long ladle. By dark it was ready to put into the jars.
The third memorable event was hog killing time in November. My sister, Elva (Arritt Luchard) and I always ran to the back of the house and held our hands over our ears to keep from hearing the shots. This was an exciting time to our brother, Clayton. The next day was spent grinding sausage, salting the meat and getting it ready to hang in the smokehouse to be used during the winter. During those years, we had no modern conveniences but life was good and we were happy.
This past summer I visited my cousins, Basil and Leon Baker and their families of Teaberry. I was amazed at the growth of The Village. Where there had been fields and open spaces there are now many homes. I found that the people there are just as proud and interested in their Village as they were
when I was a child. t/s/Oleta Arritt Pitcher. January 4, 1990.
Transcript made from a tape by Oleta Arritt Collins Pitcher in 1988. I was born in Ronceverte, WV and lived in a 4 room house with a store. It was a high house overlooking C & O and had swings under it. My father sold an item called Meat Candy. The railroad ran in front of the house and was 4 mi. long.
I was named after a character in "The Comfort" a story my mother had read. May came from my mother's name.
Ronceverte was divided into east and west end. We lived in the east end, the wrong side of the tracks. The Catholic and Protestant cemeteries were in the east end.
My father was good to my mother. He owned the store but sold it when he became ill to Clyde Baker. He bought an 8 room house. That is where Elva and Clayton were born. It had 4 rooms down and 4 up, large porch and was fenced. The Best Room had an organ. Room on the left had 2 beds, dining room and kitchen. Had large L shaped garden. Elva got in hot peppers one time. On the right was a
well. Kept milk, butter, etc. there. The house had a cellar. Had chicken yard on the side and ran up to the privey. Had a mean red rooster which chased Elva into the privey and she had to be rescued by Mom. We had roses and hollyhocks.
Mom sold dishes in the store with roses on them. I still have the mustard jar that came from them.
I used to play ball with my Baker cousins who lived across from the house. Ila lived next door.
My father got t.b. and he stayed in bed on the porch. When he died he was laid out in the Best room. Afterwards, we went to live with my grandparents and rented out the house. (Referring to John and Margaret Honaker Green)
I lived with my grandparents for a while. Grandma made all of my clothes. She lived in a large 8 room house, with a large cellar. They stored potatoes and apples for the winter and all the canned goods. There was a smoke house, wood house with an enclosed privey inside, hog pens, large garden. They were very particular about their things. Very neat. Grandma had chickens, and roses.
Grandpa cleaned out the chicken house and made a 2 room playhouse for me. They had pear trees.
Also had a sitting room and a Best Room. Had velvet photo albums and a kailidscope, piano and a red settee. We only went into this room on special occasions.
Norfolk Newspaper, 9/25/1956: Same Christmas Cards Exchangedfor 17 years: Chesapeake, VA, AP- The Grant Pitchers of Chesapeake and the Billy Blassinghams of Roanoke have been exchanging Christmas cards for 17 years now-the same cards.
It all started in 1948 when Mr. Blassingham and Mrs. Pitcher, co-workers at the Virginia Railway, jokingly suggested saving their cards and returning them to each other the next year. The Blassinghams have since moved to Roanoke, but each Christmas the two cards make their annual trip. Theya re getting pretty worn out and are covered with signatures plus dates but the couples plan to
continue exchanging the cards until the cards fall apart.
Award Presented to Retiree Couple: Grant and Oleta Pitcher of the Golden Years Ramblers received a special Citation from the NCHA Executive Board for their dedicated service to NCHA. The presentation was made by Pat and Homer Blake, Southeast Regional Directors, at the recent Spring Statewide campout at Virginia Beach.
Oleta and Grant have been NCHA members since 1970, and since joining the organization, they helped organize and were Charter Members of the Golden Years Ramblers. While serving two terms as the Chapter Presidents, they were the prime movers in its growth. They are currently the Editors of the chapter's Newsletter "The Ramblers Scuttlebut," and also serve as Chapter Historians. They have attended all Statewide, several National Campventins, and the National Retiree Rallies.
The Citation is a fitting Award to those loyal members of NCHA. By Frank & Roegene Collins, Retiree Directors, NCHA.
Moved to Covington, VA in 1930.
Unemployment card: Read Carefully for your Protection- 1. you must report each week unless otherwise directed. 2. You must be available for and able to work at all times. 3. You must accept all suitable work offered you. 4. you must report all wages earned each week. The law of this State provides a penalty of a fine or imprisonment, or both, for knowingly making a false statement or representation or knowlingly failing to disclose a material fact to obtain or increase any benefit or payment under the Unemployment Compensation Act of Virginia.
Stamped as follows: 9/5/1940; 9/12/1940; 9/19/1940; 9/26/1940; 10/3/1940;
10/10/1940; 10/17/1940; 10/24/1940; 10/31/1940; 11/7/1940;
11/14/1940;11/22/1940;11/28/1940/12/5/1940;12/12/1940. Unemployment Service,
Courthouse, Covington, VA.
Soc. Sec. Acct. No. 227-03-8271, Claim No. 20-B-4, Oleta A. Collins, Idlewilde, Covington, VA, RFD #2. Last employer: Industrial Rayon Corp, Covington, VA. Reporting Day, Thursday, Time, 9:12 a.m. To claimant: From examination of your "Worker's Wage Co. it has been determined that you are entitled to benefits during the benfits ending March 31, 1941, as follows:
12 weeks at 9.00 per week or Maximum Benefits of 10.00. based on your total earnings during your base period amounting to ----left blank, provided you continue eligible for benefits and do not become disqualified under Section 5 of the Unemploymetn Compensation Act of the commonwealth of Virginia.
RIGHT OF APPEAL: This determination becomes final unless no objection thereto is filed in writing within five days after this notice is delivered to you in person. The notice shall state the grounds for the objection and shall be fied, either personally or by mail, with the Commission through the office
where claim was filed with the local Deputy or at the Commission's Central Office in Richmond, Virginia. Date delivered, 9/26/1940. s/----
Memories of a Small Town Girl
There is much to be said for growing up in a small town. Most everybody knows each other and because of that, they tend to lend a helping hand in time of trouble. Whenever a family member died or had a serious illness, there was a neighbor to lessen the burden of the person who was in trouble.
I was born October 18, 1909, in the little town of Ronceverte, WV, situated on the beautiful Greenbrier river. In the early 1900's, it was a bustling little town, population around 3,000, with several stores, four churches, two banks, a high school, two grade schools-one in the east end and one in the west
end. Also, a few other businesses such as Brown's Factory which made furniture and Lawrence Lumber Factory which made buggies.
My mother was Neta Green, who at the age of 25 married my father, John Arritt, who was 45. Eighteen months after my birth, my sister, Elva, came along, and four years later, my brother, John Clayton was born. My father owned a little store on the side of the hill where he sold groceries and a few other items. I remember a pickle barrel and a case with colored striped candy which we called meat candy. Our family quarters were behind the store.
Many times in the spring the snow inthe mountains melted, causing the river to rise. The piers around the middle of the river would often catch animals and parts of buildings as they swept along. Once there was a person caught on a pier.
Ronceverte was divided into east and west. The cemetery separated one from the other. When we went to town we had to walk two miles or more past the cemetery in the east end.
A four-mile streetcar railroad ran from downtown Ronceverte to Lewisburg. It cost 20 cents to ride from the east end to the West Virginia State fair at Lewisburg. Once a year my mother and grandmother took my brother and sister to the fair where we spent the day so we took a basket lunch. There was much to
see and do. We rode the "merry-go-round", sitting in the front seat with my mother. I guess she was afraid we would fall off the horse. We stayed until the gates were ready to clsoe at night.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad ran through the town, and several men were employed there working on the tracks and on the coal cars, and also in a small depot.
When I was six years old, my parents sold the previous houe and bought an eight-room house cloe to my grandparents. Shortly afterward my father died of tuberculosis. He had a bed on a screened-in-porch, and we were not allowed to get close to him. My mother worked a large garden and sold dishes painted with roses. She drove a horse and buggy to town to get necessities.
I was six when I started to school. This was a two-room school, a little room and a big room. There was a large pot-bellied stove in each room. The boys sat on the left side of the room and the girls on the right. The schoolyard was full of chestnut trees. The chestnuts were much smaller and sweeter than
the ones we have today. A few years later all the chestnut trees died from blight.
When I was seven or eight, I spent much time with my grandparents (James John and Margaret Honaker Green). I slept upstairs and my grandfather would come up each morning and carry me downstairs on his back to get me ready for school.
My grandparents had plenty to eat. My grandfather had a large garden, and my grandmother canned all kinds of vegetables which she stored on shelves in a large cellar. There was also a big potato bin where potatoes were stored for the winter. We had chickens also so we had plenty of eggs. In the fall was hog-killing time, especially in November after it got cold. My sister and I would ago to the back of the house so we could not hear the shots fired that killed the hogs. My brother did not mind, though. After the hogs were killed, sausage was made, and the hams and shoulders were salted and hung up in the smokehouse to be used during the winter. Also, in the fall was applebutter time. The neighbors came and peeled and cored bushels of apples. A large brass kettle inthe yard was used to cook the apples for hours, and someone had to continually stir them with a ladle to keep them from burning. Jsut before time to put the applebutter inthe jars, the cinnamon was added. The neighbors shared the applebutter.
Each night my grandfather would read from the Bible, and we would all get on ourknees while we prayed. After that, my brother, sister, and I sat on the floor between the stove and the wall where it was warm and played with out dolls and tinker toys.
When the first radios came out, our neighbor by the name of Brown was the first to get a radio. Members of the community went to Brown's house to hear the man talking through the air, as we called it.
When we were growing up, I am sure there were ugly rumors of racial bigotry and slurs but we never heard them. My grandfather loved the black folks just as much as the white folks. In 1944 when he died, there were as many black folks at his funeral as whites. It was instilled in us that all men are created
equal, and we judge everyone by how they act and not the color of their skin.
My grandfather liked to play jokes on my grandmother. One time he bought us some nuts in the shell. My grandmother asked him to give her one, and he handed her an almond in the shell. She said, "Go on-I don't want that old peach seed!" One time my grandfather came in the kitchen where my grandmother was sitting in her rocking chair, and she asked him what he was doing in the woodshed so long. He told her he was working on something to run by perpetual motion. She laughed and told him he couldn't do such a thing as that. Of course, this has been common for years now.
When I was in the fourth grade, one morning our teacher came in and told us about a tomb abeing opened in Egypt which contained much gold. Of course, we didn't know it was King Tut, a pharaoh from the Valley of the Kings. What excitement there was, even though we didn't understand it. The gold standard was in, so we knew what gold was. Some of the merchants sold cheap jewelry, saying it was from the tomb. Of course, we only had one small newspaper a week, called the West Virginia News, so we didn't know much of what was going on.
Every year we took two trips. My grandmother's sister lived across the river from us, and we walked up the railroad track about a mile and yelled for a man on the other side of the river to come get us in a boat. Sometimes he had to make twotrips as there were too many of us. At our aunt's house many times the maple trees had been tapped, and the men were making maple syrup in a big kettle a ways from the house. There was a brook running in front of the house, and we spent many hours playing in the water. The other annual trip was to a little town called Caldwell where we visited other relatives.
All social events were held in our school. There were ice cream socials where our mother bought us a cone of ice cream for five cents. Many of the girls brought pretty wrapped boxes of cake, food, etc. which the boys bid on. The highest bidder got to eat with the girl whose box he had won with his bid.
Sometimes the girl let the boy know beforeheand which box she had brought. I never did get to take a box, but I did get nominated for the prettiest girl by a boy who had a crush on me. I think the bid was a quarter. A girl much prettier than I won.
I can't rmember us having a Christmas tree, but we did believe in Santa Claus, and on Christmas Eve one of our grandparents would say, "I hear somebody outside." Our one gift would be in a corner of the porch. It wasn't wrapped but we didn't mind that.
Every Sunday afternoon our grandfather took us for a walk inthe woods where we played and picked wild flowers and nuts. One of my aunts took us to the river at Brown's Factory to play in the water. Of course, bodies were not exposed at that time, so we went into the water with our stockings and our dresses on.
Each spring my mother and aunt would go to the "bottom.", a large field close to the river to pick greens. We children went along, and we picked polk, narrow dock, and several other plant leaves. Mymother and grandmother cooked them with a piece of fat back bacon. To this day I love all green vegetables.
World War I started when I was eight years old. We felt proud of our doughboys as they were called, who I thought wouod win "the war to end all wars." When the troop trains passed through town, the windows were opened, and the soldiers would wave to the crowd. We sang the songs "Over there," "Johnny, Get your Gun," and other patriotic songs. Most every house had a flag flying, and even
in our playhouses we had little flags. When Armistice Day came, there were all kinds of parades and celebrations. years later we found out there were over 8,000,000 men killed and 2,000,000 wounded. 112,432 of these were Americans.
My grandmother died when I was twelve. I remember sitting on the porch steps and was so scared becaue I knew something was wrong as my mother and aunt were in the bedroom so long. When I saw the casket in the "best" room, I ran upstairs and cried uncontrollably until my mother came up and comforted me and led me down the stairs. I had loved my grandmother very much.
I entered high school in 1924. The school was in the west end of Ronceverte, and it was a ways out of town, so we walked the four miles. There were no school buses or transportation. The winters were cold and the snow deep, but we never stayed home. I loved school, and I always made good grades. Many
Saturdays I went sled riding with some of my classmages on a sloping hill by the cemetery. My childhood and early teen years were happy and content, but then a family moved across the street who had a good-looking son. We soon started dating and I thought I was in love. I was seventeen and he was sixteen. His mother talked my mother into letting us get married as he said he would run away if he couldn't marry me. At the age of eighteen I became Mrs. Archie Clyde Collins. To this union was born two daughters, Hilda and Louise. Soon my husband started taking hobo trips and was gone months at a time. Between this and all the girls he ran with, I had to get food to put on the table. I worked in a restaurant at $7.00 a week, and then I did piece work at a rayon plant in Covington where I made $15.00 or $16.00 per week. We saw hard times, both physical and financial, for eighteen years when he finally left for good.
Later I married a wonderful man by the name of Grant Pitcher, and we spent fourty-three years of happy married life until he died in 1990.
I am thankful for all of these eighty-six years God has gien me, and I hope my life has been a blessing to someone along the way. By Oleta Arritt Pitcher