One of my grand dads (Marshall Cain) died in his 40s and I barely remember anything about him. Grandpa Kingsbury Hester lived much longer.
He was a good man, a God fearing man who sat on the second row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro every Sunday morning. He was often invited to share a prayer, he always knelt to talk to God.
He worked at Bladenboro Cotton Mill for many years, he never owned a vehicle, walked 3 or 4 miles to and from work every day. He either walked to work before sunrise or returned home in the dark, depending on the shift he was working.
Walked to downtown Bladenboro every Saturday, as I recalled, bringing home groceries in a green cabbage bag or orange colored onion bag over his shoulder.
And, when he retired, he spent many years in a nursing home assisting grandma in her final years as her health began to fail.
When rain was needed, neighbors gathered at church to pray for rain. Folks were encouraged to bring an umbrella. If brother Kingsbury prayed, you could expect rain. I know, sounds better than it probably was.
He never preached a sermon or taught a Sunday School lesson, that I am aware of, but can’t think of a better role model.
Also been thinking about businesses no longer in business. Do you remember Compaq computers, EF Hutton, Blockbuster video, Viceroy cigarettes, Studebaker, Esso, Kelvinator, Piedmont Airlines? How about Fowler Simmons Department Stores in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown? More later.
Paul Revere did warn the British….and I know my American history. Sarah Palin
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. Winston Churchill
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. Eban’s Law