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Bedford County Roots

Posted Monday, August 6, 2007, at 10:05 AM

Perhaps I misled you when I wrote my first blog. Everything I wrote was true. I grew up in Lewisburg, lived in Nashville 46 years, and moved with my husband to his home town of Shelbyville last September. There was an omission. I'm no stranger to this area. My mother was born Robert Katherine Haynes (later changed to Bobbie Katherine). She grew up in Unionville and graduated from Community High School in 1937. Less than two years later she married my father and moved to Lewisburg. My grandmother, Ola Parsons Haynes, lost her husband and married Bill Gentry. Once again she was widowed. After her youngest child was drafted during World War II, she lost her farm and subsequently suffered a stroke. She was hospitalized for a few years and died when I was 10.

During most of my childhood we often visited my great aunt and uncle, Susie and Henry Noblitt, who had a farm in Unionville; their daughter Toledo Pressgrove and her husband Dorris; and their son Doyle, his wife Blanchie and their 5 daughters. We never missed being with them at Christmas. My father's sister and her husband lived in Shelbyville for 2 or 3 years in the late 1940's. My mother's sister and her husband, Adrienne and Alfred Melton, moved to Shelbyville around 1952. Some of you may remember when Aunt Adrienne was crushed by her car in 1974. While growing up I used to spend a week or so with my aunts and uncles in the summer months right here in Bedford County. That means I did know something about Shelbyville. I knew it well enough to realize I'd enjoy living here.

There weren't many pieces of furniture and such to pass on in our family. However, I do have a few items that I've brought back home to Bedford County. There's the piano stool that my mother had refinished and reupholstered, and the wall clock that belonged to her grandfather. My husband diligently keeps it running. I have my grandmother's oil lamp and also a small metal trunk that had been in the family. My clothes were kept in that trunk when I was a small child. I also have a ring that belonged to my grandmother. I have brought these few items back home. Now I too am home.

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~ Welcome Home ~

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Aug 7, 2007, at 9:29 PM

-- Posted by deanie1 on Wed, Aug 8, 2007, at 9:30 AM

I remember those days when Betty and her family would come home for Christmas. It was held at my grandparents, which were Susie & Henry Noblitt. It was always a joyous occasion for all of us to be together. This past Christmas was our first time in many many years that we spent Christmas with Betty and Jim. Welcome home Betty & Jim.

-- Posted by deanie1 on Wed, Aug 8, 2007, at 9:34 AM

Thanks, gerryboyce.

-- Posted by bettybrown on Thu, Aug 9, 2007, at 7:11 AM

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