Robert Lucile "Lucile" Byars

Robert Lucile "Lucile" Byars

Female 1918 - 2008  (89 years)

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  • Name Robert Lucile "Lucile" Byars 
    Nickname Shorty 
    Born 6 Dec 1918  Keltonburg, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Census Name Lucile Byars  [3
    Died 23 Mar 2008  McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5
    • at River Park Hospital, on Easter Sunday, under Hospice care...
    Buried 25 Mar 2008  Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Person ID I2  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2015 

    Father Perry Green "Green" Byars,   b. 27 Jun 1894, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1968, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Vernia Elvira "Ma" Swindell,   b. 1 Jun 1894, Green Briar Bend, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1985, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1915  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    • Pop courted Ma only two months before they were married by W. H. Cantrell, JP

      When Pop proposed, Ma replied, "Are you sure?" - after all, it was only two months earlier that they met and Ma didn't think she was pretty enough for the most handsome man she'd ever met...
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1920  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1930  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1935  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Photos
    Green Byars
    Green Byars
    Photo taken circa 1945 in Detroit, where he worked at "Budd Wheel" during WW II
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Taken in Detroit just after WWII ended as Uncle Fred is still in uniform...
    Ma Byars with her first three children.
    Ma Byars with her first three children.

    Circa 1921 at their home in Green Hill, DeKalb Co.,TN

    Left-to-Right:
    Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)
    Vernia Swindell Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Swindell Byars (1920-1950)
    John Claybourne Byars (1916-1987)
    Perry Green 'Pop' Byars (1894-1968)
    Perry Green "Pop" Byars (1894-1968)

    Sunday morning, October 20, 2013:

    Spoke to Aunt Pearl this morning about Pop & Uncle Pete in regards to their "troubles with the law"...

    Pop thought that if he could run one load of whiskey to Nashville, that would solve all of his financial problems as...

    This was in the early 1930's and he was living with his young family in Green Hill (DeKalb County) where he was cropping shares and hauled logs part-time. Can you imagine working the fields all day and then hauling logs to McMinnville, 10 miles away, all on foot and by mule? No wonder he thought this was an easier way to make a few dollars.

    Pop got caught. Aunt Pearl tells us that it took everything he had to avoid jail and he never did that again!

    Ma told me that Pop worked as a mechanic (probably during the 1930's). At some point, Pop began selling farm implements for the Sullivan Company of McMinnville and apparently did this through the early 1950's as I remember travelling with out in the country to call on his propests and customers...

    In 1941 Pop went to Detroit. He worked for Budd Wheel through the summer of 1945. On his return he bought the log house on North Warren and the family moved there from their residence on Towles Avenue.

    Then Pop buys a taxi which he ran until late 1949 - early 1950. It is at this juncture that Uncle Pete began a felon. Uncle Pete borrows the taxi from Pop and drives to Manchester and picks-up a lady(ies) for an evening of dancing and driking. Pete is "higher than a Georgia pine", crashes the car and kills a passenger. He is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in 1949 when he returns home about three years later...Pop got out of the taxi business.

    It is at this point that he works full-time for Sullivan. It was 1950 and I remember Pop bought a brand-new 1950 Plymouth, "Sea Mist Green" 4-door sedan as this was the car we travelled in when he called on his clients.

    He retired in the mid-1950's and spent his life fishing, whittling and guarding his realm from an old wood chair propped-up against the garage in the backyard...

    Photo taken circa 1960...
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Photo provided by their grand-daughter, Christine Bess Cornett. Appears to be have taken in the late 1940's...
    Pop & Uncle Fred
    Pop & Uncle Fred

    Taken sometime during World War II while Uncle Fred was in the navy...
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters

    Janet Wright Robbins
    Kathy Bess Tugman
    Karen Sue Mitchell

    Photo taken Summer of 2006 on Aunt Pearl's porch in Rock Island, Tennessee
    Deux Grandes Dames
    Deux Grandes Dames

    Two great ladies...

    Aunt Bessie & Aunt Pearl

    Photo taken the Summer of 2013
    Grandmother & Grandson
    Grandmother & Grandson

    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Hennessee (1950-1985)

    Photo taken in 1977
    Sisters...
    Sisters...

    Aunt Pearl and Aunt Bessie at the table in Rock Island, Tennessee

    Photo provided by their niece, Karen Mitchell...
    Three Devoted Sisters...
    Three Devoted Sisters...

    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Mother (1918-2008)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)

    Photo provided by cousin Karen Mitchell...
    Pop & Sons-in-Law
    Pop & Sons-in-Law

    This photo was probably taken in Detroit after Aunt Margie's wedding to Jack DeCuennick, June 3, 1949. Shown from the left is:

    Murlis Wright (1925-2004)
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)
    Bert Hennessee (1918-1986)
    Jack DeCuennick (1928-2010)

    Photo contributed by cousin Christine Cornett, July 1, 2014.



    Ma & Pop Byars' Family
    Ma & Pop Byars' Family

    This photo was taken in June, 1949, on Continental Avenue, Detroit, when Aunt Margie married Uncle Jack.

    Top Row, Left-to-Right:

    My Mom (1918-2008)
    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)
    Uncle Fred (1920-1950)
    Aunt Marie (1922-2012)
    Aunt Pearl (1928
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)

    Middle Row:

    My Dad (1918-1986)
    Uncle Murlis (1925-2004)
    Uncle Jack (1928-2010)
    Uncle Bob (1917-1990)

    Bottom Row:

    Me (1942-
    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Cousin Linda Gayle (1945-

    Photo provided by cousin Christine, July 1, 2014...

    Pop & Ma Byars' Family
    Pop & Ma Byars' Family

    Back Row: Aunt Pearl, Aunt Margie, Mother, Uncle Bob, Cousin Linda Gail, Dad, Cousin Kathy, Aunt Bessie, me, Uncle Jack, brother Fred & Uncle Murlis

    Middle Row: cousin Robert on Pop's lap, Ma Byars & cousin Janet

    Bottom Row: cousin Kenny, cousin Debbie, cousin Christine, cousin Dawn & cousin Karen.

    Photo was taken in front of Pop's house on Warren Street, McMinnville, Tennessee circa Summer of 1962...

    Ma & Karen
    Ma & Karen

    Ma and Karen on their birthday, June 1, 1981.

    Ma was 87 and Karen was 27.

    Photo provided by her loving granddaughter, Karen...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...

    From the left:

    Margie Sue (1930-1997)
    Eva Pearl (1928-
    Bessie Lee (1925-2013)

    Photo provided by Christine Bess Cornett, November 8th, 2016
    The Four Byars Girls
    The Four Byars Girls

    Photos supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Top Row: Margie Sue, Bessie Lee, Eva Pearl & Robert Lucile

    Bottom: Janet, Gayle holding Karen, Fred, Ma holding Kenny and Kathy

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    This photo was probably taken in the late forties at the homeplace on Warren Street.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Family...
    Family...
    Pop, Dad, Uncle Bob, Linda Gayle & me.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Brothers-in-Law
    Brothers-in-Law

    Uncle Pete & Dad standing in front of Dad's 1947, maroon, Pontiac...

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    'The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home'
    "The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home"
    Built in 1875-1876 in Dibrell, Warren County, Tennessee by Kitt Swingle for Perry Green Potter.

    First, he built a large two story house, then a store, barn and a blacksmith shop.

    Aunt Pearl provided this image and tells us that Ma & Pop lived in this house between 1935 to 1937. They then moved to the "Hennessee House" on Main Street (no longer there).

    Note: Kitt Zwingle was a 2nd cousin to Ma. Pop was a grandnephew of P.G. Potter and both of whom were named after their antecedent, "Perry Green Magness".
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Marjorie Lois Griffith Byars (1914-2006) was wife of Pop's first cousin, Perry Green Byars. As a matter of fact, Perry & Margie were so well loved by Ma & Pop, they named their youngest daughter, "Margie Sue Byars".

    Photo taken in August, 1973 at Perry & Margie's place in Warren County, Tennesseee and contributed by Joe Byars, February 5, 2017
    The Sisters in Palm Beach
    The Sisters in Palm Beach
    Family ID F274  Group Sheet

    Family Bertha Aldon "Bert" Hennessee,   b. 3 Nov 1918, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1986, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1939  Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10, 11
    Type: CIVIL 
    • by Mrs. W. A. Meador and attended by Olene Hill, et. al.
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Residence (Family) 1941-1950  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 1950-1957  Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 1958-1972  Lake Park, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 1972-1986  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. David Alden Hennessee
     2. Fred Byars Hennessee,   b. 9 Dec 1950, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1985, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    Photos
    Hennessee Family Tombstone
    Hennessee Family Tombstone
    Displaying pedigrees for both Mom and Dad.

    Designed by David and installed in July, 2017...
    Continental Drive, Detroit, Michigan
    Continental Drive, Detroit, Michigan

    This is a current image of the house we lived in between 1945-1950, of course, the neighborhood was far nicer then.

    The house to the right was the home of my best friend, Paul Elias. Paul's family was Lebanese and completely foreign to me given my Southern culture, i.e., they spoke a different language, they were dark-skinned, had black hair, they displayed their Catholic, religious artifacts, ate tabouli, sucked raw eggs and burned incense sticks...

    Upstairs there lived a family called, "?Falk?", whose teenage daughter, "Billie Bea", was probably my first baby-sitter. I remember she retrieved for me an autographed picture of the "Lone Ranger", portrayed by Clayton Moore and I was so excited - wonder what happened to it? Her mother would throw down to me Hershey bars from their upstairs apartment back porch when I was playing in the backyard ... DAH
    Brothers...
    Brothers...
    David & Fred. This photo was taken in Detroit, on Continental Drive, late Spring of 1951...
    626 Flagler Boulevard, Lake Park, Florida
    626 Flagler Boulevard, Lake Park, Florida
    Mom & Dad's first house in Florida which cost them &17,500. We moved-in during early November, 1957 and as it turned out during an unusual cold spell. I remember freezing my ass off because the house's flooring was terrazzo and there was only ONE wall heater in the entire house. Neither was there air conditioning. I still remember sweating to death during the summer months and through September & October which were the most humid.

    Never did like that house...
    Dad & Mom
    Dad & Mom
    Photo taken in August, 1973 at Perry & Margie Byars' place in Warren County, Tennesseee and contributed by Joe Byars, February 5, 2017

    "Dear David,

    While going through my mother's photo album I found these pictures taken August 1973. I remember their visit, your dad was having a severe bout with bronchitis.

    Spoke with cousin Pearl the other day. She told me about your wife's passing. So sorry. May God bless you.

    Sincerely,

    Cousin Joe"
    Dad & Fred
    Dad & Fred

    Mother noted on the back of this photo that it was taken in March of 1951. It appears to be on the front steps of our place on Continental Drive, in Detroit...
    Brothers Fred & David
    Brothers Fred & David

    This photo was taken about 1956 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan on our front yard. Mother notes that this is first photo of Fred with glasses...
    The Cool Hennessee Brothers
    The Cool Hennessee Brothers

    This photo was taken during the summer of 1980 on Palm Beach...
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Dec 1918 - Keltonburg, DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: CIVIL - 22 Jul 1939 - Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1940 - Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1941-1950 - Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1950-1957 - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1958-1972 - Lake Park, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1972-1986 - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Mar 2008 - McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 25 Mar 2008 - Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lucile Byars Hennessee
    Lucile Byars Hennessee
    circa 1936 in McMinnville, TN
    Lucile Byars Hennessee
    Lucile Byars Hennessee
    circa 2000 in West Palm Beach, FL
    Mother's Family - A Day at the Beach - Riviera Beach, Florida, in July of 1961
    Mother's Family - A Day at the Beach - Riviera Beach, Florida, in July of 1961
    Standing far left in her son, David (1942- ,next to him is her sister, Margie Sue Byars DeCuennick (1930-1997), far right is Uncle Jack DeCuennick (1928-2010), behind him on his left is my brother, Fred Byars Hennessee (1950-1985), forward on the inner-tube is Kenny Wright (1955-, behind him and to his left is our cousin, Dawn Marie DeCuennick Cline (1959-). Do not recognize the others...DAH
    Mother & Sons
    Mother & Sons
    I, David Alden Hennessee (1942-
    Mom, Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)
    Brother, Fred Byars Hennessee (1950-1985)

    circa 1953, in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    A Beautiful Young Wife
    A Beautiful Young Wife

    Aunt Pearl gave my this photo. Doesn't Mom look happy and hope-filled... It appears that this picture was taken somewhere in the Botanical Gardens, Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan and sometime in the early 1940's...
    Mom
    Mom

    Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)

    Photo taken in 1998

    Documents
    A Cherished Phone Call
    A Cherished Phone Call
    Cousin Dawn Cline is the contributor, July 31, 2015, dawncline1124@gmail.com

    Headstones
    Mom's Footstone
    Mom's Footstone
    Located in Mount View Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee

    Recordings
    Mom, Aunt Pearl & Cousin Kathy circa 1996
    Mom, Aunt Pearl & Cousin Kathy circa 1996
    Family history cited by Mom & Aunt Pearl...
    Family history cited by Mom & Aunt Pearl...

  • Notes 
    • Memories of Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008);

      "Mama & Pop married January 4, 1915

      Pete born June 4, 1916 at house on Uncle Claybourne Parrish's place

      Lucile born December 6, 1918 - Pa's house Keltonburg

      Fred born December 7, 1920 - Moores College

      Bessie born February 8, 1925 - Green Hill - Dibrell

      Pearl born February 8, 1928 - Dibrell

      Margie born March 21, 1930 - Green Hill

      Six children in 14 years. Pete was born at the rental house where Mama & Pop first lived, Pop worked for Uncle Claybourne. Moved back to Pa's before I was born, don't know if it was in this period but I remember Mama making us a playhouse in the woods with a stove made from rocks and cooking something on it...

      They moved to Bildad in a house on Cousin Elmas Potter's place, remember having the ear-ache and Mama covering me up on the foot of the bed, we were never allowed to sit on the bed in daytime. Then they moved to Moores College, Fred born there and Mama had a hard time and had to have a doctor, all the rest were born with a midwife. During that time Pop decided to get rich and took a load of whiskey to Nashville and was picked-up - took all they could scrape together to keep him out of jail - never again.

      Moved from there to an old house on Uncle Harrell's place called the "Alkhorn Place". Remember taking Fred to the cotton patch with Mama and while she picked cotton I was supposed to watch Fred, but ended up trying to help Mama. The field belonged to neighbors called, "Roller". They were friends to Pop and Mama and took them in the wagon to Keltonburg to a revival meeting at the Methodist Church. Mama and Pop were both baptised, although Pop's background was Primitive Baptist. I can't remember him ever going to any church but to Bildad and one time to Lebanon to an associational meeting. I remember Mama worrying about clothes for Pete, Fred and me and we lived at Pa's at this time.

      While living at the Alchorn House , Aunt Sarah made me a rag doll. I thought it was the most beautiful thing. She sent word by Pete to come. I went across the field by myself and she said go in and look on the organ and see what you find. Pete told her Mama was going to poison a (her) pig that stayed around the back door (and ate her garden) and Aunt Sarah believed him and I expect that is why they moved back to Pa's. Ten years later when we lived at Dibrell and one eve we were eating supper and Fred came running in the kitchen scared to death, (he) said there was a woman sitting in the living room in a rocking chair! It was Aunt Sarah - she never apologized. Just started coming to see us.

      Moved from the Alkhorn House to a house close to Mr. Floyd Harris. Pop worked at a sawmill. Pete was 6 and he walked to school at Moores College. Once he found a dollar. He went to the store close to the school and treated (himself) with a watermelon and bought me a box of crayons and told me not (to tell anyone). I don't know why he did not want Ma & Pop to know...for a dollar was a lot of money at that time.

      Pop was out of job so we moved back to Pa's. I started to school from there to Bluff Springs, walked two miles. The branch that ran by the roadside was frozen so we would skate on it. Next year I walked to Moores College, four miles...walk by Fred Titsworth's, cut through by Uncle Harrell...long walk.

      When we lived this time at Pa's, Mama walked three miles to Seven Springs, a summer resort, Aunt Harriet lived there with Mrs. White who ran the hotel. When I was 13, the house burned down and Aunt Harriet in it with a little boy. Mama ironed all day there (Ma told me she earned 10-cents an hour...DAH). She would bring home food from the kitchen. A negress cook make the best biscuits. Mama also cut apples. Pa had an apple orchard. She would dry them and sell them. I remember her saying Pa wanted part of the money and here she was cooking and keeping house and using the money to clothe the family...

      Moved from Pa's to little two-room house (the "Homeplace") on a branch between Green Hill and Dibrell. Bessie was born there. Pete and I went to Green Hill and stayed all night with the Davis', "Mon" and his wife, and helped Granny with the delivery. Mrs. Davis came and sent us home and said your mother has a surprise for you. I said to Pete as we walked home, "I bet it's a little old baby and let's don't look at it". He said, "O.K." but when we got home he went around by the bed. I would not look at her for four days. Granny said she never saw such a stubborn child. Women then stayed in bed 6 to 9 days. When they moved into that house, bedbugs were crawling out of the walls. Mama bought three boxes of "BeeBee Powder". Put it everywhere, closed up the house and left for the day. Came back in the evening, washed all the bed-clothes and set the bed legs in kerosene. Mama said she got rid of them...she was such a hard-worker.

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    • I went to school at Dibrell, also Pete. My first teacher was Pauline Gribble. We moved from there to Dibrell, to a house up the road for the school and across the road from Cousin Elmas Potter. Cold old house. Pop was fixing cars, "A-Models". Mama took in washing. Pearl was born here. While we lived here, Aunt Senia came to visit us. She had been living in Cincinnatti but had moved back to Nashville. She brought a victrola and taught me to "Charleston"...nearly drove Mama crazy.

      We moved from there to the switchboard across from the school, I think for two years. They got free rent and I don't know how much money. Mama was really tied down. I had to watch the kids.

      One day we climbed up in the loft of an old barn in the back of the house which was open in the front to put hay in and Pearl was just walking and she fell out of the door. We ran to pick her up. She was blue. We took her in to Mama and said she fell backwards off a log. It was a long time before we told her the truth. This is probably why Pearl has back trouble.

      Bessie started to school. I think she was only four and they let her come as we just lived across the road. I broke my right arm swinging from a tree. It had to be put in a cast. It was summer and I can still feel it itching now.

      We moved from there to Green Hill. Mr. Davis' store was by crossroads and we lived on the opposite side, up the road a little way, four rooms. Margie was born here. Mama took her to the store to weigh her and with the pillow she weighed 3-1/2 pounds. I had found the baby clothes in a suit box under the bed and was mad about it but she was the prettiest baby. Perry Green had to walk from near Pa's to school at Dibrell and he would stop and sometimes eat with us. He wanted to name her after his girl friend, Margie Griffith, and Iola Davis was about 16 and she added the "Sue".

      Granny Swindell died when Margie was six weeks old. Mama did not have decent clothes to wear and instead of going to town to buy a dress she went down to Mr. Davis and bought a house dress. I was 12 and was ashamed of the way she looked, but did not bother her. She was the least proud person I ever knew.

      Mama got a dresser and a "Jennie Lind" bed that belonged to Granny. I remember her using lye to strip the bed, we had never had any decent furniture, just beds and chairs.

      Mama was always begging Pop to take her to White County to visit her brothers, Uncle Will and Uncle Hatton. I don't think they liked Pop and in turn (he) didn't like them. I think it was in the Fall of that year Pop came in and said if you want to White County you had better get ready and she with 6 kids, for some reason Pete and I stayed home. A revival was going on at Dibrell Church of Christ and Bob Puss Cantrell lived just down below us and he got us a ride to go and before the sermon was over some said there is a house burning and we all rushed out and to see the smoke and flames, it was about two miles away. It was our house. The canning was all done for the winter and potatoes dug. What a bad thing to come back to. Mr. Payton Griffith took his wagon all around the community and took up whatever they would give, for everybody knew them. Mama got 24 new quilts, enough to start back housekeeping and enough money to buy a sewing machine. We moved back to Dibrell to same house where Pearl was born. It was in better shape as some work had been done on it.

      I think this was when Pop went to work for Mr. Sullivan at the monument company and later to sell farm machinery for not long after this we moved across the creek to his farm to plant on the shares, Pop layed out what was to be done on Sunday and left it to Mama to get it done, Pete and Fred could plow and I chopped out, he would go around on Sunday and survey and never once did he brag on anything that was done but he did not know how.

      I graduated from the eighth-grade there, Aunt Senia sent material for me a dress. Pete was always in trouble which was an embarrassment to me. I always loved to read and Mrs. Eula Fisher (West) lived with her in-laws Dr. Fisher near the school and thay had a bookcase full of books, I read all of them at least three times, one especially I remember was "Cudjoe's Cave", about colored and the civil war. When I got to go to McMinnville I would go to the office at Sullivan's and they always had the "Geographical Magazine", so exciting to read about Richard Halliburton and his travels.

      Pop would never give you money to buy anything. The last year I was in school he told Mrs. Sullivan to buy me a coat in Nashville and she bought a "Swagger Suit" skirt with a coat that did not go all the way to the bottom, well I threw a fit, Mrs. Sullivan did not know anything about poor people and he could not take it back & say I did't want it, poor Pop, he said I will never buy you anything else, it was the only thing I ever remember him buying, he wanted Mama to buy black stockings for me (ha-ha). I would pick blackberries in July for 10 cents a gallon and buy my school clothes.

      Pete had quit school and left home, road the rails to Detroit, Mama was so worried. I don't know how long he was gone but one evening late we looked across the field and saw someone coming. It was Pete and looked like a tramp. (He) could not find any work, this was in the 30's and times were hard, you did not dare leave any clothes out on the the lines at nite they would be stolen.

      I went to the Church of Christ at Dibrell as the only other was a Cumberland Presbyterian and it was closed so a group of people got together and got a preacher to come once a month so I started there, Fred was saved there and baptised in the creek across from the Pitt Place.

      I graduated in 1936,I played basketball, if you didn't there was nothing else so I was on the the team, not very good (guard) but had to slip to play as Pop didn't go for the suits and I was forbidden to wear them so when we had a game I would stay all nite with Miss Sheby West, my friend for years, an old maid music teacher that lived on one side of a house next to the school. Mama did her washing so I could take lessons and another good thing Pop did he traded a pig for big upright and Mama fussed everytime I practiced.

      Pop always had some kind of a car, he bought a victrola, one night he came home with a record by Uncle Dave Macon, everyone in bed and he had to play it, he was drinking. Miss Margie Womack was my Home Ec. Teacher and a relative and she bought material for my graduation dress and made it. When I started to take Home Ec. we were supposed to make a coverall to cook in, our first project and Mama cut up a sheet to a make me one. I was 17 in December and graduated in April of 1936."

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    • Memories as a girl in Dibrell;

      "This is Dibrell as I remember it in the early 30's. The high school was a large rambling, frame building built around the gymnasium and the home economics room was built outside to the right of the main building...when you got in the 9th grade the girls took Home Mak' so it was fun to get out the big building. I remember the first thing we learned to make was mayonnaise and Francis Griffith said she could eat it like ice cream.

      Across the school was the telephone building, a family would take it for 2 years, interchange between Dibrell and McMinnville, our family had it in '28 and '29, Bessie was 4 years old and started to school. Other families that lived in Dibrell were; Dr. Fisher, Kelly Reeder, who owned the grocery store across from the school, the Braggs, Christians, Gutheries, Robinsons, Potters, Clarks, Dewey Slatton, a car mechanic, G.W.Hinkley, principal of the school (all the students were afraid of him), two churches: Church of Christ and Cumberland Presbyterian Church, some of these people were in the nursery business as this was becoming a great thing in Warren county in the 30's..."

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    • Lucile Byars Hennessee

      Lucile Byars Hennessee has gone to join her Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday. Born in 1918, Keltonburg, Tenn., she was the oldest daughter of six children to Perry Green Byars and Vernia Swindell. In 1939, she married Bert Hennessee and mothered two sons, David and Fred.

      Lucile loved God and His Word. She began her discipleship when she was saved and joined Magness Memorial Baptist Church, McMinnville, Tenn., in 1936. In 1939, she and Bert moved to Detroit where they were active in the Grosse Pointe Baptist Church. In 1957, they moved to Lake Park, Fla., and became charter members of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 46 years.

      She leaves in mourning, her loving son, David and daughter-in-law, Sheila, two devoted sisters, Pearl Bess Fultz, Bessie Wright and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
      Funeral services were held Tuesday at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville and was officiating by Pastor Jerry Hennessee. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband and son at Mt. View Cemetery on March 24.

      Southern Standard (McMinnville, Tenn.) March 26, 2008

      Mother took her last breath at 7:12 pm, Easter Sunday, surrounded by 10 members of her family. Her burial was on the following Tuesday which broke sunny and cold...DAH

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