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Resident Spotlight: Eva Wilson

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Ms. Eva was born in  Sylvester, Georgia in 1926.

Ms. Eva had an older sister and was raised by her grandparents.  She lived on a little farm on the edge of the city limits where she recalls hearing the bells of the clock chime.  Her grandparents had a chicken house where she often  pretended to be in church preaching to the chickens.  She even recollects “bogging” with her best friend, where ditches would fill up with water and they would have tons of fun.

In 1941 after graduating from high school, she remembers vividly when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She says of that time, “We were really afraid.”  Her brother-in-law introduced her to one of his very good friends named William, who happen to be in the Air Force at that time.  After a couple of years of courting they … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Helen McColl

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Where was I born?

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in an orphanage and a total of four (4) foster homes.

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:

I don’t have a lot of good memories due to the circumstances, however those I do recall are:

  • Train rides from Birmingham to Indianapolis, particularly dining in the dining car.
  • Vaudeville shows in Indianapolis.
  • Skipping grades in school. I graduated from high school at the age of 15 years.

Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:

  • Finding I was pregnant for the very 1st time after trying for so many years.
  • I loved being a stay-at-home mom doing arts and crafts and cooking demonstrations. Raising three girls.
  • Working at the Warner Robbins AFB as an illustrator.

My Profession(s) were:

  • Worked in the telephone company in accounting as a draftsman.
  • Illustrator
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Resident Spotlight: Elbert “Bill” Cameron

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Where did he grow up?

Bill was born on 3/28/18 on a farm near Tallassee, Alabama and he grew up in the same area that he was born in.  He grew up the oldest child in a family with 4 sisters and 4 brothers and today 3 sisters and 2 brothers are living.  With Bill being the oldest child he looked after and intervened and took care of all of his brothers and sisters and was always willing to help anyone in the family that needed help.  Bill went through the 12 grade in school growing up and graduated.  Family states that for a time he and siblings would have to walk 2 miles to and from school and then the school was moved and he had to ride the school bus to school and he felt lucky that he … Read more...

Resident Spotlight for Dunwoody: William Ernest Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Our Resident Spotlight for August is William Ernest Smith, also known as “Smitty” & WES, but prefers to be called “Bill”. Bill was born and raised in Gloucester, N.J. In his senior year of High School, he joined the Navy to fight for his country during WWII. The Navy allowed him to finish High School then go to active duty. After his active duty was complete, he was in the National Guard Reserves.

Upon returning home from WWII, Bill was self-employed with WES, Incorporated. He delivered chips and pretzels to small business owners and factories.

Bill soon found himself to be a single parent, relying on his two older children to care for the two younger ones. While on his route, he would stop  for lunch and became acquainted with Bettie while dining in her luncheonette. After a brief time , Bill asked Bettie … Read more...

Resident Feature for Alpharetta: Landon Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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I grew up in:  

Charlotte, NC.

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:

  • I was a showman from the very beginning and had lots of friends.
  • Riding my motorbike and delivering newspapers.  This is how I earned money for the motor used on the bike.
  • I became a magician at the age of 12 years old and performed at city schools, churches and birthday parties.

 

Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:

  • Meeting my wife Izzie in Greensboro, NC.  We dated for about 18 months and I wanted to get married soon but she didn’t so we put if off for awhile.
  • Raising my two girls.
  • Being a magician.  I learned to never, ever, give away the secret of a trick.  I was self-taught.
  • Painting pictures in acrylics.

 

My Profession(s):

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Resident Spotlight for Eagles Landing: Jo Sumner

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Where did you grow up?:  Jo states that she was given the name Emma Jo Andrews and she was born on March 26, 1940 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. She grew up in East Point and College Park, Georgia.  She was the youngest child in a family with 2 brothers and 1 sister.  She graduated from College Park High School and attended West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia, but only went to college for one year.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?:  Jo states that growing up her parents ran a flower shop in College Park that was close to a cemetery and so she had quiet neighbors. Jo loved to spend time in the flower shop and go in the cooler to get what ever flowers she wanted to have. She says to this … Read more...

Resident Spotlight for Dunwoody: Judith Kacar

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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Judith Kacar is our resident spotlight for July. Born in Rhode Island, Judith lived communally with her sister, patents, and grandparents. She was exposed to both Slavic and English languages. Many discussions around the dinner table focused on learning English and assimilating to the ways of life in America. Judith’s father and grandfather were associated with Esso(Exxon.) Her mother quickly climbed the retail ladder to become an Assistant Store Manager.

Judith has fond memories of the snow and cold winters while living in Rhode Island, but when Judith’s grandfather experienced a series of nine heart attacks, a recommendation was made to move to a warmer climate. They choose Orlando , Florida. After high school Judith married and moved to Dallas ,TX. where her son was born. A neighbor also with a young child didn’t speak English so she and Judith taught each … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Sylvia Howard

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments
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Where did you grow up?

Roswell, GA

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I loved doing fun and exciting activities with my four cousins who lived close by.  I was the youngest of the group.  Riding bikes with my brother who was 16 years older and my sister who was nine years older.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Meeting my husband initially at school and dating for three years.  My husband and I and my sister and her husband would frequently visit interesting and nice places together.  We would visit my sister and her husband a lot in Florida where they lived near the beach.  Also, spending time with my two kids, a boy and a girl – we would also travel to the beach with the kids.  Attending Women’s Circle … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ann Bryant

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments

Where did you grow up?   Minneapolis, Minnesota

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ice skating, skiing and winter sports are my favorite memories during the winter time.  During the summer I enjoyed swimming and bicycling, and I also enjoyed school.

 What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? I had a very good marriage.  The end of World War II was a fond memory.  Raising my three girls and everything surrounding our family life.  I enjoyed keeping up with my old friends from childhood and school, the friends I made at work and family activities.  One special memory I had was going to watch the Globetrotters every year; they were so good and funny!

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do? Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Bonnie Bruce

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 30th, 2014 in Birmingham, AL | No Comments
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Another of our newer residents is Bonnie Bruce. She moved to Chateau Vestavia from Bluff Park a few months ago. Bonnie is a beautiful lady with a soft musical voice that will immediately charm you.

Bonnie grew up in the western area of Birmingham and has remained in the city for her entire life. She was blessed with loving parents and three siblings. They enjoyed family activities like sitting on the porch with friends and family, roller skating on the neighborhood sidewalks and swimming in nearby parks. Her family enjoyed music and they were busy with church music, Christmas pageants, caroling and other activities.  Her father was very talented and composed gospel quartet music which they all enjoyed. Bonnie said that she had a wonderful childhood even though they lacked the conveniences of  today.

After graduating from West End High … Read more...


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