Category Archives: Eagles Landing, GA

Resident Spotlight: Helen Russo

Posted by Kia Crawford on November 2nd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Helen Russo was born on June 11, 1932 in Brooklyn New York, where she grew up.  She was the oldest child with two younger brothers. Today, only one brother is living.  Helen finished high school but did not attend college.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Helen states that she loved her mother and her brothers so much.  She has good memories of Christmastime while growing up, with good food and giving and receiving presents.  She also has good memories of summer time in New York, specifically when fireman would come and open the fire hydrants so the kids could play in the water. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Helen has wonderful memories of her son Anthony while he was growing up. She states that they … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Billie Lamar Lowe

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 27th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Billie Lowe was born on 9/8/25 in Atlanta, Georgia and he grew up in the Atlanta area.  He grew up the middle child with 1 brother and 1 sister.  Billie graduated from Hapeville High School.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Billie states that growing up he loved to fish, mainly for bass, in any lake he could find to fish from.  He also loved motocross racing and he would go to see the racing in Hampton, Georgia any time he could. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Billie states that he loves baseball and would go see the Atlanta Braves play at Fulton County Stadium as often as he was able.  Another favorite memory for Billie is meeting and getting married to Betty Lowe. They got … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Barbara Ann Williams Bradley

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 7th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Barbara was born at home on November 11, 1935 in Atlanta Georgia; she also grew up in Atlanta.  She was the middle child with one sister and one brother.  Today, both her sister and brother are deceased.  Barbara states that she completed the 9th or 10th grade but did not graduate from high school. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Barbara states that when she was growing up she loved going to Oakland City Park in the summer and swimming in their pool close to her home. She also has good memories of playing with other neighborhood children.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Barbara states that she met her future husband, James Bradley, when she was very young. He worked in the produce department of the … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Betty Steadham

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 2nd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Betty was born on June 15, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there while she grew up.  She was the 3rd oldest in a family of 9 children.  Betty graduated from Russel High School in East Point, Georgia.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Betty states that, being in a family with 9 children, she always had other children to play with. She was part of a family that really loved each other.  She said that she always played hopscotch and made up games with other children in the neighborhood.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Betty states that her future husband Robert Steadham lived in the same area that she did growing up. He was good friends with her brother. When Robert returned from his time … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Macie Sewell

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 8th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Macie Sewell was born on April 14, 1928 in Hart County, Hartwell, Georgia. She and her family lived in Hartwell until she was almost a teenager, and then they moved to Franklin County where she spent the rest of her growing up years there.  She grew up the third oldest child with two older brothers and one younger sister.  Her two older brothers are deceased and the younger sister is living.  Macie attended and graduated from Lavonia High School in Franklin County. She did not attend college.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Macie states that she remembers in the fall that she and her other brothers and sister had to help pick cotton with their father being a farmer.  She also remembers that when her father sold the first bail … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Gilmer Rainwater

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Mary was born on February 3, 1931 in Gainesville Georgia and she lived in Gainesville until she was 10-11 years old. Her family then moved to Hapeville, Georgia where she spent the rest of her childhood.  She grew up the 3rd oldest child with 2 brothers and 1 sister and today she has 1 brother and 1 sister living.  Mary graduated from Hapeville High School and attended secretarial school in Atlanta, Georgia.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  One of Mary’s favorite memories from her childhood is getting out of school and taking her Daddy, who she loved very much. She enjoyed eating cornbread and buttermilk while he was working on the farm.  Another favorite memory from her childhood is running to church after Sunday School to sit by her mother … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ethel Betsill Keeton

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 3rd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Ethel was born in Fayette County, Georgia and when she was 11 years old, her family moved to Clayton County.  She grew up the third oldest child in the family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Today 5 of the brothers and sisters are still living.  Ethel graduated from Jonesboro High School, and took some business college courses Massey Business College.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ethel’s family states that Ethel grew up on a farm and remembers picking cotton as a child.  Ethel also has good memories of attending school while growing up, but otherwise had to work a lot on the farm while growing up. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Ethel got married in 1951 when she was 17 years old to Lanier … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Wendell Oliver Holmes

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Wendell was born on January 10, 1940 in Birmingham Alabama and he grew up the same area that he was born in.  He grew up the youngest child with 6 brothers and 1 sister.  He completed high school and attended the University of Alabama but stopped going to school to join the Marines with the intention of going back to school later, but was not able to do that.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Wendell’s family was involved in southern gospel music and he was in several different quartets over the years.  He was named Vocalist of the Year in high school and was MVP of his high school basketball team his senior year of high school. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Wendell continued to … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Martha Thompson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 21st, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Martha was born on July 28, 1931 in East Point, Georgia where she grew up.  She was the middle child with two sisters.  She graduated from Russell High School in her hometown.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Martha says that one of her favorite memories from childhood was playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood children.  She also recalls getting new doll for Christmas; which was always a special time for her growing up.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Martha states that one of her favorite memories from adulthood was meeting her future husband, Jack Thompson.  They met when they were both working for Southern Bell. Martha was having problems with her car.  She knew that he worked on cars and so she asked … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Barbara Staples

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 4th, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments
Barbara Staples

Where did you grow up? I was born on February 14, 1934 in Senoia, Georgia, but grew up in the Atlanta area. I had one sister; however, she passed away several years ago. I received a high school education graduating from Southwest DeKalb High School.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? I remember when I was a child, going to visit my grandparents in Fairburn, Georgia. They lived on a farm, and my grandfather would do a lot of fun things with me. I remember my grandmother was a very good cook, and I would have good food to eat while visiting them.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? My favorite memories from my adulthood are related to my wonderful husband, Roy Staples. I met Roy in middle school. In 2011, we … Read more...


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