Buckhead News • Betty Moore
Columnist remembers spending time with Grayson
July 21 a year ago is a date that will stay in our memory. We had been to town. Soon we were back to find a note on the door from Frieda White that said, “Betty, have you seen Grayson? Call me.” Upon calling her back I learned that the door had been left open, his lunch box wasn’t put up and other things weren’t as Grayson usually left them. Soon the law was called to look for him. His body was found afloat in Lake Oconee drown. He had been hot after working outside with his helper so he went for a swim. He had not put things back or locked the door for he planned on being right back.
Grayson was my husband’s playmate and lifetime friend. I knew him since we were 10 years old. I used to play with him. My husband and I both still find it hard to believe that one afternoon that he won’t come driving up as he did so many times. Even my brother B. T. Brake who lives in Tennessee used to play with Grayson. He finds it hard to believe. All of the neighborhood boys used to go swimming in a rather deep branch and have a great time. B. T. was one who did. But reality has to set in. The bitter truth faces us all. And death comes to us all. But we all will continue to miss a great friend whose memory is apart of our lives. He was a great neighbor and friend to us all.
Rassey and Edna Smith’s grandson Nick Denning was 6 years old on the 28 of July. Ashlyn was 7 years old on July 29.
Almedia Smith had her toes cut accidentally. There were five stitches. The stitches are out now and her foot is sore and very painful. I hope that it is better soon.
The Buckhead Baptist Church will have the Rev. Terry Chupp with his “Team for Jesus Ministry.” A breakfast for men will be at 7:30 a.m. on August 4. He will be speaking on bass fishing for men. He will speak at the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a seminar on fishing for men. He as one of the top anglers in the world. He would like to welcome all guests to come visit with him at the Buckhead Baptist Church at one of the services, but especially at 5:30 p.m.
Reid Alliston is progressing at home since his stroke. He has the nurse and all of the therapist that’s needed for his recovery coming to his home. I’m glad that you are doing some better Reid! Stick in there!
Carman Alexander is a patient at St. Mary’s Hospital. I hope that you can feel better soon.
Evelyn Norton had the misfortune to fall and is at an Atlanta hospital. I hope that you can be better soon Evelyn.
I subscribe to the Reminisce Magazine and enjoy it very much. There is an old issue that I saw about people enjoying going to soda fountains.
When I was in high school I rode the second bus load home. They would go to take a load and come back in 45 minutes to an hour later. That gave us time to go up town walking to get a cherry coke or whatever we wanted. Pauline and I were great friends. She was very sweet and nice so I enjoyed her company as we walked to town. Naturally we were very thirsty by the time we got there to the corner drugstore. But we always remarked about what wonderful tasting coke that it was. There was one store in town that had a “rolling” store that came throughout the countryside. Mama bought some things from them. So when I went into their in-town store and this was during the war if they had some candy that they let me have it because we were customers of the rolling store. During World War II candy was hard to find. It wasn’t like it is now. You could not go into a store and pick out what you wanted. It wasn’t there. It went to help the troops have what they needed. So it was a real treat to be able to get some candy sometimes.
Pauline and I would walk back to the school grounds and the other kids would come rushing up to us wanting candy or gum. There were so many of them that we couldn’t share with them. I would get the chicklet gum because there were several pieces in the box.
As I look back now in thought I can still see this one teacher that we had whose husband was in the war. She rode a bicycle all over town to the grocery store, to the drugstore or wherever in Eatonton. She had a basket on the front. In the basket is where she rode her daughter. This daughter is now a prominent lady at a downtown Madison in a business. If she reads this she will know exactly that I am writing about her. I saw this teacher riding her daughter when Pauline and I were on the way to the corner drugstore. In my minds eye I can still picture them.
Christie White has been to Santé Fe, N.M. on business.
Printed in the July 26, 2012 edition.