Growing up in Fullerville
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#21 Apr 21, 2009
I can not think about Fullerville.Without remembering Mr Landrum Finley he lived across the road from us,When I was about three years old.The whole family was just sweet and good folks.My parents grew to love these wonderfull people,One day mr Finley got sick,and they found out he had gotten stomach cancer.My parents were very troubled about their friend being so sick,The intire town rallied around him.And they had lots of folks visiting.My Mother found somethink that he could eat,She made homemade muffins with a chocolate frosting,Mr Finley liked these while they were still hot,Mother would go over there every day, and try her best to make him laugh.When Daddy came home every evening he would go visit and talk a while with Mr Finley and see if he could cheer him up.My Daddy was expecting a miracle,One night Mother was bathing me,And she told me that Mr Finley had passed away,And gone on to heaven.We all went over to their house that night.It took my Daddy the longest time to find any peace after losing his friend.And my Daddy was angry at God.This really bothered me, but as a three year old,I really could not be that much help.This was the first person that I had known to die,And I did love Mr finley so much.All us at my house were sad for quite a while,After a while My Daddy found some peace,Allthough we missed Mr Finley very much.He was very loved.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#22 Apr 22, 2009
We had our sad times,and we lost neighbors,My neighbors two houses up from us were Mr and Mrs Beardon.One night My Daddy and I were on our way to Leathers store to get some icecreme,I loved to go there, Their daughter Diane was a friend of mine.When we drove closer,we could see there was something going on,It was an accident,There were ambulances and police cars there,My Daddy said poor old Mr Bearden has been hit by a car.Mr Bearden did not survive,it was just too sad,We kids in the village started visiting Mrs.Dealy Bearden more often,And we got to know her better.She was an incrdible sweet lady and we all loved her,And besides that she was a quilter, and so was Mother.Mother put her quilting frames up in the kitchen,It was plenty big enough for quilting parties.Sometimes there were six ladies quilting in our kitchen.This was especially good therapy for Mrs Dealy ,and she was the very best quilter in Fullerville.Many of the ladies learned to quilt right there in our kitchen.I can never smell a pertunia without thinking of her.And she also grew a plant that smelled just like spearmint gum.I loved to walk on the trail behind her house and get to see her and smell her wonderfull flowers.She was a lady that really made a difference,And made Fullerville a fun and happy place to live.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#23 Apr 23, 2009
My aunt Pearl Rainwaters lived across the road from Grandpa Dan And Grandma Osessa.Where they raises their families together.And were great friends.When My grandma passed away years latter,And Mr Carmy Rainwaters passed away sometime latter.GrandpaDan and My Aunt Pearl were married,a marriage that lasted over thirty years,I had allways called her aunt pearl even though we were not related I continued to call her that for the rest of her life,She was a big part of our life.She was good to my Grandpa and all the family.Also she was loving to us grandkids.And when our kids were born she was also good to them,Some of them knew only her as their Great grandmother,She was a godly woman.We visited her in the nursing home,And we went there To see her and incourage her.We wound up getting the blessing.She was an important lady in many folks lives.Especially ours.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#24 Apr 23, 2009
My Mother so much admired Mrs Odoms,She worked in the cottonmill with my family.She had done something very brave,almost one hondred year ago now,She had been in a very difficult marriage.So she borrowed a truck loaded up her belongings,And told her children,Everybody going with me, get on the truck,The children didnt have to think about it.Everyone went onboard the truck.They came to Fullerville Mrs odoms went to work in the, cottonmill,Raising her family there.When the children grew up,They worked there also.My Mother was close friends with her daughter Lula Mae and they stayed in touch for their remaining years.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#25 Apr 23, 2009
I often think of Mama Cole,She was this dear sweet lady who loved me like a Grandaugter,And who I loved like a Grandmother,Actually she was Rays and Linda,Johnwayne,and Richards Grandmother.Because of the closeness of our families.She seemed to be my Mama Cole also.She would sit and talk to us kids just like we were adults.During her life she had survived tuberculocis,Most folks didnt,She was a surviver.She lived in her own little appartment in the house with Uncle Curt and aunt Esma. So I got to see her quite often.She had a sewing machine and her knitting neddles and with them she made magical things.She made all the grandaughters beautifully dressed dolls,Each one different.She designed each one unique,And the colors were pretty pastells,She also made little hats to match the dresses.This was pre-Barbie days.We loved these wonderfull dolls.When she gave them to us, it was very exciting.But most of all I am just blessed ,to have known this precous lady.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#26 Apr 25, 2009
The Thomas family was an important and beloved family in Fullerville.I remember walking through the trail by Jacks mothers house,She deffinately had a green thumb.Her flowers were awesome.She planted Zennias and marigolds mostly,and she had some pertunias as well.Most times when I came by she would be tending to her flowers,And would take time to talk a while before returning to her flowers.It was a wonderfull life,And an especially nice place to grow up,All these special families is the reason Fullerville was so great.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#27 Apr 26, 2009
Mrs Jean Hicks was another person who made Fullerville a wonderfull, and safe place to live,She lived right beside Marie Lannings house.And we visited her often.Sometimes I visited with her before going to school,Her very favorite activity, was putting puzzles together.Those big difficult puzzles.She was also an A number 1 quilter.She was very sweet natured and soft spoken,She was a sister to Dear sweet Aunt Pearl.She was widowed when she was rather young,We were at one of our fish fries at aunt Jewells house,We had these regularly,our family being small,All the neighbors in Fullerville and old town would be invited,Usually the fish were caught by Grandpa Dan and Ramond Mclarty,Who was just the dearest friend, to my Grandpa.Mrs Jean and her family were invited that night, that Mr Hicks passed away So someone called to let us know.After that when I came by their house in Fullerville,I missed seeing him setting on the front porch in the swing.We were still living out there. though some of my family had moved away from the village.After a while Mrs Jean lived Out in Old Town,Her children had her a home built near Grandpa,Aunt Pearl and Grandpa were married by this time,So Mrs Jean and Aunt Pearl were able to spend lots of quality time together.Mr Hicks had kept a 1949 Chevrolet garaged.And my Daddy bought that car,And drove it many years thereafter.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#28 Apr 27, 2009
Another dear and precous one was Mrs Willie Mae Harper.Anytime I was near her house,I would stop and visit with her.She had this slow southern drawl,And truly to know her was to love her.She was the kindest,sweetest lady.All the kids loved her.My Mother and Mrs Willie Mae were close friends through the years.And I spent lots of time with her.I always thought she was an angel here,on this earth.She loved everyone,And everyone loved her. trully we loved Mrs Willie Mae.
Cyndy Tolbert

Dallas, GA

#29 Apr 30, 2009
Sandra, I remember so many of the people from Fullerville you write about in your posts. Your recollections made me start thinking about people I haven't thought of in a long time. Did you ever know Carl Gattis? He lived beside Fullerville Baptist Church with his brother and sister-in-law. My granddaddy and Mr. Carl were horse buddies. I remember spending a lot of time at the barn with Papa Jim and Mr. Carl. Mr. Carl had a pony named Fuzzy, and he would hitch that pony to a little cart and ride all over Fullerville and Villa Rica. I remember many Saturday mornings that Mr. Carl would come by our house and pick me up to go for a ride in the cart with him. Traffic then was not like it is today in Villa Rica. Mr. Carl's brother worked at a gas station in Villa Rica. One day the station got robbed and Mr. Carl's brother was shot and killed. His brother's wife, Jewel Gattis, was a nurse at the hospital, and she was working when they brought her husband in. I remember that being a very sad time for Mr. Carl.
Another person I thought of today from Fullerville was Donald Chance. I loved it when Donald came over to Papa Jim's house to ride horses. Daddy and Papa Jim taught him all about horses and how to ride. Donald later went on to ride and compete in rodeos all over the country.
Mr. Pete (I guess I never knew his last name), was also a man I remember from Fullerville. He lived in one of the last houses on the left going out of town. I don't think Mr. Pete ever owned a car. He walked everywhere he went. Mr. Pete worked on clocks. He could fix just about any kind of clock. He was also a coin collector. He and my Papa Jim used to visit and talk about their coin collections. Mr. Pete found a very rare penny one time and was able to sell it for thousands of dollars. Even though he came into quite a bit of money, he never bought an automobile and never wore anything but overalls.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#30 May 1, 2009
Cyndy,I did not know the Gaddis family.I do remember my parents speaking of them though.There was a Chance family who lived, on the street Fullerville church is on.Joan and Freda these were sweet girls.You mentioned Pete wearing overalls and not owning a car.Folks in Fullerville were so down to earth,I think this Is one of the things, I loved about Fullerville.The simple life.Grandpa Dan allways wore overalls,The only time I saw him dressed up was when he was sitting in the Amen corner at Fullerville church.I think maybe those overalls were the begining of our love for blue jeans,Maybe its a comfort thing.I was remembering those fun rodeos held out at Tyson farm,After my kids came along,I took them to the rodeos also.They loved them.Freddie Mae and Ray Tyson gave a lot to Villa Rica through their love of horses.These were fun activities for families.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#31 May 1, 2009
I was thinking of som of the other families who lived on that street the Fullerville church, was on.Mr and mrs Sol Butler were two of the kindest folks, you could ever meet,Sol had such a sweet sprit, like no one I have ever met.Lula Mae Rogers and her family were great friends,I used to go there and play with Jane and Gail.Jane loved to ride her bike and I also loved my bike,They had a brother Sammy who was a classmate of mine at school.My Mother and Mrs Lula Mae had been long time friends and had worked together at the cottonmill.They remained close for their lifetime.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#32 May 1, 2009
Also on that street lived T.J.and Helen Butler.They were wonderfull folks.I thought Mrs Helen was very pretty.She had a wonderfull sence of style,And really knew how to dress.I allways had great admiration for her.Larry her son was one of my classmates both at school and at Fullerville church.I dont think I ever went to church when she was not there, with her dear,sweet presence.These folks are part of the reason Fullerville was such a great place to grow up.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#33 May 2, 2009
Over on the street where the Hosery mill was,There were many wonderfull folks there also.There was the waldrop family Doc and Minnie and their two daughters.There house sat right beside their restaurant,In which they did a very good business.With lots of regular customers.And being so close to the Hosery mill helped.Those folks only took a 30 minute lunch,But someone could call in an order and then pick it up,With Waldrops so close,Im sure that helped their business.They also sold good icecreme in all kinds of great flavors,So Saturdays were busy also.The food was very good.They did the cooking,And took much pride in what was served there.Lots of homegrown vegetables and homemade bread.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#34 May 2, 2009
Across the street lived the Golf family.Mr Harry Golf who owned and operated The Dixie cafe,In town Villa Rica for many,many years.His daughters were MaryEllen,Dottie,and Barbara.I really felt for these girls,They had lost their Mother at a very young age.They were very well behaved young ladies,I spent lots of time at their house and they came over to my house a lot.Dottie and Barbara were the two younger girls.MaryEllen was a teenager by then.Dottie and Barbara and I had lots of fun,Sometimes we went swimming,Or to the movies,And sometimes we just hung out together.My Mother also loved these girls.And they visited her after she got older,And it meant a lot to her,The last time I saw them was in the mall where I worked and we giggled like little kids again.You could not find a sweeter family of girls than these.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#35 May 2, 2009
Right beside the Golfs house on that same street that the Hosery Mill was on,Lived The Johns family;A very Wonderfull bunch of folks.Kennith Johns went to church at Fullerville also.He was allways a gentleman and very polite and respectfull to everyone he came in contact with.His entire Family was well thought of.A little further down the street was Carl and Evie Davis.They were across the street.Carl and Evie were such sweet folks.They had lost Carrol their only child,In the 1957 gas explosion,She had took a boy to the dentist office,And both were killed that day.I know Carl and Evie never got over that loss,They still let their light shine for the remainder of thir lifes.Evie and my Mother stayed in contact allways,They were great friends.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#36 May 4, 2009
And beside the Davis Family lived Mrs Willie Mae Harper.She lived in her home forever.And I loved to visit her,She had lots of antique furniture,An old piano,And lots of glassware,Very pretty detailed pieces of crystal.She did not stay at home a lot though.She ran the uptown bus station,For I dont know how many years.Finally they stopped having bus stations in rural areas.I used to worry about her walking so much to town and back,But I think that might have kept her healthy and fit.And she lived a long and happy life.Also she loved her church,Fullerville,I dont think she missed a service.Unless she was sick,She was allways there.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#37 May 7, 2009
I spent a lot of time at Marie Lannings house,We were good friends.And I loved her Mother Carrie,She was allways so full of fun.And she was totally down to earth,And very country,I believe she was raised in north Georgia.And she kept that country charm.Most of my Mothers family were country also.And my children and I still have the southern accent.Carrie and her husband Glenn were wonderfull folks.They had another daughter Janice she was a varsity cheerleader at Villa Rica high school.Gene was their son. He ran a taxi,And took us back and forth to school.This was a very good thing because there was not a school bus that ran in Fullerville,During nice weather this was o. k., because we could walk to school.But on rainy and snowy days, it was a real blessing to ride in a taxi.Willie Mae was the Lanning familys older daughter.She had married Tubby, Aunt Pearl Rainwaters son.And they lived in the Kennesaw mountain area.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#38 May 7, 2009
Before my Parents moved to the house we all lived in.They lived in a duplex,and next door was the Cox family.Their children were small then,And this was long before Faye was born.Their older children were babies then.They had just delivered Katherine.And Cecil was small,Mother went in to visit and see the new baby.She was teasing cecil about takeing the baby with her.And Cecil being deaf, and not understanding that she was only kidding him.picked up a knife and came toward Mother.She said she very quickly put Katherine down.Years later I knew Cecil and his wife Annie,She was also deaf.And she and I worked in Douglasville together.They had a baby boy and they were very happy that he had good hearing.They were very happy together.I think they must have met In Tallulah falls while in school there,I had no problem talking to either of them.They could read lips very well,And Annie could talk a little and I could understand her.I know they were both very smart.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#39 May 7, 2009
I spent a lot of time at the house right in front of the mill,Where my Grandparents lived.Grandma Odessa and I stayed in the back yard under those big trees and we played there, on any nice day we were outside.She gave me my first taste of chocolate there,It was a Hershey bar.Right then and there I knew I had something good.I still love chocolate,I was so loved by my Grandparents.And my parents.I felt so safe and cared for out there in Fullerville.That was the best time in my life.I was just surrounded by folks that trully loved me.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#40 May 8, 2009
When My Grandma Odessa passed away,Their dog Boss just carried on and howled and howled.During hot weather she would give him ice water.And Boss really loved both of my Grandparents.I heard about something this week,That is puzzling.A young man died in an auto accident a couple of weeks ago.And while the graveside service was being held.A coonhound came to the grave and started carrying on.After everyone had left it remained there.An Uncle took the dog home he lived 6 miles away.The Uncle gave the dog food and water,And checked on the dog,The dog was gone,And the Coonhound had gone back to the grave, and lay beside the grave and moaned again.After 3 days the Coonhound left.No one knew the dog.Perhaps an angel in disguise?Does anyone have any ideas about this?This is a true story.

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