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John B. Neal

John Neal was born on March 5th, 1926 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He is the seventh of eight children and spent his early years on a farm located along the Catawba River.  He graduated from Reid High School in May of 1944 and was drafted into the Army.  John […]

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Conrad Norwood Carter

Conrad Carter was born October 23, 1921 in Winston Salem, NC.  He was married to the late Barbara L. Carter for 43 years.  He then married the late Barbara Carter (25 years).  Mr. Carter is the father of Martha and Susan, the grandfather of two and great grandfather of twins. […]

Ruby Blackburn Lambert

Ruby Blackburn Lambert was born October 14, 1920 in Lambsburg, Virginia. She was married to the late Fred Lambert for over sixty-three years and together they raised three children: Fred, Arlette, and Jim.  She is the proud grandmother of six and great grandmother of twelve. She is retired from a […]


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Jean Marie Torrence

  Jean Marie Torrence was born in Gaston County on May 11, 1925.  She is the oldest child of Charlton Kennedy Torrence Sr. and Marguerite Ring Torrence and the older sister of Charlton Kennedy Torrence, Jr.  She grew up believing that she could outrun, out throw, and out work any […]

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Elizabeth “Betty” McGee Cookson

Elizabeth McGee Cookson (Betty) was born Dec. 8 1922 in Sacramento CA.  She married the late Robert A. Cookson on Feb. 22 1947 and is the mother of three boys, Bob, Jim and Rich. She is a grandmother to nine children and a great grandmother to five. Betty graduated from […]

Dr. George Rolfe Miller

Dr. George Rolfe Miler was born September 30, 1920  in Albion, New York. He was married for over sixty years to the late Judith M. Miller and together they raised two children, Ann Pardue and Rolfe Miller. He is the proud grandfather of five and is retired from a long […]


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Jule Christian Spach

Jule Spach, born December 21, 1923 in Winston-Salem, N.C. and married for 68 years to Nancy Clendenin Spach. Jule is a World War II veteran and piloted a B-24 Liberator in multiple missions over Italy before parachuting into the Mediterranean Sea, and subsequent capture by the Germans. He was imprisoned in Stalag Luft […]

Harry & Ruby Bryant

Harry Bryant, born  March 15, 1921 and Ruby Bryant, born October 2, 1922 were married January 14, 1943, just days before Harry received his World War II draft notice.  They met when Ruby was hired by Harry’s father to work in the office of the family business, Bryant Electric Repair […]


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Ruby Jenkins Bookout

Ruby Jenkins Bookout was born on August 20, 1922 in Gaston County, NC.  She is the eighth of twelve children and grew up in the family business, Jenkins Dairy Farm.  Her early life was filled with work on the dairy farm and helping raise her brothers and sisters at age […]