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Charles Sloan Stribling

Charles Sloan Stribling Born July 18, 1924 in Habersham GA Father of two children,  Catherine and Charles, Jr. (no grandchildren) Married to Brenda Stribling   Charles grew up in the small mill village of Habersham in northeast GA with his mother father and two brothers.  His father was the President […]

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Darrell “Bill” Brown Williams

Bill interviewed our founder Rob Sumner for the Gaston Gazette this week (click here). We turned the tables and interviewed him.  Bill and Rob then switch rolls with Bill asking Rob questions about Ninety Over Ninety. Darrell Brown “Bill” Williams was born in the small town of Faith, N.C. on […]

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Milum Owens, Jr. (M.O.)

M.O. as he is known, was born in Aiken Co. SC.  In the early years, his father was a school master and his mother was a school teacher.  His father, M.O. Owens, Sr., was later ordained as a Baptist Minister.  He had one brother, Walker.  He followed in his father’s […]

Plato “Tete” Pearson, Jr.

  Plato “Tete” Pearson, Jr. was born October 13, 1924 in Gastonia, NC. He married Betty Ann Epps Pearson on January 1, 1949 and together they raised four children:  Martin, Rob, Steve, and Joe. They are the proud grandparents of thirteen, and great grand parents of two. Tete served in […]

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Annie Lee Stancil

Annie Lee Stancil was born in Anson County, North Carolina on October 20, 1918.  She was married to the late William Shirley Stancil in Asheville, North Carolina for over 64 years.  She has two children, Agnes and Jim; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She is a retired school teacher […]

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Julia Neal Sykes

Julia Neal Sykes was born on October 15, 1923 on a tenant farm in southern Mecklenburg County near the Buster Boyd Bridge.  Her childhood dream was to become a teacher and she overcame financial and circumstantial hardships to achieve that goal.  She was married to the late R.B. Sykes for over 30 years.  After the passing of […]

John Francis Essic

  Francis Essic was born May 29, 1925 in Davie County, NC.  He attended Appalachian State on a basketball and baseball scholarship.  He served in France and Italy during WWII and returned to Appalachian to graduate and earn his masters in School Administration.  He played professional Minor League baseball from1947-49 […]


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Highlighting Pacolet Mills

In June, Bob Allen described his childhood growing up in Pacolet Mills, South Carolina, a unique mill community whose owners took an uncommon interest in the lives of its employees and inhabitants.  We were not able to go into detail about Pacolet during his interview, but Mr. Allen spoke fondly of […]