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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Jackson Giles, Collinsville Study Clubs and Geneaology

Last Friday I got my hands on a copy of Sam Hodges collection of essays and tribute to Ron Casey and Bailey Thomson, For the Love of Alabama. Had great conversation with Sam last September at Samford. Sam was my guest for a presentation sponsored by the Collinsville Study Club in October 1999 where he did a reading of his and Jeff Lowe's Letters to Amanda.
In the book there is an essay on Jackson Giles, Montgomery Black man whose vote was taken away from him by the Alabama Constitution of 1901. About 14 years later my Grandfather Jordan ran as a Lincoln Republican for School Superintendent.
My Grandfather was a school teacher and his wife Aurie Lula Vansant of Crossville had three brothers who all became medical doctors. So as intelligent folk, I have every reason to believe they were fully aware of the insidiousness of the Cotton Planters Constitution of the Black Belt that later begat George Wallace of the 60's.
Martha Barksdale is a good woman. She is the Mamie Eisenhower, the Martha Washington of Collinsville, Alabama. Her children are smart and she married a sharp fellow who allegedly intimidates all bridge opposition near and far.
She needs to get a copy of this book and in memory of Mary Katherine Reed have a group reading. Invite Amanda Jackson and Annie Lucas Brown for a conversation about it.
Ron Casey, Sam Hodges friend, won a Pulitzer prize for his editorial writing. Like my mother, his Mother is from Collinsville, Alabama.
I hope Martha will find her maiden name for me soon and tell me who she was. And read the book, no excuses.

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