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A trip home includes visit to Adair County cousins

ColumbiaMagazine.com reader Ron DeVore has traced his family into Adair County, back to the Gradyville Flood of 1907, and his daughter Michele brought his grandsons Spencer and Jamie for a visit recently.
Ron writes to us about his family present and past: Charles Mitchell Denny of Gradyville and a blacksmith by trade married my grandmother, Eugenia " Genie " Compton of Gradyville in 1899. They resided in the greater Gradyville area where Mitchell served his blacksmith apprenticship under an A. H. Caudwell, at tome of 1907 Gradyville flood he was in business for himself. Both my grandfather and grandmother survived the flood.

My grandmother Eugenia "Genie" Compton Denny was a sister to William Compton, father of Edgar Compton who operated a store in Gradyville for many years. Edgar was father of Jimmy Compton who I believe passed away last year.

I turned 14 years of age in November of 1946 and as I remember it, My great Uncle, William Compton and wife Etta lived just about 1/10 of a mile futher down Big Creek toward Gradyville. I remember a little red headed girl that stayed at their house and I worked in thr log woods with her older brother Earl Dudley, now deceased. The little freckle faced, red head is my cousin, Shirley Jones, now married to Stanley Jones and mother of Cathy Lutrell, who's husband Jimmy Lutrell is Commander of the Columbia VFW Post and is on the Columbia Police Department. Among " Kentucky Cousins" living in Adair County there would be Shirley Dudley-Jones, Korean war veteran Richard Keltner, and Compton family galore.

After not seeing each other for more than 50 years, Shirley and I are in almost daily contact by e-mail as a direct result of a prior ColumbiaMagazine website posting where I was looking to find any information on my Gradyville ancestors/kin folks.

My daughter and grandsons, three "misplaced " Kentucky natives living in Florida, made their annual journey back to the Bluegrass state where they enjoyed getting re-aquainted with their many friends and dozens of what the boys refer to as their " Kentucky cousins" not long ago.

On the flight home, my grandsons Spencer and Jamie, told the Captain and Co-- Captain that they had been to ceremonies honoring their grandfather who is only Veteran from state of Kentucky to have his image engraved on the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC. The Pilots allowed Jamie and Spencer to hand out little airplane infotmation cards to all the kids waiting to board the flight and then took Michele, Spencer and Jamie though the line and had them board the plane early. They placed the boys up in the cockpit, right in the pilots seats, gave them the pilots caps, let them them click buttons, play with the throttle and all that good stuff. Upon arrival in Tampa the pilot finished up the arrival announcements with a " thank you to Spencer and Jamie" for their help and in honor of their grandfather, A true Korean War Veteran. The boys loved it and told me about how cool it all was.


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Pilots for a day



2006-03-17 - Columbia - Photo courtesy. Spencer Foster and James "Jamie" Phillips played pretend as they sat at the control panel of a Boeing 727 air liner in the Atlanta Air terminal. The boys were with their Mom Michele on a recent trip to visit Ron DeVore and other area relatives. Charles Mitchell Denny and Eugenia "Genie" Compton Denny, survivors of the Gradyville flood of 1907 were the great-great grandparents of Spencer and Jamie.
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Visiting history



2006-03-17 - Columbia - Photo courtesy. Michele DeVore Phillips stands next to an image of her father Ron DeVore on the "Wall of Faces" Korean War Memorial in Washington DC. She and her sons, Spencer and Jamie, were home to visit family in this area, and also to make the trip with her Dad to see the memorial.
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Cousins get together



2006-03-17 - Columbia - Photo courtesy. COUSINS AT PLAY: Spencer Foster and Jamie Phillips enjoyed visiting with three of their Adair County cousins, Logan, Colton and Christian Darnell, on a trip to visit family in this area. The Darnells are the sons of Lynne and Ed Darnell of Columbia. Ed is the Secretary of the Adair County Meat Growers Association and a lifelong resident of Adair County. Jobe Darnell is his father.
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