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JIM: Warm memories of Edd & Helen Williams

Family memories from over 80 years ago in Russell County, KY
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George Helm, whose blacksmith shop drew mention in the News article about the new Crocus-to-Montpelier road, was my older half-brother's grandfather. Brother often stayed with George and Malissa, his grandmother, and spoke fondly of them all his life.

He also spoke with great kindness about an old black couple, Edd & Helen Williams - Uncle Edd & Aunt Heel'n (that's the way her name was pronounced locally) as he called them - who lived nearby.

To put this into chronological perspective: Edd was born into slavery, Helen a few years postbellum, and my brother in 1927. Brother dearly loved Edd & Helen and frequently visited them as a child. In speaking of them, he'd smile and say, "Aunt Heel'n always had a cookie or a piece of pie for me."

I suspect, too, that Aunt Heel'n, whose kids were long since grown, also had a warm lap and loving arms to put around him, and that both she and Edd would talk to Brother about his Dad, who died in the late summer of 1927, two and a half months before Brother made his appearance on this earthly plane. - JIM

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