In response to all of the Paducah & Reidland comments from my last post, I am freaking out! I've always considered Paducah to be a pretty small place and just where "Maw Maw & Granddad" lived.
Okay, here's the run down on my family. If any of you know any of them, please let me know. This is so fun!
I was born in Paducah at Western Baptist Hospital in 1973. (I'm old!) My grandparents were Roy & Dorothy Jackson. (Maw Maw & Granddad) They lived in Paducah on Blair Rd. Granddad had a fish market in downtown Paducah for many years. I wish I'd had more time with him, but he died in 1984. I think he was only 62. Maw Maw was a very special grandmother! She died in 2003, when I was pregnant with Katie and I probably think of her at least once every day.
Maw Maw & Granddad had 3 children, Randall Roy (my dad) & his twin sister, Sandra Joy. (Randy & Sandy) and Nanette. Sandy & her husband Dennis live in Benton but lived in Calvert City for many, many years. I think they've only lived in Benton since 2002 or 2003. They attend Calvert City Church of Christ. My parents now live in Atlanta and Nanette lives in Texas.
We moved from Paducah when I was 4 (?) to Atlanta. We spent lots of time on the road between GA & KY. Well, I say lots of time. Once or twice a year I guess. Usually at least once in the summer and at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I remember jumping in the car at odd hours and sleeping much of the night while we raced there when Granddad was sick. Sometimes he would be in the hospital in Nashville, so that was a little closer. He had cancer in both kidneys at different times of his life. I remember how tired the dialysis would make him and they couldn't visit us much because 2-3 times a week on dialysis is alot for one person to have to endure. In the end, I'm not even sure it was the kidney problems that he died from. Honestly, I'm not sure. I just remember Mom coming into the room at Maw Maw & Granddad's house and waking me up, telling me he had died. At 11 years old, I didn't really ask too many questions about exactly what happened.
I spent many, many services at Reidland Church of Christ. I called my mom and she said Reidland started in 1964 and Granddad was one of the first elders. Do they still have the green leather seats? and the nursery up above the auditorium with the big window? I remember attending many VBS' during the summers. They always had huge cookies and drinks like what you'd get in a restaurant where they'd pull the little lever to make the drink come out. I remember a green Bible and singing the "Booster Booster" song. Maw Maw moved to Calvert in 1994, so that's when she stopped attending at Reidland. She moved to be closer to my aunt.
I remember many, many, many afternoons spent at Noble Park with my cousins, Brent & Andrea (and probably the Fuqua boys were there some, too!) I'd ride the little boats in the water that would just go 'round & 'round and ride the train and maybe even ride the haunted house train! I love those times with my cousins! I was always a little jealous of Andrea living so close to our grandparents!
Let's see if can name people I remember from there to see if any of you know any of them. (I am a sentimental fool, so this is great fun for me!) I remember the names of the Fuqua's (imagine my delight in running across the blog of Brad! I could probably dig up a picture of him when he was 4 or 5 when we went fishing one time. His brother, Clay, was a year older than me and I think Brad was quite a few years younger, but I remember playing at their house. They lived right up the road & around the corner from my grandparents.) I remember "Pinchy Pinchy." This sweet man was named this because he would always pinch me! To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure if I can even remember his real name, to this day I think I'd nudge my mom and say, "There's Pinchy Pinchy!" Gosh, I really can't remember his name, but I think they were real involved with the children's home that was near there. I remember Mr. Jernigan who was the preacher for a long time and Terrell Lee who I think is the preacher now. There are many faces running through my mind but names are escaping me.
I had/have many other family members in the area. Mama Taber was Maw Maw's mother. I remember wanting so bad to push the red button in her little apartment. I knew I couldn't because it was the button for her to push if she needed help, but it was such a temptation! Mammy Jack was Granddad's mother. I remember visiting her in the nursing home. (Her husband was Pappy Jack. We wanted my dad to go by Pappy Jack; it has mostly been shortened to Pappy by my girls, but I think my niece calls him Pappy Jack. Sandy tried to get them to call him Happy Pappy Jack because he is sometimes goofy, but I think that one is going to be too long!)
Cloys & Din Thorne were my great-aunt & uncle. (Cloys was Maw Maw's sister.) They lived over near Lourdes Hospital. I loved them! Bob & Opal Ramage were also a great-aunt & uncle. (Opal was Maw Maw's sister, also). They lived somewhere; I can't remember where. Opal was the shortest, tiniest woman I've ever known and so sweet! I remember being scared to death of Aunt Grace's (Granddad's sister) pigs when we'd go to her farm. She lived around there somewhere, too. I think I most likely have a few "hillbilly" relatives around there, too!
Wow! I have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane! I am sitting here writing with tears sprouting, thinking of these special times and these special people. Sometimes, I wish I could go back in time.