I missed Sibling day. Anyway, I was the baby that lived. There was boy born after me but he died as an infant, never named.
I also had a sister just ahead of me, Ovaline, who died very young.
The Siblings I remember and loved were:
Odis Howard, the eldest of the siblings.
(above) I am on the left and Odis on the right. His fleet of huge models behind. He was a craftsman. I Love Od, he and I shared a love and appreciation for wood.
(I was so proud of my Sailor brothers in WWII)
Benjamin Franklin Darnell Jr. was next.
(Above is Junior and his beautiful wife Mozelle)
Mary Katherine the oldest sister was next.
(Above is Katherine and her Husband Dick Lankford)
Then there was Shirley, whom we now call Shirl.
(Below is Shirl and her Husband Jim, he was a good friend and we miss him)
Shirl was just a little older than I. Part of our childhood was in the country, and she was my best friend. She taught me to ride a bicycle at 4 or 5 yrs old
We are the only ones left now. When we are in NC we are only abut a 1/2 mile apart. She is a volunteer . On the Historic Society Board, volunteers at the Belmont Historical House and now Volunteers at S.O.C.K.S.
We had some fun last Friday during her Volunteer time. I went to the front desk and approached the manager (A lady I had not seen since 1955).
“I hear my insurance lady’s little girl works here, I wondered if I could see talk to her?”
“Her name is?”
“Nancy, her name is Nancy.”
“My name is Nancy.”
“No ma’am, I am sure this Nancy is a little thing, last time I saw her she was blond headed and about three feet tall. Her mama was my insurance agent, her name was Esther.”
“My mother’s name was Esther.”
“You are kidding me, well Nancy I am Jack, your neighbor, you had some wonderful parents, and you were just a sweet kid.”
“She cracked up and put her face down on her desk by that time Shirl was standing by my side.”
Several more of the volunteers were up front because I was talking loud (as normal).
Anyway, I have a sweet Sibling left, and I love her very much. (Even if she ain’t right) Just joking Shirl!)
This is Shirl before I met her!
Sherry has two brothers left in her family of 9, Vernon who lives near us here and Johnny who lives in Yspilanti, MI. One of the many southern boys who went north to build the cars.
This is Jack Jr. Standing beside Shirl’s Dodge. 1959
(This long entry is Rick’s fault, he mentioned Sibling day.)