Last week I went to Texarkana and spent some time with Karen Ball Cowan, my mother’s first cousin. This was very exciting to me because there just aren’t many people on my mother’s side that I can sit and talk about her side of the family with.
Karen’s father, Sam Ball (whom I called Uncle Son) and my grandmother Mary Parks, (whom I called Poo) were brother and sister.
My grandmother Poo moved in with us when I was just 7 years old and lived there with us for the rest of the time. She died in 2007 and she is very special to me, so to be able to sit and talk with someone else that knew her was such a joy.
Karen brought out all of the pictures that she had from her mother and father and she was kind enough to let me bring them home so I could scan all of them.
Today I am going to share some of the great pictures that she had of some of my ancestors and family members and tomorrow or the next day, I will share with you some great pictures that she had of my Uncle Son from his time during WWII.
I can’t go wordless, I mean who can? I’ve already blown that with all the above so I’ll try list just a few words to go along with these pictures.
This first picture is my great grand Aunt Smithia Smelser Anderson Norman, my 3rd great-grandfather Judge Alfred Gatewood Hoskins, and my great-grandmother Henri Wever “Wevie” Anderson Ball.
These girls are the great-grandchildren of Judge Hoskins, #1 is Anna Wever Lanier, #2 is Eddie Eubank Burnett Chance , #3 is Wevie Anderson Ball, #4 is Smithia Anderson Norman, #5 is Lela Wever Sutton.
This is my great grandmother Wevie Anderson Ball with her father, my 3rd great-grandfather John E. Anderson.
The back of this picture said Daisy and Wevie, so I’m guessing that this is Daisy Missildine with Wevie Anderson Ball. I love their hats!
I love this picture, it’s so romantic. Bye and Wevie Ball, my great grandparents going for a boat ride.
Here they are on another boat, I wonder what they were reading?
Talk about peer pressure!! Here is Wevie pouring some drink down a poor girl. Bye is right next to her helping and I don’t know who the other people are in the picture.
I just love the old bathing suits! I guess they were playing chicken? I wonder who won! Bye and Wevie are on the left and I don’t know the other couple and how about the lady in the back ground out in the water. I love this picture.
This is my great grandfather, Sam H. Ball, Sr. aka Bye Ball.
Here is really good picture of Bye and Wevie Ball. I wish I knew when it was taken, they look a little older in this picture.
I like this picture of Bye Ball and Ann Waggoner Burch his granddaughter, because of all the pictures I have seen of Bye Ball, this is the only one of him actually smiling! He must have been really happy for Ann.
This is one of my favorite pictures that Karen had, it’s my Uncle Son all gangster.
I loved all the wedding pictures she had of Uncle Son and Aunt Melba, (Sam Ball Jr and Melba Reynolds Ball), but these are two of my favorites.
What a handsome couple!
Karen had several clippings announcing their wedding and in the clipping was a beautiful picture of Melba and Karen also had the original picture so here it is:
This family picture of the Ball family was my favorite. I can’t help but think Sammy looks like Brendan Fraser did in that movie “Blast From The Past”. Is it just me or do you think so too?
And lastly, for this post anyway because I have a lot more favorites, is a picture of Sammy and Karen. I just love this picture.
Thank you Karen for sharing all these photos with me!