Monthly Archives: November 2013

Travel Tuesday – Trip Down Home

Where is Down Home you say?  Well, down (south) in Texarkana, and while I have never actually lived in Texarkana, I consider it down home because your home is where your heart is, or family is right? Considering this is where all the family is for both my maternal and paternal side, I just call it down home.

As soon as Knucklehead got off the bus on Friday afternoon, a week or so ago, we headed down home.

Knucklehead's Bus

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Memaw’s Victrola

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One of the things I remember the most about going to my Memaw’s (Edna Harris Higginbotham) house was how still and quiet it always was.  We would sit in the living room and you could hear the tick tock.. tick tock.. tick tock .. of her clocks.  She would have a lamp on, but no over head lights and it always seemed kind of sad to me.

Dad would turn the TV on and she would become annoyed.  She was hard of hearing and I think all the noise that we brought with us, plus the TV must have been sounded like a jumbled mess to her and I imagine it felt overwhelming to her compared to the tick tock.. tick tock.. tick tock .. of her clocks.

I never heard her play music, or see her watch TV.  So, when my Uncle Charlie Starks called and told me to come by and get my Memaw’s Victrola, I was very excited.  I didn’t remember her having one and she certainly never played it for me.  Then I saw it, and remembered the cabinet, I just never knew what was in it.

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Those Places Thursday – Whaley Farm in Bowie Co., Texas

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When I went to New Jersey back in August and visited with Bonnie Marsh, we had a very interesting conversation about her childhood on the Whaley Farm, in Bowie Co., Texas. After hearing the story, she kindly told it to me again, so I could video tape and share it here with you.

Bonnie was cared for on this farm by a woman named Pree Carson.  Bonnie would very much like to hear from someone in the Carson family so she can share some of her wonderful memories of Pree and her husband Charlie, along with their daughter, Toots.

Here’s the story.

Here are a few of the photos that I shared in the video.

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RIP – Clarence Gene Davis

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I have just heard the very sad news that we lost a cousin while I was gone to my son’s boot camp graduation.  Please join me in remembering Gene Davis and if you have any special stories or photos you would like to share, I will be happy to pass them on to his nephew, Tony Davis.  You can leave a comment below, or send me one through the contact me form on the side of the page.  Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Gene and Agnes Davis

Gene and Agnes Davis

Mr. Clarence Gene Davis, 84, of Newport, departed this life on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his home. He was born April 21, 1929 in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of Clarence T. and Estelle (Ginnings) Davis.

Mr. Davis was a 1947 graduate of Texarkana High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern State College. He was former city manager of Newport 1970-1973, and on the Newport Housing Authority. He was also retired Director of the Texarkana Housing Authority. Mr. Davis was a United States Army veteran, serving 1953-1957, and was a Mason. He enjoyed duck hunting and collecting antiques.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lynn A. Davis; a brother-in-law, Marvin Langston; and one sister-in-law, Rebecca Richey.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Agnes (Langston) Davis of the home; sisters-in-law, Sue Davis of Little Rock, Faye Benson of Harrisburg, Dorothy Smith of Truman, Betty Garner of Walnut Ridge, and JoAnn Richmond of Jonesboro; brothers-in-law, Earvin Langston of Jonesboro, David Langston of Walnut Ridge, Harold Langston of Walnut Ridge, Bill Langston, Jimmy Langston, Douglas Langston, Johnny Langston, Phillip Langston, and Terry Langston, all of Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sulphur Rock Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Shannon Richmond, Johnny Henderson, Tony Davis, Barry Pippenger, Johnny Langston, Terry Langston, and Bill Langston. Honorary pallbearers Earvin Langston, David Langston, Harold Langston, Jimmy Langston, Douglas Langston, Phillip Langston, and Marvin Poe.

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