News from the Jacks Creek Community of Chester County

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with Patsy Nobles Jones

“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” – unknown

Our community expresses sympathy to five families – Larry Wayne Cochran (6-24-42 to 7-16-21), son of Charlie and Exie Finley Cochran died at home in Alabama surrounded by wife, Doris and sister, Phyllis. Their children are Douglas and Wendell, grandsons are Dylan and Matthew with one great-grandson, Preston. There were eight children in this loved Jacks Creek family – Mary Jo (1927); Dorothy Janice (1929); Max Daniel (1932); Betty Ann (1933); Charles Donald (1939); Larry Wayne (1942); Sandra Gayle (1945); and Phyllis Charlene (1949) the only surviving loyal sibling – Union Cemetery in Woodville, Ala.; Jo Anne Dees Morris (6-26-34 to7-14-21), widow of Earl and mother of Tony and Jody. My memory of Jo Anne is beautiful skin. She kept moisturizer on her face, and it worked; she looked young and beautiful – New Friendship; Jerry Wayne Bain (6-21-42 to 7-17-21), beloved husband of Shirley Reddin who worked side-by-side on many projects helping others. Max kept everything for his customers and this couple could find it – Memory Gardens; William Michael Morton (12-5-58 to 7-14-21), son of Lonnie and Shirley Morton, such a loving couple and good parents. Hope they will contact me since I lost their address and phone number. They were so loyal to visit the healthcare, especially Lydia Dixon – Cave Springs; Imogene Valentine Bulliner Fitts (2-14-27 to 7-19-21), beloved wife of Jacks Fitts.
If you recall, Chester County Independent ran a beautiful story on them I wrote Feb. 2017 called “Happy Birth-entine Day.” Jack said you couldn’t find a valentine card that said happy birthday, so I wrote the article for her birthday gift near Valentine’s Day. It pleased them, so it is framed in the den. Just last week Regina Brooks and I returned with tomatoes for Mrs. Imogene, but she was not home. I knew something was wrong, so I called the hospital myself and found her. Her niece, Julia Bolton, was sitting with her and told me she’d tell her I had returned to visit her with tomatoes. Sadly, four days later, she was gone, but doing little things for her made us both happy – country ham and biscuits, fresh veggies, strawberries and short visits. Mr. Jack would say, “Imy, you are no longer by my side, but forever near my heart. I’ve got my Valentine always and forever side-by-side and we have no pain or sorrow.”
Chester County Independent ran a beautiful story with a precious picture of Inez Weatherington Cash turning a century. Is that one hundred years — 1921-2021?! The roaring 20s would definitely fit Mrs. Inez’s speed and style. No way can I keep up with her speed. She had two birthday parties and looked gorgeous both days with no signs of wear and tear. I could not wait to get home to take a nap both times. I heard at the first sit-down and feast birthday party she had over 250 cards. Wonder how many she got at the second party at Enville? How many birthday cards contained money? What is appropriate – $100 would look good, but $200 would give her some to grow on, right? The money tree was a great idea and all the gorgeous sunflowers bought in Nashville. After all what can you give someone who is 100? More lotion, powder, Polident, Geritol or a dust collector? Ha!
Mrs. Inez has lived during the era of 18 United States Presidents – the 29th (Warren Harding) and the 46th (Joe Biden). The year of Inez’s birth many memories were made by dates – (June 15) – Bessie Coleman gets her pilot’s international license in France. Bessie was 29 years old and the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license; (Aug. 1921) – Franklin Roosevelt diagnosed with polio at age 39; (Sept. 7) – Atlantic City, N.J., the first Miss America pageant held; (Oct. 5) – The World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time; and (Nov. 11) Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by President Harding.
Thanks for remembering Don and Pat’s 51st wedding anniversary on July 17. My parents, Raford and Bobbie Nobles, will celebrate their 73rd in heaven on July 24.

SOMEONE CARES IN 2021: A sad date to record -– July 16, 2021, Jacks Creek Methodist Church was torn down and buried on the spot The final northeast corner stone was knocked down at 9:55 a.m. I admit that I cried. I pictured all the happy times being with community people and family. Our Easter egg hunt was innocent, and we got new Easter outfits with hats and gloves. Momma took me daily for piano practice (she thought I was the next JoAnn Castle). It was a childhood church where Velt Sharp lead the singing. Lounell McPeake taught Sunday School behind a curtained two-row seat; LaTasha Wright Phillips and Debbie Anderson Dyer played piano; and Charlie Cochran and Luke Nobles passed the collection plates. Years later, LaTasha Wright and Dennis Phillips married in the church. I cared enough to take pictures, and Don collected a portion of a corner stone for me. That is all left of a church that stood as far back as I can remember. I was born in 1951. Does anyone have any history they can share on this church? Thank goodness for memories. Call 989-7485.

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