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April 30, 2011.

RUSSELL AND MINNIE JONES and MUSIC

April 30, 2011. Comment - Eloise Tucker: Minnie and Russell Jones. They lived close to the Methodist church and close to Jane (Miller) Brumley when she was growing up. They had a big old house with huge trees and swings in the front yard. I used to spend a lot of time over there in the summer when their granddaughter Gennie came down to spend the summer. I don't know if Miss Minnie was a teacher or not, except for piano, but she did tutor me for a while when I was small. She was the only one that I remember playing the piano at the Baptist church . . . late 40's and early 50's. Don't remember much about her husband, he was certainly not a "church goer" and was known to like his drinking.

Comment - Jimmy Cason: My Dad used to tell a story about Russell Jones that went something like this..... Early one morning Russell was out in the yard when a small convertible sports car came flying down the road, The car rolled over at the sharp 90 degree turn behind the church. Russell ran down there to see if the driver was hurt. It was a young sailor who was unhurt by the roll over. The young sailor looked at Russell and said " I know I can take that curve at 60" To which Russell said " Well lets roll her over so you can try it again"

Comment - Melinda Lukei: Russell F. Jones was born 27 June 1899 d 26 June 1968 married Minnie Waterfield b 23 June 1899 d 24 Aug 1986, she was the twin sister of Hettie Waterfield who married Frederick Hope White. Minnie and Hettie were the daughters of Henry Clonney Waterfield and Lydia Eliza Litchfield. Russell F. Jones was the son of Albert C. Jones born 20 Nov 1876 and died 2 May 1904 and his wife Lydia Waterfield born 8 Sept 1875, Albert C. Jones was the son of David E. Jones born 19 Aug 1853 married 8 Jan 1873 and Belinda E. White born 8 July 1855 and died 26 July 1901. David E. Jones was the son of Cornelius Edward Jones and Lydia Ann Waterfield and was the brother of John Malachi Jones (my ancestor), Cornelius E. Jones (my ancestor) Joachium Beasley Jones, and Florence Mae Jones married Tom Dowdy.

Comment - Jane Brumley: Yes, indeed, they were our neighbors and as a child I spent many wonderful times over at Miss Minnie's and her mother Mrs "Lid Liser" (spelling?) lived there with her too. Her twin sister was Hettie White who was married to Fred White and they lived up Simpson's Neck. Hettie & Fred had children including Jean White, Marvin White, Ronnie White, Alston White & June White & another daughter whose name I think was Melva. I think all of them have passed except June White Cason who still lives on KI in the house on the main road before you drive back to Simpson's Neck. "Miss Minnie" was my first grade teacher. Classmates included Martha Carolyn Beasley (Meiggs) and Henry Cooper Jr. Henry Jr. failed the first grade so he had to repeat with my best friend Carolyn and myself. We both claimed him as our "boyfriend". He has also passed away. " Miss Minnie" did not put up with any nonsense & she expected us to excel. I started first grade at 5 years old and was reading before Christmas. Never did print as she had us writing "long hand" in first grade. Oh my, I do have fond memories of KI Elementary School. Can you just imagine 3 students in first grade and all the attention we received. Like a private tutor. She did play the piano at the Baptist Church for many years. She and my father, James Nonie Miller, attended the school that was next to the Methodist Church. They both were educated as far as they could achieve for the time. So, I always "visited" Miss Minnie across the field. Without looking, I think there is a picture of Russell Jones on the web site. Yes, he, among many others, enjoyed his "adult beverage". I loved Miss Minne, her mother, and Russell. Long before television, email, text messages, face book etc.... conversation was the norm.

Comment - Jane Brumley: "Miss Minnie" had an upright piano at her house. She would always play if you asked her. However! Nothing too popular. Mostly religious material. She was a devote Baptist. She would play the piano and I would sing. Funny, how now I remember she was the one who "taught me to read music" and I frequently sang solo pieces at Church. So, did my father many years ago. Between "Miss Minnie" and Izola Bonney, and Margaret Matthews, I came to appreciate music.