|Published: 9:33 AM, 03/19/2013
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
COSBY-Matilda 'Tildy' Webb, whose life spanned the
Presidential administrations of William Howard Taft to Barrack Obama, died
shortly after noon on Sunday, March 17, 2013, two days after her 104th
She was born March 15, 1909, in a log house in Trail
Hollow, a community in Upper Cosby settled a century earlier by her ancestors.
She was the middle of nine children born to William Joel and Ida (Gilliland)
When she was a child, the family moved to Bluffton, a
community alongside the Pigeon River, where her father ran a water mill with a
race and sawed lumber.
She entered school at McMillan and shortly thereafter,
when the family moved, transferred to Bluffton, a tradition one-room frame
building. Her teachers included Miss Bernice Brooks, who also lived past her
Her mother's death when Webb was 12 brought her formal
education to an end, because of her father's need for her help caring for her
Over 50 years later, Webb returned to the classroom as a
student in one of Cocke County's early adult education classes and earned her
GED. Her fellow graduates included a granddaughter. Webb's teacher, impressed
by her learning ability, urged the senior-citizen graduate to enter college.
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