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June rain provides softness to sad event, end of spring

(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL

Carolyn and Bill Moorefield have been married for 33 years. Both worked
long during their younger years, she as manager of the Newport Grammar
School cafeteria. Bill continues to work in his retirement years. You can find
Bill as a security guard at the Bryant Town branch bank of National Bank of Tenn.
Published: 7:44 PM, 06/07/2013 Last updated: 7:45 PM, 06/07/2013
 

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

The first week in June has brought with it huge amounts of rain to our hometown and put an abrupt stop to the farmers working in hayfields but is nurturing the next hay harvest.

Our readers were shocked to learn of the tragic accident on Asheville Highway Monday, June 3, that took the lives of Charlie “Buckeye” McMahan and Dylan Todd Sisk, the son of Lisa McMahan and Todd Sisk. We were asked to help promote the fundraiser on Saturday afternoon near the grandfather’s home east of Bridgeport. To be sure it was OK with the family, I called Lisa, and it is not easy to talk with someone who has just lost two loved ones so quickly. Lisa said, “I never though there were so many good people in Cocke County.” She also was happy to provide photos for the Plain Talk. When I saw Buckeye’s photo, I recognized him. You’ve seen him over the years working for Ben’s mobile home sales, as he was a carpenter building decks and porches. He also worked for Hommel and Blalock construction. Lisa was glad that people wanted to do the fundraiser and added, “It’s good to know there are so many good people here.”

 

Old friend in Greeneville

 

It was my good fortune to be in Greeneville on Thursday and attending the weekly meeting of the Greeneville Kiwanis Club. They often send an interclub to Newport. We met at the downtown Presbyterian Church and listened to program presenter Marshall Harbison, granddaughter of Plain Talk Publisher John M. Jones Sr. She traveled on her own for several months last year in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia. When I walked in starting to meet Kiwanians there was Ted Kinser. You know him as the brother of Eva Gaddis and J.R. Kinser, who is the oldest of the siblings at 91. I discovered that Ted had left Madisonville with his parents, Theodore Elmer and Lula Mae Kinser, when Ted was a child. They moved to the Salem community because Mrs. Kinser was an Ottinger. One of the children, William Elmer Kinser died about three years ago while living in Roanoke, Virginia. Ted told me he married Ruth from Lenoir City and they spent a good portion of their lives in Greene County where he built a career with Ball-Zinc Company in the purchasing dept. I was also reminded that J.R.'s daughter is Donna Jones and I mentioned her last week because she owns DJ's Antiques off Hwy. 25E. I must find out about the interesting antiques she brought back from her trip to Manchester, England and share this with you.

 

Bill Moorefield turned 80

 

A couple weekends ago the Bill Moorefield family got together at his and Carolyn's home off Greeneville Highway and invited me, as we had chatted a couple years ago about his life and family. You will see the photos made and hear some more of his recollections. These came from another visit on Wednesday, May 29, his real birthday, when he turned 80. Bank manager Randy Cagle was chatting with Bill, when I arrived on the hot afternoon; customers came and went often waving at him. They had cake for Bill at the bank, too. Bill was happy in his blue security guard shirt and favorite chair in the corner where he could watch all the comings and goings of customers.

"It's not the world I grew up in," he confided, referring to what we all know as our place today. Born in 1933, a child of the Great Depression he truly had lean and hard times, and like some of you older citizens worked as a child on the farm. "It was awful" he said of the era and his mother's good cooking was one of the few bright things he recalled and enjoyed. He worked at the Stokely Farm bottoms and packed beets in large crates for two-and-a-half cents per crate. He packed hamper-sized boxes full of greens, too. Bill's father, Otis Moorefield, "lacked eight days of being 80" when he died. Mom, Flora (Parker) Moorefield was 47 and suffered either a heart attack or aneurysm. This being three days after Christmas when she had cooked and fed 25 people at their home. There were no electric stoves or refrigerators. TVA celebrates its 80th anniversary this year but rural electrification in Cocke County didn't happen until the 1950s.

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