FC: The Threads of Love: Our Story | Volume 1
1: Mom and Dad, I am so proud to be your daughter. I am so thankful for the life you have provided and strong model of what a marriage should look like. I love you both! Deanna
2: Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. ~Simone Signoret
3: Billie Ann Griffin May 13, 1947
4: Billie Ann was born in Gainesville, MO on May 13, 1947 to Hayden and Cleo Griffin. For the first several years of her life, they lived in a small backwoods town called Romance, MO. Billie was an unexpected blessing for her parents. Both her sisters, Opaline and Nadine were several years older when she came along. When she was 7 years old, Billie Ann and her parents packed up and moved to Kansas City, MO.
5: Billie attended three different schools while living in Kansas City. She attended Bancroft Elementary School from 2nd-6th grade, Francis Willard for 7th grade, and Paseo High School from 8th-12th grade. She graduated in 1965.
6: While living in Kansas City, Hayden worked as a carpenter and Cleo work in a garment factory called Brand & Puritz (a women's coat and suit factory). They were hard workers and provided a strong foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, which left a legacy for younger generations to come.
7: The Griffin Family
8: Hayden & Cleo with their daughters, Opaline, Nadine, and Billie Ann
9: Danny Dee Counts January 28, 1950
10: Danny was born in Russellville, AL on January 28, 1950 to Gardner and Annie Mae Counts. He grew up in a small community called Bethsada, AL. Danny was the youngest of three boys. His older brothers are Bill and Steve Counts. They sure kept their parents busy, especially Steve who was always getting into trouble. Danny was usually involved, whether he wanted to be or not. Gardner Counts worked as a machinist for Reynolds Metal Company for almost 30 years. Annie Mae was blessed to stay at home with the boys. She also kept busy by taking care of the home and being involved with activities in the community and at one point served as the President of the PTA. Danny attended Tharpton School from 1st-9th grade and then he attended Russellville High School from 10th grade until he graduated in 1968.
13: COUNTS FAMILY
14: Gardner and Annie Mae | Gardner , Annie Mae, & Danny (left) Gardner with Danny & Steve (right)
15: Grandpa and Granny Seay with their grandkids | The Seay grandkids
16: Steve, Danny, Bill, and Gardner | Steve, Danny, Bill, and Gardner
17: Granny Seay | Momma and Daddy
18: Once upon a time...
19: There was a young woman named Billie Ann who moved to Springfield, MO. She attended Boulevard Baptist Church and went to the same Sunday school class with her friend, Barbara. Even though Billie had experienced heartache at the end of a longterm relationship, she was ready to move forward. There was also a young man named Danny. He worked for Frisco Railroad in Springfield, MO. He became friends with Larry through his brother, Steve. As any young man, he was looking for love. He told Larry's wife he wanted to meet a nice girl. Just so happened, Larry's wife, Barbara knew the perfect girl! And so began the story of Dan and Billie...
20: Dan and Billie met... they dated... and then they didn't... and then they dated again... this time it stuck!!
21: YOU ARE INVITED On August 31, 1979 Billie Ann Griffin will be married to Danny Dee Counts in Springfield, MO
25: It's A Girl!!! | Deanna Nicole Counts January 8, 1981
26: DADDY | MOMMA
27: At the Hospital
28: Baby's First Day Home
29: Super Girl
30: Baby Girl
33: Bathing Beauty
34: ROLL TIDE, ROLL!!!!
36: Hayden and Cleo Griffin
37: Gardner and Annie Mae Counts
40: Cousins | Gardner, Steph, Kelly, & Deanna
41: Sherry, Kevin, Ryan, Deanna, & Megan
42: Bill, Nadine, Cheryl & Shaun | Robert & Opaline
43: Sandy, Terry, Sherry, & Kevin | Mike, Maureen, Ryan & Megan
44: Grandma and Me
45: daddy and me
46: Family Traditions
47: Inez Seay, Annie Mae Counts, Danny, and Deanna Counts | FOUR GENERATIONS TOGETHER
48: Danny and Billie started their lives together in 1979 . They lived in Battlefield, MO. In 1981, their family grew when their daughter, Deanna was born. Just as life does, the next several years of their life together brought about much change.
49: This was just the beginning for them. They had no idea what changes would come...