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S: The Stories of Our Lives

BC: Created by Georgia Carol Williams Nash - 2012

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1: The Stories of Our Lives | Kennedy | Hicks | Williams

2: THE IMPORTANCE OF RECORDING FAMILY HISTORY The importance of writing autobiography and keeping good family history records was magnified for me when my son, Adam Robert Nash, was given the memoirs of his great, great, great, great, great grandfather on his Dad's side, Francis Leonard Gregoire Roulhac, who was born March 15, 1767, and died on August 23, 1852. Francis wrote the following in that treasure: Although what I may write at this time in my life, or the pictures I put in this book, may seem trivial and even boring to me, it just might mean a great deal to one of our ancestors two hundred years from now. Georgia Williams Nash 2012 | "The storm which had been rising for three years, burst at last on the head of the unfortunate Louis XVI, on August 10, 1792. The day before I had taken my departure for Limoges, so I was not in Paris on that memorable day and subsequently regretted, that had I known what was to happen the day after, I had not remained to die like many did in defense of my King and Monarchy." | Louis XVI

3: George Washington Hicks Blanche Elizabeth Kennedy Hicks Married on June 30, 1909 | Parents of: Evelyn Hicks Mary Kathleen Nickell Alma Lucille Williams Henry Thomas "Doc" Hicks Paul Elbert Hicks Bennie George Hicks | Born 3-12-1882 Died 3-04-1965 | Born 3-26-1887 Died 1-19-1973 | "Our Faith is in God" | george & blanche hicks

4: george washington hicks | George Hicks with Mattie Taylor and Doyle & Ewell Smith | George Washington Hicks as a young man | George Hicks on left | George Washington Hicks spent his life farming in Grant County and Saline County, Arkansas. He married Blanche Elizabeth Kennedy on June 30, 1909, and they had three daughters and three sons.

5: Thomas Jefferson Hicks Father of George Washington Hicks | Thomas jefferson hicks his civil war experience | In late 1862, a regiment of infantry was raised at Little Rock by Colonel Benjamin W. Johnson. Company D of this regiment had organized at Benton, Arkansas, and made the march to Little Rock. Apparently this regiment served a twelve month period, and the men re-enlisted in other regiments afterwards. The regiment saw action at major battles in Arkansas. Without even having time to become familiar with army life, the men of Saline County were thrust into battle on December 7, 1862, at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. After fighting a continual battle from dawn to dusk, the Confederate forces fell back due to lack of ammunition and food, not to mention the bitter cold. On July 4, 1863, the men of Company D were taking part in the Battle of Helena, Arkansas. Then in September, 1863, they defended against the invasion of Federal troops on the City of Little Rock. Ordered to fall back, the entire Confederate Army made its way south through Benton to Arkadelphia without putting up much of a fight. Many of the soldiers, their enlistment time almost up, went home as they proceeded through Saline County. | Thomas Jefferson Porter Hicks served in Company D, Hawthorne’s Regiment of Arkansas Infantry from March, 1862 to October, 1863. He was honorably discharged from service and resided in Saline County, Ark. On August 1, 1901, he applied for and received a pension based upon his service to the Confederate States of America. Pension Number 10796. There were several increases in the amount of the pension, with the last amount paid being $100.00 a month. After his death on December 17, 1919, his widow Lucy Jane Burton Hicks applied for and received a widow's pension in the amount of $100.00 a month until her death on April 1, 1922. (At the time of the printing of this book that amount in 1901 was the equivalent of $4,000.00 per month today! By 1922, that amount compared to today was around $1,300.00 per month. It still seems like a great sum for that time.)

6: Obituary Eliza Randell Ex-slave, dies at 103 Ogemaw, Arkansas, February 27, 1960 - Eliza Randell, who was born into slavery in Ouachita County in 1857, died here Tuesday. Relatives said that she had never left Ouachita County. Her husband died two years ago at the age of 103. She had six sons and two daughters. Funeral will be Sunday at Springhill Methodist Church. And so begins the story of my Grandmother, Blanche Elizabeth Kennedy (Hicks), who was born in Ouachita County, Arkansas, on March 24, 1887. She had three brothers, Robert, Aylma, and Wright Kennedy, and three sisters, Effie Kennedy (Brumbelow), Annie Kennedy (Barnard), and Alice Kennedy (Brewis). When Blanche was 14 years old (the oldest of the girls), her parents died within months of each other from a "fever". Relatives decided to send the children to different parts of the state to live with various kin folks. That was when Eliza Randell, who along with her husband were sharecroppers on the farm owned by the Kennedy's, stepped in and would not allow them to break up the family. "Nigger Lizzie", as she was known, and her husband raised them and remained there on the farm, until he died in 1958 and she in 1960. (Even though it is not "politically correct" to use that term today, history must not be rewritten to conform with the standards of today.) My mom told that the first time she saw a black person, she was around ten years old. This black-skinned woman walked into the house, and my grandmother dropped what she was doing, ran to her crying, and began hugging her -- and my mom didn't know what to do. It was, of course, Lizzie. I am told that Lizzie and her husband had eight children, and all of them went to college. They were truly special people, the glue that held my grandmother's family together, and I am thankful to God for their kindness. I hope that one day I might get to know one of their grandchildren.

7: Annie Kennedy Barnard Sister of Blanche Kennedy Hicks | Annie & Jack Barnard | family of blanche elizabeth hicks | Annie & Jack Barnard Children Jack & Jim

8: Aylma Kennedy Born May, 1885 and wife, Ethel Kennedy | Robert Kennedy Born September, 1880 Brother of Blanche Hicks | Kennedy Brothers & Sisters Aylma, Effie, Robert & Blanche | meet the kennedy clan | Annie Kennedy Barnard Born October, 1890 Sister of Blanche Kennedy Hicks

9: Evelyn Hicks Born 8-22-1910 Died 6-08-2000 | Alma Lucille Hicks Williams Born 4-23-1917 Died 8-13-2011 | Mary Kathleen Hicks Nickell Born 3-05-1915 Died 4-22-2005 | the hicks brothers and sisters | Henry Thomas "Doc" Hicks Born 6-04-1919 Died 8-06-1998 | Paul ElbertHicks Born 8-24-1921 Died 8-28-2012 | Bennie G. Hicks Born 6-27-1927

10: Daughters of George & Blanche Hicks Evelyn, Kathleen, & Lucille Around 1938 | the hicks sisters | Evelyn, Kathleen, and Lucille left home around 1934, moving to Little Rock. They lived together at Miss Parish's Boarding House on West Capitol Avenue. Their brother, Paul, also lived there several years later. Evelyn and Lucille worked together at Tuff Nutt Manufacturing. Evelyn continued working there until she retired. Kathleen married Warwick A. Nickell on June 21, 1939, and Lucille married Huel N.D. Williams on April 6, 1940. Evelyn never married.

11: Around 1934 Lucille Hicks on right With the Bussick Sisters | With best friend, Delma Bussick Age 17 | Only picture as a child, around 8 years of age | Alma Lucille Hicks | Around 18 | About 22 years old | Around 20 years old 1937

12: evelyn Hicks | Evelyn with brother, Paul | With sister, Lucille | Elegant Lady! | Evelyn was a beautiful lady. She never married, but it certainly wasn't because she didn't have the opportunity!

13: Bennie G. Hicks as a young boy around 5 1932 | Bennie G. Hicks | Ben Hicks at 18 months Paul Hicks in back standing in front of Grandpa Hick's smokehouse 1928 | Ben always seemed to find young wild animals in distress and would rescue them, and they would become his pets. The first one he told me about was his pet raccoon. Every morning, Grandma Hicks would make 48 biscuits to feed the household. Ben's pet raccoon would sit on a shelf and watch her toss and work her biscuit dough. One day, she turned around only to find Mr. Raccoon standing at her biscuit bowl tossing the mixture with his hands just like she did! Needless to say, no one cared to have a biscuit that day! Another time, Ben and Grandpa Hicks cut down a dead tree only to find that a nest of baby squirrels had made it their home. Ben took them home, and the one that survived became Ben's pet. Uncle Ben took a cracker box, cut a hole in it, put some rags inside, placed the box on a shelf above his bed, and Mr. Squirrel would sleep in that box. At night, Ben would remove his clothes and toss them on the floor. If there was a barometric pressure change during the night, Mr. Squirrel would drag Ben's clothes (both pants and shirt) and stuff them in the hole in the cracker box. Ben said that crazy squirrel could stuff more clothes in that little box than you would ever believe! Hey, he just wanted to be warm and snug! | Ben's Pets

14: Hunting down in the country | Ben | Walter Burton | Kassie | Lucille in front of teacher | Grandpa Hick's cousin, Lloyd Sheridan and his son, Arthur Sheridan | Paul on left Doc on right | School at Bauxite Around 1925 | old pictures

15: Old Stories I remember hearing "spooky" stories as a small child about relatives long since dead, made spookier by the fact I was left to sleep in the "side room" at Grandma and Grandpa Hick's house down in the country. The side room was simply a small bedroom at the back of the house with very large ornate portraits hanging above my bed of great aunts and uncles with piercing eyes who appeared as if a smile had never wrinkled their cheeks. A story that stands out in my mind is the one about my mom's grandmother, Jane Burton Hicks, who being a very large woman, complained of many aches and pains caused by arthritis. She would make my mom sit on the floor and rub her very large, aching legs. If my mother did not do it "just the right way", my great-grandmother would bop her with her cane. The story goes that you could see the family cemetery if you looked out one of the side windows in the house. One night, Grandmother Jane called the family into the room to show them the light shining in the cemetery near where her husband, Thomas Jefferson Hicks, was buried. All of them saw the light and wondered at its origin. Would you believe that Grandmother Jane died that very night in her sleep and was buried in the exact place of the shining light! Oh, yes, Thomas Jefferson Hicks . . . Well, it seems that he was a rather colorful individual who built his own coffin (and one for Grandmother Jane). He spent many nights sleeping in his coffin, as he wanted to make sure it was a comfortable place to spend eternity. Even though he encouraged his wife to try hers, she refused. Nonetheless, both Tom and Jane were buried in those coffins, and I'm sure it must seem to them that they've been in them an eternity already! Small church cemeteries are found all around the South. My grandfather, George Washington Hicks, donated the land for a cemetery in Grant County, Arkansas, known as the Jones-Hicks Cemetery. That is where many members of our family are buried. | It is fun to walk around with some of the older folks, allowing them to reminisce with stories about some of the folks buried there. Carved into one of the tombstones are the words, "In death, they are together". When I asked about it, I was told they "fought like cats and dogs" when they were alive and lived apart for many years. When they died, their children buried them next to each other . . . . with a board between them, so they would not fight in death!

16: Another of my favorite stories was told by my grandmother, Blanche Elizabeth Kennedy Hicks. The men in the household left early one crisp autumn morning on a deer hunting excursion. While grandmother stood at the kitchen sink washing dishes, she saw a deer jump over one fence, and not seeing a second fence, the deer hit that fence and broke its neck. Grandmother ran out, put the deer out of its misery, and claimed the deer as her own. After hunting all day, the men greeted Blanche with the bad news that they had returned empty handed. She, however, had some good news and some bad news of her own. The bad news was that they had to repair the fence. The good news was the eight-point buck they had to pull off the fence before they could repair it. Never underestimate the power of a woman with her hands in dishwater! My Grandma and Grandpa Hicks were married on June 30, 1909, and had six children. In birth order they were: Evelyn, Kathleen, Lucille, Henry Thomas "Doc", Paul and Ben. I heard many stories about their childhood experiences and determined that it must have been hard growing up at that time. Aunt Evelyn was a small girl; but because she was the oldest, she did much of the work a man would have done on the farm. I have been told that she "broke new ground". That involved her plowing a field that had just been cleared of trees (with the stumps remaining) using a plow pulled by two mules. Aunt Evelyn never married and left "the country" as soon as she was old enough. Physically, she was a beautiful, petite woman, prim and proper in every respect. Even until the day she died, she did not like to remember the times spent growing up there. She and the other children had resentment for the relatives that lived "in town" (Little Rock), who would come and spend the summers at their house, because those kin folks sat around the house while the Hicks' kids did all the field work. (During the years of the depression, there was always food when you lived on a farm, so the city folks would come and mooch off their country cousins!) Oh, yes, the land they lived on and farmed was obtained through a land grant, and the original land grant deed, signed by President James Buchanan, is still in the family. None of the land has been sold to anyone except close relatives.

17: My mother, Lucille, along with Aunt Evelyn and Aunt Kassie, moved to Little Rock around 1935. They worked and lived together. Mom married Huel N.D. Williams on April 6, 1940. They had two children, Georgia Carol Williams (Nash) and Bruce Ralph Williams. Aunt Kassie married Warwick A. Nickell on June 21, 1939, and they had one daughter, Paula Kay Nickell (Dominique) in February, 1945. Uncle Paul Hicks married Betty Jean Hanson, and they had one daughter, Barbara Jean Hicks (Parsons). Henry Thomas "Doc" Hicks married Pauline "Polly" Christian and had two sons, Tom and Rick. Uncle Doc also had a son, Al Miller, but that's another story! Ben Hicks married Marlene Thompson, and they had two daughters, Brenda Elizabeth Hicks (Faria) and Karen Renee Hicks (Francis). Grandpa Hicks (George Washington Hicks) was born on March 12, 1882, in Shaw, Arkansas. He was the son of Thomas Jefferson Hicks, who was born in Tennessee, and Lucy Jane Burton Hicks, who was born in 1846, in Mississippi. He had one brother, who died as a small child, and five sisters. They were Sally, Mattie, Adeline, Rosie, and Laura. George Hicks died on March 4, 1965, at the age of 82, just eight days shy of his 83rd birthday. Grandma Hicks (Blanche Elizabeth Kennedy Hicks) was born in Buena Vista, Ouachita County, Arkansas, on March 26, 1887. She was the daughter of Henry J. Kennedy born in September, 1853, in Georgia, and Elizabeth Kennedy born in December, 1858, in Alabama. She had brothers Robert Kennedy, Wright Kennedy, and Aylma Kennedy and sisters Annie Kennedy (Barnard), Alice Kennedy (Brewies), and Effie Kennedy (Brumbelow). Blanche Hicks died in January, 1973, at the age of 85.

18: Uncle Doc & Al Another Story Every family has stories within the story, and this one is about my Uncle Doc (Henry Thomas Hicks) and my cousin, Al Miller. It seems that my uncle, as a young man, had a short relationship with a woman, and my cousin Al was the result of that association. I don't even know if my uncle knew at the time that the pregnancy had occurred. He worked in a CCC camp during World War II, and after the war he married Pauline Christian and moved to California. He and Aunt Polly had two sons, Tom and Rick, and they remained in California, until they returned to Arkansas around 1993. Shortly after their return to the state, Aunt Polly became ill, and Uncle Doc nursed her until her death on January 17, 1995. About that time, Al, after being raised by his Mother and Grandmother, both of whom had died, decided to try to locate his father. After looking only a short time, he called my Uncle Paul Hicks and explained that he was trying to locate Doc. Paul gave Doc the information, and he got in touch with Al. I guess the rest is history, but it was a wonderful meeting. Al and Doc got to know and love each other and established a wonderful relationship that lasted until Doc's death on August 6, 1998. Al had said he could not understand why Aunt Evelyn, my Mom and the rest of the relatives had embraced him without hesitation and never questioned if he was really Doc's son. That was until Al walked onto our back porch for his first 4th of July get-together with us and saw my brother, Bruce Williams. They would truly pass for brothers, and that answered the question for Al. It is really great to have Al, wife Rena, and daughter Jennifer in our family. I only wish we had known them sooner.

19: George Hicks with Tom Hicks and Paula Nickell, his first grandchildren. Both were born in February, 1945. | Kathleen & Warwick Nickell Lucille Hicks Williams Evelyn Hicks | 1945 | N. D. Williams WWII | Uncle Nick, Aunt Kassie & Paula Kay Nickell

20: Warwick A. Nickell Born 3-27-1910 Died 11-07-1990 Husband of Kathleen Hicks Father of Paula Kay Nickell Dominique | Huel N.D. Williams Born 9-12-1918 Died 2-28-1995 Husband of Lucille Hicks Farther of Georgia Carol Williams Nash Bruce Ralph Williams | husbands of Kathleen hicks & Lucille hicks | After they married sisters, Nick and N.D. became good friends and enjoyed hunting, camping, & fishing together. They did finally admit that after the first few years of hunting together, they didn't take ammunition along on the hunt. They didn't want to have to clean a deer if they killed one, and that was the only way they could guarantee that!

21: Doc Paul Ben | the hicks brothers & sisters | Throughout the years | Evelyn Kathleen Lucille

22: Paul & Betty Hicks on their wedding day They became the parents of Barbara Jean Hicks Parsons | Doc and Polly Hicks They became the parents of Harold Thomas Hicks & Richard Hicks | doc & polly, paul & betty, and ben & Marlene | Tom Rick | Barbara Jean | Ben & Marlene Hicks Wedded on December 20, 1953 They became the parents of Brenda Hicks Faria & Karen Hicks Francis | Brenda | Karen

23: Warwick & Kathleen Nickell on their 47th Anniversary June 21, 1986 They were the parents of Paula Kay Nickell Dominique | Paula | N.D. & Lucille Williams They were married on April 6, 1940, They became the parents of Georgia Carol Williams Nash & Bruce Ralph Williams | Georgia | Nick & Kathleen and N.D. & Lucille | Bruce

24: huel n.d. williams | Hugh Williams Father of N.D. Williams Born 1888 Died 7- 22-1931 | Annie Jones Williams Mother of N.D. & Ralph Born 1-19-1895 Died 6-05-1961 | N.D. on left | N.D. with his kitten | N.D. at 2 years | N.D. on right with brother, Ralph Cleo Williams

25: Jennie M. Nix Jones Mother of Annie Jones Williams Yowell Grandmother of N.D. & Ralph Williams Born 1866 Died May 6, 1949 | N.D. Williams at age 15 1934 | District Wrestling Champs Little Rock West Side School - 1934 | Jennie M. Nix married N.D. Jones on November 24, 1882, in Hot Springs County, Arkansas, at the age of 16. He was 22. They had five children: Annie Jones (Williams), the mother of N.D. and Ralph Williams; Margaret Louise Jones (Hudson), known as Aunt Peg and the mother of Dale Gene Hudson; Joseph A. Jones; Ben Jones; and Gus E. Jones, father of Judith Jane Jones (Pool), Sarah Joe Jones (Sulka), and David Jones.

26: Annie Williams Yowell & husband, C.E. "Grandpa Doc" Yowell | Georgia at 1 | Bruce at 1 | Bruce & his Mom | Georgia & Bruce | Grandma Annie, Bruce & Georgia | williams family pictures | Georgia & Grandpa Doc 1947 | Grandma Annie & Hugh Williams 1st Son of Ralph Williams

27: Lucille & Georgia Carol Sunday Morning Funnies Around 1950 | more pictures | Aunt Evelyn, Georgia Carol, Aunt Betty 1948 | Bruce | Bruce 1952 | Feeding her baby brother | Bruce | N.D. holding Paula Kay, Kassie cooking & Lucille | Georgia on Easter - 1948

28: more of the williams | Doddie, Grandma Annie, Ralph, Bruce & Georgia | Ralph & N.D. | Nickie Williams | Dodie with Hugh & Nick | Bruce & Nickie Williams, 2nd Son of Ralph Williams | Ralph Williams & Sons

29: Sharon & Nick Williams | Chris & Roger Williams Nick & Sharon's first son | Lucille Williams on the morning of her 93rd birthday admiring the flowers that Bruce sent. | Hugh Elliot Williams 1st son of Ralph Williams Born 8-11-1940 Died 11-06-2011

30: georgia carol williams | University of Arkansas Age 19 | Delta Stewardess Around 1972 | Delta Stewardess August, 1968

31: Dr. & Mrs. John Charles Nash, Jr. april 12, 1975 | Pulling the wishbone that Helen VanSteenwyk brought. Her wish had always been for us to be together. | Georgia & Gingie and one happy guy! | Georgia & her Daddy | Robert Berry & Chaplain James Helfers | Mom & Emilie, Chuck's Mom

32: John Charles Nash, Jr. & Georgia Carol Williams The Courtship & Marriage The year was 1962, and he was a freshman at Arkansas College in Batesville, Arkansas, and I was a junior in high school. I remember that all the girls called him "Dr. Kildare", because he looked so much like Richard Chamberlain. I was a skinny little girl with a pretty face who loved to watch sports and had little interest in him, until the other girls began claiming him as theirs. I remember, in particular, a girl who was Miss Popularity who informed all of the other girls that "he" belonged to her. I was introduced to John Charles "Chuck" Nash by Max Baker, my first love. We were attending an Arkansas College basketball game at the time, and although I don't remember meeting Chuck, he still remembers the skirt I was wearing. (I do, however, remember the skirt!) Chuck and I dated during my junior and senior year in high school. Three days after my graduation, my family moved from Batesville to Stuttgart, Arkansas. I was absolutely heartbroken, because I had to leave him there. That summer, Chuck, at my encouragement, went to Salem, Oregon, to visit his mother and stepfather, whom he had not seen in a couple of years. He and his stepfather did not get along, and he left at the age of 15 and moved into an orphanage in Norman, Arkansas, to finish school. It was through this Presbyterian orphanage that he received a fully paid, four year scholarship to Arkansas College in Batesville. The trip to Oregon that summer was a big step in resolving a lot of issues he had carried around for many years. Early in my freshman year at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Chuck called and told me he was breaking up with me, but he gave no reason for the split. I went to Batesville to find the reason, but the only discovery I made was that he had a new girlfriend. He went on to marry her the next year. I was heartbroken for as long as nineteen year olds are heartbroken and went on with my life. After leaving the U of A, I worked for one year for two attorneys in Little Rock before becoming a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and spending many years in Dallas, Texas. At one point in my flying career, I had Chuck and his wife on one of my flights, but I did not realize it until I was deplaning passengers in Little Rock, and he spoke to me. I was flabbergasted and said nothing except hello. I found out later that he had been so horrified at discovering I was one of the flight attendants that he feigned sleep the entire flight and waited until his wife had gotten off the plane to exit it himself!

33: Chuck was married for several years with no children, and he and his wife divorced. Ironically enough, in the attorney's office signing the divorce papers, she asked him if he was going to get in touch with his "Little Georgia". He said he had not thought about it, but that certainly got him thinking. You see, she had lied to him in Batesville that fateful summer, telling him that I had told friends there that he and I were planning marriage. I, of course, had not done that. That was the reason he broke up with me, and I did not find out the reason for almost ten years. It was obvious she had carried that guilt around for years! And then there was the "turkey calling contest". Yes, you heard correctly. My Uncle Paul Hicks was entered in the annual wild turkey calling contest in Little Rock, and I was home from Dallas for a visit. The date was March 2, 1974. My Mom and Dad were planning to attend the contest, and they wanted me to accompany them. I did, and guess who else was in that contest. Yes, Chuck was one of the contestants, as he had won the contest the year before and was defending his title. As Chuck tells the story, he looked out into the audience, saw my Mother, my Father, my Aunt Evelyn, my Aunt Betty, and an empty seat. (Yes, I had allowed the floor to swallow me up . . . or at least make me too small to be seen!) He also likes to tell that I was the reason he lost the contest that year! Now, back to the contest. Chuck had a date that night with a girl he had been dating for about six months. She was crazy about him (more about that later). After not being called back as one of the final five (my fault, of course), he went out into the audience to sit with her. At one point, he turned around and mouthed, "Wait for me outside". I did, along with Mom, Dad, Aunt Evelyn, Aunt Betty, and Uncle Paul. He and his friend came out, and he began to introduce her to ALL OF US! He said, "Gail, I'd like you to meet Lucille and N.D. Williams, Evelyn Hicks, Betty and Paul Hicks, and Georgia . . . it is still Williams, isn't it?" "This is Gail, a classmate of mine." Oh how cruel to call her that. I mean, at least call her your friend! I returned to Dallas the next day and before the end of the day, I had a call from my Mom telling me that an old high school friend of mine had called and asked for my address. She gave it to her, and within three days I had received a letter from Chuck and a special delivery of eleven roses. He proposed that I come to Little Rock, and he would tell me where the twelfth rose was. He also wrote that there were some things he wanted to tell me, but he wasn't sure I wanted to hear them.

34: Needless to say, I went to Little Rock. He picked me up at the airport, drove to a special place in the woods by a beautiful pond, and began to talk (or should I say stammer and stutter). I asked him if he was trying to tell me that he was in love with me, and he said, "Yes, what do you think about that?" I said, "I think if you wait around long enough, they'll all come crawling back!" He then took me to his dorm room at the University of Arkansas Medical Center where he was living just down the hall from Gail. When I walked into his room, there were around twenty cards on his desk sent by Gail. I said to him, "Gail's in love with you!" Being a typical man he said, "Oh, no, she's not, we're just friends." I told him if we were going to see if this relationship was going anywhere he should go down and tell Gail what was going on. He did, and an hour later a very ashen faced man returned to the room. He was astounded that my assumption was correct. Never doubt a woman, because we know how to read each other! To make this longer than life story shorter, we dated for thirteen months and were married on April 12, 1975. Chuck swears he didn't know if I would go through with it (the marriage) until he saw me walking down the aisle. You see, I was completely happy with myself, my job, my roommate, and my life, and I really didn't see a reason to get married. He assured me that if I would marry him, my family would always come first, that he would always treat me like a fairy princess, and he would love me forever. I mean, how can a girl not say YES? Virginia "Gingie" Greaney, my roommate of many years in Dallas, was my only attendant, and Robert Berry, Chuck's best friend of many years, was his best man. | Chuck said he should have been the one holding the marriage certificate! | At this writing in 2012, we have been married 37 years. They have been wonderful, and he is still treating me like a fairy princess. I've often said that he has me on a pedestal, and if I fall off, I'll break my neck! Being married is the easiest thing I've ever done, and the Lord blessed us from the first day we married. From this union, He gave us Adam Robert Nash who was born on February 14, 1984, the greatest Valentine gift anyone could get . . . but then, that's another story!

35: adam robert nash | Senior Picture 2002 | Family pix | Mushrooming | Cutie pie at 2 | Adam's & Dad's surprise Christmas present to Mom!

36: Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Ralph Williams | Bruce, Kay, Brooke, Brian, N..D. & Lucille | Their Wedding Day June 27, 1981 | Such a good looking couple! | I remember when Bruce called and said he had met the most gorgeous girl the night before at the Elks Club in Jonesboro. He said he looked across the room, and there she was, and she was beautiful. He remembers that they shared a dance and visited for a couple of minutes. Kay said he called her the next day and made a date for Friday night. No sooner had she hung up the phone than he called back and said, "If we have a good time on Friday, do you want to go out on Saturday night!" Needless to say, they went out both nights and were married a few months later. He gained not only a beautiful wife but a beautiful family, too!

37: Brian & Brooke Buckley & Matthew | Brian, Brooke, & Matthew | Brooke & Brian | Papaw N.D., Matthew & Adam With two of the loves of his life! | more family pix | Grandma Lucille with Matthew | Matthew Williams 1977 Born May 5, 1982

38: Daddy's Retirement | Georgia & Chuck 10th High School Reunion June, 1974 Dating | Working a flight | Georgia & Gingie Greaney with Thor and Dog (The Cat) Roommates in Dallas - 1971 | Dig those britches that boy has on!

39: Georgia at 1995 Final Four in Seattle, Washington | Adam Nash His "Book Cover" pix | Brian & Renee Buckley | more family snaps | A Polaroid picture taken by Arnold Palmer for Mother when I had him on a flight. | Uncle Ben's daughter, Brenda with her daughter, Anna, and her Wyoming antelope trophy.

40: Mady Williams | Matthew Williams & Daughter, Mady | Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance | Ms. Madybee | Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida with Pops & Honey Summer - 2012 | Mady

41: brian dean Williams | Dean with Momma Katie Williams | Dean with his sleeping Daddy, Matthew | Love that Wig! Will he be a Southern Baptist television evangelist or a ROCK STAR ??? | Dean's got his "swagger" on!

42: I really enjoyed putting this book together. I just hope this is the first of many books to come recording our family history. I pray that God will continue to bless this family in the years that follow. Georgia Carol Williams Nash | N.D. & Lucille Williams' daughter Bruce Ralph Williams' sister John Charles Nash, Jr.'s wife Adam Robert Nash's mother | is so important!

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