Saturday, April 12, 2014
Four of these photos were taken in the front yard of my grandparent's home in Millers Creek, Wilkes County, NC, about 1955.
(Top left) Left to right: Mozelle (living), Kay (living), James Neil "Jimmy" Snyder (1922-1993).
(Top center) Mozelle and Jimmy. The building behind them is the old garage. My grandfather had cars when he was younger, but he got rid of them before the mid-1950's. He used the garage to store stuff.
(Top right) My great-grandmother, Clara Eva Hettie Ellen Jarvis McNeil, lying in her casket, either just before or just after her funeral. I've transcribed her obituary (see below).
(Bottom left) Yours truly as an infant, with my dad.
(Bottom center) Left to right: My grandmother (Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder, 1900-1992), Kay, Bette (living), Jimmy, Mozelle
(Bottom right) Jimmy
Obituary of Eva McNeil from the (North Wilkesboro) Journal-Patriot, 26 Jan 1959, p. 4, col. 6. There are several errors in this obituary. One of her daughters (Lacie Vannoy) is not listed, and Eva's birth year is wrong - it should be 1873 - so she was actually 85 when she died.
Mrs. G. T. McNeil Of Millers Creek Dies On Friday
Mrs. Clara Eva McNeil, 82, of Millers Creek, widow of George Thomas McNeil, died at 9 a.m. Saturday at her home. She had been ill several years.
She was born April 6, 1876 in Wilkes County. She was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Lawrence McNeil of San Francisco, Calif., and Edward McNeil of Millers Creek; six daughters, Mrs. Tom Snyder, Mrs. Don Snyder and Mrs. Paul Sebastian of Millers Creek, Mrs. Isaac Vannoy of Winston-Salem, and Mrs. John Snyder of North Wilkesboro.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Home Baptist Church by the Rev. Clate Brown. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Paul Snyder, Ralph Snyder, Rex Call, Atwell Sharpe, Melvin Sebastian, and Floyd Lankford.