Former resident recalls days gone by

By Ella Jay (Neel) Tubbs | Published Saturday, February 4, 2012

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On the “Area Deaths and Funerals” page I read of the demise of my long-ago family friend, George Ann (Elder) Brandon.

Time flies on swift wings as it seems not a lifetime ago that she was a very young person coming into the dear old Perkins-Timberlake store in Decatur where I was head of the cosmetic and notions department.

Her mother, the wonderful Blanche Elder, also was employed there. Her little brother, Billy Jeff, and sister, Martha Jo, also were regular visitors to the store.

Now it seems that all the basic, original family has passed on.

I cherish my memory of all of them, and at my age of 91, I relive all our days there during War World II, when our young boys and men were away fighting to protect our country.

Mr. Gordon Renshaw (and his sweet wife Nancy) was our good store manager, with Mr. Hughs as his assistant.

I have taken and read the Messenger since I was 19 years old, and now, with the “numbers” reversed, I am 91 and hope to read the paper for many years to come.

My best to all.

Ella Jay (Neel) Tubbs
Fort Worth

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