Laverne Elizabeth Cloud was born on February 23, 1919 to Emma (McBride) & John Franklin Cloud in Tiptonville, Tennessee. She was the 8th and last child. She had 3 brothers and 4 sisters: Bess, Ruth, Claude, William, Mazie, Carl & Maude Lou. She graduated from Tiptonville High School in 1937 in a class of 33 students. She was married that same year, December 31, 1937, to James David McCoy by a Justice of the Peace in Fulton County Kentucky.
The above pictures are her Senior high school picture and the other is Mama and me.
Since her birthdate is this week I thought I'd do a post in Mama's honor.
Things I remember most about mama:
- Drying dishes while she washed – the best time to share the events of our day.
- She loved to read – she told me once we had to go to a different library because she had read everything at our local one.
- Her little ‘sermons’ – you know, “If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all.”, “always look for the good in someone”, and “there is no excuse for being unkind.”
- When she was going out (usually to church)- bright red lipstick and a light spray of Evening in Paris.
- Her flowers – a big peony bush in front of the old garage and the spirea (sp?) bush by the front porch swing.
- Biscuits or cornbread with every dinner.
- Your favorite dessert for your birthday – mine was always banana pudding.
- A basically quiet humble person who could swing a mean paddle or hairbrush if you got out of line.
- Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date” – she always requested that song when Steve would play.
- The letters she would write while I was in college – they sometimes took me a few days to decipher but she wrote every week.
- Hugging her grandkids
As they were leaving she turned to say goodbye and I had a very "strange feeling” hit me that this was a real goodbye and it was indeed the last time I saw her alive. I remember an overwhelming amount of people at the funeral – even with her gentle, quiet, unassuming personality, she was loved by many. Any memories of your own?