|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1890|
|Death: ||May 30, 1973|
North Carolina, USA
Her parents were Reid Sigmon and Sallie Barber
Below is what the article says:(from Tim Kreh):
Wednesday, November 10, 1965 -- "Her long, long, long name flabberghasts census takers, by Rosemarie Adams -- Etta Maggie Eveline Sallie Martha Brown Annie Washington King Nannie Mary Beulah Violet Addie Moore Thompson Gray Keys Sigmon Hopper. No, that's not a group of girls, it happens to be the name of Mrs. Etta Sigmon Hopper, who with her husband George Hopper lives on the Price Road Leaksville. When asked how she happened to acquire such a lengthy name, she pointed out that her father told her "well, all the neighbors suggested a name, so we decided that the easiest way to please them all would be to use them all." The name hasn't really been a burden, Mrs. Hopper observed, the only problem, "it kind of flabberghasts the census takers".
The first time she gave her name to a census taker, Mrs. Hopper recalled, she was the only one at home when the census taker called. And when she told him her name, "all he did was gasp and stare." Mrs. Hopper is the oldest of 10 children born to Mr. & Mrs. Reich (sic) P. Sigmon of Franklin County, Virginia.
Her parents lived for years at 134 Virginia Avenue, Draper. Mrs. Hopper recalls hearing her parents say that when she was born, she only weighed one and a half pounds, and her head was so small it could be put in a tea cup. She told of how her parents, better known as "Pappy" and "Granny" Sigmon, had lived a full life, and had to bear much sorrow and misfortune together will all the trials and tribulations of rearing a large family.
The Hoppers are one of the most interesting couples you'd want to meet. They have a delightful and stimulating outlook on life, perhaps that is why their appearance in age and agility fools one.
Mrs. Hopper celebrated her 75th birthday October 16 at which time she was showered with many gifts by her children, relatives, and friends. Her sisters, Mrs. D. A. Chilton, and Mrs. John Barber, and neice Mrs. I. W. Dooley, entertained for her at the Chilton home on Virginia Avenue in Draper, N.C. with a supper.
It would be difficult to pinpoint Mrs. Hopper's activities without including her husband. It is refreshing to find two people who have been married as long as the Hoppers. They have been married 52 years and have 3 children, Pauline (Mrs. Livingston Hodges), and Naomi (Mrs. John Hicks, Jr.), both of the Price Road, and Otis Hopper of Stoneville. There are 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. "Our life has been a most rewarding one," Mrs. Hopper was saying. "I have had good health, I was in the hospital only once, for an operation, and that was on my 71st birthday. It was gall bladder surgery."
"Young people are living a life that is at a faster pace then when I was young. But that is something one might expect," she explained, "it's progress. Everything is geared to a faster pace and to keep up with progress, one must travel rapidly."
Mr. Hopper has led an interesting life.
He went to work in the Marshall Field mills when he was 9 years old and started working making the little bands for the spinning frames. For 46 years he was a loom fixer.
He is vitally interested in events local, national, and international. In speaking of the present situation in Vietnam, he voiced the opinion that "before it's all over we'll be in World War III. " He was scheduled to go into WWII just two days before the war ended.
Mr. Hopper thinks America is the best country in the world because "where else could one live a good life that has been well-rewarded and after retiring be able to walk to the mailbox once each month and receive a check from one of the best uncles in the land, Uncle Sam."
Reed Powell Sigmon (1867 - ____)
Sarah Elizabeth Barber Sigmon (1869 - 1949)
George Johnson Hopper (1897 - 1976)
Etta Keys Sigmon Hopper (1890 - 1973)
Walter Powell Sigmon (1892 - 1959)*
Myrtle Vaughn Sigmon Barber (1902 - 1992)*
Jerry Herman Sigmon (1905 - 1978)*
Otra Sigmon Chilton (1908 - 1996)*
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: deegraver
Originally Created by: River Rat (Inactive)
Record added: Jul 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28198844
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