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|Augusta Dasher "Gus/ Gussie" Burch Selman|
|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1889|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 1982|
Gussie – born 4-11-1889 -- was the youngest daughter Of Michael L Burch and Eliza Augusta Dasher Burch. She seemed to be attracted to preachers and dated several before selecting Roland Wooten Selman as her husband. When ask, "Gussie, why a preacher?" She replied, "They hug just as tight as any other man!"
Her sister Alice's oldest two children remembered her visiting their home during her courting days. They were old enough to want to be around but not old enough to conduct themselves helpfully.
Aunt Gus loved to dress up and dressed stylishly all her life. On this particular occasion she was wearing white shoes, then the style, but a pain to keep neat. As she stood talking to her beau, Walker and Sis, the oldest children of her sister Alice, happily played in the sand at her feet. It simultaneously occurred to them that burying Aunt Gus's shoes in sand would be a lovely way to while away the time. So each took a foot and began industriously covering it.
Gus quickly became aware of warm sand trickling into her shoes. Not wishing to appear shrewish she unobtrusively shook her feet free of sand. This was a set back but the children soon had them recovered. The cycle of covering and shaking free occurred several times before Gus's young man left. Once he was out of sight she gave them a well deserved piece of her mind and marched them straight to their mother Alice.
Later the children had their chance to tattle on Gus. Gus and her beau took them for a buggy ride. They watched eyes round with amazement as he allowed his arm to rest on Gus's shoulder. The buggy had barely drawn to a stop before both children bolted for their mother with the story of this impropriety.
Augusta accepted the proposal of Rev. Roland Wooten Selman, the driver of the above buggy, to become is wife. The wedding took place in the home of Augusta's parents in Eastman, GA.
After the festivities were over, off the young couple went on their honeymoon. Gussie recalled years later that Roland knelt by the bed that first night and prayed. She thought, "Gussie what have you let yourself in for?" But it was such a beautiful, sweet prayer for blessings on their marriage that she knew all would be well. And it was. They were married long and happily and were blessed with four sons, Roland Wooten Jr., William Laurie [Bill], John Burch [John], and James Dempsey [Jimmie]. Gussie believed in her husband's work and was a wonderful support for him and their parishioners throughout his life.
On of her relatives most vivid memories of Gus as an elderly lady was a visit she and Roland paid to Atlanta. They had a white, extremely curly haired dog named "Happy." He lived to be very old and went everywhere with them. He had recently been operated on for gallstones and Aunt Gus had them in a jar, which she passed around for all to see. Aunt Gus conducted herself with such grace and dignity that passing gallstones seemed as normal as pouring tea. She was a charming lady with a warm and ready smile and we truly loved her.
Michael Livingston Burch (1839 - 1922)
Eliza Augusta Dasher Burch (1849 - 1931)
Roland Wooten Selman (1886 - 1957)*
Roland Wooten Selman (1916 - 1956)*
Chattanooga Memorial Park
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Record added: Sep 23, 2011
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