|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1898|
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 1991|
Mack Posea Braddy was born in Menlo, Chatooga, Georgia on April 25, 1898, the son of Doyle Dawson Braddy & Martha Jane (Mattie) Martin Braddy. As a young boy Mack worked as a water boy at the Riegel Textile Mill in the early 1900's. He was about 14 or 15 years old at that time. There were no sides on the mill then. They had walls out in the packing department. People carried lanterns to see how to work. The mill ran off water pressure from the river then. Things were very different then. People could have hogs in the section called "Happy Top", but not in the city of Trion. Shack town was right behind 11th Street. This was the area where the poor people lived. Riegel management allowed them to live there.
Mack lived for a while in Florida. He came back to Chattooga County the day before Christmas in 1915. He enlisted for World War I in 1918. While in the war he served as a cook. After the war, he was in the CCC Camp where he worked on Dug Gap Road at Narrows Picnic Area near LaFayette.
When Mack came home from the War he lived in a little log cabin in Dry Valley, past the skating rink. The cabin was owned by his father in-law Mr. Perkins. He and Essie Perkins were married on September 6, 1919. She was born in Dry Valley on the Perkins farm. Her brothers, Ray, Grady, Glenn, Ellie, and Effie lived there also.
Mack and Essie had six children, four girls, Lorraine, (Ashworth), Julia B "Maxine" (Gillian), Elinor Frances "Tea" (Locklear), and Betty Jo, and two boys, James Stanford, and Gene Ray. The family lived on Pine Street in Trion, Georgia. Mack lived in Rome when his son, James, was small. A crippled woman lived there also. It was said that she was Mrs. Cosby. Could this have been Mary Furgerson Flippo Terry Cosby, who was the mother of James Alexander Flippo and Andrew Jackson Flippo?
During the 1930's depression Mack brought the family cereal and milk. He came home on weekends about 12 miles $2.00 a week? He left in 1953 to work with Continental (Toledo, Ohio) where they made airplanes and helicopters. He worked there for ten years and then moved back to Trion where he worked about 40 years at Riegel Textile Corporation in Trion, Georgia. He was a dedicated worker and was only out for a little while when had hernia surgery.
Mack was a member of the "Odd Fellows Secret Order". The Masons may have branched off from this group. He loved gardening. He had a "Victory Garden" at the bottom of the Trion Cemetery between 1941 and 1945. He raised flowers and grew hot peppers in flower pots. It was told that he had about 136 plants at one time. He canned and made jellies. He loved cooking and made delicious pineapple turnovers. Mack was a craftsman also. He had a workshop in the back of his bedroom. He would get up around 3:00 and work. He went to bed at 7:00. He had a book that he kept everything in. made 75 sets of miniature furniture out of Popsicle sticks. These were sent to the Shriners Hospital in late 1988. Riegel plowed the garden up. There was a really nice article in the local newspaper about him.
Mack Braddy died on January 27, 1991. He is buried in the Trion Cemetery in Chattooga County, Georgia along with several relatives.
This information was gathered by personal conversations with Mack and his son, Rev James Braddy.
He was 92 years 9 months old.
Story by Nancy Flippo Zeigler (grandaughter of Annie Lou Braddy Flippo, sister of Mack Braddy) firstname.lastname@example.org
Doyle Dawson Braddy (1874 - 1918)
Martha Jane Braddy Martin Flippo (1880 - 1950)
Essie Lee Perkins Braddy (1902 - 1981)*
L Lorraine Braddy Ashworth (1920 - 1999)*
Frances E Braddy Locklear (1922 - 1997)*
Eugene Ray Braddy (1934 - 1937)*
Mack Posea Braddy (1898 - 1991)
Addie Mae Braddy Smallwood (1900 - ____)*
Rosa Lee Braddy Christol (1904 - 1991)*
Annie Lou Braddy Flippo (1907 - 1958)*
Seaborn Eulas Braddy (1911 - 1963)*
Eva E Evans (1913 - 2003)*
GPS (lat/lon): 34.54536, -85.30277
Created by: Scott Braddy
Record added: Sep 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42398417