Nannie Pearl <I>McCoy</I> Walden

Nannie Pearl McCoy Walden

Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Death 24 Mar 1978 (aged 83)
Roanoke City, Virginia, USA
Burial Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6, Lot 117E
Memorial ID 84776042 · View Source
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Mrs. Nannie Pearl Walden, age 83, of 5909 Merriman Road, S.W., died Friday night at a local hospital. She was the widow of James M. Walden and a member of the Villa Heights Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Homer (Margaret) Wilson, Roanoke, Va.; Mrs. Douglas F. (Hazel) Shrader, Ashland, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. F.S. (Alma) Colyar, Roanoke, Va.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the graveside in Evergreen Cemetery at 1:30 p.m., Monday with the Rev. J. Landon Maddex officiating. Friends may call at Oakey’s, Roanoke.
An Interview With Mrs. J.M. (Nannie McCoy) Walden By Berta Norton

"There came as a resident to McVitty House on May 5, 1976, a charming and lovely lady bearing a name that rings bells of memories in the minds of Virginians, West Virginians and Kentuckians. A name that was associated with the "fussin', fuedin', and fightin' of the famous Hatfield-McCoy clans.

Mrs. Walden was born in 1895 in Bluefield, West Virginia. She had two sisters and her father was killed when she was only one month old. Her mother died when she was quite young, leaving three little girls. Nannie went to live with an aunt in Bluefield where she attended the public schools. She eloped, however, at the tender of 16 with Mr. J.M. Walden, who was an engineer on the N&W from Bluefield to Roanoke. They had four children, two daughters are still living, but they lost a son and daughter. Her husband died in 1956.

Mrs. Walden lived in Roanoke for 64 years and drove her car until she was 77 at which time she became ill and suffered with arthritis. She was a bed patient for one year then spent four weeks in the hospital. When she was dismissed from the hospital, she moved to McVitty House where she is a cheerful, outgoing resident. She thinks it is a wonderful place for people who need attention and says the people and workers are friendly and helpful. She says, "I get lots of T.L.C. here." She is a real asset to the McVitty House.

It is fun to hear her reminisce about her childhood and the stories she has heard about her ancestors. She remembers visiting at Devil Anse at Matewan, W. VA. She says Kep Hatfield lived in the mountains of Kentucky and that Willard Hatfield is still living at the age of 88 years.

During her years in Roanoke, Mrs. Walden was a correspondent for the railroad paper and had several poems published in it. We would like to share one with you."

Doing Without By Nannie Walden, Member of Lodge 182, Roanoke, VA
Date of Publication: September, 1940 in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen's Magazine

Demands were great,
But she never minded,
Because loving them all,
It made no difference – doing without.
The sacrifice was without pain,
And a lot to gain,
To just be patient,
Thankfully to complete a job.
The "Do's" and "Don't's" did count,
Looking back at worries to combat,
Dirty faces and hands were a pleasure,
To a mother – doing without.
The days were short, the nights were long,
But always a happy thought,
Some day when they were gone,
There would be no regrets – doing without.

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