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 Fannie Clifford Long

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Fannie Clifford Long

  • Birth 21 Jul 1926 Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 6 Feb 2002 La Marque, Galveston County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 99703105

I WAS THE FOURTH OF NINE CHILDREN. MY FATHER WAS JAMES MARTIN (JACK) TOLBIRD. MY MOTHER WAS MATTIE CLIFFORD HENDRIX TOLBIRD. I HAD FOUR SISTERS AND FOUR BROTHERS:


JAMES LEWIS TOLBIRD JUL 10, 1918
SARAH ERNESTINE TOLBIRD HEIGMAN OCT 21, 1920
RANDOF TOLBIRD FEB 14, 1923
MYSELF JUL 21, 1926
MARGIE LEE TOLBIRD ROGERS MAR 27, 1929
MAUDDIE MAE TDLBIRD DAVIS MAY 20, 1931
GRADY HENSON TOLBIRD FEB 15, 1934
MELBA ANN TOLBIRD BEAVER MAY 07, 1940
PAUL DEAN TOLBIRD JAN 31, 1942

AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER I WAS MAMA'S BABY SITTER, SOMETIMES THE BABIES WEIGHED MORE THAN I DID. I REMEMBER HOW SHE WOULD BE QUILTING AND WE SMALL ONES WOULD CAUSE HER TO PRICK HER FINGERS WITH HER NEEDLED, BY RUNNING UNDER OR BY THE QUILTING FRAMES AS THEY HUNG IN THE LIVING ROOM. I WAS ALWAYS MAMA'S HELPER AND I WAS ACCUSED OF BEING HER "PET" OF THE NINE CHILDREN. WHEN RANDOF RAN FROM HER TO KEEP FROM GETTING A SWITCHING, HE GOT IN THE GRASS BURRS. WHEN MAMA WOULD GO TO THE FIELD TO WORK I WOULD TAKE THE BABY TO HER TO BREAST FEED IT. PRECIOUS MEMORIES STILL LINGER OF HOW SHE TOOK CARE OF US IN SICKNESS. I'M STILL TAGGED AS BEING MAMA'S "PET" UNTIL THIS DAY.

I STARTED SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF SIX ATTENDING THE OKALOOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT EROS, LOUISIANA. I'M TOLD THAT IT TOOK ME THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE THE FIRST GRADE DUE TO ILLNESS. MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER WAS FANNIE OXFORD. SECOND GRADE WAS MRS. BILL WILLIAMSON, FIFTH GRADE VERNIE WATERS, SEVENTH GRADE CECIEL BURKETT. SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING THINGS I REMEMBER ABOUT SCHOOL WERE PLAYING VOLLEYBALL AND WINNING THE TROPHIES, JUMPING ROPE, PLAYING HOPSCOTCH, PLAYING IN THE SANDBOX AND FEEDING THE GOLDFISH. MY SPECIAL FRIENDS AT OKALOOSA WAS THE GIRLS ON THE VOLLEY BALL TEAM. I ALWAYS LIKED TO PLAY ANY KIND OF SPORTS. I REALLY ENJOYED DRESSING OUT IN OUR TEAM SHORTS AND BLOUSES, BUT MOST OF ALL WINNING SO WE COULD GET THE TROPHIES.

I ATTENDED OKALOOSA HIGH SCHOOL AT EROS ALSO. A CLOSE AND SPECIAL FRIEND DURING THIS TIME WAS LOUISE PHILLIPS. ALL OF US ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM GOT TO BE GOOD FRIENDS EVERY YEAR. SPECIAL TEACHERS I REMEMBER ARE MRS. CHILTON, MRS. BURKETT, W.W. WARD, JOE RUTLEDGE, AND J.H. MCCULLIN. I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL THE 1944-1945 YEAR. I GRADUATED WITH 2ND BEST GRADES IN THE CLASS. SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING MEMORIES I HAVE OF HIGH SCHOOL ARE PLAYING BASKETBALL, VOLLEY BALL, THE SENIOR PLAY, AND JUST HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. SOME OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WEREN'T AS FORTUNATE.

SOME EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES I HAD ARE BEING CALLED BY MY NICKNAME OF "TOADY" BECAUSE I LIKED TO PLAY WITH TOAD FROGS! I LOVED TO CUT OUT PAPER DOLLS FROM THE SEARS-ROEBUCK CATALOGS AND PLAY WITH THEM IN THE BARN WHEN IT WAS EMPTY. MY PLAYMATES WERE MY COUSINS VICTORIA AND EVELYN EADY. SOME OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAD SOME SMALL SQUABBLES OFF AND ON. I LEARNED EARLY TO DISLIKE ANY QUARRELS OR DISAGREEMENTS WITH ANYONE. I PLAYED LOTS OF SUMMER DAYS, M0STLY SUNDAYS, IN WASHED OUT "GULLEYS" MAKING TUNNELS. I EVEN MADE COOK STOVES IN THE BANKS AND COOKED SWEET POTATOES OVER THE FIRE. I ALSO MADE OUR PLAY HOUSES OUT OF DEAD PINE STRAW AND STICKS WHICH WAS ALWAYS LOTS OF FUN IN THOSE DAYS. MAMA ALWAYS MADE US WEAR SOMETHING ON OUR HEAD WHEN WE WERE WORKING IN THE HOT SUNSHINE, SO SHE MADE US A FRESH NEW BONNET OR HAT TO WORK IN. WHAT DO YOU THINK I DID WITH MY BRAND NEW BONNET BUT DIG A HOLE IN THE, SAND AND BURY IT THE FIRST DAY. TO THIS DAY I STILL DON'T LIKE TO WEAR ANYTHING ON MY HEAD. ONCE WHEN MY SISTER MELBA ANN WAS A CRAWLING BABY AND MAMA WAS SEPARATING GREEN BUTTER BEANS FROM HER DRY ONES, MELBA SWALLOWED SOME OF THE DRY BUTTER BEANS AND WAS CHOKING ON THEM, GOD HEARD MAMA'S PRAYERS AND SPARED MELBA'S LIFE ALSO. ONE TIME HENSON CLIMBED A PEACH TREE AND FELL, CUTTING HIS LEG BADLY ON THE BARBED WIRE FENCE, AGAIN GOD WAS WITH US. I CLIMBED A PINE SAPPLING TREE TO RIDE IT OVER TO THE GROUND BUT THE TOP SNAPPED AND I HIT THE GROUND ON TOP OF MY HEAD. ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR MY HEAD STILL SITS ON MY SHOULDERS SIDEWAYS. GOD IS A GREAT BIG WONDERFUL GOD AND I'M GLAD I KNOW HIM.

I FIRST MET MY FUTURE HUSBAND AT MY HOME. HIS NAME WAS JOHNNIE JULIAN LONG. I WAS NINETEEN YEARS OLD AND HE WAS TWENTY-FOUR. ONE OF THE DATES WE HAD WAS WHEN HE, HIS MOTHER AND I WENT TO GALVESTON, TEXAS TO VISIT HIS SISTER. WE STARTED WRITING EACH OTHER WHILE HE WAS IN SERVICE JUST BEFORE HE WENT OVERSEAS IN 1943 BUT DIDN'T SEE EACH OTHER UNTIL HE RETURNED IN JANUARY 1946. WE WERE MARRIED ON APRIL 13, 1946 AT THE COURT HOUSE IN MONROE, LOUISIANA. WE HAD A SIMPLE BUT A VERY LOVELY WEDDING. WE SPENT OUR WEDDING NIGHT AT MOM AND DAD'S. WE DIDN'T TRAVEL OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ON OUR HONEYMOON BECAUSE TIMES WERE HARD. ALL THE MEN WERE RETURNING HOME FROM WORLD WAR II, GETTING MARRIED AND TRYING TO FIND WORK. WE MADE OUR FIRST HOME AT CALHOUN, LA. JOHNNIE HAD JUST BEEN DISCHARGED AND GAS, SUGAR, COOKING OIL AND SUCH THINGS WERE STILL RATIONED WHICH MEANT THOSE THINGS COULDN'T BE PURCHASED AT ANY PRICE, MADE IT KIND OF HARD ON NEWLY WEDS. BUT BY GOD'S GRACE WE MADE IT. JOBS WERE SCARCE AND PAY WAS LITTLE, SO WE MOVED TO GALVESTON, TEXAS IN SEPTEMBER 1946 AND HAVE BEEN IN THAT AREA EVER SINCE. JOHNNIE WORKED AT THE OIL REFINERY IN TEXAS CITY UNTIL HE RETIRED IN NOVEMBER 1983. WE LIVED IN ISLAND CITY HOMES, GALVESTON, TEXAS FROM SEPTEMBER 1946 UNTIL JULY 1949 WHEN WE MOVED TO THE MAINLAND INTO LA MARQUE.
WE WERE BLESSED WITH FOUR CHILDREN: GLEN DOYLE LONG, CHARLES ANDREW LONG, RICHARD LEO LONG, AND LINDA GAYLE LONG.

MY OCCUPATION THROUGH THE YEARS (TAKING TIME OFF TO BE A HOUSEWIFE) WAS BEING A VARIETY STORE SALES CLERK. SOME INTERESTING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED TO ME THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO MY DESCENDENTS: I VISITED CARLSBAD CAVERNS, THE ALAMO, AND WASHINGTON, D.C. I TOURED SEVERAL CAVES ON THE CARLSBAD TRIP, ONE AT SAN MARCOS, TEXAS AND ANOTHER AT JUNCTION, TEXAS. MY HOBBIES ARE SEWING AND CRAFTS AND KEEPING THE GRANDCHILDREN.





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  • Created by: Charles Long
  • Added: 28 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99703105
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fannie Clifford Long (21 Jul 1926–6 Feb 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99703105, citing Hayes Grace Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Charles Long (contributor 47970386) .