Guestbook Archives: 2005
Date:Sunday, December 04, 2005
I was born in Leaksville in 1954 to the parents of James Harris Hampton and Emma Thornton of Independence, Va. My grandparents was W. W. Hampton and Mae Carter. I spent a lot time visiting them when I was young. I really enjoyed the site and seeing the pictures.
My father was Branson (Buddy) Overby Sr. He worked at Fieldcrest for 23 yrs until his death in 1985. Phil Price is a good man, good to see the town is still in good hands. Ace
I HAVE ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED ALL THE PICTURES AND STORIES ABOUT THE THREE CITIES!! I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A FASCINATION OF HOW THE TOWNS LOOKED YEARS AGO, AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PROVIDED THESE PHOTOS I HAVE GOT TO SEE IT! I HAVE FOUND PICTURES OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW AND GRANDMA AND THAT REALLY EXCITED ME!! I HAVE SUCH A HUGE FAMILY THAT I KEEP LOOKING FOR OTHERS I KNOW!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS SITE!!!!!! CHRISTIE
I have been trying to get my Father recognized as one of the founders of the Leaksville Hospital. Can you help?
great site how do i submit photos to you??? i have a lot of old Eden Jaycee photos
What a great and thorough website! My aunt Shirley told me that one of our family members found her old cheerleading picture on this website, so I tracked it down! It was such a pleasant surprise to find my dad's picture (Sol Uden) in the high school class of 1932! I can't wait to show my mom! The old Leaksville pictures are a treasure to see! I also saw my grandfathers' department store from the early years (the Uden family). It's wonderful that you have so many contributors willing and enthusiastic about sharing and honoring the past history of a wonderful and special town. I also loved seeing the old photo of Blackwell's Record Store. As a child, when we'd visit from Florida, my cousin and I would venture next door from my Uncle Raymonds' Shoe Store (he's still there), and Mr. or Mrs. Blackwell would play the 45 records for us to sample before deciding which ones to buy! Thank you again, Jennifer Covington
I love this web page of leaskville. There is a lot of interesting information and photos here.
I was born and raised in Leaksville, grad of Leaksville High 1945..worked at Grand Theater for long time and was with WLOE for several years. I also did a lot of flying out of the old Draper Air Port in late 1940s & early 50s....My older brother Douglas was with the local school system and later Rockingham County Schools until his retirement. He passed away several years ago...I have lived in Tennessee since 1955, where I was in the Furniture Mfg.business and later area manager for The Stanley Works. (the tool people)from which I am now retired.I am married to the former Donna Capps of Knoxville Tn. who is Presidential Laison for Philips Consumer Electronics (Philips-Magnavox). We have 5 Children and 5 Grandchildren...I miss The Tri-Cities and think of you often.
This is such an interesting site. I worked one summer as a college student (1975?) in Draper when building the Miller Brewery. My wife is now going to teach at Leaksville-Spray Elementary. My curiosity was piqued, and I wanted to see what where the three old towns were.
Just felt like reminiscing about my old hometown! I grew up and lived in Eden from 1960 to 1985 and occasionally get a little homesick. My grandmother (my only real parent) worked for Fieldcrest Mills her entire life, 37 years and I love looking at old Mill photos, etc..which was a large part of her life. May God bless each and everyone who takes the time to do special sites such as this! Debra Hughes Townsend
Someone told me about this page and I looked it up and was thrilled to find all this history and vintage photos. I'm a "Draper Girl" but I remember the time before it was Eden and I remember our street number changing once it became Eden. My dad, Joe Sanders, was born and reared in Spray, and my mother is a "Draper Girl" also, born and reared there. They still live in Eden. My parents graduated when MHS was known as Tri-City High. I graduated from MHS in 1980. My brother, Greg Sanders, lives in Virginia now, but he, too, graduated from MHS. Even though our home was in Draper, like all the townsfolks in Eden, we wandered the streets of all three towns. I remember going to Edwards Grocery store on the Boulevard and across the street to the theatre. I recall my grandparents taking my cousin and I to the A&P on Bridge Street and then across the street to Bears Department Store to spend our allowance. And one of my favorite memories is going to the Sealtest Dairy for ice-cream during the summer evenings. Then there was the fantastic little restaurant also called Sealtest across the street where they had the world's #1 hush puppies. And for those of you who are not from the south, yes, we put ketchup on our hushpuppies! It's a "southern thang"! Across the street from there was a Dickerson's cabinet shop where my mom used to have frames made for her paintings. I remember the saw dust on everything in the shop and the smells of stains and varnishes. I remember riding my bike to the downtown part of Draper, as a girl. Younger's 5 & 10 was there with the creaky wooden floors. I also remember seeing movies in the Balmar theatre and beside it was the Draper library (no longer there due to a fire) where I used to go once a week for Story Hour. There was a shoe store down toward Jerry's restaurant and I remember when Tommy Woodall opened his barber shop across the street. There was a swimming area in Spray near Lincoln Street but it wasn't a pool. Draper still has it's pool owned by the YMCA and I spent many summer days there in the '70's and remember the tunes that played on folks' radios while they baked in the sun. And I remember the YMCA in Spray. My first summer camp was there. I also remember the Draper YMCA and I remember the kindergarten that was on the top floor in the back of it. Please keep this website going. It's a connection to home for those of us who no longer live there. Great idea and lots of fun. Keep up the good work!
Hi again, Kenny, I sent you an email earlier about my brother, William Charles Johnson, also known as Billy. I have emailed you this pic. It was taken not long before he was killed in Vietnam. Maybe it will help jog someone's memory. Thanks again, Joann
Just doing Geneology searching on my family. I am the daughter of William W. Johnson, sister of William C. Johnson killed in Vietnam in 1967 and Earl Johnson. All from Leaksville/Eden.
Enjoyed looking at the old photos
My compliments to everyone who had a part in the construction and maintenance of this web page. It is a worthy undertaking and a wonderful result. I thoroughly enjoyed the year plus that I spent living and working in Eden and the members of the Eden Police Department. My email address is email@example.com and I would love to hear from some of the members of the Police Department who were there when I had the privilege of serving as Chief.
This site has refreshed many fond memories, having been born in the Draper section and graduating from J.M, Morehead High in 1959....keep up the good work
Great Website, enjoyed the reminiscing. My father owned Terry's Grill in spray....anybody have any pictures or memories of that? Thanks!
Class of '61. Saw my classmates at the 40th reunion and had a GREAT time. I travel to Eden several times a year on business or just to visit my cousins and one uncle that still live there. This is a great site and thanks for all the memories...I even found my Dad's (James Marlowe) YMCA basketball team photo. Boy, did he get a charge out of that and I sat a listened to my of his memories. We are fortunate to still have him around...he turns 90 next month and still plays golf several times a week. Again thaks for the memories.
No stories, just fond memories of an American town in the 50's....6 oz. ice cold Coca-Cola at Chandler Drugs...12-cent comic books at Kirkpatrick's (I think that was the other drugstore)...excitement when the Christmas decorations would go up...the winter it snowed every Wednesday....Sealtest hot dogs with slaw...real Orange Crush...summer days with no place I had to be...
Thanks for picture of the hospital where I and my wife Annie Joe Ivie were born.Aslo, for the sire and pictures. Grace, William Ragsdale
Interesting site. I was a UPS delivery man in Eden for several years during the '70's and '80's and even met and married a local girl.
What a great website. Iloved growing up in Eden on Saturdays I would always walk to Leaksville and I practically lived on the Boulevard. Thanks for creating a great memory lane. Ella McBride
Nice site! I have enjoyed looking back to the town I was raised in. My Dad owned the old Smith and Lane Appl. store in downtown Leaksville.
I was born in Leaksville, NC on May 22, 1949 and lived there for less than 1 year. My father was Dr. David Whitehead, who had an optometric practice there until we moved to Southern Pines, NC. I have always been curious about Leaksville and Rockingham Co. I would like to visit the area soon. Don Whitehead, proud to be born in Leaksville! P.S. I like to tell my science students that I was born in a little town in NC that doesn't exist anymore!
My father and Grandparents lived on 506 Glovenia St, and were the only homeowners until I had to sell the house in the mid 70s. I have some of the best memories of the town and visiting. I'm sorry that I had to sell the place at the time. I have been back once since that time.My grandparents Robert(Bob)and Myrtle Brown, my fathers name was Joe. He was also a only child. Both worked at Feildcrest Mills. I also thought the town was the neatest place when I was little a little squirt. Since I was born in the Annapolis Maryland area and still reside here. I think I have a distant cousin there. Tyke Robertson, they used to own the Phillps 66 gas station on Kings Hiway. I have lost all communication with them, and really don't have any other family alive in the area. Both my Parents and GrandParents are buried at Overlook Cementary. I have some pictures of the area from the 50,60s that I will locate and will provide them to you. I would really like to see some current pix of the area. The last time I was in town was '88. Eden will always be the second home that I had..Do they still have SUN DROP??? And if anyone knew any of my family, It would be great to talk to you.
Have lots of memorys of this town from the late 30's till present
I was born in Rockingham County in 1956 (Reidsville). My parents are Gene (Square) Carter and Margaret Ann Patterson Carter, my grandparents are L.G. and Bessie Drumheller Carter and Dave (Poppa Dave)and Gravely Patterson. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with any memories of my family. We are related to Pattersons, Hardys and Grogans in this area.
Born in Spray, Graduated Morehead 1969 was on the track team. Moved to S.C. and miss everyone who I went to school with and hope that we will have a class renuion this year.Hello to Aubery Light,Curtis Clark and Robert Patterson.
My Mother has intriqued me with learning more about my ancestry there. I recall many things with vivd memories. I love it. My Grandfather, Ernest Hatcher had that Esso, then Exon gas station on Meadow Summitt Rd. It would be a priviledge and wonderful to hear from Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles and to share with them and learn more about my own Family. My Mother is a briallant character, and I know her family is also from the ones I met. I love you all. I would love to hear more about my Uncle Donnie, and my Aunt Bettie, and Granpa Hatcher. He had a most interesting life that I have heard just enough to intrique me. I would be a true honor to hear fom any and or all of you. With Love, Darryl Ernest
I didn't know this site existed...so many memories came back to me so vividly as I browsed your photos.......it was such a neat place to be raised Thank you for putting this web site together!
I was born and raised in Spray. Graduated from Tri-City High in 1956. My father was Leonard Thomasson who operated service stations around Spray and the Boulevard area. Have been visiting this site for many years, and always enjoy seeing familiar places from my past. Hope you will keep adding more pictures.
I am from Ruffin, but spent every Saturday at the Eden YMCA (in the Leaksville area) playing basketball. Lots of very competitive pickup games played there. Remember Darryl Light, Derek Citty, some guy named Roy there. Dropped in there recently, not much changed. But saw Shag Myers on here, who coached one of my teams at the Y. Lots of fun times there.
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