FLAT ROCK FOLK ARE ALL SET ON CARRIN’ OUT HER FINAL WISHES… YES—-BEYOND HER LAST WILL AND TESTIMONIAL WAS HER FINAL WISHES!!!
It was Wednesday of three p.m. and a pure-somber day down at the Flat Rock General Store. Ms. Maudie "B" had passed and all those gathered was set on the carryin’ out of her final wishes—-
* Have BRO. conduct a short memorial service, her notin’ she had already preached and lived her goin’-on-home service.
* HARLEY HOOD play and sing at her memorial service down to the Baptist church.
* ESTELLE to fix her hair — one last time.
* Have her BIBLE with her.
* Be cremated and have her ashes spread over the graves of her three late-husbands she had outlived…
* NOAH "ASH" WOOD—-Early-life mate and the father of her three children…
* AMOS LEO MANN—-Her re-found friend, classmate and mid-life travelin’ partner…
* CARTER ONEAL GARR—-A late-life mate, partner and road endin’ friend.
* Celebrate after the memorial with an eatin’ of her favorite vittles — PINTO BEANS, FRIED POTATOES, SKILLET CORN, SLICED TOMATOES AND ONIONS, HOE CAKES, SOUTHERN SWEET TEA, SWEET MILK AND FRESH SOUTHERN PECAN PIE — down at The Store.
Ms. Maudie "B" was a lifelong resident of Flat Rock, born in 1919. She had attended the one room Flat Rock School, now The Flat Rock Community House, and did graduate from Florence State Teachers College. She was a teacher and educator. She was an animal lover, especially horses, and, at times in her earlier years, she could be seen all ‘bout Flat Rock on her favorite horse "Belle." In later years, travel was her passion and she traveled the U.S. over with Amos.
Ms. Maudie "B" was a pure, deep Lawrence Countiain and true supporter of area, state and U.S. agriculture, also the beautiful and bountiful Northwest Alabama. Maudie "B" had outlived three children and three husbands; recently she had been confined to her Flat Rock home.
Yes, it was Wednesday of three p.m. and a pure-somber day down at The Flat Rock General Store, Ms. Maudie B" had passed and this was the finalization of her burial wishes — a eatin’ at The Store.
All The Store regulars includin’ Slim, Essex, Ms. Ida, the widow Cora, Farlow, Willerdean, "Truth," Estelle, Bro., S.R., J.R., "Hatch," Dustin and even the music man himself Mr. Harley Hood, had offered on vittles fixin’ and now was doin’ servin’ and soon vittles consumin.’ Course The Store and its grounds was spilled over with mourners, friends, kin and acquaintances showin’ their final respects at the passin’ of Ms. Maudie "B." Lots of community and area Flat Rock folk were present; then there’s folk like Joyce, John Thorn, Orland Britnell, Wilton Fortenberry, Roland Gargis and Carrie Miles who had come on knowin’ her in recent years.
Even some distant travelin’ folk showed up, like Franklin Wood, Mr. L.O. Bishop, Jim Humphries, Nell Farmer, Ed Lovelace, Lou Ross, Rassie Wallace, Bro. Les Devlin, Ed Whatley, also some of her kin from Atlanta and Corinth, MS, and even some of Ms. Ida’s folk who had knowed her through the years from up to the college all showed up. Yep, it was a pure-somber Wednesday of carrin’ out Ms. Maudie "B"’s final wishes…
What kind of preachin’ and livin’ are you a doin’ t’ward your goin’ home time??? You never know, maybe you should set on some final wishes…
REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE!!!
ALWAYS, THINK GOOD MEMORIES!!!