This project received funding from
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF)

INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED
SENIORS and EDUCATORS AGE 75 AND ABOVE
Age reflected is age at time of interview

CAPTURING THE PAST TO ENLIGHTEN
FUTURE GENERATIONS

MILDRED REYNOLDS BANKS
AGE 96
“Do the best you can, while you can because the time will come
that you cannot do and you wont have to regret what you didn’t do.”

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EDDIE CARRINGTON ELLIS
AGE 81
WOW. “I would like to tell the young people to
go to the church, get involved with the Lord.”

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MARY ELLEN NUNERY
AGE 88
“I always wanted my children to have a good life,
a happy life and to do the right thing.”

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GLADYS A. FLEMMING
AGE 83
“My favorite subject was arithmetic sometimes I made mistakes but I
did love it and after that I loved writing.  I didn’t like history!"

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AGNES ORETHA ROSE
AGE 83
" My favorite subject in school was Arithmetic”

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ANN ELIZABETH ALLEN
AGE 88
“ The proudest moment of my life was when I went to the prom
the little fellow had just started high school,
he was my boyfriend and he invited me to the prom.”
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GLADYS MICKENS
AGE 88
“The most proudest moment of my life was when my mother and I
first opened a restaurant in Brooklyn NY we served soul food.”
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LENA NORA ROSE
AGE 88
“Teach children not to do drugs go to Sunday
school and don’t let the devil lead you off.”

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LUCILLE VENABLE
AGE 95
WOW. “Obey your parents, go to church and serve the Lord.”
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ALICE MAYO
AGE 90
Most important things your parents taught you “Do the
right thing at all times and treat everyone with respect.”

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EARNEST HAYWOOD WOODSON
AGE 90
“ The biggest change I’ve seen recently has been the price of gas!”

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CARRIE NAPIER WADE
AGE 96
“I was a hip kitty from the city.”

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HAZEL PHILLIPS
AGE 84
“ I went to Beach Grove Elementary School and graduated from
Rockfish Valley High. I have no other formal education
except I graduated from the School of Hardknocks!”

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AGNES THOMPSON
AGE 78
Adial is one of the oldest churches in the valley…and the bricks
from which the church was made was made on the property.”

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CLARA SHELTON
WOW. “I would like to be remembered maybe for some of the things
I’ve tried to instill within my students, they said I was very harsh,
very rough, and very hard but I knew what they were going to
have to be faced with and I wanted them to be the very best.”


WILLIAM SHELTON
"I thoroughly enjoyed teaching"

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LOUISE CLOPTON
AGE 88
WOW. “Listen to your elders; whatever they tell
you to do; do it whether you want to or not.”
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CLARA HICKS THOMPSON
AGE 94
“Never leave a task undone”  “ I want to be
remembered as a dedicated teacher.”        
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JOE MITCHELL
AGE 98
WOW: "If you give the ant enough time, he will move a mountain".

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MYRA S. WOOD
AGE 96
“My mother was the most important person in my life she taught
all of us things that were necessary; corrected us when
we were wrong and did whatever she could to support us.”

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LOUISE P. WADE
AGE 95
"I was born in Glen Thorn, VA in 1914 in a log cabin. My father
raised tobacco.  I didn’t go to school full time until I was
eight years old as I was sick all of the time. I went to school at the
now Dogwood Inn which was my high school back then.
I was nineteen when I graduated."
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PATSY P. HIGGINBOTHAM
AGE 83
“When I was growing up, you waited for things; children have so
many things now they don’t have any appreciation…I think
they should have to wait for the rewards.”
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Frances L. Miles
AGE 80
Happiest Moment “Christmas…just to wake up Christmas morning
we would have this shoe box sitting there and we’d have toys
in it, some oranges, some nuts, some candy and that was it.”

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Massie Napier
Age 90
" I helped build the Nelson County High School in 1954"


Cecilia Epps
Age 88


Virginia Miles Rose
Age 84

Alex Nicholas
Age 90

Mrs Mildred Foster
Age 96