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Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Colleagues Voice Respect for Former Official Proaps

Harold "Frosty" Proaps died Monday morning, leaving a city he loved to mourn his passing.

The 78-year-old Proaps served for 20 years as Lenoir City's treasurer/recorder - a job his friends and colleagues said he took very seriously.

"I've seen him spend hours trying to find a penny in the budget," said Councilman Gerald "Gene" Hamby. "He was the most honest man I've ever met in my life and a true public servant."

The former city treasurer served as a Marine in World War II and received the Purple Heart after being shot during action in the Pacific islands.

His daughter, Michelle Laughlin, recalled he was "a proud Marine."

Prior to becoming the city recorder/treasurer, he spent 30 years behind the counter at Moore Drug Company, which later became Atchley's Drug Store.

Proaps' successor, Debbie Cook, talked about her mentor as the flags at City Hall were lowered to half-staff.

Proaps hired Cook the first year he served in the office.

"He taught me how correct you have to be in taking care of the taxpayers' money," Cook said. "He helped build an extra classroom (for the schools) just by the way he saved and invested money.

"He was very intense in his job," Cook recalled. "He could be very particular in how he wanted things done."

Cook also remembered the lighter side of "Frosty."

"We were on a trip one time and he bought a soda and pack of crackers and said, 'Here's your meal allowance,' " Cook said.

Although "Frosty" may have at times showed a gruff exterior, he had a big heart.

"He was always giving when nobody knew it," Cook said. "Every year he would take a family in need and give them money."

Cook said Proaps worked with the American Legion to help with Christmas baskets.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a past member of the Lenoir City Civitan Club.

"I looked up to him and I'll miss him terribly," she added. "He loved his family, his job, his country, and God."

The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Click Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery.

Lenoir City Hall will close at 1:45 p.m. and remain closed for the remainder of the day to allow city employees to attend the service.


Graves, Brian. "Former Lenoir City Official Harold "Frosty" Proaps Dies." News-Herald [Lenoir City, Tennessee] 18 Dec. 2002, Volume 118, Number 101 ed., sec. A: 1-8.

Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps - 1924 - 2002

Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps, 78, of Lenoir City died Monday, December 16, 2002 at the Parkwood Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. He served during World War II in the U. S. Marine Corp. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot in the Pacific Islands. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He was employed for over 30 years at Moore Drug Co. which later became Atchley's Drug Store. He retired from the City of Lenoir City where he was treasurer/recorder for 20 years. He was a past member of the Lenoir City Civitan Club. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter; parents, William and Belle England Proaps; brothers, Raymond, Paul and Wayne; an infant brother and sister.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Alyce Shubert Proaps; children, Army Maj. Ret. Michael Proaps and wife, Heather of Huntsville, Ala., Michelle Laughlin and husband, Jeff of Lenoir City; grandchildren, Chelsea and Tyler Laughlin of Lenoir City, Alex, M. G. Kelley and Brendan Proaps of Huntsville; brother, James R. "Bob" and wife, Dee of Lenoir City; sisters, Sue Jane Tilley and husband, Rob of Knoxville, Barbara Bright and husband, Allan of Maryville; sisters-in-law, Edna Proaps, Bunnie Walker, Lucille Gardner Greene, Helen Dutton and husband, Paul all of Lenoir City; brothers-in-law, Ray Shubert of Nashville and Robert Shubert of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Click Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery.


"Obituaries - Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps." News-Herald [Lenoir City, Tennessee] 18 Dec. 2002, Volume 118, Number 101 ed., sec. A: 2-2.

Photograph, Frosty Proaps, Digital Format, original belonging to Bob Shubert, Fort Worth, Texas, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Possible Conner Mother and Daughter

Martha Ann Conner and Cealy Jane Rogers possibly mother and daughterMartha Ann Conner Shubert
Possibly her Mother
Cealy Jane Rogers Conner

Martha Ann Conner was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, on October 27, 1892. She married Henry Estel Shubert in Lenoir City, Roane County, Tennessee, on July 4, 1914. She died June 5, 1964 and is buried in Lenoir City Cemetery beside her husband who died in 1953.

Martha was the oldest of six children who were born to James R. Conner and Cealy Jane Rogers who were married in 1880. Her siblings were Alfred L., Ellen, Mae, George D., and Ethel.

Cealy Jane was born January 16, 1869, either in Sevier County, Tennessee, or western North Carolina. Her parents were Jessie Rogers and Martha Graves. She died in Lenoir City on February 3, 1948 and is buried in Lenoir City Cemetery beside her husband, James R. Conner.

My husband's father, Ray Shubert, couldn't tell me for sure that the woman in the little photo on the right was his grandmother, Cealy Jane, but he thought it was. We have several pictures of Ray's mother, Martha Ann, and my husband remembers his grandmother Conner but not his great-grandmother, Cealy Jane.

Ray tells us that his grandmother, Cealy, often told him that she played with the wife of James Pinkney Davis (Elizabeth Anne Burns) when they were children. James Pinkney Davis and his wife were the grandparents of Ray's wife, Marilee Davis Shubert.

I posted the two small pictures together so we could compare them. Bob and I think they look a lot alike. Their chins are similar, their hair is parted on the same side, and they seem to be sitting in the same position. If there is anyone who recognizes the photo on the right, or who knows her identity, I would love for you to contact me, either by comment here on the blog or by email which can be found on my profile page accessed on the right side of this blog.

I hope to post pictures of their headstones found in Lenoir City Cemetery in the next post.

Martha Ann Conner Shubert and unidentified woman (possibly Cealy Jane Rogers Conner). Digital format. Privately held by Robert Allen Shubert, 2009.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The "Puckerbrush Award" for Tennessee Memories

Harriett from Tennessee and author of Genealogy Fun has just given my blog, Tennessee Memories the coveted "Puckerbrush Award". I appreciate it so much. I love the fact that she and I are familiar with a lot of the same countryside. I understand that Terry Thornton, author of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, created the award to honor fellow genealogy blogger, Janice Brown. Terry explained that "Janice told us all about the word 'puckerbrush' in an article she posted August 27, 2007, at Cow Hampshire."

Terry's challenge: "Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice --- the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.

You can read more about the award in my post on Genealogy Traces.

I will list ten more blogs that have influenced my writing and Tennessee Memories. There are many great blogs about genealogy and wonderful writers that give me inspiration daily.

  1. George Geder, Family Historian and Photo Restoration Artist is one of my favorite writers. He is very knowledgeable about photo restoration and his column on Shades of the Departed is well worth reading.
  2. Lidian, author of The Virtual Dime Museum , has a wealth of information and photos of "weird corners of history and retro pop culture". It's so much fun.
  3. A. Spence of Spence-Lowry Family History has so much that is familiar in her blog because of the area she writes about. Her family stories and photos are great sources of inspiration to many.
  4. Virginia Travis who writes Oh Blah Vi, Oh Blah Va, life goes on has a beautiful way with words and photos. I enjoy this beautiful blog.
  5. Robert Baca, author of The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog has a very informative and interesting blog. I love to read about his family ties to the west and New Mexico in particular.
  6. Julie Cahill Tarr has been an inspiration to me since I started blogging a little over a year ago. Her beautiful blog Who Will Tell Their Story? is so well done and thoughtful, you just know the rightful owner of those lonely mystery photos will stumble upon them and come forward.
  7. Colleen from Arizona writes a great blog! Her Orations of OMcHodoy has something for everyone. I love her humor and her clear instructions when explaining how she did things like recoloring a photo or cleaning up her files!
  8. I love Drusilla Pair, from her lovely name to her blog, Find Your Folks. Her obvious love of her family heritage shows in her writing and pictures on this great blog that has inspired me to work harder.
  9. Terry Snyder's blog, Desktop Genealogist Unplugged, has been a great source of inspiration and new information. I learn something each time I stop by. Her articles about her searches and discoveries help me in so many ways.
  10. Debbie Blanton who writes Blanton Family Roots and Branches may be too busy right now trying to get moved, but I couldn't leave her out. She has been an encouraging and inspirational blogger to me and I love reading her blog.

Now get busy and pass the Puckerbrush Blog Award along when you have time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lois Walker Blalock - 1914 - 2009

Lois Walker Blalock Caldwell NC Christmas 2008
Lois Walker Blalock
September 10, 1914 - May 26, 2009

One of my favorite ladies in all the world was Mrs. Lois Blalock. She had such a sweet spirit and shared her life with so many. I met her in 1988 when my daughter, Gail, met her only grandson, Troy, and they began a 3-year courtship that we all enjoyed as it progressed toward a life together. When Troy and Gail got married Lois was the first to take her under her wing and treat her like a granddaughter. I'm glad she had old-fashioned traditions and she shared her life with Gail. Indeed, all of the Blalocks helped me leave my precious daughter in North Carolina without worrying about her when Bob and I moved to Texas. We knew she was in good hands. I'll miss Lois.

CALDWELL - Mrs. Blalock was born September 10, 1914 to Wesley and Maggie Latta Walker in the St. Mary's community of Orange County. She attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1930. She received a teaching certificate from East Carolina and later at Duke University completed her bachelor's degree. She began her teaching career, which spanned 37 years, at Caldwell school in 1934 and later taught at Grady Brown Middle SChool in Hillsborough. While at Caldwell School Mrs. Blalock was principal for many years while also teaching fifth and sixth grades. She had a great love for children which was evident in her teaching.

She was a life-long member of New Sharon United Methodist Church where she played piano, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a charter member of the United Methodist women and served on many committees. In 1992. she was presented The Book of Golden Deeds award by the Exchange Club of Hillsborough. She was very active in the Caldwell Community including the Caldwell Home Demonstration Club, The Caldwell Community Club and also supported the Caldwell volunteer fire department. She was a member of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Blalock was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis Blalock and brother, Warren Walker. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Blalock and wife, Brenda, of Caldwell; grandson, Troy Blalock and wife, Gail, and their girls, Gailey and Shelby of Caldwell; granddaughter, Jamie Blalock Borland and husband, Jeff, and their girls, Paige and Payton of Cedar Grove.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in New Sharon United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Online condolences:

The family will welcome donations to New Sharon United Methodist Church, 1601 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Duke Hospice at Meadowlands, 1001 Corporate Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Obituary printed Durham Herald-Sun May 28, 2009
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