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In "The Way It Was", 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, Round O, S.C., STORIES on May 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

He also had a cotton gin and ginned cotton. I’ve played around the gin many times and see those big bales being turned out. They threw away the seed in those days because they knew no use for them. So they use them in Oleo and a lot of things.

They had a lumber mill and sawed trees into lumber.

Also they had the grits mill (spelled grist in those days). Every Saturday, some of the dry corn would have to be shucked and removed from the cob to run through a grinder which removed the corn kernels from the ear. Billy, this is why I cried that day you came in from Allen’s and you had run some corn through one of the mills and you were so excited. It was one of the things I was raised with and had never been able to share all of this with my children. Anyway the next step was to take some corn to the grits mill and they would grind it up in two bags; one grits and one corn meal. They would keep enough to pay themselves and sell that to someone else. There was no money exchanged.

– “The Way It Was,” Chapter Ten: “Grandma and Grandpa Dodd,” 1999



In "The Way It Was", -- Rebecca Hoffman Fox 1829-1911, -- Thomas Miles Dodd 1826-1880, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), Round O, S.C., STORIES on February 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

As was the custom in those days, the kitchen and dining room were completely separate from the rest of the house. We went out of the house through a breeze way into the kitchen and dining room. It had been a part of the house that Great Grandma Becky and Great Grandpa Thomas Miles Dodd had lived in. The rest of their house was added on to the back of the store, and the smoke house had been their kitchen.

There was a large kitchen with a large wood burning range with a warming closet and a hot water tank on the stove, tables, running water from our artesian well and carbide lights. Off to one side was a large pantry , as long as the whole kitchen filled with jars of canned vegetables, fruits, pickles, jams , preserved that Mamma had fixed. There was a coffee mill to grind coffee as it was bought in the bean form. There would be home cured meat brought in from the smoke house which had been my great grand parent’s kitchen. Nuts, beans, grits and corn meal all from home grown supplies. The beans and peas were dried from the fresh beans that Daddy raised in the summer. In the summer we always had more fruit and vegetables than we could use. We divided with everybody.

In the dining room was a long table with a buffet to the side. In fact it is the one that Billy has now., and Howard later refinished it. The reason for the house and kitchen always be separate was to keep odors and grease from getting from the kitchen into the house. Also to cut down on the chances on the house burning if the kitchen caught on fire.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter One: “The House,” 1999


In 1940s & 1950s, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Julia Crider Garris 1909-2012, 4-Allen Cooley, 4-Boyd King Dimmock 1949-, 4-Julia Helen Garris 1937-2011, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), POSTS on June 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

(Editor’s note: These photos are from Julia Helen’s wedding in 1959. Doesn’t she look like a princess! Mary says she thinks the cake was vanilla with buttercream frosting.

Aunt Boyd/Boyd, at 10 years old, served as junior bridesmaid. To read more about the dress she’s wearing, read the comments here.)


In 1980s & 1990s, 3-Robert (Bubba) King, Jr. 1921-2004, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, POSTS on May 7, 2010 at 7:12 am

(Editor’s note: The back of these photos say they are from an Alcatel open house in 1996. Were these annual events, and Grandma/Momma/Bee and Granddaddy/Daddy/Bob often go to Raleigh for them?

Also, is that a sign-language interpreter up on the stage?)


In 1980s & 1990s, 4-Julie Kicklighter King 1956-, 4-Penelope (Penny) Flynt King 1949-, 4-Thomas (Tom) Dimmock 1949-, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, 5-Carolyn (Carey) King 1977-, 5-Claire King Parrish 1981-, 5-Jessica King Snead 1982-, 5-Julie Anna Dimmock 1979-, 5-Laurie Dimmock Nappier 1982-, POSTS on April 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

(Editor’s note: The back of these photos say “AUG 1984.” Is this in Asheboro, at the North Carolina Zoo?)

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

In 4-William (Billy) King 1954- on April 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

(one of Billy’s favorites)

2 medium sized Irish potatoes boiled & mashed. If you have left over mashed pot — thats fine.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 pkg dry yeast
2 eggs
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoon salt
3 cup whole wheat flour
3 cup all purpose flour.

Boil pot until very tender. Measure 3/4 cup pot water & add 1 teaspoon sugar & sprinkle dry yeast in this. Let cool 10 mi.

Mix everything together. Dough should be stiff enough to handle easily & come away from sides of bowl. Knead 10 mi. Rise 1 1/2 hrs. Then make into 2 loaves & rise again. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 mi then reduce to 350 degrees for another 20 mi.

(Editor’s note: Uncle Billy, is it true that this is one of your favorites? When did Grandma/Momma/Bee start baking this for you?)


In 1980s & 1990s, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, 5-Jessica King Snead 1982-, 5-Matthew King 1991-, 5-Rebecca King 1989-, POSTS on April 22, 2010 at 7:43 am

(Editor’s note: Camels! Llamas! Someone, explain!)


In 1960s & 1970s, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, POSTS on April 19, 2010 at 8:52 am

(Editor’s note: Uncle Billy/Bill explains: “This picture was taken of an impending rocket launch — you can see the look of concern on my part, the nonchalant confidence of my friend Billy Bell, the rocket owner, and all of our other friends hiding out in the dugout (in case there was an uncontrolled explosion). We would build these vehicles out of Estes Rocket kits and launch them — this one was for a 7th grade Show-and-Tell.

“It looks like we are launching in that old ball field called Kafer Park that sits across George Street from the old cemetery. (Amazing to think that I grew up in the same town as you did, isn’t it!) From this picture it looks like they have torn down the bleachers. I’m told that way back (before my time) it was the Colored Ball Field where the Negro Semi Pro baseball team played.”

When I asked Uncle Billy/Bill for the names of some of his fellow rocket-launchers, and good New Bern friends, he was smart to first raise an eyebrow: “If I give you names, will they get in trouble?” But, lucky for us, we got the list: “Joseph Lipman, Bobby Hughes, Guy Rose, David Francis, Ed Hancock, Billy Bell, Gary Peterson, Paul Stephens, John Crump, Albe Thomas, Warren Keyes, Steve Predaris, and Scott Hudson are a few of the names I remember.”)


In 1960s & 1970s, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, POSTS on April 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

(Editor’s note: Not many men could pull off those shorts, but Uncle Billy/Bill appears to be doing it in style. Uncle Billy, where on earth are you here? Who’s the damsel by your side?

Aunt Julie/Julie, Uncle Billy’s reigning queen, has informed me that his favorite Grandma/Momma/Bee meal “was (and still is!) her strawberry pie, ham, sweet potato casserole, butter beans and rice.” )


In 1980s & 1990s, 3-Robert (Bubba) King, Jr. 1921-2004, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, 4-Boyd King Dimmock 1949-, 4-Julie Kicklighter King 1956-, 4-Thomas (Tom) Dimmock 1949-, 4-William (Billy) King 1954-, 5-Jessica King Snead 1982-, 5-Julie Anna Dimmock 1979-, 5-Laurie Dimmock Nappier 1982-, 5-Michaela King 1985-, Beach & Boat, Easter, POSTS on March 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

(Editor’s note: Looks like Easter 1988?)