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Mary Lynn Pannill, my beautiful sister

My wonderful sister, Lynn Pannill, was born 70 years ago on July 13, 1948. There are many untimely deaths, and she suffered hers in 2002, leaving her two brothers bereft. It is only now that I am able to write about her. Lynn, like the rest of us, was a late bloomer. She grew up in Midland and its excellent public schools (there was an oil boom in the 1950s much like today’s, which brought thousands to the city). She finished high school in 1966. Then she went off to Southern Methodist University. After a couple of years, she dropped out. Then she made her way to Austin and the…

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Ike’s opinion of General Lee

  The controversy about statues of Robert E. Lee continues to burn. Several Texas cities wish to follow New Orleans in removing statues of General Lee. The current uproar has been in Dallas. The New Orleans Uptown Messenger of May 15, 2017, published a column by Owen Courrèges that dug up statements by postwar Presidents in praise of General Lee: President Roosevelt had the following to say about the unveiling in 1936 of the statue of General Lee statue in Dallas: “I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee. “But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize…

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Thanks, Blandford volunteers

A team of volunteers from the Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation of Petersburg, Virginia, restored the gravesite of William Pannill V and his wife, Eliza Binns Jones Pannill. Three of their sons and one grandson were buried with them in the 1850s.

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The Civil War of William Carter Cherry

  I publish this long post on Thanksgiving Day 2016 in memory of my great-grandfather W. C. Cherry, the only one of my forebears to leave an account of his life. And what a life. — William Pannill William Carter Cherry – my great-grandfather – fought throughout the Civil War in a Georgia regiment, although…

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