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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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Mary Goodrum Pannill at 100

July 13, 2016, would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. She was a remarkable woman with a difficult life and deserves to live in memory. Mary Ellen Goodrum was born this day in 1916 in Cl… Source: Mary Goodrum Pannill at 100

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Mary Goodrum Pannill at 100

  July 13, 2016, would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. She was a remarkable woman with a difficult life and deserves to live in memory. Mary Ellen Goodrum was born this day in 1916 in Cleveland, Texas, to Charles Goodrum and Lutie Hunt Donaldson (her maiden name). Each parent had been married before. We know little of Charles’s first wife, although he apparently remarried her after two intervening marriages. Lutie and her first husband, a man named Goss, had four children before Goss up and left for Oregon. Perhaps in consequence of this divorce, Lutie moved to Cleveland, Texas, where she operated a boarding house. Goodrum was a neighbor.…

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A hundredth-birthday tribute

Fitzhugh Hastings Pannill, my father, was born January 15, 1916, in Stephenville, Texas.  He received the names “Fitzhugh” to honor his uncle Fitzhugh Carter Pannill, and “Hastings” to honor his uncle William Hastings (husband of my grandfather’s sister Margaret). Dad died July 22, 2000, at age 84. On January 15, 2016, the one-hundredth anniversary of…

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The watermelon salesman

The late John Pannill Camp, the only child of Judge John L. Camp and Martha Pannill Camp and my first cousin, told me this story a few years ago. John, born in 1925, was a peerless trial lawyer and story teller. He said he wished that as a young man he had talked more with our grandfather, Papa – Judge William Pannill. Papa told him that a man had come by the house one day in Stephenville, Texas, selling watermelons. The Pannills lived in Stephenville from the 1890s to the 1920s. Papa bought six watermelons and invited the man in to supper. Papa sat the man at the head of…

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