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Mar 242015
 

As I age, I continue to lose more and more people who meant so much to me growing up. It seems that 2014 was especially tough in that respect. I lost my mother in July and though she had been in declining health for some time, it’s still hard to accept that she is no longer with us.  I’m comforted by the fact that she no longer suffers and that she is in a better place.

Rosa Gahn Wright and Lavetta Webster Kull at Stephen Kull’s wedding reception (2006). Lavetta passed away in July and Rosa in August.

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 Posted by at 10:38 pm
Jun 102014
 

I was doing some internet researching tonight and ran across an online obituary for one of our cousins, Louis C. Kull, Jr.  Prayers go out to his family.  Condolences can be left here.

Mr. Louis C. Kull, Jr. 88 of Covington passed away at Southwest Christian Hospice on June 2, 2014. Mr. Kull was born in Decatur, AL. to the late Louis C. Kull, Sr. and Mattie Hames Kull. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Conyers where he served as a Deacon for over 8 years. He proudly served his country during WWII and was retired from the United States Navy and was retired from the Georgia State Patrol after 23 years of service. Mr. Kull loved playing golf, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years Ann M. Kull in 2005.

He is survived by his son Ronnie Kull of Panama City Beach, FL., daughter and son in law Christa and Al Faulkner of Newnan, Ga., grandchildren Ty Starnes and Mike Starnes, both of Hubert, NC., Andrea Buckles of Locust Grove, Ga. and Julie Andresen of McDonough, Ga., great grandchildren Ashley and Abby Starnes, Hannah Belle, Hallie Kate and Dane Andresen, Lydia and Madalyn Buckles, Hailey, Kyla and Sean Starnes and numerous other family members.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Pastors Rick Stucke and Tim Riordan officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tueday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, Ga. 30291.

 Posted by at 11:09 pm
Jun 092014
 

The picture below was forwarded to me by Richard Phillips, grandson of Liddy Kull Phillips.  He scanned it from an old family slide.  He says it was taken in 1948 when Liddy was living with her father Fred.  The other two Freds are Liddy’s son Fred Phillips and grandson Fred Phillips, Jr.  Richard tells me he’s spending more time lately going through his genealogy records – updating, filing, and just doing a better job of organization.  If you’ve got family treasures like this, I hope you’re doing the same thing.  Even if you think nobody but you cares about them, identify them so that when someone comes along who does, they’ll be able to attach a name to them.  I’ve got a number of family pictures that nobody in the family has been able to identify.  I’ve got a bunch more that I can identify but I doubt there are more than 2 or 3 other people who can…and none of them are “spring chickens”.  The information needs to be preserved so our pictures don’t end up as nameless decorations on the wall of a Cracker Barrel somewhere.  Besides the people, don’t forget the home places.  Sadly, my Kull and Webster grandparents’ homes are both gone.  I’d really like for my kids to know what they were like.  I’ve also been going through my parents old slides and have found quite a few shots of both places.  I hope there’s enough to give them (and others) a feel for the places that held such fond memories.

Fred Phillips, Fred Jr., Liddy, and Fred Kull

 Posted by at 11:38 pm
May 072014
 

I’m getting ready to make a trip to visit my mom and have been going through old pictures to take along since she loves looking at those.  I ran across the one below and realized that I had never put it here on the site.  I haven’t posted anything here in some time so I thought this would be a good opportunity.  This was probably taken around 1920 give or take a couple of years.  I’m not sure if the smallest child is my dad (Lloyd) or my Aunt Kitty.  This is, of course, in front of the family farmhouse on State Line Road east of Ardmore.  You can click on the picture to view it full size and see the faces a little clearer.

Julius Kull and family at home

Front (l-r): Lloyd(?), Fred, Jule
Rear (l-r): America, Ella (Fred’s wife), Selma, Julius

 

 Posted by at 11:46 am
Oct 222013
 

I only recently found out that my g-g-g-grandmother, Margaret King (1788-1868), was buried in the Elliott Cemetery outside of Ardmore, Tennessee. Her gravesite is on a hill overlooking I-65. I made the discovery browsing through Giles County cemetery records on Findagrave.com. Last month we had occasion to be in that area so I went by to see if I could find her gravestone and hopefully that of her husband, Arthur. Both have been “dead-ends” for me for quite some time. Initially I had no luck but finally found her small ground-level marker beneath a thick mass of grass near a larger upright headstone for her son Lewis Arthur King. I pulled up enough of the grass to take the shot below.

Margaret King

Margaret King (1788-1868)

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 Posted by at 1:24 pm