Reunion At Newby Cemetary-Sequel II
george harold fulks, 7-7-14
Betty J Fulks Garvin and Euphama Fulks Jackson/6-5-2014/Kuttawa, Kentucky
Checking-in at the inn lobby, Daughter and I learned that Sisters Euphama Fulks Jackson and Betty J Fulks Garvin had arrived safely from Georgia. It was Friday night. My sisters and I enjoyed a pleasant reunion of our own as plans were made for Saturday. We intended to part company and go separate ways.. All of Saturday was to be at our leisure prior to Sunday's reunion at Newby Cemetary. (Several were expected to attend). Jennifer and I would tour Between The Rivers. What my sisters did, I don't know.
The reunion at Newby Cemetary located Between The Rivers was to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday, June 7, 2014. For Jennifer and me, such a meeting there was a new experience. I had not attended such an event since 1956 in the company of Rummage and Ella Fulks, my parents. I was a sixteen-year-old then.
Of note is that my two living sisters are not natives of Georgia but, as I, were
displaced backwoodsmen from Lyon County, Kentucky.
All we Fulks's were forced to move for reason of The Tennessee Valley Authority's acquisition of land for construction of Kentucky Lock And Dam on the river bearing that name. Many others living Between The Rivers also lost their land and homes.
That occurred during the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. The Fulks moved from their ancestral homes and lands during 1942.
For his family, Rummage Fulks constructed a home near the Between The Rivers side of The Cumberland River. We were four miles from where landed the Eddyville Ferry. We remained there for just three years.
Dad was employed as a security guard at The Eddyville Pen for a time at $20 a shift.
Later in 1944-45. Rummage Fulks was employed by Kentucky Woodlands National Wildlife Refuge. In 1945 during final year of WWII, the Fulks family moved to Georgia from their birth places. Dad was a refuge aid at Piedmont National
wildlife Refuge near Round Oak, Georgia. Continuing that work until about 1963, Dad was retired for reason of disability- an angina attack. I was attending college then at Troy State, Alabama.
Dad and Mother moved back to their Old Kentucky Home in Grand Rivers where my father became a prosperous and successful home builder. He even built a new brick home near the Swanee settlement near Kuttawa. That year was 1962. That's easy to recall. During that same month, I enlisted in The United States Army where I served as a member of The ARADCOM CHORAL GROUP.
About 1983, Dad and Mother returned to Georgia, taking up residence in a home on
twenty-four acres in Monroe County, Georgia. He deceased there in 1990 and is buried in East End Cemetary, Cadiz, Kentucky. So is my mother, Ella Abbott Fulks who deceased in 2006.
As for the 2014 Newby Cemetary reunion, two of my sisters were missing. Alice Faye Fulks deceased in 1946 by diptheria.(Jones County, Georgia) Martha Dorcas Fulks Hallman deceased in 2010 as a result of unsuccessful heart surgery.(Bibb County, Georgia) Sister Alice Faye was buried in East End Cemetary, Cadiz, Kentucky while Martha is beside her husband, Norman Ray Hallman in a Macon, Georgia cemetary.
That's enough about the Fulks family for now.
Saturday came. Jennifer and I arose early. Following breakfast, we headed toward Grand Rivers, entered onto The Silver Trail and turned left where once was Frank DePriest's General Store. Along a winding road through deep woods, we cruised to Craven's Bay- the site of my 1996 primitive camping experience and "The Craven's Bay Ghost". My daughter listened attentively to that story again, and I enjoyed relating it to her.
The Silver Trail is a splendid paved highway running south from Grand Rivers to Golden Pond, Kentucky. On the left and right are Between The Rivers- The Tennessee and The Cumberland.
Readers are referred to Sequel II-A where captions and photos of our tour by automobile are posted.