Family Movies and the Family

Pappa Wayne is 74, born in 1939.

Aunt Kathy is 16 years younger, born in 1955. She was 5 years old when Pappa and Grama got married. How odd to have that little of a sibling at marrying age.

Pappa is showing us the videos Pappa Wiley made.

Wayne is the first guy in a suit walking Jeff down the sidewalk.

The car is a ’51 Ford.

There’s a beautiful smile from Grama Willine at some point.

Cousin Sylvia is tall and blonde. Cousin Mildred is a brunette and is holding on to one of the boys. Maybe Larry. Don’t know who the two little girls are. Immediately after this they are all sitting around eating watermelon. Pappa said Sylvia went to the hospital to have a minor surgery and never woke up.

Uncle Otto has the horse with Jeff on the horse.

Grama Willine’s mom and Dad (Mattie and William Cater) are in the picture with Jeff and a watermelon. Wiley told him to fix his hair and didn’t tell Grama Mattie he was filming it while she fixed it.

Larry is the guy with the big ears that Jeff is riding in front of the Christmas tree. Grama Willine was expecting Kathy in that picture. Grama Mattie has a parakeet on her head.

Someone took the camera and Pappa Wiley is holding Jeff.

Jeff got a wiener dog, a truck, a football, and a wagon for Christmas.

Then there’s Aunt Kathy and Grama Willine. I recognize the smile. It’s the Davis men’s smiles. (Not my Davis’ men’s, but the older generation’s.)

Kathy has black, black hair.

There’s Pappa with the two youngest. Now here comes Grama Willine.

Then Grama Cater is holding Kathy. Ron says he remembers Grama Cater.

It looks like the Davis smile might be the Cater smile. It looks like Pappa Cater’s smile.

Then there’s Aunt Thelma, Uncle Chuck, and Bill. The little girl is Becky–Wayne’s cousin. She’s a toddler in a blue dress. She lives in Atlanta now.

Kathy is sacking out on a mat on the floor. She does not want to go sleep.

Poor Larry. One of the cousins is riding him.

Bill (older) and Bruce (younger) are waving.

Then Kathy is in the crib.

Wayne is in the suit, standing behind Jeff in a suit. Jeff is trying to hit him. Then he throws him up on the ’53 Oldsmobile Wayne learned to drive in.

Who’s the blonde in a dress? It doesn’t look like Becky.

The man hugging Jeff is Truman. One of Wiley’s friends in Russellville. It’s another Christmas.

Kathy got a baby doll that she is trying to eat.

Pappa Cater is holding Becky and Kathy is sitting in Grama Cater’s lap.

Chuck and Thelma with Becky. Thelma was 16 when Wayne was born.

Grama Willine and Pappa Wiley and the kids and Thelma and Chuck. Grama Cater must have had the camera? Nope. There’s Grama Cater and Willine and Thelma. Becky is smiling away. Kathy does not want her picture taken.

Wayne says Chuck had been married before and he lied about it. So he was divorced and Thelma didn’t know that when they got married. Chuck became a Baptist preacher.

Kathy’s first birthday cake.

The blue rocking chair that Kathy falls into was Willine’s when she was a girl. Wayne doesn’t know what happened to it.

Then his cousin Elaine and Dean. Wayne spoke at Elaine’s funeral a year or so ago. He thought Dean was so cool. Hair slicked back, fast car, and a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his shirt. Elaine and Dean drove a truck cross-country as a team for years and years.

Larry got a bow and arrows. Jeff got a violin. He’s pretending to play it.

Bobby Baker. Bill and Laura. Bill is Jerry’s uncle.

There’s Jerry. He was smiling. Then Ronnie. Then Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank.

Bobby Baker again. Then Laura and Bill. –Wayne says Bill left his wife and kids for another woman.

Frank fell and broke his hip and when he went to have surgery, he died under anesthesia.

Kathy is two.

My mom was 12 when they took these pictures. I have a picture of Mom that year.

Kathy has long hair. Jeff looks a lot like Pappa Wiley in this picture. He’s drinking tea for Kathy.

Willine is getting so gray! There’s Jerry and Larry. Larry is not not happy again.

Then that’s Wayne. I didn’t know Wayne had naturally wavy hair.

Kathy’s 4th birthday. Larry lights the cake. Wayne says he had met

Pappa Cater with the kids standing outside.

Henry and Stella Brown. She is Dad’s sister. (So Pappa Wiley’s sister.) There’s Frank. Henry was a mean one. He didn’t treat her very well.

Then Frank and Mary and Jerry. And Larry. And Ronnie. And Willine. And Larry.

Christmas again. Kathy gets another doll. Jeff gets another truck. She kisses her baby doll.

Then there’s Jeff looking like

Annice Baker. She was Jerry’s cousin, not mine. She tried to teach me and Jerry how to dance. Neither one of us did very well.

There’s Pappa’s Harding pictures. Miss Kay. She was Wayne’s girlfriend before Grama Vera. Note that they were holding hands and they are on his leg. willine is there. Wiley is filming. IT’s the college years ago… Harding would love that.

The admin office is in the back and that’s where Vera worked.

There’s my roommate Tom Ledford and his girl friend. Then some other friends. Then someone getting thrown into the fish pond. Wayne said it wasn’t a birthday tradition.

There’s Gwen Turberfield. She’s a Springdale girl.

Somebody put a carp in the goldfish pond and it started eating the fish.

There’s Miss Kay again.

And another bout with the fish pond.

“Three beauties… I have not a clue as to who they are. But they were worthy of filming. … Kay has my sweater on. There she is playing tennis.
We were on an outing of some kind. I don’t think swimming was allowed, but we improvised. It was a school outing at Wildwood or something like that.”

Then the cutie pie is Ron. Oklahoma City, wasn’t it? There’s Vera’s smile.

Ronnie’s birthday cake. His first one. Icing! Face dive into the cake. Why waste your hands when you can just put your mouth directly on the cake. He is just licking it off the cake. It was a chocolate cake with white icing.

The neighbor up the street’s little girl. She was adopted too. She was a Wilma.

Then Vera and Ron.

Then Linda Wilma. She was a pretty girl. His early girl friend. She came over to kiss him.

Christmas. The one before his first birthday. That’s the phone! Micah got the same phone for his first birthday. He enjoyed the box more than the phone but Ron is really liking the phone.

Then he is trying to eat all the fake food. There’s a little football there. It reminds me of the footballs he would get when he was watching 6-man football. Look at that boy trying to stand up. What a cutie!

Vera look alike she is in high school. But I know she’s not that young. That was ’65. She was 22 years old then.

Wow. That was fun.