Flashback Friday

Meet my grandparents Part III #FlashbackFriday

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! In Meet my grandparents Part 1, I introduced my maternal grandparents, Joy Payne and Joe Crockett Hagerman. This morning, I want to share old photos of my grandma’s parents and siblings.

Allow me to introduce to you my great-grandparents, Samuel Frederick and Hattie Keaton Payne.

My great-grandparents with youngest daughter, Ina. Circa late 50s to early 60s in Jolo, WV up the same holler (Groundhog) my maternal grandparents lived.

I was very young when my great-grandparents moved from McDowell County West Virginia to Bland County Virginia in the small community of Rocky Gap. We didn’t visit often, but when we did it was a special treat. One of the fondest memories I have of Grandpa Payne is when he brought out, Mr. Ed, a talking (pull string) horse hand puppet. I thought that was the neatest thing ever and I always begged to see Mr. Ed every chance I got.

Sam&HattiePayne2 Sam&HattiePayne3

I’m not entirely sure the year of these pictures, but I suspect the left shot was in the mid to late 60s and the right photo is from the late 70s to early 80s. Another memory I have is Grandpa’s coin collection. I don’t remember a lot about it other than I thought it was really cool. Maybe, I just liked all the shiny coins and the thoughts of all the candy I could buy with them. I remember Grandma being a sweet old woman who didn’t have teeth. Well, she had dentures but wouldn’t wear them. I think they were ill-fitting and not comfortable to wear. It amazed me how she could chew up just about anything with bare gums. My children never knew their great-great grandparents.

Grandma & Grandpa Payne’s children. From L to R: Joy (my grandma), S.F. (Sam Frank, Jr), Della Campbell, Gayette White, Helen Blankenship, Janet McDonald, and Kenneth. Siblings not pictured Freeman, Larry, and Ina Page.  Photographed in the 80s in Rocky Gap, Virginia.

This will be my last Flashback Friday link up party (not posts) until September. This hasn’t been a huge success and I wonder if I should dismiss the use of it altogether. What do you think?

Leave a trail, so we can find our way back to you! 😉


Today, I  celebrate the small things in my life.

  • longer days
  • cotton candy clouds and blue skies
  • afternoon thunder showers
  • rainbows painted across the sky
  • summer breeze


What are you celebrating?

This summer I’m slowing things down in Blogosphere. It just makes sense to step back and enjoy the long days. I won’t completely vanish from the net. You’ll spot me from time to time making rounds, commenting, and sharing short posts.  Meanwhile, let’s celebrate making new friends together and we can begin by joining Friendship Friday and Follow Who? Social-Weekend blog hops. Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a little boogie session with Saturday Songsuasion!


Have a suntastic summer!
Have a suntastic summer!


I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Rorybore

    It’s so wonderful being able to look back and see where we came from. And I just love looking at old pictures. I think we all need to be more connected to our histories and the legacies that were left to us.
    And here’s to slowing down for long lovely summer days too! I took a break for the majority of today — I have a post I am working on and instead of rushing it through because I feel I SHOULD post something, I am just going to take my time and it will be ready when it’s ready.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Les, summer is a good time to slow down and you’re right to not rush getting your post done, but enjoy the process. That’s what I’m working toward. Thanks for stopping by, sweetie!

  • XmasDolly

    I know exactly how you feel. I was wondering which day I should do when I have time now that I’m behind on my reviews etc., and Friday won hands down. So I just put up a notice too that I shall be posting Fridays when I have time and when I get caught up I was going to start Posting again, but not so sure as you. Let me know when you do and I’ll be there with you. HUGS. Great photos.. luvin’ your gramma. She kind of looks like my gramma on my dad’s side. hehehe HUGS & HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

  • lexacain

    I remember seeing pics of my great grandparents, but never met them. It’s lovely that you got to know yours. I love your list of celebratory things, especially the “cotton candy clouds.” Such a pretty image!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Lexa, I count myself blessed to have met this one set of great-grandparents. I was in my mid-20s when they died. The last of my grandparents (maternal) died in 2012. I sure do miss them a lot!

  • loricarlson66

    Oh, I see, you combined two posts as one… that’s why I couldn’t find the comment button. I look forward to your Flashback Friday return in September.. and great small things!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Lori, sorry for any confusion that I caused, but I tend to throw more than one hop into my weekend posts. I am not totally dispensing my Flashback Friday just the link up. It doesn’t get a lot of action and to keep things simpler than I’m just not going to insert it throughout the summer. However, I will continue to put together my memory post each week. I hope you’ll pop in anytime!

  • stevebethere

    I think you should carry on I love seeing old photos, when I look at old photos I always think people look much older than what they were at the time because of the clothes then heheh!
    Have a fantasticallytasticflashback day Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Steve, I’m only going to not include the link up party of Flashback Friday because no one or at least very few people join it, but as I was telling Lori I will keep up my memory posts. Thanks for visiting!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Although the new WP theme has a place for me to insert my kitty header, it just doesn’t look right. So, I decided against using it for now. Maybe, I’ll think of something else should I keep this theme for awhile.

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