Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 24
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Tanya and Barbara hold a " can hook"
The school, no longer standing was located Just west of the
church. " We all walked to school at that time." Some of the
teachers during that time were W. M. Roberts, Fannie Roberts,
John Tatum, A. J. Hudson, Gethalee Jefferson, E. M. Black, S. B.
Umbull, and Williams.
Mr. Williams also told us about the funerals in his childhood.
" They didn't have caskets as they have today, for the caskets we
used were made of lumber. They had special workers who built these
caskets. Two were William Hill Sr. and Bolin Greer. They were
the leading men in preparing these caskets for burial. After an
individual died, they were placed on what we called a cooling
" Each time we had a funeral they would have waitovers."
(Williams explained that a waitover was a time when family and
friends sat up with the body, the night before the funeral.) We
would express our sorrow by sitting with the deceased on that
particular night and telling Jokes and singing songs. The de-
ceased was always buried the next day after he died." We asked
Mr. Williams to sing us one of the songs that they sang at the
funeral, and he sang " Blessed Assurance."
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