• Lynnhurst/Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home
    Knoxville, TN
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Virginia McFadden 1918 - 2014

Virginia McFadden

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Monday, May 05, 2014
I love the memory of the "L'il Red-Headed Kid"

When Dad was just starting out in his construction business, you and he were working on building a house together. One neighbor remarked to another neighbor, "They's a feller down the street buildin' a house all by hisself. Ain't got no help, only a l'il red-headed kid up on the roof there." If you, (the mother of four who was on the roof at the time) had heard him, you might well have answered him, "that's MRS. L'il Red-headed kid to you, sir!"
Monday, May 05, 2014
Remember when Fred got Dad out of a speeding ticket? This is the memory of "A Real Trooper"
Once Dad treated a stop sign as though it said "ooze" instead of "stop", and he was pulled over while you said, "I told you to stop". Fred, the youngest of us, was eye level with the trooper's gun holster. He asked, "m-m-mister, is that a real gun?" He replied, "sure is, son". Then Fred asked, "well, mister, d-d-does it have real bullets?" He replied, "sure does, son". By this time, Dad had his license out, but you and the trooper were laughing so hard that--finally-- the trooper said, "Oh, Mac you have your hands full, I'll just give you a warning this time, but be careful!" Fred may have gotten a reward for his curiosity!
Monday, May 05, 2014
I admired your "rent collection strategy"
When Dad built apartments, you collected rent from the tenants and when a client was way behind in his rent, you would gather all of us dirty urchins out of the yard and herd us in to sit in on the renters' nice furniture until the rent--cash only--was forthcoming. The dirtier we were, the more effective this strategy seemed to be. It was a good job to have as a child: get dirty, sit on a couch, and get a reward of ice cream on the way home. As they say, "nice work if you can get it!"
Monday, May 05, 2014
"Snakes Beware", do you remember this story, Mom?
As we lived near the woods, sometimes snakes would crawl into the garage or onto the back porch. Once our barefoot, bathrobe-clad father even killed one in the den! One day, he was at work and you found one in the garage. With no male around to dispatch the snake, you (a city girl) grabbed a hoe and fearlessly decapitated that foolish copperhead.
Monday, May 05, 2014
"One of These Days"
Several times throughout the years, we had two door cars. So all of us children piled in the back and smushed you against the steering wheel as we got out to go to school. One morning, as we got out, our sister (Rosamond) paused and asked, "Mother, did you ever read a book?" You, who had been working on your Master's Degree when you met and married Dad, didn't miss a beat as you replied, "Yes, and when I get all of you reared, I'm going to read another one!"

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