Granny’s Another Year Older

 

Granny Wilson

Sisters: Geneaive and Louzine (Granny)

Granny was born on March 6, 1940 to Gazzie and Charlie Jenkins. Granny said her mother told her there was the biggest snow on the ground the day she was born-so big that it covered the top of the porch and Charlie had to go get the doctor. Since Granny was the ninth child that Gazzie had given birth to I’m thinking she had it pretty much down pat doctor or not.

Granny’s given name is Evelyn Louzine. Some folks call her Louzine, almost all of her family does, and others call her Evelyn.

When Charlie and Gazzie were first married they worked in the logging camps throughout western North Carolina. Charlie worked on the logging crew and Gazzie cooked for the men. They were working near the railroad in Swannanoa NC when Charlie took sick. He was admitted to the hospital and the doctors discovered he had 3 kidneys. After one of the kidneys was removed Charlie made a full recovery. One of his nurses was really good to him and Gazzie. The nurse’s name was Louzine so that’s where Granny’s middle name came from.

One of Gazzie’s younger sisters was named Grace Evelyn (but everyone called her Susie-I never did figure that one out!) and that’s where Granny’s first name came from.

I took Granny into town yesterday and she said “Well I’ll be 77 years old tomorrow.” I said “Oh I thought it was 76 that’s what I told the girls.” With a twinkle in her eye she said “We’ll lets just let them think it’s 76. No reason to tell them I’m older than they think I am.”

Granny made her own birthday cake-she always does, but I’m sure we’ll find some way of making today extra special for her.

Tipper

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35 Comments

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    Leslie Haynie
    March 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday!

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    Winona allen
    March 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Happy birthday and many more

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    jean
    March 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    HI Tipper, Happy Birthday to your Mom.!!!! I’ll join her age in 16 days. I’ll miss my Moms poppy seed cake.God Bless all. Jean

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    Perri
    March 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Happy Birthday, Granny Gazzie from ‘Periwinkle’ in Marshall! I hope you have many more!

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    TimMc
    March 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    God Bless you, and Happy Birthday Granny.

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    Ken
    March 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Tipper,
    Granny is right to make her own homeade Birthday Cake. I’ll be making mine the 26th. of April cause them Storebought things are too sugarry. (they’re too Sweet). Right now, I’m thinking “an Oatmeal Birthday Cake sounds like a winner to me. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    March 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Well, ♪♪Happy Birthday dear Granny.♫ I sure had it wrong. I thought her birthday was in 1939. Don’t tell her I messed up.

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    b. Ruth
    March 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Tipper,
    Could you collage a picture of Granny, You, Chitter and Chatter when you all were about the age of the picture you show here of Granny. I think you would, (even though I know you know,) still be amazed at the resemblance with the facial structure and those beautiful eyes you all have been blessed with!
    Happy Birthday Granny….and many happy returns!
    Old b. Ruth sayin’: May many March flowers embrace you with their bright colors, fragrance and love as Spring Marches forth!

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    Ken
    March 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Tipper,
    I want to wish Louzine a Happy Birthday. She’s just a little over 8 years older than me, and about the same age of my only living brother, Buster. He lives in Kernersville and will be 79 this July.
    …Ken

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    Sam Ensley
    March 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

    A very happy birthday to you, Granny. You are only a few months older than I am. I want to thank you for your wonderful family. I know you are very proud of them.

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    Ron Banks
    March 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Happy Birthday Granny! Many blessings to you today and days to come.

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    pinnacleCreek
    March 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I wish I could have gotten on earlier, but was busy talking to beloved granddaughter who lives far from my mountain home. I hadn’t found out how she liked the natural products from Apothecopie. She loved, and said she was being stingy with the chap stick to make it last. I jumped right on and ordered more. I would highly recommend these products for gifts for those “hard to please” members of our family.
    With that said, I must wish Evelyn Louzine (AKA Granny) a very Happy Birthday. I love those little handmade dresses, as I wore many of the those growing up. That is a beautiful picture, and Granny was sure behaving herself. Her sibling is precious!
    You have crammed so much info in this little blog. I love the Appalachian habit of giving nicknames, and I felt sad to never have had a nickname until I was a middle aged adult. It is a problem in genealogy with some Elizabeths called Polly, and I have seen instead of Junior Big and Little was used. For instance Big Ed and Little Ed. Unfortunately sometimes reporters on the death certificates only knew the nickname, and the given name was not even on death certificate. An interesting subject!

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    Jackie
    March 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Granny!!! I’m almost 3 years younger but I refuse to grow up. Stay young in spirit.

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    Wanda Devers
    March 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Hope Granny has a wonderful birthday!

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    Larry Griffith
    March 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Granny Louzine, May the LORD give you peace and happiness on you birthday and all your days .

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    Larry Griffith
    March 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Granny Louzine, May the LORD give you peace and happiness on you birthday and all your days .

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    Larry Griffith
    March 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Granny Louzine, May the LORD give you peace and happiness on you birthday and all your days .

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    Larry Griffith
    March 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Granny Louzine, May the LORD give you peace and happiness on you birthday and all your days .

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    March 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

    DELIGHTFUL! Never heard such a wonderful BIRTHDAY STORY!
    We send HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings to Ms. Granny.
    Jim was born in ’30 and by the year 1040, he was trying to deal with five ‘new’ brothers by the time Ms. Granny had been born!
    BEST OF SPRING-TIME TO ALL!
    Eva Nell

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    Betty Louise Saxon Hopkins
    March 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Happy birthday to Granny!!! I was delighted to learn we are almost the same age. One of my favorite authors, Susan Branch, counts birthdays starting from the age of 12. She would say Granny is 65 past 12. I like her way of counting. Age is just a state of mind anyway. :O)

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    Dee Parks
    March 6, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful little girls!!! I can see your grandmother in you. Especially, the eyes. Grandmothers hold a very special place in our families and I am sure your daughter’s treasure theirs. So many wonderful stories of family history can be shared from them.

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    Charline
    March 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

    What a great way to celebrate Granny’s birthday by sharing these nuggets and wonderful photo. Happy Birthday, Granny!

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    Tom
    March 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday, Granny! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and happiness. Tipper, didn’t know this until today but my mother’s given name is Evelyn too!

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    March 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Dear Tipper, your pictures the last two days have been so nice. What wonderful parents! May the Lord bless Granny on her birthday and all year long.

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    Shirl
    March 6, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Happy Birthday Granny! I’m sure the girls will come up with something to make this day a happy one. It’s your day-eat the whole cake if you want to!

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    Cynthia Morris
    March 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    You and your girls really favor Granny

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    Ann Applegarth
    March 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Happy Birthday, dear Granny! I’m glad you were born!

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    Mike McLain
    March 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Happy birthday, Granny! I pray that there will be many more!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Your post reminds me again how our families create history and our family stories are America’s story. The wood your grandpa and the folks he worked with cut is, in some cases anyway, being re-used still.
    Also the family nicknames are one of the problems in genealogy. As you mention, nicknames sometimes have no apparent relationship with given names. That problem gets particularly acute when family stories are handed down by word of mouth. After enough time passes, it can become hard to know who is meant when nicknames are used.

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    Dolores
    March 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Happy birthday! Many more to a special person! God bless you with good health and happiness!

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

    My mother’s name iwas Grace Evelyn too, she was not called Susie I love the story od Grannie Gazxie. Why Gazzie? Perhaps an sttempt to sau Grannie by a little one?

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    Tamela
    March 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Happy Birthday Granny!
    One way to make sure you get the kind of cake you want is to bake it yourself. Smart move!
    Besides, it’s also the best way to get to lick the bowl!

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    Gayle Larson
    March 6, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Happy B’Day to Granny. I know your family will make her day special.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 6, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Happy Birthday Granny!!! Granny sure was a pretty little girl with that blond hair and chinquapin eyes!

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    Charles Fletcher
    March 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Happy birthday Granny.
    Charles

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