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GOBLE
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Willie
Aleen
Goble

(1925 - 20??)

Martin
Luther
Goble

(1888 - 1979)

Jacob
Hedrick
Goble

(1860 - 1929)

Harriett
Lucinda
Goble

(1839 - 1911)

Lewis
Carlan
Goble

(1813 - 1880)

Corban
Goble

(1761 - 1840)

John
Goble

(1724 - 1813)

Daniel
Goble III

(1698 - 1750)

Daniel
David
Goble

(1669 - 1733)

Daniel
Goble I

(1641 - 1676)

Thomas
Goble

(1590 - 1657)

William
Goble

(1540 - 1593)
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Willie's
SIBLINGS

Geneva
Mae
Johnson

(1903 - 1987)

Ethel
Irene
Goble

(1908 - 1983)

Lewis
Hubert
Goble

(1910 - 1911)

James
Henry
"Leggs"
Goble

(1912 - 1995)

Baby
Boy
Goble

(1913 - 1914)

Baby
Girl
Goble

(1915 - 1915)

J.C.
Goble

(1916 - 2005)

Harlee
Goble

(1918 - 1980)

Fannie
Elizabeth
"Lib"
Goble

(1921 - 1998)

Mary
Helen
Goble
(1924 - 2010)

Willie
Aleen
Goble
(1925 - 20??)

Elgevia
Goble

(1928 - 20??)

Estelene
Goble

(1928 - 1929)

Doris
Goble

(1933 - 1934)

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Willie Aleen Goble

 

Born: 04 Dec 1925, Iredell County, NC
 

 

YouTube Videos of Willie sharing her memories

 

 

Interview with Willie
November - December 2006

Willie Aleen Goble Loftin was the ninth child of Martin Luther Goble and Beulah Vernesta Johnson. She was born December 4, 1925.

 

(Left) Willie, 2nd / 3rd Grade Iredell County

                             
 

Willie's memories about lunch at school in Iredell County
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 1:38; Size 1.88 MB)

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Martin & Nessie lived in several rented houses in Iredell County, including the Henry Setzer house.  Willie only remembers seeing/meeting her grandfather, Jacob Goble, one time.  She and Helen saw a very dark skinned man coming down the road and Helen hollered, “Daddy, here comes a black man!”  It was actually Martin’s father, Jacob.  Martin, himself, was extremely dark skinned from all the time he spent outdoors.

                             

Willie remembers the family visiting her Uncle Henry Pinkney Johnson Jr., her mother’s brother, and his wife, Beulah, as well as her Uncle Ode and Aunt Becky, Martin’s brother and sister.  Uncle Hen only had one leg.

 
Willie recounted to her son, Curtis, how as children they would mix chocolate and sugar together to make "play" snuff and use a stick as a tooth brush for dipping their fake snuff. 
 
Willie's father, Martin, dipped snuff and chewed tobacco.  Once when Willie & Helen asked to try some snuff, he decided to give them a "dip".  Helen got sick and when Willie laughed her her, Martin encouraged Willie to get a little bit more - and to swallow a little of the juice.  Well, that was enough to make Willie sick, too.  She never dipped snuff after that.
 

From an Interview on Sunday, 17 May 2015
by Curtis Loftin

Willie said that since the family were share croppers, they had to buy some of what they needed from the local store on credit.  She said that once the crop came in (usually cotton), the first bill Martin would pay was the fertilizer bill - then the grocery bill. The family would sell eggs to the store for extra money. Willie said that breakfast usually consisted of ham (or sausage), eggs and grits.  She said Martin would buy a big sack of pinto beans and that they usually ate beans and "taters" (sweet and regular) at lunch (called "dinner") and then cornbread and milk for supper.  The Goble family raised hogs and thus they had ham, sausage and bacon. They also raised chickens but those were used mostly for eggs.  Martin supplemented the family meals by hunting and trapping - rabbit, squirrel, cooter (a North American river turtle) and possum. There were no refrigerators in those days and the Goble family didn't even have an ice box.  They did have a smoke house where they would hang meats to cure.

The younger girls all slept in the same bed - as did the boys.

The children only had two sets of clothes - field clothes and school clothes.  Just as soon as they would come home from school, they'd take off the school clothes and put on the field clothes.  Dresses were made from colorful flour sacks.  When baby sister Doris died at the age of 9 months in 1934, the family had to borrow appropriate clothes for the children for the funeral.

 
 
When the family lived in Iredell County, they went to Sharon Lutheran Church.  That's where baby brother Lewis was buried, as well as Estellene, Doris and the other Goble children who died in infancy.  Most only had a rock to mark their graves.  Eventually Willie's parents, Martin & Nessie, would be burried at Sharon Lutheran Church, too.
 
 

Willie's early memories of moving from Iredell to Catawba County and death of sister Doris
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 3:07; Size 3.58 MB)

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Martin decided to move his family from Iredell County to Catawba County.  They loaded their meager belongings into a horse-drawn buggy, crossed the Catawba River, and moved into Pump Alley’s old house on (Pump) Alley Rd. (about 0.1 mile on the right), just off of Sherrills Ford Rd. near Catawba, NC.  It was a small 3 room house.  The kids all slept in one bedroom - in two beds.  They didn’t have mattresses for the bed and slept on straw ticks.  When the straw became flattened, it could be replaced.  Lib, Helen and Willie & Elgevia slept in one bed, while Legs, Harlee & J.C. slept in another one. 

 

Willie's early memories of Martin and the family when they lived at Murphy Jones' house
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 1:05; Size 1.24 MB)

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J.C. Goble at the old Murphy Jones home on Alley Rd. in Catawba County
 
 

Willie at the remains of the old Pump Alley house

 

Willie was the next to the youngest child and thus had different responsibilities at home.  While J.C. (age16), Harlee (age 14), Lib (age 11) and Helen (age 8) were working in the cotton fields, Willie (who was 7 at the time)  was helping her mother at home, and also helping to look after Elgevia, who was 4 at the time, as well as baby, Doris.  James/Legs was 20 and married at the time.

Willie’s siblings always thought Nessie “petted” her.  Willie used to laugh and tell Lib, Helen & Gevia, "Mom always said I was the best kid she had.  This would make the others a little jealous.”

                             
Willie didn't work in the field when they lived in Iredell County because she was too young.  She helped her mother look after Gevia and Doris.  Once they moved to Catawba County, she did spend time working in the fields, too.  Their major crop was cotton.
 

North Carolina cotton fields

 
                             

Willie said that as a little girl, she and her cousin Fannie Bunton, daughter of Marvin & Becky Goble Bunton, were the favorite nieces of her Uncle Otis Goble, Martin’s brother.  Once he gave her a little rocking chair and didn’t give the other nieces or nephews anything - maybe because there were so many of them.

 
When asked what type of games they played, Willie said they would make hats with leaves and sticks.  They'd take an old tire and roll one of the kids in it.  She said they also make playhouses in the wood.  They'd rake the leaves to make rooms and hallways.
 

Willie's memories of food, credit and clothing
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 1:39; Size 1.90 MB)

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                  Lib, Willie, Elgevia and Helen

Willie and Helen both played basketball in the 7th and 8th grade at Balls Creek Elementary School.  In the 7th grade, Willie won some socks for being the best on the team. 

 

Willie’s baby sister, Doris, was born 31 October 1933 and died 04 August 1934. The photo at left shows Lib (age 13), Willie (age 8), Elgevia (age 5) and Helen (age 10) at the church for Doris’ funeral.  They were a poor family and had to borrow clothes for the girls to wear to the funeral.

 Willie was in third grade when the family moved to Catawba County. 

 

Willie and Elgevia both played guard and Helen forward.  Willie and Helen eventually quit school in 8th grade to go to work.
                             

Willie said…
     Helen could get by with anything with Daddy.  We were sliding on the ice when we were kids, and Daddy asked me, "Willie, were you sliding on the ice?"
     I told him, "No!"
     Then he asked Helen, "Helen, were you sliding on the ice?"  She said, "Yep!"  He whipped me and didn't whip Helen. 
     When I asked him "Why'd you whip me and not her?"
     He said, "You lied to me!"

                             

Another incident from Willie…
     “Helen and Lib fed me ‘rabbit pills’ (feces) when I was a kid, too.  They told me it was candy.  They got a whipping for that!”

                             

Willie said the children would sometimes go to Ebenezer Lutheran Church with Mrs. Pump Alley, a neighbor.  She also said that she, Helen and Lib would walk to Center Methodist during revivals.  Their brothers didn’t go with them and usually the Rudisill boys would walk the girls back home.

                             

The Martin Goble family when they lived at the old Murphy Jones house in Catawba County

Nessie, Martin, James/Legs
Willie, Elgevia holding Bud (Leg's son), Helen

                             

After a short while, Martin moved his family into the old Murphy Jones house because it was a little larger. Murphy Jones was Edna Jones Loftin’s brother.  Edna became Charlie Loftin’s wife.  This house was also located on Pump Alley Rd. (about 0.8 mile on the right).  Willie lived here when she dated and married Sam.  This was the only two-story house in Catawba County that the Goble family ever lived in.

                             
                             
 
Willie said they could not sit or lean on the beds in the house.  She said most of their clothes were made from flour sacks.  When they came home from school, they had to pull off their good clothes and shoes.  They usually wore the same set of clothes all week and only had one pair of shoes.  The children went barefoot almost everywhere except to church.
 
Living on a farm and feeding so many kids was sometimes challenging.  Willie said they lived on what they raised on the farm and bought on credit, then paid the debt after the cotton was sold.  She said they ate chicken, ham and fat-back.  Corn meal mush was a regular staple and since they lived in a rural area, they frequently ate squirrel, rabbit, possum and cooter (terrapin).  They would also buy big sacks of pinto beans when.
 
Willie said that if they were seriously ill, they call on Dr. Fred Long.  He as the cheapest doctor around and refused to raise his prices when encouraged to do so by other doctors.  Dr. Fred bought possums from her Dad and was probably a usual barter for Dr. Fred's services.
 
Willie during her teenage years
 
                             

Most of the kids
had nicknames.

Willie was called “Bill”,
Lib was “Can”,
Helen was “Min”,
JC was “Tud”,
Harlee was “Doc”,
and James was “Legs”.

Harlee & James carried
their nicknames with them
for the rest of his life.

Elgevia, being the baby,
didn’t have a nickname.

 

                             

On one occasion while Willie and Helen had been working in the field hoeing rows of cotton, they ate too many green apples and got sick.  “Daddy let me quit working, but he made Helen keep on hoeing”. 

Sometimes J.C. was in charge of the kids when they worked in the garden and he was "tough".  On one occasion, he told them that he had weighed the cotton from the day before and that if they didn’t pick as much the next day, he’d “beat their butts!”

                             

Willie, unmarried, with Bud Goble (James/Leg's son) at the Murphy Jones property

                             

Willie and Helen both went to work at Betterware Hosiery Mill in Catawba when Willie was 15 and Helen was 16, boarding socks.  You had to be 16 to work, so Willie lied about her age so she could get the job.  Willie and Helen were hard workers. 

 
Willie's early memories of basketball and her sister Helen
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 1:38; Size 1.87 MB)

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Helen & Willie Goble
                             

Willie said she dated several boys as a girl but never single-dated - she always double-dated - usually with Helen.  Willie said they never really went to movies or dances, but usually just rode around in the car.  Some of her early boyfriends (but nothing serious) were Sam Tuddero and brothers Heman & Harry Sullivan.  Willie said she liked both brothers who were from a prominent family in the community.

 

Willie's early memories of Sam
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 2:21; Size 2.70 MB)

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When asked how she first met Sam, Willie said she had gone to Speedo’s store, just down the road from where the Martin Goble family lived, to buy some candy and Sam was working there.  This was Speed’s 1st store, and was located in the corner close to the road going down to Mathis Chapel Church.  She said, “He gave me a LOT of candy for the money.  He told a neighbor, Ms. Trimm, that he was “gonna date that girl, Willie" … that "she was pretty".  Willie always said Sam was the best looking man she had ever met.  Willie said she was a “good girl” and never single-dated Sam before they were married.

                             

Everyone wasn’t interested in seeing Sam and Willie get together.

                             

Lib, Willie’s sister, asked Sam, "Why do you want to marry her?  She can't even cook!"
He said, "That’s OK!  I can teach her how.  I can cook!"

                             

Willie said that one evening her Daddy, Martin, came home drunk.  He found Sam’s flashlight, that he had left at the house and said he was gonna break it.  Helen said, “Daddy, don’t break that flashlight.  That’s not Sam’s flashlight; it’s mine.”  Martin favored Helen, and thinking the flashlight was hers, didn’t break it.

                             

Sam eventually asked Martin, if he could marry Willie.  Martin told him, “Yes, but if you’re mean to her, I’ll get you!”  

                             

Willie and Sam were married on March 21, 1942.  They eloped to York Co, South Carolina.  Willie was 16 and Sam was 23 at the time.  They lied about their age in South Carolina in order to get married.  Willie said she was 18 years & 4 months - she was actually 16 years and 3 months.  Sam said he was 24 years & 2 months - he was actually 23 years & 10 months.   Floyd Sigmon and Helen, Willie’s sister, went with them.

 
 

Willie & Sam's Marriage License

 

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Willie & Helen Goble

 
                             

After they were married, Sam & Willie moved into the small 2-room house on the corner between East Bandy’s Rd & Sherrill’s Ford Rd. that belonged to the Loftin family - beside of Ida Loftin (Sam's mother).  The house only had a kitchen and a bedroom, but Sam did buy Willie a new bedroom suit when they moved in.  Sam built their kitchen table and bought a second-hand wood stove and cabinet for their dishes.  There was no water in the house and no bathroom.  They had an outhouse nearby but had to pump water and carried it from Mrs. Loftin’s house to use in the kitchen.  They didn’t have electricity or a refrigerator.  They used a horse and buggy to go from place to place, visit parents, siblings, etc.

 
 

Children of Sam William Loftin and Willie Aleen Goble

Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
William Ray Loftin 26 Dec 1943 19 Aug 2005 Mattie Diane Self
Curtis Dean Loftin 08 May 1953   Carolyn Janet Weeks
 
 

Willie around 1985

 

A year-and-a half later, Willie became pregnant with Billy Ray.  She and Sam had been visiting with her Mom & Dad on Christmas Day 1943 when it started to snow.  While there, Willie went into labor and Sam had to go get his brother Mike’s car in order to drive her to the hospital in Newton.   

Because of the snow, others in the family had to push the car, including Floyd & Helen.  Willie’s mother, Nessie, joined her as Sam attempted to drive her through the snow to the hospital.  From her parents home (Murphy Jones place) they drove toward the old Gold Mine on Mathis Chapel Rd. in order to stop by their little 2-room house and pick up some clothes for Willie.  From there, they turned back on E. Bandys Rd. heading toward Charlie Loftin’s Home, as well as the home of Floyd & Helen Sigmon.  When they got to the bottom of the hill, the snow was so heavy & high, the car couldn’t make it up the hill.  Eventually Sam went and got horses from Roy Setzer to pull the car up the hill, as they continued to the hospital in Newton.  They had left home about midnight but didn’t get to the hospital in Newton till 7 a.m. the next morning. Billy Ray was born over 12 hours later on December 26, 1943 around 10 P.M.

                             
 

Willie's memories about Billy Ray's birth
(Recorded 10 Dec 2008)
(Duration 1:48; Size 2.07 MB)

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Willie and Sam with a new-born Billy Ray in 1944

 
 
                             

Eventually Sam bought 40 acres of property on Dexter Path, just off of Shiloh Church Rd. from Fred Gibson’s father.  Sam purchased the property, then cut and sold the timber there to pay for the property.  Sam worked at Russ Campbell’s sawmill at the time.  He used Russ’ horses to pull the logs that he had cut off of the property.  He also used some of the timber to build a house for him & Willie.

                             
 
Willie at the first house Sam built on Dexter Path, off of Shiloh Church Rd.
                             
Billy Ray was just a couple of week old when they moved into their first new home.

In the beginning, there was no water in the house.  Willie had to walk to a nearby stream to wash their clothes, and also had to carry water to the house for drinking and cooking.  In time, Sam would dig a well close to the house.  They had no indoor toilet facilities, so Sam built an outhouse on the property.  There was no electricity to the house, so they had to use candles and oil lamps in the evening.

                             
 
Willie, Sam & Billy Ray
 
 
Sam and Willie got their first car while they were living in this home - although Willie didn't learn to drive until she was 53 years old.
                             

While living there, Willie started boarding socks 2nd Shift (3:00 to 11:00).  Sam also planted a large cotton crop.  Willie would hoe cotton and work in the garden during the day and board socks in the evening. When Sam wanted to put in another cotton crop the second year, Willie told him “No”.  She told him she’d hoe cotton or work in the boarding room…either one…but not both.

At one time, Sam & Willie hired a Ms. Setzer to keep Billy Ray during the day while they worked.  She would come to their house during the day, but go home at night.  She would also do some cooking while she was there, and Sam would come home for lunch at times.  One evening when Willie came home, he threw one of Ms. Setzer’s “hard” biscuits against the wall and said to Willie, “Look at what I have to eat!”

Willie’s sister, Elgevia, also lived with them for a short period of time.  Occasionally Sam, Willie & Elgevia would go to dances at Genevia & Lester Gibson’s.  Genevia kept Billy Ray for a short time when he was a baby.

 
               

Helen Head Matthews, Willie and Sue Kale at Betterware Hosiery in Catawba

                             

A variety of Campmeeting photos of Willie

   
                             

Sam and Willie still used their horse-and-buggy while living on Dexter Path, but Sam eventually bought a 1935 model used car.

The Loftin family had deep roots in the Balls Creek Campground.  When the large Loftin family would get together for the Autumn event, they’d have to use two tents because of all the kids and grandkids.  Alonzo & Ida Loftin’s tents were 69 and 70.  Sam’s sister, Frances Cook, inherited 69 from her parents.

Sam built a tent for Willie and himself down close to the spring and “Shack” area - around 116.

Sam eventually sold this house on Dexter Path and purchased some property on E. Bandy’s Rd where he built their second house.  Sam built a bathroom in this house and even installed a shower in the basement.

Sam and Willie started off with about 30 acres, but eventually bought 30 more, and even more after that.  He also built another building on the property that became a beer joint.

 
 
In a conversation I had with Willie in June 2011, she recalled how on one occasion Sam had gone to Charlotte with Charlie on business.  He had promised to bring her back a new dress.  When he got back home, he didn't have the dress, but instead had bought some liquor - and he himself was drunk.  Willie helped Sam onto the bed, but nosey neighbor Ms. Trim had seen the commotion and came down to see what was going on.  She kept Ms. Trim on the porch and tried to convince her that everything was OK - embarrassed that Sam was drunk and afraid that Ms. Trim would hear him.  After Ms. Trim left, Willie asked Sam why he hadn't bought her the dress like he had promised.  He said he didn't have time.  She told him, "You had enough time to buy that liquor" and in a moment of anger, Sam slapped her.  Willie packed her bags, took Billy Ray, and went home to her mama and daddy.  When Willie's dad, Martin Goble, heard what Sam had done, he talked to Sherriff Ray Pitts.  The Pitts had provided the illegal slot-machines in Sam's beer-join, but Sherriff Pitts told Sam's he'd better never slap Willie again - that if he did, he had a mule whose reigns would fit Sam's hand (In other words, he was threatening him with "hard time" on the chain-gang).  Willie said Sam never ever slapped her again.
 
                             
The second house & beer-joint Sam built on E. Bandys Rd.
                             

According to Willie, Sam was making a lot of money from selling beer and bought them a new electric stove, new refrigerator and even a new deep-freezer.  They also purchased their first living-room suit while living at E. Bandys.

Also while living there, Sam & Willie got “saved” and turned the beer joint into a grocery store.  Sam had gone to William Guins’ to buy some chickens and William invited Sam & Willie to a revival at Mathis Chapel Baptist Church.  Willie got saved first, then Sam.  The Loftin family had been Methodist for many generations, but after their salvation experience, Sam & Willie joined the Baptist Church. 

According to Willie, she & Sam owned the first TV of anyone in the area.  Every Saturday night, Fred & Emmer Mathis (who donated the land for Mathis Chapel Baptist Church, where Sam & Willie attended) would come over to the grocery store to watch TV.

                             

Many of Sam and Willie’s family lived in the surrounding Bandy’s community, including Willie’s parents (Martin & Nessie Goble) and Sam’s mother (Ida Loftin).  Sam’s brothers Charlie, Oscar and sisters Sadie Lee, Alley Lee and Frances Cook all lived nearby.  Willie’s sisters Helen Sigmon and Lib Isenhour, as well as brothers James and Harlee all lived within a few miles of Sam and Willie’s home on E. Bandys.  Elgevia and Bill even lived in the former beer-joint and grocery store at one time.

                             
Additional Campground photos of Sam, Willie and Billy Ray
  
                             
 
Willie and Billy Ray in 1944 - 1945
                             

On one wintry evening while living on E. Bandy Rd., Willie discovered that Billy Ray was missing in the middle of the night.  He was 3 or 4 years old at the time.  Willie remembers crying and saying, “it’s so cold outside - he’ll freeze to death.”  Eventually, however, he was found in the spare bedroom under a stack of clothes.  He told them he had been cold in his room and climbed under the clothes to keep warm.

                             

It was also during this time that Sam purchased about 40 acres, that he eventually sold to Lloyal Deal that would become Sugar Farm.  Sam’s brother, Oscar, built a home and lived in the Sugar Farm area.

                             

Sam, Willie & Billy Ray at Mathis Chapel Church in 1952

Willie became pregnant again when they were living on East Bandy’s Rd.  She was helping to push a car during the snowy winter, fell, and miscarried as a result.

Curtis was born in 1953

Eventually she would become pregnant the third time.  Sam & Willie were living in this house when Curtis was born in May of 1953.

                             

Sam contracted to build a house on Hwy. 10, just out of Catawba, for his cousin Glenn Loftin’s oldest son.  When the house was completed, the boy wasn’t able to get his loan to pay for the house, so Sam decided to sell the house on E. Bandy’s Rd. to Carson & Velma Pool and move his family to Hwy. 10.  The year was 1954. 

The Hwy. 10 house had two bedrooms, a kitchen, an inside bathroom, a living room and a den. 

Sam eventually built an inside back porch for a washing machine. Willie had used a scrub board for washing clothes when she was first married, but now she had a electric washing machine, and it had a “ringer”.  She’d hand-feed the sopping-wet clothes through the “ringer” and all the excess water was pressed out.  The family had no clothes dryer, and all clothes were hung up outside on a clothes line to dry.

Families seldom locked the doors to their homes when they went off - or even at night.  Cars were never locked.


Curtis at age 3 (1956)

                             
                             
Willie celebrates her school class reunion at Balls Creek in 1960
Willie, Curtis, Billy Ray & Sam (Middle)
Floyd & Helen Sigmon (Right)
                             
                             
Sam & Willie would live in this house on Hwy. 10 in Catawba for the rest of their lives

                             
                             
 

(Left) Willie & Sam with Bevery & Billy Loftin, their first two grandchildren, in 1966
(Right) Sam & Willie with Curtis, Bill & Diane, Beverly, Billy, Eric and Crystal at Mathis Chapel in 1971

Willie and Sam had two children, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
 
 
 

Willie with Curtis & Carolyn and their children
Philip & Leslie Loftin, Beth & Brad Seese (Middle Row)
Alexandria & Savanna in 2006
Willie was 80-years-old

                             

Willie spent most of her life boarding socks.  In the 1970s, Willie stayed at home with Sam because of his declining health.  After his death, she went to work at Catawba Middle School in Catawba as a custodian.  She was 55 at the time.  She stayed at Catawba Middle School until she retired at the age of 63, but she didn’t stay retired for long.  She eventually went back to work at K-Mart in Conover as a Greeter.  She stayed at K-Mart for 7 years, until she was 70.  When Willie told her Doctor that she was going to retire from K-Mart, he told her he thought she should continue working.  She told him, “I’m 70!  How old do you have to be before you can retire?!”  He agreed with her and dropped the subject.

                             
   

School photos of Willie when she worked at Catawba Middle School

 
 

December 1991 - Christmas Video

Willie "sneaked" and opened up one of the Christmas presents she was suppose to get from Curtis & Carolyn.  When they found out they decided to play a joke on her and recorded this video.  This video of Willie will make you smile as you remember her sweet and pleasant personality.

 
 

December 1993 - Christmas Video - CLICK HERE

 
 

After Willie’s retirement, she continued to stay active - visiting family, driving to church, and going daily to the Senior-Citizen’s site for lunch daily.

                             

July 6, 2003

   
 
 

Curtis chats with Willie - 01 Apr 2005 - CLICK HERE
Concerning 2005 trip to Israel by way of New York

 
 
(Below) December 25, 2008 - Willie is 83-years-old
Willie surrounded by Curtis and his family 
(Back Row) Brad, Beth, Leslie, Philip
(Front Row) Savanna, Carolyn, WILLIE, Curtis, Alexandria

 
 
 

Christmas 2008 Video - CLICK HERE

 
 

Willie gets a hug from youngest great granddaughter Kayli Loftin
(daughter of Philip & Leslie Loftin) at the Loftin Family Reunion on Sunday, 17 May 2017

 
 
 

Upon her death, Willie will be buried beside of Sam at Mathis Chapel Baptist Church in Catawba County

 
 
 
YouTube Video Memories From Willie
 

Willie's early memories of her Dad's work, farm life and seeing her grandfather,
Jacob Hedrick Goble, for the first (and only) time.
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 3:00; Size 194 MB)

Click Here

 
 

Willie talks about her aunts and uncles:
Otis Goble, Rebecca Goble Bunton and Henry Pinkney Johnson.
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 2:53; Size 187 MB)

Click Here

 
 

Willie tells about meeting her husband, Sam Loftin, their early homes & furniture,
Sam's cafe & beer joint, her first job and farm life in the early 1940s.
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 8:41; Size 562 MB)

Click Here

 
 

Willie shares early memories of Billy Ray Loftin, beer joint and prosperity,
moving to their house in Catawba and Sam's numerous property holdings.
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 7:48; Size 505 MB)

Click Here

 
 

Willie recounts Sam's jobs, Roy's store, Mike's dry cleaners
 and the three beer joints (belonging to Sam, Mike & Speedo).
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 2:58; Size 192 MB)

Click Here

 
 

Willie's life, including jobs, horse & buggy days, getting to the hospital
 for Billy Ray's birth and learning to drive.
(Recorded 10 Jun 2010)
(Duration 831; Size 552 MB)

Click Here

 
 

SOURCES

 

Thanks to Brenda Isenhour Schronce for sharing Grandma Nessie's photos.
There were photos of Mom that I had never seen.

 

Thanks to Diane Goble for sharing the link for the news article on Judge Nunn.

 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have additional photos or information on Willie Aleen Goble Loftin, please contact me.

A special thanks to Willie Aleen Goble Loftin and Brenda Isenhour Schronce for the photos of Willie and her family.