Friday, June 5, 2009

Linda had a very touching service...

There were many people at Linda Agin's funeral today. She was so loved and respected in the community. Her day lily flowers were remembered, as well as her day lily friends. Some of her day lily buddys attended the service, and placed day lilies on her coffin at the cemetery. Linda was remembered as a pillar of the community, one who was not above others, but "medium". She was more than medium to me and my family, though. Although humble, Linda was so very special and top notch to us. Please keep her family, husband, son and daughter in law, and 3 grandchildren in your prayers.

Here's a picture of how I'd like to remember Linda...


Actor David Carradine dead at 72

One fine actor of Kung Fu!! Strange way to die...if it was suicide. Actor's Manager and wife say it wasn't an accident.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lost my dear friend, Linda Agin today...

I was very saddened when I called Alan today to check on Linda, and found out she had passed away an hour before I called. My husband and I had visited her a few weeks ago in Brookwood, but she had been too sick for visitors in the past few weeks after returning home.

I have known Linda for over 25 years, and she certainly taught me a lot about antiques. She has been a good friend to my entire family. My oldest daughter has worked for Linda and Alan since she was 15. We have spent many a day with the Agins, on various visits of friendship, or business. I can remember conducting an estate sale with Linda and another one of her friends,...Charlene, years ago, in the old building by the probate court that used to be someone's home. I also remember going to an antique auction with Linda in Thorsby. Linda once treated me to "The Guest House", where she taught a group how to create bows for gifts.

Linda was not only known for her antiques (Linda's Antiques), but also for her extraordinary ability to grow Day Lilies, of all different types and color. She was one special woman, and I will miss her eternally.

My heart and prayers go out to Linda's husband, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren whom she leaves behind to cherish her memory. I am enclosing a picture of Linda and Alan that I took at Halloween, 2007. at their home. (That was another special event that my family enjoyed, was going to visit Linda and Alan on Halloween, and ride around the neighborhood in their golf cart). Alan had a golf cart business, before he retired.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Big Stone Gap's "Mrs.Mac" Virginia McChesney

I located my picture of Mrs. McChesney and my Mother. Both are gone now, but never forgotten. I love both of them. (Mrs. Mac is the one with the cane, and the woman mentioned in Adriana Trigiani's novel, "Big Stone Gap", (Jack Mac's mom).



I lived in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in the early '70s when my father pastored a church in the area there. Big Stone Gap is the serene little town that Adriana Trigiani wrote about in the charming novel, "BIG STONE GAP" which was a national best seller. She has written several additions to the first one as well. I purchased a copy of "Big Stone Gap" from Faith Rescue Mission in Prattville, and enjoyed reading half of it while on vacation. I love the town of Big Stone and have many friends in the surrounding area. I have many wonderful memories of the town from the early '70s when my family and I lived there. The snow...Piano Hymn Playing Contests, (which I won two of)...MRS. VIRGINIA former piano teacher...who has been gone for quite some time, but was my favorite person in Big Stone. I loved Mrs. Mac...There were many memories of mine, that were almost identical to Adriana Trigiani's memories of Big Stone Gap. "Zackie's Bargain Store", Powell Valley High School, Piggly Wiggly, MUTUAL PHARMACY (where my brother and I would sneak down the street to, and purchase a candy bar). I rode my bicycle all over Big Stone! The park was one of my favorite places, as it was right down a few blocks from where we lived on Wood Avenue. We lived across the street from the Museum, and we also lived on the "Trail Of The Lonesome Pine". I can remember watching "Fiddler On the Roof" (a play that was acted out there also). My mother always made sure we enjoyed the "Arts" as she called it. "Educational Arts". I once attended a duo piano show, with two men playing pianos at the same time, and in harmony. I could go on and on...about Appalachia also...where we used to travel between the two towns and climb the steps and see the Appalachian trail, as well as climb this HUGE rock and get pictures taken (my father, mother, and brothers). Mrs. Cornette was my piano teacher after Mrs. Mac. (Mrs. McChesney was always called Mrs. Mac as a pet name). I am including some links to Mrs. Mac for your enjoyment.


I just returned from a relaxing trip to see family and friends in Virginia. Enjoyed visiting with family in Bluefield area....even got to see the hospital where I was born. Purchased some great antiques from Bluefield Antiques and Auction, and also visited several nice flea markets along the way....Traveling through Georgia, Tennessee, & Virginia was just what I needed...a break! I hope you enjoy some of the pictures I am posting ...THE MOUNTAINS in Virginia are extraordinarily SERENE.