“We need to get together more often and not at a funeral.” How many times have you and a cousin said that? Funerals are much like a family reunion. You can learn a lot about a family just by looking at who showed up. Using my grandparents’ guest books and sympathy cards, I’ll be exploring “Who came to the funeral?”
is for Virginia Lucille Griffith Melton. She attended my grandfather’s funeral in 1963 along with her brothers John and Clyde Griffith.
Virginia was born in June 1906 to Hubert and Bettie Griffith of Shenandoah, Virginia. She was the last of six children. While her brothers operated the H. F. Griffith & Son general store followed by Griffith Brothers Store, Virginia attended Harrisonburg Teachers College. She even made the “Personals” column of the campus newspaper The Breeze in October 1924 when her brother John came to visit.
Virginia graduated and began teaching in Page County. Her marriage to Ivor “Tuck” Melton was announced without the fanfare accompanying many wedding announcements. Theirs was kept secret.
Richmond Times Dispatch 13 May 1934
Why, I don’t know. There was a time when teachers were forbidden to marry; however, 1934 surely was a more enlightened time accustomed to teachers having a normal personal life outside the classroom.
|snipped from Google Maps|
Ivor and Virginia rented an apartment in this charming Victorian on Second Street for $12 a month. By 1940, they had two children, Bettye Lynn and Lane.
Virginia and Tuck are buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery in Shenandoah, Virginia.
|Photo courtesy Jan Hensley|
Don’t vacillate now. Why don’t you venture over to the venerable vanguard of verisimilitude in the vernacular at the A to Z April Challenge to view a veritable vortex of veracious verbalization before they vanish?
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