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Transcript of Family Tree
1991-1995 Attended preschool at Joy's Playschool
1995-1996 Pre-k at Joy's Playschool
1995 - My parents went through a divorce
1996-1997 Pep Program [Kindergarten & 1st Grade] at Marvin Pittman Laboratory School (located on GSU campus)
1997 - 2001 2nd - 5th Grade at Julia P. Bryant Elementary
Wintnessed a millennium
Witnessed 9/11 in 5th Grade
2001- 2005 6th - 8th Grade at CCAT
2002 My great grandmother, Granny Stewart passed away
2005- 2009 9th - 12th Grade at Statesboro High School
2009 First African American President elected, Barack Obama
Last senior class in the old high school & first graduating class in the new high school
Largest graduating class in history
2008 Began working at Statesboro Bulloch Co. Parks & Rec.
August 2009- May 2011 Attended college at East Georgia College - Satesboro
June 18, 2011 - My sister got married to Jeremy Southall.
August 2011 - Became a Georgia Southern Eagle!
February 13, 2012 - My sweet Papa passed away
August 2012 - Began the ECED program at GSU Samuel Neill Brammar "Popie"- My American Hero. Popie was sitting in the movie theater when Pearl Harbor was bombed and they turned off the movie and announced our nation has been attacked. On February 4, 1943 he received a letter from the Selective Service System – ORDER TO REPORT FOR INDUCTION. Popie was to report to Kissimmee, FL at 7:15am on February 22, 1943. When he arrived he was given the option between the Navy and Army. He chose the Navy and they gave him a stamped card that stated his name, Navy and that he was accepted. On February 24, 1943 he was worn into the Navy in Jacksonville FLA. Popie was transported to Bainbridge, Maryland on March 4, 1943 to complete a basic training course. He completed the 7 week recruit training April 21, 1943. Next, he entered Signalmans school on May 3, 1943, he completed the course August 21, 1943. Popie reported aboard the U.S.S. Andres September 5, 1943. He was transferred to the S.C.T.C. in Miami FLA October 9, 1943. Next, he transferred to Crash Boat Ferry Command November 1944. Popie arrived in Charleston, SC for duty at the U.S. Naval Air Station March 9, 1944. On July 21, 1945 he transferred from Charleston, SC to Shoemaker, CA. On August 5, 1945 he sailed aboard the APA 103, U.S.S. Queens for Pearl Harbor, he arrived August 11, 1945. Only a few days later on August 15, 1945 he was transferred to Iroquios Point, HI. Popie then was transferred by air to N.O.B. Okinwa, Japan for further staging and transfer to port director in Sasebo, Japan. He arrived in Okinawa (Kuba Saki) Japan on September 1, 1945. Having traveled by air through: Johnston Island, Kwajalien, and Guam. On September 23, 1945 he departed from Okinawa on the LCI 813 and arrived in Sasebo Japan where he was assigned to the Convoy and Routing office of the port director unit. Popie departed from Sasebo February 2 , 1946, Japan aboard the U.S.S. Alcyone and arrived at Yokosuka on February 6, 1945. On February 12, 1946 he departed from Yokasuka and arrived in San Francisco Bay March 28, 1946. March 29, 1946 he reported to Treasure Island to prepare to leave for Jacksonville, FLA. He was transported to Jacksonville, FL via railroad. April 6, 1946 he arrived at the separation center in Jacksonville, FL and received discharge April 7, 1946. Growing up I had the wonderful opportunity to have all 4 of my grandparents in my everyday life. My fondest childhood memories are spending time at 105 Lynn Ave. in Statesboro, the home of Sue and Neill Brammar, better known as Grandma and Popie. My Popie is a character! His goal in life is to make sure everyone has a smile on their face. He tells any and everyone jokes any chance he gets. You could be standing in line at Wal-Mart and he might tell you a “Little Johnny Joke.” My Popie is an influential man who has impacted my life in so many different ways. He was drafted into the navy at the young age of 19. He loves talking about WWII and history with my sister and I. My sister is a high school social studies teacher and he loves that! Growing up I didn’t have a positive father figure and my Popie and Papa (E. Newton Wallace – moms father) took the role. I couldn’t have asked for better father figures. In January I had the opportunity to celebrate Popie’s 90th birthday. Thankful doesn’t begin to describe how I felt on that day.
I chose to tell my Popie's story of WWII because his services were an important part to history. Popie was drafted into the war when he was young, he did have the privilege to tell his family good bye unlike many others. Popie is proud that he severed in the war and has never had anything negative to say about it. I connected his story to WWII and what it was like being drafted into the war and traveling.
Over the last 4 weeks Popie's health has declined drastically. I was unable to video or audio record like I had planned. When this project was first mentioned during the first week of class, I called Popie and told him I wanted to interview him. Popie was excited and couldn't wait for the time to come. My biggest fear was that something might happen over the semester and I wouldn't have hte opportunity to interview him. When my Popie became sick his spirits lowered. Popie's health declined within a matter of two days. Although my Popie was/is not well enough for an interview he wanted to make sure his story was told. Before he got sick he showed me a 5 inch wooden scrapbook he made when he returned from the war. He explained each picture to me and told me about his journey. Popie might not be in the best of health, but he was sure to help me with this project. I have visited him and spoke with him over the phone for the past few weeks compiling information. Charleston, SC U.S. Naval Air Station 1944 Army or Navy? Popie chose Navy! Crash Boat 1943 The signing of the surrender papers - ending WWII.
Aboard he U.S.S Missouri in Tokyo Bay - September 2, 1945 Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb. Japan My Popie is a hero!
1)What year did you and daddy get a divorice?
2)What was the hardest decision you had to make?
•Being able to support two kids on my own. First, I went to my sister Angle and told her that I needed to leave, she took out a pencil and paper and wrote out what I needed to do. She told me it was about time. I got all the bills we owed paid off, next I set up an address in Claxton next to my sister’s house. I purchased a cell phone in my name that your dad didn’t know about until after the divorce was final. Finally, I met with a divorce attorney to make certain I had the protection I needed from your dad. I spoke with my parents the day before I moved, I told them I was leaving your dad because enough was enough. My daddy was very supportive and my mom didn’t speak to me for a year after. Why didn’t grandma talk to you? She didn’t believe in divorice. Your uncle Greg (Angle’s husband) helped me move and had friends watching out for me to protect us from your daddy. We moved next door to Angle and Greg and lived there for almost a year until I could become financially stable.
3)How did you tell daddy you were leaving?
•I just flat told him – it was time and I couldn’t do this anymore. I told him he would be much happier single like he always wanted to be.
4)How did daddy respond?
•At first, he was upset then he realized he would be happy and he wouldn’t have to sneak around anymore.
5)How did the divorce impact mine and Aubrey’s lives?
•It improved your quality of life because we finally lived in a stable environment. Ya’ll never asked for your daddy and it didn’t bother you’re a bit. One time I drove to meet your dad so he could watch you, when I got there he decided he didn’t want to watch us so I had to drive all the way back to Claxton.
6)Who was your support system?
•My sister – Angle
7)How did the divorce make a positive influence on your life?
•It gave me strength and stability I needed. I learned to stand on my own two feet and make my own decisions. My grandma grew up in the small town of Wadley in Jefferson Co. Georgia. She was one of 5 children and the second oldest. Her parents were Julis Aubrey Stewart and Ivy Ruth Stewart. Her father was a carpenter and her mother stayed at home until Grandma was 30 years old then she perused a degree in nursing. When Grandma was growing up Jefferson Co. was still in segregation. A colored man named Abraham & his wife were the only colored people to live on the white side of the rail road tracks. He was a butler and she was a maid the Mayor of Wadley. Grandma Carol’s family had a colored lady come in twice a week that helped Granny with ironing, her name was Mrs. B. Grandma loved her fired apple pies. If Granny and her finished ironing then Mrs. B made the children fried apple pies. The town was separated by rail road tracks but the colored people still shopped at the same grocery stores and drug stores. Grandma attended Wadley Elementary & High School – schools only for white people, where she graduated with 28 in her class. Julis Aubrey Stewart built 3 swimming pools that were built when Grandma Carol was in 3rd grade. His goal was to start a business by offering pool services to the white people of Wadley, GA and Jefferson Co, this was his side business. Ivy Ruth Stewart ran the pools while Julis Aubrey Stewart worked as a carpenter building houses. It was $.10 for children to swim and $.15 for adults to swim. A concession stand was ran by all 5 children, Bettilu, Brenda Carol, Gean, Lee and Rocky. Grandma Carol says her least favorite memory was cleaning the pools by hand with a broom! Every two weeks the water was drained and all 5 children scrubbed the pool. The only thing to do in Wadley during the summer was to visit the Stewart pool and to go to the picture show on Saturdays. Her favorite memory of having the pools was being able to dance at the pool pavilion. The Stewart Pool had an octagon gazebo with a juke box. She would put money in the juke box and dance for hours with her friends. Grandma Carol’s dad had a friend, Hoke Williams, he was also white man who bid on jobs for construction. He built k swimming pool for the colored people in the middle of the woods named Lincoln Park. Since the Stewart pool was doing so well. Surprisingly this pool was also successful. To this day my Grandma still has not visited where the color pool once was. She has no idea if the pools are still around. In a way Jefferson Co. is still segregated. The white people attend Thomas Jefferson Academy and the colored people attend other various elementary, middle and high schools. Even after segregation, white people were still the only ones who attended the Stewart pool. The Stewart pool closed after the summer of 1969. Emma Lee Wallace - Mother Mom, Granny Stewart, Aunt Angle Brenda Carol Wallace - "Grandma Carol" Time Line My name is Mary Beth Brammar, I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Statesboro, GA. I have an older sister, Aubrey who married her best friend, Jeremy Southall, in 2011. Jeremy is a wonderful addtion to our family. Family means the world to me. My mom & I share a close special bond. I look up to my sister and I always welcome her wise advice. My grandparents are my heart and soul. I lost my Papa, February 2012, this was the most difficult thing I have went through in my life. My Popie is 90 years old and my role modle. I hope that one day I can be half the person he is. Both of my grandmothers are great examples of how a wife and mother should be. I am proud of my family I know I wouldnt be here today without each and everyone of them. My goal in life is to be an inspirational teacher and to touch as many lives possible. Friends come and go, friends change like the weather, but I know my sister is here forever. Mary Beth Brammar Grandma Sue & Popie's Wedding Grandma Sue & Popie W.A., Sue, Johnny, and Jerry Fagler Papa Wallace 1)What were you doing and where were you at during the 9/11 terrorist attack?
I was still in bed. I was supposed to work a 3 day trip. I did not report until late afternoon.
First night I was supposed to spend the night in Austin Texas. Delta scheduling called and canceled my trip.
Mom called and woke me up...she said turn on the television. The first World Trade Center had been hit and was smoking....Did not know what happened at first.......Second place hit the other World Trade Center.
I stayed on the couch at my house in McDonough, GA listening and looking at the television all day. When the World Trade center's collapsed, I could not believe it.
2)What were your initial thoughts after you heard the news?
Initial thoughts....upset, disbelief, scared, worried. Praying for everyone I knew. How could this happen in America? Where are my family and friends.? Where are all my flight attendant friends(are they on airplanes, are they safe?)? When will I go to work, again. Praying for my country. I think God cried when He hear all those people die in that short of time. Pentagon Hit, Plane crashed in field in Penn. The dust and debris in the air at and around ground zero. People covered in dust running away. They had to walk home, or across the bridges home.....do not think cell phones worked right after in NY City
3)Who did you first contact?
Mom contacted me. I called everyone I knew that day..... especially trying to find out where all my flight attendants where located(on a trip, where did their airplanes have to land, where they at home?. Really wanted to have contact with my family and friends. I knew F/A at other airlines too
4)How did 9/11 effect your profession at Delta Air Lines?
-Totally changed my job as Flight Attendant with Delta. We had been trained to call the cockpit and and do what the hostile people wanted at a slower pace. Now, we were taught to fight back with everything we had on board and guard the cock pit(get passengers to help, if needed). All flight deck doors were reinforced and flight attendants would not be allowed in flight deck, during the flight.
- We used to go up and check on the pilots (take them food and coffee). If a terrorist was on board, flight deck would go on lock down.....Pilots would not come out and help. Security was totally changed....Home Land Security was created and expanded screening at airports. Passengers friends and family used to be allowed on concourses where passengers arrived/departed.....Now they had to wait at the front of the airport, on the other side of security.
-We had undercover air Marshall's on a most of our flights.
-I was thankful that passengers were willing to help in an emergency. I was glad to go back to work Charles Brammar - Uncle A paper weight Popie found in Japan after the atomic bomb. He purchased a new one to compare the two. Dog tag August 2, 1901 - December 1989 Enoch Newton Wallace Enoch Newton Wallace sr. - better known as Papa Wallace to his 4 grandchildren and Daddy to his three children. Papa was a quiet, hardworking man. He always looked out for others and didn't want people to worry about him. He was a farmer when my mom was growing up and then became employed with Bulloch Co. before I was born. Papa worked with the division that supervised prisoners as they scraped county dirt roads and cleaned up. Papa was forced to retire due to neck surgery. Papa had a love for gardening. Squash and tomatoes were his favorite thing to plant. After retiring he began grading more. All 4 of the grandchildren love Grandma Carol's squash casserole, so papa would plant one whole garden of just squash. Papa enjoyed the outdoors where he would piddle in the yard and ride around on his golf cart. He had a chiweenie (chiwawa and dachshund mix) dog named Sweet Pea. Papa would spoil her with treats causing her to gain a significant amount of weight. He loved spending time with her and walking her outside. Papa lived a wonderful life.
My sweet Papa Wallace passed away unexpectedly February 13, 2012. He was admitted to East Georgia Medical Center February 12, 2012 because he was not feeling well and he was having stomach issues. My entire family sat with him that night just talking. The next morning I went to visit him before I went to work. My Papa was in wonderful spirits. When I left he hugged me tight like he always did and then he kissed me and said "I love you so much!" My Papa wasn't an affectionate person and this made my day. Little did I know I would be the last person to carry on a full conversation with him and be the last to hear "I love you." This memory will stay with me forever. Losing my Papa was the most challenging life experience I have went through. Papa and Popie were my "father figures" growing up and they both play significant roles in my life. My mom was a daddy's girl and I was Papa's little girl, the youngest granddaughter. This poem was read at Papa's funeral and is a wonderful description of his life. Miranda Lambert came out with the song "Over You" around the time Papa passed away. Below are the parts of the lyrics that draw my connection to Papa.
"Mid-February shouldn't be so scary. It was only December, I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me."
But you went away, How dare you? I miss you. They say I'll be okay, But I'm not going to ever get over you.
It really sinks in, you know, When I see it in stone. Emma Lee Walllace ("momma" to Aubrey & I) is the daughter of Enoch Newton and Brenda Carol Wallace. She has and older sister Angle Wallace Shuman and a younger brother Enoch Newton Wallace jr. My mother is one of the strongest people I know. She has been through so much throughout her life. Momma told me that the hardest and best decision she ever had to make in life was divorcing my daddy. When she got up the courage to leave, she had to take in consideration her two daughters. My sister was 8 and I was 4. I would have to agree that my mom made the perfect decision. One of the reasons I say my momma is so strong is because she practically raised two young children alone. My daddy was only in the picture when he wanted to be. Although my father wasn't nice to her or us, I never once heard my mom talk bad about him. Later in life she said she never talked bad about him because she wanted us to form our own opinion of him. The divorce didn't impact my life when I was 4. My dad was never around when we were home, so when we moved I didn't think anything of him not living with us. Instead of visiting my dad on the weekends, my sister and I would visit my dads parents, Grandma Sue and Popie. My mom's priorities included having Aubrey and I visiting both sets of grandparents as much as possible. On the weekends we didn't visit my dads parents, she would go with us to Grandma Carol and Papa Wallace's house. It was a special treat when we got to visit my Granny Stewart because she lived an hour away. I am the most thankful for the relationship my mom encouraged my sister and I to form with my grandparents. I never actually saw my momma struggle, she always goes through life with a smile on her face.
My parents divorce is a part of my history that has shaped me into the person I am today. Momma raised my sister and I to be independent and that family comes first. If it was not for my parents divorce I probably wouldn't have the special bond I share with her and each of my grandparents. I chose to interview my mom because I have never sat down to actually discuss just the divorce. I wanted to know more about what happened, but I didn't push for answers. I told momma she didn't have to share more than she wanted to. Brenda Carol Wallace is the daughter of Julis Aubrey and Ivy Ruth Stewart. She is one of 4 children. Grandma Carol has three children, Angle Wallace Shuman, Emma Lee Wallace (momma), and Newton Wallace jr.
Grandma Carol was really excited about my family history project. She didn't want me to interview her, she just wanted to share a story and have me write it. We sat on the couch together, she talked and I typed. After she finished her story she was eager to read what I wrote. She loved it!
I chose to speak with Grandma Carol because I knew she grew up Jefferson Co. and the county was segregated and is still "segregated" today. I remember going to see the Stewart Pools after my Granny Stewart passed away, they were old and had trees and plants growing in and all around them. My Granny use to say how she never let the "colored" people swim in her pool - that just wasn't right. My Granny wasn't disliked by the colored people. Actually when she passed away, some of the people she knew growing up came out of their house and waved as the hearse drove by. People refer to my Granny as the lady with the pools. When I am visiting Jefferson Co. and I meet someone new and tell them who my family is they all would say "I know your Granny, she use to own the pools." My Granny had 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
I connected this story to history - separate but equal. Everything was separate, but not equal. I love that I can speak with different memories of my grandparents and learn so much history. Charles Brammar is the son of Samuel Neill and Sue Fagler Brammar. He is one of two children. Charles is Glenn's (daddy) brother. Growing up Charles was very active in mine and my sisters lives. He made sure to visit Statesboro as much as he could to see my grandparents, me and my sister. Charles now lives in Statesboro with my grandparents and helps Grandma Sue take care of Popie - a full time job!
I chose to interview Charles because at the time of 9/11 he was employed by Delta Airlines. When I heard about 9/11 and realized the tragity involved an air plane I was eager to find out if Charles was okay. My family was one of the lucky families that day, we didn't lose a family member. I wanted to get his perspective on 9/11 and how it effected his job. Reflection I connected my family to history in many different ways. Popie’s story is connected to WWII and his journey through the draft process all the way to when he returned home. Fortunately, Popie returned home safe and he was able to complete his undergraduate courses at the University of Florida. I learned about how long it actually took the soldiers to travel to various places. I also learned that Popie had the choice to join the navy or the army. At least they were able to choose since they couldn’t choose getting drafted. Grandma Carol’s story is connected to segregation in South Georgia. Through her story I learned about all the responsibilities she and her siblings had with the Stewart Pool. I didn’t know that her father, Julis Aubrey Stewart didn’t work at the pool. He just built the pool, Granny Stewart, and all 5 children made sure the pool was running correctly. I connected my uncle and his profession to 9/11. He was working at Delta Airlines during this tragedy. I remember how nervous I was on that day. I was only 10 years old, but I was worried about where my uncle was and if he was okay. Finally, I decided to interview the most influential person in my life, my momma. My momma is the strongest person I know. She has been through several trials and tribulations with young children and she was able to push right through. Her story doesn’t connect to history in the United States, but to the history of my life. My mom made an important life changing decision for my sister and I. She is also my support system and she encourages me to reach the highest goals in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed this project and putting all my family stories into one project showed me how each family member has made me who I am today. I am thankful for every experience in my life because it made the person I am today.