Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Father - Stephen Drennan

A recently discovered photo of my 2x great-grandfather - Stephen Drennan!

I think Stephen was born in County Clare, Ireland about 1853. He has an unusual pin on his jacket. It's diamond-shaped, the top is a dark color - the bottom is a light color. School pin? Any suggestions?

Monday, September 29, 2014

What an Obit!

December 30, 1931 - September 21, 2014

Raymond Alan Brownley of Pittsburgh (Ingram Boro), Pennsylvania, died on September 21, 2014, at the age of 82, but his larger-than-life persona and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten.

He was born on December 30, 1931, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of the late William Franklin Brownley (born on October 28, 1894, in Newtown, Virginia, and died October 1, 1977, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Lucille Beverly Fauntleroy Brownley (born February 14, 1896, in King William, Virginia, and died October 8, 1956, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania).

Affectionately known as Big Al by his family and many friends, he was a plumber by trade, a tremendous gardener and avid hunter. He also enjoyed fishing and proudly displayed the stuffed barracuda he caught back in 1965, much to the dismay of his wife, Agnes Bargo Brownley, to whom he was married to for 24 years.

He despised canned cranberry sauce, wearing shorts, cigarette butts in his driveway, oatmeal, loud-mouth know-it-alls, Tabasco sauce, reality TV shows, and anything to do with the Kardashians.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday's Siblings - The Yates Family of Russell County, Virginia

The Yates Siblings

28 January 1996
Lebanon, Virginia

Seated (left to right):

Mary Sue Yates Hughes
(1915 – 2005)

Virgile Grace Yates Jackson
(1905 - 2002)

Charles "Bruce" Yates, Sr.
(1909 – 2003)

Back row (left to right):

Clara "Odell" Yates
(1925 - ?)

Dallard "Earnest" Yates
(1918 - ?)

Lola Mae Yates Fields
(1913 – 1997)