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January 14, 2009
On my Father’s side, his Mother, my Grandmother, Willie Evon, was born and raised in the hills of Tennessee. She’s the first woman to collect disability, which was unheard of, from the American Can Corporation. Her mother, Daisy Mae, came from strong Irish stock, became a school teacher and gave birth to several children, three of which became Purple Heart Veterans. She favored her sons over her daughters, and thought it appalling that ALL children weren’t allowed to read and write, so secretly rebelled against the government, knowing the repercussions if she got caught, and delighted in educating colored children.