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By Robert Lindsay Contributing columnist

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Egbert Newton Lindsay, the oldest child of Lona and Algia Lindsay, was born in 1895 and died in 1983 . He led by example. His highly successful slaughtering and meat packing business was known in several southeastern counties in NC. He employed several of his younger brothers in this operation.

From killing the hogs, slaughtering , making sausages, hot dogs, liver pudding to pickled feet, nothing from the hog was wasted. The cracklings were delicious.

You may ask, how do you know? I, along with his son Franklin, would help deliver all his good products by truck. As boys will, we always tasted the goodies. His older son, Elmon, would drive the delivery truck, stopping at country stores throughout the area. This business operated from the 1920s all through the Great Depression into the 1940s. Then within a few short years, he lost everything.

His wife Ida Sutton was killed when he hit one of his own trucks parked along the side of the road making a delivery to a country store in Suttontown in 1939. It was around sunset with poor visibility. Shortly after, his home burned to the ground. Very little was saved. Uncle Newton never owned or operated a business again. He thrived as a tenant farmer for the remainder of his life. The death of Aunt Ida left him with six children to feed, house, and clothe. He had little help from his parents, who had lost their home to a fire earlier.

But survive he did. His marriage to Marybelle Marshburn , a younger lady of the Goshen community, brought an additional four children to this family of 12. His children worked hard in the fields of other farmers. Picking pepper, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, and other edible crops. I recall helping them with some of the harvest. Never could keep up with the cousins in digging and picking these crops. They outworked me to where I felt like I was not nearly the men they were. One particular occasion I remember very well. We were all picking cotton in Uncle Oliver’s field . It was a Saturday in late September. We were in the cotton field at sunrise, with a heavy dew on the cotton, and Aunt Pearl ( Oliver’s wife) picking, leading the way, encouraging, pushing us to pick faster and cleaner. At the end of the day , our cotton was weighed . I had picked 125 pounds,the most I had ever picked. Jesse, the youngest of Uncle Newton’s boys, had picked 250 pounds. My excuse, and I still stick with it — he was short, with stubby fingers and could get to the cotton easier. Cotton did grow lower in the 30 and 40’s. I was taller with longer fingers and had to bend over further. By the way, the dew on the cotton makes it heavier, but evaporates quickly in the 10 hour sun. In the late summer/early fall when the green peppers turn red, yellow and brown, Uncle Newton would offer another farmer an amount of money for the entire field. His boys would pick these fields and sell the pepper for a small amount. The price for this colored pepper was minimal. He would buy and sell many edibles that other farmers saw as waste ,or fed to their livestock.

Here again, he never grew the ” devils weed.” It was a harmful substance to a body and mind. His religious beliefs were as strong, or stronger than his body. His devotion to church and family always grew, never altered . Some men in the community have told me “he was too good for his own good.”

Newton and Ida’s oldest daughter, Minnie Grace, an excellent maker of dresses, suits and other apparels in Clinton, married Leonard Barwick of Sampson County. They had three children. All eventually move to Colorado. Grace opened her own sewing apparel shop in downtown Greely. The daughter, Jane, now lives in Greely, Col. where she has been the pianist for over 50 years, at the same church. My wife, and I had the opportunity to visit her church on Valentine’s evening, February 2013. The love shown to her by fellow members was overwhelming.

Minnie Grace and Leonard’s oldest son Kenneth Ray moved from Colorado and became a successful Nissan/Chrysler/Jeep dealership owner. The younger son, Gene, was in the auto dealership with his brother Ray. Ray was crippled in a single engine airplane crash several years ago. He spent many years in a wheelchair before dying a few years ago. Ray died a few months ago in Dana Point, Calif. His sister, Jane, the last surviving child of Grace and Leonard, spends much of her time now working with attorneys regarding her brother Ray’s estate. Ray never had children, but a very giving person to family and friends.

Edna, the next oldest daughter, married Elbert Lee Jones. They moved to Maxton, where they operated a grocery store and restaurant . Edna had her large backyard full of lilies and other flowers. Many people admired her lovely garden, and bought lilies and bulbs from her garden. Their two boys, Jackie ,and Lee currently live in Maxton. Lee has worked in Alaska as an electrician ,and other distant places, They currenly live in the Maxton area. . Edna and Elbert died several years ago.

Geneva, the youngest daughter in the Ida and Newton family, continued her education at Emanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. She married a state patrolman from Georgia. His name, Mountain Green, fit well, being from the North Georgia mountains. They had four children — April, a nurse, in North Augusta, SC, married to a minister who travels the world, doing mission work; Tina, Yodi and Lance all live in Thomaston, Ga. Lance is a captain with the Georgia Highway Patrol. Geneva and her second husband Leon Adams also live in Thomaston.

Uncle Newton led the Goshen Pentecostal Holiness Church and choir for many years, followed by his son Elmon, and then daughter Judy. All are musically talented. Judy’s talent led her to a scholarship to a music degree from Campbell University. Her singing and teaching has taken her many places, and successes: state Teacher of the Year Award, nightclub singer, leader of music at Lakewood Baptist Church in Wayne County. Glenn, his oldest son with Marybelle, went to Campbell University on a full scholarship and led Hobbton High School to a state champion. Doris, the oldest daughter of Marybelle and Newton, lives in Morehead City with husband Earl Wade. Doris is very active in the First Methodist Church in Morehead City, now serving as treasurer of thestate Methodist Conference. Keith, the youngest of the children, graduated from Mount Olive College, worked with Burlington Industries, later farmed in the Delway area of Sampson county. He and his wife Judy had one child, Jason. Many people in NC know Jason, a former Legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan in Washington. Jason received his masters degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, while working on Capital Hill. .

He now works with The Veterans Administration in Washington. Many of you may remember he wrote a column for The Sampson Independent while at Union High School.

Elmon and Jesse, of course, bought the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain of stores, their commitment to the city of Clinton, serving as board chairman of Sampson Regional Hospital, many civic organizations ,and more.

Franklin is a very successful farmer/rancher and well respected man in the county. When I visit Clinton,I often ask Franklin to joined me at Bojangles for breakfast . Many stop at our table and speak to Franklin with great respect, which makes me beam with pride that he is my cousin.

Franklin and Velva’s daughters, Angie and Rhonda, attended college band ecame dedicated teachers — Angie in Charlotte, Rhonda in Sampson County.

Rhonda and husband Sherrill own and operate a large farm in the alemburg community . Their two sons live in Sampson and Bladen counties.

Angie’s son in Chicago is in his last year of an internship as a neurosurgeon. Her daughter, Hillary, is finishing her doctorate in Enviromental Psychology at New York City College. Hillary recently had a tremendous loss, when her 39 year old husband died of cancer. He put up a courageous fight for several years. His fight, ambitions, and struggles received a large write up in the New York Times. He set up a web page or blog writing his everyday thoughts on dealing with the ugly cancer. Many people he never knew wrote how they were inspired by his courage and strength. Doctors, surgeons,teachers, psychologists, ministers, and other professions work hard to maintain the values their ancestors taught them. These values served this family well. Interesting, no lawyers. Shakespeare said ” First, kill all the lawyers”. These Lindsays are more interested in living and serving.

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