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The line of cars was long, stretching out of sight following the hearse, heading to Rosebud and the Joyner Family Cemetery. It was carrying Elizabeth Ann Joyner Craft, one of my wife’s first cousins.
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office cars cleared the upcoming traffic stops. We drove backroads I was not aware existed in Wilson, bypassing U.S. 301, to Ann’s final destination. The experience of the drive brought back the memories of why I love and miss Wilson so much, and one reason we return for frequent visits.
Along the roadways, cars stopped; they pulled off the road onto the grass. They just stopped out of respect for the recently deceased and for her family.
We live in Virginia now. We do not see such respect from drivers up here. But, Wilson. Wow! What an honor to say we were born and raised here.
North Chesterfield, Va.