These are my great-great-uncles on my Grandma Dickerson's side, the
Webb Brothers, from Floyd, Virginia. This picture was probably taken in
the teens or early 1920s. My Grandma Dickerson inherited their
musicianship -- she could play autoharp, guitar, piano, and harmonica.
Deke's great-grandfather Webb, playing the fiddle on the steps of his house in
Floyd, Virginia, probably in the 1930s.
This is my Grandfather Lonnie Gardner, my mother's father. He and my
Grandma Virgie Gardner were from Willis, Virginia. I wish I knew what
happened to this resonator guitar -- it got stolen from his house shortly
before he died.
This is my Grandma Maude Dickerson on her 92nd birthday (she passed
away at the age of 94). She lived her entire life in Floyd
County, Virginia. She definitely passed down the musical blood to me,
as well as the entertainer instinct. Granny D. played a host of
instruments and loved to ham it up by clogging (mountain dancing), or by
taking her false teeth out and playing harmonica! Her spark and pep
until the very end reminded me of the feisty Granny on the "Beverly
Hillbillies" TV show, a fact that many of my friends remarked on. As
far as I know, my Granny never made "rheumatis' medicine" but other than
that she was exactly like the TV character. She is dearly missed.