Lee and Hugh’s Beautiful Family

lee_saraLee is Sara’s oldest daughter.


Lee and Hugh have 3 Beautiful Children

teresa-richard-chaundraLeft to Right:  Teresa, Richard and Chaundra


4 Beautiful Grandchildren Children

(G Grandparents: Dave & Sara;  GG Grandparents: Nathan & Icy)

Ava, Adrian, Mason and Sawyer


ava_mom_dadava_hospitalAva (Daughter of Richard & Lacey) She had a very rough start!

adrian_army-jacket-2Adrian (The son of Teresa)

mason_on-bike_croppedMason (The son of Chaundra and Robert)

Sawyer_RobertSawyer with her dad  (The daughter of Chaundra and Robert) 

Ron and Cindy’s Precious Granddaughter and Family

Ronny (Ron) is Sara and Dave’s middle son.  He is married to his best friend, Cindy and they have two sons, Nick and Wesly (Wes).  Nick is married to Debbie and their beautiful daughter is Callie (pictured below).
Callie, Ronny & Cindy's beautiful granddaughter (Nick & Debbie's little girl)

Callie, Nick & Debbie's little girl; Grandparents: Ron & Cindy; G Grandparents: Dave and Sara; GG Grandparents: Nathan and Icy

wes-schoolWes (Ron and Cindy’s youngest son) attending college and Air Force bound!


HEY RON!  HELP!  I need photos!

Larry and Mandy’s Beautiful Family

Larry is Sara and Dave’s oldest son. 


Larry’s always been a good lookin’ kid.  He looked like a little man when he was little.   And Mandy, his wife, is absolutely beautiful… they should have had a dozen kids, as pretty as their girls are!  (Now, don’t let this photo throw you!  Ha.  They were just having fun!)

larryfunny-family-pictureLarry is going to KILL ME but this is the only family photo I have!

Above Photo, Left to Right:  Shelby, Larry, Mandy and Kassi  (sorry, Mandy… but I love this photo!) (Brandi, the oldest daughter, is married and shown below as a baby)    Larry, send me some photos and I will replace this one…. if you want me to, or we can leave it up for fun, if you don’t mind!  Your call!   ; = )  But it’s a great photo!  Really!

icy_larry_sara_brandiLeft to Right:  Larry, Icy, Sara, Brandi (Larry’s oldest daughter)

dave_kassi_1990Dave with his granddaughter, Kassi in 1990


Kassi (above) and Shelby (below)



Beautiful girl!  Should’ve had a dozen!

Sara and Dave’s Grandson, Kyle with wife, Aimee

Kyle is Cheryl and Norman’s youngest son and Sara and Dave’s grandson.  Kyle is a Meteorologist and wife, Aimee, works for a Law Firm.  They have no children to date.
Aimee, Kyle and Friends

Aimee, Kyle and Friends (Kyle, son of Cheryl and Norman Davis

kyle_aimsKyle and Aimee on their wedding day

kyle_aimee_Kyle and Aimee’s Engagement Photo

mamaw_kyleMamaw Icy loved those great grandbabies… and they loved her!

Pictured above:  Icy holding Kyle (left) and  little Timmy (right)

Cheryl’s Precious Granddaughters

Brianna Rae Marie

Brianna Ray Marie (@ 5 yrs. old): Parents: Brant and Christi; Grandparents: Norman and Cheryl; Great Grandparents: David and Sara Wilson; Great Great Grandparents: Nathan and Icy Wright


Caley Ann Marie (@ 3 yrs. old): Parents: Brant and Christi; Grandparents: Norman and Cheryl; Great Grandparents: David and Sara Wilson; Great Great Grandparents: Nathan and Icy Wright

Sara’s Scar

Sara was about 8 yrs old.  Her daddy, along with her older brother Johnny, were on the roof repairing some storm damage. They had a brick on the roof with them, for some reason. Down below, Sara was casually walking by when suddenly brother Johhny decided they didn’t need the brick on the roof with them any more and tossed it to the ground (without a thought as to who might be hanging out or walking by below them).  Well…. it happened to be his little sister Sara who happened to be passing by ‘at just that time’ and it struck her ‘in the face’ – on the left eyebrow to be exact, barely missing her eye!

johnny_young-manSweet Brother Johnny (front center)

Because she was taken by surprise with no chance to protect herself, she was ‘knocked out cold.’ Johnny quickly shimmied down the ladder and cradled his limp sister in his arms, yelling “Don’t die, don’t die.”

You can see the scar (in her photo below) which remains visible today.  It is always a reminder for Sara of her older brother, whom she absolutely adores and admires to this day.  Still here…didn’t die.. by the grace of the good Lord above.

sara_scarSara (right) with Bobby Gene Holloway, a cousin.

Meeting the In-Laws

Sara made a trip with Dave, her fiance, to visit with her “soon-to-be” in-laws before their upcoming marriage.  They all sat down for a good ole country dinner together.  Along with Dave’s parents, his spirited grandmother, Mamaw Rhoda, was there.  They called her “Rodie.” She was a strong pioneer woman, kindhearted with a quick witted very good sense of humor.


Mamaw Rhoda “Rodie” Wilson

Although elderly, Rhoda was very able-bodied, lived by herself until she was about 97 years old and kept a nice garden.  Dave was close to his grandmother.  She took care of him throughout his boyhood and he loved spending time with her.  She enjoyed cooking and making hand-pulled taffy which naturally would appeal to a young man.  (Rhoda lived to the ripe old age of 99 years and 7 months.) With Dave’s family living in such a close-knit rural community, it was quite common for them to gather together for dinner just as they did on this occasion.


The dinner was “fried chicken with all the trimmings.” During the meal Sara noticed that Rhoda was eating quite a bit of chicken, but she wondered, “where were the bones?” Well, she soon found out.  When Dave’s mother, Bessie cleared the plates, there they were “UNDER Sara’s plate.” Being a blushing young bride and somewhat nervous in the company of her new in-laws, she became red faced.  But they knew what Mamaw Rhoda had just done and they all began to laugh, putting Sara to ease.

Chicken Bones 2


On another visit Dave’s father, David, discretely slipped a biscuit in Sara’s jacket pocket.


As she was leaving, he asked “What is that in your pocket?” When Sara reached in and came out with a biscuit, he said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were still hungry?”

Sara realized then that she was going to have to watch these folks carefully!  They were real kidders and she really liked that about them.


david-luciousDave’s father, David Lucious Wilson

School Daze

sara_young-girlSara was “such a dreamer” in grammar school.

She didn’t feel that it was necessary to listen to the teacher.  She had other “more important things” to think about.  One day, during her third grade. she decided this one test was just too hard to waste her time on, so she drew a beautiful picture on the back of the test, forgetting that she had to turn it in.  And of course, it had an “unfinished test” on the other side.

The teacher immediately sent for Sara’s moma to come to the school, to make her aware of what her daughter was doing in class while her classmates were taking their test. Sara’s mother said, “Well , I look at it this way… they are mine at home and yours up here at school.  You know what should happen to her and I will back you up!”

WOW!  This stunned Sara.  She was terrified, thinking she would get a big whipping with a paddle. Instead, the teacher wisely sat down and explained to her what would happen in life if she grew up “stupid, with no education.” Her words made sense, it clicked in her head and from then on she decided she wanted to “be smart and prove to the teacher that she had a brain.” Her grades went up each year until high school.  She was on the honor roll each quarter or was knee deep in books, studying hard to get there. She learned it only hurt HER if she didn’t make good grades, just as the teacher had explained.

sara_kermit_neva_rob_partySara (left frt), sister Geneva (right frt center) with Kermit and friends!

Sara says, “I tried to get my kids to think that way. One son made an F and he was wanting to join the scouts because he loved the uniform. I bought him the uniform, but told him that he needed to want to bring that F up as much as he wanted to wear that uniform. He brought the grade up to an A on the very next report card. You have to have motivation to do anything well, and that was a good motivation for him: that nice, new uniform.

Sara and Dave: A Love Story

…a natural, classic beauty

Sara Wright was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a very large, loving family. She was blessed with two brothers, one older and one younger, an older sister along with two younger sisters. Her father worked for the Southern Railroad for over 30 years for about a dollar a day. He had two brothers who also worked for the same company, also for over 30 years. In addition to his job with the railroad, he was also a barber, cutting hair for a quarter (that’s 25 cents, folks) to supplement their income.

Sara (above/left) never knew what was soon to be…

….. just who was about to ‘sail into her life!’

A sailor was soon to rush into her life and sweep her off her feet.

She grew up in Memphis.  That is where they met – in a funny kind of way.  It couldn’t have been‘just chance or an accidental meeting.’ It had to have been a match that was just meant to be written in the stars, no doubt. This is their beautiful story.

Sara worked at Robinson’s Department Store in downtown Memphis while finishing high school at Messick. She continued working there after she graduated. Memphis was filled to the brim with sailors because of Millington Naval Base but Sara would never date any of them. They were “here today… gone tomorrow” she said. But she had a friend who was dating a sailor and had a friend by the name of Herman Mills. Because he was such a mannerly , nice guy, she made a rare exception, leading Herman and Sara to begin double-dating with their friends. Soon after, Herman left for Guam and wrote to Sara almost every week.  In one of his letters, he requested that she send him a pin-up picture of her for his locker.  Having just returned from a vacation at the beach with her older sister, Sara obliged and sent him one of the photos.  Dave Wilson, a Navy man, was stationed in Guam at that time and happened to catch a glimpse or two of this beautiful pin-up posted in his fellow sailor’s locker. The beautiful girl it featured caught his fancy. He wanted to meet this girl.  Dave was soon transferred to Memphis and asked Herman for Sara’s phone number, telling his friend that he wouldn’t know ‘anyone’ there.  Being the good buddy that he was, Dave generously offered to stop by and say hello to Herman’s beautiful friend. (Herman wasn’t thinking straight, it seems, but then -things were not really that serious between Sara and him to have restricted her in any way.)

Sara, talking on the telephone to Dave

Dave called Sara at work and invited her to lunch.  Using sympathy as his weapon, he told her that he was new in town, didn’t know a soul and that Herman, his friend, had given him her number.  Trust, established; sympathy, successful; his plan, a slam-dunk. She accepted that invitation!

Dave, photo taken on one of their first dates.


When Sara stepped outside to meet this mysterious sailor who came out of nowhere, he was leaning against the showroom window, looking quite dashing. She walked up, asking if he was Dave and he repliedyes, he was!  They went to Kay’s Drive-In for lunch and then Dave took her back to work. He quickly called again and asked if she would go to a movie. Sara agreed and picked a movie called Napoleon, which Dave did not enjoy – he hated it!  It was obvious that he was bored. But despite the awful movie, he called her once again.

Kay’s Drive-In, where they had their first date.

Dave and Sara on one of their first dates, at her parents home.

On the next date, they decided on a nice drive and took some pictures, including the one above.  Later they went on a double-date with one of his buddies and a friend of hers. After the date, he went to Sara’s house to meet and visit with her family. Dave was comfortable and seemed to feel right at home.

Often, Dave would go to Arkansas to visit with his own family.  He tried to spend as many weekends with his parents as he possibly could.  This created a problem though.  Sara continued to date and when Dave would call her only to find her out with another, it didn’t sit well with him.  But she was not one to sit home and wait for ‘anyone’ to call.  She didn’t need to sit home either!  Her date book was always full and it just wasn’t her nature.

Dave was sent to California for training and he asked Sara to marry him. They had only known each other a few short months. Her heart might have been saying YES, but her head said NO! She told him she wasn’t ready for that but that she would wait for him to return.  During that period of time, they both chose to not really date many others.

One day, Dave sent her a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses with a card that said, “I love you.” He had received new orders.  He picked her up and drove her to work.  They said their goodbyes and Sara went into the store.  She promptly announced to her fellow workers and sister, Geneva, who also worked there,“he’s gone” and she fainted dead away! Her sister immediately thought this sailor had dumped her and began saying, “Where is he, I’m going to kill him!”

Dave drove for a full day until he couldn’t drive any further.  He knew he wanted to marry her and he would not take no for an answer.  He turned around, driving back to Memphis as fast as he could go to marry his gal.  In the meantime, Sara spent a miserable day crying and upset, not believing he was actually gone.  And then the phone call came.  The next night, he called her at the store and told her, “We need to get married and I will be there soon!” Sara said, “I don’t have anything for a trousseau” to which Geneva said, “You can have mine!”

The beautiful bride at her quickly arranged wedding reception.


The good looking newlywed couple standing with Sara’s mother, Icy, who looked to be in shock.

The next day, Sara and Dave went to Hernando, Mississippi and they were married by a Justice of the Peace.  it was raining when they went in but when they tied the knot and walked out, the rain stopped and a big rainbow appeared.  Sara felt like it was a sign from God, blessing their marriage and life ahead together.

They spent their honeymoon in the mountains with Dave’s parents… not the ideal way to spend a honeymoon but at least they were together. Dave left after that weekend for Hawaii.  It was March, 1955 and in July Sara was flying to Hawaii to join her groom.  There was a transportation strike going on at the time, and she had no idea what to do.  She said, “I must have looked like a deer in headlights.” A lady at the San Diego airport noticed her, approached and asked her if she had nobody to meet her there.  Sara expressed her need to get to Oakland to fly on to Oahu, having no idea how she would get there.  The kind lady took her to her car, whereby her daughter and son drove Sara all over the city of San Diego sight-seeing.  They drove around showing her the home of stars and Grumman’s Chinese to see the footprints in cement, taking pictures of her which they later, so kindly mailed to her.  Then they took her to the airport to catch her flight.  They were wonderful, generous people.

At the end of the flight, Dave was waiting anxiously for Sara at the airport.  He had worried all day that the older car he bought would not impress his new bride.  But Sara only had eyes for him.  She didn’t care what he was driving.  All she saw was HIM! And so it was with the two ships sailing in the sea…

Oh… and yes, unfortunate for Herman… there was a “Dear John letter” written.  Herman, most likely, second-guessed his decision to publicly post Sara’s pin-up photo in his locker after receiving that letter.

One day, while still in Hawaii, Dave ran into a buddy from Guam who wondered what had happened to the girl Herman Mills was writing to. Dave said,“She’s standing over there. I married her!”


Dave & Sara, at the Memphis State Fair.


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