December 10, 1924 – March 9, 2015
Lucy Adams Whitaker, 90, of Grant, passed away Monday.
Lucy was born at home on December 10, 1924 in the Nebo area of New Hope, AL to her parents Shelby and Sallie Jane Whitaker, and the fifth child out of a total of seven. She lived in Madison County the majority of her life except for a short period in Tennessee and upon marrying Leo Whitaker moved in 1978 to Grant, AL.
Mother worked various jobs to include a dime store and a dress shop with her longest tenure at the Genesco Shoe Plant (now known as Lowe Mill) upon returning to New Hope from Tennessee. She had the cushy job of working in a loud environment, unair-conditioned (except for the large windows thrown open wide in the summer and huge fans running) and poorly heated facility while sewing boots for the military fighting the Vietnam War. This was in the day where there was no sick leave. Any time away from the job meant missed pay. Her pay was based on making production which she was able to do. On more than one occasion she took her vacation in pay rather than time off to stretch finances. She made many life-long friends while working there.
Her biggest claim to her immediate family was that she was an excellent country cook. It seemed that just about anything could be made better with a good meal of simple foods. She once said before a Sunday meal, “I hope ya’ll can find something to eat in this old grub” which was an understatement since the table was covered with varied dishes. Until her later years, she cooked a full breakfast (including homemade biscuits) and a full meal every day with leftovers for supper and there was always some type dessert for meals. Her children never left for school without a hot breakfast which she rose around 4:30, cooked breakfast, got ready for work and caught her ride at 6:00 a.m. She loved a garden and canning and freezing foods. Anybody who came to visit was always offered something to eat. It would almost hurt her feelings if she got a decline. She epitomized the saying that the mother is the heart of the home. She was the moral compass and the one constant depended upon by her children. She was proud of her children but she was more proud of her grands, great-grands and especially a great-great grand which she never dreamed she’d live old enough to see.
She was an organizing member of the Gunter Mountain DAR chapter located in Grant. She was so eager and pleased to be a part of this group. She and her siblings grew up on a portion of the original property John Whitaker homesteaded once moving from North Carolina through Tennesee and then on into this area to permanently settle after serving in the Revolutionary War. She was able to visit the relocated original log cabin used by ancestoral Whitaker family members, which was also used by a couple of her siblings as their first home
She loved plants and always had several inside her home as well blooming flowers in her yard during the summer. She especially loved elephant ears (caladiums), and was attentive to their storage over the winter months.
In her last years, she spent many days at the Grant Senior Center playing dominos another thing she loved to do. She and another friend were considered the ones to beat. She would tell us stories of the romances and tiffs going on at the center – and generally any gossip in the community (per this editor –a hot bed for info!) She enjoyed going on outings with this group on the senior bus. She was a member of the Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ.
She was from a generation that will not be replicated. We should all hope to be as resilient, reliable, and practical while making do with what was given.
She was preceded in death by father, Shelby Whitaker, mother, Sallie Jane Cooper Whitaker, husband, Edward Adams, husband, Leo Whitaker, son, Keith Adams, three brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are daughter, Jane (Frank) Poland, daughter, Annette (Harold) Kelly, daughter, Vickie Smith, step son, Ronnie Whitaker, step daughter, Karen Marshall, step daughter, Nancy Dunn, daughter-in-law, Melissa Adams, sister, Ann Minor, grandchildren, Randy (Suzanne) Poland, Danny (Rose) Poland, Koren (Adam) Olinger, Adam (Ashley) Kelly, Sarah Smith, Thor Smith, and Justin Adams, seven great grandchildren, one great great grandson, six step grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday at 11:00 am with Bro. Rick Honea officiating.
Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.