Joseph Clyde Walters
12/6/09 - 1/4/98
Bertha Marie Guthrie Walters
10/13/16 - 9/28/00
Married: November 18, 1933
Clyde and Marie Walters were my grandparents. You didn't say one name without the other. They lived in the Steele Community in Scott County, MS. They were a godly couple who lived a life by example of their beliefs and their commitment to each other and their family.
I named this house after them so that their remarkable legacy could live on and be shared with others. Clyde and Marie were known around their community for their humble spirits and big hearts. They were the true picture of southern hospitality. Their home was always so warm and inviting. They never met a stranger and it didn't matter what time of day or night you came to visit you were always welcomed with open arms.
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. As a child, I always had so much fun going to their house. Spending time in the chicken houses and playing with baby chicks, climbing on hay bales in the loft of their barn, sliding down the BIG red clay dirt hill in the back pasture and playing under the apple trees and eating green apples.
Some of the best times with my granddaddy were piling up in the back of his old green pickup truck, riding through the pastures, feeding the fish in the pond and going to Ms. Nellie's store to get candy or ice cream. It didn't matter what we did you could see he was smiling and always made us feel so special. He was full of personality and he always had a song to sing. Oh if I could just hear him sing one of those little tunes one more time!
My grandmother was a true farmer's wife. With her boots and cap on you could find her in the garden gathering fresh vegetables or she would be under the big pecan tree shucking corn. She was known for her delicious homemade donuts . She had an old wooden bowl full of flour that she would make up her biscuits and boy could she make some good biscuits!!!! She also had an old black trunk in a bedroom full of old clothes to play dress up. I loved playing in her old clothes.
Christmas time was always special at their house. My grandmother would sew up something special for me and my cousins; matching red flannel pajamas, matching red leather vest (you should see the pictures - we were SO cool). Grandmother and granddaddy's homemade ambrosia was a Christmas tradition - I can see my granddaddy cracking a coconut so he could put fresh coconut in the ambrosia!
These are just a few of the many many memories that I have of them. For those of you that knew them - I know you will understand. For those of you who didn't have the opportunity to know them, I want to share a part of them with you through this house that I fondly call Clyde and Marie's.