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You know you are getting old when you can’t remember what age you were when certain technology became available.  When I was young, we lived in the age of the tv dinner.  The tv dinner was introduced to give families meals around the television.  They were awful.

My first stereo had a turn-table and a 8 track player.  Google that if you don’t understand.

I have always been behind technology advances.  My grandmother lived until just after my second child was born, which makes me a young adult, by then.. but interestingly enough, she never had a microwave oven or a computer.

The first video (yes, they used to play videos) I ever saw on MTV was Men Without Hats – Safety Dance.  Google that if you don’t understand.

The first cassette tape I purchased with my own money was Cyndi Lauper – She’s so unusual.

The first and only 45 record I ever purchased was REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight That Feeling.

My generation stood in lines wrapped three times around a building, to see Star Wars.  We ate peanut butter Reeses Pieces just so ET could get back home.

My generation saw parachute pants and break dance competitions..  and we saw the Space Shuttle Challenger explode on National TV, in a classroom.

We did have rabbit ears on black and white televisions, but I think color televisions were available when I was younger. I’m not so sure about that, though.  Maybe I should Google it.

My favorite part of technology today is duh! GOOGLE.

We live in an instant information world.  I can’t imagine living without my laptop by my side.

I am Generation X.

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Information supplied prior to 20 June 2009:

Stella Mae Downy b: 14 June 1927 d: 26 Nov 2002

bio mother: Cordie Downy (William Franklin Arbuckle’s brother’s wife Sara’s sister)

bio father: brother of William Franklin Arbuckle b: 10 Mar 1885 or 1888 (war records give two different birth years)

Adopted father: William Franklin Arbuckle b 10 Mar 1885/1888

Adopted mother: Bertha Lee Carlisle

“Sara’s sister came to visit and got pregnant with Sara’s husband.”

For six years, Stella lived with Bertha’s parents.  When State took Stella away, “old man Carlisle” went out back and shot himself.


Records found today:

1930 Census Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana

Bertha L. Arbuckle, age 35, age 18 when married, IN/IN/KY, Press Operator, Shirt Factory

William F Arbuckle, age 42, age 35 when married, KY/IN/KY, Machinest, General Auto Repair

Social Security Death Index Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana

Sarah Arbuckle b: 25 May 1906 d: April 1984

1930 Census Jefferson, Clark, Indiana

Alexander Carlisle, age 64 IN/GA/IN

Wife – Dora C, age 58, KY/United States/TN

Daughter – Stella, age 17, IN/IN/KY

Possibly says “adopted” – Stella M, age 2 9/12

1930 Census St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota

(wife) Cordie Downey, 1892, IL/IL/IL

(head) Peter IL/IL/IL Engineer Steam Railroad

6 children:

1- Clifton, age 17

2- Delores, age 16

3- Berniece, age 14

4- Berdine, age 14

5- Francis, age 11

6- Phyllis, age 5

Minnesota Death Archive Record Ramsey, Minnesota

Cordie Ethel Downey

b: 17 Aug 1891 d: 22 Feb 1985

Another possible connection:

1930 Census (4/25/1930) Shavvsvick, Lawrence, Indiana

(wife) Sarah J Arbuckle abt 1908 KY/KY/KY

(head) George T Arbuckle KY/KY/KY

daughter – Mertie M Arbuckle, age 5

son- James W. Arbuckle, age 1 11/12

dadMARTINEZ, Ga. – Michael John Jeffers, Martinez, Georgia, born June 17, 1945, in San Francisco, California, passed away on Friday evening, May 8, 2009, after an extended illness, surrounded by his family and friends at home. He was beloved by all and will be sorely missed.

Son of the late John Paul Warland Jeffers and Margaret Foster Jeffers, Mr. Jeffers is survived by his wife of 31 years, Melinda McCormick Jeffers. He is also survived by two sons, John-Paul McCormick (Cory) Jeffers, 23, and David Lee (Davy) Jeffers, 18, of Martinez, and by one daughter, Heidi Jeffers Thibodeau, 40, of Summerville, SC.

In addition, Mr. Jeffers is survived by two sisters, Patricia Jeffers Walters of Carrollton, TX, and Mary Anna Jeffers Kruse of Goldendale, WA, and one brother, Daniel F. Jeffers of Victorville, CA. His other relatives include two sisters-in-law, Anne McCormick Snider of Martinez, and Penny Jeffers of Victorville, and four brothers-in-law, Stephen S. Snider of Martinez, John E. McCormick IV of Hephzibah, Richard Walters of Carrollton, and Dennis Kruse of Goldendale, one son-in-law, Bryan Thibodeau of Summerville, and three grandchildren, Katie Lynne, Matthew, and Morgan. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive Mr. Jeffers.

Having been born and raised in California, Mr. Jeffers enjoyed his early years as a surfer and lifeguard, graduating from Point Loma High School in 1963. He continued his education at Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA, earning an Associates Degree in 1973, and later a Bachelors Degree with High Honors in Industrial Arts from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA, in 1975.

After working for several years as a rehabilitation therapist for the Veterans Administration Hospital, Mr. Jeffers decided to pursue a career in education, earning his teaching certificate, plus a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Augusta State University in 1990, and a Specialist Degree in Occupational Studies from The University of Georgia in 1996, where he also won the Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship for Excellence.

At the time Mr. Jeffers was first stricken with illness, he was finishing his doctoral dissertation in curriculum studies at Georgia Southern University, having completed all coursework with a 4.0 average.

Mr. Jeffers served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1967, as a tactical missile launch specialist and systems analyst on the Minuteman ICBM, until he was honorably discharged.

He began his teaching career in Columbia County in 1981 at Evans Middle School, and then moved on to Richmond County at both Westside High School and Hephzibah Middle School, teaching shop in his beginning years, and later technology education, until his retirement in 2003. Mr. Jeffers also taught several construction classes at both Aiken Technical College and Augusta Technical College as an adjunct instructor.

Mr. Jeffers was a past member of the American Vocational Association, the International Technology Association, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Phi Delta Kappa, and Omicron Tau Theta. He was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA; one of his most cherished accomplishments included helping to wire the pipe organ of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He loved The Lord and sought every opportunity to serve His Will.

Pallbearers include Mr. Jeffers’ youngest son David, his caregiver, William H. Van Wyck III, his nephews, Stephen S. Snider II and John E. Snider, and friends, Jimmy Ayers, and Frank Carstarphen.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 PM at Elliott and Sons Chapel on Columbia Road with graveside services to follow at Westover Cemetery, Pastor Edward Rees and Pastor Emeritus Robert F. Hunt officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301, or on-line at Published in The Augusta Chronicle from 5/10/2009 – 5/12/2009 (and in the San Diego Union/Tribune 5/12/2009)


AUGUSTA, Ga.- On Thursday, May 6, 2004, Mrs. Jean Honeycutt McCormick went to be the The Lord after an extended period of illness. Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Robert F. Hunt officiating.

The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. McCormick was born on January 23, 1924, in Charlotte, N.C., moving to Martinez, Ga. in 1954, to operate a dairy farm with her late husband, Mr. John E. McCormick. Mrs. McCormick was valedictorian of the Class of ’42, Harding High School, Charlotte, N.C., as well as the recipient of numerous other awards including the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship award. She began working at the age of 18 as secretary to the superintendents of Thompson Orphanage in Charlotte, Pop and Mrs. Whisnant, until she moved to Georgia with her husband and children.

After ending the dairy business in 1961, Mrs. McCormick took a position as an executive secretary at Continental Can Company where she served until her retirement in 1985.

Mrs. McCormick was a Certified Professional Secretary, past president of the National Secretaries Association and Secretary of the Year for 1975. She returned to school and received her BBA degree from Limestone College in 1983, graduating magna cum laude.

She was a devout Christian and a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church USA and an ordained elder. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend anyone could ever ask for and she will be sorely missed by all who loved her sweet spirit so dearly.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by her three children, John E. McCormick, IV and wife, Marie, Anne McCormick Snider and husband, Stephen and Melinda McCormick Jeffers and husband, Michael; by her grandchildren, David Lee Jeffers, John-Paul McCormick Jeffers (Cory), John Eric Snider, Stephen Samuel Snider, II, Rachael McCormick Griffin, Lorie McCormick Ratliff, Chad Sams and Gendy and Dan Crowden and by four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be, Frank Carstarphen, Marty Goldman, Cory Jeffers, Tom Lamb, Barry Paschal and Cal Schlein.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Platt’s Funeral Home, N. Belair Rd., Evans.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Rd., Augusta 30909, the Augusta Rescue Mission, 526 Walker St., Augusta, 30901 or Thornwell Home and School for Children, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, S.C. 20325-0060. Sign the guestbook at

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