Tuesday, September 9, 2008

HOMER LARRY SHOOK (1935 - 1956)

Here is a photo of Larry Shook, the 7th of Ruth and Hoyle's 10 children. Tragically, he was killed in a car accident while traveling home to Pigeon Roost from Maryland, where he had been working with his brother, Rhonda, at that time .

My Aunt Mildred and I talked on the phone about Larry tonight for a good half hour. She said his personality was different from the other boys. She described him as easy-going, sweet, good and tender-hearted, a young boy without a temper.

When he was little, he had a serious infection in his lungs that required him to stay three months in the hospital in Banner Elk. My mom, Steve Shook, talks about what a good patient he was and how all the nurses loved him and spoiled him to death. She talks about how she used to let him put on her glasses when she had to care for him to divert his attention.

Once Larry got home from the hospital, he lost a year of school because he had to stay at home to recuperate. According to Aunt Mildred, he never fussed, and he always helped Grandma (Ruth Shook) around the house while the other children were at home. As she crocheted and quilted, Larry learned as well.

If anyone else has memories of Larry, send them to me, and I'll post them OR you post them on the blog yourself. It has been heartwarming to learn more about him as I write in his memory and honor on this post.

(Posted by Tanya Shook Wilder)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Grady and Myrtle Michael's oldest child, Betty Ann, and her husband, Ray, now live in Vero Beach, Florida. Their children, however, reside with their families in Louisville, KY. All of them plan to attend the family reunion in July, 2009.

Betty just recently sent me these photos.

Betty (Michael) & Ray Romano

Betty & Ray's daughter, Jennifer Romano Tanner, and family..
(Left to right: Steven, Jennifer, Emily, Michael Tanner)

Betty & Ray's son, Tom, and family
(From L to R: Christina... 15...attends Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville... Art
Stephanie...19...attends Western KY University... Journalism
Sherri..the Mom...Teacher and every thing else that goes with being a Mom...
Tom... the Dad...YUM Corp
Nicholas... the littlest one, in front)

(Posted by Tanya Shook Wilder)