12 Days of My Family 2021 – Phillip D. Cummings

My husband, Phillip D. Cummings, was born on February 25, 1976 to William and Phyllis Cummings. He is the second of their four children. He graduated from J.A. Fair high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a bachelor’s in Marketing. He is a member…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Mattie Heck Hatchett

My great grandmother, Mattie Heck Hatchett, was born on February 23, 1878 in Arkansas to Louis and Nancy Heck. She was the wife of Evva Hatchett and the mother of 12 children. She lived in Jackson county Arkansas until her death on August 23, 1924. I remember a large photo of her hanging on the…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Evva Hatchett

My great grandfather Evva Hatchett was born on March 29, 1874 to Peter and Evaline Hatchett in Jackson County, Arkansas. He married Mattie Heck in 1895. Evva was the father of 14 children. He moved to Chicago in 1947 where he worked as a carpenter. He lived in Chicago with his second wife, Mary ‘Lula’…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Wayman Alexander Denson

My great grandfather, Wayman Alexander Denson, was born on January 21, 1896 in Lauderdale, Alabama to John and Charlotte Denson. He was the middle of three sons and the father of three children. He moved to Newport, Arkansas with his mother and two brothers in the late 1910s. He moved to St. Louis in the…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Oscar Wright

My great grandfather, Oscar Wright was born on December 25, 1864 in Mississippi to Joseph and Virginia Wright. He was the husband of Nona Skipper Wright and the father of twelve children. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Patterson, Arkansas. He lived in Woodruff county, Arkansas where he devoted his life…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Nona Skipper Wright

My great grandmother Nona Skipper Wright was born on May 5, 1892 in Woodruff County, Arkansas to Jacob and Josie Skipper. She was the wife of Oscar Wright and the mother of twelve children. She was a member of Eason Chapel Methodist Church and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mama Nona was…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Ernestine Wright Hatchett

My maternal grandmother, Ernestine Wright Hatchett was born on January 1, 1926 in Grays, Arkansas to Oscar and Nona Wright. Being the youngest girl in the family afforded her the opportunity to attend a private high school, Cotton Plant Academy. She went on to attend Shorter College in Little Rock after she graduated high school….

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Gus Hatchett

My maternal grandfather, Gus Hatchett, was born on May 25, 1905 in Newport, Arkansas. He was the husband of Ernestine Wright Hatchett. He was also the father of six children. He worked for the Southern Oil Mill as a seed cleaner in Newport. He was a deacon of Morning Star Baptist Church and also a…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Gladys Denson Mays

My paternal grandmother, Gladys Denson Mays was born on June 11, 1913 in Newport, Arkansas. She was the oldest of her siblings. She decided at a young age that her education was important, and she wanted to become a teacher. She moved to Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 14 to complete grades 10-12…