My Winston-Salem Memories

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Story: This is my Aunt Dot arriving at Smith Reynolds Airport from an Eastern Airlines flight from California in 1952. My father, Roy Adams Highfill Sr, worked for the airlines, and took the picture.

Dr. Depp from Centenary Methodist Church married my Mother, Betty Benbow Sink, and my Father, Roy, in 1949. I was born in August 13, 1950, the 1 child, and cousin on both sides of the family. We lived at Salem Court, Ardmore Terrace, Cloverdale Apts at that time. Later, in 1957, leased to own, from Douglas Elam, 496 Knollwood St., across from the original flag pole at J.W. Moore School, Now, Moore Magnet Elementary.

My father, Roy Adams Highfill Sr., needed to make more money to purchase the home and raise his family, so had been offered a job to drive for Roadway Express. At this point in time, my brother Breck, who had turned 4 Jan 26th, 1958 was not yet attending Moore. My mother, Betty, was with child at this time.

Dad was called out on a snowy night in March, by the Roadway dispatcher, to carry a load to Philadelphia. It was the night of March 20, 1958, when the truck that he was driving, was blown off the Skullykill Bridge after delivering the cargo, during the snow storm.

The next morning, I can remember to this day, my Mother, taking in to the bathroom, and sitting me down, and telling me privately, that my Dad was not coming home. I was in the second grade, 7 years old, at the time. I remember someone saying to me, sonny, you are now the head of the family!

Later, in July, on the 1st, 1958 my little sister, was born, Mildred Elisabeth. (Millie Beth).

1961 Moore School in background

Aunt Dot

Breck at Moore School

Mom, Roy Jr., Breck, and Dad

Roy Sr., Roy Jr., and Breck

Salem Court at Ardmore Terrace on Cloverdale


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