What a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing. I fondly remember many of my Grandfather's stories, he died when I was only 8, but I use to coax stories from my Mother and Aunts about their life on a farm on the Nebraska prairie. I did take the time to write them down and have preserved them for our family. I also taped my husband's Grandmother's many stories of growing up in "town" in the same little Nebraska town and her experience throughout her life. I regret I never knew my other Grandparents, but you do the best you can with what you have to work with. One of my projects this year is to start recording my husband and my life experiences. We're pretty ordinary people, but I would like to think there are "high" points that will be of interest to our future family members! Blessing of the day to you and yours.
Ahhhhhhhh, Jeremy. What a story, and what a legacy you were given. I too grew up in the Appalachian mountains of eastern KY very near the WVa line, so I know of what you speak.
Thank you for the warm memories and for sharing your close to the heart tribute to your family. Again...what a story!