~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Great Aunt Buna ~ The Last Cedar Tree

We lost our sweet Great Aunt Buna on May 12, 2010. Just shy of her 100th birthday.
The last sibling of my grandmother, Maude Rose Hull Arrowood. May the angels wing you safely home, we will miss you dearly.

On the 1930 Census, Walter D. Moody and Buna Magnolia Hull Moody are married, ages 21 and 19, living in the Gastonia Township, Gaston County, North Carolina.

A young married couple, in love and just starting out in their life together.

Buna's parents, Elias Burton Hull and Virginia “Vergie” Belzonie Dellinger Hull, had a total of seven children that were documented, and out of that seven ,only four made it to adulthood. I am sure these losses were heart breaking ones.
Luther Houston Hull, Born February 15, 1906.

Luther Hull and Flossie Lynch Hull ~

Luther married Flossie Lynch. Together they had at least two sons.

Luther died May 13, 1996 and Flossie passed away on August 10, 1987.
They are both buried near Luther’s parents in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Lincolnton.

Next born to this couple was a set of twins, Maude Rose and Audie, a boy.

Sadly Audie died at birth or very near after. Maude mourned the loss of her baby brother, her whole life.

Maude and Audie were born May 27, 1908.

Buna Magnolia Hull was born next, on Nov 10, 1910. She married Walter Dorson Moody. Together they had a house full of kids. Two sons and four daughters.

She had 22 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 27 great-great grandchildren. Blessed with a full life and a long one, she went on to her reward.

We have lost the final “cedar tree”, but heaven has gained an sweet angel.
Imagine all the changes and wonders she saw during her long life.

Walt died on August 12, 1987 and is buried at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, in Mt. Holly, N.C. , as will be our Buna.

Records indicate there was another girl born to this couple on April 17, 1914. I have not found a death certificate for her, but there may not be one in existence. Death certificates did not start until the year 1914 in North Carolina. Until then I do not have a name for Baby Girl Hull.

Ollie Mae Hull was born on June 26, 1915. She married William Miller Smith on January 01, 1934. William Miller died on September 19, 1937 and they are both buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Gastonia, N.C.

Lastly, there was another girl born to this couple. I only recently found the information about her. Another Audie.

Little Audie D. Hull was born on May 27, 1918. May 27, Maude’s birthday. No doubt named after her baby brother that passed. Sadly little girl Audie also passed away, at the age of 7 months and 16 days, on January 12, 1919. She died from Bronchial Pneumonia. She is buried at Bethel Baptist in Lincolnton, N.C. with her parents.

Great Aunt Buna was pretty and petite, and she also was the smallest cedar tree in the ‘three sister trees‘. Those trees that stood behind my grandmother’s house, over time, came to symbolize her sisters and herself, to my grandmother. Her way of staying close to her sisters, I believe.

All three, standing tall, together.
Now they are all in heaven, together once again, standing side by side.

What a joyful reunion that must have been!

Ollie, Mother Virgie, Buna and Maude.

" God shall wipe all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." ~ Revelation 21 : 4

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