With the video below, go with Mary Jo Hooper Cobb and Interviewer Neal Hearn in Tuckasegee, North Carolina. as they take a walk back in time on property that has been in Mary Jo’s family since the land was inhabited by the Cherokee. This is the property mentioned in the interviews found to the right of the video, where Mary Jo gives us life in the mountains through four generations of commitment and service to the community.
Gladys Denton Hooper was born in Towns County, Georgia on June 26, 1913. She passed away on December 30, 2008, three days after this interview with Doreyl Ammons Cain, co-founder of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia. Gladys married Ayscue Benjamin Hooper (1910-1992) and the couple settled in the Tuckasegee Valley, Jackson County, NC. They had two boys and two girls, one of which, Mary Jo Hooper Cobb, is featured in the interviews. The stories preserved within this podcast takes in account at least four generations of this precious mountain family.
Stories of Mountain Folk Interviewer Doreyl Ammons Cain (Creative Corner) begins a series of interviews with Mary Jo Hooper Cobb. She gives us a glimpse of her life growing up in Tuckasegee, NC, and her love of the environment of the mountains.
In this second interview, Mary Jo shares the fascinating story of her mother Gladys Denton Hooper, who quietly and delinquently took care of three generations of grandparents.
Now we hear about Mary Jo’s grandmother Mary Jane Queen Hooper, a “granny woman” who delivered more than 100 babies in the local community.
Mary Jo tells stories about her great grandmother, Dorcas Ingabo Wood Queen…stories that includes scenes from Sherman’s Army and the drama of a panther attack.