Whitesburg KY

Bully from Joe’s Branch

My eight years going to grade school in Burdine we always walked the railroad tracks coming and going from school to Camden, which was about a mile.

At that time in my life I was very shy and quiet. I never picked a fight in my young life.

We had this large bully who sometimes walked with us. No one liked him. He would always pick on us.

One day when we were walking home, the bully was picking on two of my schoolmates. I think it was Billie and Betty Williams, who lived on Camden, who never bothered anyone, and were twins. I was one of the very few who could tell them apart.

I was afraid of this bully, and I asked him to stop pestering them. When he would not stop, I walked up to him and punched him in the nose.

The girls and I got out of there. I knew he would hurt me if he got his hands on me. But from that day on, he never bothered me again.

I hope the Williams girls were not with the young ladies that took our clothes the one time we were skinny dipping in the creek at Joe’s Branch after school one evening.

You ladies drop me a line and tell me how you are getting along. I have not seen either of you since the mid- ‘40s. I always tried to look after you ladies. You were my friends, and I missed you at our 25th and 50th high school reunions.

I got my GED from the military in 1952.

Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.

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