Welcome to my webpage. I hope you enjoy your visit today and will return often. Please take a moment to look around. My favorite hobbies include crafts, decorating, angels, looking at magazines. My passion is clothes, shoes and jewelry. I love fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. My whole life is my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jess & Lady Shirley's Story

Jess and Shirley met when he was 15 and she was 13.They met on a ball field at a grocery store. There wasn't a lot to do in the country when they were growing up, except for soft ball and dances. They usually double dated with Shirley's sister, Pauline.�Sometimes they would square dance on a swinging bridge in the evening with car headlights as the only way they could see. Periodically Jess would do his famous "Buck Dance".

Jess had been working and farming with Frank the mule since he was 14 years old. Around that time he lost his mother. He wanted to join the Navy at the age of 16 years old, but his father thought he was too young and would not sign the enlistment papers.�When Jess turned 18 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed most of the time in Okinawa. Japan during World War II, where he was embedded with the headquarters and base service squadron in the 22nd Air Depot.

After his time in the service came to an end, he and Shirley had long gone their separate ways. Shirley eventually married and had 4 children.

Jess enrolled in school in Florida and eventually moved to Columbus, at which time he married and had 2 children.

Coincidentally, unknown to both of them, they were both ending their marriages.�One day Jess went to Albany to visit his sister and learned Shirley was ending her marriage and was working as a hostess in a local restaurant. He went to see her at the restaurant. She got so nervous she wouldn't talk to him.

Eventually Shirley consented to see him again. This was 13 years after they saw each other as teenagers. Future dates consisted of sitting in Shirley's living room with Shirley's mother present and who didn't want to leave them alone. She didn't want Shirley to date that "wild Country boy".

Jess and Shirley had decided to marry. Jess left for Florida in order to obtain employment and a place to move his new family. After getting a job and sleeping in his car for a while, he found the perfect home for them to live. He went back to Georgia to marry his childhood sweetheart.

Jess and Shirley were married on October 5, 1958 in a Georgia courthouse and moved to Florida on October 6, 1958 where they raised Shirley's 4 children. Jess had been a hard worker all of his life.�At times he worked three jobs to support their 6 children. Their children are all raised now and are still the best of friends. Shirley and Jess have 6 children, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


My oldest grandson, John Dion Ridenour-Marvel was killed in an accidental shooting. Please view the memorial my daughter made for him.

Shattered Dreams

Please look at my husband's web page. I think you will enjoy it. He has a very different site from this one, of course! I think you will enjoy it.

Jess's Forest Stump


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