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“A Full And True Eliada Orphan” – by Clifford B. Davids

Janie Carlysle Hargrave, widely known in Lumberton, N.C. as “the first lady of religious work,” sat down at her desk one evening in December of 1939, burdened by the series of tragic and unfortunate events that had over taken young … Continue reading

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“To Protect and Defend” – The Legal Maneuverings of James G. Merrimon – by Clifford B. Davids

James Gibbon Merrimon was born into judicial royalty. He was the son of renowned Judge James H. Merrimon, and the nephew of Augustus S. Merrimon, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. A stalwart member of the Asheville legal community for over … Continue reading

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“The Prodigal Son of Eliada Orphanage” – the interview with John David Carter

I was fortunate to know John David Carter for well over a decade before he passed away in 2013. His friendship was fully entertaining, and the many stories he told me about his life made for a fascinating tale of … Continue reading

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“They Call Me Lillie Peaches” – a Conversation with Maye Westmoreland Wiggins about Eliada Orphanage

My name is Maye Wiggins, and I was born in July 8, 1945. My Mom had me at a place called Faith Cottage in Asheville, North Carolina. I found out later it was a home for unwed mothers. I didn’t … Continue reading

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“A Clean, Beautiful Life” – the June Saylor interview

June Edith Saylor passed away in April of 2009 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home, Knoxville, TN. Her enthusiasm for life’s small victories, eternal optimism, and daily devotions are sorely missed by her church family at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, her … Continue reading

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