no time for fear



Parton Saints of Widows and Widowers: Willie Maude and George Dallas



courage to carry on



in 1930 George Dallas King age 54 listed his household as wife Willie Maude and nine other children





So many people died in the 1918 flu pandemic that there were Sunday school meetups for widows and widowers where my grandparents met. My widower grandfather George Dallas King married my widowed Scottish grandmother Willie Maude Tindol (Howell) January 1920. He was older and brought to the marriage a daughter one year older than his new wife. Between them, the marriage started with eight traumatized children, but love prevailed and eventually expanded to thirteen children. My mother was the twelfth in 1927. Grandma had security and according to mom, that worshipped her father, he was a good catch. Eventually this menagerie of yours-mine-and-ours-family settled. Grandma said her stepchildren were more like loving siblings to her and mom said she had too many parent-types bossing her around. They were traumatized by death then the great depression and then WWII, but it made them very close and loving toward one another. I adored Thanksgiving each year at grandma’s listening to the strange stories. In 1992 most siblings from eighty-eight to sixty-five showed up to our family reunion at Disney World where we rented all the electric putt-putts carts for them to ride around on wearing Mickey Mouse rain poncho. My mother was ecstatic to be with her siblings. It was magic.


Post Script: I told my grandparent’s widow and widower story for a winter solstice story telling hour but I missed one child! OMG, she wants to tell you her story! “My name is Beacon King. I was two years old and died seven days before my mother died in the 1918 flu pandemic. I was the one that found Willie Maude for my forlorn father which she also had a sweet two year old, Erna! George Dallas grew to love Willie Maude and baby Erna as his own whom reminded him of me.” Such sweet sorrow.





  1. Lurie Nadawah King (Griffin) George Dallas and Mary Charles 2/23/1902 7/4/1978
  2. Lucile King (Gordy) George Dallas and Mary Charles 5/24/1908 4/9/1998
  3. Hercules A. King George Dallas and Mary Charles 7/26/1911 6/23/1979
  4. Eulon A. Howell Willie Maude and Pun Roy 8/27/1912 6/26/1979
  5. Lenora A. King (Morris) George Dallas and Mary Charles 6/7/1913 4/15/2004
  6. Beacon King George Dallas and Mary Charles 6/15/1916 11/15/1918
  7. Erna M Howell (Roney) Willie Maude and Pun Roy 12/7/1916 9/3/1979
  8. Leroy Frank Howell Willie Maude and Pun Roy 12/13/1918 12/6/1976
  9. Inda King (Mayo)(Tart)(Inskeep) George Dallas and Willie Maude 11/3/1920 6/7/2013
  10. David Washington King George Dallas and Willie Maude 9/17/1922 7/2/2009
  11. June Valeria King (Wilson) George Dallas and Willie Maude 5/6/1925 12/17/1998
  12. Joan King (Groves) George Dallas and Willie Maude 4/13/1927 9/15/2005
  13. Gilbert Dean King George Dallas and Willie Maude 2/2/1930 12/18/1997