Ross Dabney b. 13 August 1913 Stockbridge, Henry, Georgia, d. 31 Dec 1971 Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. m. abt. 1935 to Bertha M. Wells; b. abt. 1920 Georgia, d. 17 December 1965 Fulton, Georgia. She was the daughter of Levi Wells and Georgia (MNU); m. 1 July 1970 to Jo Ann Swain b. 29 February 1936 Broxton, Coffee, Georgia, d. 9 February 2019 Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. She was the daughter of Calvin Swain, Sr. and Gertrude Clark.
Rumors and speculation have always been the most regular and sometimes most humorous events of visits with family. If you come from a large one, you’re almost guaranteed at some point to hear the prompt, “Well, I heard…” or “There was talk…” and my favorite, “Folks was sayin’…” As a child, whenever I heard anyone of those three phrases, my ears would stand up like antennae. Even if I had no idea what they were talking about (old folks liked to speak in code back in the day), I knew it was something I wasn’t supposed to hear; which meant it was forbidden, and forbidden meant juicy gossip!
It took several years, but I finally found the obituary of my paternal grandfather published in The Atlanta Constitution on April 30, 1971.