Elijah Fuller
and Alpha Banks

Elijah "Lige" Fuller b 9 Jan 1919 Isom, Letcher Co., KY d Oct 1983 Isom, KY; s/o Green Fuller and Leona Smith. Uncle Lige was very handsome and a very nice person. Lige Fuller m. Alpha Banks b abt 1925; d/o John L Banks and Eva Combs. Children of Elijah "Lige" Fuller and Alpha Banks;

1. Cecil Ray Fuller b abt 1941 d 1975 in car crash; m. Unknown. Child of Cecil Ray Fuller and Unknown;

i. David R Fuller

2. Delzie Green Fuller b abt 1943

3. Roger Gale Fuller b abt 1947

4. Charlotte Fuller b abt 1949

Articles in the Mountain Eagle
Newspaper Sandlick Section
and Letcher in Detroit by Rev. Byrd Adams

June 22, 1944: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Maggard and children, Mrs. Lige Fuller and boys (Cecil Ray and Delzie Green Fuller) went on a picnic Sunday at Blackey.

October 5, 1944: Mrs. Lige Fuller and sons (Cecil Ray Fuller b 1941 and Delzie Green Fuller b 1943) were Saturday night supper guests of Mrs. Arlie Sexton.

Letcher in Detroit Feb. 7, 1952, Rev. Byrd Adams. Detroit -- we were invited to a bridal shower by Mrs. Alpha Fuller and Mrs. Clyde Banks and I broke a previous engagement to meet some people there from Letcher County (Kentucky). The shower was for Miss Matilda Hale from Whitesburg (d/o Thomas Tommy Hale and Ada Caudill) who is engaged to Mr. John Banks Jr. of Sandlick Road. The gifts were mostly practical items needed to start housekeeping. Some were sentimental i keeping with the little frills that add an extra touch of happiness for any bride-to-be. There were at least 23 present (including the escorts, such as husbands, etc!). I arrived later than most of the others and found every one occupied in games or conversation. Tom Hale (Thomas Tom Hale was half brother of Elijah Fuller) was beating all the men who took turns playing checkers with him in the end of the living room where the men were gathered, leaving the women to carry on in the main living room. Others were playing rook, etc.

I enjoyed a chat with Edgar Whitaker from Big Cowan who came with his wife. I had not known Ed before coming to Detroit. He is employed with a railway company at Dey (Del?) Ray. Bobby Fuller (brother of Elijah Fuller) told me that he is presently employed with the U. S. Rubber and his particular job is making certain parts for waterproofing the underpan of the army jeeps. Others present besides the hostesses were: Clyde Banks, whose wife was one of the hostesses, (Mrs. Fuller's husband, Elige, was still at work driving a cab for the Checker Cab Company; (Mrs. Samuel Caudill and her daughter, Mrs. Cornelius Huff; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Holcomb and little daughter, now residents of Melvindale, Michigan; Paul Frazier, formerly of Premium; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Douglas, (Mrs. Douglas is the former Arzella Hale of Whitesburg. Mr. Douglas is from Alabama); Mr. and Mrs. Van Warax and duaghter; Mrs. Monroe Blair, formerly of Knott County (her son, Dale, who is also a checker Cab driver part time, was to pick her up when the evening was over); and of course, the bride-to-be, Miss Matilda Hale and naturally the young John Banks, Jr., groom-to-be.

The big day for the two happy people and who can say they are not both lucky is set for Saturday, February 2nd. The bride's father, Rev. Thomas B. Hale is to marry them. Having been raised together gone to school and set in the same classes, they had to meet again in Detroit to fall in love. Well love will find a way and cupid shoots his darts in the remotest of places and often under the strangest circumstances. Good luck, John and Matilda! But, I wish you more than just good luck - may you and may your home be always and forever a Christian home where Christ reigns supreme. Thus, happiness shall be yours where failure would be the lot of others.

February 7, 1952: Elijah Fuller had plans to return to Alaska sometime in February (1952) This writer (Byrd Adams) would be more interested in heading in the other direction for the duration of the winter. A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Astor Adams, formerly of Premium, January 15, (1952). The blue eyed girl with black hair weighed in at 6 pounds 13 ounces at birth. Mr. and Mrs. Adams plan to take their newly born baby with them on a visit to Kentucky within a few days. They are going down to see Astor's father who is in failing health at the moment.

February 21, 1952: Saturday, February 2, Mr. John Banks, Jr., and Miss Matilda Hale stood before the marriage alter and said the sacred vows of matrimony. Officiating in the uniting of the young couple was the bride's father, Rev. Tom Hale. Rev Byrd Adams was asked to stand with the minister and lead in the closing prayer. Mr. Banks' mother, Mrs. Evie Banks of Sandlick Road, was present for the occasion. The informal wedding was held in the huge living room of Mr. and Mrs. Elige Fuller's home. Mr. Fuller is a brother to the bride's father and Mrs. Fuller is a sister to the groom. There were 26 close friends and relatives present. Others could not make it. The young couple left for a stay in Kentucky after the wedding. Mr. Banks' mother accompanied them as far as Sandlick Road.


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