Bon Jellico Families

The Juddy Evans Family
By Gail Pemberton


    “I was always fascinated by Dad’s stories of Uncle (so-called out of respect for his age) Juddy Evans. Uncle Juddy lived in a small house on the Richardson Farm. He was a drummer (peddler) by trade. Traveling and selling items (especially good candy which Velma Pemberton remembered) in the surrounding area, he was sometimes on the road for over a week."

    "When Uncle Juddy was home, Mom (Liz) Pemberton would send his supper by Dad. Dad loved listening to the things that Uncle Juddy would tell him. As Uncle Juddy got older and did not travel as much, the boys of Bon would play cards at his house. Velma would go, knock on the door, and Uncle Juddy would hand her a hand full of candy so that she would not go tell on Red (Dad) for playing cards (gambling)."

    " Dad said some people were scared of Uncle Juddy because he talked of things that would happen in the future. Dad said a lot of things had come to past that Uncle Juddy had spoken of. Two things that he told Dad were they would put a man in space and there would be race riots in the United States. Some other things I will continue to watch for."

    "The oddest thing I was told about Uncle Juddy was about the day he died. Uncle Juddy cleaned up, shaved, dressed in his suit, laid down, and crossed his arms, and died. They said he knew it was his time to go.” (Gail Pemberton, Rockholds, KY. June, 2007)

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