Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee

When Emma Ann Steelman Phelps McMichael of Elkton Tennessee and Jerry Vaughan McMichael of Galena Park Texas were both born the oldest of 4 children, it had already been determined that they would under God’s guidance meet and marry, also having four children. How the gap bettwen Elkton and Texas would be closed is another story as Mr Steelman would say during his oft repeated Davy Crockett like Tennessee yarns at family davy crockettget together, and both the Steelmans and the Phelps were large families, as this story is about Elkton and that wonderful ChristianElkton Tenn in 1909 lady and nurse of RNs, Emma Ann as she had been known at home. {After meeting at Memphis, Jerry and Ann preferred the name of Ann, and each of the four kids except Jimmy, the youngest, was given that name in Elizabeth Ann, Eunice Ann, and Jerri Ann.}

Always working hard at every thing her hand found to do except the boring work at the hosiery factory in Pulaski, which in God’s grace, set her up for Nurses training at Baptist Memorial Hospital in

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Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis

Memphis and attendance at the Bellevue Baptist Church of famous preacher Dr. R.G. Lee where Jerry and Ann met. {Where later Dr. Lee Dr Leewould marry Ann and Jerry and then licensed Jerry to preach on a quick weekend trip from Pax River Maryland__why both came from Pax River together is another good and short story to be told later in good Steelman Tennessee fashion– and a short honeymoon trip back by way of Hot Springs at Uncle Ellis Hawkins lakeside place.} At the time in Elkton, it did not seem so easyElkton school as Mrs Steelman and the family doctor who agreed to pay for her training at Saint Joseph in Nashville met a counter in Baptist Deacon and Mason father, Mr Steelman, who quickly took her to Memphis Baptist for enrollment.

The Steelman’s both farmed at the old 40 acre place shown at 195 Silver Creek Road, but he was also an Ironworker having worked on195 Silver Creek Rd projects like the Tennesse Valley Authority and she with her three other Phelps sisters had worked hard at many jobs including at the cigar factory. {After marriage it would be a family joke that Ann smoked cigars and drank Jim Bean, also close to Giles County; but it was permissable because raised an active Baptist who said at an early age that “she wanted to be baptized just like her daddy”; and was at the Charleston river in West Virginia–yes, another story.} Grades did not come as easy for Ann as for Jerry, and later Elizabeth, but like with every thing else what “her hand found to do, she did it well for the elkton high schoolglory of God”, including Salutorian at Elkton High School. {Always a kidder, Jerry claimed that there were only two in her senior class.}

Partly from her fathers example, and counter to the tradition saying of “if you need something let us know”–which always irritated her and her father chose to bring his prayers in groceries, Ann was alwayspalo pinto hospital busy whether as director of nurses in Mineral Wells, Texas, or pastor’ wife in Hot Springs or during any of the many family travels on missile work and F-16 flight test, to see and do good for people. If she knew of a sickness of a fellow church member, without words, she would go and do the laundry at their home. And Ann took to the style of tent camping of her Boy Scout and scoutmaster husband, living atKenna NM 1961 Kenna NM during the Atlas Missile work, and camping at the way up from Roswell to Montana, Seattle, South Dakota, and North Dakota on Minuteman Missile work. Sporting a little red 1961 Ford Falcon, pulling a U-Haul, she and Jerry had to once, unload the travel then travel the rest of the way up the mountain then reload, while camping outside of the Salt Lake in the Wasatch Mountains. There were some scaries like the rattlesnakes at Kenna and the field mice that would run across the bed at night; the silence from the tent when the Bear was eating their meat at Mesa Verde National Park campground; or the bears shaking the falcon back and forth for bread at Mount Ranier; and the scare of the Cuban Missile Crisis at South Dakota, close to Wall Drug Store. Always, Ann was a troupadoor and never complained as to the life style she chose as a life time companion and “help mate” to Jerry

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