1. Jessie B Thompson Easter BIRTH 6 Feb 1903 Metcalf, Harmon County, Oklahoma, USA DEATH 5 Feb 1995 Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma, USA BURIAL Fairlawn Cemetery Elk City, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA MEMORIAL ID 80657333.
2. I personally knew Grover, he was my grandfather. I spent many summers and weekends at his home in Elk City, Beckham, Oklahoma. They had moved from the farm to lived in the city at that time, just a few blocks from Main Street. There was a corner store down the block where we kids would go and get candy. Granny J would send us down to get groceries, and she always gave us a few extra coins; we’d all fill up on sweets. We enjoyed climbing on the big trees in fron of the house, and often go our toes caught in the screendoor.
Grover and Jessie own a couple of apartment buildings that were located just behind their house. Grover drove a car, but Jessie never learned to drive. Grover spent a fair amount of time down at the Domino Parlor playinf dominoes with his friends.
Since Granny didn’t drive, as we were too young to drive, we had to lug the heavy laundry bags down to the Washiteria where they had the old tub washers with a ringer. It was no fun getting you pinkies stuck in those old machines.
Granny’s father, Jesse Thompson, lived with she and Grover for many years. I remember grandpa Thompson always had a pipe and cherry flavored tobacco. Often he’d try to get us on his lap to take a puff, but granny or mom intervened. Grandpa Thompson was sneaky at dinner, he always would send us to the kitchen to fetch something, giving him the chance to change his buttermilk with our sweet milk (yuk)!
Granny “J” always had the most elaberate spread for dinner or supper. She was famous for her fried chicken and sweet tea. She was an excellent cook!
Grover developed prostate cancer in the 1950’s. He had surgery and was never the same afterwards. (The family members who knew Grover and J, know what I’m talking about.
Grover, Sr. passed away in 1966, when my father, Clovis Easter, was stationed in Japan. My father took a compassionate leave and returned to Oklahoma for his father's funeral, and brought Granny “J” [Jessie B. (Thompson) Easter] back to Japan to live with us. It was the first time Granny “J” had experienced having maid serve her in all her life. Kiosan, we called her Kay-o-san, was a very tall Japanese woman (about 6 ft tall) who lived with her elderly mother. She was happy to be at our home, as most of the maids in service were shorter than shee. But my mother was a tall woman, and Kayisan felt right at home. She took a liking to granny and they hit it off famously. Granny taught Kayosan how to make her famous fried chicken and sweet tea and many other delights. Granny enjoyed going to the officer’s club with us all to play Bingo during the week.
Granny “J” live with us in Japan. Dad transferred back to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where Clovis later retired from the military after 20 years of service, in 1969, and returned to his wife’s hometown of Cordell, Washita, Oklahoma, about 40 miles from where he grew up. They bought a house next door to Dad’s office building, and we came home from school at lunchtime to spend time with Granny many days of the week.
When I moved away from home to my new place in Cordell, Granny “J” came to live with me for awhile. Here I was about 18 or 19 years old, and Granny had more friends l. I told her once after receiving three different fellows at the door looking for “J,” “Granny, its not fair—I’m a young woman and you have more boyfriends than I do!” Granny lived music, and since she didn’t drive, her boyfriends would take her to the “Honky Tonks” to sit and listen to country music with all her friends.
Grover, Sr. and Jessie (Thompson) Easter had five sons and two daughters: Delbert Evans Easter; Samuel “Wayne” Easter; Grover “Cleve” Cleveland Easter, Jr; Clovis Laverne Easter; Damon Richard Easter; Ella Mae (Easter) Oehme; and Wanda Fern Easter (died at birth).
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