Wyoming County West Virginia
Biography of Robert Lee Acord Jr.
Robert Lee Acord Jr. was born February 25,1922 he was the son of Robert Lee Acord Sr and Mary Eva Ann Allen and was one of Fifteen children.
His paternal grandparents were Ben Henderson Acord and Nancy Allen.
His maternal Grandparents were Henly Helm Allen and Juliet Ann Blankenship.
He was born at Clear Fork Wyoming County West Virginia where he grew up and worked on Crouch’s Farm for E.G. Crouch Farm and Lumber Company.
He married Myrtle Lilly Hager d/o Watson Riley Hager and Sylvia Belle Davidson Hager.
They married in Oceana Wyoming County West Virginia on December 21,1944 by the Reverend Lon Cook.
And to this marriage 8 children were born 7 daughters and 1 son their children are as follows;
Sylvia Acord Bragg,Betty Acord Goodwin, Myrna Acord Walker,Nancy Acord Paynter,Virginia Acord Gladden Bradley,Stallie Acord Sheppard Allen ,Mary Acord George Bradley Hood Lundy and son Robert Edward Acord
He loved to work in the garden and he always said there’s something special about anyone who tilled the soil and raised his own food it was what God intended for us to do.
His favorite fruits were Peaches and Pears and he always canned them .
He later went to work in the Coal Mines at Eastern Gas and Fuel at Kopperston ,West Virginia .
He loved Blue Grass music as well as anyone His favorite religious song was “ Come Home it’s Supper Time he said it was his mothers favorite song and he felt close to her when he listened to it.
I remember when he was learning to drive it was about 1956 he had bought a” Mint Green Woody “ it had the wood panels all along the sides all us kids saw was a big place to play in the back of that station wagon and we loved it as the music would play, for some reason daddy had a hard time learning to drive forward as we lived in Oceana just below city hall the streets were not paved and ever day after he came in from work he would put us kids in the back seat of that “Woody” and off we would go around and around all the city blocks “Backwards” that is one off my favorite memories of Daddy after we were grown we joked with him all the time about how hard it was for him to learn to drive forward.
When it was a upbeat song He would dance a Flat Foot or clog depended on the song I can still see him and mom dance a jitterbug how they would smile at each other.
Loved to hunt and ginseng always ready for a fox chase and a workout for his dog.
I remember their first store bought Christmas tree the year was 1967 we had always went to the mountains and cut our own Christmas tree so mom wanted no part of a plastic tree but after a lot of talking from me and daddy we talked her into it daddy and I went to the western auto store in Oceana West Virginia and we bought new lights and a beautiful green Christmas tree and even new ornaments we were so excited we could hardly keep the little ones away until we finished they were right in there to and how I remember when we got it all together and the lights on Daddy would sit and just look at that tree for hours he didn’t want us to take it down after Christmas .
We had no way of knowing that would be his last Christmas
He Died on November 1,1968 at the age of 46 of Coal Miners Lung Disease (Black Lung) in Beckley,Raleigh County,West Virginia
Submitted by Daughter Sylvia Ann Acord Bragg