Births Deaths Marriages, Paternal Kin

In remembrance.

I was on vacation, marveling at the Alhambra and Mezquita, dawdling over tapas, when I received the email. “I wish there was a better way to share the news …,” it began. And then the incomprehensible: news that a cousin had passed suddenly in a tragic accident. He wanted no announcements, no services, no fuss. But for this tiny memorial to our collaboration and friendship, not even six years old, I am doing my best to honor his wishes.

Births Deaths Marriages, North Carolina, Paternal Kin, Photographs

Remembering Jesse Lee.

My Aunt Mamie had two handsome boys. John‘s birthday was last week. Jesse Lee‘s would have been today.


Jesse Lee was a quiet, brown-eyed, blunt-featured version of his brother. Together, they were beautiful.

Image Happy birthday, Jesse Lee Holt (11 December 1927-27 May 1993).


Photographs (or copies) in the possession of Lisa Y. Henderson.