Born on the day of the stock market crash in October 1929, Pattie grew up on a subsistence farm in Stewart County, Tennessee during the Depression years of the 1930’s and World War II years of the 1940’s. In her rural neighborhood of Standing Rock Creek, there was no electricity, running water, indoor plumbing, or telephone service. At her high school graduation, Pattie was sixteen and too shy to give the valedictory speech. She entered Murray State College in Kentucky that fall of 1946 and graduated four years later, at age 20, with a degree in Elementary Education, certified to teach elementary school. Continue reading