"Someone has said that a beautiful young girl is an accident of nature, but a beautiful older woman is a work of art." I believe that she is both. Her perfectly proportioned features were once enhanced by long black hair, but now short white hair adds aristocracy rather than age to her face. Her neck was always long, and she has always held her head high, but with a trace of pride, as if to say, "I am the daughter of a king." This is my way to describe my oldest sister.
Cora Bell Brian, b. August 30, 1894, Fannin County, Texas. She was the second child of Kleber Dessex and Elizabeth Melton Brian. On May 28, 1916, she was married to Walter Franklin Greenhaw at Desdemona, Texas. His parents were Arthur Lee and Laura Meeks Greenhaw and grandson of William A. and Lucinda Phelps Greenhaw. Cora Bell and Walter have two sons:1. Henry Ford Greenhaw, b. March 19, 1917, Desdemona, Texas, m. Mabel Mabry, daughter of Royal Quinn and Lula Lester Mabry. Ford and Mabel have two children:a. Mabry Greenhaw, b. January 12, 1940, m. Darla Williams and to this union three children: Melissa Kay Greenhaw, March 4, 1962; Michael Jay Greenhaw, b. January 17, 1964; and Marlon Clay Greenhaw, b. December 29, 1970.2. Billy Jeff Greenhaw, b. December 23, 1926, Estacado, Texas, m. Dorothy Huffman, Desdemona, Texas. Born to them two children:
b. Nancy Greenhaw, b. January 14, 1946, m. Jack Dean Collum, August 5, 1967. One child. Shelley Renee Collum, b. May 8, 1971.
(Let me add a word here. I performed the marriage ceremony for Ford and Mabel and thirty years later I married their daughter, Nancy to Jack Collum.)a. Linda Greenhaw Allen.
b. Morris Ray Greenhaw, b. September 12, 1946, Desdemona, Texas, m. Doris Albright, November 29, 1968. They have a daughter, Diana Rhea Greenhaw, b.December 23, 1969.
Left to right: Nancy Greenhaw, Shelley Renee Collum, Henry Ford Greenhaw, and Cora Bell Brian Greenhaw. Four generations in this picture.
Left to right: Cora Bell Brian Greenhaw, Walter Franklin Greenhaw, Billy Jeff Greenhaw, and Henry Ford Greenhaw.
The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Walter Franklin and Cora Bell Brian Greenhaw. Memories of the wedding performed by Rev. Jim Bayes, Lingleville, Texas.