Sherman and Ada Sergent Bentley with baby John
In the 1910 Census the family was at the left hand fork of Millstone. Sherman and Ada had been married for 18 years. He was a farmer. They had had six children at this point, but only five of them were living.: Maggie 16, Bertha 12, Ollie 8, Cinda 4, and Edna 2. Their little brother Vince who was born in 1899 had died before this census.
Maggie, Bertha, Ollie, Cindy and Edna
On September 12 1918 Sherman registered for the draft for World War I. He was described as medium height, stout build with brown eyes and gray hair.
In 1920 the new census found Sherman 45, Ada 47, Sindy 13, and Edna 11. There were two new members of the family since the last census: John 8 who was called Buster, and Arthur 1 who was known as Sonny. Living with them was Archie Kates, age 44.
Maggie had married John Mason and was living in her own household. Bertha married Williard Hall. Ollie had married Samuel Wright, son of Andrew J. and Nancy Bates Wright.
Sherman died on February 12, 1920 of lobor pneumonia. Ada died in 1921. The children were taken in and raised by Patrick and Amanda Bentley Bates. Amanda was Sherman's sister. Patrick was the grandson of John Wallis and Sarah Waltrip Bates.
Edna married Willie D. Bentley on October 21, 1925. Together they had 9 children: Leonard, Atha Delores, Lora Lou, Willie Mae, Sadie, Teddy, Janice, Walter Darrel, and Sharon.
Willie was the son of Otho and Sadie Collier Bentley. He farmed. He mined coal. Together they ran a store and raised their family.
Leonard, Edna & Willie
Edna, Leonard and Sadie Stallard (Aunt Laura's daughter)
Edna and Sharon
Willie in the straight backed chair leaning against the tree holding one of the children. Edna standing by him.
1975 -- 50th Wedding Anniversary
In 1977 after 52 years of marriage, Edna lost her husband, Willie.
Willie and Edna's Children:
Sharon (insert) Leonard, Willie Mae, Sadie, Lora Lou, Delores, Janice and Teddy
Edna lived in an apartment in Indianapolis for many years. Later she moved to the Masonic Home near Louisville, Kentucky. If you are thinking she sat in a rocker and grew old, you would be very wrong.
Edna had a very full life. She had a great circle of friends.
She took up pool and became quite a shark.
Edna also has a movie credit. A movie on Assisted Living was made. She had a bit part which was upped to a speaking part. You can still order this movie on Amazon.com under the title "Assisted Livng".
When she was 97 she took a balloon ride. What she said afterward was a piece of advice: "Don't wear a skirt to take a balloon ride."
I was visiting Otho and Pat Holcomb last November. The last time I had visited with her she was living in her apartment in Indianapolis. We were talking about her and the family. Otho picked up the phone and called her. He handed it over. I have called other members of the family after a long time and eventually they figure out who you are, but all I said was I was Karen, Cora's daughter, and she knew who I was and even talked about the last time I had visited.
When we were little and Edna's family lived in the big stone house many times they would be sitting on the back porch snapping beans or doing some work. A lot of times I would be walking with Kris. We would always call out a hello. Edna would raise her arm and say "Howdy". Kris called her Howdy. I didn't, I always called her Aunt Edna, but she laughed about that to me, too.
Edna and Lora
Edna Bentley was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and led a Christian life. She died on March 3 of this year. She would have been 100 if she had lived to this date. This is the last picture taken of Edna.