I remember the last time I saw Tina/Wilma. It was the summer of 2015 in the waiting room at a Parkersburg auto dealership. For many years I had addressed her as Wilma . . . not knowing why she had adopted the name. Our conversation drifted to the Burke Brothers band (circa 1940-50) and music appreciation. She told about going to the country music parks in her childhood to see her favorite - Wilma Lee Cooper - wife and singing partner in the band "Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and the Clinch Mountain Clan". Wilma Lee Cooper happened to be one of my favorites also. Our conversation took on a new dimension in addition to reminiscing about the old days in the Rainbow neighborhood. Her car was ready and she left the waiting room. I guess I was wishing the mechanic had been slower with the repair. There was so much more to talk about.
(George Hausser - Fort Myers FL)
Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 9:50 am