Pilcher ~ Nall Family
By elaine Bay
Jessie Darlene Pilcher Nall
Jessie Darlene Pilcher Nall was born at the home place in the community
of County Line on October 29, 1923. The nearest town was Collinsville.
Ten children were born to General
Robertson 'Bud' Pilcher and Jessie Dee Brown.
The children are:
Ethel Mae Pilcher Baker
Lignum Pilcher Tinsley (Husb - James Paul Tinsley)
Amanda Pilcher Ballinger
Robertson Pilcher (Wife-Avis Bruce)
William Pilcher (Wife- Elsie P. Robinson)
Oliver 'D.O.' Pilcher (Wife- Alberta M.)
Fern Pilcher Thomas
Lee Pilcher Barre
Jessie Darlene Pilcher Nall (This Page)
Her paternal grandparents were Lewis
Robertson Pilcher & Nannie Henry Ingram.
Photograph of the Family of Lewis & Nannie Pilcher & their
Her maternal grandparents were David
Oliver Brown and Amanda Graham.
Pilcher Children, Collinsville School Photos
Darlene and Julia, the last children born to this large Pilcher family,
were given names at birth by their father; he called Julia 'Jack' and Darlene
'J.D.' When each girl reached the age of about 18 months, their mother
said, 'Bud, it's about time we named this girl.' So 'Jack' was named
Julia Lee and 'J.D.' was named Jessie Darlene. However, their father
continued to call them 'Jack' and 'J.D.' The immediate family called
our mother 'Darlene' but at about 60 years of age, she decided she wanted
to use her first name and her mother's name.
This family of 12 lived in a 3-room house; they raised all of their
food on the farm. Every fall Darlene walked a mile to and from the
one-room County Line School. Each week, she wore one dress three
days and the other dress two days. The also got one pair of high
top shoes that had to last the entire school year. When the shoe
soles had holes worn in them, cardboard was cut and fitted into the bottom
of the shoe to last a little longer. When the shoes completely wore
out, it was time to go barefoot regardless of the weather. Darlene
carried her lunch in a maple syrup bucket which was usually a homemade
biscuit and sausage. One of Darlene?s childhood memories was of her
mother raising turkey. At the end of the day, she and her mother
would walk the woods to find and drive home the turkeys to roost.
Recess was swinging on a rope, playing tag, or 'Red Rover Come Over'.
When there were not enough boys to make up a baseball team, Darlene was
always chosen to play on the team.
She played guard on the girls? Collinsville
High School basketball team for four years. 'For the first time
in the Collinsville High School history, the girls' basketball team won
the class A, B, and C championship by defeating Van Alstyne in a two-game
series. Darlene also played on the championship softball team while
at Collinsville High School. In the 10th grade, she was voted 'Best
All-Around Girl'. She continued her high school education at Collinsville
High School and graduated Salutatorian of the Class
of 1941. She was also voted 'Best Girl Athlete' in her senior
found in her memorabilia about her class and school)
Darlene started working outside the home in the early 1960's and was
employed in the clerical field. Her last job was as an admitting
clerk at the old McKinney hospital (North Texas Medical Center).
William Clem Nall
|She received enough money to attend Draughon's Business School in
Dallas, Texas, for one year. William Clem Nall and Darlene
were married in Dallas, Texas on June 16, 1945 after he was discharged
from the United States Army Air Corps. They had twin daughters, Mary
Elaine and Patricia Ann. While her daughters were growing up, Darlene
stayed at home. She was an excellent seamstress and made all of the
girls' clothing until they were about ten years old. A blue-checked
dress with a gathered skirt, Peter Pan collar, and a tie at the waist she
made when the girls were about five years old hangs in the closet ?til
this day. Mrs. Nall was an exceptional cook, the kind that measured with
a handful of this and a pinch of that. We enjoyed meals of fried
chicken, fresh green beans, real mashed potatoes with real butter, white
gravy made from scratch and homemade biscuits. Darlene always made
her own pie crust which was rolled very thin and came out of the oven flaky.
She never used a store bought pie crust. Other things she enjoyed
were reading politics and going to church.
She and her family moved from Garland to Pilot Point, Texas, in
1968, where she lived for 35 years until Alzheimers began to take its toll
on her. She became a resident of Autumn Leaves Alzheimers Home, McKinney,
in July 2006, where she was living she died.
Obituary of Jessie Darlene
Published in The Herald Democrat on 10/8/2009
Jessie Darlene Pilcher Nall died Oct. 6, 2009, a rainy morning just
short of her 86th birthday. She was born at the family farm on the rainy
night of Oct. 29, 1923, her father having to ride his horse to town to
get the doctor. She was the youngest child of 10 born to General Robertson
"Bud" Pilcher and Jessie Dee Brown. The family of 12 lived in a 3-room
house in the County Line community, which was on the Grayson and Cooke
Darlene attended grade school at County Line school. She graduated
from Collinsville High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1942, having
been voted "Most Athletic" by her classmates.
She moved to Dallas to attend Draughon's Business School. After
World War II she married William Clem Nall; they had twin daughters. The
family moved to Pilot Point in 1968, where Darlene lived for 35 years.
Darlene is survived by her daughters, Elaine Bay and Patricia Nall;
five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one sister, Fern Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Ethel Mae Baker,
Vita Lignum Tinsley, Leota Amanda Ballinger, Lewis Robertson Pilcher, Luther
William Pilcher, David Oliver Pilcher, General Ralph Pilcher, and Julia
Burial will be on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Collinsville Cemetery after
a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
the Collinsville Cemetery Association, P. O Box 323, Collinsville, TX 76233
From Darlene's Daughter: