Former Palmer resident Amanda Opal Hobbs James (left) of Nashville was born on April 12, 1914 in McMinnville, Tennessee to Willie and Vernie Creighton Hobbs of Tarlton and lived there until her father died. At the age of seven she and her mother moved to Palmer to live with her grandparents John H.M. and Mary Tate Creighton who had a general store in the Tatesville community. After moving to Palmer, Mrs. Hobbs married Willie Mitchell and they later had a store in Tatesville that a lot of you will remember. “Vernie Mitchell was a fine woman, always involved in the church, and was a great leader in the Fall Creek Cemetery Association,” said Palmer Town Historian David Patton. Opal and her friend the late Norma Sitz Stoker are both 1934 graduates of Grundy County High School. Opal married coalminer and barber Jesse James and they had a daughter Linda (right) and son Glenn who also live in Nashville. Linda is a retired R.N. and Glenn is a retired barber and has a son Adam James. “Anyone who lives to be 99 deserves a card whether we know them or not,” said Patton. “Opal still has a number of relatives and friends here in Grundy County and across the country and I’m sure they will remember her.” The address is Mrs. Opal James, 8591 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN 37221.