One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for March 8, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday my wife and I attended the wedding of Chelsea Biggs a beautiful young lady who grew up next door to us in Lumberton. Chelsea married Tommy Sullivan at First Baptist Church in Lumberton NC. Chelsea is the daughter of Kenny and Bonnie Biggs.
The wedding was as grand of an affair that I have every attended. There were lots of special touches at both the church and reception. Yesterday 34 years ago Chelsea’s mom and dad got married in the same church. It is kinda neat as parents to celebrate your anniversary and daughters wedding day. The reception featured great food, drink, an 11 piece band, a gigantic tent, and wonderful people.
Tommy Sullivan is a member of the US Army and hails from Granbury, Texas. His sister Danielle Tackitt wonderfully covered the Adele song “Make You Feel My Love”. As I closed my eyes and listened to Danielle sing I thought Adele was in the church. The link below will give you a sample of Danielle’s talents.
We purchased our home next door to Chelsea’s in 1998 when she was in 4th grade. Our family kind of balanced out the neighborhood. We had Chelsea next door and her three McDonald cousins Sara-Kellie-Meaghan living behind both of us. Our 5 children (four boys and one daughter) helped balance the gender make-up of our Elm Street neighborhood.
Chelsea graduated from Lumberton HS and went on to get her college degree from Peace College in Raleigh, NC. She currently manages Biggs Park Mall and works at Century 21 Real Estate. Century 21 is also where my wife Mira works. With Chelsea working at Biggs Park Mall she represents the 5th generation of K.M Biggs Incorporated which Kenneth Murchison Biggs started in 1903.
If you know Chelsea’s family you know they have a strong appreciation for history. Her family’s ties to Robeson County (NC) history run long and deep. If you go into her mom and dad’s home it could be described as a mini history museum and cultural center.
During the reception I had an opportunity to speak with John Caldwell who is a Biggs family cousin and also one of Kenny Biggs dearest friends along with being his standing playing partner at the Pinecrest CC member/guest golf tournament.
During our conversation John flattered me by saying he actually had read this blog and asked what my post for March 8th would be about. I told him I was hoping to feature Chelsea and one of her friends. John gave me a great idea and helped me talk to a friend of Chelsea’s Katherine Culbreth Martin.
The wedding day connection between Chelsea and Katherine is pretty special and like all things with the Biggs family demonstrated an appreciation for history and family.
The Friend-CHELSEA BIGGS SULLIVAN-dancing with her husband Tommy Sullivan
The Friend of the Friend-KATHERINE CULBRETH MARTIN-depicted at Chelsea’s Reception with Dan Kenney
From Brussels to Lumberton, NC the Wedding Veil
In 1957 Chelsea Biggs paternal Great-Great Aunt Annie Ruth Caldwell Baker (Mrs. Horace Baker) purchased a cathedral length wedding veil. She purchased this veil while visiting a convent in Brussels, Belgium. She observed that the nuns in the convent hand stitched the bridal veils and used the proceeds to benefit the mission of the church.
It was the intent for that veil to be worn by granddaughters and future generation of Mrs. Horace Baker. The veil got packed away in a cedar chest until 1973. It was then that Katherine Culbreth the granddaughter of Annie Ruth Caldwell Baker got married in that veil for the first time. Two other granddaughters used that veil in their weddings also. Susan Culbreth Guy and Dottie Culbreth Covington were also Mrs. Baker’s granddaughters who wore the veil.
I am always amazed on what a small world it is. In 1986 Dottie Culbreth who at the time was Dottie Duea was our back door neighbor on West 22nd Street in Lumberton, NC. When I had to take my wife to the hospital to deliver our third child I dropped the two oldest at her West 23rd St. house.
The veil didn’t stop being worn by Mrs. Baker’s granddaughters it has also been part of the weddings involving the bride of her great-grandson Mitchell Culbreth Guy when he married Molly Smith. Chelsea’s paternal aunt Elizabeth Biggs Britt also donned the veil.
Last night Chelsea became the 9th member of her family to wear that embroidered Rosepoint Brussel lace veil.
Katherine Culbreth Martin started the tradition and Chelsea Biggs Sullivan kept it going. Somehow I believe Annie Ruth Caldwell Baker is smiling on how she turned a purchase into a loving family tradition.