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 July 3, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
When my family moved into our first Lumberton home in 1985 we had some great neighbors and friends. Those friendships led us to create an event that many people still talk about with us today. We called it the 4th of July Wing Ding Block Party.
We lived on the corner of West 22nd Street and Floyd Ave in Lumberton, NC. We got great support from our neighbors including Dottie Covington, Hubert Cain, Barry O’Brien, Tom Britt, Danny and Martha Andrews for the block party.
The concept was real simple we got people to chip in a certain dollar amount to purchase drinks, ice, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Everyone brought a covered dish and trust me we had plenty. We also got permission from the City of Lumberton thru the influence of Dr. Ray Pennington to block off all of Floyd Ave from 23rd to 22nd Street so the kids would be safe.
One of my wife’s dearest friends at that time was Lynn Noble. Lynn grew up in Lumberton and helped us in so many ways getting acclimated to all the things that young married couples with children needed to know about. She and her children Maggie and Charlie were good friends with our children.
Lynn is a very creative person and is a former 1st grade school teacher at Tanglewood Elementary School. Lynn was always one of those ladies that could find a way to make some interesting piece of jewelry.
Below are some examples of Lynn’s expertise with Jewelry
Lynn was also the ultimate multi-tasking mom during the time we were having these 4th of July block parties. Lynn was not only a mom with small children she was enrolled in school herself at UNC Pembroke obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She finished that degree in 1991.
At the time Lynn and her husband Gary lived in a real cute house on West 26th Street that today is owned by Southeastern Health. I would like to have a dollar for every time the Nobles were either at our house sitting on our screened in porch or we were at their house. That $1.00 dollar payout would make each family rich. Our kids were always together doing a wide variety of activities together.
Lynn’s two children Maggie and Charlie are no longer at home. Maggie has just recently gotten married on May 16, 2015 and goes by the name of Maggie Holt. Lynn’s son Charlie is deployed in the Middle East as a member of the North Carolina National Guard.
Lynn’s rock and best friend has always been her husband Gary Noble.
The Friend-LYNN NOBLE
The Friend of the Friend-GARY NOBLE
Yard Dart Partner
Gary Noble is a man who you like to have as a friend. He is reliable and can give you insight to a lot of stuff. He has worked at McKenzie Supply in Lumberton for as long as I have known him.
One of my fondest memories of Gary is him being my yard dart partner at those block parties. Gary and I also had a fondness for the draft beer that was available at the event. In addition to being beer drinking buddies we also were yard dart partners. For those not familiar with the 1980’s Yard Darts actually became a banned toy.
Lawn darts, or Jarts, were all the rage in the 1980s. With a few Jarts, a few friends, and a few beers, American backyard-barbecue-goers would lay down small plastic hoops as targets and play a game not entirely unlike horseshoes. Each player would toss the darts into the air, attempting to arc them into the opposite ring. While the darts, which had a metal spike and plastic fins on the sides for flight stability, were not especially sharp, they were weighted. They picked up enough speed to come sailing down with a satisfying thunk and stick in the ground. Landing a bulls-eye in the hoop would net a player three points, and the closest non-bullseye landings would get a point.
Lawn darts were removed from stores the week before Christmas in 1988 and banned from further sale. The ban did not, however, include a recall of darts that had already been purchased, and the commission sent out a press release pleading for the public to destroy their darts or keep them out of the hands of kids.
I am happy to say that no one got maimed at our July 4th Wing Ding Block parties being played with banned Yard Darts. Eventually the wives got there wish and all the yard dart sets we had got destroyed.
What didn’t get destroyed was my memory of some good times I had with my Yard Dart partner Gary Noble.