I have yet to accumulate much in the way
of LEFEVERS histories. I am counting on all of you to fill in these gaps.
Some excerpts from notes I have been sent by those who knew him:
"We used to live just next to Sydney Lefevers, or Sonny as he was
known. I remember that Sonny owned a sawmill at a place called Mill Creek.
At that time Sonny was married to Jenny Locke, and she had three sons,
(not by Sonny), Kenneth, Charles and Mike and a daughter named Wilma. I
remember Sonny so well. He and Jenny had an old milking cow and they would
give me homemade buttermilk every week if I would cut some wood for them
for their stove in the kitchen."
"I was but a young boy when I lived next door to
him. I do remember him as a kind and very likeable man. He had white
hair. He used to let me go with him up to his saw mill but always kept
me a safe distance from the saw mill blades. He would also let me ride
on the logging trucks that brought timber to his mill. As a small boy growing up in the mountains, I was pretty rowdy, and when I did wrong, Sonny and Jeannie did a lot of
correcting on my person. I left Kentucky in 59 and went into the army.
I was gone when they both passed away.
I if remember correctly, Sonny had interest in a few coal mines too. I
don't know what ever happened to them, except his step son, Charley may
have worked in the mine for awhile, as he died from black lung cancer.
Charley was a WWll war hero."
"I knew Sonny Lefevers personally and his wife, Mrs. Locke. He was
known as Sonny to everybody, young and old alike. He was a friendly, nice
man and well thought of in the community. I seem to remember someone mentioning
that Sonny was Gabe's uncle, but he was known as Uncle Sonny to almost
everybody. That is a good example of how well liked he was. I remember
him being thought of as an honest, hardworking man."
"Mom remembers China and her husband Hobert Lefevers. They ran a
restaurant at Stoney Fork, Ky. in Bell County. She said she remembers getting
to go to her restaurant on rare occasions and that was the only time she
got to have a hotdog."
Sonny Lefevers - Bell
Man Shot in Quarrel Over Girl
(News story from the April 23, 1955 Pineville newspaper)
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