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Ron hall
Denver moore
Lynn vincent

1

First white person i spoke to since i was 15

Miss debbie.
When 15 walking in open 1950 ford on we from my aunties
He offered help
Asked for jack
Three boys came and taunted
Lady did nothing
Boy made noose around neck

2

Denver lived

On plantation 200 acres, pecan trees, in louisianna, cotton fields

3

Story about boy who whistled

Beattil his eye fell out then tied to a cotton gin and thrown from a bridge

4

Slavery

Supposedly ended but worked for free, lived in sheck, owned two overalls all in red river parish

5

Train

Made him dream of places black people got paid....jumped on and went to fort worth texas

6

Couldnt read write was homeless alot til he met n

Miss debbie nosiest skinniest woman he ever met

7

We meet hall on a

Tarmac near a mercedes with okeefe paintings

8

Hall

Used to sell campbells soup, then was a banker now an art dealer. Low middle class to upper.

9

Hall didnt hang alot of art in place

Because of the derelicts...they probably came in to et out of heat but hall was afraid they were casing it..had smash and grab of cash and jewelry a few days later....fixed his idea of homeless people

10

Denvers nickname

Lil buddy because pawpaw carried him around. Mom was too young

11

Family structure in bayou

Different varied extended because they were poor. Rare nuclear family.

12

Sharecropper

Man owned land
Letyou use
Buy seed and clothes from him on credit
You work free
Share half profit with man
Man only one that can weigh cotton
Man owned land and you

13

Roosevelt

White people said he was trying to make things better for blacks

14

Cold would stick its hand up

Through floor

15

Sick
Big
Eight flour sack dresses

Bigmama
Denvers grandma

16

Denvers first tragedy

At six, big mama wentto bed after getting two red devil pills cause her legs gave her fits, cat jumped and meowed could see smoke

Shooed cat
Went to bigmama
No flames
Pawpaw at work
Work bro thurman
Hit him
Chimney and roof on fire
Back to bigmama
Roof ready to cave
He crawled to backdoor
Hear her wake up cough pray when roof fell in

17

In the 50s the social order of the south

Was lie charcoal in snow
Plain to the eye
Blacks had their own area niggertown
Many worked for halls grandaddy
Nice folks lived there
Nigger bill
Nigger moses

18

No real names

No checks
No forms
Didnt own shotgun houses

19

Whaat lived under shotgun houses

Mongrel dogs

20

Workers would board trucks

To work cotton field, grandady would buy lunch with marked canteens to drink eat on floor

21

White workers

Gathered for dinner at the house, white black got paid same and he made loans to blacks who paid them back

22

Denver went to live with

Beebee his dad who had a car also heavyset and was popular with ladies

23

Beebee didnt go to church

Because two of his girlfriends and husbands were there. Beebee would listen with kids from car outside .

24

Preacher delivery

From lulluby to full sweat

25

Offering plate

Would come out the window

26

Bebe never came back because

Car broke down
Or
Car was sabotauged

Man stabbed him out of woods

Might have been a husband

27

They then went

With uncle janes in a wagon

28

New kind of slave

Sharecropper

Two massas
One who owned land
One who owned store

Always in hole

29

James moved

To plantation from sharecropping

30

Uncle james mule named

Jennie

31

When working the brothers

Planting seeds
Looking for army worms
Worked with uncle and aunt
Women cooked inside men cooked whisky in woods

32

Who moonshined

White and black people

33

Cook possum

Burn hair off
Boil him get grease out
No store just for salt and pepper
Food came from woods or ground

34

Where did you get cornbread

Put corn thru mill get meal and put on bill

35

Christmas gift

Two pigs to hang in smokehouse nothing went to waste
From rooter to tooter
Eat anything but skunk

36

Uncle james whip

With a switch from a pecan tree for visiting a girl

37

Black religion

Baptist and social center of every plantation

38

Field hand would drive everyone in a wagon

To baptist church

39

Preacher

Brother brown the field hand could read bible

40

When denver was 12

He was dressed in white and dunked in the river with 4 other baptized and had dinner on the ground... Srange to be in water in clothes because he usually swam naked

41

What did he look for during baptism

Gators ... Sunk to the bottom and didnt know he was supposed to come back up he popped up down river

42

What happened to uncle james

He died and aunt effa moved away the boys got split up and he moved with his sister or auntie not sure where brother went

43

Dont need no calendar

You only gotta be where you gotta be

44

White boys ambushed

Black boys using logs to cross river to get to school. Told them to wade. Had stick rock war. White boys won.

45

Keep eyes down

To avoid confrontation.

46

White boys

Hung him in noose horses dragging by saddle

47

Who drove by

Plantation wife with a car and shotgun drove him to aunties in bed a week....thre him off a little in life

48

Deborah and rons religion was

Methodists on sundays until 1973 for a six week discussion group on life because they were seen as nonbelievers. No fish on bumper

49

Where was discussion group

Mccoys with 20 couples .... Saved and saved not.

50

Addressed group on existence, death etc

Kirby coleman

51

Are you sure you are going to heaven

By daddy paved the church parking lot

52

Who said lets pray sinners prayer

Ron

53

Who cross-examined gospel

Deborah then she payed the prayer too

54

Even with 500 bifocals

I can not see inside hearts

55

3 or 4 close plantations with different men one gave him

A shack and outhouse
Lower than a sharecropper
Crack
Children of croppers who just stayed for place to live
Before slaves were freed plantations were self sufficient and had training
Now could only work land and tractors dried that up

56

Plantation owner didnt share

Information on
Schooling
Trading
Army
Radio
Telephone
Electricity
Running water

Fell through a crack in time in louisianna

57

Thurman was in

California and a 27 28 year old brother jumps a train to see him....still owe for overalls

58

When he was 32 in 1977, the art dealer

Paid 275000 for a williamsburg colonial in fort worth
Supportive wife
Charity auctions 1000 plate
Deborah couldnt wrap head around decorations and dres

59

Art dealer travels to

New york
Paris
Florence
Skiing
Wine

Moved to million dollar house knocked it down had convertible in Dallas

Cars
Armani suits

Deborah plugged into god in ministry with aids babies

60

Deb and ron had separate loves

His success, maybe art money
Hers to know god maybe children

61

Billy graham rule

Never be alone with woman whois not your wife

Ron met painter. White wine. She was looking for career help. Not his wit. Beverly hills painter

Only saw her twice then told deb.

62

How did deb findout

He told friend
Friend told wife
Wife said you tell or i will

63

Ron blamed

Her disinterest.

64

After meeting with pastor

They agreed to work things out

65

What did deb do

Call mistress and forgave her then promised to be a better wife and rewrite future history but they had to go to counseling

66

First train stop

Dallas first time out of state. Railroad police came. Jumped trains. We to fort worth than California where he was always in trouble. Hard to find work.

67

Hobo heaven

Fort worth

68

Get grub scraping up dollar
Coat tie type give quick dollar
Others wAnt to help

Why want a dollar

Hamburger drop

69

What is a hamburger drop

Stick wrapped burger in trash, pick up eat, someone gives you money for eTing your own garbage...enough for decent meal

70

Antifreeze for homeless

Jim beam

71

Where good bath

Fort worth water garden....afternoon pretend to push one in .... Soap up under water. Climb up bake dry in sun like anials in woods trying to survive.

72

Denver got a few jobs through

The Labor force
25
Less3 for lunch
Less 2 for ride

20cant even get you a bed

But can buy booze to forget

73

Denver couldnt get job

Couldnt
ReAd
Write
Have clothes
Paper work

74

Rons new affair

His wife

75

Rockytop

350 acre ranch
Anchor
Geographically and otherwise
Velcro hearts

76

Ron and deb in 1998 moved back to eastward

Fort worth...3 days later a paper told her about a volunteer opportunity at union gospel mission...then a letter came from a friend regarding same thing

77

Deb feared

Yellowjackets
Ski slopes black diamond
Black ice
Rattlesnakes
And one other thing missing gods call

78

Code of honor in hobo jungle

Split vienna sausage, six pack and dope

79

Denver earned respect

With fists at telephone, in hobo box

80

After pipe incident

Went back to Louisiana with a 22 where he robbed a bus but didnt get money got off bus instead wouldnt shoot law on him in texas and shreveport made up name thomas moore

81

Where did denver go in 1968

Angola prison for 20 years

82

Who gave denver a knife

Someone he met in shreveport jail

83

The guards at angila

Pointed guns

84

In the years he was in

40 prisoners died 100s were cut

85

He was in jail

10 years then went back to ft worth

86

Slept on street

15 to 20 years not ready to move inside then moved in where e cleaned for his keep...denver

87

When deb was little she

Started a fire club where her friends stole matches for her to use

Bucket of frogs on ladies

Not afraid of much

88

Ft worth good example of

Haves and
Have nots

89

1998 string of people

Going to mission

90

Reached mission deb spoke

In a tone that said hear me on this. I picture this place differently. White fence yellow flowers. Beautiful like rocky top. I had a dream. I saw it changed.

91

Mission director

Don shissler.

92

Volunteer coordinator

Pam

93

Chef

Chain smoking
Live wire
Jim

94

Jims suggestion

Serve meal once a week over the counter and out the back door....they chose tuesday

95

Society sees homeless

As lazy and not the hidden pearl

96

Deb saw in a dream

A man

97

Cost of meal at mission

Listen to preacher tough love message but seemed manipulative to ron

Blind brother bill

No one ever came out praising

98

Huge angry black man yelling

About stolen shoes....it was the man from her dreams....in his 60s... Loner....yellow eyes....hardly spoke...poker face...no eye contact...face stone slate


They thought his name was dallas

99

Why did ron say hi to dallas

To please deb not god
Found out his name was denver not dallas
As appoachable as an electric fence

100

Denver said mission was fine

Until white couple
Attacking me
Cornering me
Told her not to mess
Getting smart with me
Could get hurt

101

Skill to be homeless

Know whos who
Whats what
Stay away from me
She wasnt scared of me with her spiritual eyes
What do volunteers want are they the law'?
Asking to many questions - skeptical
Didnt just come on holidays like other guilty

102

How long for ron to have change of heart about tuesdays

Months. Started to look at tuesdays lie days at rocky top.
Wanted to lend ear or be example.

103

Debs goal

Change lives not just serve macaroni. First idea beauty shop night, comb lice, style hair, give pedicures, facials, makeovers. Then movie night.

Caring caused metamorphosis

Then birthday night.

104

Rons realization

Denver might not e nut case but might see something he didn't lie in him. That was when denver finally spoke,

105

Where did ron take denver

To a restaurant for the first time. Ron was glad they were out of buttermilk because it made him gag to watch.

106

Denver dropped his head at breakfast and

Asked ron a personal question...what is your name. In his circle you dont ask nobody his name. Ron hall.

Mr ron.

Deborah

Miss debbie

107

If denver opened up to debbie and others saw

It would hurt his survival.

108

Denver asked ron

What you want from me.... Answer....i just want to be your friend....let me think about that

109

Folks at e mission think ron and debbie are from

Cia because they are always asking name and birthdate

110

What did denver find strange

That people line up to pay 3 for coffee

111

Denver thought Starbucks barista talk

Was the start of a rumble

112

How long did denver think about becoming rons friend

One week

113

Denvers concern about white folk

Catch and release fishing

Blacks use to sustain

Whites go to trouble to release

Maybe they do the same with friends

114

Denver wore layers of street

A mile thick

115

Denvers first thought about ronsfriendship

What does he want?
I didn't like it.
Being a friend is a heavy commitment more than a husband or wife.
Friends is like soldiering together. Live together die together.
Fair exchange aint robbery.
Even swap straight down the line.
If you is looking for areal friend then i is one forever.
Ron felt humbled and promised not to catch and release.
They hugged outside starbucks.

116

Ron and denver talked over coffee

Met once a week for coffee.
Talked about 20th century slavery of debt bondage.
After lincoln, plantations used legal tricks
Army in charge of south
Then came sharecropping a devils bargain
Crack in plantation south that caused fissure
Meager sustenance no education lots of debt
Ron realized not too far off from his grandaddy story

117

Denver did not think the man

Was not a bad fellow
Just doing his thing

118

Why did denver think the key ring weird

Do you own something for all those keys or do they own you

119

God spoke to denver all those years and ron

Felt privilege to listen

120

When you are precious to god, denver warned, you are

Important to satan. Something would happen to debbie

121

April 1, debbie went to gym then

Annual physical. Something found in abdomen. Did sonogram then sent to hospital. Shadows on liver

122

Next day scheduled

Colonoscopy

123

Got to hospital

20 people prayed during test, 50 during surgery

124

Bible story

Giants in promised land

125

Who did denver pray with for debbie

Chef jim

126

Poor people

Prayed and gave what they had

127

How many years were they married when cancer struck

3 decades

128

Is it in my liver

Yes but there is still hope. But ron didnt know how to cry

129

Denver prayed a vigil

Near the dumpster . Prayed for her to heal and asked him why when she followed works of mercy. He answered with shooting star. God decides where stars fall.accept what you dont understand. Most important job he ever had.

130

A year had passed since doctor call, she talked

About friends in chemo labs, future weddings,grandchildren at rocky top talked about all living not death. Had another surgery. First cancer free than cancer in other places

131

Ron hoped god would buff up

And perform miracle

132

New cancer drug

Cpt11 tried in san antonio. But was a disaster for her burning cramps, ravaged her and she started planning memorial...went to er than private room.then to doctor for private room....maybe 3 days didnt square with prayers....clock cant be turned back

133

Denver said ron watching deb die

Was like watching roof fall on bigmama

134

Denver said our limitation

Is gods opportunity. Leave it up to god. Sometimes to touch us god touches someone close to us.

135

Denver told ron

I know you are questioning god. God calls good ones home to bring glory to his name. She will go when she is finished her work....take that to the bank.

136

The next day doctors suggested a last step

Colonoscopy that could kill her

137

How do you live the rest of your life

In just days

138

Deb seized for how many hours

Four

139

Denver came to the house

With word from the lord, this simple man was dialed into god, said She was ready to go to paradise. Saints on earth had a chain. Told deb to lay down the torch and i will pick it up. Denver said pray with him to let deb go. When her work was done.

140

Denver cried

Over coffee with mr ron. Then went to miss debbie . Put his head behind her she opened her eyes and said he would minister to the homeless. Go on home in peace. Farewell see you on the other side. 3 days later buried at rocky top.

141

What did they spread at funeral

Blue bonnet seeds

142

Miss debbie with denver

Looked past skin and meanness and looked inside. She loved him enough to stand up to him

143

The next day at church was a

Celebration, 1000 people gathered and talked for two hours

144

Denver spoke at church and said

In a rousing voice a message about courage hope and the love of a woman. God prompted him to pickup her torch.

145

They prayed for a miracle and

Got one in denver.

146

Denver knew ron became his friend because

Ms debbie told him too. And denver was afraid that mr ron would cut him loose soon, ron took him to help fix up by debbies grave and collect rocks for three days

147

What did he do to get comfortable

Opened door
Tented blanket in bed
Heard footsteps in room
Peace came over him
Soft hands tucked blankets
Heard ms debbie say you are welcome in our home
It was no dream because he was not sleeping
Knew mr ron was actually his friend
He fell into deep sleep

148

What did they do with rocks

Built pillars for gates and for a fence for six days.

149

Name of cemetery

Brasos del dio the arms of god

150

Denver had something to tell ron as they were working

He saw ms debbie the other night. In a visitation. Everything he said has always been true. Ron began to believe things that he before would not have believed.

151

Ron to denver relationship

First at deborahs insistence
Then some henry higgins to the homeless
Then not to catch and release
Then a new step... Where ron too said forever

152

Deb dreamed of

Bringing beauty to east of Lancaster. She didn't get fences and flowers but did sow compassion.

New mission 10 feet of red dirt ready to recieve the kernel for women and children and the deborah hall memorial chapel. Sick and lost found hope. Fruit of her death. Denver. 100s of women and children.

153

Sunday after groundbreaking at new baptist church in se fort worth

Heard denver speak at debs funeral, pastor wanted denver to preach.....prayed for standing room only crowd but they were somewhere else. Only a few were there. The pastor looked like a black abraham lincoln.

154

How did denver want to be described instead of giving his background to the congregation

As a nobody
Thats trying to tell everybody
About somebody
That can save anybody

155

Denver took pulpit he got

Louder pulling people off the street. The pastor said i believe that gid wants denver come back to teach a revival. Like deborah said, there was a wise man in the city ....

156

Denver used to worry that

He was different from homeless. Fromdeb and ron. But we are all different. We are all homeless working our way toward home.

157

What did ron bring histeacher

A cup ofurine and he had to stand with his nose on a chalkboard circle

158

What did ron steal from debbue


Her ford stock graduation present

159

Denvers grown sister

Hershalee

160

What happened on thanksgiving

The turkey flew away

161

Who warned of the fire

Cat

162

Mule or horse

Mule

163

Tea of toadstools and cow patty

Cow-lip tea

164

What shirts were the college bys wearing

Madras

165

Rons moms name

Tommye

166

Blind date made fun of rons

Shoes

167

What can grasshoppers do

Spit

168

Denvers childhood whit friend

Bobby

169

What was the first new thing denver owned

A schwinn bike

170

What did ron witness on the freeway in dalla

The presidents motorcade

171

At denvers baptism his aunt thought

He drowned

172

Where did ron serve for two years

Albuqurque

173

Who bought rons first painting

Goldberg aka snookems

174

Where did ron and debtake the homeless

To a concert

175

Where did sr bettie serve lunch

Thelot

176

Wy was denver in the hospital

Constipated

177

Whybdid denver praybfor deb at night

Because other people prayed all day

178

Who was mr ballantines angel in the nursing home

Denver

179

Debs last job on earth

To have michael feel god

180

Denvers au t

Pearlie may

181

Paternalism

Black people were childlike and better off like slaves