Larry got the house.
It was only fitting.
There were just the three boys in the family of Carrie Lawrimore and Harry Huggins, Larry being the middle one. No girls, just the three boys. The oldest of the three, Harry Lavern (Bo Bo), had built a nice home just across the road a ways. The youngest, John Bennett, had made his home in the Upstate, so there was no need for squabbling. These are the same boys, so close to their parents and each other, who when it was time for the recessional at Harry's funeral everyone in the congregation was startled when the organist, Travis Carter, struck up the tune "Tennessee Waltz."
You would have had to know the family to appreciate this, but it was so like them, so appropriate. Harry had a way of entertaining them, their mother and mostly himself, in the front porch swing by picking this favorite tune on his guitar. What a wonderful family, indeed.
Carrie said it “pert nigh” broke her mother's heart when Harry came to where they were drying up lard from the morning hog butchering and told Mrs. Lawrimore he wanted Carrie to go with him to Kingstree to get their marriage license. She was hurt, but she didn't say Carrie couldn't go, so they went and a few days later were married.
As he did with each of his children, Mr. Lawrimore gave Carrie a farm and it happened to be near Harry's family's farm. As time went on and Carrie (a homebody) found that peiodically she would be required to go to the Williamsburg County seat, Kingstree, she “upped” and gave the farm to Harry so he could go and take care of the business. That was so like the two of them.
They built a small house, just enough for a “honeymoon dwelling.” But then Bo-Bo came along and they found they needed more space, so they added another room. The family kept increasing and they got conveniences such as electricity. This meant they could have a refrigerator, a freezer and most of all, running water.
Running water meant they could now have indoor plumbing (a bathroom and toilet, if you please). As before, when they added a new room as needed, that continued to be their means of architectural design. Nothing formal, just more room. That was Carrie and Harry's way of doing things.
They had always been such modest, unpretentious people. Harry delivered the mail for a while, but other than that they stayed on the farm. Carrie did, however, do a great deal of entertaining with her Home Economics Club, holiday celebrations, church activities, honoring different people on their birthdays or if someone who lived away came home. She always had a big dinner on Jan.y 1, Harry's birthday.
But they both passed away and Larry got the house.
Last time I talked with Larry he was living in the house as it was, doing renovations as the notion struck him by his own design. No hurry. Removing walls to enlarge a room, just as it pleases him. When the inside is finished, he'll tackle the outside.
I haven't had the opportunity to see Larry's renovations, restorations and preservations, but I'm anxious to do so, and I will soon. I would give you his address, but he might not appreciate that; your visit might interfere with his work. If you figure it out and go, for goodness sake, let your visit be brief so as not to hinder him in his work too much.
As one old man was heard to say, the “comers and goers” are all right, but --- the stayers!