|My grandmother Edith Vann, second from right. She and the others in the photo were Sara Lena Poole's pupils.|
Sara Lena Poole's granddaughter (and my cousin), Carolyn Dayries, displaying some of her talent. She also has other videos on her YouTube channel. Carolyn and her older sister Amy inherited some of the musical skills their grandmother had. They also are related to Sarah Frances Espy (Sidney/Lee) on their father's side. She too was a musical gem in her own right. Click here to learn about Aunt Frances' gift, and how that gift made its way to her niece, Aunt Marilyn. There are others in this family line who also have musical talent: my brother Mark and cousin Melanie come to mind. All this reminds me of the Nature vs. Nurture argument.
Here's a wonderful piece that Beverly wrote about her mother's history with the piano:
Sara graduated from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia in 1927. While at Piedmont she received a medal in piano in 1925 and a Certificate in Piano in 1926. She received Piedmont’s first Bachelor of Music degree, graduating Cum Laude in 1927.
In Decatur, almost every single person called Mother Mrs. Espy. Not only the pupils, but the parents of the pupils. Even the neighbors, and most of the parents of my friends. Of course her sisters and brothers called her Sara, and a few very close friends. But she was definitely known as Mrs. Espy. As I write this, I can see my mother straightening up, standing tall and erect, with her shoulders back - very dignified.
is taking voice lessons while several participate in their school and/or church chorus.
To see Sara Lena Poole Espy's and J.J. Espy, Jr.'s ("Bud John")descendants today, click here.
Here's another family member who had tremendous musical talent. This is the sister of J.J. Espy, Sr..