Once A Delta Boy, Always A Delta Boy

A Memoir

by Gene Holiman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/31/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781665753180
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781665753197

About the Book

In this book I am reliving memories of many families about the lives and times in the mid-Twentieth Century Mississippi Delta as I experienced them. Hopefully, these recollections can help readers recognize events and places that were integral to their own upbringing during these formative years. Or maybe inspire others to jog their own images of Delta life they remember. Read. Reflect. Laugh. Cry. Relive growing up in the Delta from your own perspective. Smile. The years just after World War II witnessed an idyllic era which packed explosive agricultural and industrial growth, and which provided a perfect small town atmosphere for raising families. But as more widespread integration was introduced in the '60's, many abrupt changes occurred in the area. Wealth shifted among families and races. Racially separated schools were consolidated. Some businesses prospered, many others shuttered their doors. Opportunities finally opened for some citizens just as they slammed shut for others. Growth in Queen City Greenville and other nearby enclaves peaked and then began to spiral downward. No matter where you live today, one truth still rings true, however. If you were born or raised as a child of the Delta, you will always be a proud child of the Delta.... a Delta Boy (or Girl).

About the Author

Having been born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, after college and a brief stint in the Army Mr. Holiman and his new bride Kathleen settled in Memphis, Tennessee (where legend says that the Delta actually begins in the lobby of the Hotel Peabody). The Holimans became Texans in the early Eighties to continue the author's career in marketing and advertising. In 2012 the author retired from his professional roles to shift his focus primarily to an encore writing career and to ignite his growing interest in civic involvements through church organizations and leadership positions in Rotary District 5870 in Central Texas Today the Holimans enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, all of whom fortunately live in the Greater Austin area, and pursuing their dreams of additional train travel across the country aboard Amtrak and VIA Rail.