The youngest of five Gillikins, Bell grew up on a farm eight miles east of Beaufort in a little community called “Bettie.” Back then, everybody worked. Her father and brothers worked the farm by day, then often her father fished at night to support the family. They raised hogs and chickens, butchering and curing them themselves as there were no refrigerators or freezers then, she recalls. On Saturdays, her mother took fresh vegetables to the Morehead City market. “Sunday was a free day. Sunday we went to church.”
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Contributed by Joyce Taylor