Carol Joe, the Covered Bridge, and Valentines
The grave is at Noonday Baptist Church.
As I grew up in Cobb County we had two covered bridges to enjoy. One was between Smyrna and Mableton and the other was between Marietta and Roswell.
Now we have one covered bridge.
Carol Joe Clayton had a head-on collision with the one between Marietta and Roswell. It killed Carol Joe and demolished the bridge.
It happened on a Valentine Night, February the 14th, 1963, when I was in the Navy.
Carol Joe and I grew up side by side. For about six years we lived next door to him and his family. He used to tell me he was born on Halloween. But his marker states he was born the day before Halloween.
At his mother’s wake a couple of years ago (on Super Bowl Sunday) I mentioned to his brother that I always thought Carol Joe was born on Halloween. His brother said, “Yep, born on Halloween and died on Valentines”.
I still don't know what day Carol Joe was born on. I wonder if the marker is wrong?
Which ever day Carol Joe was born he died on Valentines.