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More on Coal Fire, Alabama

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-06-2009


Comments by Nadine prompted me to do another post on Coal Fire. Folks, this is a real place. On US 82 west bound from Tuscaloosa, you pass  Coker, Gordo, Reform, Sanderstown and then, there it is, COAL FIRE, AL. You have to go down Coal Fire Circle to really appreciate the city and Coal Fire Baptist Church. Us cousins are going to have a reunion at the church in July. Some of us have not seen one another in years. Yes, Nadine, there is a Coal Fire, Alabama………

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Yes indeed there is :). I can remember many days just sitting around Coalfire store in the mid 80’s with my Uncle Hollis Byars. It seemed at one point to be a kind of hang out spot for the older men. I remember days of when they were constructing the new 4 lane roads and people using rope swings off the bridge into Coalfire Creek. Those memories just make me smile as much as thoughts of hanging out at the boat house on Mcshan Lake shooting the breeze with Maude and Ed and whomever decided to just come out and socialize. It was at times as much of a meeting place as Coalfire store :).. I’ll be going back this summer and retracing some of my paths back then, even thought some of them have long since disappeared.

Jason, I only visited about once a year during the 80’s and 90’s, but you probably remember Webb and Otera Hester that lived at the bottom of the hill. The McCool house was next door and I think it is still there though cover with vegetation. I too will be there again this summer as the cousins, Bonner’s, Hester’s, McCools, Halls, Bishops, Boothes and maybe a few others. July 16th all day at Coal Fire Baptist Church. Thanks for visiting the site and come back anytime. I enjoyed your comments….Pete Hester

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