Sitting in a recliner in her living room, Edna Gaskill
of Stacy is full of stories. She pauses occasionally to gather her thoughts
or remember a name, but with delight she always grasps the missing link
she’s searching for, regardless of how long ago she last accessed
the thought. At 86, she’s one of the oldest members of this community
of a little more than 200. Her husband, Alfred, is just a few months
shy of being the eldest at 89.
“Stacy was always a special place,” Mrs. Gaskill said. “But it’s a lot different now. Growing up I always knew people; we knew everyone. And there are new people now, more young people. Most of the older folks have passed on.” She remembers, however, that Stacy was a wonderful place to grow up as a child. “It was always a community with a lot of love; a brotherly love for each other and our surroundings.” Everyone, she said, took pride in the community and worked together to retain the area’s spirit. She started school in what was referred to as the “old schoolhouse,” which was located where the fire station stands today. It was actually the second school house Stacy had known, but certainly one of the community’s most beloved structures. “I remember it being such a beautiful building and everyone pitching in to keep it up, adults, teachers and students,” she said. “We all loved that school.”
Mrs. Gaskill also remembers well the slew of stores that
had graced the community, including shops owned by Price Mason, Elmer
Salter, Ralph Pittman, Monroe Nelson, Roy Fulcher, Wilbert Lewis and
While she can’t remember a time when the “highway”
road wasn’t there, it was nothing more than a dirt path traveled
primarily by horse and wagon. Only a few families in town had a car
when she was a child, she said.
“People here were always educated,” Mrs. Gaskill said. “A lot of them weren’t college educated but many of them were and there was always an interest in learning. The community was always interested in its churches and its schools. We believed in progress.” And through the years, Stacy has raised doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, business owners and many a service-man.
“There’s been a lot of changes, but I miss
the closeness the most,” Mrs. Gaskill said. “We used to
be much closer. Everyone’s so busy today that they don’t
have time to really stop and enjoy what they have.
By Amanda Dagnino for the Carteret County News-Times
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