By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
For almost 90 years, JB Delaughter has called Madison his home. He was born in 1922 and has been in Madison for all but two years of his life. He has worked as a farmer and a pallet maker. He enjoys fishing, peppermints and going to church.
Growing up in Madison, JB attended Madison Training School. While in school he enjoyed playing football and basketball. When he wasn’t in school he was usually working on the tobacco or cotton farms. He worked as a farmer for most of his childhood.
At the age of 14, JB’s mom passed away, leaving he, his two brothers and their dad to care for their home. They cleaned the house and yard and tried to keep things as tidy as possible.
When he got spare time between work and school, JB enjoyed going fishing at ponds in Madison for brim and bass. He and his brothers also enjoyed listening to the radio. Another treat that JB had was getting to buy peppermints from the traveling store.
When he was old enough, JB joined the army. He served in World War II for two years. While in the Army he traveled to France and Okinawa, Japan. After returning home from the war, JB worked as a farmer and other jobs. Then he began work as a pallet maker. It was this job from which he retired.
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.