Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Jason Harmon: My name and meaning to me
Wesley, a historical middle name. Memories of Grandpa's song, "Me and lil Jaybob went a-hunting." The tragic drowning in the Blue Hole on Snake Creek. The Fateful Sneeze. Big Wes. Irvin Wesley Bryant. Ervin Wesley Harmon.
By Jason "Jaybob" Harmon
I always tried to listen carefully when my grandparents would begin a story by saying, "Well, Jaybob don't take this as the gospel . . ."
Papaw always called me "Mr. Jaybob," and I really miss hearing him say it when I would walk through the door at his house. He never called any of us grandkids by our real names. He made up nifty songs to go with our names. My song was always, "me and lil' Jaybob went a' huntin'. Jaybob fell down and smelt sumthin'.
I also have a historical middle name, Wesley. It has a long tradition in our family. You might would think it comes from Wesley Burton that I sent you pictures of. Nope. My middle name is the same as my dad's and grandpa's. Grandpa got the middle name Wesley from two of his great Uncles, John Wesley Burton and Irvin Wesley Bryant.
John Wesley Burton. We always called him Big Wes. Big Wes was indeed a large man. He is remembered by driving around Columbia and constantly being involved in traffic accidents. The accident that ended his driving career was when he sneezed and wrecked the car resulting in a broken nose. From then on, he was chauffered around town by family members.
Irvin Wesley Bryant was my grandpa's other namesake. Grandpa Toad Harmon gave my grandpa his name after his Uncle Irvin, but he dropped the "I" and changed it to an "E." Ervin Wesley Harmon. His namesake Irvin Wesley Bryant met a tragic end just three years before his namesake's birth. Mr. Bryant drowned in Blue Hole at the tender age of 23. His father, Charles Bryant also died while fishing in the same area, but at a different time.
So since 1890, Wesley has bestowed on members of my family.
I'd give anything to hear papaw belt out his "Jaybob" tune one more time.
This story was posted on 2006-11-23 04:24:51
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.