Johnnie Devan Waymon (1898 - 1972)

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Nicknames: "John"
Birthplace: Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Shelby, Cleveland, North Carolina, USA
Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
Occupation: Handyman, Owned a dry-cleaning business
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Johnnie Devan Waymon

Biographical Notes

Eunice’s father, John Divine Waymon, had been an entertainer before he chose to move his family to Tyron, a North Carolina resort town, and set up a barbershop and dry cleaners to support his family. In her autobiography – I Put a Spell on You, the Autobiography of Nina Simone – Waymon describes her relationship with her father as loving and supportive and Tyron as “uncommon” for a southern town because blacks and whites lived together in a series of circles around the center of town, which allowed them to mingle and form friendships.

Events

  • 1930 census, Polk County, NC, Tryon. Lived on Howard Street. Occupation: dry cleaners. Lived with wife Kate and children John I, Lucille, Harold, Carroll, and Dorothy.

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Sources

  • Nina Simone, I Put a Spell on You, the Autobiography of Nina Simone (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press,1993)
  • Sylvia Hampton, David Nathan, and Lisa Simone Kelly, Nina Simone: Breakdown and Let it All Out (London: Sanctuary Publishing Limited, 2004)
  • Jody Kolodzey, “Remembering Nina Simone,” Culture, May 5, 2003
  • Adam Shatz, “Nina Simone Obituary,” The Nation, May 19, 2003
  • The Nina Simone Foundation: http://www.theninasimonefoundation.org
  • Roger Nupie, Dr. Nina Simone Biography: http://www.ninasimone.com
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John Divine Waymon's Timeline

1898
June 24, 1898
Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
1919
1919
Age 20
Anderson, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
1922
1922
Age 23
Tryon, Polk, North Carolina, USA
1924
1924
Age 25
Tryon, Polk, North Carolina, USA
1925
1925
Age 26
Anderson, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
1926
1926
Age 27
Tryon, Polk, North Carolina, USA