Lura "Tootsie" Arledge (Nash)

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Elura Lillian Arledge (Nash)

Also Known As: "Lura", "Tootsie"
Birthplace: Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, United States
Death: May 10, 1995 (83)
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Tryon, Polk County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Marcus Leonard Nash and Elura Lillian Nash
Wife of Jack T. Arledge
Mother of Linda Caroline Wilson; Tommy Arledge and Private User
Sister of Edith Nash Davis; Caroline Nash Connor; Evaline Nash Smith; Mildred Nash Thompson; Marcus Leonard Nash, Jr. and 2 others

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About Lura "Tootsie" Arledge (Nash)

"Tootsie," the third daughter of Marcus and Lura Nash, was born in the days before birth certificates were issued, and she told me she was named Elura Lillian Nash at birth but it was never legally recorded. When she was 12 or 13 years old, she told me, there was a girl named Lillian in her class that she didn't like, so she decided to change her middle name to her mother's maiden name, Morris. Somewhere along the way she also decided Elura needed to become Lura. So she named herself Lura Morris Nash.

However, long before that, she told me, upon her birth, her father picked her up and held her in his arms and started singing her a song about his little Tootsie, and the name stuck. I always thought it was the song "Toot Toot Tootsie, Don't Cry," but research shows that song was first recorded in 1922, ten years after she was born, so it must have been a different song.

She was born in Laurens but the family moved to Landrum when she was just a toddler and she grew up in Landrum. They lived for many years on Blue Ridge Street near S. Bomar Ave (perhaps on the corner), and she told me she spent a lot of time playing in the woods and along the creek in the area that is now called Brookwood Park. She said she was a real tomboy and played with the boys like Roy Heavner and Floyd Daniel. One story that is memorable (and painful!) was the time she stepped on a nail while out playing, and it went straight through her foot and came out the other side. Somehow, they must have been near Ab Waldrop's Hardware Store, because she said he brought her over to a big tank of turpentine, removed the nail, and turned on the valve and ran turpentine through the wound to help kill any infection.

Her early years had some sadness, since her mother lost the next two children that were born after Tootsie. Her next sister was named Virginia, born when Tootsie was two years old, but died either as an older infant or as a toddler. Little Tootsie never forgot the loss of her baby sister, even though she had two older sisters, Edith and Caroline. Two years later, another baby, a boy, was born and died. It was not until Tootsie was 5 that she got a new little sister, Evaline, to be her companion. The family of 4 girls was overjoyed when a healthy baby brother, M. L. Jr., whom they called "Buddy" all his life, was born in 1919, and then a baby sister, Mildred (called "Sissie") two years later.

She was an active teenager, playing on the Landrum High School girl's basketball team (ironic since she was a diminutive 4'11 tall). She must have moved fast! Like her oldest sister Edith, she went to Maryville College, but I believe that she dropped out after the first term because, as she remembered, she was too homesick to live that far away from her family. She returned home to Landrum and took a secretarial course in Spartanburg instead. She worked for a few years before she was introduced to Jack Arledge, a young lawyer from across the state line in Polk County, NC. I believe the introduction came through some connection involving Mildred Nash and Edna Earle Garrison Arledge (her future sister-in-law, wife of Jack's brother Dean), who may have been a secretary at the Polk County Courthouse.

Tootsie and her siblings stayed very close throughout their lives, especially the three middle sisters (Caroline, Tootsie, and Evaline), who were like three peas in a pod, and the baby sister Sissie (Mildred). Edith, the oldest sister, moved the farthest away after she since her husband was in the Army and stationed in Panama and San Francisco in the 1930s before eventually settling in her husband's hometown of Morristown, TN. The Nash siblings all spent most of their lives within a few hours of each other: Edith in Morristown, TN, Caroline in High Point, NC, Tootsie in Tryon, NC (with their mother living adjacent to her, so she became the central locus for social and holiday gatherings for the extended family), Evaline in Greenville, SC, Mark (Buddy) in Statesville, NC, and Mildred (Sissie) in Chesnee, SC.

Original obituary appears in the Spartanburg Herald Obituary Section on, Saturday, May 13, 1995, on page B2.

Tryon, NC - Kyra "Tootsie" Morris Nash Arledge died on Wednesday, ay 10, 1995 in Charlottesville, VA, following an extended illness. Native of Laurens, SC and widow of John Thomas "Jack" Arledge. Daughter of the late Marcul L. and Elura Morris Nash and member of the Tryon Congregational Church of Christ, where she served as decan and Sunday School teacher. St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary, Pold County Democrats, American Red Cross, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Councils and the Polk County, NC Historical Society. She was also involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She attended school in Landrum, SC and also attended Maryville College in Maryville, TN. Survivors included: three daughters; two sisters; five grandchildren and one step-grandson; and three great-grandchildren. She was 83 years of age at demise and interment was in the Molk Memorial Gardens Cemetery. (Original obituary was rewritten to conform to Findagrave Rules by Record Hunter.)

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Lura "Tootsie" Arledge (Nash)'s Timeline

March 17, 1912
Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, United States
June 18, 1939
Tryon, Polk, North Carolina
May 10, 1995
Age 83
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Tryon, Polk County, North Carolina, United States