Alexander W. Delk, who turned 90 this weekend, has provided a 10-part series of articles of life as he remembers it from the 1920s and 1930s.
He said the purpose is “to reminisce for the older generation and to enlighten the younger generation of how people in rural America lived in those times of yesteryear.”
Delk was born on July 19, 1922. He was born in Davidson County, about 15 miles north of Nashville, in the town of Goodlettsville. He grew up in Union Hill community.
His father died of injuries sustained in World War I two months prior to his birth. His mother remarried when he was 6. Delk was largely raised by his grandparents.
He attended rural school in Union Hill and graduate from Goodlettsville High School in 1940.
He has a bachelor of arts degree from Scarritt College in Nashville, a master’s degree in religion from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee.
He taught for 56 years. He was a member of the Lee College faculty form 1954 to 1960, then spent 30 years in education in Illinois.
The past 21 years he has served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State Community College. He taught public speaking.
He was married to the late Faye Treadwell Delk for 58 years. He is the father of our, grandfather of six and great-grandfather of nine.
He is active in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and South Cleveland Church of God.