Laurel woman has kept daily diary for 43 years - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Laurel woman has kept daily diary for 43 years

Barbara Tillery of Laurel has been keeping a daily diary for 43 years. Barbara Tillery of Laurel has been keeping a daily diary for 43 years.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A Laurel woman knows exactly what she's done everyday for the last four decades. That's because she's kept a daily diary since Aug. 15, 1971.  Barbara Tillery has written more than 16,000 pages and filled 44 volumes.  She began writing daily as she entered a new school at the age of 16 in her native North Carolina. 

"I just knew I'd be meeting some interesting people and and wanted to record the people I met and I just kind of never stopped," she said.

She's recorded events such as the birth of her daughter.  She's also written her eyewitness account of a mass shooting in Raleigh in 1972.

"At 12:05 several shots were heard in front of the mall," she wrote. "I ran out there and several people had been shot by a crazy man who killed himself in the parking lot. It was the most awful thing."

Tillery, who works at William Carey University, said her diaries serve a useful, rather than emotional purpose.

"It helps me remember things," she said. "I'm always thinking who was that person, what was the name of that place I went to, what did I do last weekend," she said.  

Tillery isn't the first in her family to keep a diary.  Her grandmother kept one and so did her great grandfather.  He was an officer who served in the Civil War.  His diary entries were turned into a memoir about his wartime experiences.   

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Hattiesburg announces Christmas tree lighting performers and activities

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-11-22 21:13:26 GMT
    SOURCE: City of HattiesburgSOURCE: City of Hattiesburg
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
    Hattiesburg announced its Tree Lighting Ceremony performers and activities Wednesday.  The city will kick off its Christmas season with the lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Town Square Park and festivities beginning at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. This year's theme will be "Peace on Earth, goodwill to all." The cast of the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's White Christmas, Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir and Art Makes...More >>
  • Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Appeals court affirms dismissal of postconviction-relief motion of Forrest County man

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 3:40 PM EST2017-11-22 20:40:12 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
    The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a Forrest County man's second postconviction-relief motion on Tuesday Domiano Ratcliff pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault after a robbery led to the shooting of a Forrest County man in 2004. Two others were also charged in the crime. Ratcliff was sentenced to a total of 50 years to be served consecutively in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2006,...More >>
  • Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

    Laurel police warn businesses of counterfeit money

Powered by Frankly