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  • Seventy-nine years ago, Doy Russell was born unto a Cherokee mother and a Welsh father in Nicholas County, West Virginia.



    He was given a name that rhymed with his brothers' names (Joy and Roy); his sisters, Ina, Eva and Ola, all had three-letter names to keep things simple and consistent.


    Doy is a fiddler, a grave digger, a retired coal miner, a God-fearing man, a warm soul, an Appalachian, a hard worker and my last remaining grandfather.

    His newest grandaughter (pictured in the first photo) was just adopted into our family. I caught them "bearding" each other during Christmas...what a moment.
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