Prominent Johnston County Farmer
Married Marie Congleton, October 30, 1926
Onnie was the oldest of eight children who grew up on the family farm near Stancil's Chapel with their parents. The family were members of Stancil's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Onnie and his brothers and sisters attended Sandy Springs School, the one room school in their community.
Onnie and his wife Marie were partners on their own farm near Dixie. She was his helpmate. The couple farmed with a mule until he bought a tractor before his retirement. He passed away without having experienced the modern technology of farming. Onnie was an outstanding Johnston County farmer; his crops were above average in quality and yield each year.
Onnie was active in church and community affairs. He was also active in the Democratic Party in Johnston County for many years. He was Constable during the 1940's.
Onnie's greatest source of enjoyment other that church and community involvement was his annual trips to the Ringling Brothers Circus and trips to the North Carolina State Fair with his children and twelve grandchildren. He tried never to miss these two events.
Onnie was the father of five daughters. He taught these girls honesty, fairness, kindness and in interest in their neighbor. His daughter Kirvin recalls one of many saying taught her by her father: "You learn more by listening than by talking."
A Tribute to our Father
To be a father, it takes someone who strives to understand,
It takes someone with patience and a guiding hand,
Someone you can rely on, Respect and look up to--‑
Daddy was all these things and more to us, his family.
Lala N. Holloman, Pauline N. Wilder, and Estelle N. Pegram