NEIGHBOR PROFILE


 
 
Judy Easley
 

Do you ever wonder who is responsible for decorating the road sign on Spring Branch Road?  Meet your neighbor, Judy Easley!

Judy was born and raised in Silverhill, Alabama and graduated from Robertsdale High School.  After graduation, Judy traveled to New York City and entered the Grace Downs Airline School to become a stewardess.  Eastern Airlines hired her after graduation.  During her employment training, Eastern Airlines obtained the right to serve alcoholic beverages on its planes.  Because Judy was only 18 years old, she was no longer eligible to be a stewardess because the age required to serve alcoholic beverages was 21.  So, Judy began a career with Eastern Airlines "on the ground" working in Chicago.  Judy soon joined Delta Airlines and moved to Atlanta where she met and married her husband, Tom, in 1966.  Tom was a musician in the U.S. Army Band.

Judy and Tom soon moved to Germany for three years, then to Maryland, and then back to Germany.  Tom's final tour of duty was in Virginia Beach.

Upon Tom's retirement, they moved back to Silverhill just in time for Hurricane Frederick in 1979.  In 1995, Tom and Judy moved to their home on Spring Branch Road.

Tom and Judy are blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren.  While Tom is pickin' and grinnin' with anyone who will play bluegrass music with him, Judy spends her time making Christmas spiders.  Judy estimates that she has made and sold over 3,000 spiders which are made from beads.

The street sign decoration is a collaborative effort by Judy and some friends.  She says that they decorate the street sign on a monthly basis in tune with what is going on such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's, Mardi Gras, Veteran's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and once, the Dog Days of Summer.  Their decorative effort brings smiles to the people who travel on Spring Branch Road.  Thank you, Judy!

P.S.  Sadly, very shortly after this profile was written, Tom passed away unexpectedly.  Please keep Judy in your thoughts and prayers.

For additional photos of other street sign decorations please visit the photo gallery on our website.

 

 

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