Iva Athalene Sircy (her maiden name) is a native of Macon County TN. She was born August 26-1928 and now resides in a nursing home in Wilson County TN. Her parents were Wesley Sircy & Mecie (Green) Sircy.
On a recent visit in June 2014 from Athalene’s younger brother, Ronald Sircy and his long time friend Emma, Iva was viewing some old family photos in an album that Ronald personally compiled for her. One of the photos was of her along with her classmates in a 1941 photo of them at the Macedonia School on Long Hungry in Macon County.
They were delighted that she could tell us most of her classmates’ names; especially the ones near her age. She has very little short term memory, but can still remember lots of names and things that happened in her younger years.
The teacher was Blanche Hawkins.
“Those were some very hard times while our family was living on Long Hungry, and all of the family had to work really hard—-clearing new ground to grow a few things to stay alive,” said Athalene’s brother, Ronald Sircy. “Our soldiers were there for a while on training maneuvers for the war. I am the youngest of the family and I was born in 1942 in a log house there beside Long Hungry Creek. We moved to Hartsville Tn. a few years later. I was too young to remember Long Hungry; but my parents and four sisters and two brothers sure did. People that lived there, all helped each other to survive those days.”
Athalene is 85 and doing pretty well. She still enjoys talking and laughing with people and still has a sense of humor.