An excerpt from the eventual “The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA”
I was most proud of Lincoln County people when Jeff’s two Raider football coaches, Moe Mosteller and Eugene Estep, stopped by our house on Sugar Tree Creek on a Saturday night with a six pack of beer. They showed no look of surprise when they were introduced to our guests, Joan and Chappell Hayes.
Joan was under five feet tall with platinum blond hair and a lovely build. Chappell was heavily bearded and African-American. Things went so well one of the coaches jumped in his pickup, drove to the carry out and bought another sixpack. Good feelings prevailed.
On Monday Joan and Chappell went with us to Jeff’s Lincoln Raider football and Elizabeth’s cheerleader practice. Eugene and Moe walked over to Chappell and shook his hand and talked for awhile. It was a cue. Teenagers surrounded Chappell and find out all they could about him.
Several of the Lincoln Raider parents made Joan and Chappell feel welcome and brought them cokes and asked what they wanted on their hotdogs. I was proud of Lincoln County people that day because they had an unearned reputation for racism.