Duval Nicknames

Ardvark, Big Chew and Possum

Excerpt from my someday memoir The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA:

Because of Jeff’s muscularity the kids at Griffithsville Elementary School called him “Pug.” There are few honors greater for a boy in Lincoln County than a nickname. Here are a few heard at Duval:
Ardvark, Beak, Bear and his brother Cub, Bellyhead, Big Chew, Big Daddy, Biggin, Blinky, Boobie, Boss Hogg, Bozo, Brady Brown, Brummy, Bump, Bunny, Cantelope, Chicken Lips, Chug, Claydog, Corn Cobb, Corn Pig, Craigers, Cub, Cuban, Dirt, Doctor J, Dog Bag, Duck, Egghead, Eggs, Elmo, Enic, Fat Crack, Fathead, Fats, Fred Flintstone, Frog, Froggie, Hack, Headache, Hillbilly, Hog Head, Hoot, Hoss, Jake, Jiggs, Jughead, Junk Food, Little Weinie, Loomis, Lurch, Meathead, Millard, Moe, Mole, Mongoose, Moonie, Moose, Morocco, Mud Turtle, Mudhole, Mudsuck, Mushie, Owl, Owlhead, Pacman, Pasquale, Peehole, Picker, Pig, Pineapple, Pinhead, Pony Bouncer, Pop Hose, Porky, Possum Butt, Pug, Pump, Puppy, Puss, Raspberry, Rev, Roll, Rollo, Shakes, Sheik, Shug, Sissy, Sleestack, Slinky, Smiley, Soapy, Spider, Square, Squirrel, Stymie, Swamie, Tator, T-Byrd, Tommy(girl), Whacker,Whistle Pig, Wire, Wire Hair, White Owl, Yami, Yogi and players on the 1978 state championship football team were—Rhino, Spike, Sawdust, Possum, Dad, Bifocals, Cutsie, Sinky, Eagle, Beakpig, Pete, Gilly, PJ, Stump, Hogbody, Harp and Lil Wad

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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