Alabama fan works at Dollar General Market
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Diane Jones remembers having responsibilities and working hard during her childhood, but she also recalls the fun times she had. One of her most cherished memories is watching Alabama football on television and singing gospel songs on Sundays at the home of her grandparents.

“I’m an avid Alabama fan,” said Diane. “I love Alabama football. I grew up watching it at my Papa Cain’s (O. Z.). We’d eat Sunday dinner, then we’d all watch the game. Then, before we left, the whole family would sing. We’d sing gospel music from those old time church hymnals.”

Diane and her family lived on a small farm.

“I was always helping daddy and paw paw with the garden, and I helped daddy cut firewood and pulpwood,“ she said. “Whatever daddy was doing I was usually right there with him. I have such wonderful memories.”

She also helped her great-grandmother (Mary Ada Clay) make jelly and watched her take pieces of fabric and sew them into beautiful quilts. Even at a young age, Diane knew she’d be making her own quilts some day.

“I just kind of picked it up from her,” said Diane. “I guess I was about 10 years old. I’ve made a lot of quilts over the years and given most of them away as gifts.”

Some of her favorite quilts remind her of those Sundays she spent watching Alabama football and singing gospel songs. One of her favorites is an Alabama lap quilt. She’s also made Auburn quilts for her Auburn family members and friends.

Dianne became a widow a year ago when she lost her husband of 31 years, Doug. Doug had cirrhosis of the liver and never recovered from a transplant. Doug was a supervisor at Springs.

“He dedicated his life to helping other people,” said Dianne. “His passion in life was the Piedmont Rescue Squad. He was with them from 1974 until he passed away.”

Some of that passion rubbed off on Dianne. She took the EMT course, passed it and worked as a volunteer for about two years.

“It was something that I really enjoyed, but with a child and a full time job, it was hard for me to keep up,” she said. “So I had to give it up.”

Dianne was born in Piedmont and grew up in White Plains. She lived in Nances Creek until she and Doug married and bought some land and an old house off Highway 278. The house required a lot of work. Dianne was expecting her second child, Robert, at the time and felt overwhelmed by the move and the sight of the house.

“I’d sit on the steps and cry looking at that old house,” she said. “But Doug worked so hard fixing it up. He did such a good job, and now I can’t see myself living anywhere else.”

Diane has three children. Her son, Robert Jones, works at Carroll’s Body Shop. Her daughter, Erica, is married to Dylan Maxwell. Erica is a cosmetology student at Gadsden State and works with Lindsey Houck at Heavenly Hair Designs. Diane’s older son, Jason Moore, is married to the former Annette Shell. He is a welding supervisor at NABI in Oxford. All of children live in Piedmont.

Dianne’s parents are Alvin and Juanita (Cain) Roach of Nances Creek. Her brother, Jack Roach, also lives in Nances Creek.

Dianne worked at Garcy almost 32 years. She had a variety of jobs and said she did everything but weld. Her favorites were machine operator and parts straightened.

“What I did was square the ends of the part for the welder so that it would be closer to a 90 degree angle,” she said.

Dianne is now enjoying her job as a cashier at Dollar General Market. She’s been there a year. What she likes most about it is getting to see so many people.

“If anybody had told me that I’d be a people person, I’d have said no, but I love it,” she said. “I used to be a little shy, but I think I’ve come out of my shell a little bit.”

Dianne is of the Baptist faith. She likes to cook and read and is especially fond of Janet Evanovich’s mysteries.

The holidays and family meals give her the chance to make appetizers, which is one of her favorite things to prepare.

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7 Up Biscuits

Yields 9 Biscuits

2 c. Bisquick
½ c. sour cream
½ c. 7-Up
¼ c. butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut sour cream into Bisquick. Stir in 7-Up. Dough will be soft. Sprinkle additional Bisquick or flour onto aluminum foil. Knead dough, roll out and cut with biscuit cutter. Melt butter in 9” square pan. Place biscuits in pan and cook 12-15 minutes.

No Bake Banana Pudding

1 lg. vanilla instant pudding
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 – 12 oz. Cool Whip
Vanilla wafers

Mix vanilla pudding mix by directions on box. Stir in Eagle Brand milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Layer dish with vanilla wafers. (Diane crumbles hers just a little bit.) Slice bananas then add a layer of pudding mix. Repeat then add Cool Whip to top and garnish with crushed vanilla wafers and sliced bananas. Chill until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator.

Cheese Ball

2 – 8 oz. bars cream cheese
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
2 bags real bacon bits
1 pack Ranch salad/dip mix

Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Mash cream cheese up in a bowl. Add the cheddar cheese and mix well. Add the Ranch dip mix and mix well.

Add bacon bits and mix well. Roll into a ball and roll in bacon bits. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with your favorite crackers.

White Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
½ c. butter, softened
½ t. almond extract
¾ c. powdered sugar
1 c. white chocolate chips
½ c. sweetened, dried, cherries, chopped
¾ c. sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Garnish: White chocolate curls and sweetened, dried cherries

Beat cream cheese, butter and almond extract until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Stir in chocolate chips and ½ c. cherries. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on plastic wrap and shape into ball. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Roll in almonds before serving. Garnish top with white chocolate curls and dried cherries. Serve with graham cracker snack sticks.
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