2015-12-19 / The Bullhorn

The quilt

By Kayleigh Long
Bullhorn Report er

Kim Brann’s grandfather, Charlie Suitt, was a supervisor at the Roxboro Cotton Mill. He started work in the Longhurst mill as a teenager and was transferred to the Roxboro mill, where he worked until he retired at age 52.

Much of Charlie’s family worked in the mill alongside him. His children, Irene, Buck, Arch, Richard, Charles, and Bill, worked in the mill. Marvin was the only child who did not work in the mill.

Charlie’s wife, Willie Hawkins Suitt, did not work at the Roxboro plant but instead at the Longhurst mill. Charlie was close to his fellow employees at the mill, spending most of his day around them and even going to church with them.

Upon his retirement, Charlie’s co-workers created a quilt for him. Stitched onto the quilt are the names of all the employees who worked alongside him. After Charlie’s death, his quilt was passed down from his wife, Kim Brann’s grandmother, to Brann’s mother, and finally to her.

Brann said she thought the quilt was made purely for looks, and, because it hasn’t been used, it remains in good shape today.

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