I moved to Charlotte and lived with Mark and Margaret. Immediately I started working as a short order cook at the Airport 77 Restaurant while waiting to enter bricklaying school. I met and cooked a steak for Doris Duke and her party who were flying out of Charlotte. I liked the cooking pretty well and ended up in this position for several months before entering bricklaying school. Listen to me tell this story.
After two weeks of schooling and receiving our full set of tools, our brothers in Statesville told us to come up and work with them. Joe Brown was the brick contractor who subcontracted for G.L. Wilson. It was good job which paid a dollar an hour. Albert got a job with us making the mud for the brick masons, making seventy-five cents an hour. He was such a good worker that G.L Wilson wanted Albert to work for him; it was not long before Albert became a foreman for G.L Wilson. A short time later Albert was the foreman for contracts to build all of the Lowe's lumber stores and he became the second in command for the company until he retired. Listen to me tell this story.
A while after getting out of the Navy I bought a 1940 Chevrolet, my first car, it was blue and did not have a scratch on it. At the time I was staying with my brother Paul who was living about eight miles out of Statesville on US-64 toward Cool Spring High School. Mark had bought some land from J.D. which included the garden where we had the learning experience with the black eyed peas and fertilizer. His plans were to build a house for he and his wife Margaret. He had no money so he asked me to sell my car and let him borrow the money I received to build his house. I told him that I would if we took his pickup and my car to the auction in Charlotte which was across Wilkinson Boulevard from The Dairy Queen. We agreed to sell the vehicle that brought the best price and keep the other. I ended up selling my car for more than I paid for it. I gave Mark all of the money I received and we started building his little four room house, picture is below.