High School diplomas and other memories are on display in the Smith's Florida home. Notice a framed portrait of Mr. Johnson, the superintendent at the Barium Springs Home for Children, a man clearly admired by Roscoe and Helen to this day.
A spotlight on Helen Vinson, as a senior in high school.
Broad-shouldered with the strength of a grizzly to this day, Roscoe played football for the orphanage football league, even traveling to other orphanages to compete. Here he is pictured in his high school yearbook.
Roscoe is known in his community by his cheerful and hardworking personality, through his bear hugs and silent strength.
Helen is always honest and always ready to get the job done. Her face is worn with life's hardships and joys. Her southern comfort cooking from sweet tea to pound cake will not disappoint.
When Roscoe graduated high school, he was offered a job at the orphanage, where he worked for five years. Helen graduated two years after and worked sewing collars in a shirt factory. Here the Smiths are pictured with yearbooks from their senior years.
Roscoe and Helen both came from large families, making it difficult to stay in contact over time when they moved to the orphanage. Here they display old photographs of their siblings, still treasured to this day.
One of the few photos that remains from Roscoe and Helen's 1950 wedding at Little Joe's Church in Barium Springs, North Carolina.
As Roscoe and Helen sifted through old images, they spoke positively of growing up in the orphanage. When asked what their favorite part about the orphanage was, they responded, “having such a big family!”
Their's is a story of a life well lived and well loved, extraordinary in its simplicity.
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