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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Hoy Deal, July 3 and 11, 1979. Interview H-0117. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Deal's father controlled his family's money

Deal remembers that his father handled the money in his family. His mother was a housewife and a housewife only, while his father earned money in carpentry and spend that money on groceries and other necessities.

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Oral History Interview with Hoy Deal, July 3 and 11, 1979. Interview H-0117. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PATTY DILLEY:
Who was in charge of the money when you were growing up?
HOY DEAL:
My daddy always done all the buying for the family, buying all the groceries and everything and bringing everything in. My mother didn't work and didn't make no money, and all she done was just stay at the house. We'd all go to church on Sunday, and all that she done was just stay at the house and do the cooking and the washing and stuff like that. My daddy done all the buying and handling the money. Of course, if she needed money for anything and he wasn't there to buy or to get, he always give her the money to pay for it when she wanted it. Because he worked all the time, and he couldn't be there all the time, just on Saturday evening and Sunday and the nights was all the time he was there.
PATTY DILLEY:
Did he ever keep his money in a bank?
HOY DEAL:
No, I never did know of him keeping any money in the bank. He generally kept it at home all the time. People back then didn't have too much money to keep nowhere. Up till I got big enough to go to work myself, I never knowed of him having more than just money enough to buy what he needed and pay his bills and stuff.