Florence Signa

Doe's Eat Place
502 Nelson Street
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 334-3315

Florence Signa was born in 1926 and grew up in the country just outside of Greenville. When she was a young girl, her family would travel to town, buy tamales from Doe’s, and eat them on the levee. Florence met her future husband, Frank “Jughead” Signa, Big Doe Signa’s brother, in 1947. After a few dates, she got a job frying potatoes at the restaurant, and for the next year, Frank courted her in the kitchen, through the open window that divided her potato-frying from his oyster shucking. In 1948, they married, and Florence has been a part of the place ever since. Frank passed away in 1988, just one year after his older brother Doe, but Aunt Florence is still at Doe’s Eat Place three nights a week, tossing salads and greeting the generations of customers who come for a steak and a hug from their Aunt.

Date of interview:

September 15, 2005

Interviewer:

Amy Evans

Photographer:

Amy Evans


Oh, [my husband, Frank Signa] loved [shucking oysters] 'cause he'd put two in the plate and one in his mouth. He'd always slip one and as a matter of fact, we still have people that were little bitty that come in now that are grown and married and tell that he started them eating oysters on the half shell when he--when they were real little. They'd go back on the back porch and watch him open those oysters. Yeah; those were the good old days.
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