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Faye Collins, Family Friend and Volunteer

Carter Family Fold

Residents of Kingsport, Tennessee, Faye Collins and her husband, Blanard, have been traveling to Hiltons, Virginia, and to the Carter Family Fold every Saturday night for the past twelve years. They first arrived as fans, but they soon became family.  Faye and Blanard became close to Janette Carter and her daughter, Rita Forrester, soon after becoming regular visitors to the Fold. And when Janette fell ill, Faye was by her side. During that time, Faye began pitching in at the Fold, supporting Rita and working in the kitchen to help set up the concession stand before the regular Saturday night performances. And every Saturday night, Faye makes time to have one of her favorite concession stand snacks: a hot dog with Rita Forrester’s homemade chili. She also makes time to dance.

Date of interview:
2009-02-21 00:00

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

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