The world lost one of the great storytellers today. Kathryn Tucker Windham was the author of 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey and many other books. She also participated in storytelling conventions and shared stories on public radio.
I found a story from KTW in a show I used to host and co-produce on Alabama Public Radio. This particular episode of Alabama Life from October 2, 2005 was a preview of the visit from the StoryCorps mobile booth that came to downtown Northport, Alabama a month later.
I actually got to visit KTW at her home in Selma, Alabama and record this particular story (Jeffrey was not there that day). She talks about the importance of family stories and the importance of recording those stories. [Click to listen]
Thankfully, there are many, many recordings of stories from Kathryn Tucker Windham.
Additional news items about Ms. Windham can be read at the Montgomery Advertiser and from AL.com, which also includes a video with KTW telling a couple of stories.