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Nub is gone

For those who knew him, Howard “Nub” Durham, Sr., was a fixture in the Fayette County community for decades. Though he passed away May 29, Nub will long be remembered as the proprietor of a fresh produce stand along Ga. Highway 54 between Fayetteville and Peachtree City.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Howard “Nub” Durham, Sr. was 87 years of age when he died during the nighttime hours of May 29. Nub’s passing came just one day short of two months following the death of Effie Pearl Durham, his wife of 67 years.

Nub and Pearl had five children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In all, five generations of the family has lived in Fayette County.

Three of the children, Charlotte Stargell, Barbara Arnold and Howard Durham, Jr. took time Monday to talk about their father, his life and his impact in the community he called home.

Howard, Jr. said Nub farmed property in the area of Ebenezer Road, once called Shakerag, and on both sides of Hwy. 54. He farmed the fields on the north side of Hwy. 54 across from Smith-Davis and Fred Smith Furniture for more than 50 years.

Originally a sharecropper, Nub planted cotton, though the crops later turned to a variety of vegetables.

“He worked 10-12 hours a day,” said Charlotte.

“Even on holidays,” Howard added. “He would go to the (produce) stand because ‘his customers expected him to be there.’”

But how did Nub get his nickname? His children said the name came when he was young, during an occasion when he and his brother were playing a game. It was one where one of the boys would stick a hand in a rubber boot, then snatch it out before the other brother could smack the boot with an axe.

“He was too late one time,” his children said of the silly game that gave their father his nickname for life.

Nub was around when the area called Peachtree City was known as “Clover,” Howard said.

“Peachtree City didn’t exist, except as corn and cotton fields,” he added.

Howard said while most of his father’s life was occupied with farming, he also worked at a sawmill and drove a school bus, adding that “all his life he worked outside.”

But Nub wasn’t the only hard worker. Barbara said their mother Pearl worked in the fields beside Nub all those years.

“And so did we,” she said with a chuckle.

“He never met a stranger. And he always saw the good in everybody, no matter what,” Charlotte said, reflecting on her father’s outlook and his life. “We were lucky to have a great set of loving parents.”

Barbara noted that not everyone who stopped by the produce stand came to buy vegetables.

“Some came to talk, sometimes for hours or to listen to his stories,” she explained, adding that many others came to get a jar of pepper sauce or preserves canned by Pearl.

Pearl passed away in March. Nub in recent times had seen the return of the cancer he had experienced some years earlier. Things finally got to the point that Nub could no longer go to the produce stand. He passed away on May 29 and Howard took the produce stand down after his father’s death.

The old produce stand on Hwy. 54 and the man who farmed the area for more than 50 years may be gone, but the memory of the man who never met a stranger lives on.



Enjoyed his fresh veggies and many a conversation about the history of Fayette County with Mr. Nub. The county has lost a great friend and patriot.


What a great person. I've missed our conversations over the years.

NUK_1's picture

Sad to hear this news.

Cyclist's picture

has gone home. RIP

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Nowhere did I read that Nub was a Logger too--but he was. Shortly after I moved here in 1986, Nub & his crew came to my property and cut all the mature pines on the 6 1/2 acre property. Took them about 3 weeks and every week,Nub would bring me a check for the timber harvested the week before. After that, every time I passed the "County Line" on Hwy 85S and saw Nub's truck, I would stop in and have a beer and conversation with him. Just a tremendous human being. Condolences to all family & friends.

I was referred to this gentleman when I first arrived in Fayette County. He was an inspiration and a resource for the history of this county. Many families who returned 'home' after fleeing the south in the 40's owe Mr. Durham a ton of gratitude for his ethics, dignity, and perservence - heavily endowed with love for all.

slide in one of your usual little tidbits.

"Many families who returned "home" after fleeing the South in the 40's owe Mr. Dunham a ton of gratitutde for his ethics, dignity and perservence (whatever that is)-heavily endowed with love for all."

A low even for you. Mr. Dunham was an honorable and ethical man with dignity and perserverance and he showed all these attributes to one and all. I think he would probably resent your adding in your little snide remark. Shame on you.

Quit taking the bait....

With all the talk of buying local why are these produce stands are going away? I miss the one on Ebenezer Road that was self service.

NUK_1's picture

The folks on Ebenezer were part of the Mask(large FC)family and were getting up there in age. They probably decided that it wasn't worth the effort any more and they also one time had some total loser rob the self-service produce stand. Their produce was good and I used to get firewood from them too. Great people.

Here's a real blast from the past as far as the Mask's go....used to be a real tiny house in front of that same property where another Mask family member lived and the old guy would sit out on his front porch and wave to all the cars that went by. He also didn't mind sharing a beer or two with you, regardless of your age :) It's indeed an end of an era.

Besides Adam's Farm and the local farmer's markets in the shopping centers at times, there is a place on Banks Road in Fayetteville that has a very large muscadine field, good veggies, and fantastic boiled peanuts that they cook there. I have been there dozens of times and don't have any idea if the place even has a name or not. Hope they are still around as I haven't been by there in the last 2 years. Need to do that soon.

He will be truly missed. He was such kind, sweet man and always had time to talk to everyone who stopped by his stand. Keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers for the loss of both he and his wife. Fayette County has lost a part of it's history.

I always enjoyed my dealings with you at your vegatable stands.

Thank you for sharing your Daddy with the rest of the county. I loved speaking with Nub over the past 15 years and my own Daddy counted on his rattlesnake beans every season. He was a true gentle-man. I hope to see him again in the great by and by. He was the last of the three great local men I counted on for resources: Farmer Pope (David), David Penson and now Nub. All passed away. I will miss Nub. And his vegetables. The larger stands just aren't the same. Bless you.

He was such a gentleman and so much fun to talk to. Just think of all he had seen over the years. Wish he had put it all down on paper. Bet it would have been a best-seller. Rest in peace, Mr. Nub and thank you for all those years you were there for us.

brewster's picture

What does that phrase supposed to mean? I guess it has some Catholic background but can't see where it's applicable to too much of the society today.

PTC Observer's picture

Mr. Nub was one of the first bright memories I had when I arrived in PTC, over the years we had numerous discussions on the weather, his wife, his worries about healthcare and the prices of everything going through the roof. I believe he didn't sell vegetables he sold smiles, he'll be missed by all that knew him.

RIP Mr. Nub

"Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.

Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?

But had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when he passed away?"


ginga1414's picture

Nub represented what a lot of folks have been fighting for in Fayette County. He loved the land, his family, and his customers (friends).

Thank you, Mr. Nub, for your fresh vegetables, your stories, and thank you for the love and joy you gave to all. The memories you've left behind are greatly appreciated.

He was a really nice man, always friendly and helpful, a fixture in Fayette County for so long, he will be missed. -GP

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