This three room suite features a separate sitting room with a private dining area that overlooks the 200-year-old Willow Oak, the Blue Spring Branch, and the pool. The traditional colors of sage green and taupe give this suite an appropriate warmth and calmness to bear the name of the owner's paternal grandmother, Audrey Dillingham Hopper. The Dillingham suite features a four poster, cherry king-sized bed and the room's private bath includes a whirlpool tub and shower combination, as well as a pedestal sink. The view from the bedroom of The Dillingham Suite is of the croquet, bocci, and golf lawns.
Dillingham is the maiden name of Doris’ paternal grandmother, Audrey Dillingham Hopper (1900-1995). Audrey and Mr. Hopper were the parents of nine children, six sons and three daughters. Doris’ parents were F.M. Hopper (Audrey’s son) and his wife Thelma Jett Hopper. Mamaw, as Audrey was affectionately known, helped raise Doris from the age of 12 after her mother, Thelma died with breast cancer. The furniture in the sitting room is a collection of pieces that belonged to Thelma and F.M. The dinette, the hutch, and the couch were all a part of the collection of furniture in their dining and living rooms. Thelma’s mother, Nannie Jett, kept the cedar chest that sits in front of the couch at her home as a hope chest for Thelma.
The rocking chair in the bedroom is over 100 years old and belonged to Thelma’s favorite aunt, Alice Riley, affectionately known as, Aunt Alice. Aunt Alice was John Jett’s beloved sister, and she lived to be 96 years old. Her only child died at the age of 16 months with an unknown illness. Aunt Alice was adored by her grandnieces and nephews. The large basket in that holds the towels in the pool bath is also an antique from Aunt Alice’s home.
The entry mirror and wall table was hand crafted by a lifetime deacon at Shades Crest Baptist Church, Mr. W.T. King. Doris and Ray were on a list for a piece of furniture built by Mr. King at the time of his death. His furniture was a regular part of Homewood’s Peck & Hill selection for many years. This piece was granted to Ray and Doris by Billie Ruth Harrison as a dedication piece built by Mr. King.
The Scarlet Lady sitting on Mr. King’s table was made by Doris at the age of eight. A carving on the bottom of the Lady reads 1958. Now you can determine the owner’s age.
The silver ball that sits on the hutch is a gift ball that is exchanged between Doris and Kathy, Ray and Doris’s youngest child. We they have something special to give to one another they wrap it in this silver package. When the ball is not in the room it means that it is Kathy’s turn to bring a gift to her mother.
The collection of pictures on the wall next to the hutch includes pictures of Audrey Dillingham Hopper, Nannie Jett, Thelma Jett Hopper, Doris Hopper Harris, and Kathy Harris.
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