A. Wilson (Rooter) Embrey’s Life in the Choir

Editor’s note – A. Wilson Embrey, Jr was better known as “Rooter” Embrey. Rooter was quite a character as this letter testifies. One of the stories Charles Sydnor told me was about Rooter’s fund raising method. He would call up a friend (Person B) and tell a story about another person (Person A). He would say to Person B, “Person A has agreed to give $500 for the church ____, I am going to put you down for $500.” Startled Person B had no rejoinder. Rooter would keep doing this until his funds were raised. I am not sure that Person A had ever promised $500!

The following is a letter written to Charles a year before Rooter died.