"Home Funeral" became one of Shelby Lee Adams’ best-known portraits of Appalachian life. Esther Renee Adams, "Mamaw," was laid to rest in her own home. In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, such "country wakes" could last for days.
Shelby Lee Adams Appalachia Picture Man by Mark Orr
Roadside cross placed were loved ones passed away from car accidents~This one is pictured in E.KY ~ Letcher Co. ~ Daniel Boone Parkway. Thousands of roadside crosses line the highways and back roads. From my experience I only know this tradition being done in EKY
The folk speech of Appalachia, instead of being called corrupt, ought to be classified as archaic. Many of the expressions heard throughout the region today can be found in the centuries-old works of some of the greatest English authors: Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the men who contributed to the King James version of the Bible, to cite but a few.