I posted yesterday about the Carolina legend of the Grey Ghost or Gray Man and that "we knew someone" who had had an encounter. My awesome mom has written out the account for me to share! I give you her guest posting:
Lila White Bost Shay was a lady from Concord, distantly related, probably as everybody was. Sometime in the late 1940's she moved to Ocean Drive Beach (now North Myrtle) and opened a guest house called the Rendezvous, which she ran till the mid 60's. Guests had individual knotty pine paneled rooms and shared two hall bathrooms.
There was a huge open deck on the front, a screened porch, living room upstairs, and lots of camaraderie among the guests.
The most wonderful thing about the Rendezvous was the food! Lila White, her sister-in-law, and seasonally a black lady whose name I don't remember put out three full meals a day, from scratch, fresh and local ingredients, the like of which I have never tasted again in my life...and remember, I was raised by Grandmommy.
Anyway, in 1954 one breezy fall day after dinner (lunch,) Lila White was washing dishes at the sink and looked up to see a man dressed all in gray outside the window. Thinking he may be hungry, she walked out the back door to talk to him. She could not find him anywhere, even though the street was just a few cottages and houses that you could easily see around.
Walking back inside, she felt a chill down her whole body. She realized the man was not just wearing gray, he was gray top to bottom, face, hands, clothes, everything. She knew who he was.
Lila White and her sister-in-law (whose name I also cannot remember) packed up and left the beach that afternoon and drove up to Concord. That night, Hurricane Hazel came onshore just north at Oak Island - full moon, high tide, equinox. It wiped out many of the houses at Ocean Drive and submerged all but one hill on Oak Island; but true to the legend, the Rendezvous was undamaged.
I still get chills! :-P Thanks, Mommy! ♥ (And feel free to guest post anytime! :-))