On October 21, 1927, Floyd and Lillian Weems welcomed their second son, Ardis T. Weems into the world. At this time, they lived on a rental farm in the Rosa community about five miles from Oneonta, Alabama. Approximately two years after his birth, the family moved to the Friday's Crossing area (seven miles north of Oneonta, AL on Highway 75) where they lived until the 1950s.
As a child, Ardis attended Bailey School and later graduated from Susan Moore High School. This was followed by service in the Army and National Guard where he attained the rank of Captain. After serving in the Army, Ardis earned a degree from Jacksonville State University then worked as a teacher and principal for four years. He eventually left the field of education to pursue a career as an insurance sales executive for the Hamilton and Shackleford Agency in Birmingham, Alabama, where he became the Senior Vice-President.
Ardis created this website in order to share his memories, which cover his early life in the 1930s until his family moved from Friday's Crossing. The exception is the last chapter of his memoirs, Friday's Crossing Revisited, dated 2007.