Vista Lunsford

1922–2003 (Age 81)
Cocke, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Vista

When Vista Lunsford was born on 8 February 1922, in Cocke, Tennessee, United States, her father, Walter Bernard Lunsford, was 32 and her mother, Ollie Ethel Murray, was 22. She married Steven George Antonio. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Lowell, Gaston, North Carolina, United States in 1930. She died on 13 November 2003, in Walhalla, Oconee, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Seneca, Oconee, South Carolina, United States.

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Vista Lunsford
Steven George Antonio
Ethel Delores Antonio
Sheila Nalle Antonio

Spouse & Children



  • Ethel Delores Antonio


  • Sheila Nalle Antonio


Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1931 · The Parthenon is Built

Age 9

In 1931, a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece was erected in Nashville, Tennessee. The Parthenon was meant to be temporary, but became a permanent part of Tennessee culture. It also has a replica of the statue of Athena the Goddess of War.At the same time a city over Memphis built  giant pyramid replica to remind everyone what the city was named for. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name, probably from Lundsford in East Sussex, so named from an Old English personal name Lundrǣd + Old English ford ‘ford’, or possibly from Lunsford in Kent, although this was earlier called Lullesworthe (from the Old English personal name Lull + worð ‘enclosure’); it is not certain whether the development to Lunsford took place early enough to have produced the surname.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Vista Lunsford in household of Bernie Lunsford, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Vista Lunsford in entry for Ethel Delores Antonia, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"
  • Vista R Lunsford in entry for Sheila Nalle Antonio, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"

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