She didn’t realize when she opened Wanda’s Attic that it would turn into something more than a store from which she would sell her merchandise. It’s become what Wanda calls a prayer station.
“I have people come in just for prayer,” she said. “I’ve had preachers to come in, and we just have a meeting right there in the store.”
Wanda said she’s proud of her prayer station and enjoys being able to help people spiritually.
Wanda was born and reared in Piedmont. She’s lived here all her life with the exception of four years in Heflin. Her mother is Peggy Pierce Watts. Her father, Ellis Jackson Watts, died in 2005.
The house in which she was born still stands near Francis E. Willard Middle School. Wanda said she’s happy it’s still in the family. Her cousin lives there now.
When she was a child, her mother worked at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, so a lot of the house cleaning fell to Wanda. What she didn’t finish during the week, the entire family pitched in to finish the cleaning on Saturday.
Wanda, her brother, Greg, and Greg’s wife, Jackie, make up the trio, the Heaven Seekers. For the past 24 years, they have sung at churches and at benefits.
“We’re available to sing just about anywhere,” she said. “Singing is what we love doing. We know that God gave that talent to us and we want to share it. Hopefully, we’ll be going 24 more years.”
Wanda’s husband, Stanley, works part time at the post office. He’s retired from Anniston Army Depot. They have two sons and a daughter. Kyle Turner lives in Heflin, Toby Romine lives in Piedmont and Tonya Romine lives in Glencoe. They have three grandchildren.
After Wanda graduated from Piedmont High School in 1975, she began working at Piedmont Hospital. After two weeks of serving ice water to patients, she was asked to become a nurse’s aid. She later worked at Anniston Medical Center.
Wanda and Stanley are members of Plainview Congregational Church where Wanda is in the choir. She sings solos and sometimes she and Stanley sing together. She also plays the tambourine.
Wanda said not long ago she found a new hobby on Facebook -- painting glass.
“You take Elmer’s glue and food coloring and mix it together real good,” she said. “When it dries, whatever you’re painting looks like it was made that way.”
Wanda has made quite a few candlesticks doing that.
Anyone who would like to book the Heaven Seekers or purchase t-shirts or other items from Wanda’s Attic can reach her at 499-2080.
Wanda said she likes to cook and especially likes to bake.
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2 heads of broccoli
½ c. onion, chopped (just enough for taste)
1 jar bacon pieces
1 c. raisins
1 c. pecans
1 apple, chopped
1 c. Kraft mayonnaise
½ c. sugar
1 T. vinegar
Stir until mixed. Just before serving, add to first six ingredients.
Cool Whip Cookies
1 - 8 oz. Cool Whip
1 cake mix (any kind)
Mix together until it turns into dough. Spray cookie sheet. Spoon about 2” apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown. Let cool. Enjoy with coffee or cold glass of milk.
Homemade Almond Joys
1 pkg. (name brand) coconut
1 can condensed milk
1 c. pecans, chopped fine
1 pkg. almond bark (chocolate)
Mix first three ingredients well. Place in refrigerator for one hour. Take out and roll into balls about the size of a quarter. Melt 6 barks at a time (in a glass bowl). Roll balls into chocolate and place on waxed paper. Chocolate will harden.
Six Layer Taco Bake
Place into a dish the following ingredients in order:
Can whole corn, drained
Cooked and scrambled hamburger meat with taco powder
Crushed tortilla chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with sour cream.