My maternal side is Starl Ward who was married to Julie (we believe was spelled July) Ward (a full blooded cherokee) who died shortly after giving birth to my mother. Starl later remarried a woman named Dorothy who brought a step-daughter named Bertha into the mix.
My paternal side you know.
The missing links may be here:
Carson Richardson (1st cousin to Bud, Elaine et. al.) was born to Thomas and Barbara Richardson and there were several siblines (Lucille of Clinton, Cloy and several others I dont remember).
Also, as kids, we would visit gramdpa and grandma Patterson who I believe was on mom`s side of the family but not sure if Starl, July or Dorothy`s relatives. I do not remember there first names because we always called them grandpa and grandma but I'm pretty sure they were great grand parents.