Article by Allison Barnes, Southern Living Magazine
Above: Glenda's home doubles as the DeStarte Bed and Breakfast Inn. Above right: "RedBone Willy" visits with customers at the Bonehead Café. Below left: Glenda's daughter Charlie Miller who manages the store. Bottom right: Glenda Miller, owner of RedBone Willy's and DeStarté Bed and Breakfast Inn.
People used to ask Glenda for the story of Redbone Willy. Problem was, there wasn't one. So her friend Roger Chapman came up with a story, took on the role of Alexander "Redbone" Johnson, and a "legend" was born.
In the 1800s, Alexander married Willamina Dixon. After he went missing during the Civil War and was presumed dead, Willamina remarried, leaving Alexander a loner. He got the name "Redbone" because his style of hunting was like that of the Redbone Coonhound. During one hunting trip, he came across an abandoned dog. Alexander named the dog "Willy," a shortened version of his former wife's name. The store combines the two names.