Career In 1915, Estes's father, a sharecropper who also played some guitar, moved the family to Brownsville, Tennessee.
Not long after, Estes lost the sight of his right eye when a friend threw a rock at him during a baseball game.
Under the leadership of Abe Sternberger, the building was brick veneered in 1920, the rosturm enlarged, new organ purchased and new pews installed.
The "Star of David" was set in concrete above the entrance and members made memorial gifts in the form of beautiful stained glass windows, a perpetual lamp, and tablet of stone representing the ten commandments. The congregation also owns the Adas Israel Cemetery.
In the following years some 30 families of Jewish people settled in Brownsville.
Among them were: Ankor, Greenwall, Rothschild, Felsenthal, Sternberger, Levi, Tamm and Levy.
He sounded so much like an old man, even on his early records, that blues revivalists reportedly delayed looking for him because they assumed he would have to be long dead, and because fellow musician Big Bill Broonzy had written that Estes had died.By the time he was tracked down, by Bob Koester and Samuel Charters in 1962, he had become completely blind and was living in poverty.He resumed touring and recording, reunited with Nixon and toured Europe several times and Japan, with a clutch of albums released on the Delmark Records label.At the age of 19, while working as a field hand, he began to perform professionally.The venues were mostly local parties and picnics, with the accompaniment of Hammie Nixon, a harmonica player, and James "Yank" Rachell, a guitarist and mandolin player.