Pretty sure this dude was a relative on the paternal side. He's from the right county in Tuscaloosa, AL, and the name's familiar. Well, the initials are.
It's not the hand-carving that makes me shiver. Being poor is no shame, usually. If all you do is sit on your front porch blowing in a jug, then yeah. That's trashy. But if you make a genuine effort and simply can't make a decent living, and can't move someplace more fertile, different story. Since I don't know into which category the departed A.J. fell, I have no comment. I have suspicions, but no comment.
But BORND? Really? Do we have to go there?
(Disclaimer: I stole this photo from findagrave.com, when I was huntin' me up some dead people.)