In a few years Robert Clement moved his family to Dickson, TN. "We didn't have much, but our parents gave us love and insisted we get a high school diploma and go to church," Anna Belle said. Dickson was a small town, so they walked to church. Interestingly enough, Robert took Frank to the Methodist church while Maybelle took Anna Belle and Emma Gene to the Baptist church. "It wasn't a problem, we had a fine relationship with all religions." She says she remembers Sunday mornings at their house. "Daddy was a better cook, so he fixed eggs while Mama made biscuits. One Sunday he was stirring the eggs and commented, to no one in particular, that he had enjoyed the revival at the Baptist church and that the minister wasn't bad. Then he remarked that he didn't understand why they (Baptists, referring to my mama) have to elect your ministers." She said her mama just kept kneading the biscuit dough and without looking at daddy said, "That way we don't have to take just anyone they choose to send us like you Methodists."
Her father wanted to be a lawyer but didn't have the money to attend school. "Believe it or not, at that time there was a shortage of lawyers," she said with a laugh. To help alleviate the shortage, the government instituted a program where a person could attain a law degree in one year. Robert Clement borrowed $1,000 and moved his family to Lebanon where he enrolled at Cumberland Law School. After receiving his degree they moved back to Dickson where he opened a small law office. The family still had limited finances, so he asked Anna Belle to be his secretary on Saturdays. At that time, women didn't have many options when it came to a job, so her father stressed the importance of learning typing and shorthand. The family had no choice but to be frugal and still managed to have the things they really needed in life.