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LOUIS RANDOLPH AMIS was born December 7, 1856 in Maury County, Tennessee, the son of Lewis Amis and Louisa Johnson Amis, and the grandson of John Amis and Mary (Polly) Knight Amis. He married Agnes Fulton in 1884. They had five children. Louis Amis received his education at the Webb Brothers Training School and at Vanderbilt University. He taught in the Webb Brothers Training School in 1883/1884. He was a Methodist minister. He died December 16, 1904 in Nashville.

Mrs. REBECCA T. AMIS, a native of Maury County, Tenn,, was born in 1839, and is a daughter of Col. Jonas and Martha (Adkisson) Thomas, who were born in the "Old Dominion." The father came to Tennessee at an early day, and became an eminent lawyer and politician. He represented Maury County in both branches of the State Legislature, and was speaker of the State Senate one term, and as parliamentarian had no superior. He was once nominated for Congress, but owing to ill health was compelled to withdraw from the race. His demise occurred August 3, 1856. The mother died January 14, 1870. Mrs. Amis, our subject, was married October 13, 1857, to John E. Amis, and two children blessed their union; Bruce E. and Jonas T. Mr. Amis took an active part in the late war, and was a member of the gallant Forty-eighth Tennessee Infantry. He was captured at the fall of Fort Donelson, and died in prison in St. Louis, Mo., in 1863. Mrs. Amis is a finely educated woman, and has won quite a reputation as an instructress, having taught at the Atheneum, at Columbia, and in the Tennessee College at Franklin, and also in public schools at that place. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Source is Goodspeeds Biographies. 


PROF. WILLIAM ANDERSON, a prominent minister and teacher of Maury County, Tenn., and was born in Williamson County, of this State, October 19, 1843, son of James C. and Lucinda (Newsom) Anderson, who were married January 29, 1843, and the parents of four children. The father was a native of Alabama, and came to Williamson County in 1834. He was ordained a minister of the Christian Church in 1828, and followed the vocation of farming in connection with his ministerial duties. He died September 12, 1857. The mother is still living, and a resident of the old homestead in Williamson County. Our subject remained on the farm until he was nineteen years of age, overseeing the business transactions and caring for his widowed mother. He then began attending school at the Franklin College, remaining there until 1872, teaching and attending school, and has continued that occupation ever since. He is at present teaching school at Carter Creek, and has been the local minister of the Christian Church in that neighborhood. In 1875 he wedded Laura Alexander, a native of this county, and became the father of three children: Effie, Ora and Clark C., all living. Prof. Anderson is an eloquent preacher and a learned teacher, and is classed among the leading citizens of Maury County. Source is Goodspeeds Biographies. 

CHARLES HARRIS AUSTIN was born in Lincoln County Tn in 1879 and died on November 20, 1969 in Maury County TN at a home in Yokley Community of Giles County near his daughter's home. He and his wife were a local farm  family in the Culleoka Community for some 70 years before their deaths. He was married for nearly 70 years to Otie Eva Kerr of the Culleoka area. Charles was a Baptist and was educated at the old Stiversville School at the junction of Hwy 31 and Valley Creek Road. The Austins lived high up on the top of the hill on Covey Hallow Road. The home though having been restored and improved is still standing as of 2001. The view was spectacularly scenic from their home. It was often said that on a clear day one could see all the way to Lewisburg Tennessee in Marshall County. [From Family Records]

PAUL DREWY AUSTIN was born in near Culleoka Tennessee on August 28, 1912 to  parents, Charles Harris Austin and Otie Eva Kerr. His parents  were a natives of Lincoln County and Maury County respectively. Paul married Ruby Lee Barlar during 1940. Ruby was born September 21, 1912 also in Maury County. Ruby resided at the time of their marriage with her parents Thomas Jefferson Barlar and Lela May Coffee. The T. J. Barlar farm was located about one mile down Covey Hollow Road toward the Highway 31 from the Charles H. Austin Farm. Paul Austin was a 1931 graduate of Culleoka High School. He went on to obtain a technical college degree in drafting. Paul was a man who possessed leadership and character in his approach to life. He was gifted with the language, and was often called on to speak at church and school occasions. Upon their marriage in 1940 the couple moved to Town Creek, Alabama where Paul began work at Reynolds Aluminum Company in the eastern part of Colbert County. Later they moved to Sheffield Alabama and resided on what was then called Government Hill. Sometime later Paul built a home on 13th Ave across the corner from the Baptist Church. The family moved during the early fifties out to eastern Colbert County where Paul and Ruby lived out their lives in the (little) Hatton and Old Brick Presbyterian Church Community. Born to Paul and Ruby were six children: 1. Joyce Ann (b. 1941), m. 1st Hilliad Otis Hatton and had two children, Elisa Rene & Antha Renise; Joyce m. 2nd David Grigsby, ; 2. Warren Drewy (b. 1944) m. Linda Sue Nelson three children who were Avery Drewy, Marcia Aline, Alan Bradley, 3. Cecil Wayne (b. 1946) who m. Linda Kaye Black and adopted two children Stephen Wayne, Kristi Lynn, 4. Ernest Edward (b. 1947) who m. Cindy Moody and had two children who were Travis James & Trina Jolene, 5. Mary Eva (b. 1950) who m. Robert R. Gregory and adopted one child Ashley Rene and had one child Erin Nicole 6. Ethel Ameree (b. 1952) m. 1st Sonny Stancil and had Sarah Elizabeth Stancil, 2nd marriage was to William Robert Young and they had Amber Kaye & William Bradley. Paul & Ruby were dedicated to their family and had many friends, and possessed a love of Religious & academic subjects. Paul & Ruby were active in the membership of the First Church of the Nazarene in Sheffield Alabama for some forty years where Paul served in various leadership roles. Paul was a deeply religious man who gave his time and resources to God and Church. Paul spent his productive life as a furnace operator with the worlds largest Aluminum manufacturing plant, Reynolds Aluminum Company. He controlled the temperature of the huge natural gas furnaces that molded the ingots. He worked in an era in which the American metals industry was dominant throughout the world. WWII was won partly by the massive amount of Aluminum fighter and bomber aircraft which were built primarily of Aluminum supplied by the plant. Paul Spent 35 years with the aluminum company, from 1940 to 2/1/1975 when he retired. During the early 1950s the family moved from the city to a fifty acre farm about twelve miles out from Sheffield to east Colbert County to fulfill Paul's dream of returning to the farm. He later built a chicken house and operated a hen laying operation selling fresh eggs around the Sheffield and east Colbert area. The family maintained contact with Sheffield friends by commuting twelve miles back to the Nazarene Church where they were members. This commute continued until prior to Paul's death July 12, 1993.    By Wayne Austin, 1996

JOSEPH BALLANFANT. Thank you so much for publishing information on this site. I (Stephanie Miller) had an abundance of family in the Culleoka area in the 1800's. Joseph Ballanfant, named as a trustee of the academy, was the brother of my g-g-grandmother Susannah Ballanfant Winn. Susannah, her husband Archelas Winn, and their children are listed in the Pleasant Garden Sunday School Class of 1834-1835, with Joseph Ballanfant as class leader. The Winn family, along with Ballanfant, Foster, Wilkes, Cheatham, and Amis constitute the families living in the area of Culleoka at the time. Two family members became medical doctors, so it is possible they attended the Pleasant Grove Academy. All these families lived near Culleoka from around 1820 until around 1890. Some family remain in the area. Possible other attendees of Pleasant Grove Academy are: William Alexander Winn (1828-1866) son of Archeles Winn and Susannah Ballanfant William B. Winn (1852-1938) son of William Alexander Winn and Sophronia Cheatham. John D. Winn (185?-?) son of William Alexander Winn and Sophronia Cheatham; became a doctor. Jonathan Allen Foster (1821-1863) son of Richard Singleton Foster and Elizabeth Foster Newton Foster (1852-?) son of Jonathon Allen Foster and Anne Moore; became a doctor. Contributed by Stephanie (Winn) Miller.

WILLIAM A. BARKER, a native of Maury County, born December 3, 1850, son of George Barker. who started out on life's rough track for himself at the age of twenty-one. The father had a limited education, but enough for practical purposes. He was a farmer, a Democrat and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was also a member of the Baptist Church. In 1840 he married Maria L. Byers, and by her became the father of three children: Nancy, William A. and George D. He died in 1861. The mother of these children was born in Virginia, August 15, 1820, and is the daughter of Anderson and Sarah (Dortch) Byers, natives of North Carolina. They were married there, but afterward moved to Virginia, where they remained for some years. They then moved to Tennessee, locating in Maury County. The mother died in 1861. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Alexander and Margaret (Dodsen) Barker, who were born in North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively, the former in 179l and the latter in 1801. They both lived to be old people, the grandfather dying in 1878 and the grandmother in 1885. Our subject was reared on the farm, and at the age of twenty-eight engaged in the mercantile business at Rock Spring, and is at present engaged in that occupation. He is also a mechanic and a blacksmith. In 1879 he married Mollie Usery, a native of Giles County, Tenn., born July 22, 1861, and the daughter of William L. and Matilda (Wright) Usery. To our subject and wife were born three children: Alfred H., born 1880; Florence, born 1881 and died 1882, and Willie T., born 1883. Our subject has a good sound education, and was a school teacher for some time. He is a Democrat, and he and his brother, George, are in the merchandise business together, the firm being known as the Barker Bros. Source is Goodspeeds Biographies. 

REV. GEORGE BECKETT, rector and principal of the Columbia Female Institute and rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, June 8, 1818, and is a son of William P. and Mary (Harrison) Beckett. Our subject was educated in England, attending Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, at Wakefield, and graduated in 1838. In 1840 he immigrated to the United States and located first at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he prepared himself for the Episcopal ministry. He was ordained, in 1843, by Bishop B. B. Smith, D. D., at Louisville, Ky. His first charge was in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he had management of a school. In 1852 he took charge of St. Matthew's Church and Institute, in Jefferson County. Ky., and in the fall of 1866 removed to Columbia, and began conducting the Columbia Female Institute, and has met with good success. He entered on his pastoral duties in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in 1868. In 1844 he married Miss Ann E. Temple, a native of Logan County, Ky., a great-niece of Gen. George Rogers Clark. They have one son--John Temple.

WILLIAM EUGENE BOSTICK, SR., was Superintendent of Columbia Schools (1893-1909) and Trustee of Columbia Military Academy. Professor William Bostick was born in Richmond County, North Carolina on August 12, 1854. He came to Tennessee when a young boy and attended Webb School at Culleoka and later at Bell Buckle. He later attended Eastman's Business College at Syracuse, N.Y. He permanently located in Columbia in 1878; he started a grocery store, and later was a partner in Bostick & Cameron, but since 1894 has given his entire time to educational work. W.E. Bostick served on the Maury County Board of Education, 1890-1894. He was elected Superintendent of Schools and then as County Registrar for several terms. One of his daughters, Kate Bostick Magruder, was also one of the primary grade teachers in the Columbia system at the early years of the 20th century. He passed away in 1936. His obituary, from the Columbia, TN, "Daily Herald" (July 13, 1936) states that "He was a splendid school man, and in 1893 was placed at the head of the Columbia schools, assuming the position of city school superintendent. He held the position until June, 1909, a period of 16 years, when he was succeeded by Prof. R.L. Harris, the present (1936) superintendent. Professor Bostick, after retiring from his work in the city schools, was one of the original trustees who secured the Columbia Military Academy for Columbia. He did much work in this, holding the position of secretary of the board, with the late Professor Webber, at that time superintendent of the Nashville city schools, together with the late Chancellor Wiggins, of the University of the South, Sewanee, Chancellor Kirkland, and one or two others. Professor Bostick was later affiliated with the school, during the time that Professor Webber ran the school, but later retired entirely from school work and devoted his time and energies to the magazine business". His children were Marvin Amis Bostick (who married Bessie Cathey of the Hampshire community), Nona Wilson Bostick (died young), Bessie Bostick (married J.E. Snead), Kate Bostick (married J.T. Magruder), James Thomas Bostick (married Juanita Cherry), and William E. Bostick, Jr. SOURCES: (1) Maury County Century Review (1807-1907): page 26 ("Columbia Schools"). (2) Mr. Bostick's obituary, from the Columbia, TN, "Daily Herald" (July 13, 1936). Contributed by W. D. Bostick  WD Bostick@AOL.COM

HELEN BYRD NORMAN, 80, widow of Robert Lee "Bob" Norman and resident of Sunset Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Maury Regional Hospital. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Mike Williams and the Rev. Donald Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. The family will visit with friends after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the funeral home. The Mt. Pleasant native was the daughter of the late Leonard W. Byrd and Minnie Wiseman Byrd. She was a graduate of Haylong High School. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jayne (Mack) Parson and Mrs.Shirley (Wayne) Phillips, both of Columbia; one son, Robert L. "Bobby" (Alma) Norman, Jr., of Water Valley; one brother, L.W. (Sue) Byrd of Columbia; two nieces, Nancy Scott and Reba Thomas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Beatrice Byrd Copeland, Mary Elizabeth Byrd Copeland and Virginia Byrd Eddlemon. Pallbearers will be Barry Crotzer, Carlton Scott, Monte Norman, Lee Norman, Pete Ridley, Johnny Pressnell and Michael Thomas.

LOUISE GREEN (Mrs. Ronald Jackson), attended the Lanton School in the Green's Mill community of Maury County. Mother was born May 24, 1905 and died Sept. 17, 1978. She and her brother, Edwin Green, and her two sisters, Aileen Green and Ruby Green, attended the Lanton school. Louise  would have started school about 1911 and attended it for as many grades as it had at the time (probably 6 or 8). Louise Green then attended Spring Hill School and completed the 10th grade. One of Louise's uncles, Macon Adolphos Green, taught school at Lanton, but I do not know the dates. Ronald H. Jackson, also attended the Lanton School, but probably only for a few years. The Green's Mill community was previously known as the Lanton Community, and still goes by both names to some extent. The school and the church (Lanton Church of Christ) seemed to hold to the "Lanton" name, while the community more frequently was known as Green's Mill. Green's Mill is so named because my great grandfather (L. C. Green) and his sons ran the Mill on Rutherford Creek for some years around the turn of the century. The old school building remains in Green's Mill, having been used as a residence for many years. On this Web site is the picture of the Lanton School House donated R. H. Jackson of Tullahoma TN, the writer of this article. The picture goes back many years. We were not told the photo date. See the Lanton School Section in the main Menu.

GEORGIE MAE (DAWSON) KNIGHT  was born in Maury County on July 23,1922 and died in Maryland in June 2002. She was born to Willie Tyler and Clifford Dawson. in the two-room house formerly occupied by Jim and Laura Tyler, in Covey Holler, Culleoka, TN. When Georgie was 6 months old, her mother, Willie took her to live with Jim and Laura at the white house in Culleoka, where they stayed from January, 1923 until 1930 at which time Willie Tyler married Seavy Hight. Willie's sister Gladys and brother James helped to raise Georgie while Eula, Willie and her mother Laura  worked to support the family. Georgie started school at 5 years of age in 1927 at Culleoka, where she attended 1st and 2nd Grade. She transferred to Fountain Heights school when she was 7, as a result of Willie marrying  Seavy Hight. They moved to Seavy's house on what was Deep Ford Road now called Seavy Hight Road. In 1936 she graduated 8th Grade at Fountain Heights, and went to high school at Central High in Columbia, graduating there in 1940. After high school, she took an additional year of post-graduate classes and did office work at Central to continue her affiliation with the band. Band Director Tom Hewgley formed the CHS band in September, 1938. He discovered Georgie on the basketball team. After watching her play, he asked her to join the band as majorette. Their first event was the Mule Day Parade, April, 1939. After that parade, the band rated First Division in Concert Playing at the Clarksville Band Festival. Georgie Mae Dawson excelled at leading the band in parades, celebrations, and competitions, creating enough excitement that a photo of Georgie Mae, taken by the Chattanooga Times, was published around the world by Associated Press. Georgie met Charles J. Knight her last year in band, while she was leading a parade. They married in 1941, lived in Columbia, for part of the WWI, then in New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, moving to Maryland after the Korean war. They had two daughters, Dianna (1946) and Judy (1948). After Saturdays work at Ben Franklin Dime Store, Georgie went to work at the phone company. She helped organize the CWA union, Communication Workers of America, and was involved in the strike of 1945, which resulted in better wages and conditions. She stayed with the phone company until she moved to Maryland in 1953. In 1956 she rejoined the phone company, working there until retirement with 29 years of service. She retired to help her parents, Willie and Seavy Hight, were being uprooted by the TVA dam project. She arranged to move the large, historic house to a hill in Culleoka to preserve it from the Forming Lake waters. From 1978 to 1995 Georgie cared for her parents, raised her granddaughter Deanna, and worked at Denny's and with the Navy, and the Police Dept. She was also a Crossing Guard for the school system of Severna Park, MD. During the 1980's Georgie acted in two full length movies, several commercials, and some training films. Georgie is always ready to lend a helping hand or to go dancing. She has been an expert seamstress, creating nice wardrobes for her daughters, and upholstering the furniture. She is famous in the family for her Jam Cake and her Sugar Roll. And she has always been good at taking care of people. By dau. Dianna (Knight) Taplin, Soldatna AK, Jan 17, 2002

MRS. JOHNIE HAE GENTRY , 97, longtime resident of Tinsley Lane, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at Maury Regional Hospital. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Ted Burleson, Ricky Clay and Mike Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Lynnwood Cemetery. The family will visit with friends from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and after noon Sunday at the funeral home. The Maury County native was the daughter of the late Robert Murphy and Ruthie Mae Keltner Murphy. She was married to Leo Gentry who preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1986. She was a member of West Seventh Street Church of Christ. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Betty Pope of Marietta, Ga.; one son, Robert Gentry of Belleville, Mich.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Bob Murphy of Murfreesboro. Pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of West Seventh Street Church of Christ.

MACON ADOLPHOS GREEN, teacher for a few years in the early 1900s, was a graduate of McDowal's, of Columbia, taught school at Lanton School. He studied at Potters Bible College in Bowling Green Kentucky. 

ELDRED R. MARTIN, 87, lifelong resident of Culleoka, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Maury Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Paul Webb and Calvin Hardison officiating. Burial will be in Shane Cemetery with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at The Maury County native was the son of the late George Martin and Catherine Martin. He was married to Jessie Hight Martin, who preceded him in death April 24, 1984. He was a graduate of Culleoka High School where he played on the school's last football team. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a dairy farmer and owner/operator of Martin's Garage. Mr. Martin was an active civic and community leader and volunteer. He started the Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department in 1952 and was the fire chief until his son Edward took over. He was a member and elder of Campbell Station Church of Christ, where he led the singing for 57 years. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by both of his sons, Gerald Martin and Edward Martin. Survivors include four grandchildren, Mrs. Lisa (Sam) Hammett of Lenoir City, Mrs. Audrey (Mike) Galm of Fort Collins, Colo., Miss Jenifer Martin and Miss Catherine Martin both of Deland, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Sasha Hammett and Matthew Martin Hammett; much loved neighbors and friends, Ronald and Patricia Luna, Shane and Mandy Luna, Scott and Rachel Luna; special friend and caregiver, Nora Patton; former caregiver, Edna Clymer; and daughter-in-law, Mary Frances Stewart Martin. Pallbearers will be Ronald Luna, Shane Luna, Scott Luna, Jackie Thompson, Jimmy Thompson and James Harwell.

Mrs. Ruby Groves Berry Church, 88, A retired from E.I. DuPont Corporation and long-time resident of the Darks Mill Road in the Athendale Community, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at Life Care Center. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Groves Cemetery in Hickman County. The family will visit with friends after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Godwin-Chappell United Methodist Church. The Hickman County native was reared in the Fly Community in Maury County where her parents, the late Daniel Abraham Groves and Ethel Vaughan Groves, were merchants. She was a graduate of the Roach School and Santa Fe School where she was a member of the basketball team. A long-time member of the Godwin-Chappell United Methodist Church, Mrs. Church was also a volunteer with the Maury Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She was first married to the late James I. "Pete" Berry. On Nov. 16, 1956, she married Howard William Church, who preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 1994. Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Groves (Jo Ann) Berry of Columbia and Larry Erwin (Dollie) Berry of Hendersonville, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Perry (Nancy) Upshaw of Lewisburg and Mrs. J.W. (Jane Ann) Slaughter of the Athendale Community; five grandchildren, Natalie Jo Berry of Asheville, N.C., Jeffrey S. Berry, Mrs. R. Wayne (Jeannie) Harris and Mrs. Mike (Jill) Webster of Columbia and Mrs. Kenneth (Julie) Jarratt of Huntsville, Ala.; four stepgrandchildren, Jonathon C. Slaughter and Jeremy W. Slaughter, both of Columbia, David M. Upshaw of Franklin and Mark V. (Kim) Upshaw of Memphis; two nieces, Mrs. Paul (Starling) Grisham of Tifton, Ga., and Mrs. Charles (Gail) Pigg of Santa Fe; two nephews, Dwight I. (Darlene) Groves of the Bear Creek Community and Harry (Peggy) Rountree of Santa Fe; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sondra Sue Berry; a grandson, Leslie Erwin Berry; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Cheyenne Berry; and a sister, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Rountree. Active pallbearers are Jeffrey S. Berry, Dwight I. Groves, R. Wayne Harris, Kenneth Jarratt Sr., Charles Pigg, Harry Rountree, Jonathon C. Slaughter, Jeremy W. Slaughter, David M. Upshaw, Mark V. Upshaw and Mike Webster. Honorary pallbearers include Wally S. Beasley Jr., Bobby Troope, Edward Lewis Adams, Leo Adams, Carl E. Church, Darrin Church, Derek Church, Dodd Church, Jerry Church, Leon Church, O.G. Church, Terry Church, M. Thomas Culberson, Wayne Fitzgerald, Carl T. Gardner, Dr. Dennis R. Gardner, the Rev. James W. Gardner, Jerry S. Gardner, Randy Gardner, Sheriff Enoch George, Robert George, Eldridge McMeen, Freeland McMeen, Billy Puckett, William G. Scott, Carl Harris Sellers, Joe Tomlin, Larry Winchester, Keith Winchester and the congregation of Godwin-Chappell United Methodist Church. ....

MARGARET (HAMM) SNEED attended Hay Long High School in Mt.Pleasant and graduated in 1922. Three aunts of Jane Sneed Dunn who were Mildred, Virginia and Josephine Hamm attended the old Howard School in Mt. Pleasant prior to 1930. Jane is uncertain if her mom, Margaret (Hamm) Sneed attended the old Howard School earlier.  Information from Jane Sneed Dunn, Enterprise,Tn.

HAROLD DEAN HICKMAN, 64 & PEGGY WILLEFORD HICKMAN, 62, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 at their residence on Dodson Gap Road in the Campbell Station Community. They died at the hands of a vicious murderer. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Paul Webb, Burton Daimwood and Bobby Sands officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Culleoka. Mr. Hickman was a Maury County native and the son of Bertie Mae Weatherford Hickman of Lewisburg and the late William Gordon Hickman. He was a 1956 graduate of Culleoka High School, a longtime employee of Publix Shirt Company and served in the National Guard. Mrs. Hickman was a Maury County native and the daughter of Mattie Kathleen Alexander Willeford of Campbell Station Community and the late Humphrey Eugene Willeford. She was a 1957 graduate of Culleoka High School and had worked as receptionist and insurance clerk for several Columbia physicians, including most recently Dr. Stephen Parey. She was a member of Campbell Station Church of Christ. The couple is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Brenda (Freddy) Ring and Mrs. Patricia (David) Hobbs, both of Culleoka; six grandchildren, Will Ring, Justin Hobbs, Amy Ring, Jessi Hobbs, Travis Ring and Jenni Hobbs; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jolene and Billy Frank Jett. Mr. Hickman is also survived by his mother, Bertie Mae Hickman of Lewisburg; two sisters, Mrs. Joyce (Bobby) Dugger of Spring Hill and Mrs. Linda (Wayne) Tomlin of Mt. Pleasant; and four brothers, Jimmy (Maude) Hickman of White Lake, Mich., Billy (Carolyn) Hickman and Mike (Judy) Hickman, both of Culleoka, and Doug Hickman of Columbia; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hickman of Columbia. Mrs. Hickman is also survived by her mother, Mattie Kathleen Alexander Willeford of Campbell Station Community; two sisters, Mrs. Carolyn (Buddy) Harris of Columbia and Mrs. Frances (Alvin) Hayes of Summertown; two brothers, Horace (Lenore) Willeford of Culleoka and J. W. (Holly) Willeford of Oak Park, Ill. Pallbearers will be Robby Dugger, Shane Hickman, Wesley Hickman, Billy Harris, Chris Cotten, Kenneth Willeford, Bobby Hines, Scott Dugger, Brian Hill, Brad Brewer, Steve "Bubba" Luna, Ted Osborne, Lewis Osborne, Mike Jett, Chris Jett and Roscoe Voss.

October 17, 2002 "Columbia Daily Herald" Slaying suspect nabbed in Calif. By WILL MORRIS\Staff Writer SAN DIEGO - A man suspected of killing a Culleoka, Tenn., couple was arrested Thursday at a bus station by U.S. Marshals after they received a tip from an attentive security guard, officials said. James Campbell Hayes, 49, was boarding a bus around noon when agents swept in to arrest him, said Mark Owens, Deputy U.S. Marshall and coordinator for the San Diego Violent Crime Task Force. "We got a call from a security officer that said he saw a guy that looked like him," Owens said. Marshals began canvassing the San Diego area Wednesday night after receiving a call from law enforcement officials in Nashville. "We began canvassing bus stations, local hotels, motels and also the airports," Owens said. Marshals distributed a photograph of Hayes to the guard at the downtown bus-station as part of the canvassing process. Last week on Oct. 9, the bodies of Harold Hickman, 64, and Peggy Hickman, 62, were found in the living room of their Campbell Station home by a son-in-law. They had both been shot several times. Hayes was identified as a suspect Wednesday. According to investigators, there was no sign of forced entry at the home, and nothing was stolen. Sheriff Enoch George said a family inheritance was possible motive for the crime. Hayes is either a nephew or a cousin of Peggy Hickman, George said. Owens said that Hayes did not resist when he was arrested, did not have a weapon and made no statement about the shootings. The only thing in his possession was a travel bag, Owens said. He was turned over to the county jail after processing by the San Diego Police Department. Investigators from the Maury County Sheriff's Department will appear before a Grand Jury Friday to request an indictment against Hayes, George said. "After we get our indictment, we'll go to California to pick him up," George said. George said he plans to send Detective Shane Hunter, the lead investigator in the case, to California along with an agent from the TBI to escort Hayes back to Maury County. "If he tries to fight extradition, we'll have an indictment to fight it in the courts," George said. If Hayes fights extradition, it could take 45 days to bring him back to Tennessee. George declined to comment on how investigators knew Hayes was headed to California. On Wednesday, District Attorney General Mike Bottoms predicted Hayes would be arrested "within 24 hours". "Obviously we had help, but enough can't be said about the Sheriff's Department," Bottoms said. A Florida drivers license lists Hayes address as being in St. Petersburg. His criminal history in Pinellas County Florida consists of a DUI and shoplifting conviction. "This case really illustrates the power of nationwide (law enforcement) cooperation," said Owens. "It shows how effective the fugitive network can be."

ALICE (KERR) STACY was born Aug 30, 1869 and died Dec 29,1936. She was educated at Pleasant Grove Academy.  Alice was a native of Maury County, and the daughter of  Joseph Jerome KERR and Elizabeth (Ausban) KERR. She married Willliam Arthur STACY. They had two children. Mr. STACY separated from Alice shortly after their second child was born and moved to Arkansas were he remarried and had other children. He died March 10, 1950 in Hot Springs Arkansas. Alice lived most of her life on the family farm of her father west of Culleoka and never remarried.  Alice lived in the Culleoka Community all of her life and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. The two children born to Alice and William Stacy were Claude and Elizabeth. Alice died of Cancer and is interred in the Wilkes Cemetery in Culleoka.

JAMES E. KERR was born Feb 2, 1874 and died Dec 20,1948. He was educated at Pleasant Grove Academy.  James was a native of Maury County, and the son of  Joseph Jerome KERR and Elizabeth (AUSBAN) KERR. James married Jettie DEAN about 1814 and they had no children.  James lived most of his life on the family farm of his father west of Culleoka. James & Jettie were delightful personalities who spread humor and good will around the community in their spare time. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. James died of a heart attack while the family was killing the Hogs for the winter season. James & Jettie are interred in the Wilkes Cemetery in Culleoka.

JOHN B. KERR was a son of William KERR of the Campbell Station Community. William was one of the five eldest sons of James Sr & Mary (MITCHELL) KERR of the Spring Hill or north area of Maury Co. The five eldest sons of James Sr. were William, John, Andrew Marshall, James and Samuel. Three of these sons settled of the southeast side of Maury Co near Culleoka and Campbell Station along Fountain Creek and the branches that feed into it. The father James Sr. first came into Maury Co in the Spring Hill Community shortly after 1805. Very likely the father James Sr. had a large tract of land down in that area which he gifted to his sons. William KERR was born in 1781 in Orange County North Carolina. He moved to Spring Hill TN with his father James KERR, SR during the early 1800s. Sometime later he moved to Campbell Station on the south side of the County. He was a mechanic and farmer by trade but was building furniture during 1850. William was a democrat and member of the Presbyterian Church. He died on Dec 3, 1853 and is buried in the Shane Cemetery (in a marked grave) of the Community where he lived. William's brother, James Jr, was one of the founders of the Foutain Heights Academy a forerunner of Pleasant Grove Academy School. Andrew M. was the first  teacher and lived nearer to Culleoka and resided along Fountain Creek somewhere. John, the second brother lived north of Culleoka in the vicinity of Hurricane Switch (Glendale) and it is known he owned and ran the old Love Grain Mill for a time. William lived furtherest south in the Campbell Station Area. The eldest brother, William KERR, served on the jury that convicted one of the county's first murderers. There were two William KERRS living in early Maury Co. history but the other William lived on the south western side of the county and was of the second generation of William, a son of James. Source: Kerr Family Histoiry Project, by Frank Kerr McDaniels, written about 1990 from other Kerr History sources

ANDREW MARSHALL KERR was born during 1785 in Orange Co. North Carolina and died 8/5/1864. Andrew M KERR was a wagon maker & farmer by trade. Andrew & Clotilda were married during 1811 in Maury Co.. They had fourteen children. Clotilda (MOREEN) KERR was born in Virginia during 1796 and Died during March of 1854. Andrew Marshall and his wife Clotilda are interred in the Wilkes-Campground Cemetery. Must be in unmarked graves as no known record exist of that today. Its obvious they are interred somewhere around Culleoka where they spent the latter part of their lives. They have descendents buried in the Wilkes Cemetery. Andrew M was also the son of James Sr & Mary (MITCHELL) KERR. James, Sr. was born circa 7/15/1754 and died on March 13, 1818. James, his wife and the older children came to Maury Co. sometime around 1810. James Sr. is buried in the Jackson College Cemetery of Spring Hill TN. "Some of the most illustrious Military and scholarly leaders of the south were buried in the 1800s in the Jackson College Cemetery". Sadly, this Cemetery has long since been abandoned. At least half of the tombrocks are fallen or broken and the grounds have grown up in brush and weeds.

OTIE EVA (KERR) AUSTIN was born Sept 24, 1877 and died Aug 29,1970. She was educated at Pleasant Grove Academy and Moore Institute.  Otie was a native of Maury County, and the daughter of  Joseph Jerome Kerr and Elizabeth (Ausban) Kerr. Otie was the grandaughter of John B. & Priscilla (Warden) Kerr and James D. and Elizabeth Jemima (Crockett) Ausban. In 1900 she married Charles H. Austin and they reared a family of six losing one child Joseph  in infancy to typhoid. The Austins were a Culleoka area farm family for nearly seventy years. They lived high up on the top of the hill on Covey Hallow Road. The view was very scenic. Mr. Austin died November 20, 1969.   Mrs Austin was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Otie and Charles had three daughters, Miss Sadie AUSTIN of Johnson City, TN,  Lutie K. JONES of Union City, TN, and Mary E.  HUBBEL of Yokley, three  sons, Clyde E. AUSTIN of Lynnville,  Rev. Homer Harris AUSTIN of Cookville, and Paul Drewy AUSTIN of Sheffield, AL. Otie and her husband Charles are interred in the Wilkes Cemetery in Culleoka. Contributed by Wayne Austin 10/18/2001 Source: Family records  

Dr. WILLIAM MACK who was twice president of Jackson College was born in Flushing New York July 29, 1807, attended noted schools, among them the Theological Seminary at Princeton, New Jersey for three years. After serving other communities, he moved to Columbia in 1843 and later was pastor of the Zion Church west of Columbia for two years 1862 & 1863. The latter part of his life he spent in evangelical work in Middle Tennessee where he was greatly beloved. He died at the home of his son, the Rev. J. B. Mack, Columbia South Carolina, January 9, 1879.

MARY LAVINIA (MOODY) MILLIKEN was born 29 December 1823 in Franklin, Co. Alabama. She was the daughter of Epp(s) and Matilda (Johnson) Moody. Mary was educated at Columbia Institute, Columbia Tennessee graduating there July 3, 1840. A copy of her Diploma is displayed on this Web Site. Among the signers of her diploma attesting to her completion of the course of study was Bishop James H. Otey, Leonidis Polk and Lucius J. Polk, all figures of prominence in the history of schools in Maury County and in the South in general. The Polks mentioned here were close relatives of President James K Polk. Mary's father was a native of Virginia, but I am unaware of her mother Matilda's birth place. Epp(s) & Matilda Moody were married in August of 1811 in Franklin County, NC. I haven't as yet obtained verification (documentation) yet. I have found that Epps(s) Moody served as Justice of the Peace in Franklin County North Carolina. This is noted in the Court records of 1814-1815. Many early families migrated westward over the years (e.g.. VA>NC>GA>AL>TN), but we don't know the exact path the Moody's followed. Mary Lavinia Moody was married to Leonard H. Milliken who was born 21 Aug 1813 in Logan County Kentucky. They married 8 July 1841 in either Logan Co., KY or Hardeman Co., TN according to the information I have at present. They had at least eight children. Mary's husband was a Baptist minister. One of Mary's sons, William A. Milliken, wrote a biography probably sometime in the 1920's We know he died in 1928. The biography was published in the Shreveport Times Louisiana edition on April 11, 1943. and is the source of much of this information. Mary and Leonard owned a plantation around La Grange, Tennessee, but were called to take charge of the ministry of the Baptist Church in Aberdeen, Mississippi in 1851, and later, in 1857, they moved to Jackson, Mississippi to serve there. However, in 1859 the family returned to the La Grange plantation in Tennessee due to the uncertainties of the coming civil war. Leonard, Mary's husband, enlisted in the Confederate Army and served until late in the war when he resigned and returned to La Grange to care for his wife and children. William Milliken also served in the same unit with his father, but remained for the entire war, from Shiloh until the surrender of the unit in North Carolina during 1865. Mary and Leonard survived the Civil War, but according to the Shreveport Times Biography, their plantation was totally destroyed during the war. I am not aware of where or when Mary & Leonard Milliken died or where they were buried. By Richard Shelton Lake, Great Great Grandson, New Orleans LA, 6/24/2002

 THERESA MARIE (MULLINS) EMERSON HARRIS TRIPP, retired teacher and resident of 6th Ave., died Mar. 17, 2002 at Maury Regional Hospital. Burial will be in the Santa Fe Cemetery. She was a native of Maury co., and the dau. of Robert Green Mullins and Lura (Church) Mullins. She was first married to Newton Emerson, who died in 1940, and then to Nolen Harris, who died in 1975. Theresa was a graduate of Columbia Central High School who obtained two bachelor's degrees from George Peabody University and a Master's in Library Science from there. During her 42 years of teaching, she taught at Sylvan Heights, Santa Fe High, Riverside Elementary, Librarian at Whitthorne, Marathon High in Marathon, Fla, Librarian at Baker School, and Librarian for the Bureau of Indian Affairs where she had posts at the Navaho Indian Reservation in Crownpoint, N.M., and Cherokee, NC. She was a member of West End Baptist Church, Post 19 of the American Legion Auxiliary, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Also Theresa was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a Volunteer at Maury Regional Hospital for 20 yrs. She is survived by husband, Ronald Tripp and son Newton Emerson, both of 6th Ave., Columbia, and a sister Vivian McKibbon of Columbia. Submitted by Virginia Alexander 3/30/2002. Source: Obituary, Columbia Herald.

 COLUMBUS M. (McDONOUGH) ROSS M.D., graduate of St. Louis Medical College, and physician at Houston, was born in Giles County Tenn., February 8, 1833, and is the son of Elam L. and Dorcas (Vansandt) ROSS, both natives of Tennessee. The parents left their native State in 1856, locating near Marshfield, MO., and here the Father followed agricultural pursuits the remainder of his life. He died in Marshfield in March, 1857, at the age of fifty seven years. The mother is yet living, is seventy four years of age, and is now a resident of Polk county MO.. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The parental grandfather of our subject was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He immigrated to Middle Tennessee about 1800, and there died at the extreme age of  ninety-eight years. He and two sons were in the War of 1812. Columbus M. ROSS was the eldest child born to his parents. He received his education at Pleasant Grove Male Academy, and began the study of medicine at Ashland, Tenn., receiving his diploma in 1866. In 1856 he came to Missouri, locating at Marshfield, and began the practice of his profession. At the breaking out of the late war he entered the Confederate army as assistant surgeon in the Seventh Brigade, Missouri State Guard, and was afterward surgeon. At the close of the war he went to Illinois, and remained in Montgomery county for three years, then in 1868 he came to Houston, where he was engaged in the successful practice of his profession until 1882, when he was elected county clerk. He held this position three years. Dr. Ross has been married three times , first in 1857 to Miss Adaline Matilda CLOUD, who died at Springfield, MO., in 1862, leaving two children, Beauregard and Adaline. In 1864 the Doctor took for his second wife Miss Susan A. McCLARY, who died in 1869, leaving two children, C.M. Jr., and Susan A. In 1870 Dr. Ross married Mrs. Mary A. McCLELLAN. The Doctor is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, is a member of the I.O.O.F., and is one of the oldest Masons in Southern Missouri. He is a Democrat in his political views.
Contributed by GreatGrand Niece
Sandra ROSS 10/18/2001. Source: History of LaClede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps, and Dent County Missouri, 1889. 

JOHN CALVIN "Cal" MURPHEY, born 25 Feb 1833 in District 5 around Hurricane Switch (Glendale), was one of nine children of William B. Murphey and Mary "Polly" Benton. At some point the Murphey family attended the Pleasant Mount Church. Cal served the Confederacy as a Corporal, Co F 1st Tennessee Cavalry, later called 6th Wheeler's Tennessee Cavalry. He enlisted 5 Jul 1861 at Camp Lee for a period of 12 mos. He was captured with his brother of the same regiment, Joseph "Joe" Hill Murphey, on 8 Oct 1863 at the Battle of Cornersville. In a letter years later, Joe described the capture. They were running over a hill being pursued by Yankee soldiers. Another of their brothers (unidentified) had been shot and they were carrying him. They had to leave him under a tree to die. "It was the hardest thing I ever had to do", said Joe. Cal, Joe and another brother Edmond "Edd" Thomas Murphey, all spent more than a year at the notorious Rock Island Prison in Illinois, Cal & Joe being apparent charter prisoners there and serving time almost the entire existence of the camp. Cal was paroled at Camp Morton, Indiana & forwarded via Baltimore, Maryland for exchange on 14 Feb 1865. He married Nancy Almeda Caskey, daughter of Robert Caskey & Jane Hill, on 27 Feb 1868. It is not known if she was his first wife. Family legend says that Nancy was a student of Cal's, he being 12 years her senior. Cal was apparently a teacher as early as 1855 in District 5, being on a salary roll for that time. If Nancy was his student, then he probably resumed teaching after the war. In 1875 the Murphey family had apparently had enough of carpetbaggers and post-war tensions in Maury County. Cal, Joe, Edd and all their families packed up and moved by wagon train, apparently led by Joe Crews, to Navarro County, Texas. Cal helped establish Liberty Hill Cumberland Presbytarian Church in Navarro Co. TX where he was a Deacon. Also a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and attended Confederate Veterans reunions in Texas. Cal died 28 Feb 1907, leaving many children and grandchildren, and is buried in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Comment by Mark Murphy the submitter: One can also find a photo of Cal at the Murphy Web Page given here: (Mark Murphy). Submitted by Mark A. Murphy 3/28/2002.

WILLIAM HART PERRY. My great grandfather, William Hart Perry, was born in Maury County: November 28, 1834. He came to Texas in December 1854. My records show he married Nancy Holloway February 27, 1851. And, he married a second time to Mrs Frances Walker nee Seakers in December 1852. Nancy died in child birth. Do you have any record of his going to school in Muary County? He lived at/near Mt. Pleasant. Regards, T. Ray Perry. William might have attended schools that were the forerunners of Hay Long School or the Howard Institute in Mt Pleasant.

ASHLEY B. SOWELL. Born in Columbia, Tennessee. August 12, 1893; the son of Felix C. and Mary (Evans) Sowell. He was educated in Columbia Tenn and studied journalism and economics in New York City, Washington D. C., Nashville Tenn.. He Received an Honorary Degree from the Columbia Military Academy. Married Winnie Davis Estes, August 4, 1917; The Sowell's had one daughter, Jane Howard (Mrs. Robert Lloyd Douglas). Sowell was in the newspaper business for what is today the Columbia Herald and was promoted through all departments, successively to Editor, General Manager, Publisher from 1910 through 1934. He was Business Specialist and Special assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Commerce, Washington D.C. from 1934 through 1939. He served also as Commercial Attaché to Panama, beginning in 1939 and for a number of years. He was a V.P. of the Maury Democrat Co.; former Director Middle Tennessee Bank; Secretary to the Board of Trade; Secretary City Board of Education, a former President of the Tennessee Press Association. Clubs: Kiwanis, Century, Elks (Columbia, Tenn.), Union (Panama). The Sowell's made their home in Columbia, Tenn., but maintained an address at the  Department of State Washington D.C., Mr. Sowell was included in WHO's WHO IN AMERICA for the years 1943-44. The above was condensed from the text of a letter sent back to Mr. Sowell for editing for consideration in the 1944-45 edition. [WA 1/3/03]

GRACE (TURNER) WANTLAND  Mrs. Grace Wantland, 84, a resident of Fourth Avenue, died Monday Nov. 3, 1997, at her residence, following a sudden illness. Services will be 1 pm Wednesday in West End Baptist Church, with Rev. W.D. Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetary. The family will receive friends 4-9 pm Tuesday at Williams Columbia Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the West End Baptist Church. She was a native of Maury County, the daughter of the late James Anderson and Anna Maggie Austin Turner. She was the wife of Howell Zillman Wantland, of Columbia. She was a homemaker and a member of the West End Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include three daughters, Mrs. Willis (Donna W.) Jones of Williamsport, Mrs, (Dr. John) Betty Ann Dixon, of Murfreesboro, and Mrs. Steve (Debra W.) Harris, of Columbia; Howell Smith (Joan) Wantland of Knoxville, and William Newton (Mary) Wantland of Columbia; one brother, Charles A. Turner of Columbia, 13 grandchildren; Willis Edgar (Kim) Jones of Brentwood, Madaline Lucinda Wantland of Nashville, Mrs. Steve (Tracyann) Eskew Jones Benefield, of Morristown, Forrest Lee Wantland Jones of Knoxville, Katherine Carolyn Dixon of Murfreesboro, John Trent Dixon of Murfreesboro, Rachel Ann Wantland of Columbia, Matthew Howell Wantland of Knoxville, Nathan Lee Wantland Harris of Columbia, Bradley Alexander Wantland of Knoxville, Samuel Newon Wantland of Columbia, Abraham Anderson Wantland of Columbia, and Amanda Lee Wantland of Knoxville; three great-grandsons, Willis Edgar Jones IV of Brentwood, Jackson Austin Jones of Brentwood, and Blake Warren Benefield of Morristown; several nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by a son, James Edward Wantland in 1955. Pallbearers will be Willis Edgar Jones Jr., Dr. John Dixon, Norman Stephen Harris, and grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be Hazel Gilliam, John Darby, Walter Posey, Howard Dalton, Alan Kerley, Lyman Cole, Kenny Knox, Carl Brooks, Bob Grissom, and Howard Brown. Contributed by Dianna Taplin, extracted from the Daily Herald, Columbia, Tenn. Nov. 4, 1997 and slightly modified Wayne Austin 5/31/2002

EULA (TYLER) WHITEHURST was born in Maury County Tennessee in 1908 or 1909 and died February 5, 1996. Eula was the daughter of James A. & Laura (Austin) Tyler, the wife of Herman A. Whitehurst and the mother of Dorthy Whitehurst Chumley of Columbus Georgia. She was married to Herman Whitehurst for 61 one years prior to her death. Eula was the sister of Gladys (Tyler) Belew and brother to James Tyler both of Columbia. She was also the sister of Willie (Tyler)(Dawson) Hight and half brother to Clerence Tyler both of which preceded her in death. Eula has many descendents in Virginia, Georgia, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee during 1996 at the time of her death. She was retired from the Tennessee Knitting Mill and a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church where she taught in the children's department. Eula graduated from Culleoka High School in 1931. She graduated along side Paul Austin, Murphy Rhea, Carl Ashton and many others. Submitted by Wayne Austin 11/05/2001.

GLADYS (TYLER) BELEW was born in Culleoka Tennessee about 1913. Gladys was the daughter of James A. & Laura (Austin) Tyler, the wife of Elmer Belew Gladys was the sister of Eula (Tyler) Whitehurst and brother to James Tyler both of Columbia. She was also the sister of Willie (Tyler)(Dawson) Hight and half brother to Clerence. Gladys is the paternal grandaughter of James Marion & Amanda (Thomas) Tyler and the maternal grandaughter of James Walter & Sarah Elizabeth (Epps) Austin.  Submitted by Wayne Austin

WILLIE (TYLER) (DAWSON) HIGHT  was born February 22, 1904, in Culleoka, Maury County Tennessee the daughter of James A and Laura (Austin) Tyler. Willie married in 1921 to Clifford Dawson and gave birth to her only child, her daughter Georgie Mae Dawson in 1922. After separation from Mr. Dawson she worked at various jobs such as in the hosiery mill and food processing industry processing the famous Culleoka Cantelopes of the Parks Produce Co.. Willie Tyler Dawson Hight returned to school in 1927, the 11th and 12th grades and finished Culleoka High School graduating in May, 1929. By this time her daughter was also attending the same school. Her Mother and Father James & Laura (Austin) Tyler aided both daughter and granddaughter in schooling efforts in the Culleoka Schools. In October, 1929, Willie began classes at Business Training Institute in Nashville. She met her second husband Seavy Hight during this time. She attended Martin College in 1950-51, earning an Elementary Teaching Certificate in 1951. She had actually began her career as a teacher in the early 1940's during WWII. There was a teacher shortage; the Maury County supervisor searched school records to find people who might qualify. Consequently, Willie was asked to serve as a substitute teacher, which led to a full time teaching career. By the late 1940s Willie (Dawson) Hight was teaching at school located in Fountain Heights, and later at Bryant Station, a school which was grade 1-12 . She was the Principal of the school, teacher of grades 8-12, bus driver, and President of the PTA. Bryant Station was a two class-room school with lunch room, cloak room, and accompanying outhouse (always a rural necessity). Angeline Brown was the other teacher, grades 1-7. The writer (Diana Knight Taplin) attended first grade at Bryant Station. In 1948 Willie was honored by a nomination to the 1948 Best Teacher Contest sponsored by the Quiz Kids Program, NBC Network-Sundays. Director John Lewellen sent a certificate stating that the "...enclosed certificate should be displayed with pride because you have earned it in the heart, mind and life of a child." In addition to Fountain Heights and Bryant Station schools, Willie also taught at Bear Creek School on Bear Creek Pike, and 16 years teaching 4th grade at Riverside Elementary School, in Columbia. In 1959, after many summer sessions in Murfreesboro and Knoxville, she graduated with Bachelor of Science in Teaching from Middle Tennessee State College. Willie was very proud of her degree, and her class ring, now in the possession of her granddaughter, Dianna Knight Taplin. In 1957 she earned a certificate at the MTSC Aviation Education Workshop. In the 1960's she attended Peabody College. While at Knoxville Willie won a scholarship in Civil Aeronautics. As a result of she spent a summer in the mid 1960s flying with the Air Force in a training group. Willie was a woman ahead of her time. Far in advance of the Women's Movement, she held many leadership positions in the Maury County School System. There are official photos in school settings where she was the only woman in the group. She was a voting delegate to the Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers in Chattanooga, 1972. Willie was also in the B&PW club. (Business and Professional Women's Club). Her Christian faith was a big part of her life. She had many Bibles and all of them showed her many marks, notes and study aids. Her long teaching career began and ended in the Maury County Tennessee School System. In 1974 the school district enforced the mandatory retirement schedule which yielded her retirement. Willie later moved to the state of Maryland to live with her daughter, Georgie Dawson Knight. Her husband, Seavy Hight, advancing in years was already in the custody of the daughter at the time. Georgia cared for both of them till they passed. Seavy Hight died in 1989, at the age of approximately 104. Willie was diagnosed with the aged condition Alzheimer's during 1993. The condition claimed her life in July, 1995. Seavy & Willie Hight are buried in Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD., Until the Hight's moved to Maryland, they had lived in a beautiful home on Fountain Creek, near the bridge on Seavy Hight Road between Fountain Heights & Culleoka Tennessee. This home was moved in about 1975, by Georgie Knight in response to the Tennessee Valley Authority Dam Project, to Culleoka where it stands today 2001. Contributed by Dianna Knight Taplin, Soldotna, Alaska, dtaplin@alaska.netContributed by Dianna Knight Taplin, Soldotna, Alaska,

Calvin K. WARDEN. Columbia Herald 20 Feb 1891 Obituaries. "WARDEN, Elder C. K, 54, died 6 miles south of Campbell's Station in Maury County on 31 Jan. of Consumption. He taught school at Campbell Station for a number of years; married Janie MCCAIN, daughter of Hughey McCAIN.  C.K. Warden was laid to rest in the Campbellsville Cemetery in Giles County near the homes of his daughters.
Historical Maury Co, vol XVIII, p 54, Culleoka High School Cornerstone. "In the schools before the war Debating Societies were held every Friday night and in the last two years before the war, they were kept up during the vacation period with public debate once each month and on these occasions there was always a full house. The debates were general issues of the day. The last debate was in the winter of 1860, the topic being Union and Secession with
C. K. WARDEN and J. T. Williamson, one side, and John S. Wilkes and Merritt B. Tomlinson on the other." The record does not reveal which side he C. K. defended. from the records of (Dr. Carlos D. Speck, Texas). Calvin K. Warden was born cir 1837 in Maury County TN, the son of William J. & Alcy (Kerr) Warden. He was the grandson of James Warden and William & Kate (Ross) Kerr.  I have seen records indicating C. K. Warden served as a minister of the Gospel though I am now unaware of the particulars or the persuasian. From the Family History records of Wayne Austin 2/23/2002

PRISCILLA A (WARDEN) KERR was the daughter of James, Sr & Mary (?) WARDEN. James WARDEN, Sr was born 6/2/1775 & died 2/27/1832, and is buried in the Rice-Warden family Cemetery located 3/4 mile southeast of Campbell Station down Martin Hollow Road on the right. The James WARDEN, Sr family resided southwest of Campbell Station up the secluded Martin Hollow somewhere along Campbell Station Branch Creek. This is a quaint little valley bounded on either side by hills so high that all the road leading south just dead ended. This valley is traversed by a clear running stream. James Sr's wife Mary (Polly) (maiden name unknown) was born in Pennsylvania ca 1783. Being born in Pennsylvania means Mary was probably the daughter of a recent immigrant. Pennsylvania was one of the more commonly used port of entry states. James, Sr & Mary WARDEN married around 1803. During the 1850 census Mary was living as a 67 year old widow. Also in this household was Mary's daughter Priscilla KERR and Priscilla's only son Joe KERR, then 5 yrs old. In addition, one of Mary's older sons Richard Warden lived there. He was a school teacher. I am not aware of any record but it is obvious he  taught at the Campbell Station School.  I believe Mary Warden (Priscilla's Mom) passed away sometime between 1850 & 1860. There is no Mary WARDEN in the book Cemeteries of Maury Co., however, she is probably buried in the Rice-Warden family Cemetery beside her husband James WARDEN Sr. in an unmarked grave. The James WARDEN Sr. family moved to the Campbell Station Community prior to 1809. William J. whom I believe to be the eldest son was born in Tennessee. Of interest concerning the James WARDEN Sr. family is that the census taker of 1830 found a family of 14 children, 8 boys between the ages of 5 and 40 & 6 girls between the ages of 5 and 30. Two years later at the age of 57, on 2/27/1832, James Sr. passed away leaving the large family to fend for themselves. James WARDEN Sr. was a man who believed in education prior to the time an education could be acquired easily. He stated in his will concerning the younger members of his family: "I leave remuneration for the younger members of my children when they come of age to be reared and educated the same as my older children." The older children he referred to here were William J, Richard and Samuel. Richard's profession was listed as a teacher in the 1850 Census when he was, as previously mentioned, living in the household with his Mom, Mary, his sister, Eliza, and sister Priscilla KERR and nephew Josephus Jerome (Joe) KERR. This might just show the state of a teachers' pay in those days as a teacher could not afford to own a separate household. The James WARDEN Sr's were the only known WARDEN family living in the 1820 to 1900 era of Maury Co History.

MRS. SEMOROR FRIERSON WEBSTER  She was 95 years of age and a resident of Mt. Pleasant. She died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Hidden Acres Health Care Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fuqua Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Turrentine officiating. Burial will be in Orr's Chapel Cemetery. The family will visit with friends at the church from noon until time of service. The body will lie-in-state from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at Chavers Funeral home in Mt. Pleasant. 
The Maury County native was the daughter of the late
John W. Sr. and Lula M. Brown Frierson. She was a homemaker, a retired cafeteria employee of Haylong school and was member of Fuqua Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the mother's board. She was preceded in death by one son, Deacon Isaac Malone, who died May 22, 2003; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Stewart of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Mrs. Mary Armstrong of Mt. Pleasant; a devoted daughter-in-law, Mrs. Annie Davis Malone of Cleveland, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

GEORGE WASHINGTON WINN was born July 5, 1819 in Trinne, Williamson County, Tennessee. He was the son of Archeles Winters Winn and Susannah Ballanfant Winn. He married Alma Cargyle Stamper, a widow with two children whom he adopted. George Winn was an itinerant Methodist preacher and circuit rider from 1840 until his death in 1895. He received his education from Pleasant Grove Academy in Maury County. Contributed by Stephanie Miller 3/10/2002

ELISHA UZZELLWhile browsing the School site Web site, I saw the name of Elisha Uzzell as a charter trustee of the Fountain Heights (Culleoka School) in 1835.  I (Mark Murphy) have been in contact with one of his descendants as well, as I've seen him often in the Franklin Co. NC records where my folks came from to Maury in early 1800s.  Seems several Maury Co. residents came from Franklin Co.NC.   Submitter: (Mark Murphy), 3/29/2002 

FELIX KIRK ZOLLICOFFER (1812–1862) Felix K. Zollicoffer was a descendant of Jacob Christopher Zollicoffer, one of Christoph von Graffenried's original settlers of New Bern, North Carolina, in 1710. Born May 19, 1812, in Maury County, Tennessee, where his father had settled in 1807 on land granted for service in the Revolutionary War, Zollicoffer became State Printer of Tennessee in 1835. He was rewarded with a commission of brigadier general on July 9, despite only one year (1836) of military service as a lieutenant of volunteers in the Second Seminole War. Six months later Zollicoffer was killed at the Battle of Mill Springs (also known as Fishing Creek or Logan's Cross Roads in Pulaski County, Kentucky), on January 19, 1862, while departmental commander for East Tennessee. Mill Springs was the first major federal victory and preserved eastern Tennessee for the Union. Zollicoffer is buried in the Old City Cemetery in Nashville. There is a park with a monument dedicated to him near the small town of Nancy

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