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Following is information on some, but not all of the teachers who were at Lawrence County High School in 1954.

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Judith Desdemona "Desda" Garner
September 1881 - 1985
Age at death - 104
Father - William Abraham Garner, Jr. (1851-1934)
Mother-Mary Artilda Riddle )1960-1931)

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William Cowden "Billy" Crews
Jul 1918 - 8 Sep 1998
Buried in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Davidson, Co., TN
Father: James Thomas "Jim" Crews (1870-1955)
Mother: Ada Melissa Comer (1874-1945)

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Mrs. Shelton (Vivian Williams) at MTSU in 1929. 

Vivian Williams Shelton
6 Apr 1907 - 14 Dec 1967
Married on 4 Apr 1934 to Collin George Shelton (1910-?)

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Margaret Ewing Old
15 Dec 1921 - 12 Sep 1995
Father:  Dodge Frank Old (1892-1974)
Mother: Eleanor Jane Todd (?-1959)

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Middle Tennessee State University Dramatic Club member in 1939.

Frances Smallwood Green
abt 1916 - 4 Jan 2006
Father:  Arthur W. Smallwood
Mother:  Mary Looney
Husband:  Alford Green
Frances Smallwood Green
Posted WDXE web site on January 05, 2006

Frances Smallwood Green, age 90, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Wednesday. She was a native of Lawrence County, a retired school teacher for Lawrence County High School, a member of the Pulaski Street Church of Christ, a member of the Lawrence County Historical Society, Lawrence County Retired Teachers Association, Past President of Tennessee Retired Teachers Association and National Teachers of English.

She is survived by one sister, Rose Russ of Loretto.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at one at Neal Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Lawrence County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 Friday at the funeral home.

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Sarah Kirkland
about 1917 - ?
She was a Senior at Florence State in 1937 when she was 20 years old.  Her name was listed as Sara Kirkland and her home was listed as Florence AL.

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Walter R. Hooker
about 1897 - about 1970
Born in Viola, Graves, Kentucky, USA on 18 Apr 1893 to Edward Howard Hooker (1866-1949) and Mary Lutilla Hubbard (1867-1943).
Mr. Hooker had two brothers and two sisters.
Walter R married Monica "Monnie" L. Lucille Green on 11 Oct 1094. He passed away on 11 Oct 1984 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
Mr. Hooker taught typing and other business courses.

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HELTON, Nella Wood Age 96 of Lawrenceburg, TN, died February 17, 2011 at Scott Health Care Center in Lawrenceburg, TN. She was the daughter of the late Alma Pearl Taylor Helton and Thomas Hardin Helton.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Helton Patton, and a brother, Charles Taylor Helton.

She is survived by a nephew, Thomas W. Patton of Knoxville, TN; two nieces, Ann B. Patton of White Plains, NY, and Nancy Wood Patton of Nashville, TN and two great-nephews, Thomas Patton of Murfreesboro, TN and Searle Patton of Knoxville, TN.

She was a 1932 graduate of Lawrence County High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1935 from Martin College in Pulaski, TN, and a Master of Arts degree in 1945 from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN.

Her teaching career, most of which was spent at Lawrence County High School, began in 1938 and continued until her retirement in 1983.

Throughout her career she was awarded National Science Foundation grants for further study in many summer institutes in chemistry, physics, and art. Two art institutes held in Pembroke, NC involved pottery workshops.

She was an avid reader, a coin and stamp collector, and a lover of both books and music.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Retired Teachers Association, a 75 year member of the Eastern Star, and a founding member of the Pilot Club.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011 and a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Neal Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, TN, (931) 762-9447. www.nealfuneralhome.net

Published in The Tennessean on February 22, 2011

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Ida Evelyn Shelton McCrory
12 May 1907-12 December 1966
Father: Marshall Mustine Shelton (1875-1949)
Mother: Ida E. Trinkle (1880-1966)
Married on 2 June 1969 to  Ramon Springer McCrory (1906-2007)

Mrs. McCrory was married to Raymon McCrory.  She died in 1966 and he remarried.

Ramon was 101 years old when he died. His mother was Annie Springer from Iron City. I suspected that he was related to Patricia Springer"s husband Lester B. Springer below it turned out that he was.

Below his obituary which follows is a tree of his ancestors back to 1735.  Below that is a tree of Lester Springer's ancestors.   Both Ramon McCrory and Lester Springer and are descendents of Aaron Springer and Ruth Little who were born in 1781 and 1784 and were early Lawrence County pioneers.

 Mrs. Springer and Mrs. McCrory were married to third cousins.


Ramon Springer McCrory
August 23, 1906 - August 24, 2007
Married on 10 Mar 1034 to Evelyn Shelton (1907-1966)
Married on 2 June 1969 to Annie Ruth Konig (1916-2008)

Obituary: Ramon McCrory, age 101, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, died Thursday, August 24, 2007, at NHC Healthcare of Lawrenceburg. He was a born August 23,1906, in Iron City, Tennessee to the late William Wade and Annie Springer McCrory. A well known educator, he taught in the Lawrence County School System, served as principal of West Highland School for thirty years, was a former School Superintendent, and finished his career as administrator for the Board of Education Title I Program He was an Veteran of World War II, a member of the First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. Mr. McCrory is survived by his wife Annie Ruth Konig McCrory of Lawrenceburg,TN Two nieces, Brenda Evans Ferloni of Memphis,TN Belinda Evans Cunningham of California Two Step-Daughters, Joyce Oxford of Dalton, GA Nellie Murrell of Lawrenceburg, TN Two Step-Sons, Hubert Murrell of Mt. Juliet, TN Arnold Murrell of Lawrenceburg, TN Seven grandchildren Five great-grandchildren Several Nieces and Nephews Condolences may be sent by way of our website at www.nealfuneralhome.net.

1913 Photo of Patricia Ann Stribling

Patricia Ann Stribling Springer

9 May 1885 - 10 September 1966

 Father:  Christopher Columbus Thomas Alvarado Ebenezer Stribling (1884-1919)

Mother: Amelia Ann Waits (1849-1927)Married to Lester B. Springer (1889-1917
Married to: Lester Bateman Springer (1889-1917)

Buried:  Mimosa Cemetery, Larwrenceburg, TN

I received the following email from Nathan Crawford:

"Am I the only one who, for my entire life, has not known this or are you just like me? I'm telling you, man, I feel so damn stupid.

I learned only TODAY that Miss Patricia Springer, one of only two teachers at LCHS who actually TAUGHT me something, was the sister of T.S. Stribling, noted author of world-wide acclaim. Miss Patricia's name was "Patricia Stribling Springer."

I was stunned to learn this, and then wondered why nothing has ever been said about it in Lawrenceburg, and why we were never told about it. Maybe it was just me who was the dummy, I don't know. Were you aware of it?

Although her brother claimed Wayne County as his home, they were really Lawrence Countians, and most of his writings actually dealt with the area around Lawrence County. "The Store" earned him the Pulitzer prize in the mid 30's. Another novel, that used Iron City as its backdrop, had a long run on Broadway.

T.S. Stribling came to live in Clifton, but his father, C.C. Stribling was born and reared in Lawrence County. The great-grandfather and grandfather, John Stribling and Andrew Stribling, came to Lawrence County from South Carolina in 1834. Supposedly, John Stribling made the first complete and accurate survey of Lawrence County.

When I read all that today, I was sitting here thinking, "How could I have gone all these years without knowing that?"

I mentioned that "Miss Patricia" was one of two teachers. The other was Miss Sarah Kirkland. Both had a profound influence on my life.

How blessed I was to have known both of them and to have learned under them."

T. S. Stribling's papers are available at the Tennessee Library and Archives, including correspondence with his sister Patricia Stribling Springer.
I found the following obituary of Mrs. Patricia's husband but could not find her obituary. 
Lester B. Springer died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Springer on Pulaski Street, last Saturday evening at 9 o'clock, 1917, after several years of illness of tuberculosis. Besides his father, mother and sister, Mrs. James Gilmore, he is survived by his wife, who was before their marriage about a year ago, Miss Patricia Stribling, a teacher in the High School here & and a member of a very prominent Wayne County family.

Funeral services at the home Sunday were attended by an immense throng of friends and acquaintances, from the town and county. Prayer was offered by Reverend George R. Allen and a short but feeling tribute to the character of the dead man was paid by Brother T.C. King of the Church of Christ, the church of his wife and of which he had become a member a few months ago. There were many beautiful flowers given by those who knew and loved him during his life.

The Vaughan Singers sang the old songs of Christian hope and funeral triumph After the services the body was laid to rest at Mimosa.

Lester B. Springer, as a boy and man, was universally popular, being of an especially genial, thoughtful and kindly nature. He was educated here and at the Hawkins School in Gallatin. His schoolmates all loved him. Just as he was coming into a manhood full of hope and promise, the dread "white scourge" took hold upon him, and in spite of all that could be done, no permanent relief could be found. He spent much time in the West and at Asheville, North Carolina for his health but for the past year he had been at home attended by the unceasing care of father, mother and wife.

He suffered much, but was never out of humor, never impatient, never other but the brave kindly gentleman, thinking more of others than of himself. If pain forced a groan ever from his lips, the hero in the heart of him followed it with a quick smile of reassurance up unto the anxious faces of the loved ones about him. Such a life through short will not fail to leave its impress on those that knew him. Ennobling and making stronger their own better selves. In the contemplation of so true and fine a character we can but exclaim with the Latin poet.

Our sympathy is with those in the home left desolate with the sense of so great a loss. God help and comfort them.