North City Elementary School, Palos Street, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee
Our teacher, dear Miss Elsie Taylor, is seated in the back seat of my row by the windows facing Palos Street. She was born May 12, 1899, died December 2, 1994, in Athens, TN, and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens, TN. Scroll photo to the right for complete view. Full names of class members are listed if known. If more than one name is given, then the name commonly used is underlined; nicknames are listed in parenthesis if they were most often used. If deceased, known birth and death dates are provided following the name. The girls' husbands, if known, are listed in parenthesis. Beginning with the first row on left, front to back, students are as follows:
ROW # 1 Allen Swafford seat 1, Douglas "Doug" Matthews seat 2, Dennis Stephens seat 3, Ronald "Ronnie" Dale Torbett [b 12 Dec 1947 d 6 Feb 2003 buried McMinn Memory Gardens, US Army Viet Nam] seat 4, Thomas Frye seat 5;
ROW # 2 James "Jimmy" Price seat 1, Kenneth Dale Black seat 2 [b 14 Oct 1948 d 30 Nov 1997 buried McMinn Memory Gardens], George Harold Stanton (brother to Sandra in row 3) seat 3, Sheila Ann Mendenhall seat 4, James "Jimmy" Robertson seat 5, Eddie Mullins seat 6;
ROW # 3 Barbara Etti Thomas seat 1, Loretta Mason seat 2, Janie McKeehan seat 3, Clarence Wayne Richesin seat 4, Sandra Ann Stanton (Mrs. David Grisham, sister to Harold in row 2) seat 5, M. L. Hicks seat 6;
ROW # 4 Gary "Dooby" Wade seat 1, Chuck "Chucky" L. West [b 11 July 1948 d 25 Nov 1999 buried Riceville City Cemetery, McMinn CO, TN] seat 2, Lamar Whitmire seat 3, Roberta Ann Robertson seat 4, Dorothy Maxine Monroe (Mrs. James Edward Buckner) [b 11 Apr 1948 McMinn CO, TN d 29 Sep 2009 Athens, McMinn CO, TN buried McMinn Memory Gardens] seat 5;
ROW # 5 James "Jimmy" Voyles seat 1, Wilma Jean Winder (Mrs. Jake Howell) [b 29 Aug 1948 d 15 Dec 1987 buried McMinn Memory Gardens] seat 2, Sandra Jo Nipper (Mrs. Stephen Ratledge) seat 3, Brenda Farner seat 4, Miss Elsie Taylor, our teacher, seat 5.
~ to be continued with a tribute to our beloved Miss Elsie Taylor, my favorite and most influential teacher, written by Sandra Jo (Nipper) Ratledge ~
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All you kinfolks, put some mail in that old box!