Mrs. Schmoe ~ Ray City Teacher


  1. July 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm


  2. July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I remember Mr. & Mrs Schmoe well. I was in grammar school.

  3. Pat Sirmans Miller said,

    July 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Mr. Schmoe taught me phonics….oops tried to teach me phonics…I was a slow learner of phonics.

  4. Bryan Shaw said,

    June 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Nancy Young Schmoe
    Oct 2, 1916 – Jun 26, 2016

    Nancy’s Story
    Mrs. Nancy Myrtle Young Schmoe, 99 of Quitman Georgia died of natural causes on June 26, 2016 in Quitman. Mrs. Schmoe was born October 2, 1916 in Berrien County, Georgia and was the youngest of three daughters born to the late Henry Spann and Sampie Snead Young. She grew up on the family farm in the New Lois community of Berrien County. During the Great Depression, Mrs. Schmoe graduated from High School in Nashville, Georgia and enrolled in South Georgia Teachers College (now Georgia Southern University) where she was on it’s first cheerleading squad. She then transferred to the University of Georgia and graduated in 1940 majoring in history. She remained a Bulldog fan her whole life, attending the Georgia-Florida football game for over 60 years. Also in the 1930’s, Nancy traveled to Michigan to be a camp counselor and vacationed in Cuba. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she moved to Gainesville, Florida where she taught and developed a Physical Fitness curriculum in the Alachua County School District. During World War II, she worked in many war-related activities including the Red Cross and USO. Nancy married Charles Woodrow (Woody) Schmoe from Shelbyville, Indiana on Christmas Day 1945 at the Community Methodist Church in Berrien County Georgia. They were married for 56 years, until Woody passed away in 2001. Nancy and Woody moved to Shelby County, Indiana, where they farmed. In 1949, they returned to Berrien County, Georgia where they taught and coached basketball in Ray City and New Lois, and Nancy also taught at Berrien High School. In 1953, Nancy made her first trip abroad to visit her sister and family stationed in France. She sailed there and returned on the famous Pan Am Clipper ship. In 1954, Nancy and Woody bought Blackwater Plantation in Quitman and ran an extensive cattle, farming, and timber business now operated by their three daughters. Nancy and Woody were both active members of their agricultural community and never hesitated to be involved in initiatives that affected their business. In addition to these business interests, they volunteered tirelessly with the Republican Party and Nancy maintained a keen sense of political acumen of local, state, and national politics throughout her life. Under Nancy’s reign, Blackwater was a place of gracious Southern hospitality and doors were always open to her family and her many friends and acquaintances. Nancy was an avid sports woman. Besides coaching basketball and other sports, she excelled in swimming and was both a life guard and swimming instructor. She played tennis well into her seventies. As an inspiration to her community, Nancy worked diligently to preserve the history and beauty of its surroundings. She was a founding member of the Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center. Nancy believed in historical and memorial associations, in particular the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Through it she was instrumental in publishing two volumes of Historic Treasures of Brooks County and received a national UDC award for her article on the West End Cemetery in Quitman. In addition, she was an active member of the Quitman Garden Club, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of the War of 1812, and the Brushy Creek Chapter of Daughters of the Indian Wars. A lifelong committed Methodist, Nancy was a member of the Quitman United Methodist Church where she was especially fond of her Sunday School Class. Surviors include her three daughters, Suwannee (Louis) Shuntich, Susannah (Stefan, deceased) Borg, and Jeannie (Allen) Boyd; five grandchildren, Savanna Shuntich, Sophia Borg, Christian Schmoe (Drew Ladd), Anna Wisenbaker, and Frederick Wisenbaker. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her two sisters, Snead Davis, and Alice Lindsey. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Quitman United Methodist Church with Rev. Bernard Mason and Rev. Pam France officiating. Lunch will follow the service at the Church Fellowship Hall. A private interment will be held in the Schmoe Family Cemetery at Blackwater Plantation. The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the Quitman United Methodist Church, 501 E. Screven St., Quitman, GA 31643 or any of the organizations Nancy supported by her membership. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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