Charles Woodrow Schmoe ~ Ray City School Principal

Charles Woodrow “Woody” Schmoe served as principal of the school in Ray City, GA in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

1952 Charles Woodrow Schmoe was principal of the Ray City School.

1952 Charles Woodrow Schmoe was principal of the Ray City School.

SCHMOE Charles Woodrow “ Woody” Schmoe, 88, of Quitman, (Brooks County) Georgia, passed away on November 25, 2001, after a long illness. He was born on June 26, 1913, in Shelbyville, Indiana, to Frederick Charles and Daisy Ellen Murphy Schmoe. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1931 and Butler University in 1939. He served in WWII as a Lieutenant with two years in the Eisenhower Headquarters in London and Paris.

WWII correspondence from General Eisenhower's headquarters, signed by C. W. Schmoe.

WWII correspondence from General Eisenhower’s headquarters, signed by C. W. Schmoe.

 C. W. Schmoe taught school in Shelby County, IN, and served as principal of the Ray City School, Berrien County, GA .

Ray City School, 1948-49, C. W. Schmoe, Principal.

Ray City School, 1948-49, C. W. Schmoe, Principal.

In 1954 he purchased Blackwater Plantation near Quitman, GA  and ran an extensive farming, cattle and timber operation there. Mr. Schmoe was a Freemason, active member of The Florida and Georgia Cattlemans Associations and the National Cattlemans Beef Association, and took part in state and local political activities. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Young Schmoe; his three daughters and their husbands, Suwannee and Louis Shuntich, Holland, PA, Susannah and Stefan Borg, Ponte Vedra, FL and Jeannie and Gary Wisenbaker, Savannah,. GA; his five grandchildren, Savanna Shuntick, Sophia Borg, Christian, Anna, and Frederick Wisenbaker; his nephew, Steve Irick, of Edinburg, IN, and his sister-in-law, Snead Y. Davis of Jacksonville. The Funeral and Interment was held at Blackwater Plantation, Quitman, GA.

Charles Woodrow Schmoe, Principal, Ray City School, 1949-1950

Charles Woodrow Schmoe, Principal, Ray City School, 1949-1950

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1951 Beaverettes Couldn’t Miss; Boys Went Afoul at Homerville

Basketball became a part of Ray City School athletics at least as early as 1929. For the next 25 years, with the exception of the WWII years, Ray City teams shot hoops, until the county schools were consolidated in 1954.   According to the 1950-51 school year book, the Ray City School basketball teams played a 20 game season. The boys team was coached by Principal C.W. Schmoe, with A. C. Hesters as manager.

1950-51 Beaverettes, Ray City School girls basketball team, Ray City, GA

1950-51 Beaverettes, Ray City School girls basketball team, Ray City, GA

A clipping from the Clinch County News gives the story of the December 19, 1950 game against Homerville. Among the starters for the Ray City girls were Lullene Rouse, Patricia Bradford and Betty Jo Webb. The boys starting lineup included Curtis Skinner, Jack Knight and Wendell Clements.

Clinch County News
December 22, 1950

The [Homerville] girls played way below par in the Ray City game which was evidenced by the fact that they came out way behind their opponents when the final whistle blew.  The [Homerville] forwards played a good game, but Ray City’s beaverettes didn’t seem to be able to miss no matter what the angle which gave our [Homerville] guards a run for their money.

    The boy’s game was a comedy of errors if fouls are any indication of such a thing.  There were seventy-two fouls called in this game, Ray City’s whole first string going out on fouls. The local [Homerville] boys racked up a score of 62, but if they had played their usual kind of ball the score board probably would have run out of points. The line-ups were as follows:

GIRLS

Homerville
Pantherettes (34)

Ray City
Beaverettes (49)

Gilley, f 15
Blitch, f 9
F. Long, f 5
Newbern, g
Peagler, g
White, g

Bradford, f 9
Rouse, f 10
Webb, f 30
Barnwell, g
Futch, g
Sirmans, g

Substitutions: Homerville, O. Jeffords (2), N. Jeffords,
D.R. Thrift, Daugharty, Champion, Ann Long, and Gaskins.

BOYS

Homerville
Panthers (62)

Ray City
Beavers (49)

McQueen, f 7
Harper, f 21
Norris, c 10
Pickren, g 5
Hill, g 8

Moore, f 7
Skinner, f 6
Knight, c 5
Clements, g 2
Temples, g 3

Substitutions: Homerville, McDonald (9), Jones (2); 
Leviton, Minson, Rice, and Montgomery.  Ray City:
Allen (10), Williams (7),  Lee (2),  McClelland (3),
 Cornelius (4), Luke.

1950-51 Beavers, Ray City School boys basketball team, Ray City, GA

1950-51 Beavers, Ray City School boys basketball team, Ray City, GA. The school yearbook reported, “The Beavers finished their regular season with (14) fourteen wins and (6) defeats. The Beavers were led during the season by Jack Knight with (326) points, Billy Moore with (213) points, and Wendell Clements (130) points.”

Ray City School 1950-51 Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Girls Boys
Pine Grove L 13-35 L 12-37
Enigma L 42-48 W 70-33
11-14 H Lakeland L 29-34 W 47-17
11-17 Naylor W 48-46 W 53-32
12-01 H Alapaha L 27-36 W 58-35
12-05 A Lakeland L 19-35 W 40-31
12-08 H Nashville L 37-51 L 48-64
12-12 A Willacoochee L 25-39 W 50-9
12-15 A Clyattville L 14-30 L 44-49
12-19 A Homerville W 49-34 L 49-62
01-06 H Pine Grove L 23-37 W 36-29
01-09 A Alapaha W 37-25 W 44-27
01-12 A Nashville L 31-47 L 30-37
01-19 H Clyattville W 20-16 W 56-43
01-30 A Enigma W 43-35 W 77-25
02-02 H Naylor W 24-23 W 39-20
02-06 H Homerville L 35-51 L 45-61
Willacoochee L 14-62 W 69-14
Poplar Springs W 36-35 W 88-31
Nashville L 39-47
Tournament Scores Girls Boys
Statenville W 50-28
Clyatteville W 53-22
Dasher L 29-54
Pine Grove L 45-56

If you would like to read a little more about the history of Ray City Basketball, see the Georgia High School Basketball Project.

Ray City School Teachers 1950-51, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia

Ray City School Teachers 1950-51, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia

Ray City School Teachers 1950-51, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia

High School

Elementary

  • Mrs. G.L. Webb ……….First Grade
  • Mrs. L.L. Carter ………Second Grade
  • Mrs. T.P. Patten ………Third Grade
  • Miss Barbara Comer …Fourth Grade
  • Mrs. J. R. Zeigler ……..Fifth Grade
  • Miss Jean Ellerbee …..Sixth Grade
  • Mrs. Emory Taylor ….Seventh Grade
  • Mrs. Edwin Smith ……Eighth Grade

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