Eugene C. Phillips at Georgia Southern College

Eugene C. Phillips at Georgia Southern College

In 1966, Eugene C. Phillips, of Ray City, GA, attended Georgia Southern College at Statesboro, GA.  Phillips majored in Business Administration.

Eugene C. Phillips, of Ray City, GA, attended Georgia Southern College.

Eugene C. Phillips, of Ray City, GA, attended Georgia Southern College.

Another Ray City student at Georgia Southern College in 1966 was senior W. Ralph Bradham.  Patsy Partin and Garth L. Webb, Jr., of Nashville, GA, were sophomores. Freshmen Ricky Partin and Carol Rowan were also from Nashville, GA.  Carol Bradham and James Roger Lewis, of Alapaha, GA, were seniors and Carleen Chambless was a freshman. Jimmy Abney, of Enigma, GA was a junior.

Georgia Southern Reflector, 1966 year book.

Georgia Southern Reflector, 1966 year book.

Garth Webb, Jr. at Georgia Southern College

Garth Webb, Jr. at Georgia Southern College

Garth Webb, Jr. was a contestant in the 1950 baby contest at Ray City, GA. He was a brother of Betty Jo Webb. His mother was a teacher at the Ray City School, and  his father, Garth Webb, Sr., was the Ray City Postmaster.

In the 1950s the Webb family moved to Nashville, GA.

By 1966 the young man was a student at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, GA.

Garth Webb, Jr., at Georgia Southern College, 1966.

Garth Webb, Jr., of Nashville, GA, at Georgia Southern College, 1966.

Among Berrien County students at Georgia Southern in 1966 were sophomore Patsy Partin, of Nashville, GA, and freshmen Ricky Partin and Carol Rowan, also of Nashville, GA.  Carol Bradham and James Roger Lewis, of Alapaha, GA were seniors and Carleen Chambless was a freshman. Jimmy Abney, of Enigma, GA was a junior.

Ray City students at Georgia Southern College in 1966 were seniors Eugene C. Phillips and William Ralph Bradham.

In Nashville, Garth Webb, Sr. served as Chief of Police, and Mrs. Webb taught at Nashville Elementary School.  Garth Webb, Jr. attended school at Nashville High School and played for the baseball team.  His Ray City classmate at Georgia Southern, William Ralph Bradham, had also been an athlete at Nashville High School.

Garth Webb, Jr., 1964 Nashville High School baseball team. Image courtesy of www.berriencountyga.com

Garth Webb, Jr., 1964 Nashville High School baseball team. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com

SAVE THE DATE!

  • August 13, 2016  Opening of the Hometown Teams Exhibit at the Nashville Community Center
  • September 10, 2016 Sports Recognition Night at the Old Ray City School Auditorium

Many interesting sports stories are coming to light as the Berrien County Historical Foundation prepares for an exhibit on  Hometown Teams, A Smithsonian Exhibit. The Hometown Teams Exhibit opens August 13 – September 24, 2016, at the Nashville Community Center, Nashville, GA.

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On the 10th of September, as part of the Smithsonian events, there will be a Sports Recognition Night at the Old Ray City School Auditorium which will honor all athletes and supporters from all Berrien County communities. Buck Swindle of Ray City will be the speaker and Master of Ceremonies, and there will be a grand reunion of players, coaches, and fans to reminisce about their experiences in their “Hometown Team.”  The public is invited and more details will follow.

 

 

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1950 Baby Contest at Ray City

Ray City celebrated these beautiful babies in 1950:

 

The Nashville Herald,
May 18, 1950

Baby Contest at Ray City

Little Miss Elaine Clements, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Clements of Ray City, was the winner of a baby contest held Wednesday evening of last week at the Ray City Theatre.

The event was sponsored by the Texas Goodman Girl’s Auxiliary of Ray City.  Votes sold at one cent each and proceeds from the contest will be used to defray camp expenses for G.A.’s.

Jimmy Paulk won second place in the contest; Patricia Sirmans, third; Billy Barnwell, fourth; and Laura Gale Carter, fifth.

Other contestants were:  Sandy Johnson, Gary Zeigler, Mary Fay and Martha Kay Smith, Pete Luke, Paula Ann Zeigler, Steve Grissett, and Garth Webb Jr.

Transcript courtesy of Skeeter Parker