Arlo Snead Taught at New Lois School

Arlo Futch Snead (1910-1987)

Arlo Futch Snead taught at the New Lois School, near Ray City, GA in the 1930s. She was the wife of Henry Snead and sister-in-law of Maxie Snead Patten.

Henry Snead and Arlo Futch Snead

Henry Snead and Arlo Futch Snead, mid 1940s. The partial image of a child is their son, known as Hank. Photo courtesy of Reba Patten Mason and Linda Meadows Ward.

Kansas Arlo Futch was born January 7, 1910 in Nashville, GA, a daughter of Victor Hugo Futch and Effie Luke. For more than 40 years she taught school in Berrien County GA.  In the 1930s, she was on the faculty at New Lois School, along with her sister-in-law Maxie Snead Patten. Bernys Peters and Grace Swindle, of Ray City, GA were also on the New Lois faculty.

New Lois consolidated school junior high faculty 1936-37. Left to right Arlo Futch Snead, Gladys Gaskins, Grace Swindle, Bernys W. Peters, Earl Weaver, Lella Forrest Long, Maxie Snead Patten.

New Lois consolidated school junior high faculty 1936-37. Left to right Arlo Futch Snead, Gladys Gaskins, Grace Swindle, Bernys W. Peters, Earl Weaver, Lella Forrest Long, Maxie Snead Patten.

 

Mrs. Arlo Snead with her 3rd grade class, 1956-57.

Mrs. Arlo Snead with her 3rd grade class, 1956-57.

 

1969-70 Mrs. Arlo Snead's Class

1970 Mrs. Arlo Snead’s Class, Nashville Elementary School. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com

 

Obituary of Arlo Futch Snead. Courtesy of Bill Outlaw.

Obituary of Arlo Futch Snead. Courtesy of Bill Outlaw.

Mrs. Arlo Futch Snead

Mrs. Arlo Futch Snead, 77, died Monday Aug. 10, 1987 at Tift Healthcare Center in Tifton after a length illness.
Born in Berrien County January 7, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Effie Luke Futch.
Mrs. Snead was a memberof the Nashville First Baptist Church. She was a retired school teacher with the Berrien County School system having taught for 42 years.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gayle Norton Snead, one Granddaughter, Melinda; and one grandson, Bret, all of Alapaha; tow sisters, Mrs.Rebecca Dill of Tifton, and Mrs. Jean Watkins of Montgomery, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, Feb. 2, 1983 and a son Hank, May 1987.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. with interment in Westview Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Hesters and the Rev. Billy Southerland officiated.
Active pallbearers were J. P. Webb, Raymond Guest, Thomas Futch, C. W. Anderson, Bill Mathis and Larry Taylor.
Lovein Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Preacher Shaw and the Berrien Blue Jays

Preacher Shaw in uniform of the Berrien Blue Jays, 1948.   Image courtesy of www,berriencountyga.com

Preacher Shaw in uniform of the Berrien Blue Jays, 1948. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com

From at least the 1880s, baseball was popular among the small towns of Berrien County, GA.  Ray City has produced a number of high school, college and minor league baseball players and coaches, and at least one major league player.  One local baseball legend was Fondren Willie Mitchell Shaw of Ray City, GA, better known as Preacher Shaw.

According to family member Bryan Shaw, Preacher Shaw, was the seventh born child of Jesse Shelby “Dock” Shaw and Susie Bullard Shaw.  He was born May 13, 1906, in a log home on the west bank of Possum Branch, in the New Lois community near Ray City, Georgia and grew up in a nearby home. He was educated in county schools at Pine Grove and Kings Chapel.

From Bryan Shaw’s family newsletter comes the following:

[Preacher Shaw had a] great love of baseball. During his adult years, he became a gifted ball player, always ready to be coaxed away from the mule and plow to engage in any pick-up game his fellow ball players would draft for him.

In Lamar Blanton’s book, “Tales of Ray’s Mill,” he reflects on his recollection of Preacher Shaw the ball player:

The most famous of the baseball players in our part of the state was a man nicknamed “Preacher,” a title that he somehow obtained without any evident relevant behavior on his part.  Preacher was considerably older than the other members of our team, but age is no handicap to a pitcher who is the complete master of a baseball.  His repertoire included virtually every pitch that has ever been named in baseball jargon. Being past his prime, his fastball did not exactly whistle any more, but he resorted to a vast variety of curves, and speed did not really matter, for it was only an infrequent accident that the hitter was able to get his bat anywhere near a pitch thrown by Preacher.  And all of the time that old son-of-a-gun would just stand there on the mound, grinning with infuriating devilishment as batter after batter left the plate to sit down in complete frustration.

Some of the visiting teams refused to play unless it was agreed that Preacher would not pitch.  He could hold any other position, for he was no better than an average ball player in a non-pitching role, but it was considered an unfair advantage for him to be on the mound.

He and his brother Charlie, who played shortstop, were often recruited by the local ball clubs to beef up their rosters. (Charlie was killed in an auto-train accident in 1937). Preacher actively played he sport until 1948, being listed on the April roster of the semi-pro Berrien Blue Jays that year. However, he was not listed as an active player by the end of the season.

Reprint courtesy of Bryan Shaw.

Preacher Shaw (standing, far right), of Ray City, GA played for the Berrien Blue Jays semi-pro baseball team in 1948.

Preacher Shaw (standing, far right), of Ray City, GA played for the Berrien Blue Jays semi-pro baseball team in 1948. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com

See more photos of the Berrien Blue Jays at http://www.berriencountyga.com

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