10/24/2010 Classmate Inducted Into Hall Of Honor
Irene Wade Belcher - Hall of Honor Award 2010
Presented by the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University
by Professor Susan Gunby, RN, PhD, October 15, 2010
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7/11/2010 Clements Wash Hole
It wasn’t until I got older that I really appreciated my roots and really came to an understanding of the importance of family. As a youngster I just accepted my family as being there and e
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6/27/2010 Gospel Sing and Silent Auction in Memory of Roy Dorough
Friday night was a bittersweet night. Bitter because we came together due to losing yet another of our classmates, but sweet because we came together to honor that classmate and we had a wo
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HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF CORDELE'S ONEAL NEIGHBORHOOD
As railroads reached Georgia's wire grass region in the mid 1880's, Mr. B.P. O'Neal was one of a number of private investors who rushed to acquire virgin timber acreage at cheap prices. In search of a healthier climate and ready to make his fortune, O'Neal came to what is now the Crisp County area with his young bride from his native McDuffie County in 1887. By 1900 B.O. O'Neal had made nearly $1 million in profits from his turpentine stills, timber leases, and sawmills. As timber was cleared from a substantial parcel of land east of 8th Street in Cordele, he marketed and sold the acreage through the O'Neal Land Development Company, offering tracts varying in size from one town lot to many hundreds of acres. Early on, some of this land was sold for little more than $1 per acre, with individuals purchasing larger tracts for resale.
In 1904, O'Neal donated money to the City of Cordele for construction of a new school. J.S. Pate had previously donated a lot on the corner of 2nd Street and 15th Avenue for school purposes, and the existing wood frame school building on that site (see Image 1) was moved across the street in order to construct a large brick structure in the Renaissance Revival style. The former school building became a medical facility and was destroyed by fire in 1916. The new brick school (see Image 2) named in O'Neal's honor became a neighborhood landmark. In time, this area came to be known as the O'Neal neighborhood.
Mr. O'Neal moved with his family to Macon in 1906, but he continued to have business dealings in Cordele for several years thereafter. The school donation and the surrounding neighborhood development became O'Neal's legacy to Cordele.
Development continued in the O'Neal neighborhood through the Depression, but the District suffered a severe blow by natural disaster on April 2, 1936. A tornado swept through Cordele, killing 25 persons, destroying 276 homes and damaging 212 more. Damage in the O'Neal neighborhood was particularly high, including loss of the school building itself. O'Neal residents began rebuilding immediately and repaired or replaced their homes in comparable scale and architectural detailing. Yet another O'Neal school was constructed. Within two years, all outward signs of the disaster were gone, homes rebuilt, and trees replanted.
After World War II, the O'Neal neighborhood experienced its last real surge of growth. This growth is evidenced by a number of smaller bungalows and ranch style houses which blend for the most part into the canvas of the neighborhood.
Loss again came to the O 'Neal school when it was completely destroyed by fire in 1955. The facility still standing today was rebuilt, still carrying the O'Neal legacy name.
Commercial growth off the city of Cordele with its attendant development pressures began to threaten the significant alteration and even the demolition of structures along the neighborhood's south border. Heightened concern and prompt action by neighborhood residents prevented substantial intrusion onto 15th Avenue. In order to exert a more prominent presence, a group of local residents established the O'Neal Neighborhood Association in 1986. It's mission became and continues still, to serve as a neighborhood advocate in land use planning, to collect and to share historical data regarding the neighborhood, and to encourage recognition and preservation of this area, indeed a very special place in Cordele's history.
From the web page of Lin Barnes - Century 21
Picture compliments of Shirley Haynie Rhodes
TODAY WE LOST ANOTHER CLASSMATE
James "Jimmy" Adkins
January 12, 2013
TODAY WE LOST ANOTHER CLASSMATE
Elette Calhoun Hobbs
January 19, 2013
TODAY WE LOST ANOTHER CLASSMATE
Peggy Conner Adkins
March 7, 2013
Today We Lost Another Classmate
William "Bill" Watson
April 1, 2013
Please be in prayer for Bill's family
TODAY WE LOST ANOTHER CLASSMATE
Vivian Waldrip Maddox
Vivian Waldrip Maddox , 66, of Cordele, Ga,. died April 14, 2013 at her residence. Visitation will be held Monday, April 15, 2013 from 4:30 P.M. until 6:30 P.M. at Hughes and Wright Funeral Home.
Vivian, a native of Cordele, Ga., was the daughter of the late Joe B. Waldrip and the late Dessie Wilbanks Waldrip. Vivian was a retired school teacher with the Crisp County Board of Education for 33 years. She was a graduate of Crisp County High School class of 1964. She received her master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern University and also her Six Year Specialist degree from Troy State University. Vivian was an active member of First Baptist Church, the Merry Sunday School Class and the EmmausPrayer Group.
Vivian is survived by her husband: Allen Maddox of Cordele, GA.; daughter: Allison Maddox of Atlanta, GA.; brother: Harold E. Waldrip and his wife Hazel of Cordele, GA.; sister: Joann Phillips of Cordele, GA.; sister-in-law: Jane Thompson and her husband Jimmy of Byromville, GA. and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718,Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. The Georgia Sheriffs Youth Home, P. O. Box 1000, Stockbrige, GA. 30281-8000. First Baptist Church of Cordele, 215 E. 13th Ave., Cordele, GA. 31015
GIVING BACK TO CORDELE 2012
Class of '64 - Presents a check to BakPak Buddeez at J. S. Pate and Blackshear Trail Schools in Cordele. Left to right: Janie Spence Oliver, Glorida Slade Best, Susan Sheppard, Robert Lique, Crystal Brannon, Lynn McLeod, Michelle Waldrip. Lee Wright was behind the camera.
I am going to leave this picture on the web site to remind you that we have decided to keep the Giving Back to Cordele checking account open and we will be accepting donations all through the year for this fund. Robert Lique will again be chairman and all monies for the fund should be sent to him. We now have $130 in the fund.
PLACES TO VISIT IN THE UNITED STATES
Compliments of Kathy Suppes Morrieson
Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Originally created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, it was renamed Acadia in 1929.
Grandson of Johnny Outen
UP FOR DISCUSSION
Does anyone remember any childhood experiences at any of these places?
Russ Raines says: Directly between Wayne Woodward and Sanders Bush is a head that no one seems to be able to identify…… Other than that I think we have it. Can anyone name that person?
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I met and married Linda (Linda Roberson from Nashville, GA.) and we returned to Cordele to start a General Surgery practice in 1977. Like most of you the first two decades were devoted to raising children,,none are married ,,no grandchildren but if the second "wave" of children is half as much fun as the first then I can hardly wait!
All three children had athletic cholarships so we chased them around the country for several more years watching ball games. The boys, William and Preston, are starting their business careers in New York and Atlanta. Stephanie is a third year Medical Student who may end up as a General Surgeon. She could have probably played professional basketball but Medical School was in her plans from an early age.
Although I had class mates at the college, medical school and residency level I never developed the bonds that I shared with my friends from CCHS. We were always a close class and ,despite what someone may say about the times bonding us, I think we all genuinely enjoyed one another and respected each other's opinions, dreams. This web site will be a great place to keep those friendships going.
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