Abandoned NC&STL Railway
Route Between Memphis, Jackson & Bruceton
O. H. and Mary E. Priddy
Ollie Henry Priddy (22 May 1878), was agent-operator for Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway for a period of
48 years. The Priddy family came to Tennessee in the early 1800s and settled in Henderson County. George W.
Priddy, the father of O. H., was also a railroad employee for many years.
L/R Seated: Rebecca Priddy Jones, Lenora Priddy Kent,
Opal Priddy Sammons, Hazel Priddy Pipkin, Mary Kelly Priddy;
Standing L/R: Ollie Henry Priddy, Jr.; George M. Priddy,
Edward M. Priddy, Ollie Henry Priddy, Sr.
In 1901 O. H. married Mary Evelyn Kelley in Luray,
Tennessee. The family moved to Hardeman County when O. H. became
agent at Whiteville, in 1912. Here
they reared a family of seven children: (1) Hazel Pauline (27
march 1902) married Elmer Pipkin; Their children were Henry Edward,
Helen, Mildred, Geraldine, and Bill Hugh. (2) Mary Opal (11 April
1904) married Burnell Sammons. (3) Edward Murray (11 April 1907)
married Thelma Dunbar, they have a daughter, Marilynn Rose. (4)
Lenora Evelyn (7 November 1910) married first, Harold Wilson,
their two children were Anita and Harold Jr. She married second,
W. E. Kent. (5) Rebecca Louise (December 1913) married James Bryant
Jones, they had a son James Bryant Jr. (6) George McAdoo (20 October
1918) married Josephine Haywood. They have a son, Bill (7) Ollie
Henry Jr. (19 January 1923) married Isabelle Williams. Their children
are Nancy, Jim and Paul.
O. H. was an active civic leader in Whiteville,
serving as a member of the City Board, School Board, deacon in
the First Baptist Church and was affiliated with the Masons, Woodmen
of the World, and Eastern Star.
Their three sons saw active
duty in World War II, Edward served in North Africa with the military
police; O. H. Jr. with the infantry during the invasion of Normandy;
George with the Navy in the Pacific. When time for retirement
came, O. H. was asked to remain with the railroad for the duration
of the war due to the manpower shortage. He did so because he
felt it was his patriotic duty. He died in 1960 and his wife
died in 1964. They were survived by seven children and sixteen
Published by Burnell Sammons, Hardeman County Historical Commission,
1979. Contributed by George & Betty Fleet.