We return to spring of 1990

Coats Museum News
Posted 7/1/22

Did you enjoy your journey in reading about the history of some of the old white schools that were located in Grove Township Districts? At some point, additional information will be shared about …

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We return to spring of 1990


Did you enjoy your journey in reading about the history of some of the old white schools that were located in Grove Township Districts? At some point, additional information will be shared about schools and staff in the area, but now let’s return to the spring of 1990 and revisit those events that affected the folks in the Grove area.

The Pollard family name is one that has been around for a long while in the Coats area.

In fact, one our earliest blacksmiths was a Pollard. The Pollard name made news in 1990 in Coats when it was shared that Imogene Pollard Penny, 60, of Coats, had died on Tuesday. Her services were held at the Coats Baptist Church. Rev. R.O. Byrd and Dr. Mark White conducted the final rites. She was interred in the Coats City Cemetery.

Surviving family members were her husband, Haywood Penny, and her two children, Timothy and Donna Penny of Coats. Her mother was Maylon Pollard and her siblings were Thurlene Klein, Paul Pollard and Baxton Pollard. Netral Hair was a half sister.

Judy Turlington and Earl Parrish announced the engagement of their daughter, Gina Rebecca Parrish to Steven Ralph Jernigan (The Daily Record, May 2, 1990). Do you think Judy named her daughter Rebecca after her Aunt Rebecca Mabry Turlington, mother of Ed and Frank Turlington?

I do know that the Coats Area Chamber of Commerce placed its Business Focus of the Week emphasis on an old established business ­— the Powell Brothers Garage. The business dated back to 1936 when Amos and Elvis Powell began the business by buying out a Ford dealership that moved to Lillington. They were mechanics working for the dealership at the time of the buyout. Graymon and his wife Willa Dean were the current owners in 1990.

Read more about the Powell Brothers Garage in our business notebooks in the Research Library because there is more to the story than what was printed in the paper in 1990.

The same edition of The Daily Record wrote that the Coats Extension Club met with Ruth Parrish. Virginia Pollard was club president. Tommy Williford presented the program on “Safety in the Home.” Wonder if this were a program in 2022, would the topic be “What to Do If there Is an Active Shooter?”

The Coats Jaycees’ installation banquet was held at Serena’s Courtyard in Lillington. Twenty-two members were present (The Daily Record, May 3, 1990). That had to be an exciting event for the young adults – wonder why there is no Jaycee organization in 2022?

The Liberty Club voted to plant a Dogwood as a living memorial to a deceased charter member – Agnes Denning Parrish (The Daily Record, May 3, 1990). I went to this tree planting at Rupert and Agnes’ home. Wonder if the tree still grows there.

It is for sure that Devon and Jo Ann Moore, of rural Coats, announced the engagement of their daughter, Angela Joan Moore of Cary, to Edward Hodges. Angela was both Coats High School and Meredith College where she earned her BS in social work and sociology (The Daily Record, May 8, 1990). Just for additional information this is the sister of our Dr. Lori Moore Langdon.

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Maynor of Coats announced the birth of a son, Anthony James Maynor. The mother was the former Michelle Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry O. Baker (The Daily Record, May 10, 1990).

One of the most informative books about growing up in the old Stewart Hotel in Coats and beyond was written by Dan Stewart. Surely the Coats Library has a copy of his “Thank you, Lord, for a Good Life.” Wonder how many people who grew up in Coats have been awarded an honorary doctor degree?

Campbell University presented him an honorary Doctor of Law Degree, according to the May 16, 1990 edition of The Daily Record.

I do know that Coats has had quite a few Farmers Festivals and Beef Shootouts which had proved to be a very successful combination. Sherry Stewart of Spring Lake was named Beef Shootout Cowgirl in 1990. Molly Ramey of Linden was dubbed Jr. Miss Shootout. Winner of the Pig Picking Contest was Mark Byrd of Coats. Third Place went to Frank Parker of Coats (The Daily Record, May 18, 1990). It seems that there would be more to that story.

Mrs. Bonnie Lee Pope, first grade teacher at North Harnett Primary School, was selected to represent Harnett County as the N.C. Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Bonnie was a Campbell College graduate who had taught for 12 years at North Harnett and served as Science Lead Teacher for North Harnett since 1984. Bonnie is the wife of Randy Pope, mother of Bradley and Ryan Pope and daughter of Joe and Eloise Pope Lee of Coats (The Daily Record, May 21, 1990).

I hope you have marked your calendar for 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 to visit the Coats Community Building and hear retired SBI Agent Leonard Parker as he shares stories from when he was a part of the DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) in New York on 9/11. The 1973 Coats High graduate has amazing experiences that will enlighten you on how procedures are meticulously practiced by members of DMORT.

We are asking for the public’s help in getting the addresses of the Boy Scout Eagles and Scoutmasters from Coats Troop 79 or 779 since 1959. The Coats Museum folks are preserving the history of that Boy Scout Troop. Call the Coats Museum at 910-897-2525 on any Thursday from 9-3 to share the names, addresses and information about a Boy Scout Eagle.


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