Thursday, November 30, 2006
county resident publishes political suspense novel
When Jackson attorney and former Marshall Countian Jerome Teel was in law school, John Grisham spoke at one of his law school classes and he decided then that one day he wanted to write a novel.
“It took eight years before I finally realized that if I didn’t get started I’d never accomplish that goal. I enjoy politics so a book about law and politics seemed a natural fit. And I liked the concept of weaving my faith into the storyline.
“From those ideas a political thriller novel was born with an evangelical thread of redemption woven into it,” Teel said.
Teel was born and reared most of his growing up years in the Mt. Pleasant community; attending Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy and Carey Chapel Baptist Church.
“It was simply one of the grandest places I’ve ever lived or visited. I remember hunting and fishing all around the area with my friends and cousins.
“The stories we could tell about each other and our exploits would consume volumes; from hunting raccoons in the bottoms late at night, to fishing in ponds deep in the woods, to swimming in Coldwater River.
“And when we weren’t hunting or fishing we were playing a sport of some type. There were no video games back then and we only had three television stations.
“Our entertainment was playing baseball, basketball or football until it got so dark we couldn’t see.” Teel said.
Teel is related to “a gazillion people in Marshall County!”
His parents, Carl and Nona Teel, no longer live here but are known widely. His brothers, who were also reared in Mt. Pleasant, are Alan and Patrick.
A partial list of relatives would include: Mary Ellen Godsey, husband deceased - Wilber), Blair Godsey, Wilber Godsey Jr., Felicia (Godsey) Tipton and husband, Clayton, Allene Teel, Kathy Goode and husband, Arnold Ivy, Wayne Teel and wife, Pat, Martha Fant and husband, Bobby, Madge Winburn and husband, Johnny, Warren Teel and wife, Genelle, Phillip Teel and wife, Syble, Shelby Teel (husband deceased - Curtis Don Teel), Lola Faye Dickerson and late husband, Gwen, Larry Anderson and wife, Mary Lillian, Dwight Anderson and wife Rita, Sam Anderson and wife, Ruby, Joyce Anderson, Judy McClure and husband, Bo, Peggy McCallum and husband, Lynn, Paulette Teel (husband deceased Maynard Teel), Myrtis Todd and husband, Harold, Mattie Lou Anderson and husband, Lynn, Dot Langston (husband deceased-Richard), Delia Hurdle and husband, Norman, Esther Cunningham (husband deceased-Roger), Tom Boone and wife Bertie Jewel.
“My late grandparents were Johnie and Mary (Anderson) Teel. (my spelling of “Johnie” is the way he spelled it).
“Also, my dad’s brothers, who don’t live in Marshall County, are John Will Teel and wife, Peggy; Rex Teel and wife, Cerese.”
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