Thursday, March 13, 2008
Teel records memories for 50 years
By Linda Jones
Allene Teel, a longtime community correspondent for The South Reporter, began writing the Carey Chapel-Mt. Pleasant news 50 years ago.
“Mrs. Lottie Todd wrote the Cothern news. She passed away in 1958 and I started with the Carey Chapel news and then added Mt. Pleasant’s news.
Teel recently retired from writing community news.
“Technology is just taking over. I thought and prayed about it until I got peace of mind. I knew it was time. I’m 82 now and will be 83 on Sept. 28,” she said.
“I still have my garden and flowers. A lot of people around here call me the flower lady,” she said laughing.
Teel was born in Mt. Pleasant (really Wild Cat) to C.D. (Gib) and Vida Gardner.
“My mother died when I was six years old. I lived with my grandmother for a year and my dad married again to my stepmother Aurealia.
“I went to Slayden High School – the ag school. Then I went to Memphis, Tenn., in 1942 and worked about two years, during the war. I worked at Roy Good’s grocery store. I took orders and would see that the delivery boy would carry the order to the right place. I always had to remind them to get the customer’s sugar stamps and bring them back,” she said.
“I came home when I got married. I married Campbell Teel in 1946, when he got out of service.
“He was my idol when I was 12 or 13. I don’t know why, I just liked him,” she said laughing.
“I was 20 and he was 25 when we got married.”
The Teels had four children, Ivy Wayne Teel of Mt. Pleasant; Martha Fant of Holly Springs, Kathy Goode of Sweet Springs, Mo., and Madge Winburn of Hickory Flat. Allene has 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren – only four are girls, the rest are boys.
Teel always worked at home. They lived in the house with Campbell’s mother, Mattie Teel, until she passed away.
“I took care of her and raised my family also,” Teel said.
“Campbell could do anything! He worked with the county superintendent and was a part-time electrician. When we first married, we farmed and raised cattle until he went to work with the school. We kept cows all the time though.”
Teel has become almost a family member to many in Marshall County. Her memories of a simpler time have graced the pages of The South Reporter and have become, in a way, our memories. Those times and those memories are going to be greatly missed by all.
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