Archive for the ‘Nell Barrett Taylor 1960s-1970s’ Category

Chattooga High School, Summerville, Georgia, 1973 Annual Dedication   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor 1973

Image from the Save the Taylor House Facebook Page



The text in honor of my grandmother:

…to Mrs. Nell Taylor for her many years of hard work and loyalty to Chattooga High School.

It was an appropriate dedication.




Opera Trip, Chattooga High School, Summerville, Georgia, 1970-1971   Leave a comment

Opera Trip 1970-1971

Image from the Save the Taylor House Facebook Group



Nell Barrett Taylor (my grandmother, standing at the back and right) and one Mrs. Grant took a group of students at Chattooga High School, Summerville, Georgia, to an opera performance during the 1970-1971 school year.

Language and Fine Arts Department, Chattooga High School, Summerville, Georgia, 1973   Leave a comment

CHS Language Department 1973

Photograph from the Save the Taylor House Facebook Group



Nell Barrett Taylor, my grandmother, is second from the right on the front row.



The Taylor House in 2004   1 comment

Taylor House 2004 I

Above:  The Taylor House in 2004

This Image and the Other One Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

I think of an old joke.  Two mature women–neighbors–were speaking across a fence.  One commented that she liked being married to an archaeologist.

The older I become, the more interesting he finds me,

she said.

Older women, in my experience, enjoy that joke more than younger women.

My ancestral family home–which goes back to the 1890s, with stages of construction and one of demolition (there was another wing, removed in the early 1960s)–is like a mature woman and I am like the archaeologist in the joke–I like old buildings.  And I, who have the floor plan committed to memory, want to see the old structure restored to grand dame status.  May house allies in Summerville, Georgia, succeed!  My family–from John D. Taylor, Sr., and his wife, “Hattie,” through my grandparents, John D. Taylor, Jr., and Nell Barrett Taylor, would approve.  And members of the generation preceding mine–my father, my uncle, and my mother–and of my generation also approve.

Taylor House 2004 II


Obituary of Richard Fox Barrett   Leave a comment

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 7, 2009


He was the son of George Dickey Barrett (1910-1989), my granduncle, sister of Nell Barrett Taylor, and son of George Washington Barrett.

He was also a first cousin of the novelist Olive Ann Burns.  Carolyn Burns Barrett (April 4, 1913-May 4, 1996), Dick’s mother, was a younger sister of William (Arnold) Burns (1893-1973), father of Olive Ann Burns.





Richard (Dick) Barrett, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, suddenly of an apparent heart attack.  Dick is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Lee Barrett; two daughters, Christina and Andrea Barrett, both of Snellville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Wolf Seka of Rochester, NY; mother-in-law, Donna Hunt of Columbus, GA; other relatives and a host of many friends.  Dick was preceded in death by his father, George Dickey Barrett and mother, Carolyn Burns Barrett.  Dick was an Atlanta native, and attended Grady High School.  He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for various Atlanta engineering firms, and most recently for the State of Georgia in Information Technology Management.  Dick was an active member of Cannon United Methodist Church, having served as secretary of the administrative board for many years.  Dick was a dutiful and devoted family man, and was always involved in and supported his daughters’ activities.  He loved to travel with his family, visiting many countries around the world.  The Service Celebrating the Life of Dick Barrett will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 4:00 P.M. at Cannon United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Elliott and Rev. Amy Morgan officiating.  Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home.  Those desiring may make donations to Cannon United Methodist Church, 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078, in memory of Dick Barrett.

It Really is Christmas!   Leave a comment


Above:  Live Nativity, St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth, Georgia, December 22, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



It really, truly is Christmas!

And nothing have I to bring,

Nothing have I purchased

To give to this baby-King!


No baubles or garlands or tinsel

Have I to hang near this manger bed,

No tags or soft cuddly blankets,

Only my heart’s yearning instead.


A yearning have I to live closer

To Him every single day,

To show His great love to others

As I go along Life’s way;


A glowing face that quickly smiles

At others on Life’s road;

A spirit that grows sweeter

As He lifts my heavy load.


Compassion for these who are burdened,

Who seem held in the grip of despair;

A prayer for all who hunger

For His warm and loving care.


A cheery word to all I meet,

A smile of joy and peace

That comes to those who’ve found

His comfort and release.


These, yes these are the things I can bring

To Christ as my gifts today;

To lay at His nail-pierced feed

In gratitude for Christmas Day!



Grandparents and Their Granddaughter   Leave a comment

1969 (II)

Above:  John D. Taylor, Jr., and Nell Barrett Taylor, December 1972, at Summerville, Georgia


1969 (I)

Now with their granddaughter, my sister, Barbara


Photographs courtesy of Barbara Taylor Jackson