Personal Tributes By Friends of Harrington School To Honor Those Who Were Our Teachers

Many of our Friends made donations in honor of their teachers or those persons from whom they have learned the most -- parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, beloved school teachers, and many members of our island's African American community. We want to share their stories with you.

Mr. Adrian and Mrs. Louetta Johnson

They were my elementary school teachers at Harrington. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were truly dedicated to building a foundation for all of the students, and as a result, have made the greatest contribution to my educational background.

Carolyn Rooks Whitfield, Brunswick, Elise Spears, St. Simons Island, Boisey Ramsey, Brunswick, and Dolores Bailey, Suitland, MD

Tom Ramsey and Charlie Hunter

I would like to [contribute to the Restoration Fund] in memory of Tom Ramsey and Charlie Hunter both of whom were long-term employees on LSSI (Little St. Simons Island) and contributed to many guests' enjoyment. I remember old Peg Leg Tom helping us gather oysters when I was a child and then later Charlie for taking us out coon shining at night among many other activities.

Philip Berolzheimer, Little St. Simons Island, GA

Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Charlie & Ethel Lee) Floyd

To honor the following South End residents: the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Charlie and Ethel Lee) Floyd; their children: Charlesetta; the lovely Virginia Floyd & her brothers, Leslie & "Mud Bone."


Miss Rose

My teacher Miss Rose who taught me in southern Louisiana, in Cajun country, where young girls like me were not supposed to get an education. She taught me how to read and gave me confidence to continue my education. Now I have a Ph.D. and teach at Georgia Southern University.

Judith Longfield, Statesboro, GA

Miss Joan Bissell

My 8th grade teacher Miss Joan Bissell who was crippled in a car accident but still graduated from the University of North Carolina. She was the first teacher I ever had in a wheelchair and she taught 36 girls at a private school.

Elizabeth Fowler, St. Simons Island, GA

Janet Zwenig

Beloved sister of Frances and a Friends of Harrington who attended every one of our events with a smile and infectious enthusiasm.

From Patty Deveau, Elizabeth Coleman, Griffin Davis, Anita Elise Rymer, and Jane Asher.

Mrs. Isadora Hunter

A Harrington resident who attended Harrington School in 1928 and donated her land to save the schoolhouse.

From Cdr. Clyde C and Susan S. Smith.

The Georgia Sea Island Singers

“A personal gift from Anna Lomax Wood, her dad Alan Lomax and their family to the old St. Simons community with our great love and respect for the Georgia Sea Island Singers and those living spirits who follow in their footsteps.”

From Anna Wood Lomax, her father Alan Lomax and their family.

John Davis

A Harrington resident and one of the early leaders of the Georgia Sea Island Singers

from Patricia Cofer Barefoot.

Charlie Hunter and His Family

Harrington residents who taught us to hunt, fish, and enjoy the coast.

From Phil Berlozheimer.

Terry C. Gannon

Terry Gannon moved to St Simons in 2008. She operated a toy store in Massachusetts and after selling her store she created a consortium of over 100 storeowners across the nation devoted to children. On SSI she found a wonderful community of friend and she met Emory Rooks, who introduced her to The Harrington School project.  Terry shared the information with her friends because she thought it was a wonderful effort to save the school. When Terry passed away in early 2016 these friends honored her with donations.

Nancy Stanek, Albert and Gwen Ottenberg, Deanna and Tim Kovel, Idanna Smith, Jonny and Jane Girson, Specialty Toys Network, Imagine That Toys, Christine Osborne and Schnookie, Wonder Works, Brian Miller.

Pearlena King Pickett

of Empire, Georgia from Sandy Jones, Bluemoon Publishing.

Gifts to Honor Harrington Students and Volunteers

“To every student whoever sat in this remarkable school house. Keep on going.”

From Glen Finland

“To our friend Georgia Golden”

From Ellen Skinner, and Gregory and Mavis Jaudon

For Emory Rooks and all he does to preserve the schoolhouse

From Marcia Maguire