Greenville Town Hall Dedicated To Memory Of Dot PridgeonNov 2nd, 2011 | By Jacob | Category: Community News, Sports
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay tribute to the late Dorothy Moore “Dot” Pridgeon by naming Greenville’s town hall, the Mrs. “Dot” Pridgeon Hall.
Joe Peavy served as master of ceremonies for the event. Following the invocation by Terry Knight, Greenville United Methodist Church pastor, he had a number of people step to the podium and share their memories of the woman Greenville will never forget.
Dot’s sons, George W. (known as “G.W.”) and George R. Pridgeon, Jr. (known as “George) spoke lovingly of their mother. George shared that one Thanksgiving his mother had seen an elderly couple sitting in the park and taking sandwiches out of two paper bags. She had sent him to the park to get them because it would not be right for them to spend Thanksgiving all alone like that.
G.W. spoke of his mother raising him and how much he appreciated being raised in a small town like Gainesville.
Jim Parrish, Dot’s nephew, spoke fondly of his aunt. He said that she was like another mother to him and that she proved it to her nieces and nephews, because if they ever got out of line, she would spank them, too.
Peavy asked Sammy Hutto, one of his former deputies to share a memory of Dot with the crowd. Sammy, who is also a carpenter, said that she had called him one time and told him that she had a project for him.
“What is it, Mrs. Dot?” Hutto asked.
“I need you to build me a doghouse,” she replied.
“I can do that,” Sammy replied. “What do you want in it?”
“Well, I want it comfortable and I want a little window in it,” she answered.
“Well, Mrs. Dot, you know that it will get hot in there,” Sammy said.
“Well, put an air conditioner in there,” she said.
Hutto said that he had built her the doghouse, complete with insulation and air conditioning in it.
School Superintendent Lou Miller recalled going to church with Mrs. Dot. She said that when the dog Mrs. Dot had the house built for died, that Mrs. Dot called her husband, Richard, and had him built a casket for the dog.
Others spoke, including Greenville Mayor Elesta Pritchett and J.C. Fead, who works for the Town of Greenville. They spoke of Mrs. Dot’s compassion and their friendship with her.
Dot Pridgeon served as Greenville Town clerk for 50 years, beginning when she was seven months pregnant with her second son, G.W.
Dot married her husband, George, in Feb. 1946.
“He was the best thing that ever happened to me, bar none,” she said in an interview with this writer in 2007.
Her eldest son, George Russell Pridgeon, was born Dec. 18, 1946. She joked during the 2007 interview, “I don’t think he likes his birthday being so close to Christmas.”
George is married to the former Lila Tharpe of Wacissa. They live in Greenville and have two adult children, Russ and Suzanne. Russ is married to the former Angela Syskand of Monticello. They have two children, George and Taylor. Suzanne is married to Paul Tart.
G.W. is married to the former Darlene Mincey. They live in Perry and have two adult children, George and Krystal.
Following the dedication ceremony, refreshments were served inside Greenville’s Senior Citizens Center for the people who gathered for the event. It was quite a tribute for a precious lady that died in January of this year.
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