Callie Lucille Shufflebarger Walters (1906-1979)
A CAREER WORTH PRAISING !
Callie Lucille Shufflebarger Walters
(1906-1979) was the daughter of Harvey Boston Shufflebarger (1863-1923)
and Margaret Lou Emma Thompson Shufflebarger (1870-1955). Harvey and
Margaret were married at the old Kimberling Springs Hotel in 1890.
Lucille married John William “Bill” Walters in 1937, and they resided in
the Hicksville community of Bland County, where they raised their
daughter, Billy Jean. Bill and Lucille are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery
Billie Jean Walters married Douglas
MacArthur (Mac) Carty in 1967, and she owns and operates “Billy Jean’s
Flowers” in the family home place.
Lucille was a devoted school teacher,
as evidenced in an employment log she prepared at the end of a
forty-seven year career devoted to her students. The Bland County
Historical Society is pleased to have a copy of this employment log in
the Bogle Library. Below is a summary (in her words):
“1924-25, Bogle School (Wolf Creek), One Room;
1925-26, Oakdale School (Walker’s Creek), One Room; 1926-27, Williams
Chapel School (Niday), One Room; 1927-28, Laurel (Lower), One Room;
1928-29, Suiter School, Two Room; 1929-30, Liberty (Rt. 42), One Room;
1930-31, Ceres, Grade 4, H. Reynold, Principal; 1931-32, Ceres, Grade 7,
H. Morris, Principal; 1932-34, Bastian, Grade 4, H. Stowers, Principal;
1934-35, Rocky Gap, Grade 3, R. Reynolds, Principal; 1935-36, Nebo
(Clear Fork), One Room; 1936-37, Wilderness, One Room.”
“I was married March 27, 1937 and a clause in
contracts prohibited married women from teaching (County ruling). The
clause was revoked in the early 40’s and married women were welcomed
back to the profession.”
“1944-45, Rocky Gap, Grade 8, W. Stowers,
Principal; 1948-49, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, D. Davis, Principal; 1949-50,
Rocky Gap, Grade 2, D. Davis, Principal; 1950-51, Rocky Gap, Grade 1, D.
“There were 63 pupils in the first grade that year.
Mr. Davis divided the class in half. I taught half and Mrs. Ethel Turner
taught the other half.”
“1951-52, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, D. Davis, Principal;
1952-56, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, G. Updyke, Principal.”
“We moved into the new building in
“1956-62, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, G.
Updyke, Principal; 1962-64, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, S. Harvey, Principal;
1964-67, Rocky Gap, Grade 6, B. Worrell, Principal; 1967-1971, Rocky
Gap, Grade 6, J. Kaylor, Principal.”
“I retired July 1, 1971.”
Lucille’s daughter, Billy Jean Carty,
remembers her mother as one who not only loved to teach, but was a hard
worker who helped her husband on the family farm. Both Lucille and her
husband were active members of the Pine Grove church in Bastian.