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Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

"Betty Lee Park"

"Betty Lee Park" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. "Betty Lee Park" Marker
Betty Lee Erwin McCord (1925-1953), a Maury County, TN native, was dedicated to the health and well-being of the youth of this area. Our beloved “Betty Lee” was a physical education teacher and girls basketball coach at Columbia Central High School from 1947-1953. Following her untimely death on December 25, 1953, this property was given as a recreational park by her parents, Bert and Elizabeth M. Erwin and family. The purpose of these grounds is to carry on Betty Lee's visionary efforts in providing youth with a place to exercise for good health and to learn good sportsmanship through sports activities. This property was formerly dedicated to the memory of Betty Lee Erwin McCord on April 27, 1956.

Register's Office of Maury County, TN Plat Book 2 Page F6

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationParks & Recreational AreasSportsWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 27, 1956.
Location. 35° 38.319′ N, 87° 2.645′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker
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is at the intersection of Santa Fe Pike and Royal Oaks Drive, on the right when traveling south on Santa Fe Pike. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 713 Pebble Stone Ct, Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. GrafTech International / National Carbon Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Harlan Willis Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jane Knox Polk Chapter (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Polk Family (approx. 1˝ miles away); Camille Leonie Herndon (approx. 1˝ miles away); Greenwood (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Duck River and Columbia (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding "Betty Lee Park". Her first name is spelled Bettye on her grave stone in McCain's Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Maury County.
Also see . . .
1. Source for different spelling of first name. (Submitted on June 11, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Duck River Valley Chronicle 1956 Notice. April 27 [1956] - Mrs. Bert Erwin and daughter Margret Erwin Foster conveyed 6 acres of land to the city of Columbia to be used as a playground and recreation area for children. The land is in the Royal Oaks subdivision on Santa Fe Pike
“Betty Lee Park” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
2. “Betty Lee Park” Marker
and was presented to Mayor Tom F. Williams. The park is a memorial to Miss Betty Lee Erwin McCord, physical education teacher at Central High School, killed in a 1953 auto accident. (Submitted on June 11, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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