Donalsonville Georgia








As seen through the eyes of Photographer Federico Santi

The Christmas Party at Dewey & Theresa's home about 1967

On the left Carmela King Clifton with her husband Jim., standing behind Kathy Singletary Doster.

Nancy Lane King (wife of Joseph V. King) standing next to (?) Looks like Thelma Harrell and Thelma King Singletary in the background.

On the couch: Mr. J.D. (John D.) Harrell; E.B. Brock Averitt and Thomas Leroy Dutton

"Did you hear?" . . . Mrs. Holly (she was called Miss Holly, though I don't know why) Elizabeth Harrell Averitt talking to Mrs. Thelma Tom Helen Efurd Harrell.

Left: Dewey Haywood King talking to Francis Santi with Grace King Santi in the foreground.

Thomas Leroy Dutton next to Eva Moye next to Nancy Lane King with Glenn Moye in the background standing.

Thelma King Singletary next to E.B. Brock Averitt

Nancy Lane King (out of focus) with Glenn Moye Standing, his wife about to open a package with Mrs. Lucille Spooner Dutton

Don't know the lady on the back left: Lee Roy, Dewey, Mr. Harrell and Thelma

Theresa King talking to Thelma Harrell

Francis Santi

Profile of Lee Roy Singletary with Thelma peering around the lamp shade.

Miss Holly sandwiched between the two Thelmas

Memaw (Nancy Lane King) examines the 'spread.'

Carmella King Clifton.

Memaw (my Maternal Grandmother Nancy Lane King) talks with Ila Harrell Spooner.

Theresa has a headache, Memaw is looking at her watch "Is it time to go . . . yet?" with Thelma helping to put away the food.

Nancy Lane King, my step grandmother. She lived out in the country all of her life. Her hobbies: fishing, playing canasta and "and being good wife", as was said by her husband, Joseph V. King. I took this picture about 1966-67.

Some of the King Clan. Left to right, back row: J.V. King, Nancy Lane King, Marshall Singletary, Grace King Santi, Thelma King Singletary; front row: Carmela King, Francesca Santi Melichar, Federico Santi, Kathy Singletary Doster. Probably taken about 1952-53 on the steps of the front porch of the King Family Home located in Pineview Community between Donalsonville and Jakin. Joseph King owned and operated a 400 acre farm until his death in the early 1960's.

Pineview: "In the year just prior to the Civil War the first settlers entered what is known as Pineview Community. These earliest settlers consisted of the Jimmie Richardson family from Clay County, Georgia, the Billy Harrell family and Bob Harrell from Decatur County Georgia and the Jimmie King family from Atlanta Georgia.

Pineview Community is located in the Northwestern portion of Seminole County. It is bordered on the north by U.S. Highway 84, on the east by County Road 224 and on the west by the county line and on the south by County Road 36 at Oakview Church of God to County Road 222 (the River Road).

In the years to follow, these families became related by marriage. Johnnie Richardson, son of Jimmie married Mattie King, daughter of John J. King and grand daughter of Jimmie King. Willie Harrell, son of Billy, married Oney King, daughter of John J. King.

Other families arrived in the years to follow; among other family namers were: Joiner, Carr, Knight, Averitt, Spooner, and Dupreist.

There soon developed a sense of community spirit cooperation, and interdependence which has continued through the generations.

The harsh days of the Civil War and Reconstruction failed to adversely affect the Pineview Community. Though Tom Ring, sone of Jimmie King, fought in the siege of Atlanta, he returned safely to his family. He enjoyed re-counting the following incident. When the command came to evacuate the city, he was a in a clothing store purchasing some clothing for himself. He quickly grabbed up what he thought was his package, only to discover later he had gotten a package of ladies underwear !

A typical rural society and life-style developed in the Pineview Community. Many recall hearing the children of the first settlers tell of hard days of farm labor, community square dances, and moonlight picnics on the Kolomoki Indian Mounds.

A Primitive Baptist Church was established near the Billy Harrell home. Later the church was moved to Donalsonville. John J. King established a small rural store to serve the needs of the community for several years. About 1911 a one room school was begun near the Jimmie Richardson home. This school was relocated about 1913 to a nearby site donated by Mr. Richardson. The people of the community contributed their time and money to build a school. This schoolhouse served as a center for community, religious and academic activities. It was during this period that the community became known as Pineview.

Other community activities included a literary society which was formed in 1919 at the school house. Many interesting programs were given, including debates over the issues of the day. Tom , R.D., Frank, and Oscar Carr "the Carr Boys" as they were affectionately known, were men of many talents and contributed much to the success of the programs and debates.

Community fairs were also a part of life in Pineview and attracted people from neighboring towns and counties. Farmers displayed their produce, hay, corn and hogs; while the women displayed quilts, canned foods and other handicrafts. The real highlights came when the 'Funderburk boys' Frank and Ray, raced their red and gray racing cars up and down the dirt road in front of the school house, often allowing special young ladies to ride with them. The 'Fort boys' Jack, and Tom and Wiley would then race their fine thoroughbred horses. The road was always lines with people watching with great excitement.

Another center for community activities was the home of Brock and Hollie Averitt. Brock Averitt always had a special interest in the youth of the community. Camping and fishing on the Chattahoochee River, picnics, candy making, and other creative fun became a part of the youth activities in Pineview for many years. These activities sometimes combined to serve practical purposes as well. A former resident, Myles Ward, recently told of Mr. Averitt requiring the boys to cut a certain amount of wood before they would be allowed to talk to the girls.

Mr. Averitt is remembered as a friend, counselor and source of wisdom, not only for the youth of the community, but for all who needed him. Mrs. Hollie Averitt was always faithful to assist Mr. Averitt, and still contributes much to the community with her typical gracious spirit.

Community fish fries at Carr Springs, turkey shoots and young ladies ambitiously waiting to see which boy would bid for their box supper, remain as pleasant memories for those privileged to grow up on Pineview a generation ago.

About 1933 Pineview school was consolidated with the Donalsonville School For a while the house was used for church and Sunday School. Later the building was town down.

The county store is an integral part of America's concept of rural life. The "Jot-Em-Down" store, owned and operated by Rayo and Hazel King was a close approximation of the idealized concept. The store provided groceries, meats, dry goods and good conversation, all served with good natural kidding by Rayo King.

In 1953 a home improvement club was begun. The meetings were held in a home bought from George Odom. This club was sponsored by the Albany, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Once again the people of the community put forth time and effort and made this club a success.

The young people became involved in 4-H work and brought home many honors. Rose (Dutton) Hall represented the state in 4-H projects at the national level in Chicago and won. A Boy Scout troop, under the leadership of Lee Roy Singletary, provided an outlet for the energies of the young men of the community.

Pineview continues to display the community spirit, cooperation, and interdependence which has typified it from the beginning. Members of the community continue to meet for a meal, fellowship and a discussion of community needs and projects. Its positive influence continues to be felt in the lives of those who live there, as it has in the generations past" Written by Thelma Singletary, Grace King Santi and Marshall K. Singletary> quoted from the book "Cornerstone of Georgia Seminole County" published in 1991 by the Seminole County Historical Society.

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Chapter Two from The Pineview Community Pages

I have used as a reference a book called: "Cornerstone of Georgia: Seminole County" Library of Congress #: 91-75014. The inscription on the inner cover reads: "Dear Rico, You may not find this book as interesting as I do but all of the people, places and things mentioned here have in someway become a part of me. Yesterday several people told me how glad they were about the write up you did of Francis. He will be remembered long after lots of the 'natives' are forgotten" Love Mom July 22, 1992.

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