Miss Ruth McNeely

Courtland, Mississippi

Recognition for Distinguished Service


For tireless effort and outstanding results among our young people in Quitman County goes a ceaseless vote of appreciation to Miss Ruth McNeely, English instructor at Lambert High School.  For the past eighteen years, parents and students alike from all over the county, state, and nation, who have enjoyed the instruction and association of this fine lady, come this unanimous evaluation of her wonderful ability and personality.

“She is truly a PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.”

A scoreboard of Miss McNeely’s stewardship with Quitman County’s young people who received instruction under her and who have gone on to finish into the several professional fields are herewith submitted.

  • 6 doctors
  • 3 lawyers
  • 2 laboratory technicians
  • 2 Certified Public Accountants
  • 2 Dietitian
  • 1 Minister
  • 1 Pharmacist
  • 2 Geological Surveyors
  • 1 Computer with Civil Aeronautics Board
  • 1 Graduate of Annapolis (Jet Pilot)
  • 1 Connected with State Highway Department
  • Many nurses
  • Many teachers
  • Many secretaries
  • Several connected with U.S. Armed Forces in positions other than general service

Three members of her classes have been honored with membership in Mortar Board in their respective colleges.


Works Progress Administration for Mississippi, Source Material for Mississippi History, Addenda, Quitman County, Vol. LX, Compiled by State-Wide Historical Research Project, Susie V. Powell, State Supervisor, Illustrated, 1936-1938

The picture of Miss McNeely was provided by Fred R. Harmon.
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