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Passion Led Us Here

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Ramona Mathis

President
Community Liaison

Ramona is married to Michael S. Mathis, a native of the Centertown area and they have two lovely daughters, Rachel and Abigail.  They were joined in union in 1994.
Ramona is originally from Central Louisiana, where she was born and raised in Marksville, Louisiana.   She is the daughter of the late Calvin P. Bernard.  Her mother is Beverly M. Desselle – Bernard. She has one sister and brother.  She joined the United States Air Force in 1987 after graduation and served seven years on active duty.  She has been living in McMinnville, TN with her family since 1996. 
She believes in the knowledge of history as she conducted a research of her family heritage and submitted her DNA with Ancestry in August of 2013.  Her ancestry roots are of East Central Louisiana Acadians, Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles and French Settlers.  Her ethnicity estimate results are as follows: France 39%, England & Northwestern Europe 38%, Germanic Europe 9%, Ireland & Scotland 8%, Basque (Spain) 3%, Sweden 2% and Indigenous Americas – North 1%.  She has traced a paternal (on her father’s line)  6th great-grandmother, as a slave woman having a daughter with a white man.  Her 5th great-grandmother, Lucile “mulatress” born in 1760 in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana. Lucile had a daughter, Suzanne (Suzan) born 1787, with Simon Bouchard, “dit” (called) LaVallee, born 1752.  Suzanne is her 4th great-grandmother.  Simon wrote a letter of freedom of, mulatress, Lucile on February 12, 1781.
She has been employed by the United States Department of Agriculture since September 2000.
She became an Alderwoman for the City of Centertown, where she resides, since November of 2016.  She currently serves as a member of The Power of 100 Warren County and is a blood donor for the American Red Cross.  She enjoys the art of painting as she picked it up as a hobby in December of 2014. She is an active member of the Bates Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she serves on the Outreach Committee.   She loves spending time with her family and friends.  She is a strong believer of volunteer service, as we are all called to be servants.

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Wally Bigbee         
Building & Grounds Chair

Dr. Wallace ‘Wally’ Bigbee Sr.

 

       Dr. Wallace Bigbee Sr. was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and raised near Memphis, Tennessee. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee.   He received two years of Post graduate training from Erlanger Hospital and served two years as a physician in the U. S. Army.

  With sons Wally Jr. and Randy, he and wife, Tuck, came to McMinnville, Tennessee as it looked like a good place to live and raise children.  A new hospital was under construction and there was great need of additional physicians, having only 7 doctors for 23,000 people.

       Wallace opened his office in 1961 as a Family Practitioner and attended the birth of about 800 babies, and treated patients of all ages. He practiced at Faulkner Springs, the Medical Clinic, Warren County and River Park Hospitals.  Dr. Bigbee retired in 1998. Another son, Rick was born.  All sons earned the Eagle Scout Award from Boy Scouts of America. 

As he knew that outdoor exercise was necessary for good health, he has been active in maintaining and developing many trails in Middle Tennessee.  These include work on the Cumberland Trail, trails in Short Springs Natural Area, Edgar Evans, Old Stone Fort and Rock Island Parks. He led the Savage Gulf Preservation League.  Dr. Bigbee was one among many who worked to get the Savage Gulf as a State Park.  He has maintained the five miles of trails on Cardwell Mountain and encouraged Eagle Scouts to do Service Projects there.  He is instrumental in developing, with volunteer workers, a 2.1 mile long hiking trail along the Barren Fork River between Ramsey and Rocket Parks.

   Dr. Bigbee has received many honors including Scouting’s Long Rifle and Silver Beaver Awards, and Tennessee Trails Association’s Life Achievement Award, also served 12 years on the State Conservation Committee, and 3 years on the Council for Greenways and Parks. He serves on the McMinnville Greenway Council.

              The Bigbee Trail is named in his honor.

Steve Nowlin
Finance Chair

Steve grew up in McMinnville, Tennessee and his parents were Fred and Lera Nowlin.

  Steve graduated from Warren County Senior High School. Attended Motlow College in Tullahoma, Tn. and Paine College in Augusta, Ga.

  Divorced and have two sons and one daughter, and four grand children.

  Retired from the U. S. Army after serving 20 years. Served in Desert Storm. Retired from South Carolina Department of Transportation after serving 18 years.

  Other experiences include Summer Camp Counselor, in charge of Morale Support and Funding (Army) Company Level Member of McCormick County, S. C.

  Recretion Department (15) years, McCormick County. S. C. Volunteer Fireman (5) years.

  Coached Recreation Basketball and Baseball, Member of American Legion Post 208. Board Member of 'Black History Museum of Warren County Tennessee.

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 Cathie Grayson-Jackson
Board Member

Cathie Grayson-Jackson and I reside in Murfreesboro, TN. I have one daughter, Teara Moore, two grandchildren, Victor Lambert Moore III (aka Tres’) who is eighteen and will attend Alabama A&M in the fall and Brooklynn Moore who is fifteen and reside in Wheaton IL. I have been married to Steve Jackson for fifteen years and I have three bonus adult children with eighteen bonus grandchildren and two bonus great-grandchildren.

I was born in McMinnville TN in September 1957; I attended the black school Bernard from the ’fall of 1963 until the spring of 1965: prior to integration.  My family moved to Detroit, MI in the summer of 1965. Thereby, I attended the Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Mackenzie High School in June 1975.

I worked fifteen years in the Detroit Public School System as a Secretary/Administrative Assistant, and upon moving to Murfreesboro, TN; I began a new career with State Farm Insurance as an Underwriting Assistant, Claims Adjuster in both Auto and Bodily Injury.  I also retired from State Farm Insurance after 25 years of employment in June 2020 as a Medicare Claims Adjuster.  

My educational history includes studies in Business, Early Elementary Education and English. I attended Detroit Business Institute, Wayne County Community College (WCCC), University of Michigan, Motlow Community College and University of Phoenix.

I enjoy family time with my grands, attending church, singing, listening to music, reading, traveling, cooking, baking, making jewelry and knitting.  I am currently knitting winter hats for the homeless and making bracelets; my bracelets include “Black Lives Matter” and “Black History is Relevant” and/or jewelry for health purposes. My personal dream is to write a book detailing my life as a young black girl starting out in the south; I have begun most of the groundwork for that project.

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Erin Wolford

Public Relations Chair

  Erin Wolford is the daughter of Wayne and Mary Wolford.  She currently lives in Memphis, Tn.   Her father is a well-known community advocate, and Curator of the BHMWC. Her mother is a successful Entrepreneur with her own massage practice. She also previously worked with the WC Drug Court helping to change lives.

  Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Memphis. While earning her degree, she utilized her marketing skills and was able to improve key metrics for a couple local businesses. She found a passion for other cultures and how other cultures do business. This led her to take up Japanese as a second language.

Post University, Erin worked in the financial sector and then at a multinational commodities trading company. She was a Logistics Coordinator at Pure Dairy INC, U.S. division. After that she has been honing her skills in supply chain and is presently a Supply Chain Costing Analyst for Louis Dreyfus Commodities. They are a globally recognized company which she helps to optimize costs to various customers all over the world. Specifically in their Cotton Platform.

  When not working, you can easily find her with her furry companion, Grizzly Bear. She is also quite the foodie and loves to try all the local eateries Memphis has to offer. Don’t get her started on who has the best BBQ!

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Michael Harris

Advisor

Rev Michael Harris is the Pastor at North Hills Church of God of Prophecy. He and his wife, Munice Harris, spend countless hours helping their community of McMinnville, TN.

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