Murray County

November 19, 2012

Murray High Hall of Fame adds 6 more inductees

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Johnnie Sue Bradley

Bradley was the administrator on call at Hamilton Medical Center when the Blizzard of 1993 hit.

“She found herself with a hospital full of 200 patients,” said Trudy Swilling, who inducted Bradley. “She was in charge of getting staff in, making sure there was food and water, making sure it ran as efficiently as possible on a generator.”

Bradley said many adjustments were made to survive the blizzard, including how to handle waste.

“We decided to use big cans and plastic bags, and sometime during the night I got a call and she said ‘What do you want me to do with these cans?’ I said, ‘Put them in the snow.’ I don’t know if that was against the law or not.”

Bradley was awarded the Georgia Hospital Association’s “Nurses Make a Difference” award for her leadership during the blizzard.

Swilling, who worked beside Bradley as a registered nurse, talked a lot about how hard it is to have a career and raise a family.

“Little did we know then where our nursing careers were going to lead,” said Swilling, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Bradley said she is “humbled” after receiving the honor.

“I look at the ones who have gone before me,” she said. “I don’t know how in the world you selected me. I want to thank all of you for that. I’d like to thank my family. It is very difficult to be a career woman and have a family. You are pulled in several different ways. My family has been very supportive of me throughout my career.”

Edna Jo Butler

Butler was a long-time hone economics teacher at Murray County High School, retiring in the 1970s. She died in 2000 at 86.

“Most of you remember her as a beloved educator,” said Tim Howard, who inducted her. “Although she officially retired before I got to high school, she never really quit. Teachers loved having Mrs. Butler as a substitute. She could not be still and she could not stand dirt or filth. So she’d clean their rooms.... I think she had more nominations (for the hall of fame) than anyone ever had.”

Howard read snippets from several people who nominated Butler.

“Mrs. Butler inspired me in many ways,” he read. “She quoted Bible scripture that helped us.”

Another student said “Mrs. Butler was the best teacher I’ve ever had,” Howard read. “We were all equal in her eyes... She was easy to talk to and always provided whatever advice we sought or she thought we needed.”

Many of the students mentioned Butler making sure students were treated fairly.

One wrote a story about how a girl was being made fun of for the shirt she was wearing. Another “well-to-do” student was initiating it against a poorer girl. Butler made the two girls switch shirts.

The mother of the girl who was being mean came to the school and Butler told her her daughter was rude and if the mother wasn’t going to do anything to change her behavior, she was, Howard read.

“She will always be remembered as a lady with a gift to make each student feel special,” he read. “She made all of our lives better.”

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