Parting Shot

For unknown reasons, the spelling of Wolfe Road changes to Wolf once you cross from Lowndes County into Monroe. The late Gay Mims, who pastored a church on the road and was also a high school principal and local historian, told me the road was so named for the packs of wolves that once roamed the area, thus, no “e.”

Five or six miles north of the Lowndes-Monroe line on Wolf, you come to Vernon Road. Less than a mile down this road on the left is Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Though the church has seen better days, the cemetery behind it is well-kept and appears to still be receiving.

Near the southwest corner of the cemetery is a marker with a curious inscription: “Hattie Whitworth; Right Leg, Oct. 1, 1979; Left Leg, May 29, 1981, With Christ in Heaven.”

About six feet to the left of this marker is another, one for Raymond D. and Hattie Whitworth. If the inscription is accurate, Hattie died eight days after the burial of her left leg.

James Whitworth of Hamilton, one of Hattie’s grandchildren, said in a 2004 interview, he didn’t know exactly why doctors had to amputate his grandmother’s legs, but it was her idea to bury them. “A lot of these old folks tell it, if it ain’t buried right, you can feel it,” he said.

Below the cemetery behind the church is a marble bench in memory of the Whitworth family. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic.