Ollie Henry Priddy (born 22 May 1878), was agent-operator for Nashville,
Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway for a period of 48 years. The
Priddy family came to Tennessee in the early 1800s and settled in
Henderson County. George W. Priddy, the father of O. H., was also
a railroad employee for many years.
L/R Seated: Rebecca Priddy Jones, Lenora Priddy Kent,
Opal Priddy Sammons, Hazel Priddy Pipkin, Mary Kelly Priddy;
Standing L/R: Ollie Henry Priddy, Jr.; George M. Priddy,
Edward M. Priddy, Ollie Henry Priddy, Sr.
In 1901 O. H. married Mary Evelyn Kelley in Luray, Tennessee. The
family moved to Hardeman County when O. H. became agent at Whiteville,
in 1912. Here they reared a family of seven children.
When time for retirement came, O. H. was asked to remain with the
railroad for the duration of the war due to the manpower shortage.
He did so because he felt it was his patriotic duty.
He died in 1960 and his wife died in 1964. They were survived by
seven children and sixteen grandchildren. - by Burnell Sammons,
Hardeman County Historical Commission. Contributed by George &
Information submitted by Eric C. Fleet.