Beautiful, fresh-faced Azalea Trail Maids graciously posed for photos with little girls. And little girls and boys walked the stage to vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Tanner Williams, a May Day tradition going back for many years. Dozens waited patiently in line for a catfish dinner, while dozens more, including Sen. Rusty Glover, ate at the long picnic tables under the shady umbrella of the ancient oaks.
Several early graduates of Tanner Williams School met for a reunion of sorts; included were Murray Driskell, Class of 1939; his brother Lynwood Driskell, 1947 and Dot Pierce, 1943. Agnes Driskell Goff, who attended Tanner Williams School through 10th grade, then finished at Semmes High School, showed her old schoolhouse to her niece, Cassie Leon, and consented to a photo at the front door she entered for a decade.
Chuff Hinton generously handed out Styrofoam cups filled with his homemade fruity ice cream. Mark Williams explained to Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl how he created knives at his old-fashioned forge and anvil. And children rode in the Holstein cow train, got their faces painted with stars and flowers and competed in sack races.
At the Car Show, Aleta and Louise Davis admired a '57 Chevy, while Ray Harper displayed his Model T, the same age as the school.
The weather was perfect for this year's celebration. And though it will be another 100 years before the school marks its bicentennial, the sponsoring Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society members are most likely already planning Tanner Williams Heritage and May Day Festival 2016.