Alta Fuller Arrington was the mother of Katy Jo Arrington Powers and Daniel Ray Arrington.
Katy Jo taught in the Dickenson County School system for many years. She married Harold Travis Powers.
Daniel Ray Arrington married Julia Osburn Cooper from this union were two children. He was killed by a Kamikazi pilot in World War II. He was a United States Navy volunteer.
She was a substitute teacher in the Dickenson County School System.
William was the son of Newbern Henderson Arrington & Sarah Jane Duty.
William and Alta Fuller Arrington were pioneer citizens of Haysi, and lived here from early married days until their death. They had many and lasting effects on the town and community. They were pioneers in the schools, banking, clubs, churches and the incorporation of the town. as well as a charter member of the Haysi Kiwanis Club. They both taught in the first elementary school building in Haysi. It was a two-room building which was later added to and located where the Haysi Pharmacy is now.
The couple were married December 29, 1918 by Preacher William “Uncle Bill” Sutherland. They were able to take a horse and buggy honeymoon trip to Bristol. There were no cars at that time. The journey was so long that the stopover was made in St. Paul Hotel on the way. Alta went on to become a certified teacher but William left teaching for business after a few years. He was also able to acquire the first car in this section of the county. His brother in law, John Duty, brought it into the area for him. He was always proud to have been able to teach Dr. Tivis C. Sutherland to drive. This occurred when he met him on a horse going to see a patient. Roads were extremely poor and dirt so most people traveled by horseback. They were always very good friend and lived only a short distance from each other. Their children were able to play together in their childhood in Haysi. William’s first business was with Cowan Jackson in the Haysi Supply Company, He then went into business for himself developing the Haysi Grocery Company, which is now Newberry’s Market, which he ran for many years. He later sold it to his brother in law, Reuel Fuller, and established a Ford dealership in Haysi called “Breaks Motor Corporation” named after the Breaks Park, which was not a park at the time. He however helped to get it made into a park. William helped to get the Bank of Haysi established, and served as director and later vice president, as it went to Cumberland Bank and Trust Company for many years then later Dominion Bank. He was pleased to have been able to acquire loans and get started in Haysi He was friendly to everyone and was happy to give advice and directions to anyone who desired it. Many people have told me in recent years how much they appreciated his help.
Both William and Alta were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, but attended the Dickenson First Presbyterian Church for many years where he took part in its activities. Alta joined the Haysi Church of Christ in her later years, as Haysi did not have a Baptist church. William also helped to get road improvements and improvements to the town and community. He was a very active Kiwanian, and helped with all its projects. He also served as a member of the County Electoral Board for several years.
Alta was an interesting and dedicated teacher who could never teach the children enough. She wanted them to learn about the world they lived in and their environment. She taught them about trees, weeds, flowers, and all growing things. She was deeply interested in geography and world travel. She attended five World Fairs, including those in Chicago, New York, Canada, San Francisco and Brussels, Belgium. She traveled widely in the United States and Europe. She was known for the poetry and stories she recited for each season and holiday, bot for her school children, her own children and grandchildren. She also belonged to the Dickenson County Historical Society, the Retired Teachers Association and the Clincho Senior Citizens.
Along their busy life style, William and Alta were the parents of two children and had five grandchildren. Daniel R. Arrington was born December 26, 1919. Dan attended Berea College and Bluefield Business College. Both William and Alta were devastated with the untimely death at such a young age in World War II. The aircraft carrier he was serving on was struck by Japanese suicide pilots May 11, 1945. He was married to Julia O. Cooper and they had two daughters, Katherine Sue and Martha Jean. Dan was buried at sea, but has a memorial plaque at the Russell Memorial Cemetery near his parents. Daughter Katy Jo married Harold T. Powers on July 16, 1945. They were the parents of three children, Danny Harold, George William “Butch” and Sharyn Jo (powers) Ratliff. Katy Jo is a retired teacher from Haysi High School, where she taught for thirty-five years
William and Alta had a great and lasting influence on Haysi, their community, the county, their children, and all five grandchildren. They are sorely missed. William died June 27, 1977, and Alta died October 14, 1982. Both are buried in the Russel Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon, VA.
This was written by William and Alta Arrington’s daughter Katy Jo Arrington Powers.
Note: I personally knew all these people who are included in this story. I worked for William Arrington and Harold T. Powers at Breaks Motor Corporation back in 1959-1961. Alta Arrington was a substitute teacher in my high school days at Haysi High School and Katy Jo Arrington Powers was my eighth grade science teacher in 1953-1954 in the old Haysi High School building that was located where the Haysi clinic. This is a wonderful tribute to two of our community’s great pioneers and I thank God that I was just a tiny part of each of their lives except Daniel R. Arrington but each Memorial Day I place a plaque with flags on his marker at Russell Memorial Cemetery. Edgar A. Rice
William Harrison Arrington (1890 - 1977)*
Daniel Ray Arrington (1918 - 1945)*
Russell Memorial Cemetery
Maintained by: Edgar A. Rice
Originally Created by: Sheila Compton Ramsey
Record added: Oct 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60741351
Rest in Peace Mrs. Arrington. She was a substitute teacher at Haysi High School when I attended 1954-1958.|
Edgar A. Rice
Added: Dec. 14, 2015
Added: Apr. 1, 2011