Ordinary People who did Extraordinary Things
In 1957, Marie Moye made history as the first African American student to graduate from Lamar University's School of Nursing as a licensed vocational nurse. She returned to her hometown, Woodville, and worked with Dr. Watt Barclay and nurse Edith Hatton at Tyler County Hospital as a scrub nurse in surgery. She also delivered babies as a midwife in the community. Moye retired in 1991, having delivered more than 500 babies.
Many student-athletes helped put Tyler County on the map. In the 1930s, after graduating from Kirby High School, Bob Phillips attended Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches. There, he continued his outstanding performance in track and field events. Conditions of the Great Depression Era prevented him from having the needed financial support to cover the costs of a trip to California; so he hitchhiked there to represent the United States in tryouts for the World Olympics. Later, he was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin State University Athletic Hall of Fame.