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Coach Boyce Smith: Springfield Yellow Jackets 1928-1972

By Nancy Arnold and John Ed Garrett


This book is a biography of one of America's pioneer high school coaches. Robert Ripley featured Smith and his 1937 team in his "Believe it or not" publications as the nation's most successful. Boyce Smith coached for 44 years, the Springfield High School Yellow Jackets in Springfield, Tennessee, with only three losing seasons, which earned him enshrinement in the Tennessee and national halls of Fame. His 1937 team led the nation in scoring and was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not as the "Point a Minute Team." His Record: 288-116-34. Coaches, players, and fans alike will glean from this gifted man's interesting story numerous fine points that will enhance each interest perspective.

John Ed Garrett, SHS Class of 1953

Ed was born and nurtured in Springfield, Tennessee, and has lived most of his adult years in the Madison Community of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. He was a four-decade career educator with the Metro Nashville Public School District as a classroom teacher, supervisor, and H.R. Director for the Secondary Schools. Ed's talents beyond the classroom have awarded him U.S. patents and copyrights for intellectual property creations including a public television media production, two personal books, and ghost writings resulting in four additional published books and several magazine articles. Ed's pseudonym as a writer is Garrett Williams in honor of his father and mother.

Prior works: The Little Evergreen; Unstable Times, Unlikely Outcomes; From Salem to Nashville-Old Glory; Covid 19 in RealTime; Rubies in the Rubble; A journey to Remember; Chet Atkins Fame Guitar Teacher's Manual; Misguided Notions, The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Publicly funded Education in America.

Nancy Adams Arnold, SHS Class of 1964

Nancy's love of photography and creative talents became apparent to all observers during her early years in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. At age 12, art lessons began with Sarah Elizabeth England Browne. This was followed by a SHS teacher, Ruth Padfield, recommendation for summer employment at Nasco, Inc., preparing art for silk-screening on stadium cushions in summer of 1963. Next, were stints with the Newspaper Printing Corporation, Design Graphics, Inc., and the Baptist Sunday School Board creating ads and mechanical layouts, and photography. She worked at BSSB, now LifeWay Christian Resources for 17 years full-time and freelance for a total of 40 years. After retiring in 2008, she still enjoys working with others, especially the Robertson County Historical Society and Museum on special projects and continues to use her Photoshop and InDesign skills to help others publish books. Nancy lives in Springfield, Tennessee, with her husband of forty-eight years, Eddie, and Lucky, everyone's favorite Chihuahua. They are the parents of Steven Adams Hayes and Eddie Arnold, Jr.; grandparents to Kayla, Kaysi, Trevor, and Grace; great grandparents to Tucker, Ike, Jolene, and Sonny.

Prior Book Design work: The Little Evergreen; Unstable Times, Unlikely Outcomes; From Salem to Nashville-Old Glory; Covid 19 in RealTime; Rubies in the Rubble; As I Remember by Reverend Farris Moore; Springfield, Tennessee - Bicentennial City History.

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