Special to the Citizen
Special to the Citizen Meet Sara Ann Nunn Speer, this year’s Cotton Queen: I was born in 1935 the only daughter of Sam and Ethel Nunn with five brothers. At a young age I quickly learned that in order to survive in a household of five brothers I had to stand my ground. I think I did. We had wonderful caring parents who instilled in us always try to make the right choices in life.
My Daddy was a cotton farmer as most families were in Bostwick. In fact at one time there were three operating gins in Bostwick, Anderson’s, Nolan’s and Bostwick Supply Company, which is still operating. When enough cotton had been picked to fill a large wagon it was then time to go to the gin. Daddy would let me ride on top of the cotton to the gin.
There are so many memories of growing up here. All the 4th of July Barbecues, Halloween carnivals at the old gym, attending church and proudly listening to daddy’s booming voice echoing from the church choir. I didn’t have to do much of the farm work but learned from an early age the art of Southern cooking from my dear Mama. I attended elementary school in Bostwick and later graduated from Morgan County High School in 1953. I am married to Herschel Speer who is retired from State of Georgia. We have three daughters Shelly (Bob) Chandler, Sally (Ken) Johnson and Susan Palmer, all of Bostwick. I have two granddaughters who are the light of my life, Mary Trent and Sara Ann Chandler. Because of these two little girls I refuse to get old just better!
I have a deep love for Bostwick and my roots run deep. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Sara Ann Nunn Speer will preside over Saturday’s Cotton Gin Festival as this year’s Cotton Queen.