JIMMY CARTER AND BILLY S. WILSON

 

 

When Jimmy Carter was making his bid for Governor of Georgia, Billy & Sylvia Wilson, family, and fellow Dade Countians started working for Jimmy by filling small brown bags with peanuts and handing them out at high school football games.  During this period, Jimmy visited Wildwood and Dade County, Georgia with Billy introducing him to potential supporters.

 

In the Spring of 1975 Billy was attending a birthday gathering for Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Zell Miller.  It was at this gathering, Billy asked if Jimmy would come to Wildwood.  At this time Mr. Carter was known as “Jimmy Who,” being one among more than a dozen Democrat Presidential candidates.

 

Six weeks later, Billy received a call from Atlanta (Carter Headquarters) saying that Jimmy was coming to the Wildwood area and to “Put a saddle on that Appaloosa.”  That day before “Jimmy Who” arrived, Billy contacted one newspaper and two TV stations informing them of the oncoming visitor.  All were too busy, or had other appointments.  Jimmy’s visit lasted about thirty minutes.

 

Wildwood, Georgia (Dade County) is located next door to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is much smaller than Plains, Georgia, but, is full of good Southern folks.

 

 

(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)

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