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Re: “The Shelby Foote Estate Sale - Empty Rooms Now

My husband and I were out of the country during February so we missed the sale. I am sorry about that as my husband's grandfather, John Wright Johnson, built the home for John Sneed Williams. I would have liked to have seen it while it was still furnished. John Wright Johnson built a number of fine English-style homes in Memphis, the first one being Carrier Hall at 642 S. Willett. After my mother-in-law died in 2001, I kept a drawing in my car for months hoping to find the time and courage to call Mr. Foote as it was the original design for some ironwork on a window. One day in Walgreen's I heard Mr. Foote's distinctive accent and asked if he would wait a moment while I retrieved something from my car for him. He was so very nice and appreciative and told me the ironwork was still on the house. My mother-in-law, Edith Johnson Smith, had told me that she had heard him talk about the house over the years, and some of the features in it, and she knew how much he liked the home.

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Posted by MTS on 04/19/2011 at 9:38 PM


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