TRIPPING BACK TO TEOC IN TIME: One of the old-timers said for anybody in Greenwood, everything off Hwy. 7 past the Carroll County line is “Teoc”. Yet, while Teoc covers a ranging area, and there’s the Delta and Hills all in Teoc, there are other communities in western Carroll County that have other names! Some controversy involved … yet, every other year, when those who live in Teoc, or whose roots were within this ancient neighborhood, and associates decide to have a homecoming or reunion, they KNOW! In 2008 I went to the party and took a tour after the gathering around and inside the Mitchell Springs Church. I had been taking the “tour” of points of interest off and on, and on my own, for many years since my return to Carroll County September 1985. The old cemetery clinging to the wooded and weed-choked hill right next to the road; the remains of the McCain-Spencer Store; the old Long-Meeks house; croplands; the standing chimney where the community house was, near the Teoc Creek; on past the cemetery, the ruins of the McCain house, outbuildings, the storm cellar where Joe McCain died; heading on past the springs and connecting to the road to the north, heading in one direction to Avalon, or the other, up Valley Hill into the Valley Community and off that, before reaching the Valley Store, the St. James Church Road where Mississippi John Hurt and his kith and kin are buried. Where so many structures and lives co-existed over decades now vanished, more or less. Some of the reunion members stopped at the Valley Store and had pictures made with the Miss. Blues Trail Marker honoring John Hurt — after all he was one of them; his mother, Mary Jane McCain Hurt, had been a slave on Waverly Plantation, or Teoc, as a youngster and later was a freedman apprentice. There were and are “white McCains” and “black McCains”, and all pretty well spoken and part of this place no matter how long and far away …. U. S. Senator John S. McCain, R-AZ, has roots here, and he lived and went to the old one-room schoolhouse on the other side of Teoc Creek from Mitchell Springs Church, back in the 1940s, when his father was doing submarine duty. There were also trips back to Teoc during his formative years. Recently, Dr. Tim Smith, giving a talk about U. S. Senator J. Z. George inside the courtroom of the 1876 Carroll County Courthouse, suggested adding a portrait of McCain to the gallery that already includes two senators from Carroll County — George and H. D. Money — wouldn’t be out of place! A portrait of Greenwood Leflore is also in the courtroom: he was a state elected official but was also the “last great chief of the Choctaw Nation east of the Mississippi River”.