What do Lady Cats softball and a card-carrying, Cardinal-red-blooded Band Mom have in common? More than you might think....
Last weekend, Adamsville lost one of their greatest fans in Wendy Marcum Surratt. Wendy came to the area when she married Adamsville graduate Tim Surratt in 1990. After earning an education degree at Freed Hardeman, Wendy first entered Adamsville Elementary as a librarian and third-grade teacher. She later served as PTO President when her daughter Tori came along, and then followed a stint at the high school as Band Booster Treasurer for three years.
Wendy's dedication to the Adamsville community is well-known, but she didn't draw the line when she was needed across the county. Her sister-in-law Mellanie Surratt began coaching the Lady Cats Softball team in 2002, and it wasn't long before Coach Mell was asking her sister-in-law for help with a "few little things" here and there. Whether it was cutting vinyl letters to identify ball buckets, or serving in the concession stand, Wendy was always a go-to force that Coach Mell could call on when needed. "Wendy was like my right-hand-man, never asking for recognition or praise, but always willing to help me out in the little things," said Coach Mell. "It didn't matter that her daughter went to Adamsville, or that she'd taught there; she just wanted to help kids and help me grow this program."
Wendy Marcum Surratt passed away last weekend. She was a brave 13-year breast cancer survivor, and an inspiration to many as she brought much comfort to other cancer victims and their families.
In her own way, Wendy contributed to the Lady Cats impressive 2017 post-season play where they won championships at the district and regional level, and came home from Murfreesboro with a State Runner Up trophy. As PTO President and Band Booster Treasurer, Wendy was no stranger to the idea of fundraising, so it only seemed appropriate to her family to continue Wendy's support of the Lady Cats program in the best way they could.
The Surratt family has began a drive to raise the funds needed for another of Coach Mell's dreams; a girl's softball "hitting house" and field house on the Hill. The house will enable girls around the county to work on their hitting skills, as well as have a locker room and other facilities for the girl's softball team. Coach Mell envisions a building where not only her girls, but also junior high and travel teams can schedule supervised time in the building, and grow the future of softball to a new level in McNairy County. The building will be located along the third baseline at Lady Cats Field, and will require around $100,000 to build.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the building fund. If you would like to donate, you can send a check to "MCHS Lady Bobcat Softball Fieldhouse Fund, Attn.: Coach Mell Surratt, 493 High School Rd., Selmer, TN 38375", or you can donate online at https://www.gofundme.com/mchs-softball-fieldhouse-fund.