POYNTER TO TELL “WAR STORIES” FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“War Stories- My Years
as an Attorney in Mountain Home” is the topic Terry Poynter will share as guest
speaker at the next Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society’s monthly
meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the
Knox Room of the Donald W. Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home.
Terry Poynter will
speak as a part of the Society’s “Living History Series,” featuring local
people who are contributing to the county’s history.
Terry can be considered
a “special circumstances” native of Baxter County. He was born June 27, 1940 in Springfield, Missouri—but
that was because as his mother had a problem pregnancy and there was no
hospital in Mountain Home at the time where her baby could be delivered. Terry lived with his family in Cotter the
first six years of his life. His father,
Lee Poynter, worked at the roundhouse in Cotter for the railroad. His mother was Dolores Curlee Poynter.
The family moved to
Mountain Home when Terry was six. They took over operation of the old Curlee
Hotel which was owned by his grandparents, Mack and Mabel Curlee. The Curlees also owned the Curlee Land
Company on Main Street. Terry graduated
from Mtn. Home High School in 1958 and then attended the University of
Arkansas. He graduated from the
University of Arkansas Law School in January 1965.
After law school, Terry moved back to
Mountain Home with his wife, Gay Erwin Poynter, and three small children, Lee
age 2, and newborn twins Debby and Scotty.
He started his local law practice working with Roy Danuser. During his career, Terry served as Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney for two terms for a total of ten
years. After 46 years of practicing law,
Terry resigned in 2012 due to health issues.
Since his retirement, he has been working on a book, “War Stories” about
his most bizarre cases. He is hoping to have it published sometime this year.
The mission of the Historical Society is summarized in the
motto "Preserving the Past for the Future." Each person
has a story, and most of us have
wished that we had talked more with a parent, grandparent or other family
member or friend before they were gone, taking with them the history held in
their life and memory. The “Living History” series focuses on
members of our community, allowing them to share some of their unique history. Terry
Poynter fits the “Living History” category very well.
meeting of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society will be held
on Tuesday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room of the Baxter County
Library. The meeting is free and the
public is always welcome