I Remember When . .
Burley Turner - The Best Shot . . . . Bar None!
One day at the old Horntown store some of the farmers of the area were
sitting around the old wood burning stove when the subject of "who is
the best shot" came up. It seems that everyone had a story to
tell touting someone's best shot. The "marksmanship" improved
with each tale. Finally, my dad, Kenneth Summy, suggested that for someone
to be a better shot than Burley Turner, they would have to be pretty good.
He went on to relate how Burley could shoot through the small mouth of
a Coke bottle and knock out the bottom end of the bottle. Some didn't
believe it, the discussion got pretty animated to say the least. Since
Burley was present, not saying a word about his prowess with a rifle, the
shooting exhibition was on. So with three empty coke bottles in hand off
they (a dozen or so men) go to the creek down behind Winford Lee's garage.
I couldn't go because my dad made me stay and watch the store, but I could
hear the three rifle shots from the front porch of the old Horntown store.