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Orloe and Mary Ann Gwatkin

Orloe and Mary Ann Gwatkin were neighbors of the McNeal family, and they are remembered in Mackerville for three things. They had the first rented port-a-john installed in their yard as the tournament started to outgrow the Lowell driveway. The lights installed on the pole in their backyard would light up the original driveway court for play well into the night. And finally, the landmark story in 1985 about Macker in Sports Illustrated started with the following sentence: “The way Orloe Gwatkin has it figured, the neighborhood kids could have gotten into worse things.” Orloe passed away in 1996 and Mary Ann left us in 2013 at the age of 92. They were married for 48 years.