A century of memories

Compiled by Hannah Owens | Illustration by Jennifer Allen

In 1919, Pattie Cobb Hall was built on the campus of what was Galloway Women’s College. Though the school closed in 1933, the building remained and became the home and dining location of students for many years at Harding. Today, it continues to be a home for female University students. Alumni shared their favorite memories of Pattie Cobb on Facebook in October to celebrate the building’s 100th year.

Jenny Davis-Fall (’72) | I lived in Pattie Cobb my freshman and sophomore years! Loved it! Most important I met my husband in Pattie Cobb cafeteria in ’71 because we had to fill the tables! We have been married 47 years! Great memories!!

Belinda Single VanDenburg (’68) | I fondly remember meals in the Pattie Cobb cafeteria with the periodic chimes for the “blessings.” My mother lived in PC 1942-45 & one of my granddaughters lived there 70 years later. What a lovely legacy. Happy birthday dear old Pattie Cobb!!

Kristen Owens McAfee (’09) | Living with Kristen Cook and Stephanie Walker. So many fun memories in this dorm! Kristen doing lots of Irish jigs and Stephanie and I having to drop our pet duck out the window in a box after curfew to some guys who lived off campus so we wouldn’t get caught with it.

Randy Clay (’80) | Ate in PC all four years — 1976-80. Always looked forward to steak night with tablecloths. My favorite memories are meeting friends for meals.

Jana Hayes (’89) | Playing hide and go seek in Pattie Cobb while it was being renovated. We accessed either from Cathcart or Stephens during my freshman or sophomore year … I think that would’ve been around 1985 or 1986. Anyone else remember that? It was scary!

Rebecca Ball (’84) | I absolutely loved that place. Ginormous roaches, no a/c, and all. Lived there freshman year ’81-’82, then was an RA there ’83-’84. Dear old Mazzie Goin! Goofing around with the dumbwaiter, soaking with a good book in the clawfoot tubs in the little rooms down the hall. Sunday lunches were the best. Can still taste the rolls and the lemon icebox pie. I admit to crying when I visited later and saw they had renovated it. I wish they’d tried harder to keep the character of the interior. I made friends for life there!

Kayla Adams (’13) | I lived there in Spring 2010 after a semester at HIZ. I particularly remember safely watching an epic campus wide snowball fight off the balcony after a few inches of snow. 

Morris Ellis (’67) | 1962-67. Most embarrassing moment occurred on a Sunday evening in the PC Cafeteria. We had stacked everything on the tray, and all the paper cups were in a stack. In trying to impress a certain young lady, I slammed the stack of cups, not knowing one still had milk in it. I sprinkled everyone at the table with milk. Needless to say the girl I was trying to impress wasn’t. Everyone had to go change before evening service at College.

Amberly Blair Smith (’13) | Pattie Cobb was my favorite dorm!!! Some of my favorite memories are learning the “Thriller” dance with my roommates and stacking our bunk beds three high!

Raylyn Woods Means | My mother had the dorm room just above the front porch and sometime in the 57-58 school year there was an incredible snow. She and her friends climbed out her window onto the roof of that porch and pelted students with snowballs as they made their way into the cafeteria.

Lindy Lunceford Ingram (’84) | During my pledge week of 1980, I had to stand at the milk machine in PCobb cafeteria and “moooooooo” every time someone got a glass of milk. A few people just kept getting milk over and over.

Daniel Stovall (’86) | I remember every evening seeing my future wife serving green beans in the left-hand side serving line. It was hard to ask her out though because she kept the line moving. I also remember how impressed I was at seeing Dr. Ganus, when he was Harding’s president, eating lunch there and visiting with the rest of us, which he did occasionally.

Debbie Plunket (’86) | Freshman year ’81-’82 and part of my sophomore year. It remains one of my fav places ever for breakfast. Loved the clawfoot tubs. I remember the tan walls with dark brown trim. I thought the combination was depressing so I painted my room. Light blue with dark navy trim. Let’s just say that had apparently not been done before by the reaction of my RA and dorm mother. I wish I had a photo of their faces! I got to keep my blue room that year. I was gently but firmly advised not to do that again.

Gail Welker Miller (’74) | The cafeteria in PC was classic! Saints vs sinners side, Mrs. Hart measuring our skirts, peanut butter/syrup for Sunday dinner (every Sunday dinner), mystery meat and green beans EVERY meal. Fun times!

Gunilda Ensminger Jacobs (’70) | I worked in the cafeteria 1968-70. Mrs. Hart was the director, and working there was so much
fun … lots of good memories.

Teresa Mooneyham McCown (’74) | My mother lived in Pattie Cobb 1948-49. When I was a Harding student in the early ’70s we would walk past the building, and she would stop and say, “I wish all the new buildings looked like Pattie Cobb.”

Tom Crews (’86) | 1981-86 I worked and ate there. Mama Warren was the director. Knights and Phi Delta would eat together and have several tables together. A lot of friendships were formed there.

Tammy Randall (’85) | Saturday morning cinnamon rolls were so good! I have never had any that good since.

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