Tennessee Records Repository

Decatur Co. TN

Sue Smith

From Lillye Younger, People of Action (Brewer Printing Company, Jackson, Tennessee, n.d.).

This People of Action, issued circa 1969, reproduced newspaper clippings about people in Decatur County. Most items probably were written in the mid 1960s. Most, but not all, of the items were written by Lillye Younger herself and most, but not all, appeared in the Jackson Sun. The photographs, which in the book were poorly reproduced from clippings, have not been scanned.

Special thanks to Constance Collett and the estate of Lillye Younger for permission to make these web pages.

Thanks to www.tnyesterday.com for contributing this transcription.

By Lillye Younger

Home Ec Teacher Closes Career in Decatur

PARSONS, Tenn. — Miss Sue Smith, home economist teacher at Parsons High School, is retiring this spring after teaching 35 years.

At the close of the school year, she will have made 14,000 trips to and from her classroom.

Miss Smith is the daughter of the late R. Smith and Mrs. Emma Whitaker Fisher and was born in Decaturville, Tenn. Her present address is 209 Georgia Ave. N. in Parsons.

She received her AB degree at Union University and did, post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she received her B.S. degree.

Scotts Hill High School was her school for eight years; Linden High School, three years and Parsons High School, 24 years.

She says she has taught either one or both parents of most of her students in school, and adds the thing she likes most about teaching is her students. Her advice to them is to prepare themselves in a special field so that if the need arises, they will be able "to make a good living."

Concerning marriage, she advises them "to plan ahead and start their marriage out right."

Asked what she will do after retiring, Miss Smith says, "I will keep house, work in my yard and go places I never had time to go while teaching."

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