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Picture given to school in memory of teacher

The impact a former teacher had on her students will not beforgotten by her sorority sisters, family and former students.

A large picture, featuring a lighthouse on a rocky shoreline,was donated to Alexander Junior High School Thursday in memory ofKay Terrell by the Rho Conclave of the Kappa Kappa IotaSorority.

“Mrs. Terrell was a member of our family as well. The memory ofher will always be in our hearts and our spirit,” said AJHPrincipal LeVander German.

Terrell died Sept. 21, 2001, after a long bout with cancer. Shetaught career discovery and home economic for 32 years.

Her last 12 years in education were spent in the BrookhavenSchool District.

“Besides her family, I think teaching was the next mostimportant thing,” said Terrell’s daughter, Allison.

Terrell was a member of the Kappa Kappa Iota Sorority for 15years, during which she worked with other educators in the serviceorganization to help students in many ways.

“She was a really special person. She was always concerned aboutothers, not herself,” said her husband, Gabe.

Sorority members chose the lighthouse picture because they sawTerrell as a protector and a guide for the children she taught.

“As a teacher, you’re around the children constantly and you seetheir needs,” said Janet Richardson, empathy chairman of the RhoConclave.

The sorority presents two scholarships each year to high schoolgraduates needing a little help with finance for a collegeeducation. They also buy supplies for some needy students.

Some sorority members and Terrell’s family shed a few tearsThursday as they recalled how much she enjoyed being involved withthose projects.

Family members thanked sorority members for honoring Terrell insuch a special way.

“It just shows how much she touched other people and how mucheveryone thought of her,” said Gabe.

The lighthouse picture, which also featured a plaque forTerrell, will hang in a busy stairwell at the school for allstudents to remember how Terrell stood strong like alighthouse.

Also, this year’s Lincoln County/Brookhaven Relay for Life willbe held in memory of Terrell as well as Faye Wallace.