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Polly Turner Worley…

is known to the Shoals area as a former teacher and Principal at Southwest Elementary in Sheffield, Alabama.

Mrs. Worley was born on August 27, 1914 and passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. She lived near the school in Sheffield, but was last known to live in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

She completed her elementary and high school education. She received her B.S. degree from Delta State College, Cleveland, Mississippi, and taught school in Memphis, Tennessee. before moving to Sheffield where she furthered her

Polly Worley's fourth grade class 1961-62 at Southwest Elementary

Polly Worley's fourth grade class 1961-62 at Southwest Elementary

education at Florence State College and Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee. She died in April and following a private service for the family and a brief graveside service, she was interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield.

I understand she had two sons. Were there other children?  I located this obituary from New Orleans Parish in Louisiana for a Donna Worley Short, whose mother was Polly T. Worley. The obituary follows:

Short – Donna Worley Short, Of Algiers, La. A Legal Secretary On Monday, 09-11-2000 Beloved Wife Of Robert W. Short. Mother Of Glen Tortorich, Jr. Step Mother Of Douglas And Darin Short And Kristy Short Overton. Daughter Of Polly T. Worley And The Late Charles C. Worley. Also Survived By 6 Step Grandchildren And Relatives In Sheffield, Alabama, Jackson, Mississippi And Tennessee. Age 53 Years. A Native Of Memphis, Tennessee And A Resident Of New Orleans, La For The Past 34 Years. Relatives And Friends Of The Family Are Invited To Attend A Memorial Mass At St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, 3101 Eton St., Algiers, La. On Saturday, 09-16-2000 At 11 O’clock A.M. Visitation Will Be Held At The Church From 10 A.M.Until 11 A.M. Arrangements By Mothe Funeral Homes, Inc.

What are your favorite memories of Mrs. Worley? And, again, please add photos if you have them.

2 responses

  1. Thank you, Teressa Conley Booth, for the photos of the classes at Southwest. I looooovvvvee them. And so will everyone else.

    January 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

  2. Pingback: Sheffield High School Band of 1984… « Remembering the Shoals

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