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This is a photo of the sweetest little Brownie ever…

and today, as a Ghee of two, she is still the best ever.

This photo was taken in 1971 at Southwest Elementary in Sheffield. Kim was seven at the time of the photo and an only child for a little while longer. The photo is of my daughter, Kim, when I was the Brownie Scout Leader. My friend Judy Wadkins was the Assistant Brownie Leader.

Kim Wright 1971 Southwest Elementary Sheffield Alabama

Don’t cry because his life is over…

no matter how soon. Smile because it happened. And know that we will  never meet him bearded or bald but eternally he will be a strapping young man.
Earl Dean Johnson

Earl Dean Johnson - A Sheffield boy


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.