Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pi Alpha Kappa Member Dies

Kalar Coody Fultz died at her home Thursday, May 10, 2012.  She was 98 years young.

Her late parents were Lewis Marion Coody and Rebecca Caroline Butts Coody.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Kent Fultz; sisters, Annie Lee Ratliff, Mellgwin Garnett and Marianne Smith.  Her brothers were Excell, Edwin, Melville and L. H. Coody.

Immediate survivors are one son, Lewis Kent Fultz (Linda) of Brandon and one daughter, Rebecca Brooks (Neil) of Vicksburg.  Others include Alice Fultz; grandchildren, Michael Fultz (Aleasha), Bekki Hall (Peter), David Brooks and Erin Brooks; five great-grandsons, Rhett, Collin, Parker and Noah Brooks and John Williams; one great granddaughter, Kalar Dawn Hall; several nieces, nephews; and her faithful caregivers.

Kalar graduated in 1936 from Mississippi University for Women.  She taught at Tchula, Oak Ridge and Culkin Academy before being promoted to the Central Office of Warren County Schools in 1943.

In 1967, she became assistant superintendent of education until retirement in 1978.  Twice during this time, she served as interim superintendent, the first woman to hold this position, devoting 40 years to the education of Mississippi school children.

Kalar held many offices and received several outstanding achievement awards during her memberships in B&PW, Delta Kappa Gamma and Pi Alpha Kappa sorority.

She was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible classes and served as an elder.

Kalar will be remembered for her devotion and service to her family, church and community.

Arrangements are being handled by riles Funeral Home with visitation at 10:00, Saturday (today), followed by services at 11a.m.  Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Jacob's Ladder at First Presbyterian Church.

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