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Miss Willie Mae Sexton

Willie Mae Pritchett was born January 16, 1902. Her father was William Henry Pritchett (died 1908) and her mother was Lora Victoria Bagley (born May 25, 1866, died Dec. 25, 1946).

William Henry Pritchett was a son of William Franklin and Lina (Elrod) Pritchett. He is known to have had two brothers: George Pritchett (died 1911) and Walker Pritchett about whom very little is known.

Lora Victoria Bagley was the daughter of William Henry and Jemima (McGinnis) Bagley. Her 8 brothers: Henry (died 1922); Noah (died in Texas); Gus; John (died 1942); Barney (died in Texas); Marcus; George (died 1920); and Jim. Her only sister, Beulah, married West (died 1929).

After Willie Mae's father, William Henry Pritchett, died in 1908, her mother, Lora Victoria, married Joseph Gideon Tucker in November 1911. The 1920 Census listed Willie M. Pritchett, then age 18, as a step-daughter to the head of household, J. G. Tucker. The household also indicated that J. G. Tucker was age 52 and Victoria Tucker was 53. A daughter, Mamie L. Tucker, age 11, was also in the household. They lived in Ball Ground. The Census also indicated that both J. G. and Victoria had been born in Georgia. Willie Mae had also

Willie Mae became a school teacher and taught for more than 50 years. Throughout her teaching career her students called her "Miss Willie Mae." She was one of the best-loved teachers who ever taught at Spring Place grammar school, and fondly remembered by many as the most effective teacher they had at that school.

After remaining unmarried long enough to be considered "an old maid," Miss Willie Mae Pritchett (born Jan. 16, 1903, died April 6, 2001) married Elbert Sexton (born Aug. 4, 1900, died May 1, 1970). They lived in Spring Place. Their only child, Judith Ann Sexton was born Aug. 20, 1944 and died 4 days later. All three members of this family were buried in Spring Place Cemetery.


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