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Water Valley principal remembered

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 11/08/2013 11:44 pm
WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- At Davidson Elementary in Water Valley, only a couple of flower arrangements placed on the school's sign gives a hint that the school's principal was killed.

Students continued on with their day although we saw some parents checking their students out early.

"We followed basically exactly what I feel like Dr. Gary would want us to do and what she would do as a building-level administrator," said Water Valley School District Superintendent Kim Chrestman.

According to Chrestman, it's that type of professional detail that characterized the career of 43-year-old Dr. Carol Levett Gary.

Before becoming principal, Gary worked for Water Valley schools for 12 years.

She then worked in South Panola for two years as a principal before returning to lead Water Valley's alternative program.

She then became the elementary school principal.

Although only still in her forties, Carol Gary had already left a big impression, not only at Davidison Elementary but throughout Yalobusha County.

Hazel Alexander was a fellow church member of Gary's in Coffeeville.

"She was very active in the church. She had gotten married and moved to another church, but she was still active in that one also. But she never forgot home," said Alexander.

"Two days ago, she came in the cafeteria telling me how good her salad was I had prepared for her. There 's really nothing bad I could say. She was just a sweet lady," said Hazel Alexander's daughter, Tecresah Carothers, who works at the school in the cafeteria.

School officials say it was a good thing for kids whose parents took them home to deal with the tragedy.

"Its a sad, sad, situation, something we've never had to deal with before," said Faye Nolen, who was parked outside the school to pick up her grandchild.

Chrestman says classes at Water Valley schools will not be held on the day of Gary's funeral. Her 12-year-old son who was killed as well attended school in Oxford.
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