2017-08-31 / Front Page

Beloved teacher remembered for lives touched over 18 years


Students and faculty from two schools, and others attended the memorial service for teacher Tabitha Lott last Friday and released balloons in her memory at the conclusion. Students and faculty from two schools, and others attended the memorial service for teacher Tabitha Lott last Friday and released balloons in her memory at the conclusion. Grieving and paying tribute to “a woman who was full of life and laughter,” all of Washington-Wilkes Middle School and much of Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School gathered for a memorial service honoring “our beloved Tabitha Denise Lott,” a teacher who was killed in an automobile accident last week.

The accident occurred Tuesday night, August 22, on White Oak Road in Columbia County. Both Mrs. Lott and her three-yearold grandson were killed; her daughter, who was driving, and another child survived.

Leading the memorial service on the football practice field at the school, W-WMS Principal Deleki Lee called Mrs. Lott “our teacher, friend, and motivator.” Students made and signed dozens of posters of remembrance with uplifting and sympathetic words.


Ninth-graders Tonorio Tate and Gabriel Cochran were among the students participating in the memorial service for departed teacher Tabitha Lott. Ninth-graders Tonorio Tate and Gabriel Cochran were among the students participating in the memorial service for departed teacher Tabitha Lott. “Mrs. Lott has touched the lives of many people over the past 18 years of service in Wilkes County,” Lee said. “Mrs. Lott really possessed a special power; she was energized to create desire in the hearts of those who surrounded her. She devised skillful methods of teaching and managing the learning environment. She truly could ‘reach and teach.’ She had a reputation from having the most growth in student performance. Students loved her and many often referred to her as a school mom.”

Mrs. Lott’s family, including her daughter who had just been released from the hospital, attended the ceremony. Lee offered the support of W-WMS, promising that the family was not alone in their grief. “We too shall bear the burden of loss of our beloved Tabitha.” She encouraged all to find joy and comfort in knowing that Mrs. Lott cheered and refreshed the hearts of young people; was fruitful in every good work; and will definitely be missed.

Both the middle school Tiger football team and the W-W Tiger varsity dedicated their games of the week to the memory of Mrs. Lott and wore specially designed stickers on their helmets. Both teams won their respective games.

As part of the ceremony, Mrs. Lott’s co-teacher, Vernita Hill, read a poem she wrote. It is included here.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, students released white balloons “as a visual expression of love for Mrs. Lott.”

Mrs. Lott’s teaching career spanned some 21 years and she started in Wilkes County in 1999. This year she began her ninth year at W-WMS where she was a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher. She had previously worked at W-W Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher.

For Mrs. Lott

What can you say about someone so dear to your heart, Who left you so suddenly because ways they had to part. So many hearts were broken the day God called you home. It seems as though all of us were left here to endure alone. She was so special to her students and fellow teachers, When she saw any one of us she would smile and say, “Hello, glad to see you.”

The way she quieted the children never in a rush, Just slowly walking around repeatedly saying, “Shh…Shh…. Shh,” to get them to hush. Thoughtful, dedicated, and always giving every day, Always admired, loved and appreciated in every way. Not a day that goes by we won’t think of you All the fun times spent together and challenges we went through. Your laughter and your smile you always gave Those are moments we will cherish, hold on to and save. Even though it’s hard to accept the fact that you’re gone We know you’ve gone to a better place where a halo and beautiful wings adorn.

Mrs. Lott we know you’re looking down on us from heaven up above Sending smiles with days of sunshine and showers with lots of love. So let’s all take this as a lesson, whether you’re young or old. Be joyous and glad to learn from this and know life is full of gold. This is hardly a goodbye so we won’t weep anymore, for now you’re in a better place than you ever were before. Even though we will miss you and think about you every day you’ll always be our Mrs. Lott, and that’s all there is to say.

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