- [S106] The Mountain Press, 24 Sep 2001.
Faye Blalock Graham obituary
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 22 May 2004.
Glenda Sue Blalock
June 19, 1943 - May 22, 2004
Birthplace: Sevierville, TN
Resided In: Sevierville Tennessee USA
Visitation: May 25, 2004
Service: May 25, 2004
Cemetery: Red Bank Cemetery
Glenda Sue Blalock, age 60 of Sevierville died Saturday May 22, 2004 at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. She was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church.
Glenda taught school in Sevier County for 37 years. Many children were very much loved by her. Teaching school was her joy in life.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dan and Ruth Blalock, two sisters, Faye Graham and Ora Blalock, and a nephew Dan Wilson Graham.
Ila and Serene Leatherwood, Nancy Butera, Albert and Aileen Blalock, Anna Blalock, Dan Blalock
Al Blalock, Clark and Sherry Blalock, Tim Blalock
Louise and Mike Patterson and their family
Funeral service 7PM Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Hudson Chesteen and Rev. Roy Berrier officiating. Family and friends will meet 10AM Wednesday at Red Bank Cemetery for graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Relay for Life, or red Bank Baptist Church building fund, 424 New Riverside Dr., Sevierville, TN 37862, (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 28 May 2004.
Beloved Sevierville teacher dies after 37-year career
By:GREG WILKERSON, Staff Writer May 28, 2004
Glenda Sue Blalock dedicated her life to teaching third-graders in Sevierville. She died Saturday at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center at age 60.
Blalock began her teaching career in 1966 and continued to teach until April 2003, when her health forced her to retire. She was described by her peers as a dedicated teacher who loved her children and encouraged them to be anything they desired.
"She was terrific with the kids," said Harriet Berrier, principal at Sevierville Primary School, who taught with Blalock for 14 years. "She always made you feel like you could do anything."
Berrier said without Blalock's influence in her early years as a teacher, she probably would have given up a career in education. She said she always considered Blalock her mentor.
"She was so encouraging and would stay late to help me after school," Berrier said.
Karen King, finance director for the Sevier County School System, said that Blalock had an influence on more than 1,000 third-graders throughout her career and that when it came time for her to retire, she would only sign the paperwork with the stipulation that she could return to work when she recovered.
"Teaching was her life," King said.
Blalock was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, where her funeral service was held Tuesday.
"She was a person who truly loved children and had a deep enthusiasm for teaching," said Debra Cline, director of curriculum and instruction for Sevier County School System. "She gave untold amounts of love and care to the students that were in her room."
Blalock started teaching at Sevierville Primary School and then moved to Sevierville Intermediate School when it was built in 1990. Her career spanned 37 years, always in Sevierville.
"Glenda was a person who epitomized the best in terms of education and instruction, and she will be deeply missed," Cline said. "Our hearts and our thoughts go out to her family."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Relay for Life or the Red Bank Baptist Church building fund.