Alumni Spotlight: Edith Ruby Kelley Clegg

January 6, 2010
By: Joy Hornbuckle

                                  Edith Ruby Kelley Clegg of Locust Fork died Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at UAB Highlands Hospital following a lengthy illness.
            A Native of Marshall County, she graduated from Douglas High School and Snead Junior College.  She received her BA in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State College, master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama and AA Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
            Mrs. Clegg was an outstanding and well-loved educator of 43 years. Twenty of those years were spent here at Locust Fork School.  Mrs. Clegg and her husband George Clegg moved here in 1969.  He served as principal and she taught sixth grade.  Mrs. Clegg retired in 1989.  Following retirement, she continued to substitute in Blount County Schools.  She was a member of the Blount County Retired Teachers, AWA and NEA.
            As a charter member of the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority, she worked to promote better education for all students not just those in her care.  She served as the second president of the Alpha Theta Chapter as well as many other positions of leadership.  She became a Golden Sister in February2009 when Alpha Theta celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
            Because education was so important to her, Mrs. Clegg worked to support the Blount County Education Foundation from its very beginning.  Whether it was making peanut butter cookies for the Radio-Thon helping set up for workshops or making a monetary donation, she was always ready and willing to serve.
            Mrs. Clegg was a member of Blountsville United Methodist Church and served in many positions of leadership.  She was an active member of her Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women.  The children and youth of the church could always count on Mrs. Clegg to support them in all their projects. 
            As a graduate of the University of Alabama, Mrs. Clegg loved Alabama football, tailgating with family and friends in Tuscaloosa through the 2008 season.  This year she tailgated in her room at fair Haven Retirement Center.
            Mrs. Clegg has touched many lives not only in Locust Fork and Blount County but throughout the state as well.  Her dedication to the children of our community are planted seeds that produced many successful blooms and continue to grow today.  Whether you were in her classroom, workshop, church, or taught along beside her, Mrs. Clegg proved to be a true champion and “true champions rise to the occasion”, and that is just what she did.


Past Spotlights

Jenny Fountain - Class of '95
December 2, 2005

Sam Hallman - Class of '98
January 31, 2006

Joe Hazelrig - Class of '64
September 25, 2005

Sarah Holt - Class of '58
September 19, 2006

Brett King - Class of '96
September 12, 2005

Steve Martin - Class of '82
October 26, 2005

Gary Pate - Coach and Assistant Principal 1973-1995
September 30, 2005

Gerald Swindle - Class of '87
May 2005

Darryl Wall - Class of '85 January 12, 2006

Jason Hollingsworth - Class of '91 March 18,2006

Lola Hicks - Class of '64 November 26, 2007

Cande Sanders - Class of '89
September 23, 2008

Nancy Hallmark Self - Class of '93
May 27, 2009

DaNeal Partain Huber - Class of '99
August 31, 2009

Jennifer Rhea-Hedrich - Class of '85
October 13, 2009

Cathy Latham-Holley- Class of '77
November 23, 2009

Edith Ruby Kelley Clegg
January 6, 2010