Majora Young Fricks, daughter of Lola Moore Young and Emmett McDonald Young, was born in the Bexton Community of Coweta County Georgia, on November 22, 1916. Her first two and one-half years of schooling were in a two room school in the White Oak Community. Her family moved and she entered the Moreland Elementary School. In 1933 she graduated from Moreland High School as valedictorian of her class.
From 1933-1937 she was enrolled in Erskine College located in Due West, South Carolina. She graduated SUMMA CUM LAUDE on June 1, 1937 with an A. B. degree. At commencement she was awarded the HENRY M. YOUNG RING, the most distinguished award given by the college to a graduating senior. The ring awarded to the student who demonstrates in his college career those virtues of industry, scholarship, integrity, and high honor which are the qualities of enduring character.
In 1937 she came to Dade County as a supply teacher and began the organization of the library at Dade County High School where she served as teacher-librarian for the next six years. In 1940 she married James Lunsford Fricks, a former teacher and Dade County School Superintendent who had resigned to become postmaster of Rising Fawn in which position her served his community for 33 years. After the birth of their daughter, Ann Maxie, in 1945, Mrs. Fricks returned to the classroom in 1947 as a teacher and the principal of the Rising Fawn Junior High School. After another year at Rising Fawn she returned to Dade County High School in 1949 to teach English, French and/or Mathematics for another 17 years and to then serve as media specialist for the last 9 years. She retired in 1975 after having taught or served as librarian in the schools of Dade County for 35 years.
During those years she continued her formal education by attending Georgia Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee for training in Library Science. In 1965 she received a Master of Education degree with a teaching field in mathematics from the University of Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
During her active teaching years she maintained membership in the Dade Education Association, Georgia Association of Educators, and National Education Association. Since retirement she is a member of the corresponding association for retired teachers. She was also a member of the Georgia Library Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the DEA Federal Credit Union form its organization in 1960 to January 1973. She is a member of the Rising Fawn United Methodist Church, the Rising Fawn United Methodist Women, the Dade County Library Board, the Dade County Historical Society, and the Garden Club of Trenton.
Some of the offices held by Mrs. Fricks were: chairman of the Georgia Seventh District Mathematics Council in 1961; president of the Dade Education Association for two years and held at various times the offices of vice-president, program chairman, secretary, and treasurer as well as chairman of various committees; secretary of the Board of Directors of DEA Federal Credit Union for 12 years; general chairman for the study and the publication of The Proposed Twelve Year Program of Instruction for the Dade County School System, 1948-1952; member of the steering committee of the Study and Evaluation of Dade County High School for the accreditation by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges in 1964.
Some of the honors Mrs. Fricks has received are: Teacher of the Year in Dade County in 1958 and 1975; Star Teacher of Dade County in 1961, 1962, and 1963; Star Teacher of Dade County High School in 1966 and 1974 and selection as a Leader of American Secondary Education in 1972 in recognition of contributions to the advancement of secondary education and service to community. She was also honored by having the school yearbook dedicated to her in 1959, 1969, and 1975. She served as yearbook advisor for 18 years.
Mrs. Fricks’ personal efforts to improve education and her community are varied and many. Some of the most notable are: Organization of the Future Teachers of America at Dade High in 1956; leading the yearbook staffs to receive special recognition at workshops and to improve their school by gifts such as an intercom system for the whole school and an air conditioner, books, and a card catalog for the library; teacher of a Sunday School at the Rising Fawn United Methodist Church for the past 41 years; introduction of a course in Advanced Mathematics including Trigonometry to the curriculum at Dade High in 1960 which she taught for six years.
(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)