Mrs. Willie Hughes, one of Dade County’s most efficient and dedicated teachers, retired in 1970 after forty-one years of teaching.


Born in Dade County (Slygo Valley) as Willie Avis Cureton, Mrs. Hughes is the daughter of Virgie Ellen Gober Cureton of Trenton, and Robert L, Cureton Williamsbury, Ky. She married William George Hughes of Slygo.


She received her elementary education in the schools in the vicinity of Birmingham,

Ala.; graduated at Central High School of Chattanooga; attended Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in Richmond, Ky; Mckenzie Business School, Chattanooga; West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia; Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her B.S. Degree in Education from the University of Chattanooga.


Mrs. Hughes began her teaching career in the Seco Elementary School in Litcher County Ky., Sept. 1926. She taught there until 1929.


She has taught in the Dade County School System since 1932 with the exception of five years in which she taught at Chattanooga Valley Elementary and High Schools. While there she was secretary and treasure of the Walker County Educational Association.


She returned to Dade County in 1952 and became head of the Commercial Department of Dade High.


She has served as sponsor of the junior and senior classes 4-H Clubs, Future Business Leaders of America and the Yearbook. Mrs. Hughes participated in P.T.A. and D.E.A. She held membership in the National Education al Association and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was President of P.S.I. Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma from 1956 to 1958, and has filled several other offices in this organization as well as serve on numerous committees.(Used by permission, HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY, GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981)

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