Obituary of Hattie D. McKay
Hattie Delia Law was born in
Hattie attended school in
As there was no high school for African American students in
Following the advice and encouragement provided by Mrs. Freeman, Hattie enrolled at Tennessee A and I State University, now Tennessee State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with additional studies in Library Service. On
At the time of their nuptials, Kenneth was a soldier in the United States Army, stationed at
While residents of
To better secure their jobs and increase their earning potential, they both enrolled in graduate school at
During the summer of 1969, Hattie persuaded Kenneth to return their family to
Upon their return, they were hired into the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System where they worked until their retirement in 1992.
Throughout her life, Hattie made service to God her priority. During her childhood and young adult years, she worshipped and held membership at Christian Methodist Episcopal churches in
With the desire to foster family unity in worship, she became a member at
When she relocated to
After Kenneth’s death in 2017, Hattie moved to
During her lifetime, Hattie enjoyed church related services and membership in the following professional, social and community organizations:
Secretary of S. H. Johnson Bible Class #3
Member of the Ladies Aid Society
Served on the Board of Christian Education
Organized the Erma H. Parker Memorial Library
Acquired and accessioned the Howard Thurman Collection (paperback editions with the help of Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, II)
Organized the Oral History library, recorded on cassette tapes
Public School Librarian for 40 years- serving elementary and high school students in both the Marietta Independent School System and Metropolitan Nashville Public School System.
Social, Professional and Community Affiliations and Services-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated- (Alpha Psi Chapter, Alpha Delta Omega Chapter- Life Membership)
Phi Delta Kappa International Fraternity – TSU Chapter
National Education Association (Retired)
Volunteer with the American Diabetes Association
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