OCBOE Remembers Esteemed Colleagues


By Megan Reagan

The Overton County Board of Education met in regular session last Tuesday and remembered passed colleagues.

This remembrance comes after the passing of two board members during the 2020-2021 school year: Dr. Diane Sadler and Larry Looper.

Both long time educators.

Both caring deeply about the Overton County youth.

Board Chairman Jarman Hicks said both were good people held in high esteem by all who had the opportunity to work with them.

“This year has been academically hard and it has been are hard on us as a board,” he said. “Our hearts are with your families. These two board members were like family to us and we grieve with you.”

Hicks informed it was because of a request made by board member Mitchell Stonecipher that the remembrance was held.

As previously reported in the Livingston Enterprise, Alice Reed has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Looper.

Reed was an educator alongside Looper many years ago and shared connection with him being among the first teachers at Wilson Elementary.

“We started our teaching careers together and I’ve known Larry my whole life,” she said. “I have some big shoes to fill.”

Looper began as an educator in Overton County in 1965 and retired in 1997.

He continued his work through being a board member off and on beginning in 1998 to present day.

Bruce Hudgens, Sadler’s husband and successor after her passing in October, shared his appreciation for the board taking the time to remember her legacy.

“I would personally like to thank the board for the recognition of everything Diane stood for,” Hudgens said tearfully. “It means a lot to us, and I wish she was here.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Livingston Enterprise.

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