Myra Ridings Caruth
Myra Ridings Caruth
  • December 23, 1931 - August 22, 2017
  • Corinth, Mississippi

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Myra Ridings Caruth, Beloved Corinth School Principal died at the age of 85 on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. She was born December 23, 1931 in Nettleton, MS. to her mother Ruby Taylor and husband Jessie Ridings. After graduating from high School in Nettleton, she proceeded to graduate from Itawamba Junior College and received a BS degree in Elementary Education from University of Mississippi, later earning a Master's degree from Mississippi State University.

Along the way she met and married her husband of 65 years Billy Burns Caruth. The two were devoted to one another. They were tireless workers for the betterment of their community and fellow man.

Myra put her education to good use as a fourth grade teacher at Franklin Academy in Columbus for 8 years. They then moved to Corinth in 1964 where she taught for 2 years before becoming a principal. She was chosen to serve on the Mississippi State Textbook Rating Committee, National Kappa Kappa Gamma, and was often selected to join visiting committees of colleges and schools charged with rating schools. However, we in Corinth know and loved her best as the principal of East Corinth Elementary School.

It was at East Corinth that she walked the halls with a wisdom, control and love seldom found in any school. Mrs. Caruth was gifted with an exceptional understanding of how to reach children and teachers alike, to enable them to reach their full potential. She was never soft but always gentle and encouraging. A forward thinking lady in every way. Although she and her husband never had children of their own, she placed her mark on the lives of many, many hundreds of children that were fortunate enough to have her as a principal. Upon retirement in 1993she said "I'll miss the enthusiasm in the faces of the children, the touch of their hands and each little thought that they share with me. I'll miss watching the children grow in knowledge."

Blessed with delightful person ability, this charming lady was an excellent conversationalist and wrote beautiful letters to her many friends. She and her husband were faithful member of and supporters of First Baptist Church in Corinth until health reasons prevented regular attendance. Their church really was like extended family. The years brought two people to Myra and Bill who they did claim as family. Especially held close to their hearts through abiding live were Harriet Kemp and Dave DeVaughn. Also special to Myra were Esther Timmons, DuJuana Frazier Thompson and Linda Vandiver, friends of long standing.

A Celebration of Life Service for the life of Myra will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Smith and Dr. Leonard Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

A gathering of friends will be from 12:00 to 1:45 Friday at the church.

Pallbearers, Dr. Lee Childers, John D. Mercier, Russell Gibbs, Brock Thompson, Arie Vance, Ricky Stockton

Honorary, Mike Kemp, Dr. Tommy Sweat, Dr. Ray Gregory Sr., Dr. Wayne Gann, Dr. Phil Mathis, Taft Little., Larry Stanford, Jackie Walls, Harold Smith and Tommy Irwin.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 501 Main St. Corinth, MS. 38834

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Arrangements under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Corinth, Mississippi.