|Birth: ||May 6, 1897|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1968|
Mrs. Bly was the daughter of David W Pratt and Mary Jane White. She was a retired school teacher.
The Paris News Friday 02 Feb 1968 The Readers Write
Lizzie Bly, Lamar Symbol
TO THE EDITOR:
The Paris News of January 23 carried a well written obituary of Mrs. Lizzie Bly of the this city, outlining her many activities - teacher, supervisor of Negro schools, Girl Scout and fraternal organization work and church activities.
Mrs. Lizzie Bly was all that and much,much more.
I had known of her educational and civic activities for many years but I was not well acquainted personally with her until about 20 years ago when she came to the First Christian Church, when I was an Elder, requesting assistance in the establishment of the West Campbell Street Christian Church. I (and I believe all the members of our church board) was tremendously impressed with her genteelness, her well modulated voice, her grammatical perfection and her sincerity and general demeanor. Later, she came by my home to discuss the projected new church, and many times since then we have exchanged ideas about civic and educational matters.
Somewhere along the line, maybe from the very first meeting, I ceased thinking of her as a colored person, but rather, as a person.
Isn't it a fact that there have always been and still are Lizzy Blys (called, perhaps by some other name) in the lives of most white people throughout the South? Perhaps you can recall one or more in your own life. Their kindness, their sincerity, their love for people which has always been returned in full measure, their keen understanding of our mutual problems, has transcended color lines and has generated lasting friendship and goodwill.
The benign influence of these fine Lizzie Bly type of colored folk has cushioned the impact or racial disturbances in the South, and history records that in areas where their influences has been felt throughout several generations, no vicious race riots have erupted.
I feel that I am joined by many people in this area, both white and colored, in this eulogy to our departed friend and fellow Christian, Mr. Lizzie Bly.
J. B. Caldwell, Paris
I will be happy to add her obituary to this memorial if someone has a copy.
Greenville Cemetery (colored)
Created by: M E Evans
Record added: Mar 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87336192
What a REMARKABLE woman!! Blessings to YOU "Lizzie" and thank YOU.........|
Added: Aug. 26, 2012
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9"I touch the future ... I teach" Christa McAuliffe|
M E Evans
Added: Mar. 25, 2012