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 Darleen Renick Dale

Darleen Renick Dale

Death 17 Jun 2014 (aged 78)
Burial Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 131652979 · View Source
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On the evening of June 17th, Darleen Renick Dale of Hattiesburg, MS was called home to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed away in her home with her loving husband of thirty three years, Warren H. Dale, by her side. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 at University Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The funeral will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM at University Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, MS.

Inurnment will be in University Baptist Church Columbarium.

Darleen Dale was born in Ripley, Mississippi on July 12, 1935. Darleen was preceded in death by her parents, Ottis Bryan Renick and Elizabeth Davis Renick, bothers-in-law, Billy Taylor and Floyd Dubose, and son-in-law, Herschel Shattles. She is survived by her husband, Warren H. Dale; daughter Elizabeth Shattles; daughter Aaryanne Preusch and husband Rick, their children Wesley, Megan, and Evan; son Clayton Massey and his daughter Alexis McCarthy; daughter Katherine Woodard and husband Kirk, their daughter Ava; daughter Cindy Gibson and husband Ken, their children Lauren and Lee; son Terry Dale; and one great-grandson, Colton Preusch. She is also survived by three sisters, Dottie Buchanan and husband Gerald, Lynda Taylor, and Twila Dubose, and two brothers, Ottis Renick and wife Becky, and Bill Renick and wife Joette, and many nieces and nephews.

Darleen spent 38 years educating Mississippi's children, 27 of those years with the Hattiesburg Public School System, advancing from teacher to principal. Darleen graduated from Perkinston High School and went to Mississippi College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. She began her education career in 1958 with the Clinton Public Schools and in addition to Hattiesburg, taught in the Harrison County and Petal Public School systems early in her career.

Darleen earned Masters AND Specialist Degrees in education from William Carey University. From 1981 to 1985 Darleen served as principal of Camp Elementary School and in 1985 she became principal at Thames Elementary School for the first time. In 1987, Darleen was named principal of the Lillie Burney Magnet School, where she developed the magnet school curriculum. Darleen retired in 1990 only to return to be named principal of Thames Elementary School for the second time where she served as principal from 1993 until she retired in 1997. In 1995 she received the Mississippi PTA Educator of the Year award. Never one to slow down, after her retirement from education she joined Coldwell Banker as a realtor where she worked until her health finally forced her to retire for good in 2011.

Darleen was a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, for key women educators, since 1974 and held numerous offices including that of Alpha Gamma Chapter president. In 1986 Darleen was named the Alpha Gamma Chapter Woman of Distinction. In 1997 Darleen received the Jr. Auxiliary's Humanitarian of the Year award.

Darleen was a member of University Baptist Church for over 45 years. Darleen was devoted to her church congregation and greatly loved her church, serving in numerous capacities including Education Coordinator, teacher, choir member, and Deacon.

Darleen served her community through active participation on the Boards of many educational, cultural, and Christian organizations including PACE Head Start, Hattiesburg Area Educational Foundation, Christian Women's Job Corps, The Hattiesburg Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, and Mississippi Association of Educators. Darleen was a caring person who had tremendous love for children and a special knack for encouraging and motivating students and teachers to do their best. More than anything she was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and wife to the very end. If you listen carefully you may be able to hear those words from above, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Darleen's family would like to express its deep appreciation for the care and support provided by the congregation of University Baptist Church, Forrest General Hospice, and many others who visited, called, and prayed for us. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to University Baptist Church, note on the memo line The Darleen Dale Thames School Fund, 3200 Arlington Loop, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 or to The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation - Hospice Fund, P.O. Box 19010, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-9010.

Published in the Hattiesburg American on June 20, 2014

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  • Created by: William Tatum
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131652979
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Darleen Renick Dale (12 Jul 1935–17 Jun 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131652979, citing University Baptist Church Columbarium, Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by William Tatum (contributor 46630795) .