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Featured Alumni Profile (March 2019)      

Alumnus of the Month, Ms. Katie Young Brantley

Alumnus of 2019Our alum of the month is Lane Lady Katie Young Brantley for the month of March. Brantley is a native of Jackson, Tenn. where she grew up in the Fites Bottom community and attended. She graduated from A, R. Merry High School in 1953 in Jackson and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1957 from Lane College.

Mrs. Brantley worked as a high school teacher for five years and as an elementary teacher for two years. In 1965, she was hired as a home supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was one of only four hired for the entire state and the first African American to have a desk job in the federal office building in Jackson. She retired as an Assistant County Supervisor with over 31 years of service. One of the highlights of her career at USDA was attending the Inauguration of Richard Nixon.

Mrs. Brantley has proudly held the office of County Commissioner District 5, Position 3 for over 19 years and has the longest tenure of any woman who has served on the legislative body. She is also the first person in the history of the County Commission to run and win as a Democrat. She serves as the Liaison to the West Tennessee Healthcare Board of Directors and on the Nonprofit Committee for the County Commission. Mrs. Brantley was the first woman appointed to the Building Finance Committee of the Tennessee Department of Economic Development by Governor Phil Bredesen.

Mrs. Brantley has been a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Church for 37 years where she has served as Treasurer for over 30 years. She holds memberships in several organizations including Madison County Branch of the NAACP, the Madison County Democratic Party, and Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. She is a longtime board member of the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce

She is the widow of Madison County Commissioner Lewis T. Brantley, Sr., the mother of Prince Bardo Brantley and grandmother to Christina, Katie, Westin, Drew and Austin Brantley

Ms. Katie Brantley was featured in Jackson Sun sharing her story of one significant launch. To view the article please visit

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