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Featured Alumni Profile (March. 2015)
Our Alumna for the month of March is none other than Lane Lady Hattye Thomas Yarbrough, a member of the Lane College Class of 1945. Ms. Yarbrough is considered as a "Most Precious Pearl" in Covington, TN, throughout Memphis, and the CME church. To know her is to love her! During her matriculation at Lane, Ms. Yarbrough was very active in more ways than one…from being involved in reading clubs, worshipping in chapel, and offering service to the community through her sorority. She often times shares her days of becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Chi Chapter ,here at Lane College in the early 40s, not long after the chapter was chartered.
After graduating from Lane College, Ms. Yarbrough continued her studies at Fisk University and Peabody College , a unit of Vanderbilt University. Ms. Yarbrough worked at Covington High School for many years, retiring as the Head Librarian. On any given day, you can find her volunteering throughout the City of Covington by assisting with Habitat for Humanity, the Covington Housing Authority, and the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Memphis.
Ms. Yarbrough is the pride and joy of Collins Chapel CME Church in Covington. Each time the door is open, she is there. Just last month during Covington’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, held at Collins Chapel, Eric Brent (Class of ’01), a native of Covington , was blessed to carry on a lengthy conversation with her about the days that she cheered the Red and Blue on campus. Brent stated "This was massive! It was such an honor to sit down with a living legend and listen to the rich history of those whose shoulders we stand on today."
In Ms. Yarbrough’s spare time, she enjoys traveling and reading. Jose Marti says it best, "But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible."
We salute Lane Lady Hattye Yarbrough for her 70 years of loyal dedication and service to Lane College!