Amie Delores “Lois” Ursery was born May 6, 1946, to William Robert, Sr. and Gladys A. Ursery in Nashville, TN. She was one of two children.
Growing up during an era in which the nuclear family often included extended family, Delores shared a bond with her six cousins, the children of her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Paul Tate. Delores’ kinship
with her cousins: Paulette Woodard, Carl Tate, Sr., Joseph Tate, Sr., Ruth (Michael) Corder, Angela Colter, and Sandra (Stanley) Smith, remained steadfast throughout her life.
Delores attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School until the eighth grade. She began her public-school education upon entering ninth grade at Wharton Junior High School. She expressed amazement at students who came to class unprepared or lackadaisical toward their learning opportunities. Although quiet in her demeanor, she was always prepared, sometimes overly prepared in her class participation, and easily recognized as a “smart girl.” She made friends with a small circle of girls who remained friends throughout high school.
Entering the historic Pearl High School in the Fall of 1961 was an exciting and molding time for the Class of 1964. Delores proved herself to be a scholar along with enjoying the spirit of social life and activities. She was elected as a class representative to the Student Council and did much of the research on proposals presented to the administration by the student governing body. Her writing skills and prose interpretation were particularly apparent to two renowned English teachers. They both encouraged her to become an English educator.
Delores was an active member of the Spanish Club and a favorite of the accomplished Spanish teacher as few students could hold a conversation in the language outside the textbook dialog. It was no surprise that she graduated with honors holding a 90 or above grade point average for four years of high school. She remained an active member of the Pearl High Class of ’64 Alumni Association.
She attended Tennessee State University and was a faithful BellSouth/AT&T employee for 34 years.
Delores is preceded in death by her father, William, Sr., her mother, Gladys, and her brother, William, II. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Vernon), son, Anthony, Sr. (NaTasha), grandsons, Anthony Jr., Brandon, and Joshua, nephew, William, III (Casanya) Ursery, devoted friend, Elaine Bodenhamer, and a host of relatives and friends.
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