Former principal dies in Ga. wreck

Published 8:54 pm Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A former Troy City Schools principal was the victim of a fatal crash in Georgia Tuesday afternoon.

Amos Brown, 64, was traveling in Lumpkin, Ga., when his vehicle was struck by a dump truck on Georgia Highway 1, said Lumpkin Police Chief Steven Ogle.

“A dump truck was southbound…and a subject (Brown) pulled out in front of him, according to two witnesses,” Ogle said.

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Brown was airlifted to Columbus Medical Center, where he died. A passenger Joseph Williams, Eufaula resident and one of Brown’s co-workers, suffered minor injuries, Ogle said.

Brown, a resident of Troy, served as the assistant superintendent of Quitman County Schools in Ga. at the time of his death.

Prior to that, Brown had worked for more than 30 years in the Troy City Schools System, serving as teacher, assistant principal of Charles Henderson High School, principal of Charles Henderson Middle School and as a member of the Central Office staff.

“He was very professional, very caring and was passionate about the education of children,” said Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith.

When Felton-Smith first came to the work in the city schools, she said Brown was serving as principal of CHMS. He later went to the central office, where he served as administrative assistant before he retired in 1999.

But, Felton-Smith said Brown’s influence in the local school system started much earlier than her time.

“He was my sister’s fifth grade teacher, and she graduated from high school in 1979,” Felton-Smith said.

She said he began his career locally teaching at Oakland Heights Elementary School and then Collegeview Elementary.

“He was here from the time I started in Troy City in 1994 up until his retirement,” Felton-Smith said. “I had a very good working relationship with him.

“He was always very caring. And when he had to correct students he did it in a loving way because he wanted all children to get their education because it was the foundation for their present and for their future.”

Harrison Funeral Home will handle the arrangements. The family will meet with them Thursday to make plans.