Our friend, colleague, and teacher of so many, Evelyn Tackett has gone home to be with the Lord.
I was so pleased that this fall, during our Opening Convocation, we inducted Evelyn into our Legacy of Learning. Although frail, she was able to attend and accept the recognition with her usual humility.
In one capacity or another, she was connected with Belhaven for over 50 years, as a student, librarian, and volunteer. She was especially helpful to me in lifting up our heritage and building an archive collect that serves us all – and above all, she wanted to be sure we would rebuild the new Fitzhugh Hall to look just like the old Fitzhugh hall on the outside. I promised her we would.
As a member of our Legacy of Learning (faculty who have served Belhaven for 20 years or longer) she was to be included during the fall homecoming as we unveiled her remembrance plaque to memorialize her contribution to the learning process of Belhaven and reaching the lives of so many students. Evelyn was not able to attend that day, but many of us sent her video greetings from homecoming, which she was able to view before she died.
Below is her legacy of learning plaque, featuring her favorite verse Isaiah 26:3. Also below is the obituary from the Clarion Ledger with details about her funeral service and memorial gifts.
Evelyn Tackett, a retired librarian, died Oct. 17, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral on Monday Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:00am. Visitation will be from 10:00am till 11:00am in St. Francis Hall at the Cathedral. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Family and friends may meet at Southern Funeral Home in Lexington at 2:30pm to go in a procession to the Odd Fellows Cemetery for the committal.
Miss Tackett was the daughter of Jack Robert and Routh Clarke Tackett, and is survived by several cousins in Tallahassee and Atlanta. She was born in Jackson, MS, was a graduate of Belhaven College, and received her M.L.S. degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
She began her library career as a Field Representative with the Mississippi Library Commission in the early 1960s. In 1965 she became the Associate Librarian at Belhaven College, her alma mater, and she remained there as Library Director and Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian until her retirement in 1998.
During her working years she co-founded the Jackson Audubon Society, enjoyed bird-watching, and participated in over 35 annual Christmas Bird Counts in the Jackson area; she sang in the Jackson Choral Society and the Central Presbyterian Church choirs for many years, was Business Manager for the Mississippi Library News, and was active in her state professional organization, the Mississippi Library Association.
She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church until it closed, and was a parishioner of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 305 E. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS. 39201, to the Heritage Room, Hood Library, Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS. 39202, or to the Fitzhugh Renovation Project, Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS. 39202.