Brittie Leigh WashingtonApril 13, 1924 ~ September 10, 2016 (age 92)
Funeral Services for Ms. Brittie L.Washington, retired educator, will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Mary CME Temple. Rev. John Griffin is the officiating minister. Interment will follow in H. V. Adams Cemetery.
Wake services will be held on Friday evening, September 16, 2016 at the St. Mary CME Temple from 5-7p.m. Loche’s Mortuary, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.
Ms. Brittie L. Washington
Brittie L. Washington was born on April 13, 1924 in Oak Ridge, Louisiana. She was the second child of the late Charlie and Julia (Givens) Washington; she attended Brigham Elementary School in Oak Ridge, and then moved to Bastrop, Louisiana to attend and graduate from Morehouse Parish Training School, which later became Morehouse High School.
After graduating from Morehouse Parish Training School she attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where she received a B.S. in Mathematics. Unable to teach school without a teacher’s certificate she took Education courses at Southern Univ. to earn her teacher’s certificate. After earning her certificate, she began teaching at the Franklin Parish Training School in Winnsboro in 1955. During the summers, she attended Columbia University in New York City and earned a M.S. in Mathematics in the late ‘50’s. She spent the rest of her career teaching Mathematics in the Morehouse Parish School System before retiring in 1989. Even after retiring she continued to share her love for mathematics and education by providing one-on-one tutoring to children who needed help in mathematics.
Always one to stay active, Brittie also worked many years for H & R Block in Monroe, Louisiana as a Tax Professional. During tax season she would teach at Bastrop High and after school drive to Monroe to start work for 4:30 p.m. at the H&R Block offices.
Brittie loved to travel, she was always willing to explore and learn about interesting places or landmarks. Whether the mode of travel was bus, car, plane, train or ship she was always ready to go. Some of her favorite trips were Maine and its coastline; Boston and surrounding area, Hawaii, the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Los Angeles, but her city, the city she loved was New York City. She loved the Broadway shows and activities of NYC. She even drafted her nephew Kerry (Smith) to accompany her on her summer trips to various places once he was school aged and she had convinced her sister Darline (Smith) to let him travel with her.
Brittie was especially proud of her service to St. Mary C.M. E. Church. Following in her father’s footsteps, she took over as treasurer of St. Mary after his passing. She rarely missed service and although a quiet individual, you could always find her in the same seating area every Sunday; and having been an educator always interacting with the children in church. If you were ever one of her students through the years, she always viewed you as her student.
On the morning of September 10, 2016, the Lord called Brittie home, her work as an educator, mentor, and good Samaritan had been completed. She joins her parents, her Aunt Memory Scott, her brothers Houston and James Washington and adopted daughter JoRita Campbell in heaven. To cherish the legacy and memories of Brittie are her sisters Darline J. Smith and Zenobia Williams of Bastrop; Nieces: Tina Williams and Alicia Griffin; Nephews: Kerry Smith and James Washington, “adopted in her heart” Grandchildren: Lauren and Maya Smith, Jae Williams, and Kristen, Ryann and Lauren Griggs; adopted sons Douglas (Ace) Goldsby and George Campbell of Bastrop – along with a host of extended family members, long-time friends, and ex- students.
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