Russell County School Superintendent Dr. Vivian Carter died last Sunday, after suffering a stroke while speaking at a conference. Her funeral was held Saturday morning at the Words of Wisdom Christian Center in Columbus.
If a person's life work is their legacy, then educating children would describe how Doctor Vivian Carter lived, both professionally and personally.
"She gave my granddaughter a kit, Hooked on Phonics, that teaches her how to read, and she was very much concerned about young people learning to read," said Bill Coar.
As a Carver High School graduate, Dr. Carter spent decades teaching and supervising thousands of students, before rising in the ranks to become the head of the Russell County School system.
"She touched my life, even though she was here for short time, she touched my life in a good way. She wanted us to be excellent, that's what she told three of us when we were in her office, meeting her for the first time," said Kia Lawrence, a Russell County teacher.
Though Dr. Carter's tenure with Russell County was short lived, many people agree her death is a loss to the community, with the school system suffering the most.
"It's always a great loss when we lose a black intellectual, a lot of the time people don't understand impact. And she was a trailblazer, and when you look at history, and impact, you got to look at groundbreakers," said Dr. Judy Purnell.
"It's like a mighty oak has fallen in the education system, a big gap has been lost and we got to find someone to replace that gap," said Pastor Marcus Hunter, from the First African Baptist Church.
Dr. Vivian Carter was laid to rest at Green Acres Cemetery.