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Longtime Vicksburg educator Sherry Fisher was an inspiration

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Sherry Fisher (Photo courtesy Derrick Fisher)

Sherry Fisher passed away at home late Friday afternoon. She was 79.

“She was my social studies teacher in high school. She advised me to become a lawyer or a politician because I liked to run my mouth,” said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “When I decided to enter politics in 1987, she was the first person I sought counsel from. She has been a life long mentor and one of the greatest influences in my life. I will spend the remainder of my days trying to live up to the virtues she instilled in me. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”

Jim Stirgis Jr, President of the Board of Trustees for the Vicksburg Warren School District said Fisher was “an awesome educator” adding, “Her legacy will live on through the thousands that she impacted not only in the classroom but in her community.”

Derrick Fisher, her youngest son, said he has gained solace from all the people reaching out.

“My joy comes from hearing all the highlights of the many lives she touched,” Fisher said.

Fisher attended Southern University with post graduate work at Alcorn State University and the University of Mississippi. She spent 34 years educating students in the Vicksburg Warren School District and was a proud “Mama Gator.”

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jefferson Funeral Home and are incomplete at this time.

For this reporter, Mrs. Fisher taught me to dig a little deeper. Just because it is written in a book doesn’t make it fact. She taught me lessons that I carry with me today. She challenged me and for that, I will be forever grateful.

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