A pair of individuals who made lasting impacts on Coweta Public Schools was recognized posthumously by the Coweta Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 13 with “Above and Beyond” awards.
Phyllis Stunkard worked for CPS for over 40 years, first as a kindergarten teacher’s aide and later as a school bus driver.
Stunkard safely transported students to and from school each day and drove them to their special activities and competitions.
“Phyllis will be remembered by family and friends as genuine and generous, sweet but strong, vivacious and adventurous. She was a luminous, loving, loyal and joyful woman of many talents,” Superintendent Jeff Holmes said.
“She sang like an angel and loved the Lord,” Holmes continued. “She could work a farm and drive a bus. She inspired many with her love of music – family, friends and strangers alike.”
Clay Allen covered Coweta High School Sports for the local newspaper since 2015.
“Coweta students, parents, coaches and administrators have all spoken very highly of Clay since I first met him,” Holmes said. “His news stories and photographs were always sure to uplift our student-athletes and the teams that they represented. Even during difficult seasons or situations, the Coweta Tiger family could count on Clay to publish stories that were uplifting and inspiring.”
He called Allen a man of integrity who would put coaches at ease as he would interview them often times just moments after emotional, hard-fought competitions.
“Besides being an obvious professional in his craft, Clay Allen was a man of faith who lived a life that pointed others in the right direction,” Holmes noted.
The superintendent said his memories of both Stunkard and Allen will always be of individuals who lived “Above and Beyond.”