By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress
PONTOTOC – An early morning wreck Wednesday took the life of a South Pontotoc Elementary School second-grade teacher, leaving teachers, students and parents to mourn her death.
Cecelia “Bo” Tackitt, 56, of Pontotoc was traveling east, or toward Highway 9 South, on Highway 334 (Toccopola Road) when she apparently lost control of her 2003 Ford Escape and overturned.
Sources say she had spent the night caring for her father and called her husband at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday before getting in the car to go home.
Mississippi Highway patrol officials responded to the wreck at 6:26 a.m. Although she was wearing her seat belt, she died at the scene from her injuries.
The mood at South Pontotoc school was somber as the news of her death spread. The flags stood at half staff. Most of the adults were teary-eyed as they struggled to help the students through the day.
Tackitt had spent more than 20 years at the school. A school official said all of the parents of her students were called, and most of those children went home. The few who couldn’t leave were put in other classrooms.
“Mrs. Tackitt was an outstanding public servant. She was in her 34th year as a school teacher at South Pontotoc,” said Pontotoc County Superintendent Kenny Roye.
“Mrs. Tackitt was one of the most dedicated teachers in the district and rarely, if ever, missed work. She had a true desire to get the most out of the students she taught, and the students loved her.”
Extra guidance counselors and pastors were called in to help the students cope with the tragedy.