Friends and Colleagues remember the life of former Midway Principal

Posted at 10:49 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 10:30:20-05

The Greater Midway community is remembering the life and impact of former educator and principal Sharron Zachry. Zachry died Monday evening in a single-car accident near Ross. Her husband Patrick Zachry was flown to Hillcrest hospital where he continues to fight for his life.

Friday night, a visitation service at Wilkirson-hatch-Bailey is scheduled. Saturday funeral services will be held at Midway Performing Arts Center at 10 A.M. 

Friends and former colleagues of Zachry describe her as compassionate and strong.  Dr. Jim King, remembers the first time he noticed Zachry.

"I was 12 years old at the MT rice basketball tournament at Christmas  and  she was just a tornado," King said.

While King admits, that he had a crush on her, he will remember her for so much.

"The young lady that I saw playing basketball at midway that tenacity that leadership I think translated to all other aspects of her life," King said.  

Zachry had a long history in the Midway community. A Midway Pantherette, she would later become a teacher and principal in the same district. 

Suzi Pagel, Director of Development at Midway ISD, remembers Zachry taking the time to talk to students one-on-one in the hallways. "The kids would say that she was the three words educators value the most, firm but fair, " Pagel said. 

Pagel said when Zachry was principal she wanted only the best for her students. She often encouraged teachers to apply for grants, so that teachers had the resources to go above and beyond for students.

"At one of her campuses we put in a rock climbing wall in an elementary P.E. class. When she was at the high school we supplied forensic equipment for a C.S.I. Midway type of grant," Pagel said. 

Friends of Zachry encourage people to reach out to those that knew her to fully understand her reach and impact on others lives.

"There are thousands of children there are thousands of parents there are hundreds and hundreds of faculty everybody's got their Sharon story."

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