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Mayflower district honors two longtime, influential employees

Posted: September 14, 2013 - 4:43pm
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Terry Brown, son of the late Joy Ann Brown, reveals a sign at the Mayflower High School campus that now bears his mother's name. Brown and Elois McCaghren were honored Friday by employees, students and former students of the Mayflower school district.  ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO
ERIC WHITE STAFF PHOTO
Terry Brown, son of the late Joy Ann Brown, reveals a sign at the Mayflower High School campus that now bears his mother's name. Brown and Elois McCaghren were honored Friday by employees, students and former students of the Mayflower school district.

The Mayflower School District honored two influential women in its school system by naming two campuses after the former employees.

The elementary school, now the Elois McCaghren campus, and the high school, now the Joy Ann Brown Campus, received their new names in ceremonies Friday afternoon.

McCaghren, a Mayflower graduate, spent 31 years as a teacher in the district, spending time at the kindergarten, sixth and seventh grade levels. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Arkansas State Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas.

McCaghren, who was the wife of Joe McCaghren for 44 years, also spent 15 years on the school board.

During that time, she helped write and receive grants for community projects, a city park the Mayflower High School track and the Mayflower Senior Citizen Center, where she is now the volunteer director.

McCaghren has received numerous awards and accolades in her time in education, including the Mayflower Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Volunteer Service Award from then-Gov. Bill Clinton and the Point of Light Award from former President George H. W. Bush.

Although a former educator now, McCaghren still has several former students visit her at the senior citizen center.

McCaghren, born in 1924, has two children, Billy Wayne McCaghren, of Mayflower, and Joann Townsend, of Greenbrier, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

McCaghren, who still lives in Mayflower, is a member of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Morgan.

Joy Ann Brown, who passed away last year, was most well-known as the high school secretary, which was a position she held from 1992 until 2012, although she also spent five years on the school board.

Many did not know it, but Brown would take out the student roll book each morning and pray for all students and faculty at the Mayflower High School. During her time in the school system, Brown was known as a strong supporter of the Eagles, attending as many games as she could to watch her kids, grandkids and adopted kids.

Before she was secretary, Brown was a tutor and bus driver in the district.

She was also a member of First Baptist Church in Mayflower. In her time in the church, Brown served as a Sunday School teacher and director of children’s church and music. She also helped with Vacation Bible School and the Mayflower Community Children’s Christmas Choir.

Long before working in the school district, Brown worked as a grocery store clerk, and was an instrumental part in the family farm where she drove tractors, worked cattle and performed many other tasks.

Brown, a Plumerville native and graduate, married Jack Brown, also of Plumerville, in 1952. The couple had four sons, Terry, the late Steve, Jeff and Tracy, all of Mayflower. The couple also had nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was known as “MeMe” to her family, and many of her students.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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