Harriet Ella Wayne Israel McNutt, age 92, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. She was the beloved mother to Mary Elizabeth Frazier (Charles) and cherished “Grams” to granddaughters Elizabeth Lea “Betsy” Frazier and Mary Emily Frazier. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 50 years, Lawson Edwin McNutt; son, Grady Edwin McNutt and her parents, Grady and Charlcie Israel.
Ella Wayne was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Haleyville. She graduated in 1946 from Haleyville High School and attended Alabama College (University of Montevallo), where she received her Bachelor of Science in education in 1951. She would later attend the University of Alabama to earn her master’s in administration and University of North Alabama to earn her AA certificate in education. She held AA teaching certificates with endorsements in vocational administration, superintendent-principal, business education, English and social studies. She was an educator from 1954 until 1990, with 31 years at Haleyville High School, including two years as the vocational director at Haleyville Area Vocational Center. She held leadership roles for many school activities, including junior-senior class sponsor, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor, Future Teachers of America (SAFE) advisor, junior-senior prom coordinator (12 years), business education department chairperson (19 years), yearbook advisor and H-Night chairperson.
Ella Wayne was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Haleyville, where she was a member of the Faith Sunday School class and previously served on various committees. Her love for her family and community was unmatched. It brought her much joy to stay on the “go”, to attend church, spend time with her granddaughters, to work in her yard and to play bridge with dear friends.
A private service was held for the immediate family at Hillcrest Cemetery on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Pinkard Funeral Home of Haleyville directed.
You may leave online condolences at www.pinkardfh.com.
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