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GMS family remembers Tabbatha Collier with tokens of their affection

Purple was Tabbatha "Tabby" Collier's favorite color, and purple ribbons, sticky notes and other tokens of affection were abundant at Greenville Middle School on Tuesday.


It was the first day back for students and staff, and it was a day of remembrance for Tabby, who taught science and served as cheerleading sponsor. Mrs. Collier and her husband Justin, who was a science teacher at Canton Junior High, were tragically killed in an automobile accident on Saturday.


Purple ribbons were tied around the lion statues and columns in the front of the school, and students and staff gathered together to share, pray and work through an emotional day.


"Today was a day of great dignity and respect," said Greenville Middle School Principal David Gish. "We talked about Tabby and how much she meant to all of us. So many people mentioned her wonderful laugh. We got through the day together by lifting each other up and by being extra patient and kind to one another. I was very proud of our school family, and we all appreciate the extra support we received from other campuses and from our central office administrators. They were incredible, and we couldn't have done it without them."


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Thanks to everyone who pulled together to work through this difficult time.