A “Bit” of Remembrance – Alice Amanda McLain Cartlidge

Alice Amanda McLain was born on 21 September, 1915.  She was the daughter of Parker Berry McClain and Omie Ann Scott. Alice married William Patrick Cartlidge on 3 September, 1938.  She and William lived their lives in Malakoff, where Alice taught school.  They were faithful members of the Baptist Church in Malakoff and Alice was very involved in the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served was a Worthy Matron.

Like Anne Pope Gilreath, Alice Cartlidge taught several generations of students in the Malakoff public schools.  She was an inspiration to many of her students, including me, and like Miss Annie Pope, served as an example for many of us who became teachers.

Her faithfulness to and love of the teaching profession was perhaps best summarized in the dedication to the 1971 MHS Tiger annual.

In the past, the pages of the TIGER have been filled with recognition of many outstanding people.  The staff feels that it is time to honor someone who has worked tirelessly and with no acclaim in organizing and sponsoring our yearbook.

It is with grateful appreciation for your devotion to the annual, to Malakoff High School, and to the teaching profession that we dedicate the 1971 edition of the TIGER to you, Mrs. Cartlidge.

Alice Cartlidge died on 26 July, 1989 and is buried beside her husband in the Malakoff City Cemetery.

Please share your memories of Alice Cartlidge with other readers.


4 thoughts on “A “Bit” of Remembrance – Alice Amanda McLain Cartlidge

  1. I truly loved and admired Mrs. Cartlidge and decided if I ever, ever had a book published, it would be dedicated to her…the teacher who scored one of my papers a 99 1/2 because I carelessly put “Donna Donna” on the heading instead of “Donna Drake.” Nothing got by that lady. I was so glad I was able to visit with her during her batttle with brain cancer.

  2. What a great English teacher,,thank you,thank you for teaching me to speak correctly. Even though I didn’t like her class at the time,her teachings took !! Along with her teaching friends ,Miss Anne Pope Gilreath and Mr.Craddock, I thank all of them for their devotion.

    • Perry,

      Thanks for your comment. Alice Cartlidge was one of the finest teachers with whom I had the privilege to study.

      Keep those comments coming…


  3. We could write volumes about Mrs. Cartlidge. Each would be rewriting, fact checking, questioning spell check and questioning our choices of words. I loved her and know that her insistence on writing correctly aided me vastly in college work and inspired me to write not just because I had to but also because of the delight words can bring. At times we were frighten of her, but we always respected her. She and William were a delightful pair.

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