Nora Sue Hatcher

Nora Sue Hatcher

Nora Sue Hatcher was born April 10, 1931 in the Depression. She grew up in an orphan’s home, after her father died. She worked her way through college. 

Nora died May 27, 2021 at 90 years old.

She loved Jesus, and was a giver of love. She was the first white teacher to volunteer to go to a black school during integration in Arkansas.

A student later wrote in a book, “What was most impressive about Mrs. Hatcher was the way she valued us as human beings. Her white skin did not matter, and neither did our black skin.”  

Nora was married to Gilbert Hatcher for 62 years. She is survived by her daughter Penny Hatcher Preston, and her husband Charles Preston; and her dear companion William Ciarlone. 

Family held memorial services will be held in Van Buren, Ark., shortly, and in Texas at a later date. 

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