Family and friends gathered July 29 at First Congregational Church to remember the life of Clara Yates Hayley, a long-time Atlanta educator who died July 22 at age 87.
Ambassador Andrew Young eulogized her as a member of a strong generation of African Americans who made Atlanta the progressive city that it is today.
“They were educated and committed to serve,” Young said. They along with the few progressive whites were able to work together to make Atlanta grow and change, he said.
Hayley’s daughter, Clara H. Axam and two grandsons were among those paying tribute to Hayley, who serve as a teacher for students and teachers for more than 30 years in the Atlanta Public School System.
Axam said her mother was a great teacher without being a preacher. “She taught by example,” Axam said. “She rarely lectured. She showed you what was the right thing to do.”