(1967 – 2020)
Amanda Leigh Shaddix was born on December 18, 1967, in Anniston AL, to parents Carter and Joy Shaddix. She graduated from Walter Wellborn High School. She received a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a degree in Physical Education from Jacksonville State University. She spent 25 years teaching at Iola Roberts Elementary, Coldwater Elementary, and Walter Wellborn Elementary.
Shaddix’s career for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System began in Calhoun County with the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program in September 2010. She continued using the teaching skills as she prepared homemakers to feed nutritious meals to their families. This included short lessons on food safety, preparation, and meal planning, and budgets.
She interacted with community organizations including Save-A-Life, HOPE (Hispanic group), DHR JOBS Taskforce, and several elementary and alternative schools in Calhoun County. She encouraged the underserved to continue planning for family and individual needs.
In retirement on March 31, 2016, she maintained her passion for education through tutoring students and caring for her great-nieces, Hattie and Harper Vera.
Shaddix was a loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, Nina, and friend. She was deeply involved with her church families, Greenbrier Church of Christ and Church of the Highlands. Her passion and drive were to help others, from educating children to caring for her parents. Amanda Shaddix was a light to those around her and a friend to everyone she met.
She is survived by her daughters, Anna Kellett (Sam) and Abby Poumian (Gustavo); sisters, Debra Grammar (Tommy) and Dawn Phillips (David); nieces and nephews, Tyler Laymon (Kristin), Ashley Wilson (Justin), J.D. Phillips (Amanda), and Lilyanne Vera (Jared). She is preceded in death by her parents, Carter and Joyce Shaddix.
The Alpha Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi honors and remembers Amanda Leigh Shaddix by placing her name on the dedicatory plaque of the ACES Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 645