CAMILLA -- Hugh Inman, 82, of Camilla, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his residence.

Hugh Inman was born on October 30, 1929 in Quitman, Georgia to the late Everlena Johnson Inman and Eli Inman.

Mr. Inman graduated from Brooks County High School, Quitman, Georgia and received a B.A. degree in Health and Physical Education from Fort Valley State College now Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia in 1952. In 1964, he received a Master's of Education from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1967, he completed a five-year certificate in School Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1952 until 1954, teaching troops and coaching in tours of duty through Germany and the Netherlands.

On June 7, 1958, Hugh Inman married Hilda Willis Garrard in Camilla, Georgia.

Mr. Inman, also known as "Chief," "Coach," "Mr. Emma," enjoyed a long illustrious career as a teacher, coach, mentor, principal, advisor, community leader/activist, and church leader. In 1960, he introduced football to the then segregated African-American School, Camilla Consolidated. He served as health and physical education teacher and coached football, basketball, and track. He was principal of Camilla Consolidated Elementary School from 1965 to 1970; served as principal of Mitchell County Elementary School from 1970 to 1993, while continuing to coach varsity football in Mitchell County High School from 1970-1979. He extended his exemplary efforts to educate, motivate, and challenge staff, students, and parents until he retired from the Mitchell County School System in 1993.

Mr. Inman's community service endeavors and accomplishments include active membership in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Albany, Georgia, Alumni Chapter, National Education Association, Georgia Education Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Legion Post 518, and Mitchell-Baker Retired Educators Association.

He also served as Chairman of the Board of Camilla Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner at the Camilla Housing Authority, Founding member and president of Mitchell County Boys and Girls Club.

Mr. Inman was also a steward at St. Peter A.M.E. Church and taught a Sunday School class of 6-8 grade students at Union Missionary Baptist Church for fifty years.

Mr. Inman will be especially remembered for his kindness, dedication, compassion, character and perseverance. He has left a legacy of inestimable value that embodies caring, concern, and selfless giving. His awards and achievements, which are far too numerous to be listed, include the naming of Walker-Inman Elementary School in his honor (2006), induction in the Mitchell County Sports Hall of Fame (1999), citizen of the year by the Camilla Chamber of Commerce (1997).

Mr. Inman leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of fifty-three years, Mrs. Hilda B. Inman; sisters, Carolyn Louise Hearns and Margaret Malloy; children, Reginald Garrard, Brunetta Garrard, Harnetha (Andre) Dodd, Aaron Demetrius (Tabitha) Stitt; grandchildren, Brittany Janelle Silas, Kelsie Deandre Dodd, Andrew Dodd, Jada Stitt, Jaelyn Daniels, and Jaidyn Stitt; a great grandchild, Cameron D. Silas; godchildren, Dwan Williams, Renata Douglas, Shalonda Brinson, Courtney Smith, Brandon Smith, Lee Eady, Maya Eady, Giles Eady, and Abraham Wesley.

Mr. Inman is also survived by a very special caregiver and "daughter," Scarlette Hall Brown; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a unique extended family of close friends.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Johnson and Ann Jefferson; and an infant son, Hugh Inman, Jr.

The funeral service of Hugh Inman will be conducted Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at Mitchell County High School, 1000 Newton Road, Camilla. A repast will follow at South Mitchell County Elementary School Cafeteria, 50 Griffin Road, Camilla.

Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Inman can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 315 Second Street, Tifton, Georgia and to Saint Peter A.M.E. Church, 165 Stephens Street, Camilla, Georgia.

The family will receive friends at Robert Jester Mortuary on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Please convey your thoughts of remembrance of Hugh Inman at

Robert Jester Mortuary

Camilla 229/336-8453