Wake School Board member dies at age 65

Zora Felton

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County school board member and longtime teacher Zora Felton died suddenly at the age of 65, district officials said.

Felton graduated from Sanderson High and N.C. State University before teaching at Sanderson for 10 years.

“This is a difficult loss for Zora Felton’s family, our schools and our community,” said school board Chair Tom Benton. “Zora’s insights from her years of teaching and her unwavering classroom perspective helped keep all of us on the school board focused on the issues that matter most to students, teachers and parents. Zora has been a friend and colleague since we began our teaching careers at Sanderson in the 70’s. She will be greatly missed.”

She took a break from teaching to raise her children before returning to the classroom in 1998.

She retired from Leesville Road High School in 2013.

She was elected to represent District 7 on the Wake County School Board in 2013.

She was re-elected last week.

“Zora Felton never lost her focus on what mattered most,” said Superintendent Jim Merrill. “This is a difficult day for all of us. We have lost a friend and colleague who dedicated her career to our school system.”

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